Apple Tops Fortune’s ‘Most Admired Company’ List 15th Year in a Row

Apple has yet again been named the most admired company in the world.

Fortune magazine has once again published the results of its survey of the most admired companies in the world, with Apple taking the top spot on the list for the fifteenth year in a row, ranking higher than both Amazon and Microsoft.

“Our individual industry rankings show the standing each one holds among leaders in its own industry— the folks who compete with it every day,” the publication said. “So while Apple’s 15-year reign on the All-Stars list is truly remarkable, for example, its presence atop the computer industry ranking, for the 12th time in the past 13 years, suggests that it has simultaneously impressed an even tougher audience.”

As the current global pandemic limps into its third year, meanwhile, companies on the front lines of the medical battle gained new respect. Pfizer, co-developer of one of the most effective COVID-19 vaccines, vaulted all the way to the fourth spot, appearing on the All-Stars list for the first time in 16 years.

Walt Disney ranks fifth, financial firm Berkshire Hathaway ranks sixth, while Google, or rather its parent company Alphabet, is listed as seventh, ahead of global coffee giant Starbucks.

To select the top 50, Fortune in partnership with Korn Ferry, asked 3,740 executives, directors, and securities analysts to select the ten companies they admired most. They chose from a list made up of the companies that ranked in the top 25 percent in last year’s surveys, plus those that finished in the top 20 percent of their industry. Anyone could vote for any company in any industry.

Check out the entire “World’s Most Admired Companies list over at Fortune.