5. Tencent
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Sector: Technology
Headquarters: Shenzhen

Note the penguin with the scarf. That's the face of Tencent's ubiquitous QQ digital messaging service.

The company is a leader in digital communication, with industry leading web portals, online games, mobile chat software and social networks.

Tencent recently struck an agreement allowing it to distribute animated Disney content on its platforms.

Source: WPP and Millward Brown
- Last updated December 06 2012 09:28 PM ET