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This special issue follows Bill Ackman’s $1 billion empire, through activist investing, is leading the way for hedge funding. Will he be the next Warren Buffett? Also included is FORBES' Global 2000 list (the best and most innovative companies in the world), the six companies who are paving the future of business with help from robotics, and the CEO Hall of Fame.
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Good news: You won’t retire broke.
SEATING CHART: MAYWEATHER VS. PACQUIAO
The A+ list of Wall Street and Hollywood, sports and entrepreneurship fought for the best seats in the house.
RICHEST BY STATE: ALABAMA
The wealthiest man in Alabama is big in the South-and in South America, too. Plus: the five richest rappers.
LUXURY LINEAGE: THE ARMANI SUIT
A history of the most elegant item a man can put on.
Victoria’s Secret’s Les Wexner on the late A. Alfred Taubman.
SEAL THE DEAL
A very brief briefcase for when you really mean business. Plus: a $150,000 Titanic deck chair, suitable for rearranging.
Reader hosannas greet the miraculous resurrection of the Twinkie.
OPINIONS- Avik Roy
Improving Marco Rubio’s tax reform plan.
CURRENT EVENTS- Amity Shlaes
The “no bailout” pledge.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
MAGIC TOUCH- Joann Muller
Ten years ago touchscreen pioneer David Caldwell narrowly missed a chance to revolutionize consumer electronics. Can his latest invention bring redemption?
BENTLEY ON A ROLL- Mark Ewing
Amid chaos at parent company Volkswagen, could the venerable British automaker’s CEO get a second shot at the top?
THE GOOGLE FOR THE BROKEN WEB- Thomas Fox-Brewster
If you could expose every flaw on every website, all at once, wouldn’t that be a good thing? Not everyone agrees.
NICE GUYS HIRE BETTER- George Anders
High-flying tech companies face constant staffing challenges. Airbnb’s process kills the chaos.
THE SIX-MINUTE LOAN- Darren Dahl
Banks still aren’t making enough small-business loans, so Kabbage is quickly filling the void-at crazy high interest rates.
AN IMMINENT DISASTER FOR BONDHOLDERS- William Baldwin
Loomis, Sayles’ Dan Fuss has almost $5 billion positioned for a credit market tornado. Read this before putting money into bonds.
PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Five market trends you can count on.
SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
Change agents for your portfolio.
SCREEN TEST- Marc Gernstein
The soothing sound of return on equity.
BrandVoice- with ADP
The HR Guide To The Galaxy (Or At Least Most Of The Earth)
THE FLIGHT OF HIS LIFE- Joann Muller
At a North Carolina airfield just 240 miles from aviation’s birthplace, a revolutionary Honda engineer named Michimasa Fujino is making his 29-year dream of a new kind of business jet reality.
MOVING AT THE SPEED OF MONEY- Steve Schaefer
While overhyped cryptocurrencies like Bitcom grab all the attention, Visa CEO Charles Scharf has quietly put a $6.8 trillion stranglehold on the world’s commercial transactions. The future of payments? Surprise! It’s already here.
HALL OF FAME CEOS- Steve Schaefer
These six CEOs have not only kept their jobs, they’ve also presided over some of the largest global growth stories of the last decade.
OK ROBOT- Alex Knapp
Decades of science fiction movies have trained us to fear robots. In real life, robotics is evolving in a more interesting direction, one where humans and machines collaborate to do more together than they could do separately.
DRONE WARS- Ryan Mac, Heng Shao and Frank Bi
At 34 Frank Wang has turned his dream of flying robots into the world’s biggest drone company-and a $4.5 billion fortune. Now, as the market for his devices explodes, his old colleague is trying to take him down.
SPLENDOR IN THE GLASS- Ann Abel
Can billionaire Alexander Vik produce a world-class wine at his new luxury resort in Chile?