Yearly Archives: 2013
  • Richard Branson remembers Nelson Mandela

    The British billionaire reflects on his friendship -- and his business relationship -- with the South African leader.

    By Caroline Fairchild, reporter

    FORTUNE -- Sir Richard Branson's head today is filled with images of Nelson Mandela dancing. The world leader was always spontaneously swirling with people wherever he went. He was also known to break out in song, but according to Branson his singing wasn't the best.

    The billionaire MORE

    Dec 6, 2013 3:39 PM ET
  • GM puts Chevrolet out of its misery in Europe

    GM's decision to stop selling Chevrolet vehicles in western Europe suggests the automaker hasn't yet devised a credible strategy for stemming the rush of red ink in the region.

    Dec 6, 2013 1:10 PM ET
  • Mandela reaches out to business (Fortune, 1993)

    Editor's note: Every week Fortune publishes a story from its magazine archives. With the news that South African political prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela died Thursday at the age of 95, we are republishing an interview with Mandela conducted by our former editor Marshall Loeb. This was first published in the July 12, 1993 issue of Fortune. 

    The man who may well be South Africa's first black President says his once militant African National Congress is eager MORE

    - Dec 5, 2013 6:30 PM ET
  • Thailand's economy: Crisis? What crisis?

    Political unrest is commonplace for Southeast Asia's second-largest economy. The markets haven't been fazed.

    By Erika Fry, reporter

    FORTUNE -- For Thailand watchers, the past couple of weeks have surely brought that too-familiar sinking feeling: Here we go again.

    Anti-government protestors are back in action -- occupying government compounds, crippling business, hijacking media, and generally wreaking havoc -- in an effort to bring down another government. On Sunday, events escalated so much MORE

    Dec 5, 2013 10:55 AM ET
  • Starbucks' tea party

    Can the company that got America hooked on pricey coffee turn the country into a nation of tea drinkers?

    By Beth Kowitt, writer

    FORTUNE -- For a coffee company, Starbucks spends a lot of time talking about tea these days.

    When I visited Starbucks' (SBUX) Seattle headquarters to report on its strategy for the grocery aisle, CEO Howard Schultz was buzzing about its Teavana concept. Starbucks acquired Teavana, a purveyor of teas MORE

    Dec 5, 2013 6:37 AM ET
  • Mayor Mike and the conflict at Bloomberg

    In a preview of a major Fortune feature on an identity crisis at the staggeringly successful Bloomberg LP, Mike Bloomberg breaks away from city business during "Snowpocalypse" to discuss website design at company headquarters.

    By Peter Elkind, editor-at-large

    FORTUNE -- For New York Mayor Michael Rubens Bloomberg, the second week of February 2010 was particularly hectic. In addition to his usual frenetic role running America's largest city, he was dealing with MORE

    Dec 5, 2013 6:00 AM ET
  • This wine brought to you by ... retired teachers

    Who knew? Asset manager TIAA-CREF is one of the country's leading vineyard owners -- and no one at the firm is complaining of sour grapes.

    FORTUNE -- When you're enjoying a glass of wine at the office holiday party this month you may, indirectly, have your old college econ professor or elementary school nurse to thank. That's because the surprising owner of a huge swath of wine-producing MORE

    - Dec 4, 2013 11:11 AM ET
  • Ford Mustang's global challenge

    More important than beating GM and Chrysler for hometown bragging rights will be establishing the 2015 Mustang as a model that can win hearts and open wallets overseas.

    By Doron Levin

    FORTUNE -- Every automaker has its bread-and-butter models, the ones that sell in volume and at high enough prices to generate sufficient cash to run the entire company. For Ford Motor Co., that's the F-150 pickup truck.

    But Ford's (F) heart MORE

    Dec 4, 2013 5:00 AM ET
  • Facing extradition, Siemens Argentina defendant settles with SEC

    Andres Truppel, former CFO of Siemens Argentina, was one of nine individuals charged in 2011 for their alleged roles in a scheme to bribe top officials.

    By Douglas Gillison, 100Reporters

    FORTUNE -- Two years after being charged with participating in a massive bribery scheme, the former chief financial officer in Argentina for the German engineering giant Siemens AG has reached settlement terms with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, according to court papers.

    Andres R. MORE

    Dec 3, 2013 4:51 PM ET
  • Behind Apple's mutiny against its court-ordered e-books monitor

    Apple is taking aim not just at the court-ordered monitor in the e-books antitrust case, but also at U.S. District Judge Denise Cote herself.

    FORTUNE -- On Thanksgiving eve, Apple filed court papers launching a searing attack on the court-ordered monitor who had been appointed barely a month earlier to oversee its compliance with an antitrust decree relating to its sale of e-books.

    Apple accused the monitor, Michael Bromwich, a partner at MORE

    - Dec 2, 2013 3:22 PM ET
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