1. AppleThe favourite brand of tech geeks worldwide, Apple’s remarkable ascent to serious coolness began with the iPod, first released in 2001. This success was capitalised on with the iPhone in 2008 and iPad in 2010. Apple’s sleek, stylish hardware and lively interface have helped it retain the top spot.
2. Aston MartinThe luxury car brand that will forever be associated with James Bond, Aston Martin was originally founded in London in 1913 by Brits Lionel Martin and Robert Bamford. The firm’s cars are made in a number of countries, but design and engineering still takes place mainly at their headquarters in Warwickshire.
3. RolexThe Rolex brand has established itself as a byword for luxury and wealth, worn by everyone from bankers to rappers. The company that would eventually become Rolex was founded in London in 1905. Rolex has a history of innovation and launched the first waterproof watch in 1926. The firm is now based in Geneva, Switzerland.
4. NikeLove it or hate it, Nike is a truly global brand with die appeal and stunning sales figures. Founded as Blue Ribbon Sports in 1964, the firm grew through an immense focus on branding and advertising. It has kit deals with sports teams the world over, including four Premier League football clubs.
5. Glastonbury FestivalGlastonbury began as a gathering of 1,500 people on a dairy farm in 1970 but has since grown to become one of the most renowned festivals on the planet. Almost every year a group of people the equivalent in size to the population of Oxford descends on the farm to watch some of the best-know acts in the world. By Shan? Schutte
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