Apple tops FORTUNE'S list of the ‘World’s Most Admired Companies’ for the ninth time

Fortune has revealed its 34th annual list of the World's Most Admired Companies. For the ninth time, Apple tops the list.

"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,” says Fortune Senior Editor Christopher Tkaczyk. “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 an impressive return to the list at No. 19. Other returnees to the top 50 include St. Jude Medical (No. 40) , Deere (No. 46), and Charles Schwab (No. 50), which join newcomers Visa and Publix, debuting at Nos. 47 and 49."

Making the top 10 list are: Apple, Alphabet, Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, Walt Disney, Starbucks, Southwest Airlines, FedEx, Nike, and General Electric. You can see the full list of 340 companies in 54 industries and sort by rank, industry or location here.

Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Its survey partners at Korn Ferry Hay Group started with approximately 1,500 companies: the Fortune 1,000— the 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue—and non-U.S. companies in Fortune’s Global 500 database with revenues of $10 billion or more. 

Korn Ferry Hay Group then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, surveying a total of 652 companies from 30 countries. To create the 54 industry lists, Korn Ferry Hay Group asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value to social responsibility. A company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be listed.