Forbes Indonesia Magazine October 2013
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Welcome to our third anniversary issue. To celebrate, we offer this annual lifestyle and luxury issue, as living the good life has always been a big part of the Forbes brand. Whether it’s a passion for paragliding, chocolate, guitars, or beautiful resorts—or all of them combined, it doesn’t matter. These pursuits are legitimate expressions of creating happiness, as Forbes founder B.C. Forbes so aptly described as the purpose of business in the first issue of Forbes. In our lifestyle articles, we seek to infuse them with both life and style, and go beyond the usual hyperbole found in this type of coverage. The not-so-hidden agenda is that the luxury and lifestyle sectors are major business stories.
As we pass the three-year mark, there’s much worthy of reflection. The magazine continues to deliver a monthly package of solid editorial content that is exclusive to Forbes Indonesia and helps to chronicle the rise of one of the world’s most important economies. This saga will only get more interesting next year as the world’s third largest democracy gives the voting public a chance to select a new president—just as the global economy starts to enter a period of volatility.
In the past few months, the subjects of cover stories have included Coordinating Minister for Economic Affairs Hatta Rajasa, Saratoga founder Sandiaga Uno and Telkom President Director Arief Yahya. The biggest achievement came in Bali in September, when Indonesia was the venue for the Forbes Global CEO Conference. With the host sponsor as the Mayapada Group (whose founder, Dr. Tahir, is also the majority owner of the Forbes Indonesia license), the conference was a major success. Special Indonesian speakers at the event included the Coordinating Minister for the People’s Welfare Agung Laksono and former President B.J. Habibie. The guests at the event, who represented some of the world’s top tycoons, were treated to both the delights of Bali plus the substantive content in the conference hall.
Looking ahead, our planned issues for the remainder of the year should also prove noteworthy, as next month will feature our annual outlook on the economy package, with a roundup of views from some leading gurus on where the various economies are headed—Indonesia’s, Asia’s and the world’s. Then in December will be our ever-popular rich list. This ranking has for many years been kept at 40, as an one-tenth tribute to the original Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. Yet given the list’s popularity and by popular demand, these regional lists in Asia are all in the process of being expanded by 25%% to a list of 50 individuals. So some of the best is yet to come, a fitting description of what to expect as we embark on the fourth year.