Cover Story : The World’s Best Companies 2005

The eighth annual survey of the Worlds Best Companies profiles the global leaders and the top regional players.

Most of the worlds top companies are having another good year. For many, revenues and profits have been setting new records. Truly great companies seem to have something in their DNA that enables them to adjust to changing global economic conditions and to pounce on opportunities that present themselves.

Nearly 80% of this years winners of Global Finances best company awards are repeat winners from last year. Rising prices of fuel and raw materials, fluctuating currencies and tough global competition have made the challenge of staying on top more interesting this year. Still, the vast majority of the best companies not only have survived, but they also have thrived and have positioned themselves for greater achievements to come.