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1998

Bill Gates' problems with the Justice Department were just beginning, but at least the Microsoft Corp. CEO didn't have to worry about financial performance. The software company jumped to No. 1 on the 1998 BW 50 on booming sales of its Windows program. Tech companies dominated overall, filling the top five spots. But as usual, turnover was plentiful--fully half of the '98 winners were new to the list.
1999 1998 1997

1998's Business Week 50 For more information on a company, click on its name.
1998 RANK 1997 RANK COMPANY NAME
1 2MICROSOFT
2 3DELL COMPUTER
3 4CISCO SYSTEMS
4 1INTEL
5 8COMPAQ COMPUTER
6 9MBNA
7 21TELLABS
8 16EMC
9 187COMPUTER ASSOCIATES INTL.
10 38MORGAN STANLEY, DEAN WITTER
11 37SCHERING-PLOUGH
12 10PFIZER
13 77APPLIED MATERIALS
14 208US AIRWAYS GROUP
15 6MERCK
16 5TRAVELERS GROUP
17 61GAP
18 75SCHLUMBERGER
19 24MERRILL LYNCH
20 13SUN MICROSYSTEMS
21 55TJX
22 14BRISTOL-MYERS SQUIBB
23 HBO
24 112CHASE MANHATTAN
25 141CONSECO
1998 RANK 1997 RANK COMPANY NAME
26 40MGIC INVESTMENT
27 COUNTRYWIDE CREDIT INDUSTRIES
28 344GUIDANT
29 357PACCAR
30 OMNICOM GROUP
31 47NORTHERN TELECOM
32 CHARLES SCHWAB
33 PROGRESSIVE
34 SUNAMERICA
35 STATE STREET
36 LEHMAN BROTHERS HOLDINGS
37 PARAMETRIC TECHNOLOGY
38 28GILLETTE CAD
39 146CORESTATES FINANCIAL
40 22NORWEST
41 42GENERAL ELECTRIC
42 41FANNIE MAE
43 119HALLIBURTON
44 98HOME DEPOT
45 17FREDDIE MAC
46 33HEALTHSOUTH
47 CLEAR CHANNEL COMMUNICATIONS
48 193RITE AID
49 79ALLSTATE
50 12NATIONSBANK
DATA: STANDARD & POOR'S COMPUSTAT, BLOOMBERG
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