In a beauty contest for companies, the winner is . . . General Electric.
Or at least General Electric is the most admired company in America, according
to Fortunemagazine’s annual survey. The other top ten ﬁnalists are Cisco Systems,Wal-
Mart Stores, Southwest Airlines, Microsoft, Home Depot, Berkshire Hathaway, Charles
Schwab, Intel, and Dell Computer.What do these companies have that separates them
from the rest of the pack?