Russian gas giant Gazprom is the “least respected” public company in the world, as selected by a group of U.S. money managers in a survey conducted by Barron’s magazine.
The publication asked 92 money managers to rank the world’s 100 largest companies (by market cap) according to how much respect they have for them. Such criteria as sound business strategy,” strong management, ethical business practices and competitive edge were often cited as generating the most respect for a corporation.
The three very least respected companies are all based in Russia, while the two U.S. entries in the “bottom ten” are financial institutions which received huge government bailouts. BP, blamed for a massive oil spill last year in the Gulf of Mexico, also tumbled into the bottom ten.
Here are the top ten least respected companies: