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Special Feature:
2015 Midas List
April 13, 2015
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This April issue features the new billionaire, Chris Sacca and his business in Twitter, Instagram and Uber, but he did not make it this far without ruffling a few feathers. Plus: the Midas 2015 list of top tech investors, the country's best employers and the unlikely All-American company that is rocking the fashion industry. 

VENTURE COWBOY
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Understanding Obama’s perverse view of the world.

LEADERBOARD
MAJOR LEAGUE BUCKS
As the 2015 baseball season gets under way, a look at franchise values- greatly enhanced of late by mega television revenue.

GREAT LEAP UPWARD
In just five weeks China has minted 23 new billionaires. Plus: one of the country’s richest women, touchscreen queen Zhou Qunfei.

SILICON SAVANT
Four years ago we chronicled the bold tech bets of Russian superinvestor Yuri Milner. We catch up with him a few billion dollars later.

APARTMENT WITH A CELEBRITY PEDIGREE
From Leonard Bernstein to Jessica Chastain, the West Side story of apartment 4B at 205 West 57th Street in Manhattan.

DATA DRIVEN
Google’s “Chief People Officer” Laszlo Bock spills the beans on the HR secrets of the best place to work in America.

CONVERSATION
The buzz around our annual list of the world’s richest people.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
One catastrophe at a time.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Think (really!) small.

STRATEGIES
THE BLAME GAME- Daniel Fisher
Asbestos lawyers were milking billions from American industry by allowing their clients to misrepresent their exposure. They got away with it for years, until an obscure, bankrupt gasket company refused to play ball.

TECHNOLOGY
THE ANTI-SOCIAL NETWORK- Steven Bertoni
Alan Schaaf transformed a simple file uploader into a viral content empire. Now he has to turn Imgur into a business.

ENTREPRENEURS
FAN BOY- Karten Strauss
Having created the market for Big Ass industrial fans, Carey Smith tries to go small ass.

INVESTING
DODGING TAX BOMBS- William Baldwin
How to keep the IRS at bay and pocket more profits.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
You’ve got questions? I’ve got answers!

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Payouts from your IRA.

CAPITAL MARKETS- Marilyn Cohen
Reset your muni portfolio.

FEATURES
APPLE. GOOGLE. CYANOGEN?- Miguel Helft
A brazen startup has a very real shot at busting up the world’s smartphone duopoly.

FASHION’S HOTTEST COMPANY… IS BASED IN MAINE- Clare O’Connor
While Lands’ End and other rivals struggle, 102 year-old L.L. Bean is thriving, thanks to a trendy boot-and an old-school workforce that doesn’t cut corners.

PLUS: WHERE TO WORK IN 2015

THE MIDAS LIST
FIVE IS ALL YOU NEED- Alex Konrad
Against the tide of billion-dollar funds and large venture firms, the small band of contrarians at Benchmark have built many of Silicon Valley’s most successful startups. Its new partners have a big legacy to maintain.

PLUS: THE WORLD’S 100 SMARTEST TECH INVESTORS

LIFE
SERIOUS COIN- Jonathan Keats
After amassing the world’s most valuable coins over 25 years, D. Brent Pogue will begin auctioning his coveted collection in May. It’ll cost a mint-an estimated $200 million.

THOUGHTS
On aviation.