For the 50 most admired companies overall, FORTUNE’s survey asked businesspeople to vote for the companies that they admired most, from any industry.

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

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7 Responses to “Fortune’s 50 Most Admired Companies”

  1. no Cash 4 Gold?

    there’s always next year…

  2. donna says:

    Meh. I loathe at least 10 of those companies.

    Gotta agree with the Apple pick, though. Never been happier than since I’ve switched to all Apple computer products.

    And B of A? Lol!

  3. JD says:

    Wells Fargo is number 14? What exactly are the businesspeople admiring here, ability to hide toxic crap off the balance sheet?

  4. flibby says:

    Not a single winner!
    And here is the 50 Most Admired Companies Performance Over the Last Year:
    Rank Company YOY % Change
    16 McDonalds -1.5
    11 Walmart -2.71
    45 General Mills -6.86
    49 Accenture -19.72
    17 IBM -21.38
    5 Johnson & Johnson -21.98
    32 Honda Motor -24.24
    25 Exxon Mobil -24.4
    1 Apple -26.9
    4 Google -27.62
    6 Proctor & Gamble -28.43
    12 Coca-Cola -32.06
    21 PepsiCo -32.52
    23 NIKE -33.02
    48 AT&T -33.54
    38 Nestle -33.97
    22 Costco -33.88
    44 Best Buy -36.6
    36 Intel -37.38
    47 Lowe’s -38.96
    31 Cisco Systems -40.61
    10 Microsoft -40.87
    30 Hewlett-Packard -40.86
    3 Toyota Motor -44.05
    46 Toyota Industries -44.4
    18 3M -44.62
    27 United Parcel -44.89
    20 JPMorgan Chase -44.95
    15 Goldman Sachs -46.22
    2 Berkshire Hataway -46.64
    S&P500 -46.57
    19 Target -47.72
    13 Walt Disney -50.08
    34 Starbucks -50.14
    7 FedEx -54.03
    7 Southwest Airlines -55.11
    37 Marriott -60.54
    14 Wells Fargo -60.76
    40 Boeing -63.03
    39 Sony -64.67
    24 Nordstrom -64.92
    35 Caterpillar -69.25
    41 Deere -71.18
    29 American Express -72.86
    42 Nokia -75.24
    9 General Electric -76.65
    26 Bank of America -90.17

    BMW, Singapore Air, Northwestern Mutual, and Samsung excluded.

  5. deanscamaro says:

    Bank of America and Wells Fargo?????????? Are the participants in this survey all dope smoking financial guys who got increased bonus’? I agree with a lot, but some of those must be higher-ups from companies receiving bailouts.

  6. pjcalafi says:

    Flibby: 29 companies outperformed the S&P500.

  7. worth says:

    Bet many of these would also be on a “Most Despised List” as compiled by consumers [maybe that disconnect between what consumers value and "businesspeople" admire is a problem? anyone?]:

    Starbucks
    B of A
    Wells Fargo
    Exxon
    AT&T…just to name a few.