No. 8: MTN
Brand Value: $11.4 billion
MTN Group, based in Johannesburg, South Africa, provides mobile telecommunications services to 195 million subscribers in 22 countries in Africa and the Middle East. The company is currently trying to get a license to operate in Myanmar, formerly known as Burma.
One way the company has raised its profile is by sponsoring football teams (soccer to us Americans), including England's famous Manchester United Football Club.
MTN's brand value surged 23 percent in 2013, moving it up nine spots on the top 100 brands list to No. 82.