Forbes has a list out of the World’s Most Influential Cities, and Sydney comes in at No.8 but Asian neighbours such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Tokyo and Beijing managed to outrank the Harbour City.
London edged out New York for the top spot, while Paris, with impressive aviation connectivity to other major influential cities, came third.
Beijing and Sydney were tied for eighth, while Los Angeles, Toronto and San Francisco split tenth place.
The list was assembled by sorting, classifying and grading 58 leading metropolitan areas in eight different categories; the concentration of corporate headquarters; the level of direct foreign investment; air connectivity (ease of travel to other global cities); dominance of particular business niches; financial services; technological and media influence; strength of producer services; and racial diversity.
The rankings are as follows:
- New York
- Hong Kong
- (Tie) Beijing & Sydney
- (Tie) Los Angeles, Toronto & San Francisco
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