A Letter From The Publisher: Jan. 23, 1984

During the past 16 months, TIME'S Business section, headed by Senior Editor George M. Taber, has produced five cover-length examinations of the workings of the U.S. economy in general and some of its biggest companies in particular. The subjects: Wall Street, Chrysler, high-tech enterprises vs. "rust bowl" basic industries, IBM and AT&T. Running through all these stories has been a skein of numbers: units sold, market share, degree of dominance. For this week's cover story on the new multimillionaires, written by Associate Editor Alexander L. Taylor III, the numbers are more easily grasped...

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