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Table of Contents:VOL. 156, NO. 8 - October 15, 2007
COVER STORY: 50 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN
The Power 50 Ten editions of the list prove it: Women have come a long way, and they're not slowing down. (more)
Anne Mulcahy and Ursula Burns saved Xerox in a historic turnaround. Their next challenge: sharing power and managing succession. (more)
Wal-Mart and others are facing class actions for job discrimination. But their biggest problem isn't their policies, it's their managers' unwitting preferences. Can any company be immune? (more)
Women account for only one out of six company directors. Does that affect corporate performance? (more)
The credentials of these women are the strongest yet. By Katie Benner, Eugenia Levenson, and Rupali Arora (more)
12 of Fortune's Most Powerful Women are also among the best-paid, including Avon's Andrea Jung, who made nearly $11 million last year. (more)
Americans take five of the top ten spots on this year's list of the most powerful women in global business. (more)
Angela Ahrendts, from a small town in Indiana, is running the quintessentially British fashion house. Can she supercharge the brand whose ubiquitous check has lost its cachet? (more)
As co-founder and CEO of VMware, this year's hottest IPO, Diane Greene is the toast of Silicon Valley. But the future for this techie-windsurfer-sailor is anything but smooth sailing. (more)
A record 13 women are CEOs running public companies on this year's list. That number will only get bigger because there are so many more in the wings. These six executives, all on our list, are clearly capable of leading a major company someday. By Patricia Sellers (more)
FEATURES
CAA: Hollywood heavy CAA, dominant in Hollywood, is looking to expand. But in the talent business, is bigger always better?  (more)
Solar energy is now very real, and at hot companies like SunPower, the 'green' that matters is money - by the billions. (more)
Seven years into his effort to disrupt the sports and entertainment industries, Web 1.0's Richie Rich is learning some hard lessons. (more)
FIRST
Recession chatter gets louder A series of indicators signal that Wall Street's troubles may be spreading to Main Street. (more)
Three of the four men who once ran the lawsuit factory have now agreed to plead guilty. Co-founder Mel Weiss will take his chances at trial. (more)
A shortage of sales reps in Silicon Alley and beyond has led to bidding wars, lavish perks, and fat salaries. (more)
Now that Whole Foods has a $6.7 billion market cap and Wal-Mart sells naturally grown chard, the organic movement's founding fathers are looking for their next big hits. By Matthew Boyle (more)
When Philip D. Murphy became the Democratic National Committee's national finance chairman, he stepped into the middle of a donkey fight.  (more)
Bill Zollars, the CEO of trucking giant YRC Worldwide (formerly Yellow Roadway), warns of a blue Christmas. (more)
How I Work: Julia Stewart, CEO, IHOP (more)
How Bob Lane, CEO of John Deere, reenergized an old company. (more)
DISPATCHES
Wheeler dealer Roger Penske adds the tiny, egg-shaped Smart car to his $17 billion automobile empire. (more)
Reincarnated soul Concord Music is shaking up the business with creative marketing - and songs recorded 50 years ago.  (more)
COLUMNS
The Deal The reckless are getting relief from Ben Bernanke. How the heck does that work? (more)
As we pay more for health care, we'll care more about the market. (more)
Facebook makes me cringe, but it's still the most profound Internet innovation since eBay. (more)
What you don't - and can't - know about munis can hurt you. (more)
Creativity to the rescue. The second in a three-part series on the nature of power. (more)
INVESTING
Why Blackstone is a buy The PE firm has seen its stock sink in a difficult environment for deals. But it has an ample war chest, enormous assets - and even pays a dividend. (more)
The machinery for creating credit has gotten far more complicated. For regulators, that means pulling the old levers won't be as effective as it once was. (more)
Goldman Sachs commodities analyst Jeffrey Currie sees crude prices moving above recent record levels. (more)
BUSINESS LIFE
Joy ride Ian Wright has built the fastest electric car on the planet. (more)
The next Monaco? Canadian magnate Peter Munk aims to turn a Montenegro naval base into a yacht hot spot. (more)
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