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    Caroline Kennedy

    Caroline Kennedy

    Caroline Bouvier Kennedy (born November 27, 1957) is an American author and attorney. She is a member of the influential Kennedy family and the only living child of U.S. President John F. Kennedy and First Lady Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy. At the time of her father's presidency, she was a young child; after his assassination in 1963, her family settled in the Upper East Side of Manhattan, where she attended school. Kennedy graduated from Radcliffe College and worked at New York City's Metropolitan Museum of Art, where she met her future husband, exhibit designer Edwin Schlossberg. She went on to receive a J.D. degree from Columbia Law School. Kennedy's professional life has spanned law and politics as well as education and charitable work. She has also acted as a spokesperson for her family's legacy and co-authored two books on civil liberties with Ellen Alderman. In the 2008 presidential election, Kennedy endorsed Democratic candidate Barack Obama for President early in the primary race; she later stumped for him in Orlando, Indiana, and Ohio, served as co-chair of his Vice Presidential Search Committee, and addressed the 2008 Democratic National Convention in Denver. After Obama's
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    Bette Midler

    Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer-songwriter, actress, and comedian, also known by her informal stage name, The Divine Miss M. She became famous as a cabaret and concert headliner, and went on to star in successful and acclaimed films such as The Rose, Ruthless People, Beaches, and For The Boys. In a career spanning almost half a century, Midler has been nominated for two Academy Awards, and won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and a special Tony Award. She has sold over 30 million albums worldwide. Her voice type is categorized as deep mezzo soprano. Midler was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. Her parents moved from Paterson, New Jersey to Honolulu before she was born, and hers was one of the few Jewish families in a mostly Asian neighborhood. Her mother, Ruth (née Schindel), was a seamstress and housewife, and her father, Fred Midler, worked at a Navy base in Hawaii as a painter. She was named after actress Bette Davis, though Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one, /ˈbɛt/. She was raised in Aiea and attended Radford High School, in Honolulu. She was voted "Most Talkative" in the 1961 school Hoss
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    Esther Newberg

    Esther Newberg is an American literary agent and former aide to Senator Robert F. Kennedy during his 1968 presidential campaign. Newberg attended Wheaton College, and joined Senator Robert F. Kennedy's staff in 1968. She was also a member of the presidential campaign staffs of Senator Edmund Muskie and Representative Mo Udall. She was one of the 6 "Boiler Room Girls" who socialised with a group of married men, including Ted Kennedy, on the evening of Mary Jo Kopechne's death. Newberg is the senior vice president at International Creative Management, a talent agency in New York. She has represented authors such as Carl Hiaasen (Skinny Dip) and Patricia Cornwell (Trace), Thomas Friedman, Michael Beschloss and Caroline Kennedy. The New York Post called her "one of the most powerful agents in the literary world."
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    Edward Minskoff

    Edward Minskoff

    Edward J. Minskoff is President of Edward J. Minskoff Equities, Inc., a New York-based real estate acquisition and development company focused on the Manhattan office building market.
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    Nora Ephron

    Nora Ephron

    Nora Ephron (May 19, 1941 – June 26, 2012) was an American journalist, essayist, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, producer, director, and blogger. Ephron is best known for her romantic comedies and was nominated three times for the Academy Award for Best Writing (Original Screenplay): for Silkwood, When Harry Met Sally..., and Sleepless in Seattle. She won a BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for When Harry Met Sally.... She sometimes wrote with her sister Delia Ephron. Her last film was Julie & Julia. She also co-authored the Drama Desk Award-winning theatrical production Love, Loss, and What I Wore. Ephron was born in New York City, eldest of four daughters in a Jewish family, and grew up in Beverly Hills; her parents, Henry and Phoebe Ephron, were both East Coast-born and raised screenwriters. Her sisters Delia and Amy are also screenwriters. Her sister Hallie Ephron is a journalist, book reviewer, and novelist who writes crime fiction. Ephron's parents based Sandra Dee's character in the play and the Jimmy Stewart film Take Her, She's Mine on their 22-year-old daughter Nora and her letters to them from college. Both became alcoholics during their declining years.
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    Ivana Trump

    Ivana Trump

    Ivana Trump (born Ivana Marie Zelníčková (Czech pronunciation: [ˈɪvana ˈmarɪjɛ ˈzɛlɲiːtʃkovaː]); February 20, 1949) is a former Olympic athlete, socialite, and fashion model noted for her marriage to billionaire American business magnate Donald Trump. Ivana was born to Miloš and Marie (née Francová) in Gottwaldov, Czechoslovakia, now Zlín, Czech Republic. From a very young age, her father nurtured and encouraged her skiing talent. In 1972, Ivana Zelníčková was selected as an alternate on the 1972 Czechoslovak Olympic Ski Team which allowed her several opportunities to travel outside the Communist Bloc. A year earlier, she married Austrian skier, Alfred Winklmayr, in order to obtain a foreign passport so that Communist leaders would not deem her a defector. In the early 1970s she earned a master's degree in physical education from Charles University of Prague. In 1975 she left Czechoslovakia for Canada to be with a childhood friend, George Syrovatka, who owned a ski boutique there. For the following two years she lived in Montreal and worked as a model for some of Canada's top fur companies. In 1976 she divorced Winklmayr, left Syrovatka and moved to New York to promote the Montreal
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    Chuck Scarborough

    Charles Bishop "Chuck" Scarborough III (born November 4, 1943) is an American television journalist and author. Since 1974 Scarborough has been the lead male news anchor at WNBC-TV, the New York City-based flagship station of the NBC Television Network, and has also appeared on NBC News. He currently anchors at 6:00 p.m. and 11:00 p.m. on WNBC, and also hosts a solo 7:00 p.m. newscast, New York Nightly News on NBC New York Nonstop, A native of Pittsburgh, and a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi, he served in the United States Air Force and currently has a commercial pilot certificate. His career in television began in Mississippi as a reporter at WLOX-TV in Biloxi and later WDAM-TV in Laurel, before moving to WAGA-TV in Atlanta. Scarborough's first major market anchoring job came in 1972, at WNAC-TV (now WHDH-TV) in Boston. He was originally hired as part of a two-man anchor team with respected New England journalist Lee Nelson, but was soon made the solo anchor of the station's news broadcasts. In addition to his anchor work, Scarborough was called on to host a weekly program in which the public was invited to the studio to question news broadcasters and
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    Holly Peterson

    Holly Peterson

    Holly Peterson (born 1964) is an author and contributing editor at Newsweek magazine. She is the daughter of financier Peter George Peterson, a billionaire and Senior Chairman of the Blackstone Group. She is known for the controversial YouTube video The Manny, based on her book of the same name.
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    Vanessa Minnillo

    Vanessa Minnillo

    Vanessa Joy Lachey (née Minnillo; born November 9, 1980) is an American television personality, television host, model, and actress. A former Miss Teen USA, she has been a New York-based correspondent for Entertainment Tonight and a host of Total Request Live on MTV. She was the host of the Miss Universe 2007, which was held at Mexico City, Mexico, in the National Auditorium, with Mario Lopez. Minnillo was born on November 9, 1980 in Clark Air Base, Pampanga, Philippines. Her father, Vincent Minnillo, is an American citizen of Italian and Irish descent, and her estranged mother Helen Bercero is Filipino. Minnillo has an adopted brother, Vincent Jr., who is two years older. Minnillo's family moved frequently because of her father's service in the Air Force. She lived in Washington, California, Nevada, Florida, Germany and Japan and attended eight different schools in nine years. Minnillo's parents separated in 1983 and were divorced in 1986. Minnillo's mother remarried and she and her brother moved to Turkey with their mother and new stepfather. By 1991, in the wake of Operation Desert Shield, Minnillo and her brother returned to their father's home, eventually settling in Hanahan,
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    Eric Mindich

