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General Electric
General Electric
GE Energy's European headquarters in Belfort, France
Top 50 rank: 16
Rank in Electronics: 1
(Previous rank: 1)
Overall score: 7.07
Why it's admired
GE slips seven spots from No. 9 last year after an SEC investigation into the company's accounting practices at its GE Capital unit resulted in a $50 million civil settlement. The conglomerate, whose products range from wind turbines to medical imaging devices, held the No. 1 spot from 2001 to 2002 and 2005 through 2007. And GE still ranks relatively high, thanks to years of continued growth and a history of consistently beating earnings estimates. Where it falls next year will be telling. In December the company announced a complex $37 billion joint venture with Comcast that will eventually result in the cable company taking a controlling stake in GE's entertainment division NBC Universal. --C.T.

Should General Electric be admired, or what?
General Electric stats
Nine key attributes of reputation Industry rank
Innovation 2
People management 1
Use of corporate assets 1
Social responsibility 1
Quality of management 1
Financial soundness 4
Long-term investment 3
Quality of products/services 1
Global competitiveness 1
Industry: Electronics
Most Admired
1 General Electric 7.07
2 Samsung Electronics 6.74
3 Emerson Electric 6.31
4 Sony 6.29
5 Siemens 6.12
6 Panasonic 5.94
7 LG 5.79
8 Schneider Electric 5.75
Rank Company Overall score
9 Toshiba 5.67
10 Royal Philips Electronics 5.62
11 Sharp 5.49
12 Mitsubishi Electric 5.48
13 Hitachi 5.38
14 Sumitomo Electric Industries 5.18
15 Tyco International 5.04
From the March 22, 2010 issue
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