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Read These 18 New Yorker Business Stories While You Still Can

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Here are BuzzFeed’s favorite business stories from the New Yorker’s newly free archives.

“The Search Party,” Ken Auletta (January 2008)

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How Google grew up to be more than a search engine and learned to be political.

“The Brass Ring,” Connie Bruck (June 2008)

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Sheldon Adelson made his billions in China, is one of the Republican Party’s biggest donors, and has had more influence over Israeli politics than any other foreigner besides the president he so opposes.

“Happy Feet,” Alexandra Jacobs (September 2009)

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The world’s nicest e-commerce comany grew so quickly that Amazon had to buy it.

“Creation Myth,” Malcolm Gladwell (May 2011)

Robert Galbraith / Reuters / Reuters

The story of how Steve Jobs, the man who became synonymous with innovative genius, got his greatest idea from a photocopier company’s research lab.

“A Woman’s Place,” Ken Auletta (July 2011)

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Sheryl Sandberg’s feminist awakening made the second-most important person at Facebook into one of the most important women in business.

“No Death, No Taxes,” George Packer (November 2011)

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Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel’s quest to abolish death and most of the federal government — and to pay some young techies to not go to college.

“House Perfect,” Lauren Collins (October 2011)

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The “extreme reactions” provoked by the “global functional minimalist” furniture empire.

“Reversal of Fortune,” Patrick Radden Keefe (January 2012)

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Ecuador fought Chevron in U.S. courts over environmental damage the country says was caused by oil exploration, but the only ones who lost were Ecuador’s lawyers.

“Tax Me If You Can,” James Stewart (March 2012)

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What the super-rich will do to avoid paying New York City’s income tax.

“Get Rich U,” Ken Auletta (April 2012)

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Stanford isn’t just adjacent to some of Silicon Valley’s richest and fastest-growing companies, it is many ways another one of them.

“Cashier Du Cinema,” Connie Bruck (October 2012)

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Grocery store magnate, private equity investor, and Bill Clinton’s ex-BFF. Ron Burkle’s next stop was Hollywood.

“The Heiress,” Ken Auletta (December 2012)

David Moir / Reuters

Elisabeth Murdoch has a successful TV production business that her dad’s company bought for $670 million. Is that enough for her — or him?

“The Art of the Billionaire,” Connie Bruck (December 2012)

Jemal Countess / Getty Images for TIME

The homebuilding and insurance billionaire Eli Broad’s quest to remake the art world, Los Angeles, and the American educational system.

“Home Economics,” Tad Friend (February 2013)

Robert Galbraith / Reuters / Reuters

A financier’s plan to save homeowners from the foreclosure crisis — by getting the government to seize their houses.

“Buried Secrets,” Patrick Radden Keefe (July 2013)

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Rio Tinto, one of the largest mining companies in the world, was given exclusive rights by the impoverished West African country Guinea to explore and develop a massive iron ore deposit. Eleven years later, a company run by secretive Israeli billionaire Beny Steinmetz won the license. It had never exported iron before.

“Nobody’s Looking at You,” Janet Malcolm (September 2013)

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The author best known for in-depth moral and historical examinations of journalists, artists, and thinkers turns her eye on the “cult of the interestingly plain.”

“The Collapse,” James Stewart (October 2013)

Robert Galbraith / Reuters

The short life and quick death of a global “super firm.”

“Cheap Words,” George Packer (February 2014)

Ken Lambert/Seattle Times / MCT

Jeff Bezos created the world’s largest bookstore, winning the loyalty and dollars of an untold number of readers. And now the book world lives in fear of him.

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