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Apple no longer the world's most respected company, but still just ahead of Google

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Apple no longer the world's most respected company, but still just ahead of Google
Every year, Barron's releases its list of the World's Most Respected Companies, which is not to be confused with Fortune's list of the World's Most Admired Companies, or Forbes' Most Trusted Companies list. For the past three years, Barron's list has had Apple as the most respected company in the world, but Apple has lost that crown this year.

Apple dropped from first to third, landing behind Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway (it's easy to be respected when your stock sells for almost $170,000 a share), and Walt Disney. But, Apple was able to stay just ahead of Google, which landed in the #4 spot. Other notable tech companies on the list included Amazon (6), IBM (10), Samsung Electronics (18), Intel (20), Qualcomm (43), Verizon Communications (57), Microsoft (61), Taiwan Semiconductor Mfg (65), NTT DoCoMo (70), and AT&T (78).

To generate the list, Barron's surveys professional money managers and asks them about the world's 100 largest companies by market value. Those surveyed are asked to rate the company as: Don't Respect, Respect Somewhat, Respect, or Highly Respect, each response is given a numerical score (1-4) and the score is averaged out.  Google was something of an outlier in the data, because it was able to finish 4th in the rankings while being the only company in the top 36 that had 5% of respondents say they didn't respect the company. Google did this by also being the only company on the list other than Berkshire Hathaway to receive more than 50% "Highly Respect" votes.

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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 11:37 5

1. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


That's great news.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:39 1

39. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Tell me more... I'm so happy...
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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 11:39 8

2. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


Apple deserves it.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:39 3

40. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Dam right it surely does.
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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 11:40 19

3. ahmed_ali_yossef2010 (Posts: 159; Member since: 26 Jul 2012)


I think that apple is dying silently

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 11:49 2

5. jsdechavez (Posts: 706; Member since: 20 Jul 2012)


It will be quick.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 12:23 1

13. Commentator (Posts: 2419; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Not that silently when every internet commenter is predicting its imminent demise. Predictions of Apple's death seem to be the trend of late.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:30 3

20. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


but not dying fast enough

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:35 1

38. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


They will very soon!

Join Nokia....
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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:11 2

43. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


Will only join Nokia if they ever make a ANDROID DEVICE

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 00:00

56. Shatter (Posts: 2027; Member since: 29 May 2013)


Nokia does have some old android phones but they suck.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:45 3

24. selena1000 (Posts: 83; Member since: 14 Mar 2013)


they drop two spots form first to third and they are dying?!?

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 16:10 1

33. darkkjedii (Posts: 11447; Member since: 05 Feb 2011)


Haters are waiting with bated breath, but death isn't coming. This year will mark a major turnaround for apple.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 00:01

57. Shatter (Posts: 2027; Member since: 29 May 2013)


quad core a7 cpu with new gpu and a 4" 720p screen at best.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 21:33

64. Larry_ThaGr81 (Posts: 294; Member since: 26 May 2011)


From a hardware perspective, what are you anticipating them dropping on the public that's going to turn things around for them?

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 11:47 8

4. AshishRomea (Posts: 145; Member since: 09 Aug 2012)


sony ?

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 11:57 13

7. MichaelHeller (Posts: 2674; Member since: 26 May 2011)


Not even in the top 100.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 12:20 9

12. Tsepz_GP (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Apr 2012)


Lol! Ouch!

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 12:12 11

9. Whateverman (Posts: 3205; Member since: 17 May 2009)


Sony has been on the decline since the portable CD came out. I think the Walkman was probably their peak, then a slight bump with the Playstations. But when most people think of Sony now, they get nostalgic of past innovations. Sony has got to make themselves relevant again here and now. The only thing they're really known for now is the Playstation.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:31 6

22. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


you forgot their mobile division its still on the rise on their mobile division

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 14:37 2

27. Whateverman (Posts: 3205; Member since: 17 May 2009)


It is, true. But if you ask the common person what an Xperia is they't think it was a car or something. Then ask them what was the last Sony product they've purchased they would probably say a Playstation.

