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September 13, 2016
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TECH’S MAD GENIUS

Fact and Comment—Steve Forbes

Health care: the huge, ignored issue.

LEADERBOARD

THE BIGGEST CITY ON EARTH

In just a few decades China’s Pearl River Delta has transformed itself into a megalopolis of 68 million people. How did it happen?

NEW BILLIONAIRE: CREATOR OF WORLDS

Nvidia’s Jen-Hsun Huang, one of the primary pioneers of the chips that power computer games, sets his sights on artificial intelligence.

ELECTRONIC CASH KINGS: THE TOP EARNING DJS

Pulsating dance music has gone thoroughly mainstream—and the genre’s top talents are enjoying the accompanying revenue gusher.

DEAL TOY: SPRINT’S SPECTRUM SAGA

Seeking to build up its broadband assets, in 2013 Sprint made a play to consolidate its ownership of Clearwire. The connection was choppy.

SEAL THE DEAL: ON THE CASE

Even in a digital age, an elegant business-card case is an essential old-school appurtenance with which to show your name off in style.

FORBES @100: NEWSPAPERS’ HALCYON DAYS

In October 1969 FORBES examined the country’s biggest dailies and found that the industry had “never been healthier.” Well, that was then.

RICHEST BY STATE: CONNECTICUT’S TOP HEDGE

In a state crawling with top hedge-fund talent, Ray Dalio reigns supreme. Plus: Hollywood’s new, distaff Gordon Gekko.

CONVERSATION

Readers offer their unfiltered thoughts on Instagram’s Kevin Systrom, newly a billionaire. Plus: debating the Dallas Cowboys.

THOUGHT LEADERS

CURRENT EVENTS—Paul Johnson

The world’s exterminators.

INNOVATION RULES—Rich Karlgaard

Why economic growth stinks.

STRATEGIES

SOLAR SURVIVOR—Christopher Helman

Sungevity’s asset-light, customizable approach is a lone ray of hope in a dreary industry.

TECHNOLOGY

THE TWO-WHEELED COMMUTER CAR—Shelby Carpenter and Susan Adams

Already massive in China and popular in Europe, electric bikes are making inroads in the U.S. An MIT engineer thinks his throwback design will win over urban commuters.

ENTREPRENEURS

A STEP ABOVE—Susan Adams

Three-year-old shoe company Jack Erwin disrupted the footwear market by cutting out the middleman. Can it make the next leap forward?

VEGAN VETERANS—Larissa Zimberoff

For more than 40 years Follow Your Heart has been quietly selling food to the health-conscious. Now VCs are backing fast-growing competitors.

INVESTING

THE BEST ETFS FOR INVESTING—William Baldwin

The good deals are a function of three cost numbers. We do the arithmetic for you.

INTRINSIC VALUE—John Reese

Escape volatility in Graham-and-Doddsville.

TECH INTELLIGENCE—Jon D. Markman

Software as a stock strategy.

FORBES BRANDVOICE WITH PFIZER

The road to discover: The path to innovation may be long, but biomedical scientists must remain driven by optimism of what lies around the bend.

FEATURES

THE REINVENTION FACTORY—Chloe Sorvino

James Dyson has built one of the world’s most innovative companies by wooing engineers to the English countryside and giving them the freedom to fail—hundreds of times. His approach has made him one of Britain’s richest men and revolutionized products from vacuum cleaners to hair dryers. Next up? Better batteries.

THE SUPER-SIZER—Amy Feldman

Greg Flynn, a Tesla-driving West Coast dealmaker, isn’t the kind of guy you’d expect to be running a bunch of Applebee’s and Taco Bells. But using plenty of patience, persistence and institutional capital, he’s built America’s largest franchise restaurant empire—and made a lot of money.

LIFE

ISLE OF YOU—Ann Abel

For $10,000 a night, guests can rent Thanda island off the coast of Tanzania and live in complete luxury—and absolute privacy.

THOUGHTS

On invention.