You've climbed to the height of your profession, become rich beyond your wildest dreams, and won the adoration of legions of fans. What next? How about doing something truly challenging and meaningful, like launching a business? The 10 celebrity entrepreneurs we feature in this issue (page 70) all reached that point in their lives, all made the same decision, and all are now reaping rewards that go beyond fame and fortune. My staff thinks I conceived this project just as an excuse to get Christy Turlington Burns into the magazine. But who can appreciate better than Inc. readers the savvy and commitment Christy and our nine other choices have shown in building successful businesses? Did their celebrity status make business success easier? Perhaps that's a question we ought to ask someone like Michael Jordan -- who didn't come close to making this particular Top 10.
This month, Mark Obbie, former executive editor of The American Lawyer, writes about the difficulty entrepreneurs have in dealing with their attorneys (page 90). The problem, he says, is that lawyers sometimes forget they are in a service business. Obbie, who has written about lawyers for more than 22 years, covers business and legal issues from a log cabin in the Finger Lakes region of New York.
Michael J. Brewster writes about corporate governance, accounting, and business ethics for Inc., BusinessWeek online, CBS MarketWatch, and Brand Week. His own career inspired him to write for the Hands On section this month about how smart business owners work with freelancers (page 38). Brewster is the author of two books about accounting and finance professionals.
Rob Turner and Elyssa Lee profile the entrepreneurial efforts of celebs from Merv to Moby (page 70) in this month's cover story. The two met at Money magazine, where they were on staff. They married, and today Lee is a contributing writer at InStyle, and Turner writes for The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News & World Report, and others.
Staff writer Patrick J. Sauer traveled from the Deep South to the North Sea for this issue. In Tuscumbia, Ala., he interviewed a retired multimillionaire rebuilding his hometown (page 104), and in Wick, Scotland, he drove the new Land Rover LR3 (page 68). In both places, Sauer found the scenery stunning, accents thick, food heavy, and people charming. His writing has appeared in City, Budget Living, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood.