And the world’s most valuable brand is...

The world’s biggest brands are put to the test and evaluated to determine which are the most powerful and most valuable.

The Brand Finance Global 500 is an annual study conducted by leading brand valuation consultancy Brand Finance

Here's the top 20:

Brand Finance top 20 brands

Ferrari is, in fact, the world’s most powerful brand. The legendary Italian carmaker scores highly on a wide variety of measures on Brand Finance’s Brand Strength Index, from desirability, loyalty and consumer sentiment to visual identity, online presence and employee satisfaction. Ferrari is one of only eleven brands (including Google, Hermès, Coca-Cola, Disney, Rolex and F1 racing rivals Red Bull) to be awarded an AAA+ brand rating and has the highest overall score.

Brand Finance Chief Executive David Haigh stated, 'The prancing horse on a yellow badge is instantly recognizable the world over, even where paved roads have yet to reach. In its home country and among its many admirers worldwide Ferrari inspires more than just brand loyalty, more of a cultish, even quasi-religious devotion, its brand power is indisputable'.

Though Ferrari is the world’s most powerful brand, being a niche, luxury brand with an officially capped production, it is perhaps unsurprising that it is some way off being the world’s most valuable. Its US$4 billion brand value puts it 350th in brand value terms. Haigh continues, 'Apple also has a powerful brand, rated AAA by Brand Finance. However what sets it apart is its ability to monetize that brand. For example, though tablets were in use before the iPad, it was the application of the Apple brand to the concept that captured the public imagination and allowed it to take off as a commercial reality'. This is just one of the factors responsible for its US$105 billion brand value; it is the world’s most valuable brand for the third year in a row.

Global 500 2014 - The World's Most Valuable Brands

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