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The New Golden Ticket
The New Golden Ticket
Special Feature:
America's Top 200 Colleges
August 17, 2015
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This issue of FORBES documents the top 200 colleges in the country; you may be surprised by who is at the top spot, move over Yale and Harvard. Follow Stewart Butterfield and the other liberal arts graduates who are dominating Silicon Valley. Plus, the revamp of Crocs and the today’s top-earning authors. 

THE NEW GOLDEN TICKET
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Why the Iran deal is so deadly.

LEADERBOARD
AMERICA’S BEST COLLEGE VALUES
Which schools nationwide excel at degrees per dollars spent?

L.A. HIGH LIFE
West Hollywood’s Sierra Towers: A longtime celebrity-party building now attracts billionaires and industry titans galore.

MEDICINE MAN
Lifesaving drugs are this R&D billionaire’s calling card. Plus: Florida’s wealthiest man.

BUSINESS LIBRARY: THE HIGHEST-PAID AUTHORS
Plus: the economics of Harper Lee; bizarre bestsellers; more.

SEAL THE DEAL: TUMBLERS TO FALL FOR
Cocktails never taste as good as they do out of fine crystal. Plus: Young Turks, breaching the walls of the federal government.

THE GRATEFUL GRADUATES INDEX
Which alumni are most thankful for their education?

MEDICAL MARVELS
The most successful drug launches of all time. Plus: Bill Buckner, Deflategate and the price of other notorious sports memorabilia.

OUT-OF-REACH RICHES
Asteroid-mining, misplaced masterpieces and other ways you’ll never get rich. Plus: country music’s cash kings.

CONVERSATION
Katy Perry bestrides both business and entertainment like a colossus.

THOUGHT LEADERS
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Evil’s root: no growth.

CURRENT EVENTS- Amity Shlaes
Letter to a new voter.

STRATEGIES
THANKS, JEFF BEZOS!- Chase Peterson-Withorn
By turning an endless supply of trash into an endless supply of boxes, billionaire Anthony Pratt is the unlikeliest beneficiary of the migration to online retailing.

IT’S GOTTA BE THE SHOES- Erin Carlyle
Like all fads, Crocs soared- and crashed-based on hype. A new CEO is focusing on (gasp!) the product.

TECHNOLOGY
MEGABYTE MOGUL-Parmy Olson
Millions of smartphone owners in poor countries can’t afford to get online, so Nathan Eagle gives them data for free. Not everyone agrees with his methods.

DROPBOX UNDER SIEGE- Miguel Heft
As rivals are firebombing it and its $10 valuation seems overly rich, behind the scene cofounder Arash Ferdowsi works to keep the file-synching upstart humming.

ENTREPRENEURS
THE $48,000 OVEN- Liyan Chen
Fast-growing retailer Pirch leverages gimmicks like in-store showers, gourmet chefs and secret entrances to sell high-end appliances.

INVESTING
APPETITE FOR ACTIVISM- Antoine Gara
Hedge fund agitators are all the rage, but when it comes to shaking profits out of restaurant stocks, few have the chops of Chicago’s Patrick Walsh.

THE RETIREMENT BLACK HOLE- William Baldwin
Most investors are focused on their retirement assets, not their retirement liabilities. Big mistake.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Five ways to win from moneylosers.

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
The do-it-yourself $3,000-a-month plan.

TECH INTELLIGENCE- Jon D. Markman
Get ready for the future of nondriving.

FEATURES
DEBT AND DECEIT- John F. Wasik
The hucksters who once preyed on underwater mortgage holders have a new set of victims- those sinking under student loans.

INCUBATORS FOR POETS- Liyan Chen
Small liberal arts colleges are reinventing themselves as entrepreneur hatcheries- both for billion-dollar startups and for social change makers.

SHARING THAT SONG INSIDE YOUR HEAD- Denali Tietjen
As app development explodes on campuses, three Tufts undergrads may have just created an Instagram for music lovers.

NIMBY NATION- Christopher Helman and Daniel Fisher
Fueled by legal advocacy groups, cries of “not in my backyard” are quietly costing the United States economy trillions. The ability for America to flourish is at stake.

LIFE
TREASURE ISLANDS- Susan Adams
Japanese billionaire Soichiro Fukutake has created a surreal archipelago of art, including an underground museum of Monets and a luxury hotel designed by Tadao Ando.

THOUGHTS
On education.