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Forbes 400
Special Feature:
Forbes 400
October 10, 2011
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THE FORBES 400
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
What’s German for “TARP”?

CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Who can lead us to safety?

CAPITAL FLOWS- John Tammy
A U.S. economy weakened by a golden decade.

THE FORBES 400
THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA- Edited by Luisa Kroll and Kerry A. Dolan
Our 30th list proves the value of being your own boss.

FOCUS
HOW TO GET ON THE FORBES 400
One false move and it’s the upper middle class for you.

SPEED TO WEALTH- Bruce Upbin
Clocking how long it takes to hit a billion.

THE COST OF LIVING EXTREMELY WELL- Scott DeCarlo
Our price index of luxury goods rose 4.5% versus 3.6% for inflation.

ON THE HUNT
Using trains, planes and buses to report on Forbes 400 members.

SHADES OF CLASS WAREFARE?- Jon Bruner
When President Obama invokes the “billionaire” thing.

EATING WITH BILLIONAIRES- Lauren Lee
Rich Listers with restaurants.

HANGOUTS OF THE MERELY RICH- William Baldwin
Towns where folks have eight-figure net worths.

WHEN REALLY RICH PEOPLE DO REALLY STUPID THINGS- Steven Bertoni
A series of unfortunate mishaps compiled by the private client group at Chartis.

FRESH FACES
There were 18 newcomers this year.

SORRY, NOT THIS YEAR
Dropoffs from the 2010 list.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
What is wealth in America?

NETWORKS
IN GOOD COMPANY
Where rich listers party for fun and charity.

CONNECTING WITH ART- Keren Blankfield
Now Norman and Irma Braman are adding to their $900 million collection.

INTELLIGENT INVESTING // HEDGED FORTUNES- Keren Blankfield
A wild ride for these hedge fund moguls.

DATA DRIVEN // WHERE THE BIG MONEY IS GOING- Jon Bruner and Clare O’Connor
Political donations of conservative rich list members. (See p. 86 for liberal gifts.)

TOM GOLISANO- As told to Edwin Durgy
On blowing up the Electoral College.

DYNASTIES
PROFLIGATE SON- Clare O’Connor
The sexual assault case of a billionaire descendant of S.C. Johnson. Plus: Top 10 family fortunes.

A COURSE IN GIVING- Interviewed by Victoria Barret
Bill Gates, America’s richest man, and Dustin Moskovitz, the youngest billionaire, talk philanthropy.

HUMAN INGENUITY // FIXING K-12 EDUCATION
Members of The Forbes 400 offer their best ideas.

THE CARGILL FAMILY TREE
Dissecting the secretive family that controls the world’s largest private company.

MAVERICKS
GROWTH STOCKS FIGHT FEAR- Steve Forbes
Billionaire fund manager Ron Baron thinks stocks are cheap.

BILLIONAIRE BETS- Brian Solomon and Vanna Le
Promising entrepreneurs backed by Forbes 400 members.

ROMESH T. WADHWANI- As told to Jessica Chen
How I became an entrepreneur.

ONES TO WATCH
Destined for The Forbes 400-maybe.

THE ZEN OF STEVE JOBS- Caleb Melby, Design by Jess3
A preview from our upcoming graphic novel on the Apple boss. 

STRATEGIES & SOLUTIONS // OPRAH WINFREY’S CABLE BATTLE- Jenna Goudreau
Can she revive her floundering OWN network?

ALAN GERRY- As told to Edwin Durgy
Buying Woodstock was one of the best deals I ever made.

PETER LEWIS- As told to Clare O’Connor
My war on drug laws.

PASSIONS
PASSIONS & PURSUITS // BRUCE HALLE- As told to Edwin Durgy
Why I own 360 tire posters.

KENNY TROUTT- As told to Keren Blankfield
The trill of Thoroughbreds.

THE PERFECTIONIST- Luisa Kroll
Dennis Washington’s drive for the most beautiful yacht ever.

TOM GORES- As told to Steven Bertoni
Why I bought the Detroit Pistons.

GAME CHANGERS- Brian Solomon
Lots of billionaires own sports teams. These guys actually win.

THE FORBES 400
THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AMERICA
From Bill Gates to Dan Snyder.

COUNTING TO 400
Decoding the facts and figures of the nation’s wealthiest.

INDEX
The list from A to Z.

THOUGHTS
Quotes from Forbes 400 members, past and present.