Fortune just released its list of the “World’s Most Admired Companies.” The list was compiled based on a survey of almost 3,800 executives, directors and analysts. To develop the list, Fortune collaborated with partner Korn Ferry Hay Group on a corporate reputation survey encompassing candidate companies from an initial pool of the largest U.S. companies along with Fortune’s Global 500 database. For the final list of best-regarded companies in 52 industries, Korn Ferry asked the executives, directors and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria, from investment value and quality of management and products to social responsibility and the ability to attract talent. To be listed, a company’s score must rank in the top half of its industry survey to be ranked.
The top five companies on the list this year include: Apple, Amazon, Microsoft, Walt Disney, and Berkshire Hathaway. The following are the top companies in the Hotels, Casinos, and Resorts category: Hilton Worldwide Holdings (#1), Marriott International (#2), Hyatt Hotels (#3), Las Vegas Sands (#4), and MGM Resorts International (#5).
For Hilton, it was its first time in the No. 1 slot. At press time, Hilton had yet to issue a press release about the honor. Neither had Marriott or Hyatt. Sheldon G. Adelson, Chairman and CEO of Las Vegas Sands, said in a statement, “Being included among the top companies in the world, year after year, is a testament to our innovation in the Integrated Resort business, consistently solid operational execution and financial performance and, especially, our reputation as being a good corporate citizen committed to making the communities in which we operate better places to live and work. Thanks to the strength of our leadership team and our Team Members’ unwavering commitment to delivering on the company’s plans and programs, Sands has built an enduring reputation as a global hospitality and business leader.”