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World's most valuable brands

As one makes their way down Rodeo Drive in Los Angeles or Fifth Avenue in New York City, they may notice some of the most grandiose, luxurious retail centers in the world. The companies whose products are sold in these stores may be amongst the first to come to mind when one considers the most valuable brands on Earth, likely because of the immense equity these brands boast.

A comprehensive analysis of the 100 most valuable brands on Earth reveals that only 6% exist in the apparel and luxury industries combined, which is notable because of how much apparent effort companies in this sector put into branding. The most successful tech, automotive, and financial companies are sneakily reliant on marketing in order to create a recognizable image in the minds of consumers; one might not necessarily think of their local bank, favorite app, or go-to restaurant chain as the global economic superpowers they are, simply because they’ve become immersed in people’s daily lives.

Using data from BrandZ and Kantar Millward Brown’s 2018 Top 100 Most Valuable Global Brands report, Stacker listed the 100 most valuable brands in business today. Each brand has been ranked by its value, and information supplied for each company includes: the industry it’s positioned within; brand contribution—which takes into consideration how much the name and logo drive purchasing volume; and changes in brand value and rank since 2017.

Read on to see where some of the world’s favorite brands stack up against the competition.

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#100. Adidas

Brand value in millions: $12,456
Category: Apparel
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +50%
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#99. Bank Central Asia

Brand value in millions: $12,674
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: N/A
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#98. Pepsi

Brand value in millions: $12,685
Category: Soft Drinks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: 0%
Rank change since 2017: -14

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#97. Honda

Brand value in millions: $12,695
Category: Cars
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +4%
Rank change since 2017: -6

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#96. Ford

Brand value in millions: $12,742
Category: Cars
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -2%
Rank change since 2017: -13

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#95. Lowe's

Brand value in millions: $13,111
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -2%
Rank change since 2017: -13

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#94. BT Group

Brand value in millions: $13,604
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -15%
Rank change since 2017: -25

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#93. Aldi

Brand value in millions: $13,785
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +12%
Rank change since 2017: -4

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#92. Australia and New Zealand Banking Group

Brand value in millions: $14,465
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +3%
Rank change since 2017: -17

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#91. Instagram

Brand value in millions: $14,496
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: N/A
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#90. SF Express

Brand value in millions: $14,537
Category: Logistics
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: N/A
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#89. Hewlett-Packard

Brand value in millions: $14,797
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: N/A
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#88. Ebay

Brand value in millions: $14,829
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +20%
Rank change since 2017: -2

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#87. KFC

Brand value in millions: $15,131
Category: Fast Food
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +12%
Rank change since 2017: -6

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#86. AIA Group

Brand value in millions: $15,131
Category: Insurance
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +29%
Rank change since 2017: 11

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#85. Gillette

Brand value in millions: $15,358
Category: Personal Care
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: -6%
Rank change since 2017: -18

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#84. Bank of China

Brand value in millions: $15,607
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +30%
Rank change since 2017: 10

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#83. LinkedIn

Brand value in millions: $15,657
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +15%
Rank change since 2017: -4

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#82. Siemens

Brand value in millions: $15,965
Category: Conglomerate
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +14%
Rank change since 2017: -5

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#81. Uber

Brand value in millions: $16,045
Category: Transport
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: N/A
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#80. U.S. Bancorp

Brand value in millions: $16,278
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +7%
Rank change since 2017: -9

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#79. China Life Insurance Company

Brand value in millions: $16,429
Category: Insurance
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +18%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#78. Salesforce.com

Brand value in millions: $17,026
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +39%
Rank change since 2017: 12

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#77. Bank of America

Brand value in millions: $17,439
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +42%
Rank change since 2017: 10

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#76. Ikea

Brand value in millions: $17,481
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -8%
Rank change since 2017: -23

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#75. Adobe

Brand value in millions: $17,831
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +53%
Rank change since 2017: 23

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#74. ExxonMobil

Brand value in millions: $18,222
Category: Oil & Gas
Brand contribution (out of 5): 1
Brand value percent change since 2017: -3%
Rank change since 2017: -19

