Welcome to Forbes for July 14, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, "175 Years Later, The Mellons Have Never Been Richer. How'd They Do It?" Most of America's Gilded Age fortunes have dissipated over time. Yet, two centuries after Thomas Mellon arrived in America his family, the Mellons are worth $12 billion.
Also, "America's Richest Families: 185 Clans with Billion Dollar Fortunes" - The Waltons. The Kennedys. The Rockefellers. Forbes has compiled the first comprehensive ranking of the richest families in America, pinning down 185 billion-dollar dynasties collectively worth $1.2 trillion.
Next, "Sky Scrappers: World Trade Center Is a Risk for Everyone Involved - Except The Durst Family": To understand how the Dursts ended up running One World Trade you need to go back a decade and step through one of the most epic, controversial real estate sagas in New York City history.
Then, "How to Blow $9 Billion: The Fallen Stroh Family" - The Stroh's saga serves as a powerful reminder: Hard as it is to build a family business designed to last in perpetuity, it’s shockingly easy for any successor to tank it.
We'll also tell you about, "David Crane's Green Vision for Carbon-Belching NRG Energy" - NRG Energy is one of the nation's biggest operators of carbon-belching power plants. No wonder CEO David Crane is so keen to become the emperor of alternative energy.
Followed by, "That Sinking Feeling" - Every armchair pirate dreams of finding sunken treasure, but it turns out hauling up chests full of gold bars and pieces of eight is a lousy way to get rich.
And in our final story, "Vc View: Investable Trends" - Spot pricing for health care procedures will become the norm.
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