    Eric Mindich (1967-) is an American hedge fund manager and the founder hedge fund Eton Park Capital Management. Mindich began working at Goldman Sachs after high school, and spent summers at the firm while earning a degree in economics at Harvard College. Mindich graduated from Harvard, where he was a member of the exclusive Phoenix S.K. Club, in 1988 with a B.A. in economics, summa cum laude, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to forming Eton Park in 2004, Mindich spent 15 years at Goldman Sachs in two main roles: leading the firm’s equities risk arbitrage business and managing the firm’s equities division. He joined the firm in 1988 in the equities arbitrage department and ran that department from 1992 until 2000. In 1994, at age 27, he became the youngest partner ever in the history of Goldman Sachs. In 2000, he became co-chief operating officer of the equities division and in 2002 became co-head of the equities division and a member of the Goldman Sachs Management Committee. In 2003, Mindich joined the Executive Office as senior strategy officer and chair of the Firmwide Strategy Committee. In late 2004, he left Goldman to launch his own hedge fund, named Eton Park
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    Kristin Chenoweth

    Kristin Chenoweth

    Kristin Dawn Chenoweth (born July 24, 1968) is an American singer and actress, with credits in musical theatre, film and television. She is best known on Broadway for her performance as Sally Brown in You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown (1999), for which she won a Tony Award, and for originating the role of Glinda in the musical Wicked (2003). Her best-known television role is Annabeth Schott in NBC's The West Wing. As Olive Snook on the ABC comedy-drama Pushing Daisies, she won a 2009 Emmy Award. Chenoweth also starred in the ABC TV series GCB in 2012. An Oklahoma native, Chenoweth sang gospel music as a child and studied opera before deciding to pursue a career in musical theatre. In 1997, she made her Broadway debut in Steel Pier. Besides You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown and Wicked, Chenoweth's stage work includes five City Center Encores! productions, Broadway's The Apple Tree in 2006 and Promises, Promises in 2010, as well as Off-Broadway and regional theatre productions. Chenoweth had her own TV series Kristin in 2001, and has guest starred on many shows, including Sesame Street and Glee, for which she was nominated for Emmy awards in 2010 and 2011. In films, she has played
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    Eric Villency

    Eric Villency

    Eric Villency is the CEO of Villency Design Group, an interior and product design firm. In 1932, Villency's grandfather, Maurice Villency, started a furniture company in New York City. His grandfather's company became the Villency Design Group, and in 1998, Eric Villency became CEO. In 2001, he was awarded the FIT “All Star Salute” award, recognizing leaders in design and fashion. In 2002, Villency oversaw the launch of the Maurice Villency flagship store, located on 57th street in midtown Manhattan, and launched the company’s first home accessories collection. In 2006, he launched “Villency Atelier”, a workshop dedicated to custom design and fabrication for design professionals. In 2007, Villency was named the recipient of the IFDA “Design Industry” award. 2008 saw the launch of Villency's newest business initiative, Villency Pure Design, an environmentally responsible and domestically produced collection of furniture. With the 2008 launch of a business to business service, Villency Contract, Villency has promoted a number of design projects including the Rudy Giuliani Urgent Care Unit at St. Vincent's Hospital, the Delta Air Lines Miami Crown Lounge, the Club level lounge at
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    Aby Rosen

    Aby Rosen

    Aby Rosen is a real estate tycoon living in New York. He was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1960. The son of Jewish Holocaust survivors, he grew up in a traditional Jewish community and environment in Frankfurt. In 1987, he moved to New York City where he apprenticed at a real estate brokerage firm. He has two sons, Gabriel (Gaby) and Charles (Charlie) from a previous marriage and is currently married to Dr. Samantha Boardman, a psychiatrist and socialite. Rosen currently resides at the Julius Forstmann Mansion on the upper East Side in New York City with his wife and two sons. The family summers in Southampton. RFR Holding LLC is a partnership controlled principally by Aby Rosen and his childhood friend Michael Fuchs. In the 15 years after RFR Holding was established in 1991, Rosen had acquired a vast portfolio of real estate holdings including the landmark Seagram Building and Lever House. Rosen partnered with long time friend and co-founder of Studio 54, Ian Schrager to transform the 123 year-old Gramercy Park Hotel with minimalist architect John Pawson. In 2006, Rosen announced plans to develop the site at 610 Lexington Avenue in NYC (situated directly behind the Seagram
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    Steven A. Cohen

    Steven "Steve" A. Cohen (born June 11, 1956) is an American hedge fund manager. He is the founder of SAC Capital Advisors, a Stamford, Connecticut-based hedge fund focusing primarily on equity market strategies. He has an estimated net worth of $8.3 billion as of March 2012, ranked by Forbes as the 106th richest man in the world. Cohen is 35th overall in the U.S. Cohen grew up in a Jewish family in Great Neck, New York, where his father was a dress manufacturer in Manhattan's garment district, and his mother was a part-time piano teacher. He took a liking to poker as a high school student, often betting his own money in tournaments. Cohen credits the game with teaching him "how to take risks." Cohen received an economics degree from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania in 1978. He was a brother of Zeta Beta Tau fraternity, Theta Chapter. While in school, a friend helped him open a brokerage account with $1,000 of his tuition money. After Wharton, Cohen got a Wall Street job as a junior trader in the options arbitrage department at Gruntal & Co. in 1978, where he eventually managed a $75 million portfolio and six traders. His first day on the job at Gruntal & Co.,
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    Grace Coddington

    Grace Coddington

    Grace Coddington (born April 20, 1941) is a former model and the creative director of American Vogue magazine. Coddington was born on April 20, 1941 to hotelier parents on the island of Anglesey, Wales. Her interest in fashion began in her teens, when she would anxiously await the arrival of a current issue of Vogue magazine, which was at least three months outdated due to the fact that she needed to order it on "Rush-Copy". She lived miles away from any designer shops, so Vogue was her only connection to the fashion world. She says that she loves "the whole sort of chic thing ("Italinate culture") [about Vogue] that was so entirely out of context compared to the lifestyle that [she] led". As a teen, she was pale-skinned and convent-educated and never went anywhere on her holidays, so she just looked at Vogue. Around the age of 17, there was a Vogue model competition, and someone submitted her pictures. She ended up winning the Young Model section. She then began her modeling career for Vogue. At the age of 26, Grace was in car accident that left her disfigured (she lost her eyelid). She later had plastic surgery to have it reconstructed. Two years after the accident, at the age of
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    Ken Auletta

    Ken Auletta (born April 23, 1942) is an American writer, journalist and media critic for The New Yorker. Auletta, the son of an Italian-American father and a Jewish-American mother, grew up in Brooklyn, where he attended Abraham Lincoln High School. Auletta is a graduate of State University of New York at Oswego (SUNY Oswego) where he was a member of Sigma Tau Chi fraternity. Auletta worked in government and on several political campaigns, and taught and trained Peace Corps volunteers. He was also the first executive director of the New York City Off-Track Betting Corporation. In 1974, Auletta became the chief political correspondent for the New York Post. Following that, he was a staff writer and weekly columnist for the Village Voice, and then a contributing editor at New York magazine. He started contributing to The New Yorker in 1977. Between 1977 and 1993, he wrote a weekly political column for the New York Daily News. He was the guest editor of the 2002 edition of The Best Business Stories of the Year. Auletta has written the "Annals of Communications" column for The New Yorker since 1992. He is the author of ten books, including Greed and Glory on Wall Street: The Fall of
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    Leon Black

    Leon David Black (born 1951) is an American businessman and money manager, with a focus on leveraged buyouts and private equity. Leon founded the private equity firm Apollo Global Management in 1990. Black is a son of Eli M. Black (1921–1975), a prominent Jewish American businessman who controlled the United Brands Company. His mother was an artist. In 1975, his father committed suicide by jumping from the 44th floor of the Pan Am Building in New York City. It was later made public that federal regulators were investigating allegations of bribery of Honduran government officials by United Brands. Black received a AB in Philosophy and History from Dartmouth College in 1973, and served on the Board of Trustees of Dartmouth College from 2002 to 2011. He received an MBA from Harvard University in 1975. From 1977 to 1990 Leon Black was employed by investment bank Drexel Burnham Lambert, where he served as managing director, head of the Mergers & Acquisitions Group, and co-head of the Corporate Finance Department. Black is married to Debra Black, a Broadway producer. They have four children. Black's wife is a melanoma survivor. In 2007, the couple donated $25 million to form the new
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    Suzyn Waldman