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#73. J.P. Morgan

Brand value in millions: $18,251
Category: Global Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +29%
Rank change since 2017: 1

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#72. Costco

Brand value in millions: $18,265
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +12%
Rank change since 2017: -4

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#71. Colgate

Brand value in millions: $18,516
Category: Personal Care
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +4%
Rank change since 2017: -13

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#70. Subway

Brand value in millions: $18,766
Category: Fast Food
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: -14%
Rank change since 2017: -25

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#69. Agricultural Bank of China

Brand value in millions: $19,141
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +28%
Rank change since 2017: 3

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#68. Commonwealth Bank

Brand value in millions: $19,286
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +11%
Rank change since 2017: -8

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#67. Chase Bank

Brand value in millions: $19,324
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +35%
Rank change since 2017: 6

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#66. TD Bank

Brand value in millions: $19,628
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +6%
Rank change since 2017: -10

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#65. Orange

Brand value in millions: $19,647
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +14%
Rank change since 2017: -3

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#64. Pampers

Brand value in millions: $20,183
Category: Baby Care
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: -10%
Rank change since 2017: -22

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#63. Shell

Brand value in millions: $20,264
Category: Oil & Gas
Brand contribution (out of 5): 1
Brand value percent change since 2017: +10%
Rank change since 2017: -6

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#62. DHL Express

Brand value in millions: $20,568
Category: Logistics
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +30%
Rank change since 2017: 8

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#61. Netflix

Brand value in millions: $20,819
Category: Entertainment
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +73%
Rank change since 2017: 31

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#60. HDFC Bank

Brand value in millions: $20,874
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +22%
Rank change since 2017: 3

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#59. JD.com

Brand value in millions: $20,933
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +94%
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#58. Citibank

Brand value in millions: $21,258
Category: Global Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +21%
Rank change since 2017: 1

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#57. Cisco

Brand value in millions: $21,331
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +28%
Rank change since 2017: 9

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#56. FedEx

Brand value in millions: $22,218
Category: Logistics
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +14%
Rank change since 2017: -5

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#55. Nippon Telegraph and Telephone (NTT)

Brand value in millions: $22,377
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +11%
Rank change since 2017: -5

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#54. Gucci

Brand value in millions: $22,442
Category: Luxury
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +66%
Rank change since 2017: 26

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#53. Movistar

Brand value in millions: $22,824
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +4%
Rank change since 2017: -10

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#52. Royal Bank of Canada

Brand value in millions: $22,924
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +8%
Rank change since 2017: -5

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#51. YouTube

Brand value in millions: $22,958
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +37%
Rank change since 2017: 14

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#50. HSBC

Brand value in millions: $23,633
Category: Global Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +15%
Rank change since 2017: -2

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#49. China Construction Bank

Brand value in millions: $23,747
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +27%
Rank change since 2017: 5

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#48. Huawei

Brand value in millions: $24,922
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +22%
Rank change since 2017: 1

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#47. BMW

Brand value in millions: $25,624
Category: Cars
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +4%
Rank change since 2017: -12

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#46. Mercedes-Benz

Brand value in millions: $25,684
Category: Cars
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +9%
Rank change since 2017: -6

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#45. Oracle

Brand value in millions: $25,802
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +21%
Rank change since 2017: 1

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#44. L'Oreal Paris

Brand value in millions: $26,107
Category: Personal Care
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +9%
Rank change since 2017: -6

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#43. Ping An Insurance

Brand value in millions: $26,141
Category: Insurance
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +51%
Rank change since 2017: 18

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#42. Zara

Brand value in millions: $26,860
Category: Apparel
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +7%
Rank change since 2017: -8

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#41. Baidu

Brand value in millions: $26,861
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +14%
Rank change since 2017: -2

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#40. Budweiser

Brand value in millions: $27,031
Category: Beer
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: 0%
Rank change since 2017: -7

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#39. Hermes

Brand value in millions: $28,063
Category: Luxury
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +20%
Rank change since 2017: 2

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#38. Intel

Brand value in millions: $28,316
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +29%
Rank change since 2017: 6

