Forbes names London as Most Influential City in World

Tower Bridge Tower Bridge in London (Photo by Todd DeFeo)

Forbes’ “The World’s Most Influential Cities 2014” ranks London top over competitors such as New York and Paris on criteria such as amount of foreign direct investment attracted, concentration of corporate headquarters and ease of travel to other global cities.

According to the study, London attracted more than double the amount of foreign direct investment deals than New York, which was ranked second.

Gordon Innes, CEO of London & Partners, the Mayor’s promotional company for the capital, said: “London has many outstanding attributes that are recognised worldwide, including a deep pool of talent, superb access to markets and financial backing, and a well-earned reputation for innovation and creativity. I am proud that Forbes has recognized these strengths in this study, and we will continue to showcase London to the outside world, not only helping as many companies as possible to come to our city, but also creating new jobs and economic growth that will benefit both London and the UK.”