OLD Media Moves

Covering the billionaire beat

October 28, 2012

Posted by Chris Roush

Christine Haughney of The New York Times writes about the latest issue of Bloomberg Markets, which features 200 billionaires and aims to cut into Forbes long-held dominance in covering the super rich.

Haughney writes, “The latest issue is part of Bloomberg’s broader plan to capture a reporting thread that Forbes has dominated for decades. Last year, Matthew G. Miller, former global wealth editor at Forbes Media, said that at Forbes he had been struggling to cover the wealthy with a rapidly diminishing pool of reporters. When he moved to Bloomberg last year, he suddenly had its 1,600 journalists spread across 72 countries to help him cover the world’s billionaires.

“In March, Bloomberg started publishing on its terminal a ranking of the world’s billionaires that it updates daily based on how their fortunes are doing. Mr. Miller said that since he came on board last year, Bloomberg reporters have discovered more than 40 hidden billionaires. These billionaires include several women that the Forbes list had not uncovered like Elaine Marshall, a major shareholder of Koch Industries, and Dirce Camargo, Brazil’s richest woman, who is worth $13.4 billion.

“‘Our reporters are essentially billionaire-hunters,’ said Mr. Miller. ‘Our reporters are constantly calling these billionaires. Some of them are on speed-dial.’

“Bloomberg executives stressed how important this coverage is since these billionaires control so much of the world’s wealth. Ronald Henkoff, Bloomberg Markets’ editor, said the 200 billionaires on the Bloomberg list have a net worth of $2.7 trillion, which is about the gross domestic product of France. Matt Winkler, the editor in chief of Bloomberg News, said he planned to build on this coverage.”

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