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Forbes 400
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Forbes 400
October 24, 2014
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The 2014 5-cover “Forbes 400” has more self-made billionaires than ever before.  The list is also wealthier than ever.  So much so that 113 U.S. Billionaires are now too poor for inclusion in the top 400.  Get the inside scoop on Jerry Yang and the Alibaba jackpot, Steve Ballmer and how he stepped out of Bill Gates’ shadow, Elizabeth Holmes and her ground-breaking new blood testing technology, and 397 more.

 

FACT & COMMENT - Steve Forbes

Money is not wealth, but it helps create wealth.

 

LEADERBOARD

THE MOST GENEROUS AMERICANS

Who gave away the most last year?

 

A BILLION AIN’T ENOUGH

Notable names (Michael Jordan! Sheryl Sandberg!) too poor for The Forbes 400.

 

THE HIGHER COST OF HIGH LIVING

Sailing yachts, Russian furs, Olympic-size pools: the ever-rising prices of being a plutocrat.

 

WRITE ON THE MONEY

Between the covers with The Forbes 400 literary lions.

 

WHICH FORBES 400 MEMBER ARE YOU?

A Bloomberg? A Trump? An Oprah? Find your inner billionaire.

 

BILLIONAIRE BUYS CLUB

The year in big purchase.

 

LEFT BEHIND

Drop-offs, died, declined.

 

THOUGHT LEADERS

INNOVATION RULES - Rich Karlgaard

America’s missing wealth.

 

CURRENT EVENTS - Amity Shlaes

Roosevelts versus plutocrats.

 

THE FORBES 400

JERRY YANG’S REVENGE - Parmy Olson

The Yahoo founder made the most lucrative bet in Silicon Valley history. And then he got fired. The inside story of how the original Internet supernerd turned $1 billion into $50 billion with Alibaba- and has become the U.S. tech scene’s bridge to China.

 

STEVE BALLMER IS HIS OWN MAN (FINALLY) - George Anders

After three decades in Bill Gates’ shadow the former Microsoft CEO has a seven-point plan to reinvent himself on a scale worthy of America’s 18th-richest person.

 

VICTORIA’S OTHER SECRET - Dan Alexander

The man who has a hammerlock on the bra, panties and undergarment industry is an insecure Midwesterner who shuns the spotlight.

 

WELCOME TO GILBERTVILLE - Joann Muller

Dan Gilbert’s billion-dollar makeover of Detroit is more than just corporate do-goodism run amok.

 

THE EXTERMINATORS - Clare O’Connor

It took the Rollins family 50 years to build the $8 billion Orkin pest control dynasty- and two greedy, bitter days to poison it.

 

THE CLASS OF 2014

Forbes 400 freshmen.

 

THE FORBES 400

The richest people in America.

 

SELF-MADE OR SILVER SPOON?

The proportion of Forbes 400 members who made their money- rather than inherited it- has changed dramatically over the last four decades.

 

THOUGHTS

From The Forbes 400.