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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.
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Ted Cruz’s golden answer.
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.
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.
Is Silicon Valley grossly overvalued? Are the highest-paid YouTube stars grossly undertalented? Readers weigh in.
CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
The Republican fiscal divide.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Is America in decline?
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.
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
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.
RECURRING REVENUE- Amy Feldman
Tien Tzuo’s Zuora can help almost any business adopt a subscription model. A huge market-that he almost blew.
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.
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.
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.