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Michael Jackson, Inc.

February 28th, 2014 by Zack | 3 Comments

Zack’s latest book will be published by Simon & Schuster’s Atria imprint on June 3rd, 2014.


Diddy and Jerry Seinfeld on the cover of Forbes

July 3rd, 2012 by Zack | No Comments


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

March 12th, 2012 by Zack | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 | No Comments

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 [...]


The 50 Cent Machine

November 23rd, 2010 by Zack | 1 Comment

Curtis ”50 Cent” Jackson is hedging against the music industry’s whims with the help of an African billionaire.


Zack O'Malley Greenburg is a Forbes senior editor and author of the Jay-Z biography Empire State of Mind. His second book, Michael Jackson, Inc, will be released by Simon & Schuster's Atria imprint in June. Zack covers the business of music in The Beat Report at Forbes, where he's tackled topics from public pension fund scandals to Justin Bieber's career as a venture capitalist. He's also written for the Washington Post, Vibe, Sports Illustrated and McSweeney's; appeared as a guest speaker at Yale, Harvard, Georgetown and SXSW; and served as an expert source for BBC, NPR, MTV, VH1 & 60 Minutes. Full bio here.


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