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Follow Sheldon Adelson's $25 billion return through his role in Chinese gambling and politics, and he thinks he can make the next Vegas. Also featured in this issue is a guide to international investment, Nascar's recovery and the man behind the police of Facebook.
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
War! It’s coming with Iran.
BREEDING PLACE- J.J. Colao
In New York’s Silicon Alley, General Assembly offers a home and an ideas exchange for startups.
Knight and Dolan go Linsane.
AMERICA’S COMEBACK CITIES- Jon Bruner
Las Vegas and Phoenix swelled during the real estate boom, but older cities benefited in the recession.
DEATH AND TAXES- Janet Novack
The IRS invents a Chinese billionaire.
Readers tell us what fueled their interest in the 5-Hour Energy man, intrigued them about supermodel/supermogul Kathy Ireland and left them gasping on the professional golf tour.
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Moving toward a doomsday weapon?
CAPITAL FLOWS- James K. Glassman
Auction the spectrum, grow the economy.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Jeff Joerres on the skills gap.
RISK MANAGERS- Dorothy Pomerantz
Backed by FedEx’s Fred Smith, Alcon Entertainment made millions in Hollywood’s midbudget no-man’s-land. Now it’s reinventing blockbuster economics.
THE MEDICINE SHOW- Matthew Herper
The truly staggering cost of inventing new drugs.
WATER WAR- Ivan Castano
Coke, Danone, Pepsi- who will win the world’s largest bottled-beverage market?
WE’RE ALL CODERS- Tomio Geron
An Australian startup lets anyone play in the engineering sandbox.
THE TECH TRADE- Eric Savitz
With the Facebook IPO, know what you’re buying.
DATA DRIVEN // WORLD’S GREATEST TUTOR- Bruce Upbin
Students learn differently, yet they’re taught the same way. Knewton has technology to adapt courses to kids.
INDIVIDUAL RETIREMENT ACCIDENTS- William P. Barrett
Sadly, your IRA is probably smaller than Mitt Romney’s. All the more reason to avoid making disastrous mistakes.
CAPITAL MARKETS- Marilyn Cohen
Income ideas for the yield starved.
THE PATIENT INVESTOR- John W. Rogers, Jr.
Stick with specialists.
INTRINSIC VALUE- Whitney Tilson and John Heins
Don’t be a volatility victim.
SEARCH ENGINE WUNDERKIND- Parmy Olson
Li Ka-shing is betting 16-year-old Nick D’Aloisio can build a better Google.
CAPTURE THE FRAGS- David M. Ewalt
Videogame giant Electronic Arts is set to do battle with upstart Valve. Game over?
THE BILLION DOLLAR BET- Steven Bertoni
Near default three years ago, Sheldon Adelson has made more money than anyone in America since, dominating Chinese gambling-and U.S. politics. A full-access tour of his $25 billion comeback.
THE KING MAKER- Steven Bertoni
Sheldon Adelson plays as stubbornly in politics as he does in business.
CHINA’S OTHER BIG GAMBLER- Donald Frazier
Steve Wynn is trying to bring his Vegas high-roller magic to Macao. But Adelson, for now, is playing the hot hand.
EARTHQUAKE-PROOF PROFITS- Daniel Fisher
Japanese stocks, carefully selected, can survive the country's economic woes.
STRIKE WHILE THE IRON IS WARM- Chris Barth with Scott DeCarlo
Europe’s mess spooked investors in 2011, but foreign markets are rebounding.
TRADE CURRENCIES LIKE SOROS- John Dobosz
Funds and ETFs that move with exchange rates let regular Joes play like pros.
BE YOUR OWN FUND MANAGER- William Baldwin
When Toyota and Origin Energy are at your fingertips you don’t need an international fund.
THE PREDATOR- Brian Caulfield
Rory Read wants to turn processor designer AMD into the one thing it’s never been: a killer.
FACEBOOK’S TOP COP- Kashmir Hill
Joe Sullivan hunts down the bad guys drawn to the world’s largest social network. How far will he go to keep the site safe-and still protect your privacy?
BACK ON TRACK- Kurt Badenhausen
After a dismal business spinout Nascar is recovering-at just the right time.
FLY THE DREAMY SKIES- Gary Walther
Will Boeing’s long awaited Dreamliner change the game for international travelers?