FULL TEXT ARCHIVE
Zack is gradually moving the full text of some of his best articles to this website, lest they disappear into the web’s ether. Here are a few favorites:
Forbes magazine, 05.16.12
Justin Bieber, Venture Capitalist (cover story)
The 18-year-old idol remains a Hollywood force, having earned $108 million over the past two years. With several quiet tech startup investments–including Spotify–he’s now trying to make similar conquests in Silicon Valley.
Wiz Khalifa’s High Earnings
The Pittsburgh-bred rapper has transformed his affection for marijuana into a moneymaking marketing tool, and in the process, turned himself into a lucrative lifestyle brand.
Forbes magazine, 05.18.11
Jon Bon Jovi — Still Rocking, And Making A Killing
Over the past 12 months, Bon Jovi earned more than Justin Bieber, Kanye West and Katy Perry — combined. How did that happen?
Forbes magazine, 05.04.11
Public pensions are $660 billion in the hole. Investment middleman Glen Sergeon illustrates how millions more are being lost to dubious dealings.
The Sommelier of Hip-Hop
Branson B. introduced rap’s royalty to fine champagne. Now he’s trying to make his own brand of bubbly pop in a crowded marketplace.
Saving the Union (Pacific)
Can James Young put America’s oldest railroad back on track?
Akon’s Recession-Proof Tune
One sweet-singing impresario is thriving amid the rap recession.
The Man Who Invented Hip Hop
Afrika Bambaataa helped create a musical movement, but he’s no cash king. That’s fine by him.
The 50 Cent Machine
Curtis ”50 Cent” Jackson is hedging against the music industry’s whims with the help of an African billionaire.
Washington Post, 06.15.08
Lorenzo’s Oil — and Lorenzo’s Courage
Thoughts on the passing of Lorenzo Odone.
Yale Daily News Magazine, 2.12.07
On the Rail
Generations after the golden age of train travel, is there any romance left in the tracks?
Yale Daily News, 4.28.05
Bradley Beats Odds to Lead Elis
After nearly losing his life in a car crash, a gritty leadoff hitter sparks the Bulldogs.