Our 34th annual 500s directory is a report card on the 2001 financial performance of America's biggest corporations. No surprise that the grades were pretty awful. For example, consider the aggregate net income of the 500 most profitable U.S. firms declined 23%. That's the worst performance since 1992, when profits were off 10%. Our Super 500 list is based on the individual rankings of the 824 firms that made one or more of our lists: sales, profits, assets and market value.
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Citigroup Keeps Its Crown
With the tie-breaking poll closed, Citigroup crushes GE in the battle to be America's biggest company.
Owing It All To Big Blue
IBM remains the U.S.' largest tech company. We highlight five Super 500 firms that owe their success to Big Blue.
Where Have The Dividends Gone?
Stats show they play a big part in growing investor wealth. Now just convince U.S. companies of that.
The Ten Best Margins In Finance
Here are the ten financial companies that had the highest percentage rate of return on sales in 2001.
Wireless Growth Amid Telecom Gloom
Which telecoms managed to boost revenue during recession-plagued 2001? Hint: Think wireless.
Drug Companies: Is Bigger Better?
Size is supposed to help drug firms grow. But lately, the bigger they are, the harder they fall.
Five Unlikely Super 500 Companies
Last year, we thought they had little chance of ever justifying their high valuations. We were mostly wrong.
Top Gurus' Best Bets
Which are the best buys among the Super 500? Forbes investment letter gurus weigh in.
Holden, Kraft Foods is winning the war of the aisles.
Hitting the SalsaStephen
Bowling is one of those rare little guys who's made it in the food
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Nice Guy, Knows KarateWilliam Clay Ford is putting a pretty face on his company,
but that won't turn it around.
The Lemon FactorJob
1: Fixing Ford's quality problems.
Out of the BoxIntel and IBM fight for the post-PC future.
Make Money in BiotechA few survival rules for a dangerous sector.
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