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Most Admired Companies of 2012

Who were the most admired companies of 2012? This list includes many of the world's most powerful companies, and a few surprises. What makes a company great? Aside from huge profits (especially in this economy), many would argue that being admired is key in any and all industries. This list does include all industries, from technology to retailing to insurance and investments.

Many of the most admired companies of 2012 were also listed among the most admired companies of 2011, so it's interesting to compare the differences. Companies that didn't make the cut in 2012 included Best Buy, Netflix, Yum! Brands, Sony and Lowe's. Apple topped the list both years, and once again, Berkshire Hathaway was among the top choices, no doubt in large part because of CEO Warren Buffett -- certainly one of the most admired businessmen in history.

It isn't easy to remain profitable, keep shareholders happy and be admired in the industry, but the companies listed here managed to do just that. Some accomplished their goals by helping (thankfully) to create new jobs in 2012, others managed to keep profits up despite the economic slowdown (no small feat). Hopefully, that trend (especially the adding jobs part) will continue in 2013.


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    Automobile More
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    Search, Technology, Advertising More
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    Retail, Electronic Shopping and Mail-Order Houses More
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    Beverages More
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    Computer Systems Design Services, Computer hardware, Software More
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    Air Courier Services More
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    Fire, Marine, and Casualty Insurance, Newspaper Publishers, Diversified ... More
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    Limited-Service Restaurants, Coffee, Coffee and Tea Manufacturing More
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    Food Preparations, NEC, Perfumes, Cosmetics, and Other Toilet ... More
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    Air Transportation, Scheduled, Airline More
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    Eating and Drinking Places, Restaurant, Fast food More
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    Pharmaceutical Preparation, Soap, Pharmaceutical industry More
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    Entertainment, Motion Picture and Video Production, Media More
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    Motor Vehicles and Passenger Car Bodies, Automotive industry More
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    Personal Credit Institutions, Motion Picture and Video Production, ... More
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    Financial Services, Short-Term Business Credit More
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    Technology, Search engine, Computer hardware More
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    Biotechnology, Manufacturing, Surgical and Medical Instruments and ... More
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    Construction Machinery and Equipment More
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    All Other General Merchandise Stores, Retail, Miscellaneous General ... More
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    Retail, Family Clothing Stores, Clothing More
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    Offices of Bank Holding Companies, Financial Services, National Commercial ... More
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    Airline More
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    Variety Stores, Department Stores, Retail More
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    Variety Stores, Retail More

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