Rank in Internet Services and Retailing: 2
(Previous rank: 2)
Overall score: 7.45
Why it's admired:Unlike many other large tech companies, Amazon is comfortable sacrificing profits in the short-term for long-term gains. Thatís why, despite the fact that 2011 revenues climbed to $48 billion, net income dropped 55% to $631 million.
The company leveled much of its capital at expansion efforts, including plans to open 17 new fulfillment centers. Later in the year, Amazon unleashed the Kindle Fire, a tablet which by one estimate may have sold sold as many as 6 million units last holiday season.
Industry: Internet Services and Retailing
Where are the Most Admired?
The Most Admired companies in America are spread out across the country, but a few states dominate.