This week, Barron’s published its annual list of the globe’s most respected brands.
The ranking is determined in response to the expressed views and opinions of institutional investors.
This year, Apple secured the top spot from Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, which bumped Apple from the top of the heap last year.
In 2013, Apple fell from #1 to #3.
“Apple’s comeback from third place last year tracks a similar revival in the company’s shares, which lost almost half of their value in a seven-month span that ended in the spring of 2013,” Barron’s reports. “The stock has since gained more than 60%, to a split-adjusted $90.”
Impressively, Apple has ranked No. 1 in Barron’s survey in four of the past five years – or as Barron’s puts it, “domination not unlike a New York Yankees dynasty era.”