UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) was the top-ranking company in the insurance and managed care sector for FORTUNE's 2018 "World's Most Admired Companies" list, featured in the magazine's February issue. This is the eighth consecutive year UnitedHealth Group has been honored as No. 1 overall in its sector. The company ranked No. 1 in seven of the nine key attributes of reputation - innovation, people management, use of corporate assets, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality of products and services. The company was rated No. 1 in innovation for the ninth consecutive year. David S. Wichmann, UnitedHealth Group CEO, said: "I am grateful to the 260,000 people of this enterprise who are focused on helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone. Their compassion for those we are privileged to serve shows every day in the ambition, energy and courage they apply as they seek to improve health care quality, affordability and the overall satisfaction people receive from health care. They have truly earned this recognition along with the many care providers, payers and other partners with whom we collaborate to accomplish this important work." Since 1997, FORTUNE has collaborated with The Hay Group, a global management consulting firm, to identify, select and rank the World's Most Admired Companies based on the business practices, innovative spirit and social responsibility that make companies that are chosen for the list both highly regarded and successful. FORTUNE's "Most Admired Companies" list is considered a definitive "report card" on corporate reputations. For more information on how the rankings are determined, view the full methodology on Hay Group's website. About UnitedHealth Group UnitedHealth Group (NYSE: UNH) is a diversified health and well-being company dedicated to helping people live healthier lives and helping make the health system work better for everyone. UnitedHealth Group offers a broad spectrum of products and services through two distinct platforms: UnitedHealthcare, which provides health care coverage and benefits services; and Optum, which provides information and technology-enabled health services. For more information, visit UnitedHealth Group at www.unitedhealthgroup.com or follow @UnitedHealthGrp on Twitter. Click here to subscribe to Mobile Alerts for UnitedHealth Group.