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Apr 06, 2014
COVER STORY The Art Of Living: Inside Trevor Traina's Pacific Heights Home - Forbes
I’ve spent my entire life as a connector of people,” Trevor Traina says in his cozy San Francisco den. It’s the end of a long day that some would find exhilarating, others exhausting and Traina simply typical.  More ...
Jan 05, 2012
The Dream Island - Forbes
“When Alive, He Lived,” reads the memorial to FORBES’ late editor-in-chief, Malcolm Forbes, on a palm-shaded lawn overlooking his beloved, green-as-money Laucala Island, a 3,000-acre shoe-shaped Valhalla in the eastern Fijian islands.  More ...
Oct 24, 2011
The Bund Is Back - Forbes
  The Bund, a ¾-MILE length of Shanghai waterfront, was the epicenter of power, style and decadence in the 1920s and 1930s, when the city was known as the Paris of the Orient. It was where Europeans and Americans flocked to find an accessible swatch of the vast and unfamiliar continent beyond the headlands--and where the international language of beauty and glamour was often expressed, even among Western women, in a tight silk cheongsam.  More ...
Apr 25, 2011
Page Turners; The Book Lover's Hall of Fame - Forbes
Five go-to Names in the book lover's Hall of Fame.  Above: Peter Harrington Booked Up Writer Larry McMurtry has a second career as a rare book dealer. He's converted his hometown of Archer City, Tex.  More ...
Feb 25, 2011
The Happiest Hotel on Earth - Forbes
The squeaky-mouse sounds emanate from dozens of tiny shoes scampering across the floors of the White Swan Hotel's gargantuan pink marble lobby. The noisy shoes--all the rage in China--are gifts to children newly adopted by American parents.  More ...
Oct 22, 2010
Dream Hideaways: The Eugenia, Bangkok - Forbes
The Eugenia, Bangkok Of course. Please come over," the polite voice at reception encouraged me when I asked whether the Eugenia was still open. I had arrived in Bangkok in the middle of last May's antigovernment Red Shirt Riots, and the Eugenia--a Relais & Châteaux member, 12-suite boutique hotel located on a quiet side street of the then-shuttered Sukhumvit business district--happens to be next to the prime minister's residence.  More ...
Oct 22, 2010
Laos By Motorcycle - Forbes
"We will be serving drinks and snakes, " announced the captain of our Lao Airlines prop flight from Bangkok to the Laotian capital of Vientiane. At last, I thought, a respite from bland airline food! As it turned out, the pilot was mispronouncing snacks, but I would in fact have ample opportunity for sampling snake during ten days of motorcycling around Laos--and nothing was bland at all.  More ...
Sep 09, 2010
Best Stories from ForbesLife 20th Anniverary: Melee On Everest - Forbes
I stood in the sharp sunlight near my tent at Nepal's Everest Base Camp, sipping a mug of tea and scanning the route I was to take for my summit push the next day. After almost two months of acclimating on Mount Everest and filming for the Discovery Channel I was eager to take a crack at the top.  More ...
Sep 15, 2008
Status Kuo: Reviving Forgotten Chinese Crafts Is More Than A Sheep Trick - Forbes
My grandmother, an elegant woman who toured China in the early decades of the 20th century,  brought back a collection of tiny cloisonné boxes to decorate her living room. They were precious little affairs with bands of colored enamel in flowery patterns between brass wires.  More ...
Jun 16, 2008
Cover Story: Stand Up Guy - Forbes
Paddle Surfing Could be the Biggest Thing to Come Out of Hawaii Since "Tiny Bubbles." I am at a stage in life where an absence of time and stamina advises against taking up certain activities with any hope for proficiency.  More ...
Apr 25, 2008
Dominican Republic - Forbes
  Dominican Republic Punta Cana: Yes, you can leave New York after the closing bell and still make landfall in time for dinner and a stogie at this beachside jungle getaway. What is even more remarkable is that, despite the sprawl, there are still places in Punta Cana to get away from it all in luxurious privacy.  More ...
