Microsoft tops Thomson Reuters top 100 global tech leaders list
Thomson Reuters Corp
The list, which aims to identify the industry`s top financially successful and organisationally sound organizations, features U.S. tech giants such as Apple Inc
Microchip maker Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing , German business software giant SAP
The remaining 90 companies are not ranked, but the list also includes the world`s largest online retailer Amazon.com Inc
The assessment tracks patent activity for technological innovation and sentiment in news and selected social media as the reflection of a company`s public reputation.
The set of tech companies is restricted to those that have at least $1 billion in annual revenue.
According to the list, 45 percent of these 100 tech companies are headquartered in the United States. Japan and Taiwan are tied for second place with 13 companies each, followed by India with five tech leaders on the list.
By continent, North America leads with 47, followed by Asia with 38, Europe with 14 and Australia with one.
The strength of Asia highlights the growth of companies such as Tencent Holdings Ltd, which became the first Asian firm to enter the club of companies worth more than $500 billion, and surpassed Facebook in market value in November.
Reuters is the news and media division of Thomson Reuters, which produced the list.