Table of contents: VOL. 153, NO. 7 - April 17, 2006
COVER STORY
Despite a world of trouble, the 500--led by banking, oil, drugs, and insurance--roared ahead. (more)

business life
Look sharp. Get away from it all. Hang with Tony Soprano? $500 buys more than you think--and we've found 33 great ways to indulge. (more)
contributors
dispatches
No one said the big time was easy. How Gateway, a onetime tech star, became a former FORTUNE 500 company. (more)
Italy's Silvio Berlusconi is fighting for his political life -- and the fate of his media empire may hang in the balance. (more)
Why you haven't -- and won't -- see some of Enron's most colorful characters anywhere near this trial. (more)
dispatches: business reports from around the u.s. and the world
The retailer is opening cheap, convenient clinics in its superstores--and calling on Washington to fix the really big problems. (more)
first
Students in France are rioting to keep the system in place, not to overturn it. (more)
The CFA/ Business Roundtable effort is concerned that short-termism is hurting the U.S. economy. (more)
Twenty-seven FORTUNE 500 firms are still run by the CEOs who built them--and they're tearing up the market. (more)
Dubai, United Arab Emirates (more)
Alfred Chandler, professor emeritus, Harvard Business School (more)

Since Dec. 30 the Vietnam Stock Index is up 60%, and it's the second-best-performing exchange in the world this year (behind only Zimbabwe's). (more)
fortune small business
Courses for wannabe entrepreneurs are a hot trend at American universities. But can risk taking and originality be learned? (more)
global economy
Iran and the U.S. agree on one thing: Oil is the ultimate weapon. (more)
letters
media bubble
Newspapers are not dead, says the man who bought Knight-Ridder. (more)
the fortune 500
In one bold stroke, Sumner Redstone undid two decades of empire building. What now? (more)
The former actor excels at spotting talent and picking shows. Now he has to sell Wall Street on CBS stock. (more)
Can a numbers guy from Disney correct Gap's style missteps? (more)
How a sales-trained CEO is trying to reboot Hewlett Packard (more)
How Dick Fuld transformed Lehman from Wall Street also-ran to super-hot machine. (more)
A photographic portfolio. (more)
Tom Freston has gone from Kabul to cable and beyond. Now he has to keep Viacom hip, happy, and hot. (more)
The Local Angle (more)
Welcome to the FORTUNE 1,000 (more)
The Corporations, By Performance (more)
The Sectors, By Performance (more)
Its stock is off 40% since 2001. Profits are down. CEO Hank McKinnell's to-do list? Create hit drugs, pick a successor, and convince Wall Street he can make all the company's pieces fit together. (more)
the fortune 500 list
value driven
Why the NFL's Paul Tagliabue is a genuine Hall of Fame executive. (more)
while you were out
with apologies to Edwin Arlington Robinson (more)
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