American Express Company or known as AmEx or Amex, is a diversified global financial services company that is headquartered in New York City. American Express was started as an express mail business in Albany, New York, in 1850. It was founded as a joint stock corporation by the merger of the express companies owned by Henry Wells, William Fargo, and John Warren Butterfield.
American Express first established its headquarters in a building at the intersection of Jay Street and Hudson Street in what was later called the TriBeCa section of Manhattan. For years it enjoyed a virtual monopoly on the movement of express shipments throughout New York State