Fortune Magazine’s list of the 50 Most Admired Companies only includes one insurer, Berkshire Hathaway, at No. 7. However, the news outlet ranked insurers separately in their own categories: “Property and Casualty,” “Life and Health” and “Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care.”

For this “definitive report card on corporate reputations,” Fortune partnered with researcher Hay Group.  After selecting approximately 1,400 companies—the Fortune 1,000, non-U.S. companies in Fortune's Global 500, and the top foreign companies operating in the United States—Hay sorted the companies by industry and selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, totaling 698 companies. To create the 58 industry lists, Hay asked executives, directors, and analysts to rate companies in their own industry on nine criteria:
innovation, people management, use of assets, social responsibility, management quality, financial soundness, long-term investment, product quality and global competitiveness. A company's score must rank in the top half of its industry survey.

From a list of companies that ranked in the top 25 percent in last year's surveys and those that finished in the top 20 percent of their industry, 3,855 executives, directors and securities analysts were asked to select the 10 companies they admired most.

Results are as follows:

Insurance: Property and Casualty

  1. Berkshire Hathaway
  2. Zurich Financial Services
  3. Travelers Cos.
  4. Munich Re Group
  5. Allianz
  6. Tokio Marine Holdings
  7. State Farm Insurance
  8. Liberty Mutual Insurance Group
  9. Hartford Financial Services Group
  10. Nationwide
  11. Allstate
  12. MS&AD Insurance Group Holdings
  13. Mapfre Group
  14. American International Group
  15. People's Insurance Co. of China

Life and Health

  1. Prudential Financial
  2. Aflac
  3. New York Life
  4. Northwestern Mutual
  6. MetLife
  7. AXA
  8. Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance
  9. Prudential plc
  10. Aegon
  11. Nippon Life Insurance
  12. Cathay Life Insurance
  13. Manulife Financial
  14. Legal & General Group
  15. China Life Insurance

Health Care: Insurance and Managed Care

UnitedHealth Group






Health Net

Coventry Health Care

WellCare Health Plans

Universal American




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