The Global 1000

There's a new breed of blue chips. They're lean, boast global brands, and give shareholders lots of value. And American companies are leading the pack

Nobody likes a braggart. So Bill Clinton didn't exactly get a standing ovation at the mid-June economic summit in Denver when he extolled, again and again, America's magic formula for growth. Indeed, his fellow world leaders barely hid their resentment when the President suggested that U.S. advisers help Japan untangle its regulatory snarls and that Europeans follow the American example and slash their swollen budgets.

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