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#37. Vodafone

Brand value in millions: $28,860
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -9%
Rank change since 2017: -10

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#36. Toyota

Brand value in millions: $29,987
Category: Cars
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +5%
Rank change since 2017: -6

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#35. American Express

Brand value in millions: $30,046
Category: Payments
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +24%
Rank change since 2017: 1

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#34. Kweichow Moutai

Brand value in millions: $32,113
Category: Alcohol
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +89%
Rank change since 2017: 30

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#33. Samsung

Brand value in millions: $32,191
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +34%
Rank change since 2017: 4

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#32. Accenture

Brand value in millions: $33,723
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +24%
Rank change since 2017: 0

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#31. Walmart

Brand value in millions: $34,002
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +22%
Rank change since 2017: 0

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#30. PayPal

Brand value in millions: $35,440
Category: Payments
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +85%
Rank change since 2017: 22

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#29. Nike

Brand value in millions: $38,479
Category: Apparel
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +13%
Rank change since 2017: -3

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#28. General Electric

Brand value in millions: $39,041
Category: Conglomerate
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: -22%
Rank change since 2017: -9

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#27. Spectrum

Brand value in millions: $39,372
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: N/A
Rank change since 2017: N/A

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#26. Louis Vuitton

Brand value in millions: $41,138
Category: Luxury
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +41%
Rank change since 2017: 3

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#25. T-Mobile

Brand value in millions: $41,499
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +8%
Rank change since 2017: 0

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#24. Xfinity

Brand value in millions: $43,056
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +3%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#23. Starbucks

Brand value in millions: $44,503
Category: Fast Food
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +1%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#22. Industrial & Commercial Bank of China

Brand value in millions: $45,853
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 2
Brand value percent change since 2017: +45%
Rank change since 2017: 6

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#21. China Mobile

Brand value in millions: $46,349
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: -18%
Rank change since 2017: -4

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#20. The Home Depot

Brand value in millions: $47,229
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +17%
Rank change since 2017: 4

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#19. Disney

Brand value in millions: $53,833
Category: Entertainment
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +3%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#18. Wells Fargo

Brand value in millions: $54,952
Category: Regional Banks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -6%
Rank change since 2017: -3

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#17. SAP

Brand value in millions: $55,366
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +23%
Rank change since 2017: 4

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#16. UPS

Brand value in millions: $60,412
Category: Logistics
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +4%
Rank change since 2017: 0

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#15. Mastercard

Brand value in millions: $70,872
Category: Payments
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +42%
Rank change since 2017: 5

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#14. Coca-Cola

Brand value in millions: $79,964
Category: Soft Drinks
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +2%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#13. Marlboro

Brand value in millions: $81,914
Category: Tobacco
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -6%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#12. Verizon

Brand value in millions: $84,897
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -5%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#11. IBM

Brand value in millions: $96,269
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: -6%
Rank change since 2017: -2

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#10. AT&T

Brand value in millions: $106,698
Category: Telecom Providers
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: -7%
Rank change since 2017: -4

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#9. Alibaba

Brand value in millions: $113,401
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 3
Brand value percent change since 2017: +92%
Rank change since 2017: 5

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#8. McDonald's

Brand value in millions: $126,044
Category: Fast Food
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +29%
Rank change since 2017: 2

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#7. Visa

Brand value in millions: $145,611
Category: Payments
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +31%
Rank change since 2017: 0

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#6. Facebook

Brand value in millions: $162,106
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +25%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#5. Tencent

Brand value in millions: $178,990
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 5
Brand value percent change since 2017: +65%
Rank change since 2017: 3

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#4. Microsoft

Brand value in millions: $200,987
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +40%
Rank change since 2017: -1

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#3. Amazon

Brand value in millions: $207,594
Category: Retail
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +49%
Rank change since 2017: 1

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#2. Apple

Brand value in millions: $300,595
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +28%
Rank change since 2017: 0

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#1. Google

Brand value in millions: $302,063
Category: Technology
Brand contribution (out of 5): 4
Brand value percent change since 2017: +23%
Rank change since 2017: 0

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