Fortune smiled on these companies

Fortune magazine has come out with its list of “America’s Most Admired Companies.” Here are the top ten:

1. General Electric

6. FedEx

2. Starbucks

7. Apple

3. Toyota Motor

8. Google

4. Berkshire Hathaway

9. Johnson & Johnson

5. Southwest Airlines

10. Procter & Gamble

According to the magazine:

To create the top 20 for our 25th annual rankings, Fortune and its survey partners at Hay Group asked 3,322 executives, directors, and securities analysts to select the 10 companies they admire most. Having fresh ideas and being green are among the qualities that distinguish this year’s winners.

It’s fun to read the blog postings. A lot of disgruntled shoppers, and a lot of political correctness — I think PETA had a campaign going to object to P&G making the top 10 — lots of “animal torture” statements. And, of course, the usual Wal-Mart attacks, something like, “they exploit workers, especially the elderly, single mothers, the disabled and people on welfare.”

Occasionally, a different view comes through — like this one:

Is it the 20 most admired companies or the 20 most eco-friendly companies? Hug a tree, park the car.

Posted By Jeremy, visalia, ca : March 7, 2007 2:48 am