Apple is Fortune's 'World's Most Admired Company' for 14th year in a row

Tim Cook
Tim Cook (Image credit: Apple)

What you need to know

  • Apple has topped the list of Fortune's 'World's Most Admired Companies.'
  • The company has topped the list for fourteen years in a row.
  • The list is "based on our poll of some 3,800 corporate executives, directors, and analysts."

Fortune has published its list of the World's Most Admired Companies for 2020, and Apple has topped the list for the fourteenth year in a row. The company topped the list "based on our poll of some 3,800 corporate executives, directors, and analysts."

After a year in which humanity leaned more heavily than ever on tech giants—to connect, entertain, and even feed us in a time of isolation—it's fitting that Apple, Amazon, and Microsoft hold the top three spots in Fortune's ranking of corporate reputation. Apple, the premier personal-tech provider, tops the roster for the 14th year in a row, based on our poll of some 3,800 corporate executives, directors, and analysts.

Apple Park

Apple Park (Image credit: Apple)

The list, as noted by Fortune, experienced some shakeup last year for companies that provided essential services during the pandemic.

Elsewhere on our All-Stars list, companies that became even more essential during the pandemic were among the biggest movers. Streaming juggernaut Netflix returned to the top 10. Big-box giant Walmart (No. 11) and Target (No. 17) earned their highest rankings since 2011 and 2008, respectively. And chipmaker Nvidia, medical supplier Abbott Laboratories, and fintech pioneer PayPal each made their Top 50 debut.

The top ten companies on the list are as follows:

  1. Apple
  2. Amazon
  3. Microsoft
  4. Walt Disney
  5. Starbucks
  6. Berkshire Hathaway
  7. Alphabet
  8. JPMorgan Chase
  9. Netflix
  10. Costco Wholesale

The new honor comes a few days after the company set a new quarterly revenue record of $111.4 billion in the first quarter of 2021.

Joe Wituschek

Joe Wituschek is a Contributor at iMore. With over ten years in the technology industry, one of them being at Apple, Joe now covers the company for the website. In addition to covering breaking news, Joe also writes editorials and reviews for a range of products. He fell in love with Apple products when he got an iPod nano for Christmas almost twenty years ago. Despite being considered a "heavy" user, he has always preferred the consumer-focused products like the MacBook Air, iPad mini, and iPhone 13 mini. He will fight to the death to keep a mini iPhone in the lineup. In his free time, Joe enjoys video games, movies, photography, running, and basically everything outdoors.