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Big Four

The four largest accounting firms in the United States: Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Pricewaterhouse Coopers, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. In addition to accounting, these firms all offer auditing and advisory services. The number of "big" accounting firms has decreased over time because of mergers and, most recently, the ruin of Arthur Andersen following the Enron scandal in 2002.

Big Four

A widely used reference to the four largest public accounting firms that perform most of the external audits in the United States for large publicly owned corporations. The Big Four include PricewaterhouseCoopers, Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu, Ernst & Young, and KPMG. The group was long known as the Big Eight until it was reduced by mergers; it was called the Big Five until the Enron scandal led to the collapse of Arthur Andersen.
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I was able to work with Sam when I first started out, he was a Big Eight partner and was showing me everything that I was supposed to do," said Fender.
He grew up in Kansas, went to Kansas State on a scholarship and was the first African-American baseball player in the Big Eight Conference.
During the 1960s, as the APB became active in addressing controversial areas, leading partners of the Big Eight firms--each of whom had a vote on the APB--began to speak at public forums and write articles and even books on the major accounting principles issues of the day.
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