Top 50 Most Admired Companies

Apple, Berkshire Hathaway, and Toyota Motor top the list.

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Fortune magazine released their annual list of the world's most admired companies. To create the list, global management consulting firm Hay Group asked 4,047 executives, directors, and securities analysts who had responded to industry surveys to select the 10 companies they admired most. The list includes companies that finished in the top 20% of their industry, as well as those that ranked in the top 25% in last year's surveys.

2009 World’s Most Admired Companies:

1. Apple (U.S.)

2. Berkshire Hathaway (U.S.)
3. Toyota Motor (Japan)
4. Google (U.S.)
5. Johnson & Johnson (U.S.)
6. Procter & Gamble (U.S.)
7. (TIE) FedEx (U.S.)
7. (TIE) Southwest Airlines (U.S.)
9. General Electric (U.S.)
10. Microsoft (U.S.)
11. Wal-Mart Stores (U.S.)
12. Coca-Cola (U.S.)
13. Walt Disney (U.S.)
14. Wells Fargo (U.S.)
15. Goldman Sachs Group (U.S.)
16. McDonald’s (U.S.)
17. IBM (U.S.)
18. 3M (U.S.)
19. Target (U.S.)
20. J.P. Morgan Chase (U.S.)
21. PepsiCo (U.S.)
22. Costco Wholesale (U.S.)
23. Nike (U.S.)
24. Nordstrom (U.S.)
25. Exxon Mobil (U.S)
26. Bank of America (U.S.)
27. United Parcel Service (U.S.)
28. BMW (Germany)
29. American Express (U.S.)
30. Hewlett-Packard (U.S.)
31. Cisco Systems (U.S.)
32. Honda Motor (Japan)
33. Singapore Airlines (Singapore)
34. Starbucks (U.S.)
35. Caterpillar (U.S.)
36. Intel (U.S.)
37. Marriott International (U.S.)
38. Nestle (Switzerland)
39. Sony (Japan)
40. Boeing (U.S.)
41. Deere (U.S.)
42. Nokia (Finland)
43. Northwestern Mutual (U.S.)
44. Best Buy (U.S.)
45. General Mills (U.S.)
46. Toyota Industries (Japan)
47. Lowe’s (U.S.)
48. AT&T (U.S.)
49. Accenture (Bermuda)
50. Samsung Electronics (South Korea)

Berkshire Hathaway
Apple Inc.
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