Top 20 Most Admired Companies

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.

Wal-Mart Stores
Wal-Mart Stores
Top 20 Rank: 19
By most measures the retail giant had a rotten year: its first quarterly earnings decline in a decade, a skittish stock price, and a string of PR disasters (including a marketing chief who allegedly had an affair with a subordinate). Wal-Mart was No. 1 among the Most Admired Companies in our 2003 and 2004 rankings, then fell to No. 12 in the 2005 survey.

Yet voters in our poll haven't counted the company out. It hangs on in the top 20 this year (it tied with PepsiCo at No. 19), which may be thanks in some measure to its new green strategy that includes everything from cutting back on packaging to pushing more energy-efficient light bulbs.

More: See how Wal-Mart rates in 8 key areas.


GE

Starbucks

Toyota

Berkshire

Southwest

FedEx

Apple

Google

J&J

P&G

Goldman

Microsoft

Target

3M

Nordstrom

UPS

AmEx

Costco

PepsiCo

Wal-Mart
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