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    Cuba, you owe us $7 billion

    Behind the trade embargo lies a huge and nearly forgotten obstacle: the still-active property claims by American companies. Inside the effort to settle a 50-year-old debt

    The top 50The largest American property claims against Cuba certified by the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, according to a 2007 report by Creighton University scholars.
    RankName of claimantAmount certifiedAssets include
    1Cuban Electric Co.$267.57mCorporate assets
    2Intl. Telephone & Telegraph Corp.$130.68mCorporate assets
    3North American Sugar Industries Inc.$108.98mCorporate assets
    4Moa Bay Mining Co.$88.35mRural mining property
    5United Fruit Sugar Co.$85.10mImproved real property
    6West Indies Sugar Corp.$84.88mRural farming land
    7American Sugar Co.$81.01mUrban beachfronts
    8Exxon Corp.$71.61mOil refinery
    9Texaco Inc.$56.20mCorporate assets
    10The Francisco Sugar Co.$53.39mCorporate assets
    11Bangor Punta Corp.$53.38mSecurities
    12Manati Sugar Co.$48.59mCorporate assets
    13Nicaro Nickel Co.$33.01mCorporate assets
    14The Coca-Cola Co.$27.53mUrban commercial buildings
    15Lone Star Cement Corp.$24.88mn.a.
    16The New Tuinucu Sugar Co.$23.34mSugar mills
    17Colgate-Palmolive Co.$14.51mCorporate assets
    18Sinclair Oil Corp.$13.20mCorporate assets
    19Braga Brothers Inc$12.61mSecurities
    20Boise Cascade Corp.$11.75mUrban commercial building
    21Claflin, Helen A.$11.69mSecurities
    22American Brands Inc.$11.68mDebts and mortgages
    23Burrus Mills Inc.$9.85mExperimental farm
    24Pan-American Life Insurance Co.$9.74mCorporate assets
    25United States Rubber Co.$9.52mCorporate assets
    26Powe, William$9.51mUrban residential property
    27Estate of Sumner Pingree$9.37mRural farming land
    28F.W. Woolworth Co.$9.19mContents of 11 retail stores office building
    29Havana Docks Corp.$9.18mCommercial building, land
    30Continental Can Co.$8.91mRural commercial building
    31Loeb, John L.$8.57mSecurities
    32International Harvester Co.$8.26mCorporate assets
    33Owens-lllinois Inc.$8.04mSecurities
    34Arango, Mercedes$7.92mRural farming land
    35Order of Hermits of St. Augustin$7.89mUrban commercial building
    36The Chase Manhattan Bank, N.A$7.71mCorporate assets
    37Firestone Tire and Rubber Co.$7.65mCorporate assets
    38Carl Marks & Co.$7.33mSecurities
    39IBM World Trade Corp.$6.45mCorporate assets
    40Swift and Co.$5.95mLand, buildings, machinery
    41The First National Bank of Boston$5.90mCorporate assets
    42General Electric Co.$5.87mCorporate assets
    43Estate of Sumner Pingree$5.81mSecurities
    44Libby, McNeil & Libby$5.71mSecurities
    45The Goodyear Tire and Rubber Co.$5.12mDebts and mortgages
    46Procter & Gamble Co.$5.00mDebts and mortgages
    47First National City Bank$4.97mUrban commercial buildings
    48Lengyel, Olga$4.87mApartments, art objects, cash
    49Davis, Arthur V.$4.27mRural farming land
    50GMAC, South America$3.88mCorporate assets