The Most Valuable U.S. Brands

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Corporations invest huge amounts of money in the design, launch, and ongoing promotion of their brands. But branding itself is a somewhat intangible asset.

Acknowledging and managing a company’s intangible assets taps into its hidden value, according to brand consulting firm Brand Finance.

In its 2018 annual report on the world’s most valuable brands, Brand Finance calculates the values of brands by estimating the likely future revenues that are attributable to a brand by calculating a royalty rate that would be charged for its use. That provides a ‘brand value’ understood as a net economic benefit that a licenser would achieve by licensing the brand in the open market.

Based on Brand Finance’s report, Global 500 2018, these are the most valuable brands in the U.S.

1. Amazon.com  (AMZN)

Brand value: $150.8 billion

The e-commerce and cloud computing company, based in Seattle, was founded by Jeff Bezos on in 1994.

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2. Apple

2. Apple

2. Apple

Brand value: $146.3 billion

Apple (AAPL) designs, develops, and sells consumer electronics, computer software, and online services. It’s based in Cupertino, Calif.

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3. Google

3. Google

3. Google (GOOG)

Brand value: $120.9 billion

The search engine handles more than three billion searches a day. The multinational technology company specializes in web-related services, online advertising technologies, cloud computing, software, hardware and owns YouTube, Android, and Nest.

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4. Facebook

4. Facebook

4. Facebook

Brand value $89.68 billion

The popular social networking company is based in Menlo Park, California. Facebook (FB) also owns Instagram, WhatsApp, and Oculus VR.

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5. AT&T

5. AT&T

5. AT&T  (T)

Brand value: $82.42 billion

The telecommunications holding company is headquartered Dallas. Subsidiaries include TimeWarner media, DIRECTV, and Cricket Wireless.

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6. Microsoft

6. Microsoft

6. Microsoft

Brand value: $81.16 billion

Microsoft, (MSFT) a technology company founded in 1975 and based in Redmond, Wash., develops, manufactures, licenses, supports and sells computer software, personal computers, and electronics. Above, the Microsoft store on Fifth Avenue in New York City.

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7. Verizon

7. Verizon

7. Verizon  (VZ)

Brand value: $62.83 billion

The well-known telecommunications company offers wireless products and services.

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8. Walmart

8. Walmart

8. Walmart

Brand value: $61.48 billion

Walmart (WMT) is a multinational retail corporation that operates thousands of giant stores around the world. Walmart also owns Sam’s Club and e-commerce company Jet.com.

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9. Wells Fargo

9. Wells Fargo

9. Wells Fargo (WFC)

Brand value: $44.1 billion

The multinational financial services company is based in San Francisco.

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10. Chase

10. Chase

10. Chase 

Brand value: $38.84 billion

The ubiquitous bank is owned by JPMorgan Chase Bank,  (JPM) which is based in Manhattan.

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11. Home Depot

11. Home Depot

11. Home Depot (HD)

Brand value: $33.75 billion

The home improvement retailer operates about 2,200 stores across North America.

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12. Bank of America

12. Bank of America

12. Bank of America (BAC)

Brand value: $33.29 billion

The multinational financial services company headquartered in Charlotte, N.C. started out as the Bank of Italy in 1904.

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13. Disney

13. Disney

13. Disney (DIS)

Brand value: $32.590

Founded in 1923, the international mass media and entertainment conglomerate is based in Burbank, Calif.

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14. IBM

14. IBM

14. IBM   (IBM)

Brand value: $32.48 billion

International Business Machines is a multinational technology company with operations in over 170 countries

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15. Starbucks

15. Starbucks

15. Starbucks   (SBUX

Brand value: $32.42 billion

The Seattle coffee company and coffeehouse chain operates more than 28,000 locations worldwide. It also owns Teavana and Tazo teas.

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16. General Electric

16. General Electric

16. General Electric

Brand value: $32 billion

The conglomerate works in a number of industries, including power generation, oil and gas production equipment, aircraft engines, medical imaging, and financing. Above, a gas turbine is transported from GE’s (GE) plant in Greenville, S.C.

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17. Citi

17. Citi

17. Citi    (C)

Brand value: $30.78 billion

The international investment bank and financial services corporation is based in New York City.

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18. Marlboro

18. Marlboro

18. Marlboro

Brand value: $30.51 billion

The iconic cigarette brand is owned and manufactured by Philip Morris. (PM)

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19. Coca-Cola

19. Coca-Cola

19. Coca-Cola  (KO)

Brand value: $30.38 billion

Coke’s carbonated soft drink was first introduced in 1886. The company also makes Sprite, Fanta, Minute Maid, Odwalla and Dasani. Above, a general store selling antiques in Hackberry, Ariz.

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20. Oracle

20. Oracle

20. Oracle (ORCL)

Brand value: $29.63 billion

Oracle, a computer technology corporation, is based in Redwood Shores, Calif. Above, the Oracle Arena in Oakland, Calif., home to the Golden State Warriors.

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21. Nike

21. Nike

21. Nike (NKE)

Brand value: $28.03 billion

Nike designs, develops, and manufactures footwear, apparel, equipment, accessories, and services. Above, Serena Williams plays at the U.S. Open in 2016.

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22. Xfinity

22. Xfinity

22. Xfinity 

Brand value: $26.12 billion

Xfinity is the brand Comcast Corporation (CMCSA) uses to market consumer cable television, internet, telephone, and wireless services.

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23. Youtube

23. Youtube

23. Youtube

Brand value: $25.89 billion

The video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, Calif. is owned by Alphabet. (GOOG)

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24. McDonald’s

24. McDonald's

24. McDonald’s (MCD)

Brand value: $24.87 billion

The well-known fast food company, founded in 1940, is headquartered in Chicago.

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25. PWC

25. PWC

25. PWC

Brand value: $22.29 billion

Pricewaterhouse Cooper is an audit and assurance, consulting and tax services firm.

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26. Intel

26. Intel

26. Intel (INTC)

Brand value: $22.06 billion

The technology company headquartered in Santa Clara, Calif. supplies processors for computer manufacturers.

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27. UPS

27. UPS

27. UPS  (UPS)

Brand value: $22 billion

UPS is based in Atlanta.

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28. Deloitte

28. Deloitte

28. Deloitte

Brand value: $20.84 billion

Deloitte is an audit, consulting, tax and advisory services company.

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29. Visa

29. Visa

29. Visa (V)

Brand value: $20.66 billion

Its logo is mostly seen on credit cards. Visa is a multinational financial services corporation based in Foster City, Calif.

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30. CVS Caremark

30. CVS Caremark

30. CVS Caremark

Brand value: $20.60 billion

A subsidiary of CVS Health, CVS Caremark is a prescription benefit management company. CVS (CVS) is headquartered in Woonsocket, R.I.

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