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March 29, 2010
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BILLIONAIRES- Edited by Luisa Kroll and Matthew Miller
Last year’s wealth wasteland has become a billionaire bonanza.

THE 20 RICHEST PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
There’s a new name at the top: Carlos Slim Helu.

WHERE THEY ARE- Katie Evans
Fortunes across the world have enjoyed widespread wins.

BIG MAN IN BRAZIL- Keren Blankfeld
Eike Batista has ridden up the commodities boom to become the richest guy in his country. He aims to keep going.

SOARING WEALTH- Katie Evans
The top ten gainers on the World’s Billionaires list increased their collective net worth by $122 billion in 12 months.

THE AMERICAS

NEWCOMERS- Steven Bertoni
A much better year for world markets meant improved odds for breaking into the World’s Billionaires ranks.

NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS- Kai Falkenberg
Do rich folk get special treatment regarding the privacy of their court cases? A case study involves the chairman of Estee Lauder.

UNITED STATES

DUMB MONEY- Dirk Smillie
Sailing on soda bottles. Cloning cats. Creating clouds from seawater. Not all investments by the tech wealthy pan out.

HOLLYWOOD HEAVYWEIGHT- Keren Blankfeld
Arnon Milchan has made it big in pictures-as well as in arms sales, investing and fertilizer.

BILLIONAIRES
MIDDLE EAST MIRAGE-  Devon Pendleton
Dubai’s spectacular collapse has destroyed vast fortunes and exposed the dangers of doing business in the Gulf. What have investors learned?

THE HARD MAN OF RUSSIA- Anita Raghavan
Already big in steel, Alisher Usmanov can now claim to be his nation’s largest player on the Web.

BIGGEST COMBACKS- Claire Obusan
One year after the market turmoil pushed 314 billionaires out of the ten-figure ranks, 164 are back in our exclusive club.

EUROPE

STOCKS WITH DANGER SIGNS- Steven Bertoni
Five billionaire-controlled stocks at particular risk of cooling off.

NONREFUNDABLE DEPOSIT- Keren Blankfeld
How Mikhail Prokhorov’s $53 million house payment became a charitable donation.

SLUMDOG BILLIONAIRES- Megha Bahree
A father and son are making a fortune rehabbing some of the worst neighborhoods in Mumbai. It’s not a pretty business.

ASIA-PACIFIC

BILLIONAIRES YOU’VE NEVER HEARD OF- Duncan Greenberg
They hold sway over whole sectors of the global economy-but most people don’t know their names.

HIGH-RISE ANXIETY- Gady Epstein
Zhang Xin and her husband are the most familiar faces of a real estate boom in China. That doesn’t make them a popular couple.

ASIAN TIGRESSE- Russell Flannery
Seven self-made female billionaires have struck it rich on China’s mainland.

DOUBLE SHOT- Steven Bertoni
Billionaires whose currencies have surged against the dollar as their nation’s stock markets soared.

BILLIONAIRES INDEX

OPINIONS
READERS SAY

SIDELINES- William Baldwin
How hard is it to copy Warren Buffet’s stock portfolio?

FACT AND COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Oh, no! Fannie and Freddie are back!

CURRENT EVENTS- Amity Shlaes
We’ve forgotten the costs of price control.

DIGITAL RULES- Rich Karlgaard
The Great Recession shouldn’t have been so “great.”

IDEAS & OPINIONS- Matthew Herper and Robert Langreth
Doctors should try to enhance the placebo effect.

ON MY MIND- Ronald Gilson and Micheal Klausner
Corporations can now fund politicians. What should investors do?

HEADS UP- Liz Moyer
Regulation of risky derivatives won’t bring transparency.

OUTFRONT
OIL, OIL EVERYWHERE- Christopher Helman
Occidental Petroleum’s California gusher shows that the U.S. might have more oil left than ever thought possible.

FOLLOW-THROUGH FLASHBACKS
Plus: Blue state blues… Masters of their universe-again… The cost of living longer…1-800-insult.

MONEY & INVESTING
TORTURE BY MAIL- Ashlea Ebeling
IRS computers and clerks grind out millions of notices demanding more tax. Here’s how to deal with them.

BARACK OBAMA, ANNUITY SALESMAN- William P. Barrett
He isn’t saying which is the good kind. So we will.

TECHNOLOGY
DIGITAL TRENDS- Lee Gomes

REBUILDING AMERICA
CLONING GEOFF CANADA- Nicole Perlroth
The White House wants to replicate the Harlem Children’s Zone nationwide. Not easy.

MARKETING
PLOTTING CRIMES- Dirk Smille
Colin Drane would like to be the kingpin of criminal data.

TAKE IT ALL OFF- Laurie Burkitt
To boost sales among men, P&G is pushing the art of shaving to new extremes.

STRATEGY
WHAT WOULD DENNIS DO?- Daniel Fisher
Covidien’s Richard Meelia saw the good and ugly from Tyco’s Kozlowski.

FORBES LIFE
THE $50 MILLION PRICE POINT- Francesca Levy
There’s an art to selling a ridiculously expensive piece of real estate.

FINANCIAL COLUMNISTS
THE CONTRARIAN- David Dreman

POINT OF VIEW- Steve H. Hanke

INTRINSIC VALUE- William Priest

THOUGHTS
Going broke.