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Follow the "Global 2000" issue with BP's huge comback, the growth of China's banks and the 2,000 most successful and wealthiest companies on Earth. Plus: those who have profited hugely from Obamacare and Barcelona's soccer club that is booming amidst Spain's economic strife.
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Romney must forcefully defend free people and free markets.
LAUNCHPAD- J.J. Colao
Hatch Labs is IAC’s in-house incubator, where mobile apps are born.
MILLIONAIRE NIMBY’S, 1: BILLIONAIRE FILMMAKER, 0- Victoria Barret
How Star Wars’ George Lucas lost out to a California subdivision.
Adelson, Icahn and Schultz up; Bezos, Musk and Schulze down.
SPEND IT LIKE BECKHAM
Futbol’s top earners score more than just goals.
A pocket Prius, a Titanic, a wandering Wiig and more.
Introducing an art dealer, a culinary curator and a tea trader.
Readers weigh in on our Amazon cover story and praise one of our Worst CEOs.
CURRENT EVENTS- Lee Kuan Yew
There will be a shift in power unless birth rates increase in the developed world.
CAPITAL FLOWS- Brian Domitrovic
The weak dollar caused the Great Recession.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
A 4% increase in growth would bring us back to the norm.
BUSINESS RENEGADES // BEYOND BARRY- Jeff Bercovici
Diller’s IAC is surging back, thanks to a CEO who can both speak-and listen.
SPORTS MONEY // THE BARCELONA BOOM- Agostino Fonteveccia
The hottest soccer club in the world right now is thriving despite Spain’s financial crisis-and one of the stranger ownership structures in sports.
WHEN GREEN IS RAD- Todd Woody
The $7 billion surfing industry is rooted in an environmentally friendly image, yet surfboards are toxic as ever. Michael Stewart sees a way to bridge the gap.
WAR ON JUNK MAIL- Todd Woody
A startup aims to clean up your mailbox-bad news for the U.S. Postal Service.
THE TECH TRADE- Eric Savitz
It’s time to buy disk drive stocks.
LABEL MAKER- Zack O’Malley Greenburg
INgrooves’ Rob McDaniels shows you can make money on music-even if you’re not Apple. Plus: how indie duo Pomplamoose get lucky with iTunes.
HAIR EXTENSIONS- Alex Knapp
Barbershops aren’t too exciting-unless you’re building them entirely with social media.
WRINGING THE VOLATILITY OUT OF YOUR RETURNS- Daniel Fisher
Stocks can be hazardous to wealth. Try risk-parity investing.
PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
A portfolio with tractors and pets.
INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Buy and hold for 82 years.
FINANCIAL STRATEGY- A. Gary Shilling
Recessions for China and Europe.
THE GLOBAL 2000
COVER STORY: OBAMACARE BILLIONAIRE- Matthew Herper
With a big boost from Washington, Neal Patterson’s futuristic vision for computerized health care has made him a very rich man. But will it make us all healthier?
EPIC SYSTEMS: MARKETING SUCKS- Zina Moukheiber
Neal Patterson isn’t the only health care IT billionaire in America.
SPECIAL GATEFOLD // THE GLOBAL 200- Edited by Scott DeCarlo, Bruce Upbin and Dan Bigman
Royal Dutch Shell and Fannie Mae lead the pack in sales and total assets.
BP IS BOOMING (SHHH!)- Christopher Helman
Two years after the Well from Hell, Bob Dudley has steered BP to one of the great corporate survival stories in history. But he’s not bragging about it-for good reason.
AdVoice-Mexico Tourism Board
Mexico Discovers the Power of Social Media
APPLE’ SECRET PLAN FOR ITS CASH STASH- Connie Guglielmo
Tim Cook’s company is outfitting factories in Asia that will be beholden to one customer: Apple.
RED BANKS RISING- Nathan Vardi
China’s big four now rank among the world’s largest. Is this the next Wall Street?
HIGH-RISK, HIGH-REWARDS- Erin Carlyle
Ricardo Salinas Pliego makes his billions the old-fashioned way: by changing the poor usurious interest rates. In Mexico that’s not a bad thing.
THE FICTIONAL 15- Michael Noer and David M. Ewalt
These creatures of the imagination are unimaginably rich.
SOCIAL MEDIA’S PHONY ACCOUNTING- Francine McKenna
Zynga, Facebook and Groupon all use an independent auditor that is simultaneously inventing the rules for social media accounting. Somewhere, Arthur Anderson is shuddering.
TIME BANDITS- Jack Foster
Navigating the new world of watch collecting.