Apple took the top spot in Fortune’s annual list of the most admired companies again, marking the fifth year in a row the Mac, iPhone and iPad maker took the top honor.
On Apple’s top spot, Fortune said,
To say it was another big year for Apple would be a gross understatement. With the passing of Steve Jobs, questions swirled around the company’s future. But under new CEO Tim Cookís guidance, Apple continues to prosper.
Fortune also pointed out that Apple saw an 81 percent annual increase in iPhone sales, a 334 percent jump in iPad sales, and a stock price that climbed some 75 percent.
The annual list is compiled by surveying business people, and just as it has done for half a decade, Apple beat out the likes of Google, FedEx, Bershire Hathaway, Starbucks and BMW.
The rest of the top five slots in the list of 50 companies included Google in second place, Amazon.com in third, Coca-Cola, and IBM. Microsoft came in at number 17, and Exxon Mobile — the company that Apple ousted to become the most valuable in the world — was number 27.