Fortune magazine's latest list of the world's most-admired companies includes four Omaha firms, plus two more it ranks as "contenders."
Berkshire Hathaway was the No. 7 company overall — down from No. 3 last year — and ranked first in the insurance, property and casualty category.
Union Pacific was the top company in the trucking, transportation and logistics division, the same spot it held last year.
Peter Kiewit Sons' Inc., which was not on last year's list, was No. 3 among engineering and construction firms. TD Ameritrade moved up one spot in the securities category, from No. 6 last year to No. 5.
Meanwhile, ConAgra Foods and West Corp. were both listed as "contenders." ConAgra was No. 9 among consumer food products companies, which was the same spot it held last year. West, which was not ranked last year, was No. 7 in the diversified outsourcing services category.
The magazine considered 1,400 companies for this year's list. It worked with a research company to survey more than 4,000 executives, securities analysts and others to pick the most-admired companies.
Fortune noted that Berkshire is one of the most-admired companies because of the "sage leadership" of CEO Warren Buffett, and pointed to readers' selection of Buffett last year as business person of the year.
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