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Apple tops Global Brands report as first $200 billion company

Apple, Google, and Amazon have been named as the three most valuable brands in the 2018 Global Brands report, with luxury and retail sectors dominating the list. 

The 2018 report by Interbrand London names its theme ‘activating brave’, examining the role that brand strength plays in the transformation of the world’s leading businesses.

For six consecutive years, Apple and Google have held the top positions. Apple’s brand value grew by 16% to $214,480 million, and Google’s brand value by 10% to $155,506 million. 

In the top spot, Apple is the first $200 billion brand. While Facebook, the top growing brand for five previous years, placed ninth, with its brand value declining by 6%. Online retailer Amazon sees a surge to third place with 56% year on year growth, and is the third brand to achieve a $100 million brand valuation, as well as being the top performer among 28 brands with double-digit percent growth.

Charles Trevail, global CEO of Interbrand, said: “A decade after the global financial crisis, the brands that are growing fastest are those that intuitively understand their customers and make brave iconic moves that delight and deliver in new ways.”

This year’s list features two new entrants. Spotify joins for the first time at 92nd on the list (worth $5,176 million), and Subaru at 100 ($4,214 million). 

The combined total value of the top 100 crosses the $2 trillion threshold with $2,015,312 million, an increase of 7.7% from 2017.

Top 10 Global Brands 2018

  1. Apple ($214,480 million)
  2. Google ($155, 506 million)
  3. Amazon ($100,764 million)
  4. Microsoft ($92,715 million)
  5. Coca-Cola ($66,341 million)
  6. Samsung ($59,890 million)
  7. Toyota ($53,404 million)
  8. Mercedes-Benz ($48,601 million)
  9. Facebook ($45,168 million)
  10. McDonald’s ($43,417 million)