October 30, 2013 |
Russian President Vladimir Putin is the most powerful person in the world, outflanking President Obama, whose authority was damaged by the recent government shutdown and budget crisis, Forbes magazine reported Wednesday in its annual rankings of global movers and shakers. The list of 72 power brokers -- one for every 100 million people on Earth -- included 17 heads of state and 27 industry leaders, the youngest in each category being North Korea's 30-year-old leader Kim Jong Un and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, 29. It was only the second time in Obama's presidency that he failed to top the list, and Forbes' rationale in awarding the No. 1 spot to Putin seemed more Obama's failing than the Kremlin leader's accomplishment.
August 14, 2013 |
"Fifty Shades of Grey" author E.L. James has dethroned the writing masters (and earners) of the universe with her addictive S&M trilogy. On Sunday, Forbes released its yearly top-earning authors list , with a new name leading the pack: James. The "Twilight" fan fiction-turned-smutty trilogy has netted James, nee Erika Leonard, an estimated $95 million in earnings from June 2012 to June 2013, and this is before the inevitable film adaptation due in August of next year. There are a lot of formulas that lead to inclusion on this list -- No. 2, James Patterson ($91 million)
August 28, 2013 |
Madonna is 2013's top-earning celebrity, according to Forbes. The "MDNA" rock star is said to have earned an estimated $125 million between June 2012 and June 2013, the mag said. Sales for her last album, "MDNA," were poor, but "MDNA's" corresponding tour , which happened to coincide with her powerhouse halftime-show performance at the 2012 Super Bowl, bolstered her earnings big time. The tour grossed $305 million, according to the mag, thanks to fans who shelled out "upwards of $100 a ticket" to hear the Material Girl's classic hits like "Vogue" and "Like a Virgin.
May 6, 2013 |
Tim Tebow may not have won the Super Bowl, or any other pro sports championship. He hasn't won any Olympic medals either. Heck, he doesn't even have a job. Yet, the recently released backup quarterback for the New York Jets topped Forbes magazine's list of America's most influential athletes of 2013, which utilized surveys of U.S. fans by Nielsen and E-Poll Market Research. The athletes he beat out included three 2012 Olympic gold-medal winners...
September 5, 2012 |
The Dallas Cowboys have won one playoff game since the turn of the century, but for the second straight year they are the most valuable NFL commodity, according to an annual survey released Wednesday by Forbes. The Cowboys are worth $2.10 billion, nearly double the league average of $1.11 billion, which increased 7 percent from last season. The Cincinnati Bengals are the only NFL team not to increase in value, staying at $871 million, which ranks 26 in the 32-team league. The Jacksonville Jaguars are ranked 32. That franchise was sold for $770 million in January.
November 17, 2009
Re "Forbes' recognition of cartel boss irks Mexicans," Nov. 14 This article, while newsworthy, appropriately deserved to be exiled to Page A23. It is repugnant for any publication, especially one as revered as Forbes, to showcase a despicable drug trafficker on its purported list of "movers and shakers." No doubt there are many criminals who are very powerful, having profited from crime and the degradation it brings to civilized society. To elevate such miscreants to any semblance of status, however, is a decision that Forbes should regret.
March 4, 2013 |
This post has been corrected. See below for details. The list of the world's ultimate 1% has grown: Forbes magazine said its tally of billionaires around the globe climbed 16% over last year. Topping the list is Carlos Slim, a telecommunications mogul from Mexico with a reported net worth of $73 billion. Microsoft Corp.'s Bill Gates came in second place, again, with a net worth of $67 billion. Other notables saw their places drop as their bank accounts were squeezed in the last year.
September 3, 1989
Inquiring minds want to know: Can Forbes write it off on taxes? I have a special birthday soon, and I know my family and many friends would enjoy a party. We'll fly the Concorde to Morocco and rent a castle from the rich and famous if Uncle Sam will underwrite the fun. Californians will also want to know if Gov. George Deukmejian lists this travel on his gifts while in office. MARIE SMITH, Palos Verdes Estates
September 16, 2013 |
Five years after the financial crisis, the mega-rich have regained all the wealth they lost during the recession, setting a new record value for combined net worth, according to Forbes' 400 richest Americans list released Monday . The annual report showed that America's wealthiest have a combined net worth of $2.02 trillion, the highest value ever recorded by Forbes. That's up from $1.7 trillion a year ago. Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates took the top spot for the 20th year in a row. His net worth is $72 billion, up from $66 billion a year ago. Top 10 richest people ever led by 14th century African king Warren Buffet, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., came in second place with a net worth of $58.5 billion, up from $46 billion a year earlier. The Forbes report said that the wealthy have been boosted by the rising stock market and real estate, which have recovered strongly since the economic downturn. The top 10 included Larry Ellison, co-founder of Oracle Corp.
May 1, 2009 |
As we saw again last weekend, the Boston Red Sox and the New York Yankees dominate the hype, but in a Forbes magazine ranking of the best rivalries in baseball, the East Coast arch-foes rated only second. In first place? The Dodgers and the San Francisco Giants. From the magazine: "One of baseball's most enduring rivalries, the Giants have a slight edge over the Dodgers -- 1,154 wins to 1,133 -- in this series, which has always been competitive.