Tag: Tycoons

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Uncontested: The Life of Donald Sterling

A profile of the Los Angeles Clippers owner, an oft-sued real estate baron with a documented racist streak and a penchant for heckling his own players, on the occasion of him winning an NAACP lifetime achievement award.

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Secrets, Schemes, and Lots of Guns: Inside John McAfee's Heart of Darkness

Why is an anti-virus software giant in the Belizean jungle surrounded by  gang members?

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The Mogul Who Made Justin Bieber

A profile of Scooter Braun.

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Our Billionaire Philanthropists

On the moral failure of über-wealthy do-gooders.

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Cocaine, Inc.

How a Mexican drug cartel makes its billions.

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The Last Days of MF Global

“Jon Corzine had never had anything to do with the futures business, had never run a public company, and hadn’t worked on Wall Street for a decade. His time there had ended badly. But by any reasonable standard, the former Goldman chief seemed almost embarrassingly overqualified. Says Flowers: ‘It seemed like we had more CEO than company.’”

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The Toughest Guy On Wall Street

A profile of Jamie Dimon as he became CEO of JP Morgan Chase.

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A Giant Among Giants

As it approaches a public offering, how Glencore—founded by the legendary fugitive March Rich—cornered the market for just about everything by working with dictators and spies.

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Disarming Viktor Bout

A profile of the world’s most notorious weapons trafficker.

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The Wrath of Putin

Putin v. Khodorkovsky:

Almost a decade ago, Mikhail Khodorkovsky, then the owner of the Yukos Oil Company and Russia’s richest man, completely miscalculated the consequences of standing up to Vladimir Putin, then Russia’s president. Putin had Khodorkovsky arrested, completely miscalculating the consequences of putting him in prison. During his eight years in confinement, Khodorkovsky has become Russia’s most trusted public figure and Putin’s biggest political liability. As long as Putin rules Russia and Khodorkovsky continues to act like Khodorkovsky, Khodorkovsky will remain in prison—and Putin will remain terrified of him.

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Whatever Happened to Ted Turner?

The Mouth of the South is leading a relatively quiet life.