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Visualizing the Top 50 Most Valuable Global Brands

For many brands, it has been a devastating year to say the least.

Over half of the most valuable global brands have experienced a decline in brand value, a measure that takes financial projections, brand roles in purchase decisions, and strengths against competitors into consideration. But where some have faltered, others have asserted their dominance and stepped up for their customers like never before.

The visualization above showcases the top 50 most valuable global brands from a study conducted by Interbrand, which calculates brand value across hundreds of companies.

As consumers move cautiously into 2021, which brands have they chosen to keep by their side?

The Heavy Hitters

With an eye-watering brand value of $323 billion, Apple is the most valuable global brand in the world, followed closely by Amazon in second place, and Microsoft in third. Average growth in brand value across all three of these tech brands in 2020 was roughly 50%.

In particular, Microsoft—who overtook Google in this year’s ranking—has increased its brand value by $100 billion in just one decade. The tech giant has reinvented itself over the years by focusing not just on how its products impact consumers’ lives, but instead on how they impact the planet. The company is promising to become carbon negative by 2030.

However, other brands that sit at the top of the global brands list have not had the same recent success. Coca-Cola for example sits in sixth place, but has seen a decline in brand value of over $13 billion since 2010.

Here is the full list of the most valuable global brands in 2020:

RankBrandBrand ValueYoY % ChangeIndustry
#1Apple$323B38%Technology
#2Amazon$201B60%Technology
#3Microsoft$166B53%Technology
#4Google$165B-1%Technology
#5Samsung$62B2%Technology
#6Coca-Cola$57B-10%Food & Beverage
#7Toyota$52B-8%Automotive
#8Mercedes$49B-3%Automotive
#9McDonald’s$43B-6%Restaurants
#10Disney$41B-8%Entertainment
#11BMW$40B-4%Automotive
#12Intel$40B-8%Technology
#13Facebook$35B-12%Technology
#14IBM$35B-14%Technology
#15Nike$34B6%Apparel
#16Cisco$34B-4%Technology
#17Louis Vuitton$32B-2%Luxury
#18SAP$28B12%Technology
#19Instagram$26BNewTechnology
#20Honda$22B-11%Automotive
#21Chanel$21B-4%Luxury
#22J.P. Morgan$20B6%Financial Services
#23American Express$19B-10%Financial Services
#24UPS$19B6%Logistics
#25Ikea$19B3%Retail
#26Pepsi$19B-9%Food & Beverage
#27Adobe$18B41%Technology
#28Hermès$18B0%Luxury
#29General Electric$18B-30%Industrial Machinery
#30YouTube$17BNewTechnology
#31Accenture$17B2%Business Services
#32Gucci$16B-2%Luxury
#33Budweiser$16B-3%Food & Beverage
#34Pampers$15B-4%Consumer Packaged Goods
#35Zara$15B-13%Apparel
#36Hyundai$14B1%Automotive
#37H&M$14B-14%Apparel
#38Nescafé$14B2%Food & Beverage
#39Allianz$13B7%Financial Services
#40Tesla$13BNewAutomotive
#41Netflix$13B41%Technology
#42Ford$13B-12%Automotive
#43L'Oreal$13B8%Consumer Packaged Goods
#44Audi$12B-2%Automotive
#45Visa$12B15%Financial Services
#46Ebay$12B2%Technology
#47Volkswagen$12B-5%Automotive
#48AXA$12B3%Financial Services
#49Goldman Sachs$12B7%Financial Services
#50Adidas$12B1%Apparel
#51Sony $12B14%Technology
#52Citi $12B-6%Financial Services
#53Philips $12B0%Consumer Packaged Goods
#54Gillette$12B-16%Consumer Packaged Goods
#55Porsche $11B-3%Automotive
#56Starbucks $11B-5%Food & Beverage
#57Mastercard $11B-17%Financial Services
#58Salesforce$11B34%Technology
#59Nissan $11B-8%Automotive
#60PayPal $11B38%Financial Services
#61Siemens$11B2%Technology
#62Danone $10B4%Food & Beverage
#63Nestlé$10B8%Food & Beverage
#64HSBC$10B-14%Financial Services
#65Hewlett Packard$10B-11%Technology
#66Kellogg's$10B-8%Food & Beverage
#673M$9B4%Technology
#68Colgate $9B6%Consumer Packaged Goods
#69Morgan Stanely $9B8%Financial Services
#70Spotify$8B52%Technology
#71Canon $8B-15%Technology
#72Lego$8B9%Consumer Packaged Goods
#73Cartier $7B-9%Luxury
#74Santander $7B-12%Financial Services
#75FedEx$7B5%Logistics
#76Nintendo $7B31%Technology
#77Hewlett Packard Enterprise $7B-16%Technology
#78Corona $7B3%Food & Beverage
#79Ferrari$6B-1%Automotive
#80Huawei$6B-9%Technology
#81DHL$6B5%Logistics
#82Jack Daniel's$6B-1%Food & Beverage
#83Dior$6B-1%Luxury
#84Caterpillar $6B-14%Industrial Machinery
#85Panasonic $6B-6%Consumer Packaged Goods
#86Kia $6B-9%Automotive
#87Johnson & Johnson $6B1%Consumer Packaged Goods
#88Heineken $6B-2%Food & Beverage
#89John Deere $5B-9%Industrial Machinery
#90LinkedIn $5B8%Technology
#91Hennessy$5B-3%Food & Beverage
#92KFC$5B-7%Food & Beverage
#93Land Rover $5B-13%Automotive
#94Tiffany & Co. $5B-7%Luxury
#95Mini $5B-10%Automotive
#96Uber $5B-13%Technology
#97Burberry $5B-8%Luxury
#98Johnnie Walker $5BNew Food & Beverage
#99Prada $4B-6%Luxury
#100Zoom $4BNew Technology