Mar 01, 2008
Crockery Hunter - Forbes
 One morning last November, in a special private skybox overlooking Sotheby’s New York main auction gallery, Richard Baron Cohen, 50, was growing despondent. “This is a collector’s worst nightmare,” he said.  More ...
Dec 11, 2007
Poster Boy - Forbes
Dwight Cleveland, a 48-year-old Chicago real estate developer, stares intently as a dry-cleaning squeegee steams the outermost poster from an old movie theater display board he picked up from an antiques dealer in Duluth, Minnesota.  More ...
Oct 29, 2007
Cover Story: Hawaiian Dynasty--The Parker Ranch - Forbes
Cover StoryHawaiian Dynasty For 160 years the Parker family ruled Hawaii's Big Island. Today their 150,000-acre ranch is a slice of paradise open to all. The Big Island of Hawaii is one of the strongest drugs you can buy without a prescription.  More ...
Oct 29, 2007
The Alisal: Horse for the Holidays - Forbes
Santa Ynez Valley: There are few things more worth getting out of bed for thana horse waiting to carry you over the oak-etched Santa Ynez mountains before the morning sun has yanked the Alisal Guest Ranch out of the shadows.  More ...
Apr 23, 2007
Trekker - Forbes
Science-fiction legend Ray Bradbury's idea of exotic travel has always been a little bit...different. Few people have covered more intellectual and physical territory than Ray Bradbury, author of 58 books, including Fahrenheit 451, The Martian Chronicles, The Illustrated Man and other required reading for modern civilization, both domestic and extraterrestrial.  More ...
Apr 23, 2007
Lenin Slept Here: St. Pete's Hotel Astoria - Forbes
RUSSIA St. Petersburg: For those who expect the Hotel Astoria, St. Petersburg's most glamorous hotel, to be anything like its newer, glitzier competitors on the nearby Nevsky Prospekt, the first sight of the stark, even forbidding building across from St.  More ...
Mar 12, 2007
Fashion House - Forbes
There have been milestones in the 16 years of this magazine's life span. In 1991, we announced that the Soviet government was going to auction off the embalmed corpse of Lenin. In 1995, we were credited with forcing NATO's intervention during the Balkan crisis.  More ...
Nov 23, 2006
Bologna, the Fat One - Forbes
Bologna: As the capital of Italy's Emilia-Romagna region, which brought the world prosciutto, tortellini, Bolognese sauce and other culinary wonders, Bologna is so blessed that asking a local to choose a favorite eatery is like asking Hugh Hefner to choose a favorite month.  More ...
Oct 30, 2006
Sport School for Skids - Forbes
  MotoVentures students are requested to bring an exceptional sense of balance, flawless timing and ball-bearings of steel.  More ...
Sep 18, 2006
The Right Touch - Forbes
      Peter Westbrook is discovering future Olympic fencing champions in New York's inner city.   Scanning the team photos cluttering the walls of the venerable New York Fencers Club on West 25th Street, it would be a cinch to presume that the "Sport of Princes" was the exclusive domain of Waspish-looking men with upper lips as stiff as a Park Avenue cocktail.  More ...
Jun 19, 2006
Mixed Media - Forbes
WHERE MEN HIDE, by James B. Twitchell, photographs by Ken Ross; Columbia University Press; $25 Who knew that reaching for another “tall boy” in the Barcalounger could be so fraught with ancient, ritualistic meaning? James Twitchell does, and after reading this provocative book, you will, too.  More ...
May 08, 2006
Houdini in the Desert - Forbes
Copperfield has grossed $1 billion.   HOUDINI IN THE DESERT The greatest collection of magic in the world lies hidden inside a nondescript Las Vegas warehouse.  More ...
May 04, 2006
Presto: Your Own Collection - Forbes
New York - Collecting magic memorabilia is a complicated business. Not only are there many different collectibles subsets--from magician’s throw cards to large scale illusions--but the prices can be affected by movies and books.  More ...
Apr 24, 2006
It's De Limit, It's Deluxe, It's De-Lovely - Forbes
Jazz Age architects Schultze and Weaver ushered in the era of luxury hotels with masterpieces like the Waldorf-Astoria, The Breakers and the Los Angeles Biltmore. Eighty-five years later, their work is getting a second look.  More ...
