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For the twelfth year running, Apple has topped Fortune’s annual ranking of the World’s Most Admired Companies.
The list was compiled by quizzing nearly 4,000 experts, who were each asked to grade the businesses in their sector on nine different criteria: innovation; people management; use of corporate assets; social responsibility; quality of management; financial soundness; long-term investment value; quality of products/services; global competitiveness.
Apple came first in every single category.
Several of Apple’s technology peers ranked highly, too, with Amazon coming in 2nd place for the third consecutive year and Microsoft, Alphabet (Google’s parent company), and Netflix landing in 6th, 7th, and 8th respectively.
It goes to show that despite the stock drop that succeeded the recent earnings adjustment (in which Apple revised its predictions from best quarterly revenue ever to merely second best) those who work in the field have a lot of respect for what the company is doing.