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Special Feature:
Billionaires
March 28, 2011
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The 2011 Billionaires issue features the world's twenty richest with Mexico's Carlos Slim in first place with his $74 billion wealth. Plus: the wealthiest in hip-hop and the complete list of the planet's billionaires, the 25th edition. 

THE BILLIONAIRES
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes

CURRENT EVENTS- Lee Kuan Yew

CAPITAL FLOWS- Mallory Factor

FOCUS
LAND GRAB- Monte Burke
John Malone is America’s number one private landowner. Sorry, Ted Turner.

YOU WANT TO BE A BILLIONAIRE… HOW BAD?- Zack O’Malley Greenburg
Who is hip-hop’s richest artist? It’s not JAY-Z.

AdVoice- Toyota
The Power of Kaizen: Continuous Improvement

THE MOGUL’S MAXIMS- Jeff Bercovici
Advice from publisher Felix Dennis. Number one: Read his book.

TOLD YA SO- Nathan Vardi
Oil billionaire Len Blavatnik threw good money after bad. It worked.

WE LOVE YOU, CHARLIE- Andrea Spiegel
The company that taught Charlie Sheen how to Twitter.

BUSINESS FUNNIES- Susan Adams
Don’t way to slog through that business book? You might try the comic book version.

OUT OF THE FRYING PAN?- Christopher Helman
Stymied in the Gulf of Mexico, Paul Bulmahn got a big gas exploration deal in Isreal.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard

THE BILLIONAIRES ISSUE
A RECORD YEAR- Luisa Kroll and Kerry A. Dolan
The number of listees and combined wealth set new highs in our 25th year of tracking global wealth.

THE TOP 20
THE 20 RICHEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET
Mexico’s Carlos Slim, at $74 billion, widens his lead over Bill Gates.

ASIA
THE BILLIONAIRE FACTORY
Roaring markets, sudden fortunes.

PASSIONS // CYRUS POONAWALLA- As told to Naazneen Karmali
On breeding and racing Thoroughbreds.

IMPACT: BEYOND WEALTH
Azim Premji. Wang Jianlin. Kazuo Inamori. Ananda Krishnan. Nandan Nikekani.

MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
EVERYDAY FORTUNES
Surging wealth from pickup trucks, hummus and Nigerian cement.

NATION BUILDING- Zina Moukheiber
Why would billionaire Najib Mikati, Lebanon’s next leader, want to involve himself in politics?

PASSIONS // MUSTAFA VEHBI KOC- As told to Ozer Turan
On photographing wildlife.

PASSIONS // MORRIS KAHN- As told to Keren Blankfeld
On the joys of diving.

IMPACT: BEYOND WEALTH
Prince Alwaleed bin Talal Alsaud. Naguib Sawiris.

EUROPE
OLD WORLD FINDS NEW WEALTH
The continent’s 300 billionaires saw their wealth soar 29% to $1.3 trillion.

PASSIONS // ALISHER USMANOV- As told to Bruce Upbin
On fencing.

IMPACT: BEYOND WEALTH
Diego Della Valle. Ernesto Bererelli. Richard Branson. Denis O’Brien.

THE AMERICAS
HOME OF THE NUMERO UNO
Carlos Slim pushes the region up.

SUGAR DADDY- Keren Blankfield
Brazil’s Rubens Ometto is the world’s first ethanol billionaire.

IMPACT: BEYOND WEALTH- As told to Kerry A. Dolan
Ricardo Salinas Pliego on getting kids to trade guns for violins.

UNITED STATES
SLOWING GIANT
One in three billionaires is an American down from nearly one in two a decade ago.

PASSIONS // JOHN PRITZKER- As told to Kerry A. Dolan
On rebelling.

IMPACT: BEYOND WEALTH
Charles & David Koch. Michael Bloomberg. Steve Case. Gordon Moore.

BILLIONAIRES INDEX BY ALPHABET

THOUGHTS
On the Business of Life.