Table of contents: VOL. 151, NO. 5 - March 7, 2005
COVER STORY
He dropped out of college to start his company. His business model conquered the PC industry. Now, at age 40, Dell takes his place among the nation's most respected executives. (more)

Features
AMERICA'S MOST ADMIRED COMPANIES (more)
Calling a pandemic "overdue" is a misnomer worthy of Chicken Little. (more)
No one doubts that the world will eventually face a deadly influenza outbreak. Here's where we'd stand if one starts soon. (more)
The states are addicted to the money it provides. But the comically convoluted settlement is riddled with problems, and judges' patience for it is wearing thin. (more)
Falling prices. Squeezed margins. Brutal competition. For this elite set of corporations, it's the perfect time to do business. Here's why the best prevail. (more)
After 23 years of putting this list together, a few notable achievements stand out. Will the ten companies below please take a bow? (more)
Can one man be CEO of two companies? Nissan and Renault are about to find out. (more)
CARLY FIORINA thought board members were meddling and wanted them to back off. That's when they asked her to step outside. She never saw the knockout coming. (more)
Bing!: While You Were Out

Brainstorming With William Haseltine

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The hip-e node seems to have it all: PC, TV, cellphone, MP3 player, and more. Too bad it's underpowered and overpriced. (more)

Is Disney's No. 2 an unsung leader or a dutiful lackey? The Mouse House board will soon decide just that. (more)

The golden age of microchip graffiti is fading. But these images were never meant to be seen in the first place. (more)
JanNelle Rivers, Cirque du Soleil, Las Vegas (more)
Investing
When big companies spawn smaller firms, the new stocks often thrive. These four are the tops. (more)
Even after outperforming stocks for five straight years, real estate trusts still offer generous returns. (more)

Despite record profits, shares of Ameritrade are down 35% over the past year. (more)
Politics
Value Driven
WALL STREET WEEK: THE FORTUNE INTERVIEW
Joseph Campbell says the military's spending priorities are changing. (more)
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