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Berkshire Hathaway
Berkshire Hathaway
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Top 50 rank: 8
Rank in Insurance: Property and Casualty: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.18
Ticker:BRKA

Why it's admired:
Warren Buffett is one of the nation's most revered CEOs. In addition to building a conglomerate with 250,000 employees and nearly $50 billion in cash holdings, the Oracle of Omaha has pledged to give half his massive wealth to charity (and has goaded others to do the same). His company is equally admired, if less quirky. Its holdings range from ice cream to insurance to condiments. It bought H.J. Heinz earlier this year, in a deal that was one of the largest in the company's history and a sure sign that Berkshire has no plans to scale back, even as Buffett approaches his 83rd birthday. âÄîAV

Headquarters:
Omaha, NE
Website: www.berkshirehathaway.com
Nine key attributes of reputation
Industry rank
Innovation
1
People management
1
Use of corporate assets
1
Social responsibility
2
Quality of management
1
Financial soundness
1
Long-term investment
1
Quality of products/services
1
Global competitiveness
4
From the March 18, 2013, issue.

The Most Admired list is the definitive report card on corporate reputations. Our survey partners at Hay Group started with approximately 1,400 companies: the Fortune 1,000âÄîthe 1,000 largest U.S. companies ranked by revenueâÄîand non-U.S. companies in Fortune's global 500 database with revenue of $10 billion or more... More