World’s Most Admired Companies

March 5, 2010

Apple & GoogleBy Angie Moreschi:

Fortune Magazine is back at it with another list to capture the collective mindset on which companies are the most admired. “Most admired” falls closely in line with being profitable, as you might imagine, but not always.  Other key factors in getting the nod included respect for the product, service quality and innovation.

Apple, with its legion of devoted followers, not surprisingly, ranked number one.  It was followed in second place by Google, which I personally could not live without.  Ironically, Toyota, in the midst of its brand meltdown due to safety concerns over sudden acceleration in its vehicles, made the top 10, coming in at number seven.  Also in the top ten, Berkshire Hathaway, Johnson & Johnson, Amazon.com, Proctor & Gamble, Goldman Sachs, Wal-Mart, and Coca-Cola.

To come up with the list, Fortune’s survey asked businesspeople to vote for the companies they admired most, from any industry.  Here’s a look at the list.  Click on each company to get a description of that company’s business status.

Top 50 most admired companies overall:

Rank Company
1 Apple
2 Google
3 Berkshire Hathaway
4 Johnson & Johnson
5 Amazon.com
6 Procter & Gamble
7 Toyota Motor
8 Goldman Sachs Group
9 Wal-Mart Stores
10 Coca-Cola
11 Microsoft
12 Southwest Airlines
13 FedEx
14 McDonald’s
15 IBM
16 General Electric
17 3M
18 J.P. Morgan Chase
19 Walt Disney
20 Cisco Systems
21 Costco Wholesale
22* BMW
22* Target
24 Nike
25 PepsiCo
26 Starbucks
27 Singapore Airlines
28 Exxon Mobil
29 American Express
30 Nordstrom
31 Intel
32 Hewlett-Packard
33 UPS
34 Nestlé
35 Caterpillar
36 Honda Motor
37 Best Buy
38 Sony
39 Wells Fargo
40 eBay
41 Nokia
42 Samsung Electronics
43 Deere
44 L’Oréal
45 AT&T
46 Lowe’s
47 General Mills
48 Marriott International
49 DuPont
50 Volkswagen