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The World's Leading Companies
The World's Leading Companies
Special Feature:
Global 200
May 10, 2010
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THE FORBES GLOBAL 2000- Scott DeCarlo
Our ranking is the best snapshot of just how these titans compare-and the corporate dominance of the developed nations is steadily receding.

CAN CHINA SAVE GM?- Joann Muller
Why a boxy $4,500 van could be the answer to what ails the once great car company.

THE EMPEROR OF ENZYMES- Jonathan Fahey
Using the miracles of nature, the bioscience firm Novozymes will make your lips fuller, your gasoline less polluting and your beer better tasting.

CONTROL FREAK- Keren Blankfeld
Retailer Abilio Diniz is the most disciplined businessman in Brazil.

TOP 100
JPMorgan Chase ends GE’s one-year reign as the world’s largest company in our composite ranking.

HEADQUARTERS INC.
The U.S. and Japan still dominate the Global 2000, but with a combined 33 fewer entries this year. China continues gaining ground, with 22 more entries.

GLOBAL HIGH PERFORMERS
These 130 members of the Global 2000 list of the world’s biggest public companies stand out in growth and profitability.

WHO’S ON TOP IN SALES, PROFITS, ASSETS, MARKET VALUE

AT THE EXTREMES
These firms had the biggest swings in profits and Global 2000 rankings over the past year.

ACER’S NEXT ADVANCE- Elizabeth Woyke
The computer brand that burgeoned on bargain retail is going after schools and small business.

INDUSTRY LEADERS-PAST AND PRESENT
Here’s a look at the top five biggest companies from nine industries this year versus our 2005 Global 2000 list.

THE MIGHTY, THE FALLEN
Stumbles by some famous companies have been a part of global business’ boom-and-bust cycle.

INDIA’S DIRTY WAR: BILLIONAIRES VERSUS MAOISTS- Megha Bahree
A violent struggle over resource-rich land is pitting the ultrarich against Naxalite insurgents. Thousands of villagers have been killed and displaced.

OPINIONS
SIDELINES- William Baldwin
Why you should cut your state estimated tax payments.

FACT AND COMMENT- Steve Forbes
The trade war with China has been averted, but trouble still looms.

CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
Washington has accelerated its takeover of the economy.

DIGITAL RULES- Rich Karlgaard
We’re in the Crazy Data Decade.

ON MY MIND- Merrill Matthews
Why is Medicare fraud so rampant?

IDEAS & OPINIONS- Robert Langreth
Economist Dan Ariely studies the odd ways people behave.

HEADS UP- Brian Wingfield
The Europeans are America’s best buddies-except, apparently, when it comes to trade.

OUTFRONT
TAX HIKES: THE LAP-DANCING TARIFF- Janet Novack
Politicians hungry for tax revenue have become puritanical about cigarettes, soda and supermarket bags.

INDUSTRY PRACTICE- Daniel Fisher
Sharp dealing makes for nice bonuses on Wall Street-until a crusading reformer shows up.

BILLIONAIRE FORECASTS- Steven Bertoni
The consumer is crawling back, but these billionaires are still seeing a very mixed bag.

NO MORE LAPDOGS- Neil Weinberg
How can investors reel in pay and get more out of corporate bosses? Here’s one view: Kick the chief executive out of the boardroom.

HOT SPOT FOR BUSINESS- Kurt Badenhausen
A Hawkeye State locale leads the way in our twelfth annual ranking of the Best Places for Business and Careers.

Plus: Tuition risk.

TECHNOLOGY
CISCO’S GADGET GURU- Andy Greenberg
Jonathan Kaplan’s startup built the hit Flip video camera. Can he make his new employer friendly to consumers?

DIGITAL TOOLS- Lee Gomes

MARKETING
PSYCHOANALYZE THIS- Laurie Burkitt
Passionate media consumers may be receptive to ads that mirror their emotions.

MONEY & INVESTING
TAILS YOU LOSE- William P. Barrett
The feds tax your gambling winnings to the max. Loss deductions are a little harder to come by.

HOW CHEAP IS JAPAN?- David K. Randall
For emerging market exposure, Neil Hennessey says, buy stocks in Tokyo.

GROWING PAINS- David K. Randall
ETF giant iShares aims to get bigger by pushing a narrower focus and active management. What’s in it for the investor?

MAKERS & BREAKERS
W.R. Grace; Gentiva Health Services; Insituform Technologies.

SECOND ACTS
DEEP BREATHS- Matthew Herper
Trying to help her daughter, Martine Rothblatt gave new life to the orphan-drug business.

ENTREPRENEURS
TOP SHELF- Steven Bertoni
Recession didn’t deter EMM Group from building a $30 million luxury nightlife empire.

CREATIVE GIVING
THE BICYCLE ECONOMY- Stephane Fitch
F.K. Day designed a better machine for the developing world-then set out to teach people how to make it for themselves.

FORBES LIFE
THE DERBY IS JUST A FLAT RACE- Monte Burke
Every spring timber racers risk their lives to win Maryland’s Hunt Cup.

COMPANIES, PEOPLE, IDEAS
THE WORLD’S MOST RECESSION-PROOF- Parmy Olson
Soccer is light-years ahead of U.S. pro sports in its global potential.

WHY NOT?- Ian Ayres and Barry Nalebuff

FINANCIAL COLUMNISTS
PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher

ABSOLUTE RETURN- Lisa W. Hess

FINANCIAL STRATEGY- A. Gary Shilling

THOUGHTS
FIGHTIN’ WORDS