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World's 10 most admired technology companies

Last updated on: May 9, 2013 13:32 IST

Image: Apple's store in New York.
Photographs: Reuters.

Technology firms dominate Fortune magazine's list of world's most admired firms. And it's not surprising that Apple Inc ranks first in the list.

Let's take a look at the world's 10 most admired tech companies according to Fortune...

Apple Inc

Rank: 1

Founded: April 1, 1976

Founders: Steve Jobs, Steve Wozniak, Ronald Wayne

Apple Inc, the world's second largest IT company is best-known for its hardware products - the Mac line of computers, iPod music player, iPhone, and the iPad. Its worldwide annual revenue totalled $156 billion in 2012.

Apple made it to the 6th  position of Fortune 500 list of companies for the first time in May 2013.

The company had great success last year with the launch of the iPhone 5 and the iPad mini. 


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: Google's Munich office.
Photographs: Courtesy, Google.


Rank: 2

Founded: September 4, 1998

Founder: Larry Page, Sergey Brin

Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin while they were Ph.D. students at Stanford University, Google Inc is an American multinational corporation specialising in Internet-related services and products. 

This year's highlight will be the patented Google Glass eyewear, the innovative tech giant will introduce this year.


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: A worker packs boxes at Amazon's logistics centre in Graben near Augsburg.
Photographs: Michael Dalder/Reuters.

Founded: 1994

Founder: Jeff Bezo, the world's largest online retailer has a diversified portfolio of products - DVDs, CDs, MP3 downloads, software, video games, electronics, apparel, furniture, food, toys, and jewellery.

The company is  known for the Amazon Kindle e-book and the Kindle Fire tablet computer.


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: The IBM logo is seen outside the company's offices in Petah Tikva, near Tel Aviv.
Photographs: Nir Elias/Reuters.


Founded: June 16, 1911

Founder: Charles Ranlett Flint

An American multinational technology and consulting corporation, IBM manufactures and markets computer hardware and software.

In 2011/2012, Fortune ranked it as the best company for leaders. Newsweek ranked it as the No. 1 green company worldwide.  IBM has also been rated as the second most respected company (Barron's) and 18th most innovative company (Fast Company).

IBM has the distinction of holding the record for most patents generated by a company for 20 consecutive years. IBM has forecast a better outlook for 2013.


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: Microsoft Corporation' headquarters in Issy-les-Moulineaux, near Paris.
Photographs: Charles Platiau/Reuters.


Founded: April 4, 1975

Founders: Bill Gates, Paul Allen

The world's largest software maker, Microsoft Corporation develops and manufactures a wide range of products and services related to computing.

One of the world's most valuable companies, the company continues to excel with its range of Office and Xbox products.


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Photographs: Kevin Lamarque/Reuters.


Founded: July 18, 1968

Founders: Gordon Moore, Robert Noyce

Intel Corporation is the world's largest semiconductor chip maker, based on revenue.

Inventor of the x86 series of microprocessors, the company also makes motherboard chipsets, network interface controllers and integrated circuits, flash memory, graphic chips, embedded processors and other computing devices.

It launched a high-speed, low power Atom processor for the smartphone and tablet market recently.


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: Visitors look at devices at Accenture stand at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Photographs: Albert Gea/Reuters.


Founded: 1989

Accenture, one of the world's largest consulting firms in terms of revenues is a constituent of the Fortune Global 500 list.

Its clients include 94 companies of the Fortune Global 100 list and more than three-quarters of the Fortune Global 500.



World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: A sign is shown at the headquarters of eBay in San Jose, California.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters.


Founded: September 3, 1995

Founders: Pierre Omidyar

eBay is an American multinational internet corporation with a multi-billion dollar business with operations localised in over thirty countries.

People and businesses buy and sell a wide variety of goods and services on


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: An employee works on a computer at the new headquarters of Facebook in Menlo Park, California.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters.


Founded in: February 2004

Founders: Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum

Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes

Founded by Mark Zuckerberg along with his college roommates and fellow Harvard University students, Facebook is a  popular online social networking service.

As of September 2012, Facebook has over one billion active users, according to Wikimedia.


World's 10 most admired technology companies

Image: A sign shows the headquarters of Cisco Systems Inc. in San Jose, California.
Photographs: Robert Galbraith/Reuters.


Founded in: 1984

Founders: Leonard Bosack, Sandy Lerner

American multinational corporation Cisco Systems manufactures and sells networking equipment.

Cisco is also ranked among Fortune's '100 Best Companies to work for'.