Who are the real heroes of our resilient American economy? Which companies are leading the way as innovators? What factors should individual investors be paying attention to these days? And why are the emperors of Wall Street still not wearing any clothes? These are just a handful of the questions that Motley Fool co-founder and Chief Rule Breaker David Gardner fielded during his recent guest appearance on CNBC's Worldwide Markets.

In a freewheeling hour of commentary and Q&A that touched on politics, investing in China, Apple (Nasdaq: APPL) and CEO Steve Jobs' maverick leadership, and rule-smashing companies such as Green Mountain Coffee (Nasdaq: GMCR) and Baidu (Nasdaq: BIDU), David offered his pre-dawn take on pretty much everything under the rising sun, closing with an encapsulation of The Motley Fool's 17-year commitment to bring truth and transparency to the market. Watch the video excerpt below for a taste of what you might have missed.