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Justin Bieber, Venture Capitalist: The Forbes Cover Story

March 5th, 2015 by Zack | Comments Off

Justin Bieber, Venture Capitalist: The Forbes Cover Story Forbes, 05.16.12 By Zack O’Malley Greenburg 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. Leaning on a soundboard in a Hollywood recording studio, [...]


Empire State of Mind

February 28th, 2014 by Zack | 3 Comments

The definitive Jay Z biography, updated with two new chapters and a fresh afterword.


Diddy and Jerry Seinfeld on the cover of Forbes

July 3rd, 2012 by Zack | Comments Off


Jon Bon Jovi: Still Rockin’ — And Making A Killing

March 12th, 2012 by Zack | Comments Off

Over the past 12 months Bon Jovi earned more than Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Katy Perry–combined. How did that happen?


Secret Agent

March 12th, 2012 by Zack | Comments Off

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

March 12th, 2012 by Zack | Comments Off

Branson B. introduced rap’s royalty with fine champagne. Now he’s trying to make his own brand of bubbly pop in a crowded marketplace.


Wiz Khalifa’s High Earnings

March 2nd, 2012 by Zack | Comments Off

Wiz Khalifa’s High Earnings Forbes, 08.09.11 By Zack O’Malley Greenburg 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. The Camp Bisco music festival in upstate New York is a morass of sunburned teenagers stumbling around drunkenly in the [...]


Saving The Union (Pacific)

March 2nd, 2012 by Zack | Comments Off

Saving The Union (Pacific) Forbes, 10.13.09 Despite a billion-dollar government mandate and the worst recession in memory, chief James Young is putting the country’s oldest railroad back on track. On the fringe of Council Bluffs, Iowa, where the windows are cracked and rust clings to the hubcaps of dilapidated Cadillacs, the future of American railroading [...]


Akon’s Recession-Proof Tune

March 2nd, 2012 by Zack | Comments Off

Akon’s Recession-Proof Tune Forbes, 07.09.09 By Zack O’Malley Greenburg One sweet-singing impresario is thriving amid rap’s recession. Ten minutes before the start of a benefit concert at Harlem’s Apollo Theater, and rapper-singer-songwriter Akon is brawling with his deejay over how to hook a stodgy crowd of Manhattan philanthropists at the 2009 Do Something Awards. “We [...]


The Man Who Invented Hip-Hop

January 16th, 2011 by Zack | Comments Off

The Man Who Invented Hip-Hop Forbes, 07.09.09 By Zack O’Malley Greenburg Afrika Bambaataa is credited with creating a musical movement, but he’s no cash king. It’s about an hour past lunchtime, and the man who invented hip-hop is nowhere to be found. The restaurant on Lenox Avenue where we’d planned to meet is closed–and has [...]


Zack O'Malley Greenburg is the senior editor of media & entertainment at Forbes and author of two books: Michael Jackson, Inc and the Jay Z biography Empire State of Mind. In a decade at Forbes, Zack has investigated topics from pension fund scandals to Katy Perry's touring business to Wu-Tang Clan's secret album. His work has also appeared in the Washington Post, Billboard, Sports Illustrated, McSweeney's and Vibe; he's served as an expert source for BBC, NPR, MTV, NY Times and 60 Minutes, and as a speaker at SXSW, TEDx, Georgetown, Harvard and Yale, his alma mater. A recovering child actor, he played the title role in film Lorenzo's Oil (1992). Zack is now writing a new book, THREE KINGS, which will be published in 2017 by Little, Brown. Get Zack's quarterly email updates | Full bio

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