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Follow this special issue for the ultimate investment guide by dodging taxes the legal way, DIY investing and 81 ways to make the big bucks. Plus: the top places to retire this year and Hess' dangerous battle with the Russian mafia.
81 NEW WAYS TO GET RICH
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Golden rule for prosperity.
FLOWCHART: OBSCURE INVESTING- Steven Bertoni and Caleb Melby
Leave the stocks and bonds to your financial advisor. Passion plays can make for good hedges-and even better cocktail conversations.
Facebook’s IPO fiasco cost Mark Zuckerberg $4.3 billion while Wal-Mart’s surge boosted the Waltons by $9.2 billion.
Silicon Valley real estate and small newspapers heat up. Zynga and Facebook cool off.
LOVE ONLY ONE
Steve Wozniak’s favorite gadget.
Jennifer Lopez’s Celeb 100 triumph causes a conniption in the blogosphere; The Rock waxes nostalgic; Justin Bieber shows off his FORBES cover to Ellen.
Introducing four chief disruption officers.
CURRENT EVENTS- Amity Shlaes
Property uber alles: Own it.
CAPITAL FLOWS- Edward H. Crane
Go to bed early on election night.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
A 179-year-old learns to dance.
BETTING ON AMERICA- Joann Muller
Russian oligarch Alexey Mordsdhov took on the U.S. steel industry-and lost billions. To fix his fortunes, he’s going long on Detroit.
PHARMA’S MISSING LINK- Matthew Herper
Elias Zerhouni has spent his career trying to understand why only one in 10,000 drugs makes it to market. Can he fix Sanofi and the industry’s woeful innovation record at once?
MAYOR OF THE INTERNET- Andy Greenberg
How Reddit’s Alexis Ohanian became the most influential geek to take on Washington.
HUMAN INGENUITY // UNIVERSITY DISRUPTION- George Anders
Sebastian Thrun wants to fix what’s broken with higher ed. How about a master’s degree for $100.
IMPULSE SHOPPING- Hannah Elliott
Fancy is a new way of buying chic things, relying on crowdsourcing-and surprise.
BOOK VALUE- J.J. Colao
E-publisher Smashwords offers wide distribution and sweet deals to authors. One plot twist: Amazon.
GROWTH LESSONS // SALES HELP- Victoria Barret
Revel Touch is betting the iPad can be a retailer’s best friend.
X IS FOR ENTERTAINMENT- David M. Ewalt
While competitors dithered, Microsoft used its Xbox videogames to sneak into living rooms. Now it’s ready to dominate home entertainment the same way it did home computing.
MADE IN SILICON VALLEY- Brian Caulfield
America’s startup capital produces more than code and apps. It’s also the center of a surprising manufacturing renaissance.
HESS OIL’S RUSSIAN MOB PROBLEM- Richard Behar
The American oil giant has become a big player in a mafia-dominated region south of Moscow-and gotten involved with some shady characters. Bullets, dubious arrests and disappearances have followed.
COVER STORY: 81 NEW WAYS TO GET RICH- Edited by Janet Novack and Matt Schrfrin
Our 2012 Investment Guide offers dozens of novel ideas for building and protecting your wealth.
THE FRIENDS AND FAMILY PLAN- Ashlea Ebeling
How to play venture capitalist to your son, niece or neighbor while building your wealth and relationships.
BOOM TIME FOR LANDLORDS- Morgan Brennan
If you’re ready to get your hands dirty-and even if you’re not-investing in distressed housing could pay off.
INVENT YOUR OWN PROFITS- Zack O'Malley Greenburg
From how-to videos to crowdfunding, the Internet makes it easier than ever to turn an original idea into a moneymaking product.
THE BRILLANCE (AND MADNESS) OF CROWDFUNDING- John Wasik
Ordinary folks can now get in on the ground floor of the next hot startup-or get taken. Calling Sherlock Holmes.
GO ROGUE WITH YOUR IRA- Deborah L. Jacobs
You can hold more than stocks, bonds, mutual funds and CDs in your retirement accounts. But watch out for traps.
THE ULTIMATE NEIGHBORHOOD BANK- Monte Burke
The Indo-American community in Edison, N.J. builds wealth the old-fashioned way, financing each other’s businesses.
HEDGE FUND PERIL- Daniel Fisher
Alternative investments remain a favorite allocation tool for financial advisors. Beware shiny objects.
HOBBYISTS’ REWARD-Deborah L. Jacobs
Collecting rare objects can enrich both an investment portfolio and life-if you follow some sensible rules.
TAKE YOUR GOLD TO GO- Abram Brown
A new precious metals exchange aims to ease the burden of owning physical gold and silver.
LEND THY NEIGHBOR- Chris Barth
Looking for yield? Put some peer-to-peer loans in your portfolio.
THE TOTAL ECONOMY PORTFOLIO- Richard Ferri
Public companies earn a shrinking share of all U.S. profits. Here’s a low-cost way to adjust your portfolio to that fact.
DEMOGRAPHIC DIVIDEND- Chris Barth
Investors waiting for India to become China 2.0 may be disappointed with its path but not its returns.
THE BUFFETTS NEXT DOOR- Matt Schifrin
Déjà vu for DIY funds.
SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
When insiders buy, you should, too.
SCREEN TEST- Marc Gerstein
Picking winners out of losers.
PHILANTHROPY // VALUE BENEFACTOR- Halah Touryalai
By investing in Indian untouchables, hedge fund manager Mohnish Pabrai is bringing a buy-low/sell-high discipline to charitable giving.
THE BEST PLACES TO RETIRE IN 2012- William P. Barrett
Our annual list features 25 cities in 18 states offering reasonable costs, a healthy lifestyle and mostly good weather.
AUTOMATIC OR MANUAL?- Tom Anderson
Target date funds put your 401 (k) on autopilot. You might get better mileage by shifting for yourself.
A FAT YIELD AND A DEDUCTION- William Baldwin
Charitable gift annuities enable retirees to do well by doing good.
RETIREE VS. RETIREE- Daniel Fisher and John Wasik
Investors searching for income and pensioners desperate for quick cash are both learning an expensive lesson.
FARM LIKE A BILLIONAIRE- Ashlea Ebeling
You, too, can reap tax breaks, profit and (shhh! Don’t tell the IRS) pleasure from a big backyard.
DEDUCT YOUR BUCKET LIST- Kelly Phillips Erb
Whether you want to trek the rain forest, learn a new language or sail the world, Uncle Sam might help you pay for it.
WHEELS UP- Morgan Brennan
Thanks to Mit Romney, the car elevator is having its moment.