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Return Of The King
Return Of The King
Special Feature:
America's Most Promising Companies
February 10, 2014
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Score the list of the companies Forbes thinks are poised for big success.  Find out what Michael Steinhardt, hedge fund king, is doing back on Wall Street and how he’ll rise to the top again.

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes

China is dependent on our fiscal health.

 

LEADERBOARD

ARE YOU A STARTUP

Have a genius idea? Follow the path to your future.

 

HONG KONG’S RICHEST

Bets on Macau casinos pay off.

 

HOT HOMES

The most expensive residences in your state.

Plus: A follow-up to our Isabel Dos Santos investigation.

 

FRED SMITH FLIES HIGH

The FedEx founder may be worth $2.3 billion, but he wasn’t an overnight success.

 

HIGHEST-PAID NBA ATHLETES

The elite earn most of their dollars from endorsements.

 

SPEED DEMON

The Ferrari 458 Speciale will change your idea of what a supercar should be.

Plus: Up-and-Comers

 

ACTIVE CONVERSATIONS

Snapchat’s Evan Spiegel tries to have the final word.

 

THOUGHT LEADERS

CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass

Five big steps toward faster global growth.

 

CAPITAL FLOWS- Rob Arnott

Thank heavens for those patent trolls.

 

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard

A story of transformation: the conviction key.

 

STRATEGIES

CAN A TEAM REINVENT A CITY?- Tom Van Riper

We’ve seen time and again that it can’t. That isn’t stopping the new owner of the Sacramento Kings. Plus: The latest NBA team valuations.

 

 

TECHNOLOGY

CROWDSOURCING CAPITALISTS- Parmy Olson

Duolingo provides English lessons to millions for free, as the nonprofit Khan Academy does with math. But its founders want to make real money so the service lasts.

 

TRICKING THE HACKERS- Andy Greenberg

Backed with $26 million, a startup is using hackers’ own tricks against them.

 

NOW STREAMING AT GATE 22B- Alex Konrad

 

ENTREPRENEURS

GIRLFRIEND POWER- Carol Tice

Why is Silicon Valley backing up a small beauty brand? Hint: Julep knows how to exploit social media.

 

INVESTING

SWINGING AT STRIKES- Steve Schaefer

Most money managers live by the motto of go big or go home. Beck, Mack & Oliver takes a more civilized approach.

 

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher

All or nothing in 2014.

 

INVESTOR CHECKUP- William Baldwin

Bet against the government.

 

SCREEN TEST- Marc Gerstein

Quiet Bargins.

 

AMERICA’S MOST PROMISING COMPANIES

TOTALLY JUICED- J.J. Colao

At Suja two young entrepreneurs teamed with some adult supervision and created one of the fast-growing beverage companies ever.

 

SECRET LIVES- Karsten Strauss

AnchorFree lets you access the Web- anonymously- anywhere, anytime. It’s great for privacy. But, oh, those relentless ads.

 

FEATURES 

THE ONCE AND FUTURE KING- Michael Noer

Michael Steinhardt forged the model for making hedge fund billions before exiting the game. With WisdomTree, he’s back to upend Wall Street again- this time, with the little-guy investor at his side.

 

BROOKLYN’S BILLIONAIRES- Caleb Melby

Cash crises, political grudge, suicide. None of it has stopped David Walentas from forging a ten-digit fortune by creating an entire neighborhood in New York’s underdog borough. And he’s about to do it again.

 

AMERICA’S SECOND RAIL BOOM- Zack O’Malley Greenburg, Joann Muller, Christopher Helman

The relic of the 19th Century will become the most important logistics system of the 21st century- and it’s making billions for Warren Buffet and others. All aboard!

 

GOOGLE WANTS IT ALL- Robert Hof

Forget wearable computers and self-driving cars. The search giant’s dominance will continue by sticking with its roots- taking $20 billion out of the hides of some very familiar companies.

 

LIFE

STALIN’S BEDTIME NIGHTMARE- Kenneth Rapoza

A onetime Soviet showpiece, the Ukraina is now Europe’s poshest business hotel.

 

THOUGHTS

On the Olympics