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FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
THE 20 RICHEST PEOPLE ON THE PLANET
Many names are the same, but the pecking order has (mostly) changed. Blame volatile stock markets and a stronger dollar for the reshuffling.
NOTABLE NEWCOMER: CAMERON MACKINTOSH
Shining a spotlight on the new-billionaire producer behind some of musical theater’s biggest hits.
This year 221 billionaires fell off our list, the most since 2009. Which of them tumbled furthest-and why?
THE RICEHST UNDER 40
Young, rich and self-made.
REAL ESTATE: TRUMPING THE WHITE HOUSE
Whatever happens to The Donald come Election Day, he’ll still have some prime Pennsylvania Avenue property.
FORBES @ 100: BILLIONAIRES’ FIRST BOW
A look back at our first-ever roundup of the world’s ten-figure fraternity in 1987. What a difference three decades make.
Farewell to a legendary activist, the world’s most successful sandwich artist and more.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
THE PRESIDENT OF COFFEE NATION- George Anders
Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz doesn’t want to run for the White House. But, buoyed by his company’s surging performance, the billionaire wants to use his caffeinated perch to change American discourse.
SHADOW CHANGER-Nathan Vardi
Secretive John Grayken debuts on the FORBES Billionaires list with the second-biggest fortune in private equity, $6.3 billion. In an era that demonizes predatory banking, he’s a ruthless, selfish, unpatriotic tax dodger-and virtually every pension fund manager in the world is rushing to give this American-turned-Irishman money.
AFRICA’S SAM WALTON-Abram Brown
From shirts to furniture to groceries, Christo Wiese sells billions in low-cost goods to a continent clamoring for them. America could be next.
THE DONALD OF DUBAI- Kerry A. Dolan and Zina Moukheiber
Hussain Sajwani has transformed the desert skyline with luxury apartments and lavish mansions using outrageous marketing strategies (free Lamborghini, anyone?). He’s weathered the 2008 crash and his business Donald Trump’s politics-so what will he do if oil prices continue to plummet?
THE WORLD’S BILLIONAIRES
Our annual guide to the richest people on earth.
On losing it.