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This special issue highlights 100 inventive companies down to their earnings, sales, and profits. Discover the best and worst places in the country for business and the mega rich section of L.A. Plus: How Africa’s richest woman Isabel dos Santos made her billions the quick way.
HIGHWAY TO WEALTH
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Why Uncle Sam became a monster.
The L.A. hills are notoriously star-studded, but the real money lives in North Beverly Park
To earn more, supermodels are globalizing. Plus: Zuck gets a thumbs-up; Ralph Lauren unravels.
Red Bull billionaire Dietrich Mateschitz’s DeepFlight Super Falcon is part fighter jet, part great white shark. Plus: the heftiest heists.
Combining 12 measures of economic well-being, FORBES identifies the best and worst places for business and careers. Des Moines is No. 1.
A FEW OF THEIR FAVORITE THINGS
Roger loves pizza. Serena digs Green Day. What tennis’ top stars could buy with last year’s earnings. Plus: Up-and-Comers
Readers respond to our colleges issue, with some praising our picks of America’s best. Others question our decision to penalize four schools.
CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
The American income crisis: The Fed could stop it.
CAPITAL FLOWS- Jeffrey Dorfman
Austerity hasn’t failed. It hasn’t even been tried.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Ahead of their time: noble flops.
SPORTSMONEY: THE TEFLON SPORTS LEAGUE- Monte Burke
The NFL is awash in controversy stemming from a link between football and head injuries. It’s also in its best financial shape ever.
Big Data Powers NFL’s Winning Business Strategy
SIN CITY’S LATEST SAVIOR- Ryan Mac and Zack O’Malley Greenburg
From shows to theme parks, Las Vegas has always figured out a way to bounce back. The new white knight: million dollar DJs spinning at mega-nightclubs.
WE’RE NOT GROUPON- J.J. Colao
Harvard-schooled Bom Kim built a huge hit cloning the daily deal model for the Korean market. Now what?
CHASING SIRI- Parmy Olson
After conquering speech recognition, Nuance is angling to be the smart butler for your digital life. Easier said than done.
BIG BROTHER IS MY COPILOT- Adam Tanner
Drivers can get cheaper rates by letting insurers monitor the car. What happens when the data are used against them?
CHARITABLE SHELTER- Ashlea Ebeling
Higher federal tax rates give an old technique new appeal.
CAPITAL MARKETS- Marilyn Cohen
False endings and true values.
SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
Stocks be nimble, stocks be cheap.
FINANCIAL STRATEGY- A. Gary Shilling
A risky time for risk-on trading.
BIG BROTHER’S BRAIN- Andy Greenberg
How a self-described “deviant” philosopher turned Palantir into a terrorist-tracking, all-seeing, multibillion-dollar data-mining machine.
THE MIRACLE WORKERS- Matthew Herper
How an entrepreneur, a research genius and an industry legend built this century’s most inventive new drug company. Together they just might change medicine.
Regeneron CEO Leonard Schleifer on what every startup can learn from a science-based business.
THE SECRET TO UNLEASHING GENIUS- Jeff Dyer and Hal Gregersen
Companies suffer when the boss comes up with all the new ideas. Shrewd leaders build organizations that think for themselves. Plus: our list of the 100 most innovative companies.
INVESTING IN INNOVATORS- William Baldwin
Your big payoff may not come from a scientific breakthrough. It may come from a cup of coffee.
THE SHORTEST ROUTE TO RICHES- Kerry A. Dolan, and Rafael Marques De Morais
Isabel Dos Santos is the richest woman in Africa, the continent’s youngest billionaire- and the daughter of Angola’s president. How she accumulated her $3 billion fortune says a lot about the big-money kleptocracy accelerating across the developing world.
THE INTERNET’S DRUG KINGPIN- Andy Greenberg and Ryan Mac
Increasingly sophisticated anonymity tools have created a bustling online narcotics market and everything that goes with it: turf wars, illegal guns, attacks on competitors- and one philosophy-spewing, multimillionaire drug lord: the Dead Pirate Roberts.
GOLF’S WINE EVANGELIST- Randall Lane
PGA Tour pros have long augmented their wedge work with wine labels, but few take their grapes as seriously as Luke Donald.