Western Union is a financial services company based in Meridian, Colorado. Publicly traded on the New York Stock Exchange, the company employs 7000 people and has more than 500,000 locations in over 200 countries and territories around the world. Founded in 1851, Western Union began as a telegram service, sending messages from person to person before the advent of the telephone. Today, Western Union allows people to transfer money from one person to another electronically. People can initiate these transfers or wires in person at a Western Union location or online. In 2015, Western Union moved more than $150 billion between customers.