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Tesla's Secret Formula
Tesla's Secret Formula
Special Feature:
The World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies
September 07, 2015
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This special issue features Elon Musk, the world’s new favorite CEO, as he leads the world’s most innovative company that is revolutionizing the car industry. Can the whole industry go electric? Musk seems to hope so. Also, read about the best cities for business, the “100 Most Innovative Companies” and the richest sport teams. 

TESLA’S SECRET FORMULA

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Ominous move: China’s devaluation.

LEADERBOARD

THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE TEAMS
These are heady, money minting days for big-time pro athletics worldwide, these 50 prominent franchises chief among them. 

HOLLYWOOD POWER BROKERS
Stars get all the glory, but it’s the off-camera moguls who make the biggest fortunes. Plus: Thomas Tull, new Hollywood billionaire.

COFFEE HOUSE
Starbucks founder and CEO Howard Schultz’s glittering new $25 million hideaway on Hawaii’s Big Island.

BEST PLACES FOR BUSINESS
The top U.S. metro areas for commerce and careers. Plus: A decade after Hurricane Katrina, how is New Orleans really doing?

BUYER’S MARKET
A look at the eye-popping M&A boom of the last half-decade. Plus: three innovative inventors from the FORBES 30 Under 30. 

QUIZ: SPOT THE FAKE STARTUP
It’s hard to come up with a good business name. Can you tell which are real and which are fake? Plus: Charles Ergen, Colorado’s richest man. 

SEAL THE DEAL: A TASTE OF HAVANA
Embassy: reopened. Embargo: lifted, more or less. Now, when the agreement is signed, you can celebrate with a premium Cuban cigar.

CONVERSATION
Readers react with glee to our Top Colleges package, which made a strong case that these days liberal arts majors are employable, too.

THOUGHT LEADERS

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
China syndrome.

CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
When the policeman abdicates. 

STRATEGIES

THE ROBOT ROUGHNECKS- Christopher Helman
National Oilwell Varco’s technology is helping pull oil companies out of the bust by automating how they drill.

PUBLIC NUISANCES- Daniel Fisher
Ever inventive California lawyers hope a toxic mix of lead paint and controversial legal theory can help them soak American business for billions.

ENTREPRENEURS

THE LONG GAME- Carol Tice
Gary Tharaldson figured out cost-saving shortcuts to run more profitable hotels and then sold his low-vacancy empire for more than $1 billion. Now, at 69, he’s after another billion.

THE NEXT MOODY’S- Robb Mandelbaum
Orchard Capital, an advisor for lenders making online loans, is growing fast. 

TECHNOLOGY

RULERS OF THE STREAM- Alex Konrad
Three data whizzes from inside LinkedIn have spun out into one of the hottest little companies in tech.

INVESTING

2016 ETF BUYERS GUIDE- William Baldwin
Long-term investor? These funds are the best of the best.

FIXED-INCOME WATCH- Richard Lehmann
Learning to love preferreds.

SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
Healthy alternatives to a biotech bubble.

BOND SENSE-Bonnie Baha
Waiting for Godot in bonds.

FEATURES

BEAUTIFUL IDEAS- Maggie Zhang
The world’s most innovative firms, whose ideas are featured here, will always admit brilliance is harder than it looks.

THE MAN VS. THE MACHINES- Steven Bertoni
A bestseller about predatory high-speed trading made Brad Katsuyama a folk hero. His new platform, IEX, is poised to make him millions.

BLACK ARTS- Katia Savchuk
Elisa Stephens and her family built an $800 million fortune converting student loans into questionably valuable real estate. After two decades of blistering growth her empire of false hope is facing regulatory glare.

LIFE

THE WHISKEY REBELS- Abram Brown
With an arsenal of alt whiskeys and other small-batch spirits, Nashville’s Corsair Distillery is disrupting and elevating the craft of craft distilling.

THOUGHTS
On machines.