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Walt Disney
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Top 50 rank: 13
Rank in Entertainment: 1 (Previous rank: 1*)
Overall score: 8.53
Why it's admired
The magical world of Disney is meeting economic reality. Despite hit brands like Hannah Montana, High School Musical and Pirates of the Caribbean that kids love, the company's stock dropped nearly 29% in 2008. And net income fell sharply - 32% in the first quarter of 2009 -- as pinched consumers visit Disney parks less and ad revenues from ABC and ESPN slide. But Disney hopes a new distribution partnership with DreamWorks and Steven Spielberg, a restructuring at ABC, and theme park discounts will bring back Mickey's mojo. Children - and investors - are watching. -L.D.

Address: 500 S. Buena Vista St.
Burbank, CA 91521
Phone: 818-560-1000
Website: www.disney.com
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 1
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 1
Long-term investment 1
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
Industry: Entertainment
Most Admired
1 Walt Disney 8.53
2 Time Warner 7.24
3 News Corp. 7.16
4 Viacom 6.86
5 Bertelsmann 6.79
Rank Company Overall score
6 Vivendi 6.65
7 Warner Music Group 6.45
8 CBS 6.39
9 Clear Channel Communications 6.22
10 Live Nation 6.00
From the March 16, 2009 issue
*Designated as a U.S. industry. Prior yearís ranks, unless otherwise noted, are ranks in the Americaís Most Admired Companies listing.
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