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Follow Amazon's founder and CEO Jeff Bezos in "America's Best Leaders," Google's next purchasing plans and the "most-underpaid" CEO in history. Plus: two venture capitalists believe they can create the next Silicon Valleys around the globe, can this be done?
AMERICA’S BEST LEADERS
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
China to U.S.: Use private capital.
Long-Term Focus: The Key to A Successful Future
These moguls get their kicks aboard million-dollar spaceships and submarines.
Starbucks’ Strawberry Frappuccinos, BMW’s 155mph hybrid, Groupon’s accounting practices.
Introducing a style hunter, a hardware hacker and a rainmaker.
NEW YORK’S NAMESAKES
Billionaires who pay big to make the map.
SWING AND A MISS?
Was the biggest team sale in sports history too big?
Google targets tablets; Nike trips.
Readers weigh in on Ponzi schemer Bernie Madoff, outfielder Matt Kemp and rug dealer Pejman Nozad.
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Reasons for rejoicing.
CAPITAL FLOWS- Gordon G. Chang
The people, not the government, authored China’s revival.
INNOVATION RULES-Rich Karlgaard
Energy in 2050: An interview with Shell’s Peter Voser.
BUSINESS RENEGADES // KEEP YOUR CORN- Christopher Helman
Dallas Chemical company Celanese found a way of making ethanol from natural gas that could revolutionize how we fuel America. Too bad there’s a law against it.
GOOGLE’S NEW SHOPPING LIST- Connie Guglielmo
The search giant has yet to buy a company in 2012. It’s not for a lack of appetite, but rather a drastic change of taste.
ROLL YOUR OWN LEGOS- Andy Greenberg
What could be controversial about a dad building his son new toys? Nothing, unless that dad’s an intellectual property provocateur.
MAKING SOLAR VIABLE- Todd Woddy
Energy from the sun is hard to store, undercutting its usefulness and efficiency. Can Halotechnics solve the riddle by mixing in molten salt?
TRY BEFORE YOU BUY- Meghan Casserly
Tech maverick Tim Bucher intends to disrupt the global wine business- 50 milliliters at a time.
THE NEXT SILICON VALLEY-Frederick E. Allen
Two venture capitalists think they’ve unlocked the formula that can sprout startup hubs in dozens of places around the world.
SHOP LOCAL- J.J. Colao
With a vast network of neighborhood businesses and online publishers, Wiley Cerilli is out to corner the web.
A TIME TO SELL- Ashlea Ebeling
Come Jan. 1, the top capital gain rate is set to rise from 15% to 25%. If you want to sell a business or diversify your stock portfolio, do it sooner rather than later.
ALL-STAR ETFS- William Baldwin
The big thing in selecting an index fund: the cost to own it.
SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
Riches in small niches.
FIXED-INCOME WATCH- Richard Lehmann
Bernanke, the artful dodger.
SCREEN TEST- Marc Gerstein
Fill your portfolio with cash cows.
COVER STORY: JEFF BEZOS GETS IT- George Anders
In an era when high-flying tech companies outdo each other with worker perks, the no-frills billionaire is proving the potency of another model: coddling his 164 million customers, not his 56,000 employees.
THE “MOST UNDERPAID” EXECUTIVE IN HISTORY- Jeff Bercovici
Sirius XM’s Mel Karmazin ranks near the bottom of our bang-for-the-buck CEO list. But as Liberty Media grabs for control, he argues the worst is over for his tortured shareholders. Could he actually be right?
GRAVITY-DEFYING CEO PAY- Scott DeCarlo
The boss’ take outstrips investor gains again. Did we learn nothing?
THE GARDSAIL PROBLEM- Matthew Herper
U.S. politics and Merck’s bad public image are keeping a breakthrough vaccine from saving hundreds of thousands of lives around the world- and endangering the cures of the future.
GO FOR IT GOLFING- Michael Noer with Michael Dugan
You’ve been committing USGA misdemeanors for years. Now graduate to felonies.