ISSUE DATE -
July 23, 2007
COVER STORY: -
2007 Global 500
The World｡ｦs Largest Corporations
Rising oil prices and a global M&A glut helped old-economy companies stay
at the top of the list with another year of record profits.
PLUS: Asia｡ｦs top 50.
┃ The Greatest Economic Boom Ever ｡V Okay, it may not feel like a day
at the beach to many people. But for your average globetrotting FORTUNE 500
CEO, right now is about as good as it gets.
┃ How Microsoft Conquered China ｡V Or is it the other way around?
On the road to Beijing with Bill Gates, who threw his business model out
┃ The Mouse That Roared ｡V Tiny Porsche is shaking things up at Volkswagen.
┃ Subprime Contagion? ｡V Ohio｡ｦs attorney general is investigating the
role credit-rating agencies like Moody｡ｦs played in rubber-stamping dicey bonds.
┃ China｡ｦs New Export: Lawsuits ｡V U.S. importers are learning that defective products may come from China but the liability is here.
┃ India｡ｦs Mounting E-Waste ｡V Computer recycling is booming in India,
but the government has been slow to regulate the industry.
┃ Picture This ｡V Piling on inequities: near slavery for some workers