Welcome to Forbes for March 10th, 2014 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles.
In the cover story, we'll tell you about, “Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg and the Rise of Women Billionaires” - The biggest group ever of new women billionaires swells their ranks to new highs, in both numbers and percentage (just over 10%). Leading the charge: a new Facebook billionaire who wants more women to follow in her shoes.
Also, “Inside the 2014 Forbes Billionaires List: Facts and Figures” - The ranks of the world’s billionaires continue to scale new heights–and stretch to new corners of the world. Our global wealth team found 1,645 billionaires with an aggregate net worth of $6.4 trillion, up from $5.4 trillion a year ago.
Next, “James Packer's Next Big Gamble Is on Hollywood” - At 46, Packer is finally emerging from the long shadow of his father - the late media mogul Kerry Packer - to come into his own as Australia’s second-richest person, with an estimated fortune of $6.5 billion.
Then, “Ukraine: A Mistake Moscow Will Regret” - With Russia's seizure of Crimea (and who knows how much else of Ukraine) Vladimir Putin has made a strategic blunder that could rival the Soviet Union’s invasion of Afghanistan in 1979.
We'll also tell you about, “Charlie Ergen's Long Winning Streak: Nine Key Moments” - He rose from blackjack hustler to media king with bold gambles and shrewd hedges. Now Ergen’s got a $15 billion fortune and 14 million subscribers to his DISH Network — plus almost as many enemies.
Followed by, “Inside the Facebook-WhatsApp Megadeal: The Courtship, the Secret Meetings, the $19 Billion Poker Game” - Buying the world’s biggest and most reclusive messaging service took more than just money: months of gaining its founders' trust and a promise of independence.
And in our final story, “What the World's Wealthiest Can Buy with Their Billions: Hair Dye and Hermès for Everyone!” Billionaires buy crazy toys. Financier Leon Black reportedly threw down $120 million for Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” and Oracle founder Larry Ellison shelled out an estimated $300 million building the fastest sailboat in the world. What if, instead, billionaires blew their entire fortunes on ordinary things, like the products that made them rich in the first place? We did the math to see what their billions could buy.
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