Apple has topped Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the ninth consecutive year. Following Apple, we find Alphabet (Google’s parent company), followed by Amazon. The A-sequence is “broken” by Berkshire Hathaway, which ranks no. 4 on the list, followed by Walt Disney in fifth.
Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies is a report on corporate reputation, and Apple scored well on the key attributes they follow each year: innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, quality of products and services, and finally, global competitiveness.
There’s a new AAA standard in corporate America: the one-two three punch of Apple, Alphabet, and Amazon. For the fourth time, our list of the World’s Most Admired Companies Top 50 All-Stars is led by a trio of tech giants under 40 years old. They preside over a class of blue chips and even younger tech stalwarts, such as Facebook (No. 14), Salesforce (No. 34), and Netflix, which makes a return to the Top 50 at an impressive No. 19. They also are joined by newcomers Visa and Publix, which make debuts at Nos. 47 and 49. See the full list of the Top 50 below, or use the tools at left to view all 340 companies in 54 industries.
The list is the result of a poll of 4,000 executives, directors, and security analysts. Apple’s overall score is 8.6, while Alphabet scored 8.2.