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The cities snapping at the heels of the global leaders

The world's leading global cities may be sitting on top of the pile for now but they have a group of ambitious contenders challenging their dominance.

October 06, 2017

The chasing pack are already household names in their own right but there’s more to the top group of London, Paris, New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Singapore and Seoul than size alone. They’ve also got a critical mass of corporate headquarters, deep talent pools, efficient infrastructure – not to mention the influence to set and shape the world stage.

Yet the gap with other emerging global cities around the world is closing as they raise their game. “Comparative indices and performance data have made it clear that a second tier of cities has emerged just behind the seven leading cities,” says Jeremy Kelly, Director of Global Research at JLL. “Most of these cities have been promoted from their previous status as ‘New World’ or ‘Emerging World Cities’, having acquired more of the assets and characteristics of Established World Cities.”

So which 10 cities are part of the Contenders group? View the slideshow below to find out more:

Los Angeles downtown

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