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China 2016: CHINA TOP 100 BRANDS IN BRIEF| 1 - 10

1. Tencent

COMPANY Tencent Holdings, Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 82,107 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE 24%
HEADQUARTERS Shenzhen
INDUSTRY Technology
YEAR FORMED 1998

Founded in 1998, Tencent is China’s most used internet service portal, o ering value-added internet, mobile services (including WeChat), telecoms, and online advertising services. It was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004. 

 


2. China Mobile

COMPANY China Mobile Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 57,157 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE 2%
HEADQUARTERS Beijing
INDUSTRY Telecom Providers
YEAR FORMED 1997

China Mobile is owned by SOE (State Owned Enterprise) China Mobile Communications Corporation. It was listed on the New York and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges in 1997. 
 


3. Alibaba

COMPANY Alibaba Group Holding, Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 47,605 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE -20%
HEADQUARTERS Hangzhou
INDUSTRY Retail
YEAR FORMED 1999

Alibaba was founded in 1999. Today, Alibaba combines into one ecosystem the e-commerce and social network equivalents of Amazon, eBay, PayPal and Groupon, along with a music streaming service called Xiami, similar to Spotify. 

 


4. ICBC

COMPANY Industrial & Commercial Bank of China, Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 34,276 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE -1%
HEADQUARTERS Beijing
INDUSTRY Banks
YEAR FORMED 1984

ICBC was originally a state-owned commercial bank. In 2006, it became a publicly traded entity (listed on the Hong Kong and Shanghai Stock Exchanges) with a major stake held by the Chinese government. 
 


5. Baidu

COMPANY Baidu Inc.
BRAND VALUE US$ 26,849 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE -13%
HEADQUARTERS Beijing
INDUSTRY Technology
YEAR FORMED 2000

Baidu is China’s most successful search engine. In addition to its core web search services it provides many online media marketing and community based platforms. Founded by Robin Li in 2000, Baidu was first listed on the NASDAQ in 2005. 
 


6. China Construction Bank

COMPANY China Construction Bank Corporation
BRAND VALUE US$ 19,720 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE -6%
HEADQUARTERS Beijing
INDUSTRY Banks
YEAR FORMED 1954

Founded in 1954 as a wholly state-owned bank called People’s Bank of China, today it is one of the nation’s ‘big four’ commercial banks. It was listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2005, and on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2007. 
 


7. Huawei

COMPANY Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 18,501 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE NEW
HEADQUARTERS Shenzhen
INDUSTRY Technology
YEAR FORMED 1987

From small beginnings as a sales agent for Private Branch Exchange (PBX) switches, Huawei has grown to become the largest telecoms equipment manufacturer in the world. In 2015, Huawei was the only Chinese company – out of the 91 mainland Chinese companies listed on the Fortune Global 500 list – earning more revenue abroad than in China. 
 


8. Agricultural Bank of China

COMPANY Agricultural Bank of China Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 16,239 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE 5%
HEADQUARTERS Beijing
INDUSTRY Banks
YEAR FORMED 1951

From its origins as the Agricultural Cooperative Bank, it has evolved from a state-owned specialized bank to a wholly state-owned commercial bank and subsequently a state- controlled commercial bank. In 2010 it became a public shareholding commercial bank listed on the Shanghai and Hong Kong exchanges. 
 


9. Ping An

COMPANY Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China, Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 15,624 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE 41%
HEADQUARTERS Shenzhen
INDUSTRY Insurance
YEAR FORMED 1988

Ping An is a holding company whose subsidiaries mainly deal with insurance, banking, and financial services. The company was founded in 1988; it listed on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange in 2004, and on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2007. 


10. China Life

COMPANY China Life Insurance Co Ltd.
BRAND VALUE US$ 15,504 Million
YEAR-ON-YEAR CHANGE 53%
HEADQUARTERS Beijing
INDUSTRY Insurance
YEAR FORMED 2003

China Life is part of China Life Insurance (Group) Company, a state-owned firm that was spun o in 1996 from its predecessor, People’s Insurance Company of China (PICC, which was founded in 1949). China Life was listed on the New York and Hong Kong Stock Exchanges in 2003, and on the Shanghai Stock Exchange in 2007.