Four IT vendors are among the top 10 firms in this year's World's Most Respected Companies list from PwC.
Bill Gates remains the number one most respected business leader and in a new listing of 'most influential business writer or management guru' comes in at second just behind management guru Peter Drucker.
Microsoft is also rated top in the 'best for shareholder value' category and perhaps controversially in the 'best for innovation' category.
IBM and Apple were also placed in the 'best turnaround' category.
The eight year-old survey is based on 1,000 chief executive interviews. Results are weighted according to the GDP in each country.
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