GE has always been a favorite of stock investors and the mainstream business press in the U.S. Now the Financial Times, one of Great Britain's leading financial newspapers, named General Electric Co., Fairfield, Conn., the most respected company in the world. In the newspaper's survey on corporate reputation polled more than 600 chief executives from 53 countries. GE drew more than twice the votes cast for any other company. The survey was conducted by Price Waterhouse Coopers. One chief executive officer who responded to the survey said that GE's recent past has been "a history of sustained growth and shareowner value."