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Luxury's Secret Empire
Luxury's Secret Empire
Special Feature:
Most Innovative Companies
September 8, 2014
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Get our exclusive list of the “World’s 100 Most Innovative Companies” that span industries from software to biotech to ecommerce and more.  Learn how to turbocharge your 401K to avoid being gouged on your retirement funds in the future.  Plus, see the NFL’s richest teams and the world’s highest-paid DJs.

 

FACT & COMMENT - Steve Forbes

Is Alfred E. Neuman making U.S. foreign policy?

 

LEADERBOARD

JET SET

Vegas, Vail, the Vineyard: a summer of flying private.

 

SKYROCKET

Germany’s copycat Samwer brothers become billionaires. Plus: Top-earning DJs.

 

NFL TEAM VALUATIONS

The average pro football team is now worth $1.4 billion.

 

PRIME-TIME PROSPERITY

Tallying up fictional fortunes from Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad and Game of Thrones

 

THE WEATHERMEN TOWN HOUSE

Merrill Lynch cofounder Charles Merrill, Broadway legend Howard Dietz and Paddington Bear all shared the same Greenwich Village address.

 

FORBES MAKEOVER

New threads for Lakshmi Mittal.

 

ACTIVE CONVERSATION

America’s top colleges.

 

THOUGHT LEADERS

INNOVATION RULES - Rich Karlgaard

Health care: sound of innovation.

 

CURRENT EVENTS - David Malpass

Transcending ObamaCare.

 

STRATEGIES

SPARKING ZIPPO - Abram Brown

Americans don’t smoke much anymore, but that hasn’t stopped the iconic cigarette lighter maker from having its best year.

 

TECHNOLOGY

WHERE BELL DANCERS BID FOR YOU - Ryan Mac

Buying local services online is still a hair ball, but it’s an $800 billion hair ball. A few young former policy wonks think they have a better way.

 

ENTREPRENEURS

STRING THEORY - Karsten Strauss

For four generations the D’Addarios have excelled at producing violin and guitar strings with small innovations that make a big difference.

 

HARD KNOCKS - Chris Smith

The concussion scare should give Xenith, a small but innovative football helmet maker, a big leg up. If only it were that easy.

 

INVESTING

401(K) FEE ESCAPE ARTISTS - William Baldwin

Here are five ways to avoid being gouged on your retirement account.

 

TECH INTELLIGENCE - Jon D. Markman

Compassionate silicon.

 

FIXED-INCOME WATCH - Richard Lehman

The case for junk.

 

CAPITAL MARKETS - Marilyn Cohen

Selectivity as a safe word.

 

FEATURES

THE BILLION-DOLLAR DRESS - Steven Bertoni

Rent the Runway’s Jennifer Hyman hooked Millennials on catch-and-release couture, but the logistics platform she built is sophisticated enough to dominate the sharing economy.

 

AMERICA’S CAR CAPITAL WILL SOON BE… MEXICO - Joann Muller

More bad news for Detroit. Wise free trade policies south of the border have quickly created the global auto industry’s factory floor. Washington, are you listening?

 

LIFE

THE $210,000 SAFARI - Ann Abel

Once the Wildenstein family’s private wildlife conservancy in Kenya, the 58,000-acre Ol Jogi Ranch can now be rented for an exclusive luxury safari experience that’s at the top of the game.

 

THOUGHTS

On football.