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There are so many strange things about the Forbes business section's interview with Barbie that the whole fictional character factor barely even registers. For one thing, they printed her answers in pink, something they don't do for any other interview subject (no matter how much Warren Buffett begs). Also, the first question is "How do you keep it real?" Ultimately, though, the summit turned out to be surprisingly revealing. What we learned about Barbie on the eve of her fiftieth birthday:
1.) She and Ken are no longer an item. "Ken is a very good friend now. He has been by my side for decades, and he will always be a part of my life." WHAT? When did this happen? (Should we presume Ken's whole Earring Magic phase had something to do with it?)
2.) The real estate crash hasn't damaged the value of the Dream House: "Malibu is a pretty stable market."
3.) She might be a Palin supporter. "I've actually run for president three times, and we women will keep on running! I really believe the day is soon--2012 could be the year!"
4.) Forbes readers apparently love her. The article is rated five stars and comes with only one comment: "This is the greatest thing Forbes has ever written."
· The Forbes Fictional Interview: Barbie [Forbes]