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November 5, 2012
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Follow the 50 small businesses that are creating an economic boost from Buffalo Wild Wings, to Ancestry.com, to OpenTable. Plus: the top billionaires in China and the country's best entrepreneurs starting with Twitter's Jack Dorsey. 

AMERICA’S BEST ENTREPRENEURS
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
What Obama doesn’t get about the U.S.

LEADERBOARD
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
Inventory is down and prices are up, thanks to tech boom and wealthy foreign buyers.

YOUR WARHOL’S 15 MINUTES AREN’T UP YET
Why Christie’s historic series of auctions won’t distort the pop art market.

BILLIONAIRE PET PROPS
Forbes 400 rich list members aren’t just spending big bucks to elect Romney or Obama. Plus: Yuri Milner’s favorite physicist.

SCORECARD
The Waltons post a ten-figure gain; Adelson endures a ten-figure bust.

BUY/SELL/HOLD
We’re bullish on baseball and Big Bird but bearish on archaeology and pleated pants. Plus: Up-and-comers.

ACTIVE CONVERSATION
Readers weigh in on Mitt Romney, Steve Jobs and the godfather of ETFs.

TECHNOLOGY
CURRENT EVENTS- Lee Kuan Yew
Socialism or free markets? Consider Myanmar and Thailand.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Brian Domitrovic
With plenty of time Obama gave us -0.3% growth.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Apple without Jobs: first trillion-dollar company.

STRATEGIES
RECHARGED- Daniel Fisher
Schneider Electric’s Jean-Pascal Tricoire is jolting the hidebound French company with a focus on data centers-and American-style-capitalism.

BRICKS OVER CLICKS // BUSINESS RENEGADES- Lydia Dishman
Alex Smith is leading a big-time turnaround at retailer Pier 1, no Internet required. In the era of e-commerce, can the good times last?

INVESTING
LYING WITH NUMBERS- Francine McKenna
The SEC is busy chasing Ponzi schemers and foreign bribers. But bogus accounting remains a bigger danger to the markets. Is another Enron brewing?

HOW TO TURN $400,00 INTO $1.7 MILLION- William Baldwin
Everyone laments volatility. Is it really bad for your financial health? Not if you are a steady saver.

SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
Four Ben Bernanke bargains.

FINANCIAL STRATEGY- A. Gary Shilling
Bring on the bad news.

TECHNOLOGY
ACTIVISM FOR PROFIT- Tomio Geron
Change.org sounds like a charity, but it’s not. It’s a clever (some say sneaky) startup that manufactures a “grassroots” campaign with the click of a button.

NOKIA ON THE BRINK // LEADERSHIP AT THE TOP- Eric Savitz
If the onetime king of the mobile phone industry gets wiped off the map, don’t blame CEO Stephen Elop. He made the best of a bad situation.

BEST SMALL COMPANIES
COVER STORY: THE MASTER ENTREPRENEUR
Two of the five hottest pre-IPO companies in the world are guided by Jack Dorsey. His role at both offers a blueprint for startups everywhere.

BrandVoice- AFLAC US
Helping Small Businesses Act Like Big Businesses

THE BEST UNDER A BILLION- Kurt Badenhausen, Christina Settimi and J.J. Colao
Our annual list of the top-performing U.S. small-cap companies, featuring Jack Dorsey.

CLINICAL TRIALS // GROWTH LESSONS- J.J. Colao
Myriad Genetics was a pioneer in detecting the breast cancer gene. Nearly two decades-and hundreds of millions of dollars later-it’s finally turning a profit.

STRAIGHT SHOOTER // CHANGE AGENTS- Abram Brown
Gunmaker Sturm, Ruger was in a deep slump when Mike Fifer arrived six years ago. First he talked with customers and then rebuilt a thriving company around what they wanted to buy.

TAKING FLIGHT // GLOBETROTTERS- Meghan Casserly
Flush with domestic success, Buffalo Wild Wings is determined to show the world that spicy chicken is as American as burgers and hot dogs.

FEATURES
WILD RIDE- Christopher Helman
The vision guy got iced out. The bond trader and the billionaire took over. Will the new track be done in time? The sordid story of how Formula One racing came to Texas.

CHINA’S BILLIONAIRES CLUB
Even with growth slowing down, it still takes more than a billion to crack our ranking of the 100 richest Chinese-a sign that the country’s new entrepreneurial class is here to stay.

LIFE
TENNESSEE MOUNTAIN HOME- Richard Nalley
Blackberry Farm’s field-to-table ethos takes a village.

THOUGHTS
On Europe.