Apple #1 on Fortune’s list of ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ for 6th consecutive year

Fortune today revealed its 30th annual list of the World’s Most Admired Companies.

For the sixth consecutive year, Apple Inc. again took the #1 spot.

Fortune Senior Editor-at-Large Adam Lashinsky writes, “For the sixth consecutive year, Apple has earned the top ranking in Fortune’s annual poll of executives asked to identify the companies they most admire. For some, the news will come as a surprise. Headlines of late have tended to portend Apple’s demise. Corporate admiration, however, appears to outlast the fickle tastes of investors and consumers alike. Apple scored No. 1 in a nine-point evaluation of similar companies as well as in an overall poll of all respondents to Fortune’s Most Admired survey.”

Read Lashinsky’s piece on Apple’s dominance here.

See Fortune‘s full 2013 World’s Most Admired Companies list here.

Fortune’s Top 10 Most Admired Companies 2013:
1. Apple
2. Google
4. Coca-Cola
5. Starbucks
6. IBM
7. Southwest Airlines
8. Berkshire Hathaway
9. Walt Disney
10. FedEx

See the full list of companies and sort by rank, industry or location, here.

More on Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies:

• 30 Years of Most Admired Companies
• 10 Most Admired tech companies
• Top companies in innovation, social responsibility and more
• 7 Most Admired Companies that fell off the map


Fortune’s survey partners at Hay Group started with approximately 1,400 companies: the Fortune 1,000 — the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue and non-U.S. companies in Fortune¹s global 500 database with revenue of $10 billion or more. Hay then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, surveying a total of 687 companies from 30 countries. To create the 57 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed. Because of the distribution of responses, only the aggregate industry scores and ranks are published in health care, pharmacy, and other services; mining and crude oil production; specialty retailers — apparel; tobacco; trading companies; and wholesalers — diversified.

To arrive at the top 50 Most Admired Companies overall, the Hay Group asked the 3,800 respondents to select the 10 companies they admired most, from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25% in last year’s survey, plus those that finished in the top 20% of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry, which is why some results may seem anomalous. For example, BMW is in the top 15 Most Admired Companies and second in the motor vehicles industry, behind Toyota Motor (ranked 29th in the top 50).

Source: Fortune

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  1. “Apple #1 on Fortune’s list of ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ for 6th consecutive year”

    See, it’s just more of the same from Apple.
    Come on Mr. Cook — when are you going to do something NEW?

  2. Once again, folks. Yesterday’s news. You can see how excited the Street is with this award from Fortune. AAPL soars fifty cents! And, yes – that Google is second says volumes about the importance of this ranking. Stuff like this sells magazines, not stocks.

  3. But, but . . . Apple can’t innovate anymore and Apple is dead and Apple doesn’t have Steve Jobs and Apple this and Apple that . . .

    The poll must have been taken before the stock dropped. There are so many put downs of Apple in the news it is a wonder that they could even qualify as a company in the media’s eyes.

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