They still make great products but most people have no idea .

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:13 2

44. InspectorGadget80 (Posts: 6499; Member since: 26 Mar 2011)


LOL yeah you're right about that. If Sony can only get their XPERIA Z on every U.S. carrier like Samsung they will sell more here in the states like they did in Europe.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 21:05

49. Whateverman (Posts: 3205; Member since: 17 May 2009)


I can't wait for the ZU! I know you can use a pencil, but I'm praying for a stylus/S Pen.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:41

41. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Sony TVs as well

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posted on 03 Jul 2013, 00:02

58. Shatter (Posts: 2027; Member since: 29 May 2013)


4k TVs only $5000 from Sony.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 11:58 2

8. JMartin22 (Posts: 1092; Member since: 30 Apr 2013)


Introducing iPhone 5S! Now with a newer high res screen with an aspect ratio that still sucks balls!

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 00:05

60. Shatter (Posts: 2027; Member since: 29 May 2013)


The iPhone 5 is 16:9 like android but the res is almost half of 1080p.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 12:13 1

11. StreetNerd (Posts: 706; Member since: 08 Dec 2010)


sadly the media is pro-apple -_-"

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 12:33 6

14. rawbow (Posts: 428; Member since: 30 Mar 2012)


My respect for Google increased tenfold when they launched the person finder for India.. Which helped families of the victims of the cloud burst in one of the states to get info about their loved ones. Pretty Damn selfless for a company that started with a search engine

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:08

15. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Today was a good day. :D

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:14 4

16. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Nothing that a lawsuit can't fix. Oh, wait.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:20 3

17. Jyakotu (Posts: 819; Member since: 12 Dec 2008)


I never understood the Apple hate, TBH. If you don't like a company's products, then just don't buy that company's products. Simple.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:22 1

18. Commentator (Posts: 2419; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Right?

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:30 6

19. xperiaDROID (limited) (Posts: 5494; Member since: 08 Mar 2013)


This is what most peoples hate about Apple,
- Sue
- Patent
- No Innovation
- Design still remains the same since 2007

" If you don't like a company's products, then just don't buy that company's products. Simple."

Everyone knows how to say that. :P

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:45 1

23. PostalJim (Posts: 46; Member since: 01 Sep 2011)


Then why do all the tech bloggers that worship apple slam Samsung and others no matter what the do say or sell? It's like Ford v Chevy, Coke v Pepsi, Xbox v PS..... Oh wait. That last one is no longer a competition. But you get my point, I hope.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 13:56 3

25. ilia1986 (unregistered)


This isn't about product X vs product Y. This is about Company X vs Company Y both of which are very very powerful and thus have a lot of influence on our lives.

Both Apple and Google have a lot of influence on our lives. Both companies are in the smartphone business, tablet business, TV business, PC business (Mac vs Google Chrome, Safari vs Chrome), and soon the smartwatch business as well.

Difference being that Google isn't a dictator and a control freak. :)

These aren't refrigerators, people. These are consumer electronics products\services which greatly affect our lives.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 14:50 1

28. Commentator (Posts: 2419; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


Honestly, refrigerators affect my life a lot more than smartphones/tablets/operating systems. I don't know about you, but I'd take the health benefits attributed to freshly preserved food any day of the week.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 14:51 4

29. ilia1986 (unregistered)


Yes, but the companies which make refrigerators don't impose restrictions on you for which kind of food you can put in there, for how long, on which shelf, and when can you get it out of there.

Tech companies like Apple - do.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:16 3

46. joey_sfb (Posts: 2931; Member since: 29 Mar 2012)


Well, consider yourself lucky that apple is not in the refrigerators business otherwise apple will start suing every other competitors for having the same rectangle boxy design. Refrigerators companies will have to fight those expansive lawsuit or stop doing the business.

