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

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.



62. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 2012

You forgot to mention eBay (24). Tech related

61. Trex95

Posts: 2402; Member since: Mar 03, 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.

63. buccob

Posts: 2982; Member since: Jun 19, 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...


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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 ®

54. momonm1

Posts: 23; Member since: May 30, 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...

52. momonm1

Posts: 23; Member since: May 30, 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...

51. momonm1

Posts: 23; Member since: May 30, 2011

all of you apple haters are loosers...

36. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 2009

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

32. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2282; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

Microsoft? :/

31. SingDaFire

Posts: 74; Member since: Jun 21, 2013

This news made my day..

48. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

17. Jyakotu

Posts: 868; Member since: Dec 12, 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.

18. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 2011


19. xperiaDROID

Posts: 5629; Member since: Mar 08, 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

23. PostalJim

Posts: 46; Member since: Sep 01, 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.

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.

28. Commentator

Posts: 3723; Member since: Aug 16, 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.

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.

46. joey_sfb

Posts: 6794; Member since: Mar 29, 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.

47. quakan

Posts: 1419; Member since: Mar 02, 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.

26. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

37. tedkord

Posts: 17544; Member since: Jun 17, 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.


Posts: 4851; Member since: Apr 13, 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..... ®

16. Googler

Posts: 813; Member since: Jun 10, 2013

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

15. ilia1986 unregistered

Today was a good day. :D

14. rawbow

Posts: 428; Member since: Mar 30, 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

11. StreetNerd

Posts: 870; Member since: Dec 08, 2010

sadly the media is pro-apple -_-"

8. JMartin22

Posts: 2429; Member since: Apr 30, 2013

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

60. Shatter

Posts: 2036; Member since: May 29, 2013

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

4. AshishRomea

Posts: 145; Member since: Aug 09, 2012

sony ?

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