Table of contents: VOL. 149, NO. 13 - June 28, 2004
Inside the Private World of Allen & Co. Putting a premium on personal ties, this family firm thrives in the land of the giants.
Mine's Faster Than Yours Planemakers are trying to hatch an aircraft that no mogul could do without. Get ready for the supersonic business jet.
A Concise History of Management Hooey For every Six Sigma quality initiative, there's an inkblot test. Why FORTUNE 500 companies fall prey to boneheaded fads and fashions.
50 Best Companies for Minorities In an ideal world the leading companies for minority employees would be tops for everyone. But this is not an ideal world, and some companies are still more successful at fostering diversity in their workplace than others. The good news: Corporate America is raising the bar, and the best keep on getting better. FORTUNE's list shows which 50 companies rank at the very top.
The New Black Power on Wall Street Seven years ago FORTUNE identified a group of rising African-American stars on the Street, many of them allied with investment-banking giants. But today it's the niche players that stand out.
Lilly Goes Off Prozac The drugmaker bounced back from the loss of its blockbuster, but the recovery had costs.
Like Father, Like Son When he died last year, Larry Tisch left behind a great family fortune, a troubled company, and a long shadow over his admiring family. Now it's up to his son Jimmy to fix the company--and step out from under the shadow.
Nightmare on Madison Avenue Media fragmentation, recession, fed-up clients, TiVo--it's all trouble, and the ad business is caught up in the wake.
For Nikon, A Homer Great Zeus! The new D70 digital SLR is an instant classic, and photographers won't be able to resist the siren call.
The Fruits Of Safety Accenture's $10 billion contract marks a water-shed: The homeland-security market has hit the big time. Stand by for much, much more.
Why Is There No Cellphone Directory? After all the fancy camera phones and ring tones, what American cell users really crave is directory assistance.
Fortune Small Business
Keep an Eye on Cash With corporate leverage reaching an all-time high and interest rates rising, companies that have money to burn-- and little debt--are an investor's best friend.
Wal-Mart Drives A New Tech Boom The retailer's push into radio-frequency identification means big business for gear makers, big savings in Bentonville.
Don't mess with this Texan Donald Hodges manages his market-beating fund with a strict eye on ethics.