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Special Feature:
Philanthropy
December 15, 2014
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The 2014 special “Philanthropy” issue reports on the visionaries reimagining our children’s future.  Learn how six of America’s most influential education philanthropists approach reform.  Also, meet the king of online gambling.

 

FEATURES

“MY WEAKNESSES DIED ON THAT DAY”

Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafazi was shot by the Taliban for going to school. They targeted the wrong girl.

 

THE WALTONS TACKLE EDUCATION - Luisa Kroll

Sam Walton’s granddaughter Carrie Walton Penner is the most influential force in public education that you’ve never heard of. She shares her plans to make charter schools a national option.

 

THE BIGGEST TEST IN PUBLIC EDUCATION - Natalie Robehmed

Can one philanthropist bankroll reform on a citywide scale?

 

AMERICA’S EDUCATION MOON SHOT - Randall Lane

Five big ideas that could make American schoolkids tops in the world.

 

FORMULAS FOR SUCCESS - Reported by Kerry A. Dolan, Christopher Helman, Luisa Kroll and Michael Noer

Six of America’s most influential educational philanthropists reveal the mathematics of reform.

 

FACT & COMMENT - Steve Forbes

Why we feel so rotten.

 

LEADERBOARD

SANCTUM SANCTORUM

The Morgan Library’s reserved seating for Warren Buffet.

 

THE GAMBLER

PokerStars deals up a new billionaire.

Plus: Africa’s richest.

 

SHOP TALK

Americans keep spending on the holidays, no matter how much they earn.

 

NEVER SETTLE

Can a $1 billion divorce be unfair?

 

THE MOST VALUEABLE HOCKEY FRANCHISES

The NHL scores a new Canadian TV deal, and values soar.

 

REVEL WITHOUT A CAUSE

The most spectacular failure in Atlantic City history.

 

ACTIVE CONVERSATION

Talk Tinder.

 

THOUGHT LEADERS

INNOVATION RULES - Rich Karlgaard

Books for the holidays.

 

CURRENT EVENTS - Paul Johnson

Dead ducks and roaring lions.

 

STRATEGIES

OIL’S OFFSHORE ODDBALL - Christopher Helman

As the price of oil drops, America’s shale frackers are running scared. But upstart Venari Resources is sitting pretty thanks to deepwater finds in the Gulf of Mexico.

 

STRATEGIES

OIL’S OFFSHORE LANDLINE - Alex Konrad

Google has a new secret weapon in its fight against Microsoft Office: a startup of ex-Googlers really good at reinventing the telephone.

 

BEZOS VS. MA, HOLIDAY EDITION - Ryan Mac

Wary of Alibaba, Amazon is expanding logistics for partners.

 

ENTREPRENEURS

SPEAKING IN TONGUES - Brian Solomon

Smartling is riding a wave of global expansion by helping companies quickly translate their websites and apps.

 

INVESTING

FRIENDS OF ZUCKERBERG FUND - Brian Solomon

Not all financial advisors are created equal. Meet Divesh Makan, consigliere to Silicon Valley’s brightest billionaires.

 

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY - Ken Fisher

Why I hate annuities.

 

SMALL STOCKS - Jim Oberweis

The next act for small caps.

 

FIXED-INCOME WATCH - Richard Lehmann

Eclectic income investing.

 

FEATURES

THE KING OF ONLINE GAMBLING (IS 34)

David Baazov went from sleeping on Montreal park benches to an $800 million personal fortune with a brazen bet on Internet poker. Now he gets to up the ante.

 

LIFE

FERRARI AT THE CROSSROADS - Mark Ewing

Fiat has already benefited from spinning off its most valuable brand, but can the legendary Italian sports car company find a new gear on its own?

 

THOUGHTS

On philanthropy.