    Suzyn Waldman

    Suzyn Waldman (born (1946-09-07)September 7, 1946) is a sportscaster and former musical theater actress. Starting with the 2005 season, she has been the color commentator for New York Yankees baseball, working with John Sterling on radio broadcasts for WCBS-AM in New York City. She graduated from Simmons College with a degree in Economics. Waldman was born in Newton, Massachusetts. Prior to her broadcasting career, Waldman worked for many years as an actress and singer in musical theatre. Her most notable role was as Aldonza in Man of La Mancha. Her rendition of "There Used To Be a Ballpark" appeared on the 1995 WMHT-TV documentary Local Heroes: Baseball on Capital Region Diamonds. Also, she has performed the National Anthem at many Yankee home games. Waldman is noted for her early achievements in the male-dominated field of sports broadcasting. She is the third woman in Major League Baseball history to serve as a full-time color commentator on a regular basis. (Betty Caywood of the Kansas City Athletics served as a color commentator for a year in the 1960s, and Mary Shane served as a play-by-play announcer for the Chicago White Sox in 1977.) In the mid-1990s, she was a
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    Frank Bruni

    Frank Anthony Bruni (born October 31, 1964) is an American journalist. He was the chief restaurant critic of The New York Times, a position he held from 2004 to 2009. In May 2011, he became the first openly gay Op-Ed columnist of The New York Times. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1986 with a B.A. in English. He was a Morehead Scholar and on the staff of the student paper, The Daily Tar Heel. Bruni graduated second in his class with an M.S. degree in journalism from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. At Columbia he also won a Pulitzer Traveling Fellowship. From 1990 to 1995 he worked for the Detroit Free Press in an assortment of positions including covering the Persian Gulf War. In 1995, Bruni joined The New York Times as a metropolitan reporter and often wrote for the New York Times magazine and for Sunday Arts. He was promoted to the Rome bureau chief (July 2002–March 2004) and worked as a reporter in the Washington, D.C., bureau (December 1998–May 2002). While in D.C., Bruni was assigned to cover Capitol Hill, Congress, Governor George W. Bush's presidential campaign, and the White House. His book Ambling
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    Andrew Cuomo

    Andrew Cuomo

    Andrew Mark Cuomo (/ˈkwoʊmoʊ/; born December 6, 1957) is the 56th and current Governor of New York. He previously served as the United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development from 1997 to 2001, and as the Attorney General of New York from 2007 to 2010. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and the son of Mario Cuomo, the 52nd Governor of New York. Cuomo was born in Queens, New York, to a family of Italian-American origin, and is the eldest son of Mario Cuomo, and Matilda Raffa, daughter of Charlie Raffa. He is the older brother of ABC News journalist Chris Cuomo. Cuomo graduated from Saint Gerard's School in 1971 and Archbishop Molloy High School in 1975. He received his B.A. from Fordham University in 1979, and his J.D. from Albany Law School in 1982. During his father's 1982 campaign for Governor, Cuomo was his top aide. He then joined the Governor's staff as one of his father's top policy advisors, earning $1 a year. From 1984 to 1985, Cuomo was a New York assistant district attorney, and briefly worked at the law firm of Blutrich, Falcone & Miller. Cuomo founded Housing Enterprise for the Less Privileged (HELP) in 1986 and left his law firm to run HELP full-time in
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    Richie Rich

    Richie Rich

    Richie Rich is an American fashion designer and performance artist, best known as co-founder of the now defunct fashion label Heatherette. Rich was born in California as Richard J. Eichhorn. He was an avid ice skater, often proclaiming his desire to go to the Olympics. On stage at the 1992 Folsom Street Fair, Richie Rich sang a song he had written called Go-Go Dancer. Soon after that he moved to New York City. Rich is openly gay. In the mid 1990s, Rich was a staple in the New York City club kid scene, and made a cameo appearance in the 2003 film Party Monster. Richie Rich was also featured as one of the club kids on the Jane Whitney Show where G.G. Allin was the main guest, and club kids were depicted as pillars of independent, non violent free thought. Together with Traver Rains, he is co-founder of the now defunct fashion label Heatherette Richie released an album called "Celebutante" on October 21, 2008 on the record label Defend Music. The album is a compilation of songs including tracks from Lily Allen, Mýa, Scissor Sisters, Blondie, and one from Rich himself, also titled "Celebutante." Starting in September 2010, Rich signed on with The King Collective to produce a new line
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    David H. Koch

    David Hamilton Koch ( /ˈkoʊk/; born May 3, 1940) is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He is a co-owner (with older brother Charles) and an executive vice president of Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held company in the United States. Koch is the fourth richest person in America as of 2012, although only the second-richest resident of New York City as of 2010. He is a major patron of the arts and had contributed to several charities, including Lincoln Center, Sloan Kettering, a fertility clinic at New York-Presbyterian Hospital and the American Museum of Natural History's David H. Koch Dinosaur Wing. The New York State Theater at Lincoln Center, home of the New York City Ballet was renamed the David H. Koch Theater in 2008 following a gift of 100 million dollars for the renovation of the theater. Condé Nast Portfolio described him as "one of the most generous but low-key philanthropists in America". He and his brother Charles have also donated to political advocacy groups, including Americans for Prosperity. He is a survivor of the USAir Flight 1493 crash in 1991. Koch was born in Wichita, Kansas,
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    Derek Jeter

    Derek Jeter

    Derek Sanderson Jeter ( /ˈdʒiːtər/; born June 26, 1974) is an American baseball shortstop who has played 18 seasons in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the New York Yankees. A five-time World Series champion, Jeter has been a central figure of the Yankees during their success of the 1990s and 2000s due to his hitting ability, baserunning, and leadership on the field and in the clubhouse. He is the Yankees' all-time career leader in hits (3,166), games played (2,484), stolen bases (344), and at bats (10,114). His accolades include twelve All-Star selections, five Gold Glove Awards, four Silver Slugger Awards, two Hank Aaron Awards, and a Roberto Clemente Award. Jeter is the all-time MLB leader in hits by a shortstop, and the 28th player to reach 3,000 hits. The Yankees drafted Jeter out of high school in 1992, and he debuted in the major leagues in 1995. The following year, he became the Yankees' starting shortstop, won the Rookie of the Year Award, and helped the team win the 1996 World Series. Jeter continued to contribute during the team's championship seasons of 1998–2000; he finished third in voting for the American League (AL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) Award in 1998, recorded
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    Donald Trump

    Donald Trump

    Donald John Trump, Sr. (born June 14, 1946) is an American business magnate, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's extravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner and role on the NBC reality show The Apprentice have made him a well-known celebrity who was No. 17 on the 2011 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Trump is the son of Fred Trump, a wealthy New York City real-estate developer. He worked for his father's firm, Elizabeth Trump & Son, while attending the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and in 1968 officially joined the company. He was given control of the company in 1971 and renamed it The Trump Organization. In 2010, Trump expressed an interest in becoming a candidate for President of the United States in the 2012 election. In May 2011, he announced he would not be a candidate, but a few weeks later he said he had not completely ruled out the possibility. In December 2011, Trump was suggested as a possible Vice Presidential selection by Michele Bachmann. Bachmann has since suspended her presidential campaign. Trump is a son of Fred Trump and his wife, Mary Anne
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    Theodore J. Forstmann

    Theodore J. Forstmann

    Theodore Joseph "Ted" Forstmann (February 13, 1940 – November 20, 2011) was one of the founding partners of Forstmann Little & Company, a private equity firm, and chairman and CEO of IMG, a global sports and media company. A billionaire, Forstmann was a Republican and a philanthropist. He supported school choice and funded scholarship programs for the disadvantaged. Forstmann grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut, the second of six children. His father, Julius, ran a wool business that went bankrupt in 1958. Julius Forstmann had inherited Forstmann Woolen Co. from his own father, one of the world's richest men. Forstmann was a graduate of Greenwich Country Day School and Phillips Academy. He then played goalie on the ice hockey team at Yale University where he was a member of Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity. Forstmann later attended Columbia Law School where he earned a juris doctorate, which he financed through gambling proceeds. Forstmann, an attorney, founded Forstmann Little in 1978 with his younger brother Nicholas, and Brian Little. Forstmann's second brother, J. Anthony Forstmann, founded ForstmannLeff. Under Forstmann's leadership, Forstmann Little & Company made 31 acquisitions
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    Tina Brown

