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Follow the entrepreneurs who have been taking charge with Isreali and Palestinian business partnerships, can this help keep the peace between the two nations? Cisco's John Chambers explains his foreign partnerships and what he looks for in business deals. Plus: The colleges skating on thin ice financially and the top 300 schools.
PEACE THROUGH PROFITS
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Big government, central banks: the real criminals.
THE FICTIONAL 15
Our annual ranking of the wealthiest characters from movies, television, novels and games.
Tesla drives Musk; Ballmer bombs. Plus: Marissa Mayer’s mixed marks.
SOCIAL MEDIA CHAMPIONS
Real Madrid is once again the world’s most valuable sports team, worth $3.3 billion. Soccer is even more dominant in social media, thanks to its global fan base.
First Round Capital creates a fund for students to invest in dorm-room startups. Plus: Up-and-Comers.
TOWER OF TROUBLE
Residents of Donald Trump’s signature luxury high-rise on New York’s Fifth Avenue have recently been mired in scandals ranging from illicit gambling and money laundering to art theft and sex tapes.
Readers respond to our Celebrity 100 issue, tackling topics from cover boy Toby Keith’s cowboy capitalism to Oprah Winfrey’s theoretical dancing skills.
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Intervention in the Third World: a case for masterly inactivity?
CAPITAL FLOWS- Mark Spitznagel
Zero rates take investors down a dangerous path.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Big Data’s promise: messy, like us.
AFTER THE GUSHER- Christopher Helman
Mark Papa transformed an Enron cast-off into one of America’s great oil companies. What he says about the fracking boom will surprise you.
HAIN CELESTIAL IS JUICED- Clare O’Connor
Irwin Simon built the world’s largest natural foods company- and hit and economic home run for New York state. Cleanse, anyone?
DIGITAL CARJACKERS- Andy Greenberg
A pair of Pentagon-funded hackers prove it’s possible to take control of your car with a few key-strokes. Time for Detroit to wake up.
TRACK ME IF YOU CAN- Kashmir Hill
The NSA spying scandal is fueling consumer and investor obsession with online cloaking tools like Disconnect.
THE ODD COUPLE- J.J. Colao
Dwight Merriman and Kevin Ryan have achieved spectacular success starting companies together- largely by staying out of each other’s way.
MAKEUP CLASS- Meghan Casserly
Lynda.com has built a $180 billion in assets by spreading its bets and heading away from the crowd.
PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
INVESTING STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
High yield, low tax.
SCREEN TEST- Marc Gerstein
Red flags in inventory.
PEACE THROUGH PROFITS- Richard Behar
As Israeli and Palestinian politicians lurch toward talks, entrepreneurs have been quietly taking action. Inside the partnerships that may save the Middle East.
Cisco wrote the book on dealmaking. What does John Chambers look for in a partner?
COLLEGES AT RISK- Matt Schifrin
Parents and students spend vast amounts of time and money trying to find a school that is the right it academically and socially. They’d be wise to pay more attention to colleges’ financial health.
AMERICA’S 300 BEST COLLEGES- Edited by Caroline Howard
Who’s No. 1 on our list? Not Harvard.
SCHOOLS OF DECEPTION- Abram Brown
Some colleges will do anything to improve their ranking.
DUCKING THE KIDDIE TAX- William Baldwin
Escape paying taxes on your college student’s investment income.
THE WAL-MART SLAYER- Brian Solomon
Family-run Publix is both the largest employee-owned company and the most profitable grocer in America. Those two facts are linked, and they might be the formula for fending off Bentonville’s retail behemoth.
BUSH LEAGUE BONZANA- Tom Van Riper
Frank Boulton left Wall Street behind to prospect for diamonds in the rough- founding a baseball league like nothing else in the minors.