Most Valuable Global Brands of 2011

In a recent study published by global research agency Millward Brown, Apple has surpassed Google (No.2) to become the most valuable consumer-facing brand in the world.

Apple is now at the top spot earning an estimated valuation of $153.3 billion and leading other tech brands like Google (No.2), IBM (No.3), and Microsoft (No.5) for the top-5 slot, with the exception of McDonalds (No.4) which is at number four.

The strongest entry this year was Facebook, with a 246% increase in brand value earning $19.1 billion. Amazon (No.14) on the other hand became the world’s most valuable retailer (at $37.6b) followed by WalMart (No.15).

The rest of the Top 50 Most Valuable Global Brands of 2011 is listed in the chart below:

50 most valuable brands

[via Mashable]