    Tina Brown

    Tina Brown, Lady Evans, CBE (born Christina Hambley Brown; November 21, 1953), is a journalist, magazine editor, columnist, talk-show host and author of The Diana Chronicles, a biography of Diana, Princess of Wales. Born a British citizen, she took United States citizenship in 2005 after emigrating in 1984 to edit Vanity Fair. Having been editor-in-chief of Tatler magazine at only 25 years of age, she rose to prominence in the American media industry as the editor of Vanity Fair from 1984 to 1992 and of The New Yorker from 1992 to 1998. In 2000 she was appointed a CBE (Commander of the Order of the British Empire) for her services to overseas journalism, and in 2007 was inducted into the Magazine Editors' Hall of Fame. As an editor, she has also been honored with four George Polk Awards, five Overseas Press Club awards, and ten National Magazine Awards. In October 2008 she partnered with Barry Diller, chairman of IAC/InterActiveCorp to found and edit The Daily Beast. Two years later, in November 2010, The Daily Beast announced that it will merge with the American weekly news magazine Newsweek in a joint venture to form The Newsweek Daily Beast Company. Brown will serve as
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    Kimora Lee Simmons

    Kimora Lee Simmons

    Kimora Lee Simmons (née Perkins; born May 4, 1975) is an American fashion model, and former president and Creative Director for Phat Fashions. Simmons was born in St. Louis, Missouri. Her mother, Joanne Perkins, is Korean-born Japanese who later worked as a Social Security Administrator. Her mother was adopted by an American serviceman during the Korean War and she now goes by her own mother's Japanese name, Kyoko. Kimora's father, Vernon Whitlock Jr., is African American, has worked as a Federal Marshal, an Equal Employment Opportunity Commission investigator, a bail bondsman, and is currently a barber in St. Louis. Growing up in the northern St. Louis suburb of Florissant, Missouri, Kimora was the target of schoolyard bullying and teasing, because of her height (she was 5 feet, 10 inches tall by the time she was 10 years old) and mixed ancestry. To help her, Simmons's mother enrolled her in a modeling class when she was eleven years old. Two years later she was discovered by Marie-Christine Kollock (a representative for seminal Paris Agency Glamour) at a Model Search in Kansas City (organized by Kay Mitchell) and sent to Paris. Simmons is a graduate of Lutheran North High School
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    Simon M Lorne

    Simon M Lorne

    Mr. Simon M. Lorne is the Vice Chairman and Chief Legal Officer at Millennium Management, L.L.C. He joined in the firm in 2004. Lorne oversees the firm´s compliance, legal and regulatory functions, along with internal audit. He has been a partner in the law firm of Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP, which he rejoined in 1999 after originally becoming a partner in 1972. In 1996, became a Managing Director at Salomon Brothers where he served as Global Head of Internal Audit. Following the merger of Salomon Brothers into Travelers Group Inc., he continued as Managing Director and as a senior member of the General Counsel´s office. With the merger of Travelers Group and Citicorp Inc., he organized and coordinated the global compliance function of Citigroup. From 1993 to 1996, Mr. Lorne was General Counsel of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.
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    Stephanie Seymour

    Stephanie Seymour

    Stephanie Michelle Seymour (born July 23, 1968) is an American model and actress. Seymour has modeled for many notable fashion magazines and designers and has posed for several well-known photographers including Herb Ritts, Richard Avedon, Gilles Bensimon and Mario Testino. Born in San Diego, California, the middle child of a California real estate-developer father and hairstylist mother, Seymour started her modeling career working for local newspapers and department stores in her hometown at the age of 14. In 1983, she was a finalist at the inaugural Elite Model Management Look of the Year modeling contest (now called Elite Model Look). In the late 1980s and early 1990s, Seymour appeared in numerous issues of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and on the cover of Vogue as well. During the same period, Seymour was a primary lingerie and hosiery model for the relatively new Victoria's Secret company in its mail-order catalogs and retail stores. In March 1991, and again in February 1993, Seymour posed for Playboy. In 1998, she wrote Stephanie Seymour's Beauty Secrets for Dummies. She was presented on the November 1999 Millennium cover of American Vogue as one of the "Modern
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    Lizzie Grubman

    Lizzie Grubman

    Elizabeth "Lizzie" Grubman (born January 30, 1971) is an American publicist. She is the daughter of entertainment lawyer Allen Grubman and his wife, the late Yvette Grubman. Grubman is well known as a publicist for celebrities, founding her own company in 1996, and has represented Britney Spears, Jay-Z and the Backstreet Boys. The 2005 reality show PoweR Girls on MTV centered on a group of young publicists working for Grubman's PR firm. The title is a reference to a 1998 cover story in New York magazine that profiled Grubman and several of her rivals, noting that "Lizzie was clearly the most powerful girl of all." Grubman attended four high schools, including the New York City prep schools Horace Mann, Lenox and Dwight. She briefly attended Northeastern University, but dropped out before completing her sophomore year. In 1995, she married Eric Gatoff, an associate at her father's law firm. The pair subsequently divorced in 1997. On July 7, 2001, after being asked by security guards to remove her Mercedes from a fire lane, Grubman drove her SUV into a crowd of people outside of the Conscience Point Inn at 1976 North Sea Road in the Hamptons, injuring 16 people. Grubman was later
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    Israel Englander

    Israel A. Englander is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairman at Millennium Management LLC. He and has more than 35 years of experience in securities and derivatives across a broad range of instruments and strategies and is also the Founder of the firm. Mr. Englander worked as a floor broker and trader on the American Stock Exchange, has owned a specialist operation since 1982, is a former chairman of the Specialist Association and has served on numerous Exchange ... committees, including Allocations, Allocation Procedures, Emerging Company Marketplace, Options and Special Allocations. He founded the firm in 1989 with a total $35 million under management.
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    Anderson Cooper

    Anderson Cooper

    Anderson Hays Cooper (born June 3, 1967) is an American journalist, author, and television personality. He is the primary anchor of the CNN news show Anderson Cooper 360°. The program is normally broadcast live from a New York City studio; however, Cooper often broadcasts live on location for breaking news stories. As of September 2011, he also serves as host of his own eponymous syndicated daytime talk show, Anderson. Cooper was born on June 3, 1967, the younger son of the writer Wyatt Emory Cooper and the artist, designer, writer, and heiress Gloria Vanderbilt. His maternal grandparents were millionaire equestrian Reginald Claypoole Vanderbilt and socialite Gloria Morgan Vanderbilt, and his maternal great-great-great-grandfather was Cornelius Vanderbilt of the prominent Vanderbilt shipping and railroad fortune. He is also a descendant, through his mother, of brevet Civil War Major General Hugh Judson Kilpatrick, who was with General William T. Sherman on his march through Georgia. Cooper's media experience began early. As a baby, he was photographed by Diane Arbus for Harper's Bazaar. At the age of three, Cooper was a guest on The Tonight Show on September 17, 1970, appearing
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    Diane von Fürstenberg

    Diane von Fürstenberg

    Diane von Fürstenberg, formerly Diane, Princess of Fürstenberg (German: Diane Prinzessin zu Fürstenberg), (born 31 December 1946) is a Belgian-American fashion designer best known for her iconic wrap dress. She initially rose to prominence when she married into the German princely House of Fürstenberg, as the wife of Prince Egon of Fürstenberg. Following their divorce in 1972, she has continued to use his family name, although she is no longer entitled to use the title princess following her divorce and subsequent remarriage in 2001. She re-launched her fashion company, Diane von Fürstenberg (DvF), in 1997, with the reintroduction of her famous wrap dress. The company is now a global luxury lifestyle brand offering four complete collections a year. DvF is available in over 70 countries and 45 free-standing shops worldwide. The company’s headquarters and flagship boutique are located in Manhattan’s Meatpacking District. In 2005, the Council of Fashion Designers of America (CFDA) awarded her the Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year named her as their president, a position she has held since 2006. Diane Simone Michelle Halfin was born in Brussels, Belgium. Her father was
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    Glenn Close

