Companies around the world have changed the lives of the consumers they provide services and products for. Some have been around for over 50 years while others are still in their infancy having been fabricated after 2000. Sheer numbers do not define this top 25 list though, instead how they influence is more important.
The core characteristics of influence are unchanged, whether it's inspiring a loyal following, spawning big ideas, or building up mammoth market share. What has changed is how players achieve it. A company's physical assets are less important now than the force of its ideas. In the age of blogging and instant communication, consumers are less the recipients of corporate influence than powerful actors who help shape it.
The top 25 Most Influential Companies Are:
3. Saudi Aramco
4. JPMorgan Chase
6. China Mobile
8. News Corp.
19. HCL Technologies
20. Japan Steel Works
21. Sirius XM
23. SKS Microfinance
24. Li & Fung Ltd.
What we found interesting from this list were the stories behind some of these companies. Sirius XM with commercial free radio, Apple with the iPhone, Toyota and their movement for fuel efficiency, and even the simple site Craigslist which still bodes its original design has influenced millions of lives.
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The World's Most Influential Companies
Jena McGregor, BusinessWeek
Thursday December 18th, 2008