It is clear that brands that went above and beyond during the COVID-19 pandemic not only benefit from more meaningful connections with their customers; it also pays financially—with brand value for all 100 companies included in the study totaling $2 trillion.

Movers and Shakers

When it comes to 2020’s fastest risers, Amazon, Microsoft, Spotify, and Netflix lead the way.

Not too far behind these brands is PayPal, which saw 38% growth in the last year due to some major strategic pivots. More recently, the brand announced it would be redirecting capital from shareholders and investing in low-level employees who have been essential during the pandemic.

Other brands making their mark in 2020 are Instagram, Tesla, and YouTube—all of which are new to the ranking and are experiencing significant growth in brand value. In fact, electric vehicle company Tesla experienced a 769% increase in market capitalization in just twelve months, making it the world’s most valuable automaker.

The Great Brand Shift

As pharmaceutical companies begin distributing vaccines across the globe, consumer optimism is starting to build again. However, the future of brands remains uncertain.

Only 41 out of 100 most valuable global brands remain in the ranking today from the study conducted in 2000. With almost 60 hugely influential brands falling out of favor in the last two decades, there are several ways in which today’s brands can build economic resilience and thrive in an anxious world:

  1. Leadership: The degree to which a brand has a clear purpose that is executed seamlessly across the entire organization.
  2. Engagement: Creating meaningful and collaborative relationships with consumers based on the brand’s unique story and reason for being.
  3. Relevance: Being omnipresent for customers and delivering on their expectations by going beyond selling products or services.

Although the impacts of 2020 will be felt for years to come, brands that stay ahead of consumers’ changing expectations will be in a better position to weather the storm.

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Infographic: The Next Characters to Enter the Public Domain

This infographic shows which popular characters will be entering the public domain over the next 15 years.

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Infographic showing which popular characters that will enter public domain in coming years

The Next Characters to Enter the Public Domain

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Copyright is a type of intellectual property right that protects authors’ original works, meaning that their art cannot be used without approval. However, copyright protections do not last forever—eventually, all original work will enter the public domain.

In this graphic, we visualize the popular characters that are set to enter the public domain in the next 15 years, using data compiled from several sources.

How Does a Character Enter the Public Domain?

The amount of time a given work is protected by copyright varies, but this window typically lasts 70 years after the author’s death or 95 years after publication. Once the copyright expires, the work enters the public domain, signaling time for anyone to enjoy and interact with them without legal repercussions.

Which Characters Will Have Their Copyrights Expire Next?

The Brothers Grimm version of Snow White has already had its copyright expire. However, Disney’s iconic Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs version will only enter public domain in 2032.

On January 1st, 2024, the Steamboat Willie versions of Mickey and Minnie Mouse entered public domain (and already, content creators are seizing the opportunity). The modern version of Mickey Mouse will follow suit in roughly 15 years.

Below is a list of popular characters that will be entering the public domain in coming years.

CharacterYear expected to enter the public domain
Sleeping Beautyalready public domain
Snow Whitealready public domain
Pinocchioalready public domain
Peter Panalready public domain
Tinkerbellalready public domain
Captain Hookalready public domain
Winnie-the-Poohalready public domain
Mickey Mouse (Steamboat Willie version)already public domain
Minnie Mouse (Steamboat Willie version)already public domain
Popeye2025
Pluto2026
Betty Boop2026
Goofy2028
Donald Duck2029
King Kong2029
Snow White and the Seven Dwarves (Disney version)2032
Superman2034
Bugs Bunny2035
Batman2035
Joker2036
Captain America2036
Wonder Woman2037
Mickey Mouse (Disney version)2037
Bambie2038

Several of Mickey’s companions—including Pluto (2026), Goofy (2028), and Donald Duck (2029)—will be entering public domain in the next five years along with Betty Boop (2026), King Kong (2029), and Bugs Bunny (2035).

The copyright on many of DC Comics’ stars—like Superman, Batman, the Joker, and Wonder Woman—will expire in the 2030s.

If you found this interesting, check out this visualization on the world’s top media franchises of all-time by revenue.

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