    Glenn Close

    Glenn Close (born March 19, 1947) is an American film, television and stage actress. Throughout her long and varied career, she has been consistently acclaimed for her versatility. Close began her professional stage career in 1974 in 'Love For Love', before moving to film with supporting roles in The World According to Garp (1982), The Big Chill (1983), and The Natural (1984), which all earned her nominations for Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. She would later receive nominations for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her performances in Fatal Attraction (1987), Dangerous Liaisons (1988), and Albert Nobbs (2011). She has been more recently known for her television roles in The Shield and her Emmy and Golden Globe winning role as Patty Hewes in the FX TV series Damages. Close is a six-time Academy Award nominee, holding the record for being the actress with the most nominations never to have won (along with Deborah Kerr and Thelma Ritter). In addition, her work has earned her three Tonys, an Obie, three Emmys, two Golden Globes, and a Screen Actors Guild Award. She has also been nominated three times for a Grammy Award and once for a BAFTA, amongst others. Close was
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    Meredith Vieira

    Meredith Vieira

    Meredith Louise Vieira (born December 30, 1953) is an American journalist, television personality, and game show host. She is best known for having been the original moderator of the ABC talk program The View and co-host of the long-running NBC News morning news program, Today. She currently contributes to Dateline NBC and Rock Center with Brian Williams, and hosts the syndicated version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire, having replaced Regis Philbin in 2002. She also presented Intimate Portrait, a series on Lifetime. Meredith Vieira was born in East Providence, Rhode Island, to Mary Louisa Elsie Rosa Silveira Vieira (née Costa) (October 28, 1904 – November 5, 2004) and Dr. Edwin Vieira (May 15, 1904 – February 1987), both first-generation Portuguese Americans. She is the youngest of four children, with three older brothers. All four of Vieira’s grandparents came from the Azores—three from Faial Island, one of the nine islands in the archipelago. They all left for a better life in New England in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, settling around Providence, Rhode Island. Vieira was raised in the Catholic faith, but has stated in recent interviews that she has "spirituality,
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    3 votes
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    Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart

    Martha Stewart (née Kostyra; born August 3, 1941) is an American business magnate, author, magazine publisher, and television personality. As founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, she has gained success through a variety of business ventures, encompassing publishing, broadcasting, merchandising, and electronic commerce. She has written numerous bestselling books, is the publisher of the Martha Stewart Living magazine, and her syndicated talk show, Martha, is broadcast internationally. In 2004, Stewart was entangled in the ImClone insider trading affair and there was speculation that the incident would effectively be the end of her media empire. She began a comeback campaign in 2005 and her company returned to profitability in 2006. Stewart rejoined the board of directors of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia in 2011 and became chairman of her namesake company again in 2012. Martha Stewart was born in Jersey City, New Jersey. She is the second of six children born to middle-class Polish Americans Edward "Eddie" Kostyra (1912 – 1979) and Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra (1914 – 2007). When Stewart was three years old, the family moved to Nutley. She adopted the name "Grace" for her
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    Nicole Miller

    Nicole Miller

    Nicole Miller (born 1952) is an American fashion designer, businesswoman who was born in Texas and raised in Lenox, Massachusetts. Miller attended the Rhode Island School of Design where she earned a BFA in Apparel Design. She studied for a year at L'Ecole de la Chambre Syndicale de la Couture Parisienne where she was trained to drape fabric and study the classical techniques of couture. Miller described her Parisian training as "intense," but explained that it gave her training in fabric manipulation, which became a signature of her designs. Miller's first shop opened in 1986 on Madison Avenue. The brand has grown to 20 boutiques in major cities across the United States. and is sold in a number of high-end department stores. Miller designs an extensive collection for J.C. Penney and a home furnishing collection for Bed, Bath and Beyond. Of her style, the designer has said: "I've always been downtown and uptown. I've had a lot of artist friends and I was always a little bit of a renegade." Her modern design aesthetic is known for its bright prints and patterns. Born in Fort Worth, Texas, Miller was raised in Lenox, Massachusetts. Her father and Parisian-born mother, met in World
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    Antonio M. Reid

    Antonio M. Reid

    • Web Link(s): http://www.discogs.com/artist/L.A.+Reid
    Antonio "L.A." Reid (born June 7, 1956) is a US record executive, songwriter, and record producer. Best known as the co-founder of LaFace Records, he is responsible for signing and helping bring Avril Lavigne, Mariah Carey, Pink, Justin Bieber, Rihanna, Kanye West, Toni Braxton, Kerli, TLC, Usher, Ne-Yo, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Ciara, OutKast, and Dido to multi-platinum album sales. He has won three Grammy Awards. He is the President and chief executive of Hitco Music Publishing, based in Atlanta, and was the chairman and chief executive officer of Island Def Jam Music Group until 2011, when he signed up to appear as a judge on the 2011 U.S. version of The X Factor. Reid will reprise his role on the show for the 2012 season. He is currently the Chairman and CEO of Epic Records. Reid's first appearance on record was with Cincinnati funk rock outfit Pure Essence who released one solitary 45 in the middle 1969s well as garnering an appearance on local FM rock radio station WEBN's second annual LP compilation, this time as Essence. Reid then became a member of the 1980s R&B band The Deele, best known for their 1988 hit "Two Occasions", a song on the remake by LA Production and
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    Mike Nichols

    Mike Nichols (born Michael Igor Peschkowsky; November 6, 1931) is a German-born American television, stage and film director, writer, producer and comedian. He began his career in the 1950s as one half of the comedy duo Nichols and May, along with Elaine May. In 1968 he won the Academy Award for Best Director for the film The Graduate. His other noteworthy films include Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Carnal Knowledge, Working Girl, Closer and the TV mini-series Angels in America. He also staged the original theatrical productions of Barefoot in the Park, Luv, The Odd Couple and Spamalot. Nichols is one of a small group of people who have won an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony Award. His other honors include the Lincoln Center Gala Tribute in 1999, the National Medal of Arts in 2001, the Kennedy Center Honors in 2003 and the AFI Life Achievement Award in 2010. Mike Nichols was born Michael Igor Peschkowsky in Berlin, Germany, the son of Brigitte (née Landauer) and Paul Peschkowsky, a physician. His father was born in Vienna, Austria, to a Russian Jewish immigrant family; Nichols' father's family had been wealthy and lived in Siberia, leaving after the Russian Revolution, and
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    2 votes
    50
    Nelson Peltz

    Nelson Peltz

    Nelson Peltz is an American businessman and a founding partner, together with Peter W. May and Edward P. Garden, of Trian Fund Management. L.P., an alternative investment management fund, based in New York. He is non-executive chairman of the Board of The Wendy's Company and a director of H.J. Heinz Company and Legg Mason, Inc. He was formerly the Chief Executive Officer of Triangle Industries, a Fortune 100 industrial company. Peltz was born on June 24, 1942 in Brooklyn, New York., the son of Claire (née Wechsler) and Maurice Herbert Peltz. He was enrolled at the undergraduate program at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, but never completed his degree. He dropped out and ended up working for his family's business distributing food to restaurants in New York. In the 1980s, Nelson Peltz and his business partner, Peter May, built Triangle Industries into a Fortune 100 industrial company. Triangle was sold to Pechiney in 1988. In 1997, through an investment vehicle they controlled, Triarc Cos, Nelson Peltz and Peter May acquired Snapple, from Quaker Oats. Snapple, together with other beverage brands was sold to Cadbury Schweppes in 2000. The Snapple turnaround was
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    2 votes
    51
    Claire Danes

