1. Best Comeback
In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, stock markets plummeted around the globe. After waves of layoffs were announced and consumer confidence ebbed, it seemed the bad news just wouldn't stop. But as the year ended, the major stock indexes — the Dow Jones Industrial Average, London's FTSE 100 and Tokyo's Nikkei — had all rebounded above Sept. 10 levels.

2. Best Dotcom Survivor
With the simplest of business models — matching buyers to sellers and taking a percentage of each completed sale — the online auction powerhouse eBay rode...

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