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America's Richest Self-Made Women
America's Richest Self-Made Women
Special Feature:
Most Powerful Women
June 15, 2015
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Starting with Jessica Alba on the cover and her $200 million Honest Company, this issue follows the super women of the business world, from Sandra Bullock to Angela Merkel to Tory Burch to Melinda Gates in the brand new FORBES list. Plus, the 20 soccer teams making a combined $1.16 billion, the China tech superstars who are investing in the top trending U.S. companies and the woman behind the biggest female-run business in America. 

AMERICA’S RICHEST SELF-MADE WOMEN

ON THE COVER
NATURAL WOMEN- Clare O’Connor
Actress Jessica Alba has quickly built a personal $200 million fortune, and she’s done it the hard way, in a field that has nothing to do with the entertainment business.

THE MODEST TYCOON- David M. Ewalt
SHI International is the largest woman-owned business in America, and it’s made Thai Lee a billionaire. She’d rather you not call her that.

AMERICA’S RICHEST SELF-MADE WOMEN
FORBES has compiled its first ever list of the top 50 self-made women in the U.S.

BrandVoice- with NORTHWESTERN MUTUAL
The Power of Empowerment.

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Free trade means more jobs.

LEADERBOARD
THE WORLD’S 100 MOST POWERFUL WOMEN
They’re the new A-list: the 100 women at the forefront of business, tech, entertainment, finance, philanthropy, global leadership and more.

RICHEST BY STATE: DELAWARE
Gore-Tex might be plenty lightweight, but the fortune of its inventor is anything but. Plus: the billionaire king of the supplements.

SOCCER’S MOST VALUABLE TEAMS
The 20 richest “footy” franchises are now worth an average $1.16 billion.

BUSINESS LIBRARY: POPCORN PAPERBACKS
Transforming bestselling novels into billion-dollar Hollywood tent poles.

SEAL THE DEAL
Not every business occasion calls for a tie- but when one does, these bulletproof silk beauties are a natural around your neck.

CONVERSATION
Readers debate China’s influence atop our list of the biggest public companies. Plus: startup secrets from Scribd CEO Trip Adler.

THOUGHT LEADERS
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Society’s lottery winners.

CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Is Britain moving out of Europe?

STRATEGIES
FRACKING’S COWBOY RIDES AGAIN- Christopher Helman
America’s wildest wildcatter, Aubrey McClendon, found new life-and new billions-after his spectacular plunge from the top of the oil game. Trouble has already come calling.

TECHNOLOGY
MERCHANTS OF PARALLEL WORLDS- Parmy Olson
Improbable invented new ways to stimulate almost any complex system in software. Warriors, gamers and economists are extremely interested.

ENTREPRENEURS
IT’S PONDEMONIUM!- Karsten Strauss
Greg Wittstock pretty much invented the backyard-pond industry, but with family conflicts, soaring and then falling sales and a collapsed roof, his life sounds like reality TV.

LITTLE SHOP OF HOROLOGY- Jonathon Keats
In a field that pushed artisans towards conglomerates, MB&F’s Maximilian Busser shows that staying small-and outrageous- can be highly profitable.

INVESTING
MALL VULTURES- Steve Schaefer
Retail’s physical struggles mean big business for two creative real estate fixers.

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Alpha, beta, gotcha.

THE PATIENT INVESTOR- John W. Rogers, Jr.
Hurry up and wait investing.

FIXED-INCOME WATCH- Richard Lehmann
The DEFCON approach to investing.

FEATURES
PAINTING SILICON VALLEY RED- Liyan Chen
China’s three tech giants-Baidu, Alibaba, Tencent- are quietly plowing billions into America’s hottest startups. Their goal: slit each other’s throats back home. The result: astounding valuations for app developers.

LIFE
THE GREAT AMERICAN SUPERCAR- Allen St. John
With a rich racing history and classic design, the Ford GT has been steadily increasing in value-and a new model is on track for 2017.