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Unstoppable
November 23, 2015
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This issue features the most powerful people on the planet with Vladimir Putin, Pope Francis and Bill Gates at the top the list and Alibaba’s founder, Jack Ma on the cover, who built his retail empire and is now moving towards global dominance. Plus, the dead celebrities who are still making bank, the best states for business and the most valuable sports brands. 

UNSTOPPABLE

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes

Ted Cruz’s golden answer.

LEADERBOARD

TOP-EARNING DEAD CELEBRITIES

These 13 famous figures of screen, music, state and the page might be pushing up daisies-but business 

has never been better.

GLASS GIANT

Donald Friese has forged his way from an impoverished childhood to a ten-figure fortune. Plus: Pierre Omidyar, Hawaii’s richest. 

THE WORLD’S MOST VALUABLE SPORTS BRANDS

What’s in a name? Millions of dollars. 

HOME EQUITY: FANTASY CAMP

Fashion designer Pierre Cardin lists Bubble Palace, his eye-popping mansion on the French Riviera, for an eye-watering price.

BUSINESS LIBRARY: 2015’S FINEST

Editor-in-Chief Steve Forbes offers his picks for the year’s best books.

THE BEST STATES FOR BUSINESS

Where should entrepreneurs put down roots? Plus: the priciest diamonds ever sold.

COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE: APPLE’S CORE

A sneak peek from high above the company’s new headquarters. 

PATH TO SUCCESS: LI KA-SHING

The storied saga of Asia’s richest man.

CONVERSATION

Is Silicon Valley grossly overvalued? Are the highest-paid YouTube stars grossly undertalented? Readers weigh in.

THOUGHT LEADERS

CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass

The Republican fiscal divide.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard

Is America in decline?

STRATEGIES

THE COLD WARRIOR- Dan Alexander

Columbia Sportswear CEO Tim Boyle brought his company out of a deep freeze thanks to new high-tech outerwear-and one tough mother.

EVERYDAY RENEWABLE ENERGY- Christopher Helman

Wal-Mart, long the bogeyman of the left, is making one of their long-held dreams a reality: affordable green energy deployed on an industrial scale.

TECHNOLOGY

SHAPE OF THINGS TO COME- Aaron Tilley

Carbon3D is the latest hype-beast in 3-D printing, but it has the best chance yet to reinvent 

manufacturing. 

HOW MASTER CHIEF BECAME MICROSOFT’S R&D CHIEF- David M. Ewalt

The games business doesn’t make a lot of profit, but that’s not the point.

ENTREPRENEURS

RECURRING REVENUE- Amy Feldman

Tien Tzuo’s Zuora can help almost any business adopt a subscription model.  A huge market-that he almost blew. 

INVESTING

STURDY BOOTS ON UNSTURDY GROUND- Elizabeth McBride

Political turmoil? Corruption? Civil unrest? Meet the honey badger of global private equity, Dubai’s Abraaj Group.

FINANCIAL STRATEGY- A. Gary Shilling

The winter of global discontent. 

SCREEN TEST- Marc Gerstein

Blue chips impersonating small caps.

CAPITAL MARKETS- Marilyn Cohen

Tax-free and ready for boarding. 

FEATURES

ForbesBrandVoice with ADP

Masters of the (Small Business) Universe

THE COORS FAMILY BRANCHES OUT-Dan Alexander

The billionaire Coors clan is known for beer. But most of its wealth now comes from a secretive ceramics company that is redefining how family business operates.

AMERICA’S NUTTIEST POWER COUPLE- Chloe Sorvino

Fresh off sapping the water from a Pacific Island, Stewart and Lynda Resnick, the billionaire couple behind Fiji Water, are profiting off pistachios and almonds with the same combination of marketing genius and opportunistic water grabs amid California’s worst drought on record.

LIFE

WHAT’S NEW IN CHENGDU?-Laurie Werner

In the high-tech hub’s Temple House, a 1,600-year-old monastery meets a modern luxury hotel-and, of course, pandas.

THOUGHTS

On power.