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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, 08.09.11: 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, 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, 05.04.11: Secret Agent
Public pensions are $660 billion in the hole. Investment middleman Glen Sergeon illustrates how millions more are being lost to dubious dealings.

Forbes, 08.17.10: 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.

Forbes, 10.13.09: Saving the Union (Pacific)
Can James Young put America’s oldest railroad back on track?

Forbes, 07.09.09: Akon’s Recession-Proof Tune
One sweet-singing impresario is thriving amid the rap recession.

Forbes, 07.09.09: The Man Who Invented Hip Hop
Afrika Bambaataa helped create a musical movement, but he’s no cash king. That’s fine by him.

Forbes, 08.18.08: 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.

Zack O'Malley Greenburg is a Forbes senior editor and author of the Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind. His second, Michael Jackson, Inc, was released by Simon & Schuster in June. Zack covers the business of music in The Beat Report at Forbes, where he's investigated topics from public pension fund scandals to Justin Bieber's venture capital career to the inner workings of Diddy's empire. His writing has also appeared in the Washington Post, Billboard, Sports Illustrated, Vibe and McSweeney's; he's served as a speaker at Yale, Harvard and South by Southwest, and as an expert source for BBC, NPR, MTV, VH1 and CBS's 60 Minutes. Check out his full bio here.


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