Apple’s brand value rises to No. 2 in the world, after Google by Philip Elmer-DeWitt @FortuneMagazine September 15, 2011, 3:33 PM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons The Apple logo is now worth $39.3 billion according to Brand Finance 30 Top U.S. Brands. Click to enlarge. Source: Brand Finance Microsoft MSFT is down 9% to $39 billion. Google GOOG is up 9% to nearly $48.3 billion. But Apple AAPL is way up — 33% — to overtake, for the first time, Microsoft, IBM IBM , Wal-Mart WMT and General Electric GE . Those are the highlights of the interim brand value report issued last week by Brand Finance, a London-based consulting company that specializes in putting a dollar value what you might think is a rather intangible marketing concept. Overall, the value of the world’s top 100 brands have fallen 2.4% since January, according to Brand Finance, dragged down by the plummeting reputations of financial institutions like Wells Fargo WFC and Bank of America BAC . As if to prove there’s some wiggle room in these valuations, a competing firm, BrandZ, put the value of the Apple brand at $153.3 billion in May, ahead of Google. (See How Apple became the world’s most valuable brand.) BrandZ bases its ratings, in part, on a survey of 2 million consumers. Brand Finance uses a more straightforward discounted cash flow technique to arrive at a net present value of a company’s trademark and associated intellectual property.