From Beijing to Zurich: the (new) 20 cities of power


Beijing (China). With a population of over 20 million people, Beijing is the political center of the powerful Chinese economy. After Moscow, New York and Hong Kong, Beijing is the fourth city in the world for the highest number of resident billionaires.

Berlin (Germany). Germany is one of the most advanced and efficient industrial nations and, after the United States, Japan and China, has the fourth largest national economy in the world. With a population of 82 million, Germany is also the largest and most important market in the European Union, of which - according to various political observers - it would be the leading state.

Chicago (USA). It is the second financial center of North America, after New York, because of the variety of its industries it is considered the most balanced economy in the United States. And it is the city of President Obama.

Dublin (Ireland). First among European economies to enter recession, Ireland has emerged as a winner from the crisis. Such as? Thanks above all to the strong tax incentives that have turned Dublin into the European home of many of the world's largest companies, including Google, Twitter, Apple, Facebook and Amazon. It also houses offices of the top 50 banks in the world.

Geneva (Switzerland). It is not only the second headquarters of the UN, after the headquarters of New York, but one of the most important financial centers in the world, thanks to the large number of private banks such as HSBC, which alone has a turnover of 2, 7 trillion dollars.

Hong Kong (China). Located on the southern coast of China, Hong Kong holds several economic records. Among these, the IPOs, the initial public offerings, when a company begins to be listed on the stock exchange. Not only: according to the 2015 Index of Economic Freedom, published by the Wall Street Journal, it is "the freest economy in the world".

London (Great Britain). What was once the capital of the largest modern empire, today according to Eurostat is by far the richest region in Europe, and has a unique record: it has more foreign banks (480) than any other city in the world.

Los Angeles (USA). Most of us associate Los Angeles with Hollywood film production. Very true. However, the city of angels also has the fifth busiest port in the world and is the main hub for trade between the United States and Asia.

Mosk Russia). The capital of Russia is indisputably one of the most powerful cities from the financial point of view: it is the city with the largest number of billionaires globally and the headquarters of Gazprom, the largest natural gas exporter in the world.

New York (USA). It is always the center of the world, especially from an economic point of view. His primacy? Thanks (also) to the presence of the Wall Street stock exchange, the Big Apple can boast a GDP of 1.55 trillion dollars.

Osaka (Japan). The Osaka-Kobe metropolitan area boasts a combined GDP of 260 billion euros (Milan's is 185 billion euros). Once the center of Japanese commerce, the area is still home to major companies such as Panasonic and Sharp.

Oslo (Norway). Home to many major oil and energy companies, Oslo has earned first place in the fDI magazine as a European city with the greatest economic potential. According to the latest figures released by Statistics Norway, it has a per capita GDP of 75, 210 euros (the one in Milan, the richest city in Italy, stands at 46, 600 euros).

Paris (France). The fifth most economically powerful city in the world, Paris is the city with the highest GDP in Europe: 623 billion euros. It is no coincidence that this is where La Defense is located, the largest business district of the entire continent.

San Francisco (USA). Until the last century its strengths were finance and tourism. But with the arrival of the zero years, San Francisco has become a leading center for medical research and technology, hosting Silicon Valley and corporate headquarters such as Facebook and Google around its bay.

Seoul (South Korea). Seoul accounts for almost a quarter of South Korea's GDP, despite occupying less than 1% of its surface. This financial megalopolis, with 10 million inhabitants (20 million if you calculate the entire metropolitan area), is home to some of the largest companies in the world such as Samsung and LG.

Shanghai (China). It is the financial center of mainland China. And in the last 20 years it has recorded a continuous double-digit growth, largely due to its freight port, considered the busiest in the world.

Sidney (Australia). If Australia is seen by many young Europeans (and not only) as the new promised land it is surely also due to the wealth of Sidney, which alone boasts a bigger economy than all of Denmark.

Stockholm (Sweden). The Swedish economy is the most important of the Nordic countries and is based on the country's great wealth of forests, minerals and hydroelectric power. And it is still the city of the Nobel Prize.

Washington (USA). In the capital of American politics the federal government is the largest employer with 29% of jobs. But in itself, the Washington DC area is the fourth largest metropolitan economy in the United States. This is where the international political decisions that affect us all are made.

Zurich (Switzerland). Most of the Swiss banks are based in Zurich. But besides being the financial heart of the Swiss country, it is also the largest center for the global gold trade.

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