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Nintendo: 2009's 'World's Best Company'

BusinessWeek released 2009's Top 40 list of World's Best Companies, and the top dog may come as somewhat of a surprise. Our lovable Mario jumped on the Goomba heads of Apple, Google, and Amazon to save the princess and reach the No.
Written by Jennifer Bergen, Contributor on

BusinessWeek released 2009's Top 40 list of World's Best Companies, and the top dog may come as somewhat of a surprise. Our lovable Mario jumped on the Goomba heads of Apple, Google, and Amazon to save the princess and reach the No. 1 spot, making it 2009's "World's Best Company."

According to BusinessWeek, Nintendo's sales have risen 36 percent annually over the past five years, while its value growth averaged 38 percent. But what could be the reason for Nintendo's high ranking? BusinessWeek says it's the company's "continued emphasis on innovation." The Nintendo Wii has outsold the Sony PS3 as well as the Microsoft Xbox,. And let's not forget about the DS and DSi.

Google came in with the No. 2 spot, with Apple right behind it in third place. The Kindle wasn't enough to get Amazon in the Top 5; it landed at No. 17.

How did BusinessWeek rank the World's Best Companies? Read how they described the criteria, and see the full list below:

What are some traits of the World's Best Companies? A commitment to innovation, diversified portfolios, aggressive expansion, strong leadership, and a clear vision for the future. "In an environment of continuous disruptive change, companies that have rigorous strategic planning initiatives that allow them to see over the horizon…are far more likely to win than those that make it up as they go along," says Paul Laudicina, chairman of A.T. Kearney.

To create the list, A.T. Kearney examined the 2,500 largest publicly listed companies in the world. Kearney's team singled out those with a minimum of $10 billion in sales in 2008, at least 25% of which came from outside the company's home region. It then ranked the companies on their sales growth and value creation—the rise of market capitalization after subtracting any increase in capital—over the past five years.

Read the full story at BusinessWeek.com.

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