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30 Under 30
January 16, 2012
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Meet Spotify’s Daniel Ek and the rest of the 30 Under 30 who are changing the business world from entertainment to real estate to media. 

30 UNDER 30

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
President Obama: a one-termer.

LEADERBOARD
THE SCORECARD / BIGGEST WINNERS & LOSER, 2011 EDITION
Simmons soars, Arison sinks, Adelson busts.

BILLIONAIRE UNIVERSITY
Some of The Forbes 400 have Ph.D.s; far more never finished college.

AUTHORITARIAN CAPITALISM
With North Korea’s leader gone, does free enterprise now stand a small chance?

THE GOP’S BIG MONEY BACKERS- Clare O’Connor
The billionaires who are keeping presidential hopefuls alive.

PRIME TIME DENIED- Tom Post
30 who died under 30: some of history’s most promising talents who checked out early.

PUTIN VS. PROKHOROV
And the other Russian oligarchs who have come a cropper crossing the Kremlin.

ACTIVE CONVERSATION
Readers get indigestion at our selecting Smashburger as America’s Most Promising Company. They warm to our profile of a nonprofit that marries problem solving and venture capital.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- Amity Shlaes
A plea to clergy.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Don Watkins and Yaron Brook
America before the entitlement state.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Is progress slowing down?

STRATEGIES
TOM FRESTON’S REVENGE- Jeff Bercovici
After Summer Redstone fired the former Viacom CEO for wisely passing on MySpace, Freston quietly took one joint venture with him. He’s now helping Vice Media become the online MTV.

TECHNOLOGY
WEB VIGILANTES- Andy Greenberg
The hacker group Telecomix vows to expose those who censor or surveil the Internet, U.S. firms included.

ENTREPRENEURS
APPLE SEED- Kerry A. Dolan
Robert Pera, billionaire at 33, makes computer hardware with even fatter profit margins than his former employer’s. The secret: no direct sales force.

INVESTING
CASHING IN ON STEALTH DIVIDENDS- William Baldwin
If you find a company buying its own shares, buy some yourself.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Give ‘em the finger.

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Betting against market fads.

FINANCIAL STRATEGY- David Dreman
High-frequency follies.

FEATURES
THE PLOT AGAINST PHIL FALCONE- Daniel Fisher
The billionaire investor followed the rules to build the next generation of wireless devices. Then the GPS industry, cellular carriers and one powerful senator decided he was serious.

WIND VS. BIRD- Todd Woody
The revival of the iconic California condor is colliding with the state’s wind farm boom. How an environmentalists’ nightmare has become a multibillion-dollar dilemma.

30 UNDER 30
THE MOST IMPORTANT MAN IN MUSIC- Steven Bertoni
Spotify’s Daniel Ek created a free, Facebook-enabled platform that could save the recording industry from piracy- and iTunes.

THE DISRUPTERS REINVENTING THE WORLD- Michael Noer and Caroline Howard
NBC Community’s Donald Glover, Mashable’s Pete Cashmore, rapper Mac Miller and other promising stars, as chosen by Forbes.com readers and the greatest minds in business.

MAVERICKS OF THE MOMENT- Forbes Staffers, Readers and Industry Experts
30 revolutionaries under 30, in each of 12 fields, making a difference right now.

LIFE
THE DREAM ISLAND- Finn-Olaf Jones
In Fiji, an ultimate tropical fantasy.

THOUGHTS
On life after the holidays.