So far in this last quarter of 2013 we’ve heard about the world’s most valuable brands and the most inspiring companies. Now we’ve got the top 100 innovative companies, and tech outfits are big winners yet again.
The list is ranked by name, so there’s no one winner, but all the usual suspects feature. Apple, which was crowned the world’s most valuable brand last week, helped kick the list off, while Microsoft, Google and Samsung all appeared. The most surprising addition? BlackBerry, which is no doubt happy to be included in the face of its current issues. It’s the first time the company has featured on the list, likely gaining from its increase in registered patents.
Some $4.5 trillion was made between the top 100 innovative companies that are listed in 2013. R&D costs came in at $223 billion, while 266,000 jobs were also added. It’s encouraging to see some many smartphone makers appear once again, even if that list is getting a little predictable. We’re hoping that this time next year we might have some new faces to talk about.