プレスリリース 2017-06-13


This year, Heidrick & Struggles again applies its Superaccelerator tests on the 500 most highly valued companies in the world. Of the 25 superaccelerators, 16 U.S. companies named; 6 are from Greater China (4 from the mainland, 1 from HK and 1 from Taiwan) among the 9 Asian Superaccelerators.


Below is the full list of the 2017 Superaccelerators
(ranked by market capitalization as of March 31, 2017; asterisk indicates company was also on 2016 Superaccelerators list):


1. *Apple United States Technology
2. *Alphabet United States Technology
3. Alibaba Group Holdings China Consumer
4. *Tencent Holdings China Technology
5. *Visa Inc. United States Financial Services
6. *Comcast Corporation United States Communications
7. *Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Taiwan, China Technology
8. United Health Group United States Healthcare/Life Sciences
9. *Ping An Insurance (Group) Company of China China Financial Services
10. Celgene Corporation United States Healthcare/Life Sciences
11. *The Priceline Group Inc. United States Consumer
12. *Starbucks Corporation United States Consumer
13. CVS Health Corporation United States Healthcare/Life Sciences
14. *Tata Consultancy Services Limited India Professional Services
15. *Biogen Inc. United States Healthcare/Life Sciences
16. *HDFC Bank Limited India Financial Services
17. The Charles Schwab Corporation United States Financial Services
18. Keyence Corporation Japan Technology
19. Sun Hung Kai Properties Limited Hong Kong, China Real Estate
20. VMware, Inc. United States Technology
21. NetEase, Inc. China Technology
22. *Cognizant Technology Solutions Corporation United States Technology
23. McKesson Corporation United States Healthcare/Life Sciences
24. Monster Beverage Corporation United States Consumer
25. *Cerner Corporation United States Technology

To qualify as a superaccelerator, a company must pass four "rules of 20." Among the 500 companies with the highest market capitalizations in the world, they must:


  • Be in the top 20% for revenue growth, both in the past three and the past seven years,
  • Have generated no more than 20% of their growth inorganically (through acquisition),
  • Received no more than 20% of their revenue from their home government (eliminating state-supported enterprises),
  • Have not seen their profit margin reduced by more than 20% as a percentage of revenue as they grew in scale.