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Clifton Leaf


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Recent articles by Clifton:

For the Truth About Tech Valuations and VR, Follow the Money

Throughout Fortune’s Brainstorm Tech issue this July, our reporters shatter common assumptions about technology trends. → Read More

What the Fortune 500 Would Look Like as a Microbiome

The seemingly richest sector of the Fortune 500 doesn’t bring in the most money. → Read More

Why Great Leaders Listen

Our 2019 list features 50 role models for optimism and bravery—including our top picks, Bill and Melinda Gates. → Read More

How Bill and Melinda Gates Are Transforming Life for Billions in the 21st Century

The Gates Foundation wouldn’t be the force it has become without the distinctive visions of the couple behind it. → Read More

How Many People Work for the U.S. Federal Government?

Here’s the breakdown of 2 million employees across the departments of defense, agriculture, and energy, plus the FBI, TSA, IRS, and others. → Read More

How Your Health Records Became a Health Crisis

The government spent massively to digitize our medical records—so why is the result such a massive disappointment? → Read More

Brainstorm Health: Electronic Health Records, AliveCor Mobile ECG, Amarin Fish Oil Drug

This morning, FORTUNE and Kaiser Health News published a report on our months-long investigation into electronic health records (EHRs), which you can read here. The story, by two of the best healthcare journalists in the business—FORTUNE’s Erika Fry and KHN’s Fred Schulte—is nearly 10,000 words, and once you get started, I’m pretty sure you’re going to want to read every last one of them.… → Read More

A Healthcare Story Everyone Should Read

Fortune's Editor in Chief explores some of the ways EHRs have dogged the medical system and promotes the Brainstorm Health conference. → Read More

What Really Scares World Leaders? The Weather!

Each year, the World Economic Forum surveys experts on what keeps them up at night. The answers are surprisingly consistent. → Read More

What’s the Secret to Great Design? Finding the Right Verb. (Really.)

IDEO CEO Tim Brown says designing “things”—without thinking about how we interact with them—sends companies down the wrong path. The results, indeed, can be heartbreaking. → Read More

The Power of a Joint Venture

How a billionaire marijuana entrepreneur and a pioneering Alzheimer’s researcher have relied on unusual partnerships to transform their respective fields. → Read More

Health Care: America’s Underperforming Asset

If a stock performed as poorly as the U.S. health system has, shareholders would revolt. → Read More

Health Care and the War on the Middle Class

Americans are feeling left behind. Health care is just one of the many reasons why. → Read More

Brainstorm Health: Shrinking Middle Class, Drones Flying Vaccines, Altria Juul Stake

Hello, Dailies! Today, I am commandeering these pages back from Sy, our wise and gifted steward, who has done such a terrific job informing and enlightening the Brainstorm Health faithful these many weeks. (Sy will be back at the helm tomorrow, and then Brainstorm Health Daily is taking a delightful two-week holiday break. We’ll be back in action on Monday, January 7. It would be a great… → Read More

'Unfinished Business’: The Struggles of a Shrinking Middle Class

Fortune has covered the plight of American workers for decades—and that story is more urgent than ever today. → Read More

Investing For Upside—Without Much Downside

Over the past 20 years, which investment portfolio has produced the most gain for the least pain? You may well be surprised. → Read More

Should I Invest In Stocks 2019? It Depends.

In the third quarter of 2007, at the summit of the last bull market, U.S. companies in the Standard & Poor’s 500 purchased a staggering $172 billion worth of their own stock. Some two years later, when those same shares were priced like week-old biscuits, CEOs couldn’t find a bargain worth snatching—at least when it came to their own stocks. In the second quarter of 2009, S&P 500… → Read More

2018 Midterm Elections: Here Are the Real Swing Voters on Nov. 6

These are the demographics that will really matter this November 6. → Read More

Why A.I. Is Business’s Next Frontier

Companies only barely understand THE capabilities and limitations of artificial intelligence—but that isn’t stopping them from GOING ALL IN. → Read More

Why A.I. Is Business’s Next Frontier

Companies only barely understand THE capabilities and limitations of artificial intelligence—but that isn’t stopping them from GOING ALL IN. → Read More