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Special Feature:
Billionaires
March 25, 2013
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This special issue explores the world's billionaires with 210 newbies and 138 women whose fortunes add up to $5.4 billion. Plus: Vietnam's first billionaire, the men who fell off the list and the Russian who does business with JAY-Z. 

BILLIONAIRES

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
They succeed by meeting your needs.

LEADERBOARD
BILLIONAIRE BREACH
California’s Carbon Beach is the world’s most expensive sandbox. Hollywood’s power players now pay upwards of $200,000 per foot of beachfront.

GLOBAL GIVING
Since its debut three years ago, 105 billionaires have signed Warren Buffet and Bill Gates’ Giving Pledge, promising to give away at least half their wealth. Here are 11 non-U.S. billionaire signatories. Plus: Amancio Ortega leads our annual scorecard of biggest gainers.

MOST ELIGIBLE
Nearly all of the world’s 1,426 billionaires are married, but these 5 never tied the knot. Plus: Up-and-Comers, the Billionaires edition.

DROP-OFFS
Four tycoons who lost their billionaire cards. Plus: notable newcomers.

A DAY IN THE LIFE
Twenty-four hours of billionaire brands.

ACTIVE CONVERSATION
Readers weigh in on billionaire Richard Branson, Box founder Aaron Levie and our sartorial makeover of Apple Chief Tim Cook.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
The war on drugs: a defining moment.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Larry Bell
Rescuing NASA from terminal public apathy.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Teams matter: Talent is not enough.

FORBES BILLIONAIRES
COVER STORY: FROM OLIGARCH TO PRESIDENT?- Katya Soldak
Mikhail Prokhorov is a tycoon in Russia, Jay-Z’s partner in Brooklyn- and a strong candidate to eventually replace Vladimir Putin in the Kremlin, a prospect the billionaire is turning into his full-time job.

PRINCE OF INSECUITY- Kerry A. Dolan
Prince Alwaleed says he’s one of the ten richest people in the world. FORBES doesn’t buy it.

DIESEL POWERED- Clare O’Connor
Renzo Russo made his first billions by bringing a sexy Italian touch to the ultimate American icon, blue jeans. Now he’s building an international fashion conglomerate that could one day rival LVMH.

THE THRILLIONAIRE- Ryan Mac
GoPro’s Nick Woodman lived to surf and take photos doing it. A reminder of the most powerful model in business: doing what you love.

THE RISE OF SAIGON- Lan Anh Nguyen
Nearly four decades after the communists declared victory, it turns out capitalism won the Vietnam War. The proof: Pham Nhat Vuong, the country’s first billionaire.

THE WORLD’S BILLIONAIRES- Edited by Luisa Kroll and Kerry A. Dolan
The ranks of the world’s billionaires, as monitored and tallied by our global wealth team, have yet again reached alltime highs.

THE TOP 20
Carlos Slim is once again the world’s richest person, followed by Bill Gates. Amancio Ortega of Spanish retailer Zara moves up to No. 3 for the first time, ahead of Warren Buffet.

THE FULL LIST
The 2013 FORBES Billionaires list now boasts 1,426 names, with an aggregate net worth of $5.4 trillion, up from $4.6 trillion.

THOUGHTS
From billionaires past and present.