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The Best Idea In The World
The Best Idea In The World
Special Feature:
Philanthropy Issue
December 14, 2015
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FORBES' Philanthropy issue features Melinda Gates, the billionaire who is combatting world poverty, starting with the most fundamental problems for women. Also inside, the 40 wealthiest under 40, the richest people in Africa, and could this be the end fo Yahoo CEO, Marissa Meyer? 

THE BEST IDEA IN THE WORLD

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Obama's phony war. 

LEADERBOARD

SEAT OF POWER: MAY THE SALESFORCE BE WITH YOU 

Star Wars figurines, Buddhist relics and bobblehead Colin Powell: inside the whimsical San Francisco office of Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff.

NEW BILLIONAIRE: LIVE WIRE

Chet Pipkin is inside your house-or, at any rate, the useful tech gadgetry produced by his company certainly is.

PATH TO SUCCESS: HAIM SABAN

The music and TV mogul’s long and winding road began in a Beatles tribute band in Israel, all those years ago. 

BUSINESS LIBRARY: 2015’S BREAKOUT BOOKS

Critical hype, page-turning excitement, sales stacked to the roof: the most buzzed-about fiction and 

nonfiction of the year. 

THE RICHEST PEOPLE IN AFRICA

The commodity glut has pushed down the continent’s biggest fortunes overall, but its wealthiest still 

command impressive net worths.

HOCKEY’S MOST VALUEABLE TEAMS

For the first time in years, the NHL has a new No. 1. Plus: the league’s highest-earning players.

THE 40 WEALTHIEST ENTREPRENEURS UNDER 40

Young, gifted, and very, very rich. (Also highly likely to live in California and work in tech. Surprised?)

CHANGE AGENTS

Big money, good deeds: the year’s ten most inspiring acts of philanthropy. 

OBJECT OF DESIRE

The new Harry Winston Opus 14 is a $400,000 jukebox for your wrist.

CONVERSATION

Jack Ma vs. posh handbag lawyers. Plus: Readers debate our Power List. 

THOUGHT LEADERS

CURRENT EVENTS-  Paul Johnson

Vivat Regina!

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard

Enemies or friends?

STRATEGIES

PUMPED-UP KICKS- Abram Brown

Vans was an aging skater-shoe brand that was expanding in all the wrong ways until VF Corp. bought is and made it Cali-cool again.

TECHNOLOGY

FIX MY WI-FI, PLEASE- Aaron Tilley

The lowly home router is now swamped with connected devices and video bingeing. Eero has a rescue-for a pride.

FLIPAGRAM’S A BIG DEAL- Kathleen Chaykowski

How big? The last startup that had Michael Moritz and John Doerr on the same board was Google.

ENTREPRENEURS

THE TASTEMAKER- Susan Adams

With an uncanny ability to identify and create flavors, David Dafoe’s Flavorman and Moonshine University are riding the boom in craft distilleries.

INVESTING

 A SUITCASE AND A SPREADSHEET- Liyan Chen

What happens when you combine and overseas IPO boom, a dearth of analyst coverage and wild market volatility? Some $2.6 billion for the intrepid small-cap mangers of Grandeur Peak funds.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher

Back to the future: The bull rumbles forward. 

INVESTMENT STRATEGY- William Baldwin

They’re coming for your goodies.

FEATURES

THE LAST DAYS OF MARISSA MAYER?- Miguel Helft

The Yahoo CEO was viewed as a savior back in 2012. But insiders say that she now leads a company without a vision or viable turnaround plan. As top executives flee in droves, it’s plausible that Mayer might soon join them.

SUBPRIME SUPREMO- Chase Peterson-Withorn

Don Hankey has become a billionaire charging sky-high interest on subprime car loans; now he’s moving into the sharing economy.

LIFE 

THE ART OF THE DEALING- Natalie Robehmed

With major new funding and powerful art world backers, can Paddle8 become the auction house of tomorrow?

THOUGHTS

On manhood.