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"The Global 2000" outlines the most important businesses in the world from Hollywood to Disney World to China. Move over GM and Toyota, VW is becoming the powerhouse of the car industry. Plus: Can Mattel's plastic toys survive in this growing digital age?
THESE BUSINESSES OWN THE WORLD
FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Fed plays partisan politics.
Investing for the Long Term in Uncertain Times.
What would the world economy look like from space? Here’s one view of our Global 2000 list.
Bezos and Knight up; Page and Blavatnik down. Plus: The sport’s richest owners.
JUSTICE FOR PAUL
Did recently deceased Russian tycoon Boris Berezovsky kill FORBES’ Paul Klebnikov?
COUNTRY CLUB CRUISER
Cart paths? Please. This hover-cart leaps lakes. Plus: Up-and-Comers
Readers weigh in on the New York Yankees, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Carl Icahn’s bears.
CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
Corruption scandals: Big governments rocked.
CAPITAL FLOWS- Paul Hsieh
Freedom, not fertility, is the key to a thriving economy.
INNOVATION RULES-Rich Karlgaard
Evolution of capitalism: jerks or saints?
SECOND CHANCES- Matthew Herper
Marc Beer was done starting companies- until he met a doctor who could help patients with a rare and terrible disease.
Tackling Medicaid Is Key to Health Care Reform Rollout
THE TEAM TO TOP- Agustino Fontevecchia
Real Madrid bucked Spain’s meltdown to become the world’s most valuable sports franchise.
SOLVE PUZZLE, GET JOB- George Anders
Startups are changing the rules for recruiting programmers: Give them zombie math games.
IS THIS THE FASTEST-GROWING GAME COMPANY EVER?- Karsten Strauss
In less than a year Supercell has launched two of the biggest apps in Apple’s history. It’s now grossing $70 million- a month.
THE $500 AIR BAG FOR YOUR HEAD- Jeremy Bogaisky
A Swedish startup’s new helmet has cyclists buzzing. Will they buy it?
MAKE MONEY OFF DEADBEATS- William Baldwin
If your timing is good you can earn a nice return lending to subprime nations.
THE CONTRARIAN- David Dreman
This old bull still has legs.
INTRINSIC VALUE- John Linehan
Trains and gas and Bud… oh buy!
SCREEN TEST- Marc Gerstein
Goldilocks dividend stocks.
THE APPRENTICES- Meghan Casserly
Can entrepreneurship be taught? Enstitute takes a novel approach- giving (mostly) college dropouts two-year jobs with well-known founders.
BREAKING THE SOUND BARRIER- Ryan Mac
Red-hot social platform SoundCloud aims to democratize not just music but all audio experiences- and to make some money, too.
THE BEST LAID PLAN- Joann Muller
Nothing will halt Volkswagen Chief Martin Winterkorn’s audacious onslaught of the auto business. Not even Europe’s economy.
FULL LIST: THE GLOBAL 2000
A look at the world’s largest public companies.
MERCK ON THE SPOT- Matthew Herper
Ken Frazier; the pharma firm’s CEO, could make it the world’s greatest drug company again- if he can leave his own past behind.
SAFE AS HOUSES- Dorothy Pomerantz
Scripps Networks thrills investors by sticking close to home.
LIFE AFTER BARBIE- Abram Brown
In an era when iPad apps and videogames practically demand children’s attention, Mattel continues to lead by innovating with its old-school plastic playthings.
RYAN KAVANAUGH’S RISKY BUSINESS- Dorothy Pomerantz
Tinseltown’s boy wonder, now backed by Ron Burkle, is betting he can transform Relativity Media from a film financer into a global powerhouse.
WHO GETS THE GAS?- Christopher Helman
Cheniere Energy wants to turn the U.S. natural gas boom into a new American export. Chemical company CEOs have allied with Washington regulators to hamper its cause. So much for free markets.
THE REVENGE OF KIM DOTCOM- Andy Greenberg
The FBI and the movie studios executed his last company. His new startup- with 3 million users in less than three months- won’t be so easy to kill.
THE ERA OF THE $100 MILLION HOUSE- Morgan Brennan
Real estate is back: Nine-figure cribs are moving.
On North Korea.