This is a list full of surprises, even though the No. 1 pick is no surprise, Apple was once written off; but the company restored innovation to its proper place, click here to view Fast Company’s top 50.

The 50 companies on our 2011 list have chosen a unique path. Today’s business landscape is littered with heritage companies whose CEOs battle their industry’s broken model with inertia, layoffs, lawsuits — anything that squeezes pennies and delays the inevitable. How many of these companies will be dominant in 2025? Few.

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