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The Forbes 400
The Forbes 400
October 19, 2015
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The FORBES 400 is back with the richest Americans and is full of money and politics, beginning with Donald Trump on the cover and how much he is really worth. In preparation of the upcoming election, FORBES is also profiling the 2016 candidates and how much money they have, and the newbies to the 400 list who made bank from Snapchat, AIRBNB, videogames, fried chicken, and more. 
 

THE FORBES 400
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
An economy is not a machine.

LEADERBOARD
SEAT OF POWER: BARON’S CASTLE
Billionaire investor Ron Baron’s office is stuffed with historical goodies from Babe Ruth, Einstein and JFK.

HOW TO RAISE A BILLIONAIRE
What was Kynetic’s Michael Rubin like as a kid? Ambitious and admirable, according to his mother, Paulette.

HOME EQUITY: GO WEST
For the restless billionaire in search of a new place to live, Hollywood has lost none of its enduring appeal.

BUSINESS LIBRARY
Charles Koch on the difference between good profits and bad; Richard Kinder’s weekly book club.

POLITICS AND THE FORBES 400
Who’s hot for Hillary or jazzed about Jeb?

NEAR MISSES, DROP-OFFS, DECEASED

PATH TO SUCCESS: BOB PARSONS
The GoDaddy founder’s risky, risqué rise.

THE HIGH COST OF LIVING
Our annual look at the price of living extremely well.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Riches from the disruptive dozen.

FEATURES
WHAT’S DONALD TRUMP REALLY WORTH?- Randall Lane
If you want a unique window into what makes the most paradoxical presidential candidate in a generation tick, you just need to answer this simple question.

WHAT THE 2016 PRESIDENTAL CANDIDATES ARE WORTH- Dan Alexander and Agustino Fontevecchia
Plus: The mystery of Hillary’s missing millions.

KOCH ON KOCH- Daniel Fisher
As he approaches 80, Charles Koch still wants to “change the trajectory” of U.S. politics away from welfare, subsidies and crony capitalism-and he is pretty sure the Republicans aren’t up to the task.

THE JOCK VS. THE GEEKS- Parmy Olson
Under Armor’s Kevin Plank spent almost $1 billion on fitness apps to outdo Silicon Valley. He’s under a lot less pressure than they are. The gadgets are only there to move more apparel.

MAIN STREET MOGUL- Abram Brown
Rather than let Cox Enterprises succumb to extinction or sell it, Jim Kennedy reshaped his grandfather’s sleepy Atlanta newsletter company into something enduring-and made his family $30 billion richer in the process.

MATH-STERS OF THE UNIVERSE- Nathan Vardi
Galileo believed that mathematics was the language God used to write the universe. Four hundred years later a brilliant practitioner and a computer scientist are quietly translating these secrets-into the newest great hedge fund fortune. (Pity the employees who get their way.)

NEWCOMERS
Basketball, fried chicken, videogames and Snapchat were among the gold mines that lifted 25 newcomers onto The Forbes 400 this year. Meet the Class of 2015.

THOUGHTS
On politics and money.