Competitions will also have to raise the price of their refrigerators to include cost of those lawsuits.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 19:58 1

47. quakan (Posts: 1189; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


You can't grow to be that large of a company without dictating and having a vast amount of control. Google would've been long gone if that wasn't the case.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 14:09 1

26. Googler (Posts: 813; Member since: 10 Jun 2013)


Agreed, but when try and stop me from buying other companies products I do want to buy, that's a problem.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:29 2

37. tedkord (Posts: 4802; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


Sounds simple, doesn't it? Unfortunately, Apple tries to remove my choices of competing products through abuse of the flaws in the patent system and lawsuits. Because of their bad behavior, my choice of devices is limited, the devices are less functional and cost more.

Even though they lose more than they win in court, resources are diverted and innovation is stifled.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:45

42. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Let them concentrate more on litigation, in that way they won't progress on ios7 and making a new device design. So slowly slowly Apple will fade away.....
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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 15:55

31. SingDaFire (Posts: 74; Member since: 21 Jun 2013)


This news made my day..

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 20:00

48. quakan (Posts: 1189; Member since: 02 Mar 2011)


Happy to see Apple still above Google? All this time I thought there was only a handful of pro-Apple fans here. Nice to meet you.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 16:02

32. XperiaFanZone (Posts: 1318; Member since: 21 Sep 2012)


Microsoft? :/

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 17:21

36. tedkord (Posts: 4802; Member since: 17 Jun 2009)


This is meaningless. Its a poll of money managers, not the general public.

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 21:19

51. momonm1 (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 May 2011)


all of you apple haters are loosers...

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 21:35

52. momonm1 (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 May 2011)


the general consumers dictates which brand is the best and respected by the whole... in this case it showed that apple is better than samsung or any other company in the same of interest with apple...

posted on 02 Jul 2013, 21:41

53. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Not loosers but bashers haters Trolls dislike hate abusive criticism.....
And I agree to all above, except loosers which we are not nor jealous of!

You support a company which litigates and dosen't like competing
A company which lies to it's users saying they are the first
A company who have never made nor owns nothing but buys parts and sticks a logo
A company that gives less to its users saving them not paying patent fees
A company that steals others idears and claim they invented or made them selfs
The list continues

You are an average joe who knows nothing about the tech industries
Go eat grass
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posted on 02 Jul 2013, 21:45 2

54. momonm1 (Posts: 23; Member since: 30 May 2011)


and who are you? hahaha...
who are you to tell that apple is a company like this and that...?
If you dont like apple, you have a choice not to be in an apple discussion or subject..., but you chose to get involved because youll get notice by saying something that is against apple...

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 05:23 1

61. Trex95 (Posts: 544; Member since: 03 Mar 2013)


Android doing well cause of cheap phones even Android high end still cheaper than Apple Iphone . But when it comes to tab, PC(I mac), Laptops(Mac pro), MP3(Ipod) no tech company beats Apple.

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 10:07

63. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


I partially agree... Android is an affordable alternative, but it still have expensive items... and there is no reason why Apple should sell so high... Sometimes too high for what you get... (ipod shuffle)

Tablets... Features found on Samsung and ASUS are miles ahead of an iPad... and quality, I would compare it to Sony's tablet... specially newer ones.

PC. DIY

Laptops... My sister MacBook Pro (late 2011), broke the dvd rom just right out of the warranty.... I really like Apple laptops but some people get too blind...
My ASUS U47A (early 2012) has similar specs as her MB Pro, just a tad better... and it costed me 700$ vs 1200$ for her... My laptop has aluminum finish on screen and around keyboard (not unibody), But the plastic used underneath is actually better to handle scratches. Has a 14" screen in a 13" MB Pro body (slightly thicker) and most hardware is accessible and replaceable.

Only thing I find better on the MacBook... OS. Though Windows 8 is really smooth... though it is leaned more towards touch screen than mouse/keyboard...

MP3... really? in 2013? my phone is way better for this... I can even download music OTG, and read lyrics without needing WIFI...

posted on 03 Jul 2013, 09:55

62. buccob (Posts: 1429; Member since: 19 Jun 2012)


You forgot to mention eBay (24). Tech related

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