The technology giant has taken the top spot on Fortune’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies for the 8th year in a row.
Google took over second place on the list, which was occupied by Amazon last year. Warren Buffett’s investment company Berkshire Hathaway moved up from fourth place into third. Apple has now topped the list for 8 years running, and received the top score in all nine categories used by the poll, writes Ben Lovejoy of 9to5mac.
Over 4,000 participants
Fortune asks 4,104 executives, directors and securities analysts to rate companies based on innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, social responsibility, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment value, quality of products and global competitiveness.
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The poll asked participants to select the ten companies that they admired the most. Rounding out the top 5 was coffee-giant Starbucks, followed by Walt Disney and Southwest Airlines in 6th and 7th place respectively. The rest of the top 10 was made up of American Express, General Electric and Coca-Cola.
Apple continues to amaze
However the bigger story is Apple’s domination not just of this particular list, but other similar ones as well. Last year Apple was named the world’s most valuable brand by Forbes, as well as being voted Barron’s most respected company.
Apple continues to go from strength to strength, and the company is expected to release its Apple Watch in April. Interest in the smart watch is expected to be high, and reports claim that Apple will initially manufacture 5-6 million units. The company’s stock price continues to rise following record-breaking profits in Q4 2014, and there are even rumors that the company is considering building an Apple Car.
Given the performance of the company and its planned, or rumored, future products, it is not hard to see why Apple consistently comes out on top of lists such as the World’s Most Admired Companies.