A BRAND is a manufacturer’s mark and a trademark which has a high reputation among consumers. Here is a brief introduction to some of the most valuable brands in the world, and how they succeed.

#1 Apple inc.

Apple is the most valuable brand in the world, headquartered in Cupertino, California, USA.

Today the company’s logo is recognized by a lot of people, as Apple truly became the most successful and powerful brand ever. Its value is estimated at $205.5 billion by rating agencies experts.

The company was established on 1 April 1976 by Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne, and Steve Jobs. The trio initially engaged in the assembly of home computers and the production of proprietary models of PC. But their greatest success came in recent years when Apple introduced its line of mobile products to the world — iPhone smartphones and iPad tablets.

Nowadays, the range of Apple products is wide and includes smartwatches, computers and laptops, tablets, smartphones, and more. However, the hallmark of “apple” gadgets’ popularity is high quality, stylish design, and a brilliant marketing program by Steve Jobs.

has thousands of offices, brand stores, and service centers worldwide with a staff of nearly 132,000 employees.

#2 Google

Google is the second richest brand in the world. As it is the most used search engine on the internet, probably all users of the global network know Google. That is why the “Google” brand is one of the most expensive in the global ranking.

The experts estimate its value at $167.7 billion, which makes it the second most expensive brand in the world.

The company was established in 1993 by Sergey Brin and Larry Page. It provides the search service that processes billions of queries per day. Because of its advanced search engine, the Google creators managed to implement one of the most powerful advertising aggregates on the Internet, which generates the single largest share of the revenue for the company.

However, it is not the only product of the company. Alphabet Inc. constantly develops new projects.

For example, Google currently releases mobile gadgets of its own making, creates software (e.g., Android OS) intended to work with them, and owns many popular Internet services such as YouTube, Gmail, Google Maps, Google AdWords and so on. Headquarter is in Mountain View, California, USA.

#3 Microsoft

The internationally famous Microsoft Corporation was founded in 1975 by Bill Gates and is headquartered in Redmond, Washington, USA.

At that time, Microsoft was the first software developer that suggested using packaged software for personal computers (PC) that would thereby make the PC experience user-friendly and intuitive.

This software – the Windows operating system – was a real breakthrough since it allowed ordinary users to master PC skills easily. The system brought the company an incredible success and huge profits.

Today Microsoft is one of the leading companies in the PC software market as well.

It releases the new-generation Windows operating systems, a set of applications to work with documents called Microsoft Office, and many other software programs.

Besides, Microsoft produces own mobile devices and accessories, video, audio, and office equipment.

#4 Amazon

Established in 1994 by Jeff Bezos, Amazon is headquartered in Seattle, Washington.

Being the 4th largest brand in the world, Amazon also ranks fourth as the most expensive company by market capitalization.

The company’s major business line is the sale of products. It is the American biggest retail company selling and delivering various goods over the Internet.

Internet users, suppliers, and producers can sell any goods on their own by using Amazon’s website as an online platform.

The popularity of the service soared due to high-quality goods, low prices, prompt delivery, and a wide assortment.

According to overall estimations, the company employs about 647,500 employees and has more than $162 billion in assets. Its annual turnover amounts to approximately $232 billion.

#5 Facebook

Facebook was developed by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004 and headquartered in Menlo Park, California, USA.

The Facebook social network is currently being visited by more than 2 billion people every day.

The value of $88.9 billion is simply an astronomical indicator of the popularity and demand for an Internet project.

Today Facebook yields more than $22 billion net yearly profit thanks to online advertising.

#6 Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola is the most famous worldwide carbonated soft drink that brings more than $6 billion in net profit for its company per year. The famous beverage brand was established in 1882, and the headquarters is located in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.

Today the company’s product suite also includes Fanta, Sprite, Diet Coke, and Schweppes.

Due to the large value of its assets, high profitability, a huge staff, and high profits, the value of the “Coca-Cola” brand is estimated at $59.2 billion.

#7 Samsung

Samsung is globally known as a consumer electronics producer, headquartered in Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, Republic of South Korea.

The company was established in South Korea in 1938.

In 1969 Sanyo merged with Samsung, which gave birth to Samsung Group and changed the marketing approach and company mission.

In 1980, the first models of Samsung air conditioners appeared in the market. This was the beginning of the successful development in the European and Asian markets of climatic equipment.

In 1983, the Samsung company started the production of personal computers.

By 1991-1992 the development of the first product line of mobile phones was completed. And in 1999, Samsung Electronics won the Forbes Global award in the category of consumer electronics manufacturing.

Nowadays, Samsung Group has plenty of lines for various kinds of products.

#8 Disney

The brand was created back in 1923 by Walt Disney and his brother Roy Disney. The headquarters and primary production facilities are located in Burbank, California, USA.

The brand started as a small animation studio and is now one of the largest in Hollywood. The company also owns 11 entertainment parks, two water parks, and ABC – the major television and radio broadcasting network.

#9 Toyota

Toyota is a Japanese company founded in 1924 by Sakichi Toyoda. The headquarter is in Toyota, Aichi, Japan.

It is interesting that initially he didn’t even engage in the manufacturing of automobiles, but was producing weaving looms.

His son, Kiichiro Toyoda, took an interest in automobile manufacturing and established the division with the funds received from selling a patent on an intelligent production machine.

Global annual sales of Toyota cars almost reached $272 billion. in 2018. And, as car sales in Japan declined significantly, it is a testimony to the company’s activity in the global market.

#10 McDonald’s

McDonald’s is a worldwide chain of fast-food restaurants that places 10th in the ranking of the most valuable brands.

The company was founded in 1940 by two brothers, Mac and Dick McDonalds, who opened their first restaurant in San Bernardino, California.

The company’s current estimated value is $43.8 billion despite its capitalization decreased in 2015 by 11% as a result of a series of incidents.