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|Headquarters||Deerfield, Illinois, United States|
|Key people||Bruce A. Carbonari
(Chairman of the Board) & (CEO)
|Products||$ 6.695 billion (2009)|
|Operating income||$ 505.20 million (2009)|
|Net income||$ 242.80 million (2009)|
|Total assets||$ 12.370 billion (2009)|
|Total equity||$ 5.106 billion (2008)|
|Employees||24,248 (December 2009)|
|Divisions||List of Divisions|
Fortune Brands was a holding company founded in 1969 as American Brands and later renamed in 1997 and split apart in 2011. The corporate headquarters was in Deerfield, Illinois in the United States. The company historically had a significant diversity of product offerings. It announced on December 8, 2010, that it planned to focus on its liquor business, and to spin off or sell other parts of the company — including home furnishings and hardware and other golf products. The company then sold its Titleist and FootJoy product lines to FILA Korea. On October 3, 2011, it split the remainder of its business into two publicly traded companies: Fortune Brands Home & Security (NYSE: FBHS) and Beam Inc. (NYSE: BEAM).
Former divisions 
In 1987 American Brands acquired ACCO, a holding company which owned several office supply subsidiaries, which included the Swingline brand. In 2005, the company spun off ACCO to shareholders, and immediately thereafter ACCO merged with General Binding Corporation. This merged company is now known as ACCO Brands.
Golf Division 
Fortune sold off the Acushnet Company's Acushnet Rubber division in 1985, which was Acushnet's original business (c. early 20th century).
The Golf Division was made up of the following companies:
Home and hardware 
Included in this division were the following, which had annual sales of over $4 billion:
- Waterloo Industries
- Masterbrand Cabinets
- Aristokraft Cabinets
- Cabinets by Diamond
- Omega Cabinetry
- Home Crest Cabinets
- Schrock Cabinetry
- Kitchen Craft Cabinetry
- Capital Cabinets
- Therma-Tru Doors
- Simonton Windows
- Master Lock
- American Lock
- Vista Window Company, Western Division
Fortune Brands had a stable of well known spirits brands, led by Jim Beam.
In July 2005, Fortune Brands and French spirits company Pernod Ricard acquired over 25 additional spirits and wine brands from British holding company Allied Domecq. In November 2007, Constellation Brands announced a purchase of Fortune Brands' wine operations for $885 million USD, a transaction that added 1,500 acres (6.1 km2) of vineyards, several major brands such as Clos du Bois, and 2.6 million cases per year of "super-premium" class wine production.
After the other product lines were sold and spun off, the remaining spirits business became Beam Inc..
List of company spirits brands 
- Bourbons: Jim Beam, Maker's Mark, Old Grand-Dad, Old Crow, Distillers' Series, Booker's, Baker's, Knob Creek, Basil Hayden's
- Blended Whiskies: Canadian Club, Teacher's, DYC whisky, Windsor Canadian, Lord Calvert Canadian Whisky, Tangle Ridge, Alberta Springs, Kessler, Calvert Extra, Furst Bismarck
- Cordials: DeKuyper, Starbucks Coffee Liqueur, Starbucks Cream Liqueur, Kamora, Kuemmerling, After Shock, Castellana, Sourz
- Aaron Smith, Jim Beam, neat, is company's new strategy, CNN Money, December 8, 2010.
- Fortune Brands Announces Intent to Separate Company's Three Businesses, The Wall Street Journal, December 8, 2010.
- Fortune Brands Home & Security Now Independent, Begins Trading on NYSE, Businesswire, October 4, 2011.