Welcome to Forbes for July 23rd, 2012 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story, we´ll tell you about ´´Sofia Vergara´s Rich Little Secret: A Multi Million Media Empire” – With little fanfare outside the insular Latino media community, Vergara and partner Luis Balaguer have shrewdly built up their company, Latin World Entertainment, from a Miami talent-management firm into a licensing, marketing, production and new-media powerhouse. Also, ´´The Next Media Jackpot: The Fight for the $1 Trillion Hispanic Market” – America´s Hispanic market has emerged as the biggest jackpot in media, with Disney, Comcast--and now News Corp.--battling for the $1 trillion prize. Next, ´´Five Guys Burgers: America´s Fastest Growing Restaurant Chain” – In less than a decade Five Guys Burgers has grown from 5 locations to over 1,000, largely because father knows best. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Why the World Is Now Coming to America for Oil” – Norway´s national oil company is betting $20 billion that the future of the energy business lies under the U.S. They´re not alone. Then, ´´No Factories, No Phones, No Fuss: How Qualcomm Grabs Wireless Profits” – How CEO Paul Jacobs keeps the cellphone-chip company above the fray. Followed by, ´´Xiaomi´s Lei Jun: China´s Answer to Steve Jobs?” Lei Jun is selling millions of groundbreaking smartphones--and attracting a cultlike following. And in our final story, ´´Be Like Warren Buffett: Sell Put Options” -- Profit from other investors´ anxieties. Sell them overpriced insurance. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/120723/pe_forb_120723_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for October 14th, 2013, from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. The cover story: ´´Can Twitter Save TV? (And Can TV Save Twitter?)´´ The hyped IPO lacks a real business plan. The television networks bleed viewers. Inside their plan to make billions together. Also… ´´Darwin´s Digital Darlings: How These Web 1.0 Companies Survived and Thrived´´. Many early dotcoms raised obscene amounts of private or public money on the strength of a story, rather than a business plan, much less a real product or service. Most perished during the meltdown. But a savvy few found ways to reinvent themselves, to survive - and thrive. Next… ´´Carnival´s Stalled Cruise: Can Micky Arison´s Handpicked Successor Right the Ship?´´ A daring string of massive acquisitions turned Carnival into the largest vacation company in the world. Now, after a series of crises and a 30 percent drop in earnings at the company, new CEO Arnold Donald insists he has a clear plan to get Carnival cruising again. Then… ´´Startup School: An MBA Designed for Entrepreneurs, Not I-Bankers´´. Ten-year-old Acton´s curriculum discards the traditional MBA silos of finance, accounting, and marketing to revolve around the entrepreneurial cycle of creating, growing, and selling a business. We´ll also tell you about… ´´Bill Pulte: From Home Builder to Detroit´s Unlikely Blight Buster´´. If there´s one thing Pulte Group has mastered over 60 years, it´s building homes efficiently. Now, Pulte´s Detroit Blight Authority is using that expertise to clear out the city´s blighted neighborhoods. Followed by… ´´Three Key Questions for Obamacare´s Rollout´´. President Obama´s signature health law achieved a major milestone on October 1, when its subsidized insurance exchanges went online. Obamacare is already reshaping the health insurance landscape. If you want to track how well the law is working, keep an eye on three key aspects of it. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/131014/pe_forb_131014_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Welcome to Forbes for September 26th, 2011 from Audible. This edition contains seven feature articles. In the cover story: ´´Exclusive Interview: Billionaire Ronald Perelman With His Dad” – LBO maestro Ron Perelman and his dad, Raymond, in an intimate conversation about rebellion, success, mistakes and the meaning of life. Also, ´´Sean Parker: Agent of Disruption” – An idea catalyst who, when combined with the right people, has fueled some of the most disruptive companies of the last two decades. We´ll also tell you about, ´´Ted Turner´s Plans to Save the World” – He long ago left CNN. But Ted Turner is still stirring up the world by threatening to save it. Next, ´´George Kaiser´s $10 Billion Bet” – He transformed a small Tulsa oil company into an energy empire. Can he get the same results investing in America´s poorest kids? Then, ´´Connecting With Art: An Inside Look Into a Billionaire´s Art Collection” – Norman and Irma Braman have built a $900 million collection, not just by writing big checks. Followed by, ´´My War on Drug Laws” – Progressive Insurance chairman Peter Lewis has invested many years and millions of dollars into getting marijuana legalized. He tells us why. And in our final story, ´´Courting Every Voter in America” – Edwin Durgy wants to blow up the Electoral College. His team is halfway there. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Ken Borgers. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/forb/110926/pe_forb_110926_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Conservative icon Steve Forbes returns with his most powerful and provocative ideas yet. The United States has been through one of the most tumultuous decades in recent history. Polls show people on both sides of the ideological divide believe that the country has gone off track. If something isn´t done quickly, Americans face a bleak future - continuing decline and disarray in a world that grows ever more dangerous. Steve Forbes, two-time candidate for the GOP presidential nomination and Forbes Media Chairman, explains how today´s malaise has been caused by years of Obama´s destructive policies, a broken tax system, and the Federal Reserve´s Soviet-style controls over credit and money. The problems are challenging. But Forbes tells us that with the right policies, the country can bounce back faster than people think. In this compelling and much-needed book, he sets forth a three-part plan to revive America. Patient-driven health care: The problem with health care, Forbes says, is that Big Government, health insurance companies, and employers are in control, not you, the patient. The key to getting high-quality, affordable health care is increasing competition and choice - and putting patients in charge. Enact a flat tax: Today´s complex, corrupt tax code must be scrapped. The best answer is a simple flat tax. Forbes shows how this very bold reform would free America from the IRS and