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The World's 70 Most Powerful People
The World's 70 Most Powerful People
Special Feature:
Most Powerful People
November 21, 2011
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Follow Bill Gates and how he is changing the world with one piece of affordable technology at a time while he strives to beat the world's population dilemma, along with the top 10 most powerful people in the world. Discover the wealthiest people in India and the most dangerous place to fly planes in the world.

THE WORLD’S 70 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Our tax nightmare will soon end.

FOCUS
HOW TO WRECK AN ECONOMY
Is Greece fixed? Is Italy next? The elusive answer to why PIGS don’t fly.

DEAD CELEBS, DYNAMIC INCOMES- Dorothy Pomerantz and Zack O’Malley Greenburg
How many Lady Gagas does it take to outearn Michael Jackson?

CARDIAC KIDS- Scott DeCarlo
The most volatile stocks in a most volatile year.

BILLIONAIRE BATTLE PLANS- Steven Bertoni
Under siege from all sides: how the rich are protecting the home front.

$46 MILLION YARD SALE- Keren Blankfeld
Lily Safra got rid of a few unwanted knickknacks-here’s a scorecard.

INDIA’S RICHES- Naazneen Karmali
It’s been a tough year for those at the top of the subcontinent.

THE CONVERSATION
The impact of our Drew Houston profile-and other comments on FORBES’ last issue.

BUSINESS RENEGADES // STARBUCKS’ SECRET WEAPON- Jenna Goudreau
Michelle Gass brings radical change to the coffeemaker. Again.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- Paul Johnson
American culture rides high.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Mallory Factor
Occupy Wall Street…next stop, Athens?

CAPITAL FLOWS- Brian Domitrovic
The Reagan Revolution’s unfinished business.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
America: out of the ditch.

TECHNOLOGY
SUSTAINABILITY // GLUED, SCREWED AND RENTED- Joann Muller
BMW’s vision for the future of automobiles.

IS GROUPON TOAST?- Tomio Geron
As it lurches to an IPO, Google and a passel of deal sites methodically steal its merchants away.

STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS // THE SPY WHO LIKED ME- Kashmir Hill
Your social network friends might not be all that friendly.

ENTREPRENEURS
BUG ZAPPER- Christopher Helman
How an ex-Enron trader is helping hospitals snuff drug-resistant bacteria.

INVESTING
LAYOFF POKER- Deborah L. Jacobs
When you’re dealt a bad hand, play your cards right.

INTELLIGENT INVESTING // KNOW THY DISTANT NEIGHBOR
Emerging-markets analyst David Riedel talks to Steve Forbes about profitable investments overseas.

ADVISOR NETWORK // FUNDAMENTAL FLAW- Halah Touryalai
Why can’t former Goldman Sachs star Peter Kraus stop the asset bleeding at AllianceBernstein?

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
Read the tea leaves correctly.

INVESTMENT STRATEGIES- William Baldwin
Getting rich off options.

INTRINSIC VALUE- John Buckingham
In dividends we trust.

LIFE
ALL TEED UP- Michael Noer
Where underprivileged kids learn to succeed-on and off the links.

THE 70 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE IN THE WORLD
INSIDE THE BRAIN OF BILL GATES- Matthew Herper
He’s changing the world again with another cheap technology, saving millions of lives and helping to solve the global population problem.

THE TOP 10 MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE- Michael Noer and Nicole Perlroth
Those who rule and shape the world.

THE MOST POWERFUL PEOPLE
Heads of state, business and religious leaders, opinion makers and criminals.

FEATURES
BILLIONAIRE TO BUST-AND BACK- Emily Lambert
Bill Bartmann built a fortune on credit card debt, then lost it all in a massive accounting fraud. Now he’s back to his old game-with a new twist.

SMARTPHONE WAR: HTC VS. APPLE- Eric Savitz
Cher Wang, the most powerful woman in wireless, has turned her line of handsets into a combative rival to the iPhone. Is Google next?

FLY THE DEADLY SKIES- Julie Ioffe
Russia is the most dangerous place to fly in the world. But the problem isn’t its Soviet-era planes.

THOUGHTS
On power.