The Walt Disney Company has once again made Fortune magazine’s list of the World’s Most Admired Companies, coming in at No. 9 out of 50 and No. 1 in entertainment for the umpteenth year. (Apple again ranked first overall.)

This is Disney’s first entry into the publication’s general top ten, climbing from #13 in 2012, #14 in 2011, and #19 in 2010.

In its rationale, Fortune noted Disney’s recent acquisition of Lucasfilm as part of its “quest toward massive growth” at the box office, and the continued popularity of its theme park and resorts division, revenue from which grew by 9% over 2011.


Mike Bastoli has been blogging at The Disney Blog since 2009. Until 2011, he covered Pixar Animation Studios on his own website, The Pixar Blog, which became one of the most popular on the Web dedicated to Pixar news, the New York Times calling it the “definitive unofficial chronicler of the animation powerhouse". In 2011, Mike expanded his coverage to the entire world of feature animation, renaming his site Big Screen Animation. He retired Big Screen Animation in 2014 and is considering future writing opportunities. Besides Disney, Mike is an avid fan of Apple and The Beatles. He resides near Toronto.