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This issue features "The World's Most Innovative Companies" with fifty companies that are revolutionizing different industries from Amazon to General Mills to Nintendo. Plus: hip-hop's moguls, the billionaire who started from the bottom and is pursuing the worst team in the NFL and NFL's top-paid players.
FACE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Will ex-President Obama go on lecture circuit?
Jerry Jones’ home office has seen it all.
STUCK IN NEUTRAL
Can going green get automakers in the black? Plus: Madeleine Albright’s favorite hero.
HIP-HOP’S CASH KINGS
Boosted by Dr. Dre’s $100 million payday, rap’s top ten raked in $338 million.
Jeff Bezos is on Fire; Mark Zuckerberg takes a bath.
We’re bearish on monkeys and bullish on leather.
Introducing a jump-starter, a tech connector and a clothes curator.
Readers, writers and Bill Gates respond to our Power Women issue.
CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
The Fed should lead the way to smaller government.
CAPITAL FLOWS- Richard Miniter
The death of Great Society liberalism.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Nest’s Fadell: the experience economy.
EARTH’S DRUGSTORE // GLOBAL GROWTH- Bruce Japsen
Opportunity and ObamaCare drove Walgreen CEO Gregory Wasson to forge a multibillion-dollar global alliance with Alliance Boots. Smart move.
PERFECT PITCH // BUSINESS RENEGADES- Jeff Bercovici
David Droga’s got a simple enough solution to what ails the world’s biggest brands: Make ads so good people want to share them. How hard can that be?
MILITARY DIVIDEND- Todd Woody
As the Navy embarks on a financially dubious biofuel program, a host of startups are eager to cash in.
MASTER OF THE INTERNET- J.J. Colao
WordPress, the open-source blogging tool, controls 17% of the Web. So why isn’t founder Matt Mulllenweg the richest guy on the planet.
JUMPING OUT THE WINDOW- Ashlea Ebeling
As employers limit 401(k) fund choices, more sophisticated investors are finding a way out. ETF’s, anyone?
GETTING READY FOR TAX HIKES- William Baldwin
Governments are hungry for revenue. Investors should adopt a defensive posture.
PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Keep it simple. Buy hugeness.
INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Easy money from fund swaps.
REAL ESTATE- Peter Slatin
Builders and REITs for real estate’s rebound.
THE WORLD’S MOST INNOVATIVE COMPANIES
THE 30-YEAR-OLD STARTUP- Bruce Upbin
How does a mature company keep growing? For innovative Intuit, the formula is simple: Think young, experiment like crazy and let the best ideas win.
AdVoice- AFLAC US
Innovation: The Key to Survival in the Insurance Industry
NICHE PHARMA- Matthew Herper
A $440,000-a-year treatment for rare diseases turned Alexion Pharmaceuticals into biotech’s biggest entrepreneurial success story and the health care system’s biggest paradox.
THE NIFTY 50- Jeff Dyer, Hal Gregersen and Michael McConnell
These firms set the pace when it comes to generating new growth ideas.
MISSION IMPOSSIBLE- Parmy Olson and Tomio Geron
Japanese billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani is on a massive spending spree in his attempt to pass Amazon as the world’s top Internet commerce site.
FACE OF THE AMERICAN DREAM // SPORTSMONEY- Brian Solomon
With sweat and smarts, Pakistan-born Shahid Khan built a $3.4 billion manufacturing juggernaut from the ruins of an Illinois auto parts maker. To celebrate, he just bought one of the worst teams in the NFL, with the pledge of a similar turnaround. Only in America, folks.
Counting What Counts: How Outcome Metrics Have Changed the Game
FACE OF THE DREAM // SPORTSMONEY- Kurt Badenhausen
Led by Drew Brees, the NFL’s top ten earners made $355 million over the past 12 months, with only 7% of that derived from endorsements.
THE NFL’S MOST VALUABLE TEAMS // SPORTSMONEY- Kurt Badenhausen, Michael K. Ozanian and Christina Settimi
After the league locked up $45 billion in new TV deals the average NFL team is now worth $1.1 billion, up 7% over last year.
CAMP SUPERGEEK- Andy Greenberg
Hacker utopia at ToorCamp, a vacation where you can sharpen your code-breaking skills-and get an RFID chip implant.