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Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?
Who Wants To Be A Billionaire?
Special Feature:
America's Most Promising Companies
February 11, 2013
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"The Share Economy" focuses on how multibillion-dollar businesses are created out of everyday products and events such as homes, cars, dog and cat sitting, and clothing. See "America's Most Promising Companies" with 3Cinteractive who connect companies with their customers through mobile alerts and messages, the new snack Popchips that is confidently following the lead of Vitaminwater's booming business, and fifty small busniesses on the radar for success. Plus: a small Canadian company creates a splash in the fracking war in the United States. 

WHO WANTS TO BE A BILLIONAIRE?

FACT & COMMENT- Steve Forbes
Obama’s ugly foreign policy legacy.

LEADERBOARD
BILLIONAIRE BISTRO
Settle into the Four Seasons’ Grill Room for a peek at the power elite.

WELCOME TO THE CLUB
We’ve uncovered 28 ten-figure fortunes in the last three months. Plus: up-and-comers.

SCORECARD
Sheldon Adelson gains $2.5 billion; Dan Snyder loses his star quarterback.

FORBES MAKEOVER
We give sneaker king Phil Knight’s wardrobe a workout- and critique the new look.

BROKEDOWN PALACES
There goes the neighborhood: five mansions mired in foreclosure, bankruptcy and lawsuits. Plus: A million-dollar Bible.

KINGS OF THE COURT
Led by Kobe Bryant, the NBA’s ten highest-paid stars are set to earn $340 million this year.

ACTIVE CONVERSATION
Readers weigh in on Michelle Obama’s favorite fashionista and David Karp’s shirtsleeves.

THOUGHT LEADERS
CURRENT EVENTS- David Malpass
The battle to limit government: America needs to win now.

CAPITAL FLOWS- Mark Spitznagel
The role of capital has politicians confused.

INNOVATION RULES- Rich Karlgaard
Atoms versus bits: where to find innovation.

STRATEGIES
READY FOR TAKEOFF- Daniel Fisher
United Technologies’ Louis Chenevert bet more than $1 billion on a risky new jet engine technology- and won one of the more important contracts in aviation.

ONCE UPON A SODA- David M. Ewalt
Consulting firm Starlight Runner helps movie directors like James Cameron- and big brands from Coca-Cola to Mattel to Pepperidge Farm-keep their stories straight.

ENTREPRENEURS
CALLING CHINA // GLOBETROTTERS- Parmy Olson
After Nokia canned them and their open source mobile platform, a group of engineers decided to relaunch and looked East. Good luck.

INVESTING
PRIVATE EQUITY FOR COUPON CLIPPERS- Tom Anderson
If you can stomach some risk, business development companies offer a big payout from small and midsize firms.

PORTFOLIO STRATEGY- Ken Fisher
With stocks, size matters.

SMALL STOCKS- Jim Oberweis
Slow growth, big potential.

THE PATIENT INVESTOR- John W. Rogers, Jr.
Return to the old normal.

COVER STORY
THE SHARE ECONOMY- Tomio Geron
Consumers are building multibillion-dollar marketplaces for sharing cars, homes bicycles, driveways, and tools. In looking for a better deal and extra income, they’re reshaping business.

AMERICA’S MOST PROMISING COMPANIES
UNHOLY TRINITY- J.J. Colao
Creative tension among its confounders keep 3Cinteractive in the forefront of connecting brand advertisers and their customers via mobile. Can they stay on top of this rapidly morphing business?

COPYCAT- Meghan Casserly
Keith Beilling’s plan for the cool snack food popchips is modeled on the outrageous success of vitaminwater, from its private equity backing down to its celebrity shilling. Crazy- or can lightning strike twice?

THE NIFTY 50- Edited by J.J. Colao and Emily Canal
You may not have heard of them, but these small, high-powered private companies are soaring.

FEATURES
A KINDER GENTLER KKR // CHANGE AGENTS- Halah Touryalai
The barbarians who made billions pioneering Wall Street’s hostile leveraged buyouts now want to be Main Street’s go-to investor.

FRACKING FOR URANIUM- Christopher Helman
Deep in the heart of the Texas oil and gas boom, a tiny Canadian company has found a novel way to dredge up fuel for nuclear reactors. And prompted the most unusual battlefront in America’s war over fracking.

BOSTON BULLISH- Tom Van Riper
Money man Wyc Grousbeck and his partners have made a killing owning the Celtics. Time to sell? No way, they say. Is this love or just smart business?

LIFE
PANTS PERFECT- Bruce Upbin
High-tech office wear comes in from the cold.