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Fortune is out with its list of the 50 most admired public companies, based on a survey of 3,800 executives, directors, and analysts, and number one (despite the recent decline of its stock price) is Apple, followed in the top ten by Google, Amazon, Coca-Cola, Starbucks, IBM, Southwest, Berkshire Hathaway, Walt Disney and FedEx.

Other notables on the list: McDonald's (12), Procter &Gamble (15), Nordstrom (16), Whole Foods (19), Target (22), Costco and Johnson & Johnson (tied for 23), Walmart (27), Nestle (32), PepsiCo (37), Unilever (39), Home Depot (45), and Facebook (48).

The story also looks at seven companies that were on the list of most admired companies back in 1983 when Fortune started this annual feature, but, for various reasons, no longer are. The list is instructive: Eastman Kodak, SmithKline Beckman, Rockwell International, McDonnell Douglas, Western Electric, Gillette, and Wang.

You can read the whole story and see the whole list here.
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