Michael Jackson

\The rags-to-riches story of how Michael Jackson grew a billion dollar business. Scheduled for release on 6/3/14 — PRE-ORDER HERE.

Michael Jackson, Inc. reveals the incredible rise, fall, and rise again of Michael Jackson’s fortune — driven by the unmatched perfectionism of the King of Pop. Forbes senior editor Zack O’Malley Greenburg uncovers never-before-told stories from interviews with more than 100 people, including music industry veterans Berry Gordy, John Branca, Teddy Riley, Marty Bandier and Walter Yetnikoff; artists 50 Cent, Sheryl Crow, Pharrell Williams, Slash, Diddy and Jon Bon Jovi; and members of the Jackson family.

Other insights come from court documents and Jackson’s private notes, some of them previously unpublished. Through Greenburg’s novelistic telling, a clear picture emerges of Jackson’s early years, his rise to international superstardom, his decline—fueled by demons internal and external, as well as the dissolution of the team that helped him execute his best business moves—and, finally, his financial life after death.

Underlying Jackson’s unique history is the complex but universal tale of the effects of wealth and fame on the human psyche. A valuable case study for generations of entertainers to come and for anyone interested in show business, Michael Jackson, Inc. tells the story of a man whose financial feats, once obscured by his late-life travails, have become an enduring legacy.

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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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Zack is available for speaking engagements related to music, business and media, as well as his books, Empire State of Mind and Michael Jackson, Inc. To inquire about his availability, please click here.

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