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Super Model, Super Mogul
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February 27, 2012
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Follow swinsuit tycoon and former model Kathy Ireland and her merchandise businesss which is rivaling Martha Stewart's empire. Plus: retire without taxes and the country's top franchises. 

SUPER MODEL SUPER MOGUL
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Ben Bernanke: supreme socialist.

LEADERBOARD
TOYS- Hannah Elliott
How Facebook’s new rich will spend their spoils.

THE PREDICTOR- Randall Lane
Why Facebook’s stock will jump.

GRAMMY BOUNCE- Zack O’Malley Greenburg
How much does a win boost an artist’s earnings?

SCORECARD
Winners and losers: It’s all about Facebook and the N.Y. Giants.

GAS HOUSES- Morgan Brennan
North Dakota is facing a rare housing crisis: too many jobs, too few homes.

SPENT- Jon Bruner
Super PACs, by the numbers: the powerful and the prosaic.

FASHIONISTAS- Hannah Elliott
China syndrome; sartorial showdown.

ACTIVE CONVERSATION
Readers tell us what they love-and hate-about Wells Fargo, debate the safety of nuclear waste and pile on the bad news at Ford Motor.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
The U.S. needs a new debt limit.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Jerry Bowyer
Systemic risk is about character.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
What Mitt must do.

STRATEGIES
BUSINESS RENEGADES / ANTICIPATION- Matthew Herper
What is a guy who spent eight years selling food for Heinz doing at the top of the world’s best research-based drug company? Preparing for the worst.

SHALE GAME- Christopher Helman
BP Billiton Chief Marius Kloppers just placed a $20 billion bet on U.S. natural gas. That’s pretty risky, even for him.

THE DRIVER’S SEAT- Bob Lutz
Separating truth from fiction about the Chevy Volt.

TECHNOLOGY
THE NEXT WAVE- Todd Woody
Ocean power almost wiped out. Now it’s making a comeback.

WHAT’S IN THE AIR- Todd Woody
A new way to measure greenhouse gases could change the carbon-credit industry. A test run in Davos surprised everyone.

NVIDIA BUILDS A DREAM MACHINE- Brian Caulfield
Give Steve Scott 18 zeroes and a lot of electricity and he can change the world.

THE MOGUL OF MOSHI- Parmy Olson
Michael Acton-Smith built one of the biggest digital entertainment brands. What he does next determines if he’s got a Disney or a Furby.

INVESTING
ROTHS FOR THE RICH- Ashlea Ebeling
Congress doesn’t want high earners to fund Roth IRAs. But it has opened a back door allowing them to do just that.

THE FOREVER PORTFOLIO- William Baldwin
If you want your stash to last a long time, learn some lessons from Stockholm.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Hit the refresh button.

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
The case for dying broke.

FINANCIAL STATEGY- Jim Oberweis
Small innovations for your portfolio.

ENTREPRENEURS
WHAT THE PATIENT ORDERED- Victoria Barret
Need a doctor right now? Cyrus Massoumi can get you in.

THANKS FOR THE MEMORY- J.J. Colao
Jeff Ready saves small businesses big money by selling data storage in tidy, tailored chunks. Now he’s turning those dumb boxes into servers.

PROVEN PATH- J.J. Colao and Max Mallet
Too scared to bet on a new business concept? Here are the best franchises to start for the buck.

FEATURES
SUPERMODEL, SUPERMOGUL- Dorothy Pomerantz
The strange but true story of how swimsuit icon Kathy Ireland turned America’s most mundane products into a licensing empire- and became the first lady of flyover country.

POWER FOR SALE- CHEAP- Daniel Fisher and Jon Bruner
For decades political influence has been the most undervalued asset in America. The market is now clearing, and Sheldon Adelson’s patronage of Newt Gringrich is just the tip of the iceberg.

SECRET SAUCE- Clare O’Connor
Manoj Bhargava, the mystery man behind 5-Hour Energy, has taken one of the stranger paths to billions in the annals of the American Dream.

NICE GUY FINISHING LAST- Jeff Bercovici
The Washington Post’s Don Graham is a confidant of Warren Buffet, a mentor to Mark Zuckerberg and the most beloved publisher in American journalism. Too bad his company is so troubled.

ON THE EDGE- Michael Noer
In the make-or-break world of PGA Tour, each shot can mean the difference between a guaranteed windfall or a year in cheap hotels.

LIFE
THE HOTEL POLICE- Ann Abel
Going undercover with the arbiter of greatness in hospitality.

THOUGHTS
On gambling.