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Special Feature:
Billionaires
March 23, 2015
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2015’s 1,826 Billionaires are featured in this special issue with a $7.1 trillion total wealth and the videogame industry’s Markus Persson on the cover. Plus: how Iceland's billionaire made a comback to the list after his role in the country's economic strife and Brazil's billionaire's fall from grace.

BILLIONAIRES
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Greece can teach the world a needed lesson.

LEADERBOARD
THE WORLD’S FIFTY RICHEST
The members of the most exclusive club on the planet. Admission fee: $18.1 billion.

SWEET SORROW
Remembering confectionery billionaire Michele Ferrero. Plus: 2015 Billionaires List drop-offs.

NOWHERE TO PARK THE JET
Billionaires’ hassles are the ultimate first-world problems.

BRAZILIAN WHACKS
The precipitous fall of ex-oil-billionaire Eike Batista, whose possessions are now being seized by the state.

PEAK PERFORMER
Thrillionaire hedgie and Milwaukee Bucks co-owner Wes Edens scales mountains, sometimes perilously.

BILLIONAIRES BEHIND THE BAR
Even during happy hour, you can’t escape the world’s richest. And who’s that distinguished man polishing the glassware?

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- Amity Shlaes
Jobs alone aren’t the answer.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
A bold look at Moore’s Law.

FEATURES
LIFE AFTER GOD- Ryan Mac, David M. Ewalt, Max Jedeur-Palmgren
With Minecraft, Markus Persson became a diety to millions in his virtual world. Then he abruptly took $2.5 billion and walked away. A look inside the deal of the year-and the life of a confused, indulgent fallen idol.

THE GATEKEEPER TO GROWTH- Abram Brown
Africa is the century’s great opportunity. Nigeria is Africa’s emerging economic giant. And Aliko Dangote, the continent’s richest person, is the key to unlocking Nigeria.

BACK FROM THE DEAD- Luisa Kroll
Iceland was the poster country for the economic meltdown. Its richest person, Thor Bjorgolfsson, was fingered as the man who wrecked the economy. But a funny thing happened on the way to financial ruin and infamy. A case study on how to negotiate you way back into the billionaires club.

BEAT AT HIS OWN GAME- Ryan Mac
Korea’s greatest entrepreneur started the global mobile-messaging gold rush five years ago. Now he’s a surrounded underdog. What happened?

THE FACE OF FRANCE’S FUTURE- Katia Savchuk
As the world’s biggest scaffolding mogul, new billionaire Mohed Altrad frames Europe’s skyline. As a Syrian-born Frenchman, he demonstrates that, in the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, a path to an integrated society lies in entrepreneurship.

THE WORLD’S BILLIONAIRES
WEALTH ALMANAC
Our list lays out who has what country by country and where each of the billionaires ranks in the global-wealth pecking order.

THOUGHTS
On acumen.