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Goldman Sachs Group
Goldman Sachs Group
Top 50 rank: 8
Rank in Megabanks: 1
(Previous rank: 1*)
Overall score: 7.66
Why it's admired
The public at large may still see Goldman as the poster child for the greed that sparked the financial crisis, but its reputation in the business world is stronger than ever: The company shot up 7 places from No. 15 last year.

The strongest financial services firm to emerge from the recession, Goldman paid back its $10 billion TARP loan with a 23% return to taxpayers in July, and has watched its stock rise 85% in the past year, and is currently trading around to $158 a share.

Responding to criticism over extravagant executive pay, last month the bank announced that as a bonus, CEO Lloyd Blankfein would collect 58,381 shares of restricted stock -- valued at $9 million -- but no cash. --C.T.

Should Goldman Sachs Group be admired, or what?
Goldman Sachs Group stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 6
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 3
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
From the March 22, 2010 issue
*Rank in Securities last year.
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New York, NY 10004
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