Dec 12, 2005
My Father's Library - Forbes
One man spent a lifetime collecting the books that would teach his son about life--even after they started disappearing. During the months after my father's debilitating stroke, his second wife divorced him, his bank accounts were emptied, his furniture disappeared, the cat ran away and a trio of booksellers purchased his book collection.  More ...
Oct 31, 2005
Hotel National, Moscow - Forbes
  Moscow: The formidable Hotel National, within easy rifle range of Red Square, is one of the 20th century's great survivors. Now being run to five-star standards by Le Meridien Hotels and Resorts, this 1903 eclectic art nouveau jewel is reclaiming its czarist-era prominence as Moscow's most elegant hotel.  More ...
Apr 25, 2005
Landlord's Fantasy: Henry Darger's Nonrefundable Deposit - Forbes
Your mysterious tenant dies, leaving behind $2 million in odd art. Talk about nonrefundable deposits.What was he up to all those years in that cold and shabby room? Other tenants could hear him shouting late at night, arguing--though Henry Darger lived alone.  More ...
Apr 07, 2005
Iron Giants - Forbes
L.A.'s Petersen Automotive Museum has gathered the classic muscle cars of the '60s and '70s. Their brawny beauty hasn't changed, but the price tags have. Long before airbags, headrests, cup holders and other such clutter, there were muscle cars.  More ...
Nov 12, 2001
Into Finn Air - Forbes
Mayhem erupts on Mt. Everest as an e-mail goes astray. "It's all bullshit on Everest these days."--Sir Edmund Hillary I stood in the sharp sunlight near my tent at Nepal's Everest Base Camp, in May 2000, sipping a mug of tea and scanning the route I was to take for my summit push the next day.  More ...
Jun 11, 2001
Austrian Attitude - Forbes
A pair of Viennese turned a shoddy Soviet-era camera into a fad item. What makes them think they can do the same for a wireless device? Second acts--even for a marketing whiz like Richard Branson-- are tough to pull off.  More ...
Apr 25, 1998
The Legion marches on - Forbes
So, are you ready to join?" the recruiting Sergeant glowers at me. "Can I bring my wife?" I gamely counter. The Sergeant looks at me as if calculating where he wants to stick the bayonet.  More ...
Mar 09, 1998
Basket Cases - Forbes
TO PARAPHRASE TOLSTOY, ALL GOOD HOT-air balloon landings resemble each other. Each bad landing is bad in its own way.The good landings, which occur more than 99.9% of the time, usually go something like this: your chase crew have successfully followed you in their van to the spot where you want to touch down.  More ...
Nov 17, 1997
How I Spent My Summit Vacation - Forbes
On my first morning approaching Aconcagua, I unzipped my tent and came face-to-face with my pack mule. Unfortunately, he was dead. His eyes were frozen in a determined expression, as if before expiring he had finally made up his mind to approach me and ask for a raise.  More ...
Aug 16, 1997
Vive L'Amerique! Vive Budweiser! Vive Mickey! - Forbes
I opened my bank account in Paris with a bank representative whose last name was, reassuringly enough, Million. Returning to my office after interminable form filling I was promptly called by Monsieur Million who invited me to his family's home that evening for dinner.  More ...
Jul 12, 1997
French Paperwork -- a moveable feast for the 90s - Forbes
Hemingway labeled his memories of the years spent savoring Paris' wine, women and Stein "A Moveable Feast." I am fond of this city, too, and thanks to Paris' omnipresent bureaucracy, my favorite souvenirs are almost equally portable; my wallet is bulging with multicolored fiches, tickets, resus, cartes and other numbered, stamped and triplicated delights.  More ...
Nov 25, 1996
Hemingway's Apartment: The Price Also Rises - Forbes
  "Home in the rue Cardinal Lemoine was a two-room flat that had no hot water and no inside toilet facilities except an anti-septic container, not uncomfortable to anyone who was used to a Michigan outhouse.  More ...