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Follow the most powerful celebrities, lead by country's powerhouse Toby Keith and his $500 million fortune. Plus: Googe's next moves, GE moves into new terrority with business in Myanmar and $20,000 robots to enhance the workplace.
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Finally! Fed may stop poisoning economy.
THE OTHER CANNES FESTIVAL
Cannes doesn’t just mean film. In mid-June the global digital elite descended on the French Riviera for the 60th annual Cannes Lions advertising festival. Here’s what you missed.
Jeff Bezos up, Larry Ellison down. Plus: Celebrity 100 newcomers.
SEAN PARKER’S WEDDING, BY THE NUMBERS
Game of Thrones costumes and a $10 million price tag? Please. Try Lord of the Rings and $4.5 million- before that $2.5 million fine.
LOVE IT? HATE IT?
What’s the best part of being a billionaire? And what’s the worst? We asked 50 of the world’s richest people through an anonymous poll. Plus: Up-and-Comers, Celeb 100 edition.
We renovate Home Depot Chief Frank Blake’s look.
CASHING IN ON PRIVACY PARANOIA
The woes of spy agency NSA may be a boon for startups in the privacy space. Plus: Market Pundits.
Readers weigh in on our Investment Guide, America’s Fastest Growing Tech Companies and the Bernie Madof of Munis.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Gilder’s Triumph: knowledge and power.
CURRENT EVENTS- Amity Shlaes and George H. Nash
Coolidge Revised: new find on 1929 crash.
CAPITAL FLOWS- Paul Roderick Gregory
Blame “austerity” for slow growth? Where’s the austerity.
CHINA’S RUST BELT LABORATORY- Joann Muller
Toledo Mayor Michael Bell has a message for foreign investors: We’re open for business. Detroit, are you listening?
THE KING OF LIQUIDITY- Alex Konrad
Brian O’Kelley came up with a killer Web ad platform. All that stands between him and a giant payday are Google, mobile and his volatile personality.
LET’S FAKE A MEETING- Parmy Olson
Telepresence robots could change the way your office works- if you don’t mind a $20,000 price tag.
HOME-FLIPPING HUCKSTER- Abram Brown
Need an indicator that a real estate bubble is storming back? Armando Montelongo will make $50 million this year leading borrow-and-buy seminars.
HAUNTED SPIRITS- Meghan Casserly
Tito’s Handmade Vodka has a tough challenge: keeping alive the popular legend of a small-batch brand as it prepares to double in size.
IS A SHORT-SELLER AFTER YOUR STOCK? – William Baldwin
The folks at Ranger Equity Bear may know something you don’t.
BLAME BERNANKE- Ashlea Ebeling
Thanks to low interest rates, that old universal life policy could be harboring a nasty premium surprise.
PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
The fret-o-meter says buy.
INTRINSIC VALUE- John Buckingham
Make friends with fear and greed.
SECTOR FOCUS- Nicholas F. Galluccio
Happy days for small banks.
THE CELEBRITY 100
COVER STORY: COWBOY CAPITALIST- Zack O’Malley Greenberg
Country superstar Toby Keith has some of the most loyal fans in music. And he owns enough production extensions to make sure they’re also some of the most lucrative. Personal earnings so far: $500 million.
THE HUNGER GAMES ECONOMY- Jeff Bercovici
In the era of e-books and chain stores, the publishing industry, like Hollywood, now lives and dies by blockbusters and franchises. Finding the next E.L. James or Suzanne Collins has become the multibillion-dollar imperative.
THE WORLD’S MOST POWERFUL CELEBRITIES- Edited by Dorothy Pomerantz
Oprah Winfrey tops our annual ranking of entertainment’s most powerful people after two years in second place. It takes more than money to score here.
MARRIOTT’S NEW HOST- Halah Touryalai
Meet Arne Sorenson, the first outsider to run the hotel juggernaut. His mission: Conquer the world and upgrade the brands without spoiling the culture of his famous predecessor.
G.E.’S LAST FRONTIER- Simon Montlake
The industrial giant is trying to do business in just-opened Myanmar, where they badly need the stuff it makes and sells. So why is this storied multinational struggling?
THE BILLIONAIRE’S SQUAD- Caleb Melby
Kenny Troutt founded the most controversial, most indulgent and most successful youth basketball team in America.
On celebrity mania.