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Most admired by country
Country No. of most admired cos.
U.S. 90
Japan 22
Britain 16
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Most admired for people management
Company Industry rank
General Electric 1
Procter & Gamble 1
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Most admired for innovation
Company Industry rank
Apple 2
Procter & Gamble 1
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Industry champions
Company Industry
DuPont Chemicals
Nestlé Consumer Food Products
Tesco Food and Drug Stores
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How we pick them
The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group started with the FORTUNE Global 500 and large companies with revenue in excess of $10 billion. More
Top 50
For the 50 most admired companies overall, FORTUNE's survey asked businesspeople to vote for the companies that they admired most, from any industry.
1 Apple U.S.
2 General Electric U.S.
3 Toyota Motor Japan
4 Berkshire Hathaway U.S.
5 Procter & Gamble U.S.
6 FedEx U.S.
7 Johnson & Johnson U.S.
8 Target U.S.
9 BMW Germany
10 Microsoft U.S.
11 Costco Wholesale U.S.
12 United Parcel Service U.S.
13* IBM U.S.
13* PepsiCo U.S.
15 Cisco Systems U.S.
16 Boeing U.S.
17 Wal-Mart Stores U.S.
18 Honda Motor Japan
19 Coca-Cola U.S.
20 Caterpillar U.S.
21 Singapore Airlines Singapore
22 Bank of America U.S.
23* Exxon Mobil U.S.
23* Nokia Finland
25 Intel U.S.
26 Anheuser-Busch U.S.
27 Nestlé Switzerland
28 Hewlett-Packard U.S.
29 Best Buy U.S.
30 Lowe's U.S.
31 Toyota Industries Japan
32 DuPont U.S.
33 Deere U.S.
34* AT&T U.S.
34* Northwestern Mutual U.S.
36 Walgreen U.S.
37* L'Oréal France
37* Xerox U.S.
39 Sony Japan
40 Dell U.S.
41* BASF Germany
41* Continental Airlines U.S.
43 Siemens Germany
44 Verizon Communications U.S.
45 United Technologies U.S.
46 Motorola U.S.
47 Texas Instruments U.S.
48 Lufthansa Group Germany
49* Johnson Controls U.S.
49* Tesco Britain
From the March 17, 2008 issue
* Indicates a tie.
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