Has there ever been an instance of a business attempting or succeed a coup? If not then are there any instances of business supporting ''rebel'' forces?

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    The British East India company comes to mind (repeatedly) as does Hawaii and United Fruit. Entering your question into google results in a citation from Foreign Policy
    – MCW
    Sep 7, 2017 at 12:31
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    Researching This question revealed rebel forces funded by a corporation after the local government had nationalized resources. I imagine that is not an uncommon occurrence.
    – justCal
    Sep 7, 2017 at 12:53

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This has happened several times between U.S. companies and Latin American countries.

The United Fruit Company was a major player in a 1954 coup in Guatemala.

A 1973 coup in Chile was allegedly backed by International Telephone and Telegraph.

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    The US conducted an entire series of wars on behalf of corporations known as the Banana Wars from which we get the term "Banana Republic".
    – Schwern
    Sep 7, 2017 at 18:55

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