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America's Richest Families
America's Richest Families
Special Feature:
Celebrity 100
July 21, 2014
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The 2014 “Celebrity 100” ranks the world’s most powerful stars based on rankings that look at earnings, press mentions, social media influence, and “cultural impact”.  Also, learn how some of America’s wealthiest families have bigger fortunes than ever. 

 

FACT AND COMMENT - Steve Forbes

The time has come: Defend the IRS

 

LEADERBOARD

CELEBRITY 100

The most powerful stars.

 

BLOODY AMAZING

Elizabeth Holmes reaches billionaire status- four times over- at age 30.

 

HELPFUL HANDICAPS

Maybe your CEO should play more golf.

 

PROVENANCE

The colorful history of the 1956 Ferrari 410 Superamerica’s Series 1 Coupe.

 

THAT SINKING FEELING

Think finding a chest full of sunken treasure is a good way to get rich? Think again.

 

ACTIVE CONVERSATION

The 2014 Investment Guide.

 

THOUGHT LEADERS

CURRENT EVENTS - David Malpass

Peace through weakness: The U.S. and Japan sputter.

 

INNOVATION RULES - Rich Karlgaard

VC view: investable trends.

 

STRATEGIES

GRABBING FOR GREEN - Christopher Helman

NRG Energy is one of the nation’s biggest operators of carbon-belching power plants. No wonder CEO David Crane is so keen to become the emperor of alternative energy.

 

TECHNOLOGY

TWITTER’S CLEANUP PATROL - Kashmir Hill

Del Harvey wades through the darkest content on Twitter to decide what’s legitimate free expression and what’s abuse that gets the ax.

 

ENTREPRENEURS

CROWD PLEASERS - Karsten Strauss

Applause relies on a network of 140,000 geeks worldwide to stress-test new apps. How do you grow rapidly- and still maintain quality control?

 

CALLING ALL WINDOW SHOPPERS - Hollie Slade

Why reward people only for buying? Cyriac Roeding’s ultrasound-powered app makes millions encouraging people just to look.

 

INVESTING

FAMILY SECRETS - Deborah L. Jacobs and Janet Novack

As the government closes in, the owners of offshore accounts, and their heirs, face legal perils and tricky choices.

 

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY - Ken Fisher

389 lessons and counting.

 

SMALL STOCKS - Jim Oberweis

Small stocks with simple plans for big growth.

 

FINANCIAL STRATEGY - A. Gary Shilling

Woe to the euro.

 

FEATURES

JESUS CHRIST SUPERHERO - Zack O’Malley Greenburg

Mark Burnett earned a quarter-billion dollars in the past four years producing shows like Survivor. Now he’s found the next batch of superheroes in an unlikely place: the Bible.

 

McHEALTHCARE - Brian Solomon

The gold rush is on to reinvent the doctor’s office, and fast food is the model.

 

AMERICA’S WEALTHIEST FAMILIES

MANOR-BORN ENTREPRENEURS - Abram Brown and Alex Morrell

Most of America’s Gilded Age fortunes have dissipated over time. Yet two centuries after Thomas Mellon arrived in America his family, worth $12 billion, has never been richer. How did they do it?

 

SKY SCRAPPERS - Erin Carlyle

The tallest, most meaningful building of this American century, the new World Trade Center, is about to open. Risks abound for everyone involved, except the billionaire Durst family.

 

HOW TO BLOW $9 BILLION - Kerry A. Dolan

It took the Stroh family over a century to build the largest private beer fortune in America. And it took just a few bad decisions to lose the entire thing.

 

DOMINANT DYNASTIES - Edited by Luisa Kroll and Kerry A. Dolan

The Waltons. The Kennedys. The Rockefellers. Our definitive list of the richest families in America: 185 clans with fortunes of at least a billion.

 

LIFE

THE ADVENTURES OF MR. TEA - Hunter Atkins

Like and Epicurean Indiana Jones, Rodrick Markus searches for high-end teas and other exotic ingredients for the best chefs in the world, eating danger for breakfast- with freshly shaved truffles.

 

THOUGHTS

On renown.