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American Express listed among top 15 most admired companies

american expressA recent study released by FORTUNE magazine revealed that American Express is considered to be among the top 15 most admired companies in the world.

Other top contenders include Apple, Google, Amazon.com, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, IBM, Southwest, Berkshire Hathaway, Walt Disney, FedEx, General Electric, McDonald’s, BMW and Procter & Gamble, according to FORTUNE.com.

The list is compiled starting with 1,000 of the largest U.S. companies ranked by revenue and non-U.S. firms in Fortune’s with revenue of $10 billion or more. The 15 largest companies across each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry were chosen. Executives, directors and analysts are asked to rate a company based on a number of criteria, and in order to be listed on the survey, a firm’s score must rank in the top half of its industry.

All surveys for FORTUNE’s World’s Most Admired Companies list were conducted by Hay Group, a global management consulting firm.

Also listed in the top 30 most admired firms were Nordstrom, Microsoft, Nike, Whole Foods Market, Caterpillar, 3M, Target, Costco Wholesale, Johnson & Johnson, Exxon Mobil, Boeing, Wal-Mart Stores, JPMorgan Chase, Toyota Motor and UPS, FORTUNE.com reports.

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