February 1, 2019 / Fortune Asia / Volume 179 / Number 2
Wall Street’s Contact High
By JEN WIECZNER
Excitement about legal weed turned Canadian startup Tilray into one of the world’s hottest stocks. As Big Cannabis goes mainstream, will the buzz wear off?
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The World’s Most Admired Companies
Success commands respect. We polled 3,750 executives, directors, and analysts to find out which companies are the world’s corporate role models.
Alzheimer’s: A Radical New Theory
By RICK TETZELI
Ethnobotanist Paul Cox has an unorthodox theory about what’s causing this devastating disease. Here’s why we should listen.
Hollywood’s New Odd Couple
By SHEILA MARIKAR
Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman have big plans for short videos. Quibi, their yet-to-launch service, aims to dominate the market in high-quality hot takes for mobile phones.
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4 Cast a Critical Eye Over the A.I. Hype Merchants
Artificial Intelligence has the potential to transform how we do business. But the key to its utilization will be realizing its limitations.
By ADAM LASHINSKY
7 How to Deal With No Deal
British companies are already putting their ”no deal” Brexit contingencies in place.
By DAVID MEYER
8 The KonMari Economy
Could Japanese tidying guru Marie Kondo slow down fast fashion?
By RACHEL KING
9 The Internet Space Race
Companies are scrambling to offer high-speed online access from the final frontier.
By AARON PRESSMAN
11 The Spy Inside Your Car
Digital assistants may be a convenience for drivers, but they also raise serious privacy questions over the information they collect.
By JACLYN TROP
13 E-Sports Is the New Premed
The Ohio State University is introducing a video game-related degree. Will other colleges follow suit?
By LISA MARIE SEGARRA
14 The Hidden Upside to CEO Drama
When a company axes its chief executive, its stock often plummets. But when the firing is part of a bigger overhaul, investors can win in the long run.
By RYAN DEROUSSEAU
17 The New Faces of Watch Design
For horolophiles who want to stand out, microbrands are making a mark on a storied industry.
By STACY PERMAN
56 Closing Costs
Though a government shutdown doesn’t cost much overall, the resulting erosion of faith in the institution is a cost too big to calculate.
Text by MATT HEIMER; graphics by NICOLAS RAPP
”Hot Under the White Collar” (Jan. 1) incorrectly said the predecessor of the fired whistleblower CEO of Japan’s Olympus wasn’t charged with wrongdoing for a massive fraud at the company. In fact, the previous CEO was sentenced to prison but never served jail time.
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