    Claire Danes

    Claire Catherine Danes (born April 12, 1979) is an American television, stage, and film actress. She has appeared in roles such as Angela Chase in My So-Called Life, as Juliet in Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, as Cosette in Les Misérables, as Yvaine in Stardust, and as Temple Grandin in the HBO TV film Temple Grandin. She portrays Carrie Mathison in the Showtime series Homeland. Danes was born in Manhattan, New York City, New York. Her mother, Carla (née Hall), is a day-care provider, painter, and textile designer who later served as her daughter's manager, and her father, Christopher Danes (b. May 6, 1944 in Austin, Texas), is a computer consultant and former architectural photographer. Danes has described her background as being "as WASPy as you can get"; her paternal grandfather, Gibson Andrew Danes (1910–1992 in Litchfield, Connecticut), was the dean of the art and architecture school at Yale University. She has an older brother, Asa (b. 1973). Danes attended the Dalton School in New York City, the New York City Lab School for Collaborative Studies (where one of her classmates was actress Morena Baccarin), the Professional Performing Arts School, and the Lycée Français de Los
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    3 votes
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    Chris Noth

    Chris Noth

    Christopher David "Chris" Noth ( /noʊθ/) (born November 13, 1954) is an American actor. He is known for long-running television roles as Det. Mike Logan on the police procedural and legal drama television series, Law & Order and Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and as Big on Sex and the City. For the latter role, he has been nominated for a Golden Globe Award. As of 2012, he is a star of the CBS drama series The Good Wife, for which he was also nominated for a Golden Globe. Noth was born in Madison, Wisconsin, the youngest of three sons of Jeanne L. Parr, a former CBS news reporter, and Charles James Noth, an attorney and insurance salesman. He has German and Irish ancestry. Noth's father died in 1966. During his childhood, Noth traveled with his mother and brothers throughout the United Kingdom, Spain and Yugoslavia. Noth spent a part of his undergraduate years at Marlboro College in Vermont, where he built himself a log cabin. He earned an MFA from Yale School of Drama where he acted in some 25 plays and was a pupil of acting coach Sanford Meisner. Noth played small parts in films, including Smithereens (1982) and Baby Boom (1987) before his first starring role in the low-budget
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    Kevin Bacon

    Kevin Bacon

    Kevin Norwood Bacon (born July 8, 1958) is an American film and theater actor whose notable roles include Animal House, Diner, Footloose, Flatliners, Wild Things, A Few Good Men, JFK, The River Wild, Murder in the First, Apollo 13, Hollow Man, Stir of Echoes, Trapped, Mystic River, The Woodsman, Friday the 13th, Death Sentence, Frost/Nixon, X-Men: First Class and Tremors. Bacon has won Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Awards, was nominated for an Emmy Award, and was named by The Guardian as one of the best actors never to have received an Academy Award nomination. In 2003, Bacon received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Bacon, one of six children, was born and raised in a close-knit family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His mother, Ruth Hilda (née Holmes; 1916–1991), taught at an elementary school and was a liberal activist, while his father, Edmund Norwood Bacon (May 2, 1910 – October 14, 2005), was a well-respected architect and a prominent Philadelphian who had been Executive Director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission for many years. At 16, in 1975, Bacon won a full scholarship to and attended the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Arts at Bucknell
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    Pauline Prior-Pitt

    Pauline Prior-Pitt is a British poet who lives in North Uist, Scotland. Pauline lives in Grenitote in North Uist, an island in the Outer Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. Pauline has written several books of poetry, including: Waiting Women (1989). In the Heat of the Moment (1991). Still Standing in the Plant Pot (1994). Addresses & Dreams (1997). Storm Biscuits (2001). Ironing with Sue Lawley (2005). Pauline has also written the pamphlet North Uist Sea Poems. The poems are bound together in a pamphlet, designed and handmade by Pauline.
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    4 votes
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    Maria Bartiromo

    Maria Bartiromo

    Maria Bartiromo (born September 11, 1967) is an American television journalist, magazine columnist and author of three books. Bartiromo is a native of New York and attended New York University. She worked at CNN for five years before joining CNBC television. At CNBC, she is the anchor of the Closing Bell program and the host and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Report and is credited for becoming the first reporter to broadcast live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. She has appeared on various television shows and been the recipient of various journalism awards including being inducted into the Cable Hall of Fame. Bartiromo grew up in the Bay Ridge section of southern Brooklyn. As a teenager, she worked in the coat check room of her parents' Italian restaurant where her father was the chef. Bartiromo attended Fontbonne Hall Academy, an all-girls Roman Catholic high school in Bay Ridge and graduated from New York University with a Bachelor of Arts degree with majors in journalism and economics. Before joining CNBC in 1993, Bartiromo spent 5 years as a producer and assignment editor with CNN Business News. She replaced analyst Roy Blumberg at CNBC when she
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    2 votes
    57
    Michael Bloomberg

    Michael Bloomberg

    Michael Rubens Bloomberg (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman and politician who is currently Mayor of New York City. With a net worth of $25 billion in 2012, he is also the 10th-richest person in the United States. He is the founder and 88% owner of Bloomberg L.P., a financial data-services firm. A Democrat before seeking elective office, Bloomberg switched his registration in 2001 and ran for mayor as a Republican, winning the election that year and a second term in 2005. Bloomberg left the Republican Party over policy and philosophical disagreements with national party leadership in 2007 and ran for his third term in 2009 as an independent candidate on the Republican ballot line. He was frequently mentioned as a possible independent candidate for the 2008 presidential election, which fueled further speculation when he left the Republican Party. There was also speculation that he would run as a vice-presidential candidate. Bloomberg did not, however, seek the presidency nor was he selected as a running mate by any of the presidential candidates. In the fall of 2008, Bloomberg successfully campaigned for an amendment to New York City's term-limits law, in order to
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    2 votes
    58

    Sue Simmons

    Sue Simmons (born May 27, 1942) is a former news anchor who was best known for being the lead female anchor at WNBC in New York City from 1980-2012. Her contract with WNBC expired in June and WNBC announced that it would not renew it. Her final broadcast was on June 15, 2012, in which she received farewells from long time co-workers, as well as from numerous sports figures and celebrities. Simmons grew up in the Manhattan neighborhood of Harlem; her father was John Simmons, a jazz bassist whose compatriots included Louis Armstrong, Art Tatum, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Benny Goodman and Nat King Cole. She began her career as a consumer action reporter at WTNH-TV in New Haven, Connecticut. She was with WBAL-TV in Baltimore from 1974 to 1976 where she was an anchor for the station's Action News and Baltimore At One broadcasts. From 1976 to 1980 she was a reporter and anchor at WRC-TV in Washington, DC, an NBC owned-and-operated station. From 1980 to 2007, she was a co-anchor for WNBC's Live at Five news broadcast. She worked with several co-anchors, including Jack Cafferty, Tony Guida, Matt Lauer, Dean Shepherd, Jim Rosenfield, Perri Peltz, and David Ushery. In 2007, Live at Five
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    Jon Winkelried

    Mr. Winkelried has been President and Co-Chief Operating Officer and a director of Goldman Sachs since June 2006. Previously, he had been the co-head of Goldman Sachs’ Investment Banking Division since January 2005. From 2000 to 2005, he was co-head of FICC. From 1999 to 2000, he was head of FICC in Europe. From 1995 to 1999, he was responsible for Goldman Sachs’ leveraged finance business. Mr. Winkelried is not on the board of any public company other than Goldman Sachs. He is also a trustee of the University of Chicago.
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    3 votes
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    Lydia Hearst-Shaw

    Lydia Hearst-Shaw

    Lydia Marie Hearst-Shaw (born September 19, 1984) is an American actress, fashion model, columnist, socialite and heiress to the publishing fortune established by her maternal great-grandfather William Randolph Hearst. The 2008 Michael Awards recognized her as their Model of the Year. She was also given the award of the Best International Supermodel in Madrid on 12 November 2008. Hearst-Shaw has modeled for magazines such as Vogue internationally with numerous covers, Harper's Bazaar, GQ, Elle, and fashion designers such as Louis Vuitton, Moschino, Prada, DKNY to name a few, as well as Puma and appeared in Puma's French 77 collection. In 2008 she posed in a range of retro-style satin and silk lingerie for Myla's autumn and winter collection. She also appeared topless in the May 2009 issue of GQ Italia, and Vogue as well as the images shot by famed photographer Terry Richardson. Hearst-Shaw was a columnist for Page Six magazine, which comes in the Sunday edition of the New York Post. She appeared on the cover of the 30 September 2007 issue of the magazine. Hearst-Shaw appeared in the CW hit show Gossip Girl as Lily van der Woodsen's posh interior decorator, Amelia, in the Season 1
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    3 votes
    61
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    Lewis A Sanders

