The Economic Power Index is our measure of wealth of cities around the world. It’s a balance between where the wealthy reside, and where they create their wealth; where the billionaires live and where the leading public companies in the world are headquartered. The two are not necessarily the same; an important disparity can exist between cities on this point. Our ranking highlights the importance of a city in the global economy and its access to key actors.

This year, ranking might have also been influenced by the rising U.S. dollar in comparison to other currencies. European countries have not done great, but this can be attributed to both drops in the currency and economic slowdown. With the U.S. dollar being our base currency, this can explain some of the variation experienced this year.

All information is expressed in USD. The data has been collected in 2019.

Cities have been regrouped into major metropolitan or economic areas e.g. San Jose was counted into San Francisco Bay Area. They respect the geographic and administrative definition given by their government.

Billionaire Residents and Wealth

The data has been taken from Forbes. The individuals having more than one place of residence were attributed to the most likely city in which they would reside and conduct business. Missing data regarding the city of residence was researched individually.

Global 2000 Public Companies

The data was taken exclusively from Forbes. Missing data regarding the location of the headquarters was researched individually.

Billionaire Residents

Most of the data was taken from Forbes 2019 List of World’s Billionaires.

Global 2000 Public Companies

Forbes 2016 World’s Biggest Public Companies