The 2021 Fortune Future 50: An Index for Tomorrow’s Growth—and Today’s Resilience
The companies on the latest Fortune Future 50 list reflect some of the most salient shifts in the business environment, including those triggered by the pandemic.
Since 2017, the BCG Henderson Institute has partnered with Fortune to publish the Future 50, a ranking of the companies with the greatest long-term growth prospects. The index is based on our proprietary measure of vitality, which combines a top-down, market-driven assessment of a company’s potential with a bottom-up analysis of its capacity to deliver growth.
The index has a strong track record, with all Future 50 cohorts outperforming the market on growth since their respective publication dates.
The 2023 Future 50 companies show that despite near-term economic and geopolitical turbulences, the dominant patterns of long-term growth potential remain relatively stable. Technology companies continue to dominate the index: Enterprise cloud, data warehousing, and cybersecurity players—all of whom are enabling the AI revolution—as well as green and clean tech manufacturers have a particularly strong presence. Geographically, North America and China remain the dominant locations to nurture vital business, while Europe lags behind.
The authors thank Magdalena Krupa, Lina Cabarique, Santiago Neira, and Edmund Cheung, data scientists at BCG X, for their important contributions to this work.
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