    Lewis A. "Lew" Sanders is the founder, CEO and Co-CIO of Sanders Capital, LLC, a value-oriented investment manager serving institutional and high net worth clients. Formerly, he was the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of AllianceBernstein. He retired from this position in December, 2008. Mr. Sanders became AllianceBernstein's Chairman in January, 2005; he became CEO in July, 2003. He had been Vice Chairman and CIO since October, 2000. Before the acquisition of Sanford C. Bernstein & Co., Inc. by Alliance Capital in October, 2000, Mr. Sanders served for seven years as CEO of Sanford C. Bernstein. In his 32 years at Sanford C. Bernstein, he also served as President and Chief Operating Officer, with senior responsibility for all research and investment management operations (1981–1993); Executive Vice President (1979–1981); and Research Director (1972–1981). Mr. Sanders joined Bernstein in 1968 as a Research Analyst, establishing credentials that would lead to his being named to the Institutional Investor All-America Research team four times. As noted in his BusinessWeek executive profile, during his 32-year tenure at Bernstein, "More than any other individual, he
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    4 votes
    63
    Marci Klein

    Marci Klein

    Marci Klein (born 1967) is a four-time Emmy Award-winning American television producer who is best known for her work on 30 Rock and Saturday Night Live. During his 2007 Golden Globes acceptance speech, Alec Baldwin personally thanked Klein and referred to her as "the greatest producer in the history of broadcast television," to which she received an ovation from the audience. Klein is the daughter of fashion designer Calvin Klein and his first wife Jayne. In 1978, Marci was kidnapped and held for 9 hours until a $100,000 dollar ransom was paid. Police arrested the culprits.
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    4 votes
    64
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    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Paltrow

    Gwyneth Kate Paltrow Martin ( /ˈɡwɪnɨθ ˈpæltroʊ/; born September 27, 1972) is an American actress and singer. She made her acting debut on stage in 1990 and started appearing in films in 1991. After appearing in several films throughout the decade, Paltrow gained early notice for her work in films such as Seven (1995) and Emma (1996) (in which she played the title role). Following the films Sliding Doors (1998) and A Perfect Murder (1998), Paltrow garnered worldwide recognition through her performance in Shakespeare in Love (1998), for which she won an Academy Award for Best Actress, a Golden Globe Award and two Screen Actors Guild Awards, for Outstanding Lead Actress and as a member of the Outstanding Cast. She also won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series in 2011 for her role as Holly Holliday on the Fox hit TV show Glee in the episode "The Substitute". Paltrow has portrayed supporting as well as lead roles in films such as The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999), The Royal Tenenbaums (2001), Shallow Hal (2001), and Proof (2005), for which she earned a Golden Globe nomination as Best Actress in Motion Picture Drama. Since 2008 she has portrayed Pepper Potts, the
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    John J. Mack

    John J. Mack

    John J. Mack (born on November 17, 1944) is a Senior Advisor and the former CEO & Chairman of the Board at Morgan Stanley, the New York-based investment bank and brokerage firm. Mack announced his retirement as Chief Executive Officer on September 10, 2009, which was effective January 1, 2010. Former Co-President James P. Gorman succeeded him as CEO. Born in 1944, Mack was the sixth son to Lebanese immigrants of Melchite and Greek Orthodox origin. His father, Charles, came to America at the age of 12, following his father who had arrived at Ellis Island in 1908 and had settled in North Carolina. Charles ran a wholesale grocery store in Mooresville, N.C. Mack graduated from Duke University in 1968, where he attended on a football scholarship and is now a member of the Board of Trustees. Mack's first job in finance was as a clerk at a small brokerage house during his junior year at Duke, after a cracked vertebra made it impossible for him to continue on his football scholarship. Mack worked at several firms around Wall Street before starting his career at Morgan Stanley in 1972 as a salesman, and has since worked for the company for nearly thirty years. Rising steadily to positions
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    Bee Shaffer

    Bee Shaffer

    Bee Shaffer, daughter of Anna Wintour, is a recent graduate of Columbia University. She has written for The Daily Telegraph, The Daily Beast and was a contributing editor at Teen Vogue.
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    3 votes
    71
    Tina Fey

    Tina Fey

    Elizabeth Stamatina "Tina" Fey ( /ˈfeɪ/; born May 18, 1970) is an American actress, comedian, writer and producer, known for her work on the NBC sketch comedy series Saturday Night Live (SNL), the NBC comedy series 30 Rock, and films such as Mean Girls (2004) and Baby Mama (2008). Fey first broke into comedy as a featured player in the Chicago-based improvisational comedy group The Second City. She then joined SNL as a writer, later becoming head writer and a performer, known for her position as co-anchor in the Weekend Update segment. In 2004 she adapted the screenplay Mean Girls in which she also co-starred. After leaving SNL in 2006, she created the television series 30 Rock, a situation comedy loosely based on her experiences at SNL. In the series, Fey portrays the head writer of a fictional sketch comedy series. In 2008, she starred in the comedy film Baby Mama, alongside former SNL co-star Amy Poehler. Fey next appeared in the 2010 comedy films Date Night and Megamind. She has received seven Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, four Screen Actors Guild Awards, four Writers Guild of America Awards and has been nominated for a Grammy Award for her autobiographical book
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    5 votes
    72
    Diane Sawyer

    Diane Sawyer

    Lila Diane Sawyer (born December 22, 1945) is the current anchor of ABC News' flagship program, ABC World News. Previously, Sawyer had been co-anchor of ABC News's morning news program, Good Morning America (GMA). Born in Glasgow, Kentucky, Diane Sawyer is the daughter of Jean W. Sawyer – an elementary school teacher – and Erbon Powers "Tom" Sawyer, a judge. Her ancestry includes English, Irish, Scots-Irish, and German. Soon after her birth, her family moved to Louisville, Kentucky, where her father rose to local prominence as a Republican politician and community leader; he was Kentucky's Jefferson County Judge/Executive when he was killed in a car accident on Louisville's Interstate 64 in 1969. E. P. "Tom" Sawyer State Park, located in the Frey's Hill area of Louisville, is named in his honor. Sawyer attended Seneca High School in the Buechel area of Louisville. In 1963, she won the "America's Junior Miss" scholarship pageant as a representative from the State of Kentucky. During the period from 1962 to 1965, Sawyer was "America's Junior Miss" touring the country to promote the Coca-Cola Pavilion at the 1964-1965 New York World's Fair. In 1967, she received a Bachelor of Arts
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    2 votes
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    Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

    Edgar Bronfman, Jr.

    Edgar Miles Bronfman, Jr. (born May 16, 1955), is an American businessman who served as CEO of Warner Music Group 2004 to 2011 and as Chairman from 2011 to 2012. In May, 2011, the sale of WMG was announced; Bronfman would continue as CEO in the transaction. In August 2011, he became Chairman of the company as Stephen Cooper became CEO. Bronfman previously served as CEO of Seagram and vice-chairman of Vivendi Universal. He is the son of Edgar Miles Bronfman and the grandson of Samuel Bronfman, patriarch of one of the wealthiest and most influential Jewish families in Canada. The Bronfman family gained its fortunes through the Seagram Company, an alcohol distilling company, but Edgar Jr. ("Efer" to friends) has gained his reputation by expanding and later divesting ownership of the Seagram Company, as well as for pursuing more creative activities as a Broadway and film producer and songwriter. His controversial decision to sell his family stake in DuPont Chemical in order to create the Vivendi Universal entertainment company which turned out to be short-lived, was a source of widespread astonishment in the business community. Edgar Jr. is the second of five children. He was indicated
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    2 votes
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    Lloyd Blankfein

