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The 2014 list of the “World’s Most Powerful People” ranks the 72 people with the most potent combination of financial resources, scope of action and the number of people they impact. You’ll find those in politics, business, and religion – men and women – all forces to be reckoned with. Plus, get the real story on the crazy Tinder saga.
KING ME - Matt Schfrin
Bill Gross’ spectacular fall from the top of the bond market has put tens of billions in play at a time when minuscule yields demand a fixed-income superstar. A brilliant, battle-scarred billionaire, Jeffrey Gundlach, stands ready to be coronated.
SEX, LIES AND IPHONES - Steven Bertoni
In creating Tinder, the world’s hottest dating app, Sean Rad has changed how people mate and how Wall Street views barry Diller. Too bad it wasn’t enough to save his job.
CAPITALIST COMMUNES - Alex Konrad
WeWork has emerged as one of the most valuable startups in America by combining the savvy of a real estate developer with the soul of a kibbutz.
FACT & COMMENT - Steve Forbes
Can Brazil be more than a pretend power?
Chinese firms have inked 896 deals and poured $43 billion into the U.S. since 2000. Leading the charge are many of China’s 242 billionaires.
FARMING’S FIRST FAMILY
Four new ten-digit fortunes of the intensely private – and immensely wealthy- Cargill clan.
The world’s most expensive words.
Policy influencers from the Forbes 30 under 30.
The cosmetics company looked like an ugly duckling- before “Bid-‘Em-Up Bruce” Wasserstein showed up.
Interest in Pinterest.
INNOVATION RULES - Rich Karlgaard
Amazon and IBM: Whoops!
CURRENT EVENTS - David Malpass
Big Fed is big government.
THE GOLDEN ELEPHANT - Dan Alexander
In a rare interview Cargill’s new CEO outlines his plans to make the world’s biggest agribusiness bigger.
LIGHTENING FORD’S LOAD - Joann Muller
The new F-150 pickup could represent an industry breakthrough thanks to Novelis, the world’s largest aluminum recycler.
IS THAT INTEL YOU’RE WEARING? - The world’s largest chipmaker wants to find its way into every new device that comes after PCs, smartphones, and tablets.
PLEASE TASE ME, BRO - Kashmir Hill
Taser’s new growth strategy: Become the Dropbox for cops.
COUNTING HER CHICKENS - Popeyes is crushing rivals with a mix of upscale marketing and unapologetically greasy comfort food.
JUST WE TWO - Karsten Strauss
Zach Halmstad and Chip Pearson made their first hires five years on- and took no outside money until year eight. Good plan.
DISRUPTOR DISRUPTED - Abram Brown
The flash boys zapped billionaire Thomas Peterffy’s profits. At 70 he’s rebuilding as a discount broker.
FINANCIAL STRATEGY - A. Gary Shilling
Deflationary game plan.
THE PATIENT INVESTOR - John W. Rogers Jr.
Fundamentals trump fears.
INVESTMENT STRATEGIES - William Baldwin
Bond buyer’s survivor guide.
INDONESIA’S NEXT WAVE - Laurie Werner
Billionaire Chris Burch makes a splash with Nihiwatu.
On marriage and divorce.