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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.
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.
Drop-offs, died, declined.
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.
From The Forbes 400.