Apple has received numerous awards throughout the years for its incredible success in the tech industry, and now Apple has received recognition once again from Forbes.

Forbes Magazine has compiled a list of the world’s most innovative companies based on what it calls “the five skills of disruptive innovators.” 

“Questioning allows innovators to challenge the status quo and consider new possibilities;

Observing helps innovators detect small details—in the activities of customers, suppliers and other companies—that suggest new ways of doing things

Networking permits innovators to gain radically different perspectives from individuals with diverse backgrounds;

Experimenting prompts innovators to relentlessly try out new experiences, take things apart and test new ideas;

Associational thinking—drawing connections among questions, problems or ideas from unrelated fields—is triggered by questioning, observing, networking and experimenting and is the catalyst for creative ideas.”

In this list, Cupertino based Apple ranked fifth. Google also made the list, but surprisingly it ranked seventh. Microsoft was found near the bottom of the list, ranking 86th.

Some notable mentions:

Forbes’ World’s Most Innovative Companies:
1. Salesforce.com
2. Amazon.com
3. Intuitive Surgical
4. Tencent Holdings
5. Apple
6. Hindustan Unilever
7. Google
8. Natura Cosméticos
9. Bharat Heavy Electricals
10. Monsanto

20. Nintendo

54. Adobe Systems

56. HTC Corp

77. Oracle

84. Intuit

86. Microsoft

Check out the full list here.

Do you agree with this list? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!

  • Is this the one where we usually get 1st? Or is that something else? My memory fails me.

    • OCD Steve Jobs

      “we” this is a profit seeking company. watch your obsession and idolizing of a company

      • Irha

        Loosen up, it is a joke, see his name.

        What is that company that took no. 1?

  • kokhean

    What I thought I saw:

    Forbes Ranks Apple as World’s Fifth Most Annoying Company
    Published on August 6th, 2011
    Written by: Kickstar13

  • Kevin

    No BMW and Apple break new ground and set standards and the rest of this list tweak them. Trend setters are innovaters.