Rank in Megabanks: 1
(Previous rank: 1*)
Overall score: 7.66
Why it's admiredThe public at large may still see Goldman as the poster child for the greed that sparked the financial crisis, but its reputation in the business world is stronger than ever: The company shot up 7 places from No. 15 last year.The strongest financial services firm to emerge from the recession, Goldman paid back its $10 billion TARP loan with a 23% return to taxpayers in July, and has watched its stock rise 85% in the past year, and is currently trading around to $158 a share. Responding to criticism over extravagant executive pay, last month the bank announced that as a bonus, CEO Lloyd Blankfein would collect 58,381 shares of restricted stock -- valued at $9 million -- but no cash. --C.T.
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