The Fortune 500
May 20, 2013
Cover Story

Our annual ranking of the largest U.S. corporations in America.

  • What it’s like to drown in cash

    What it's like to drown in cash

    Apple has finally taken steps to distribute its unprecedented hoard, but will that be enough to revive its stock? Carol J. Loomis

  • Citigroup’s new CEO is a banker. Imagine that.

    Citigroup's new CEO is a banker. Imagine that.

    Unlike his predecessors, Michael Corbat has spent 30 years working in banking operations. Could that be just what Citi needs? By Jennifer Reingold with Doris Burke

  • Can UnitedHealth really fix the system?

    Can UnitedHealth really fix the system?

    CEO Stephen Hemsley has a data-driven plan to lead a health care revolution. By Shawn Tully

  • Lockheed’s secret weapon

    Lockheed's secret weapon

    Marillyn Hewson, operations whiz, is suited to lead Lockheed in uncertain times. By Beth Kowitt

  • The next oil boom

    The next oil boom

    Energy giants are flocking to Kurdistan, but their presence is provoking tensions with Baghdad. By Vivienne Walt

  • Inside the boardroom: The party is over!

    Inside the boardroom: The party is over!

    Being on a corporate board isn't the cushy gig it used to be. The hours are long and the scrutiny is intense. So why are executives lining up for a seat at the table? By Geoff Colvin

  • The directors

    The directors

    Our annual portfolio of the people behind some of the biggest and most important organizations in America. Photographs by Gregg Segal, produced by Alix Colow, reporting by Colleen Leahey

  • A year of frenzied activity

    A year of frenzied activity

    Flush with profits, America's biggest companies put their money to work in 2012, fueling a surge in M&A. By Shawn Tully

  • Innovation


    The Rice Business Plan Competition. By Anne VanderMey

  • Verne Harnish

    Verne Harnish

    Five ways to connect with your children.

  • Trailblazers


    Trunk Club founder and CEO Brian Spaly. By Dinah Eng

  • The best new business hotels

    The best new business hotels

    The most buzzed-about hotspots. By Alexandra Kirkman

  • Road Warrior

    Road Warrior

    John Kapon, CEO of wine retailer Acker Merrall & Condit. By Ryan Bradley

  • TECH
    • Startups


      The CIA's investment arm partners with Silicon Valley. By Helen Coster

    • Car+tech


      Cars are becoming connected devices. By Seth Fletcher

    • Fastest-Growing Companies

      Fastest-Growing Companies

      Baidu, China's biggest search engine. By Kurt Wagner

    • Software


      How Linux conquered the Fortune 500. By Roger Parloff

    • Profitmakers


      Economic Value Added shows which companies are able to turn capital into true profits. By Scott Cendrowski

    • Anatomy of a trade

      Anatomy of a trade

      Loomis Sayles's Warren Koontz on Lowe's. By Ryan Derousseau

    • Wealth adviser

      Wealth adviser

      When picking stocks, bet on pricing power. By Janice Revell

    • Retirement


      New reasons to consider annuities. By Amy Feldman

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