World's top 10 most admired companies<br />By : Nishant Chauhan <br />
Rank: 1 , Apple Inc.Apple Inc. is an American multinational corporation that designs and manufactures consumer electronics, computer software, and personal computers.The company’s best-known hardware products include Macintosh computers, the iPod, the iPhone and the iPad. Apple has established a unique reputation in the consumer electronics industry.This includes a customer base that is devoted to the company and its brand.<br />
Rank: 2 Google Google’s innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day.Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a top web property in all major global markets.Google’s targeted advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users.Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the Americas, Europe and Asia.<br />
Rank: 3 , Berkshire Berkshire Hathaway is a conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, US, that oversees and manages a number of subsidiary companies. Warren Buffett is the company's chairman and CEO. Berkshire now owns a diverse range of businesses including railroads, candy production, retail, home furnishings, encyclopaedias, vacuum cleaners, jewellery sales; newspaper publishing; manufacture and distribution of uniforms; as well as several regional electric and gas utilities. The company has averaged an annual growth in book value of 20.3% to its shareholders for the last 44 years, while employing large amounts of capital, and minimal debt.<br />
Rank: 4 , Johnson & JohnsonJohnson & Johnson is a global pharmaceutical, medical devices and consumer packaged goods manufacturer.It founded more than 120 years ago, and has more than 250 operating companies in 57 countries employing approximately 114,000 people.Its consumer products, prescription medicines and medical devices and diagnostics impact the state of health care for patients, doctors, and nurses around the world. Since the 1900s, the company has pursued steady diversification.<br />
Rank: 5 , Amazon.com Tnc.Amazon.com, Inc., a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle, opened on the World Wide Web in July 1995 and today offers earth’s biggest selection.Amazon.com and other sellers offer millions of new, refurbished and used items in categories such as books; movies, music & games; digital downloads; electronics & computers; home & garden; toys, kids & baby; grocery; apparel, shoes & jewelry; health & beauty; sports & outdoors; and tools, auto & industrial. Amazon Web Services provides Amazon's developer customers with access to in-the-cloud infrastructure services based on Amazon's own back-end technology platform, which developers can use to enable virtually any type of business.<br />
Rank: 6 , P&GP&G is a global, publicly-traded Fortune 500 company. It is the largest consumer packaged goods company in the world. Four billion times a day, P&G brands touch the lives of people around the world. The company has one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Pampers, Tide, Ariel, Always, Whisper, Pantene, Mach3, Bounty, Dawn, Gain, Pringles, Charmin, Downy, Lenor, Iams, Crest, Oral-B, Duracell, Olay, Head & Shoulders, Wella, Gillette, Braun and Fusion.The P&G community includes approximately 135,000 employees working in about 80 countries worldwide.<br />
Rank: 7 , Toyota MotorsJapanese automaker Toyota Motor is the world’s largest automaker with over 7.567 million vehicles in FY2009. Toyota’s sales are concentrated in Japan and North America, but have seen rapid growth in Asia and South America.During the last 10 years, Toyota has seen a big increase in international sales and production. Since 2003, the pace of expansion has exceeded half a million vehicles a year.<br />
Rank: 8 , Goldman Sachs Group , Inc.The Goldman Sachs Group Inc. is a leading global investment banking, securities and investment management firm that provides a wide range of financial services to a substantial and diversified client base that includes corporations, financial institutions, governments and high-net-worth individuals. Founded in 1869, the firm is headquartered in New York and maintains offices in London, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Hong Kong and other major financial centres around the world.<br />
Rank: 9 , Wal-Mart , Inc.Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. (branded as Wal-Mart) is an American public corporation that runs a chain of large, discount department stores. Wal-Mart serves customers and members more than 200 million times per week at more than 8,446 retail units under 55 different banners in 15 countries. With fiscal year 2010 sales of $405 billion, Wal-Mart employs more than 2.1 million associates worldwide. Wal-Mart was founded in 1962, with the opening of the first Wal-Mart discount store in Rogers, Ark. The company incorporated as Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., on October 31, 1969<br />
Rank: 10 , Coca-ColaThe Coca-Cola Company is the world’s largest beverage company, refreshing consumers with more than 500 sparkling and still brands.Along with Coca-Cola, recognized as the world’s most valuable brand, the company’s portfolio includes 12 other billion dollar brands, including Diet Coke, Fanta, Sprite, Coca-Cola Zero, vitamin water, Powerade, Minute Maid, Simply and Georgia Coffee. Through the world’s largest beverage distribution system, consumers in more than 200 countries enjoy the company’s beverages at a rate of 1.6 billion servings a day.<br />
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