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FORBES ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL WORLD’S 100 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES LIST

FORBES ANNOUNCES FOURTH ANNUAL WORLD’S 100 MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES LIST

Cover Story Features Luxury’s Secret $25 Billion Family Empire

NEW YORK (August 20, 2014)Salesforce.com tops Forbes’ fourth annual list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies (p. 100) in the September 8th issue for the fourth year in a row.  The list includes firms that investors feel are most likely to come up with the next big innovation.  Alexion Pharmaceuticals follows at No. 2 for the third consecutive year, with ARM Holdings ranking at No. 3.  Rounding out the top five are Unilever Indonesia at No. 4 and Regeneron Pharmaceuticals at No. 5.  The rankings are based on analysis from Finstra Consulting in collaboration with Innovators DNA and using data and a proprietary valuation model from HOLT, a division of Credit Suisse.  The method relies on an innovation premium (IP), the difference between a firm’s enterprise value and a net present value of cash flows from its existing businesses. The U.S. dominates the list this year, but one-quarter of the companies on the list are from Asia.  For the complete list, visit www.forbes.com/innovative-companies.

The cover features Hermès CEO Axel Dumas, who says “our business is about creating desire.”  Cover story Luxury’s Secret Empire (p. 90) offers an inside look at the $25 billion family remastering the art of sales. They’ve done it not only by selling beautiful luxury items, but also by selling aura as beautifully as any company on the planet.

ALSO IN THIS ISSUE:

Genetics’ Engineer (p. 104) - DNA sequencing is revolutionizing the diagnosis and treatment of everything from cancer to Down syndrome.  Incredibly, a single company – Illumina – is making it all possible.

Richest NFL Teams (p. 26) – The average pro football team is now worth $1.4 billion.

401(K) Fee Escape Artists (p. 72) – Five ways to avoid being gouged on your retirement account. 

The Billion-Dollar Dress (p. 118) – Rent The Runway’s Jennifer Hyman hooked Millennials on catch-and-release couture, but the logistics platform she built is sophisticated enough to dominate the sharing economy. 

America’s Car Capital Will Soon Be Mexico (p. 128) – There’s more bad news for Detroit. Wise free trade policies south of the border have quickly created the global auto industry’s factory floor.  Washington, are you listening?

Where Belly Dancers Bid For You (p. 56) – Buying local services online is still a hair ball, but it’s an $800 billion hair ball. A few young former policy wonks think they have a better way. Thumbtack’s website is a marketplace that connects consumers with local service professionals. 

Sparking Zippo (p. 52) – Americans don’t smoke much anymore, but that hasn’t stopped the iconic cigarette lighter maker from having its best year ever.

For the complete list, related features, and more, visit www.forbes.com/innovative-companies.

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Contact: Wendy Furrer Egan, wfurrer-egan@forbes.com  or 212-366-8848

Date: 
Wednesday, August 20, 2014