These are the most valuable brands in the world

The Cupertino tree just keeps producing golden apples.

by Rachel Savage
Last Updated: 25 Jan 2016

Apple is not only the priciest fruit in the basket, it’s got the most expensive sticker too. The tech giant has once again been named the most valuable brand in the world, with its worth put at a staggering $170bn (£112bn).

The Cupertino-based company topped a list of the world’s 100 most valuable brands, compiled by consultancy Interbrand, for the second year in a row. It was already worth $119bn last year, but a 43% rise in value is apparently easy when you’re selling so many iPhone 6s.

In February this year, Apple also topped Brand Finance’s brand rankings, which put a value of $128bn on the consumer electronics giant, up 22% from 2014. Clearly, measuring brand value is an imprecise science, but no one can dispute the power of the world’s biggest publicly listed company.

Following Apple in Interbrand's Best Global Brands list were Google and Coca-Cola, which both held onto their spots. Behind them Microsoft and IBM swapped places, followed by Toyota, which overtook Samsung and General Electric as the first non-American brand on the list.

HSBC was the highest-ranking British brand, one of only six on the list, which calcuated brand value using financial performance, the role of the brand in influencing consumer choice and the premium price a brand commands. The bank slipped four places to 37th after a year that saw it outed for helping wealthy clients in Switzerland to evade tax. It still came two places below Volkswagen, though.

The disgraced German carmaker somehow only fell four places and lost 9% of its brand value. That’s despite its share price falling more than half since the US EPA revealed it had installed software to cheat emissions tests. Told you valuing a brand is an imprecise.

Here are the world’s most valuable brands

1 (1) Apple - $170.3bn (+43%)
2 (2) Google - $120.3bn (+12%)
3 (3) Coca-Cola - $78.4bn (-4%)
4 (5) Microsoft - $67.7bn (+11%)
5 (4) IBM - $65.1bn (-10%)
6 (8) Toyota - $49.0bn (+16%)
7 (7) Samsung - $45.3bn (-7%)
8 (6) GE - $42.3bn (-6%)
9 (9) McDonald’s - $39.8bn (-6%)
10 (15) Amazon - $39.8bn (29%)

See the full list on Interbrand’s website here.

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