unleash an unprecedented wave of prosperity. A sound dollar as good as gold: With its ever-fluctuating ´´fiat´´ dollar, the Federal Reserve has blocked a real recovery and is the prime cause of today´s stagnant, crisis-ridden economy. The answer? Take the dollar out of the hands of the Washington politicians by returning to a monetary system with the value of the dollar linked to gold. A clear and vital guide, Reviving America shows how the United States can recover the optimism and entreprene 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steve Forbes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/graw/000187/bk_graw_000187_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Winner of both the Harper Lee Award and the Richard Wright Award for Literary Excellence, Carolyn Haines has thrilled countless readers with her Sarah Booth Delaney mysteries. Here, Sarah investigates when two wealthy heiresses claim a four-million-dollar family necklace was stolen. All the evidence points to insurance fraud, but when Sarah starts poking into the family’s dark secrets, one of the heiresses disappears. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kate Forbes. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/004676/bk_reco_004676_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
It was the most expensive bottle of wine ever sold. In 1985, at a heated auction by Christie´s of London, a 1787 bottle of Château Lafite Bordeaux - one of a cache of bottles unearthed in a bricked-up Paris cellar and supposedly owned by Thomas Jefferson - went for $156,000 to a member of the Forbes family. The discoverer of the bottle was pop-band manager turned wine collector Hardy Rodenstock, who had a knack for finding extremely old and exquisite wines. But rumors about the bottle soon arose. Why wouldn´t Rodenstock reveal the exact location where it had been found? Was it part of a smuggled Nazi hoard? Or did his reticence conceal an even darker secret? It would take more than two decades for those questions to be answered and involve a gallery of intriguing players - among them Michael Broadbent, the bicycle-riding British auctioneer who speaks of wines as if they are women and staked his reputation on the record-setting sale; Serena Sutcliffe, Broadbent´s elegant archrival, whose palate is covered by a hefty insurance policy; and Bill Koch, the extravagant Florida tycoon bent on exposing the truth about Rodenstock. Pursuing the story from Monticello to London to Zurich to Munich and beyond, Benjamin Wallace also offers a mesmerizing history of wine, complete with vivid accounts of subterranean European laboratories where old vintages are dated, and of Jefferson´s colorful, wine-soaked days in France, where he literally drank up the culture. Suspenseful, witty, and thrillingly strange, The Billionaire´s Vinegar is the vintage tale of what could be the most elaborate con since the Hitler diaries. It is also the debut of an exceptionally powerful new voice in narrative non-fiction. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dennis Boutsikaris. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/001480/bk_rand_001480_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The personally revealing and complete biography of the man known everywhere as ´´The Oracle of Omaha´´-for fans of the HBO documentary Becoming Warren Buffett Here is the book recounting the life and times of one of the most respected men in the world, Warren Buffett. The legendary Omaha investor has never written a memoir, but now he has allowed one writer, Alice Schroeder, unprecedented access to explore directly with him and with those closest to him his work, opinions, struggles, triumphs, follies, and wisdom. Although the media track him constantly, Buffett himself has never told his full life story. His reality is private, especially by celebrity standards. Indeed, while the homespun persona that the public sees is true as far as it goes, it goes only so far. Warren Buffett is an array of paradoxes. He set out to prove that nice guys can finish first. Over the years he treated his investors as partners, acted as their steward, and championed honesty as an investor, CEO, board member, essayist, and speaker. At the same time he became the world´s richest man, all from the modest Omaha headquarters of his company Berkshire Hathaway. None of this fits the term ´´simple.´´ When Alice Schroeder met Warren Buffett she was an insurance industry analyst and a gifted writer known for her keen perception and business acumen. Her writings on finance impressed him, and as she came to know him she realized that while much had been written on the subject of his investing style, no one had moved beyond that to explore his larger philosophy, which is bound up in a complex personality and the details of his life. Out of this came his decision to cooperate with her on the book about himself that he would never write. Never before has Buffett spent countless hours responding to a writer´s questions, talking, giving complete access to his wife, children, friends, and business associates-opening his files, recalling his childhood. It was an act of courage, as The Snowball makes immensely clear. Being human, his own life, like most lives, has been a mix of strengths and frailties. Yet notable though his wealth may be, Buffett´s legacy will not be his ranking on the scorecard of wealth; it will be his principles and ideas that have enriched people´s lives. This book tells you why Warren Buffett is the most fascinating American success story of our time. Praise for The Snowball ´´Even people who don´t care a whit about business will be intrigued by this portrait. . . . Schroeder, a former insurance-industry analyst, spent years interviewing Buffett, and the result is a side of the Oracle of Omaha that has rarely been seen.´´-Time ´´Will mesmerize anyone interested in who Mr. Buffett is or how he got that way. The Snowball tells a fascinating story.´´-New York Times ´´If the replication of any great achievement first requires knowledge of how it was done, then The Snowball, the most detailed glimpse inside Warren Buffett and his world that we likely will ever get, should become a Bible for capitalists.´´-Washington Post ´´Riveting and encyclopedic.´´-Wall Street Journal ´´A monumental biography . . . Schroeder got the best access yet of any Buffett biographer. . . . She deals out marvelously funny and poignant stories about Buffett and the conglomerate he runs, Berkshire Hathaway.´´-Forbes ´´The most authoritative portrait of one of the most important American investors of our time.´´-Los Angeles Times