Forbes Names Red Hat One of the World's Most Innovative Companies

Forbes ranks Red Hat as the 25th most innovative company in the world; Recognition speaks to power of open source innovation

NEW DELHI - AUGUST 30, 2016 – Red Hat Inc. the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced it has been named to Forbes' “World’s Most Innovative Companies” list. Red Hat was ranked as the 25th most innovative company in the world, marking the company's fourth appearance on the list (2012, 2014, 2015, 2016). Red Hat was named to Forbes' "World's Most Innovative Growth Companies" list in 2011.

 Forbes Names Red Hat One of the World's Most Innovative Companies

More than 20 years ago, Red Hat disrupted the enterprise software world with new models for technology and business innovation. Today, Red Hat is the global leader in open source software, credited with bringing open source to the enterprise mainstream and inspiring the continued evolution of open source, which is driving key innovations across the technology landscape, from cloud computing and Linux containers, to mobile, big data, and beyond. In its 2016 predictions, Deutsche Bank wrote that “open source keeps eating the world,” with “open source rivals for almost every major infrastructure and data management software market.” Red Hat is the only open source software company on Forbes' 2016 list.

According to Forbes, “[t]he World’s Most Innovative Companies list consists of firms that investors feel are most likely to come up with the next big innovation. Companies are ranked by their innovation premium: the difference between their market capitalization and the net present value of cash flows from existing businesses (based on a proprietary algorithm from Credit Suisse HOLT).”

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Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat

“It is always an honor to see Red Hat's name on this list. Today, open source is a default choice for innovation, and more than 90 percent of Fortune 500 companies rely on Red Hat's enterprise open source solutions. This recognition by Forbes is a tribute to not only Red Hat associates around the world, but also to the open source communities that are driving community-powered innovation."

About Red Hat, Inc.

Red Hat is the world's leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies. Red Hat also offers award-winning support, training, and consulting services. As a connective hub in a global network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create relevant, innovative technologies that liberate resources for growth and prepare customers for the future of IT. Learn more at