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Read about the vast potential and money in education with these mavericks who has defied the system's flaws and are making trillions starting with Khan Academy's founder. Plus: the 100 richest in India, the 50 largest charities in the country and Reddit's worth.
THE $1 TRILLION OPPORTUNITY
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Gold and wicked magicians.
SALES FROM THE CRYPT
Death be not proud-but for these late celebs, it can still be pretty lucrative.
The modest but growing market for rare whisky has investors seeking big returns dram by dram.
INDIA’S 100 RICHEST PEOPLE
The country now boasts 61 billionaires, 4 more than last year.
We’re bullish on David Stern and indie rock, bearish on Bank of America and Rajat Gupta.
LANDMARKS OF PLENTY
How does John Paulson’s $100 million gift stack up against other billionaires’ largesse?
Zuckerberg and Adelson up, Buffett and Bezos down.
Readers weigh in on Square, Twitter, Nokia and camel races.
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
Men blinded by their brains.
CAPITAL GROWTH- John Tammy
Memo to Washington: Economic growth is easy.
INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Book changes world: 30 years of excellence.
WAKE-UP CALL- Matthew Herper
Merck’s potential rival to blockbuster Ambien is big medical news, but Wall Street’s reaction has been snoozy so far. That’s a big, big problem for drugmakers.
GETTING IN GEAR // GLOBAL GROWTH- Joann Muller
Here’s a surprise: After a decade of debacles auto parts titan Dana Holding is finally turning around, thanks to a new CEO with global ambitions.
WHAT IS REDDIT WORTH?- George Anders
The Web’s antibullying, meme-spawning, porn-flecked link forum may go down as one of the shrewdest buys in media business.
SUNNY DAYS FOR ROBOTS- Todd Woody
Solar panels have gotten so cheap that installers are seeking new ways to push down the cost per clean kilowatt. One answer: Get rid of the humans.
BLOW OUT- Meghan Casserly
How one woman and a hair dryer became a $20 million operation.
THE KIDS ARE ALL RIGHT- Steve Schaefer
Spinoff stocks are often viewed as unwanted orphan businesses. But their aftermarket performance is nothing to ignore.
INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Don’t sell your eBay just yet.
PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
It isn’t about Romney or Obama.
PRESCRIPTION FOR FINANCIAL HEALTH- William Baldwin
Steal some ideas from Vanguard.
GURU STRATEGIES- John Reese
Hold the humanity.
COVER STORY: REEDUCATING EDUCATION- Michael Noer
One man. One computer. Ten million students. Our $1.3 trillion school system is ripe for change.
CLASSROOM REVOLUTIONARIES- Caroline Howard
These 15 education innovators are harnessing a slew of disruptive technologies to change everything from the way we teach grade school math to how we train the next generation of teachers.
CHARITY ALL-STARS // PHILANTHROPY- Abram Brown and William P. Barrett
Five standouts from our charities list merit your attention and, perhaps, dollars. Plus: The 50 Largest U.S. Charities.
PIERRE OMIDYAR’S UNDERGROUND RAILROAD- Clare O’Connor
Can a portfolio solve one of the world’s biggest scourges? The billionaire founder of eBay and his wife, Pam, are going after human trafficking in the boldest test yet of philanthropic investing.
BILLIONAIRE PRODIGY- J.J. Colao
Michael Rubin was running a real business at 14 and a public company at 23. Now 40, he has just become one of the America’s youngest billionaires through entrepreneurial frenzy-and the ability to turn eBay scraps into the greatest deal you’ve never heard about. Watch out, Amazon.
HOLLYWOOD’S CHINA FIXER- Simon Montlake
The movie business has finally figured out a way to combat piracy in China: Cut the locals in on the deal. One slick-talking New Yorker serves as gatekeeper-and lightning rod.
SECRETS OF THE HELP- Morgan Brennan
A new breed of highly educated, hyperdiscreet estate manager has emerged. Here’s what happens when they get together to compare notes.
On the election.