    Lloyd Blankfein

    Lloyd Craig Blankfein (born September 20, 1954) is an American business executive. He is the CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs. He has been in this position since the May 31, 2006 nomination of former CEO Henry Paulson as United States Secretary of the Treasury under President George W. Bush. Blankfein was born in the Bronx borough of New York City to a Jewish family and reared in the Linden Houses, a New York City Housing Authority project in the East New York section of Brooklyn. His father was a clerk with the U.S. Postal Service branch in the Manhattan borough of New York City and his mother was a receptionist. As a boy, he worked as a concession vendor at Yankee Stadium. He received primary and secondary education in the public schools of the New York City Department of Education, and was the valedictorian at Thomas Jefferson High School in 1971. He attended Harvard College, where he lived in Winthrop House, and earned his A.B. in 1975. In 1978, Blankfein received a J.D. degree from Harvard Law School. Blankfein worked as a corporate tax lawyer for the law firm Donovan, Leisure, Newton & Irvine. In 1981, he joined Goldman's commodities trading arm, J. Aron & Co., as a precious
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    Julianne Moore

    Julianne Moore

    Julianne Moore (born Julie Anne Smith; December 3, 1960) is an Emmy Award winner, a British-American actress and a children's book author. She has been nominated for four Oscars, six Golden Globes, three BAFTAs, nine Screen Actors Guild Awards, and has won two Emmy Awards. Moore began her acting career in 1983 with minor roles, before joining the cast of the soap opera As the World Turns, for which she won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1988. She began to appear in supporting roles in films during the early 1990s, in films such as The Hand That Rocks the Cradle (1992) and Short Cuts (1993). By the middle of the decade, she had graduated to starring roles in Nine Months and Assassins (both 1995), and her performance in Boogie Nights (1997) brought her widespread attention and her first Academy Award nomination. Her success continued with such films as The Big Lebowski (1998), Magnolia (1999), Hannibal (2001), and The Forgotten (2004). She also received three more Academy Award nominations for her performances in The End of the Affair (1999), Far From Heaven and The Hours (both 2002). Her most recent notable roles include The Kids Are All Right (2010), Crazy, Stupid, Love. (2011), and the
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    Geraldo Rivera

    Geraldo Rivera

    Geraldo Rivera (born Gerald Michael Riviera; July 4, 1943) is an American attorney, journalist, author, reporter, and talk show host. Rivera hosts the newsmagazine program Geraldo at Large and appears regularly on Fox News Channel. He is also well known from his history as a reporter and TV personality, and as the host of the controversial talk show Geraldo from 1987 to 1998. Rivera was born at Beth Israel Medical Center in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Lillian (née Friedman), a waitress, and the late Cruz "Allen" Rivera (October 1, 1915 – November 1987), a restaurant worker and cab driver. Rivera's father was a Catholic Puerto Rican of Spanish ancestry, and his mother is of Ashkenazi Russian Jewish descent. He was raised "mostly Jewish" and had a Bar Mitzvah. He grew up in Brooklyn and West Babylon, New York. He has four siblings: Wilfredo, Sharon, Irene, and Craig. Rivera is an alumnus of the University of Arizona, where he played varsity lacrosse as goalie. From September 1961 to May 1963, he attended the State University of New York Maritime College, where he was a member of the rowing team. He received his J.D. from Brooklyn Law School in 1969, and did postgraduate work at
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    Jason Binn

    Jason Binn

    Jason Binn founded Niche Media Holdings, a leading publisher of luxury magazines nationwide. In November 2010, Binn resigned as CEO of Niche Media. He became Chief Advisor to the CEO and Founder of Gilt Groupe, Kevin Ryan in August, 2010. In August 2011, Binn began a collaboration with Colin Cowie Enterprises where he serves as Senior Advisor to the CEO and the Company. In September 2011, Binn created a strategic partnership with Getty Images, a leading creator and distributor of digital media. In March 2012, Binn founded Du Jour magazine, a multi-platform digital & print publication in partnership with Gilt Groupe & James Cohen of Hudson News and Dufry. Du Jour is slated to launch in Fall 2012. The business model utilizes targeted analytics reaching over 3 million individuals across the country. Binn started his publishing career as co-founder of Ocean Drive magazine in 1993. He then founded Niche Media Holdings in 1998, building what BusinessWeek calls “a fast growing empire” of upscale glossies that has cornered the regional publishing market with the country’s preeminent local luxury magazines. In 2005 Binn was profiled in Forbes magazine's "Forbes 400". He was Awarded Ernst &
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    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker

    Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress and producer. She is best known for her leading role as Carrie Bradshaw on the HBO television series Sex and the City (1998–2004), for which she won four Golden Globe Awards, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, and two Emmy Awards. She played the same role in the 2008 feature film based on the show, Sex and the City: The Movie, and in its sequel, Sex and the City 2, which opened on May 26, 2010. Parker has also appeared in many other films. Sarah Jessica Parker was born in Nelsonville, Ohio, the daughter of Barbara Parker (née Keck), a nursery school operator and teacher, and Stephen Parker, an entrepreneur and journalist. She was one of a total of eight children from her parents' marriage and her mother's second marriage (her full siblings include actors Timothy Britten Parker and Pippin Parker). After her parents' divorce, her mother married Paul Forste, a truck driver and account executive who was a part of Parker's life from an early age. Parker's father, a native of Brooklyn, was of Eastern European Jewish background; his family's original surname was "Bar-Kahn" ("son of Kohen"). Parker's mother was of English and
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    Wendi Deng Murdoch

    Wendi Deng Murdoch

    Wendi Deng Murdoch (simplified Chinese: 邓文迪; traditional Chinese: 鄧文迪; pinyin: Dèng Wéndí; born December 8, 1968) is a Chinese-born American businesswoman. She is the third wife of News Corporation Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, and is leading her husband's Chinese media investments. In 1988, Murdoch was sponsored by an American family for a student visa. She attended Cal State Northridge for economics and completed her master's degree in business at the Yale School of Management, where she currently serves on the board of advisors. Murdoch's debut in the media came with Fox TV. She was offered an internship at Star TV, Hong Kong, part of News Corporation. Wendi Deng Murdoch was born in Jinan, Shandong, and raised in Xuzhou, Jiangsu. Her birth name was Deng Wenge (邓文革), which means "Cultural Revolution". She changed it in her teens when a more open and international mood took hold. Murdoch is the third of four children (three daughters, one son) born to engineers. Murdoch attended Xuzhou First Secondary School and Xuzhou No. 1 Middle School. She developed a strong interest in playing volleyball. While in high school, Murdoch's father relocated to Hangzhou, where he worked at the
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    Cathy Horyn

    Cathy Horyn

    Cathy Horyn (born September 11, 1956) is an American fashion journalist, working as the fashion critic for The New York Times where she also keeps a highly noted and provocative blog called ("On The Runway"). She is only the second NYT fashion critic, succeeding Amy Spindler when Spindler retired in November 2003 and a close friend and a well-known support of Raf Simons Belgian designer (who's working with LVMH group ). Raised in Coshocton, Ohio, she began her career in fashion journalism in Detroit in 1986, writing for The Detroit News, then moved to Washington, DC after four years, reviewing fashion design for The Washington Post. She joined The New York Times in 1998. Magazines and newspapers to which she contributes include: Vanity Fair, Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, International Herald Tribune and others. She is known for her unflinchingly acerbic reviews, which got her banned from numerous designer shows, most notably Giorgio Armani, and as of 2012, Saint Laurent Paris. In 2002, she received the Eugenia Sheppard Award by the Council of Fashion Designers of America. She questioned the work and exposed the deal-making of Vogue editor-in-chief, Anna Wintour. In January 2010, Horyn
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    Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson

    Scarlett Johansson (born November 22, 1984) is an American actress, model and singer. Johansson made her film debut in North (1994) and was later nominated for the Independent Spirit Award for Best Female Lead for her performance in Manny & Lo (1996). She rose to further prominence with her roles in The Horse Whisperer (1998) and Ghost World (2001). She shifted to adult roles with her performances in Girl with a Pearl Earring (2003) and Sofia Coppola's Lost in Translation (2003), for which she won a BAFTA award for Best Actress in a Leading Role. Both films earned her Golden Globe Award nominations. A role in A Love Song for Bobby Long (2004) earned Johansson a third Golden Globe for Best Actress nomination. Johansson garnered another Golden Globe nomination for Best Supporting Actress with her role in Woody Allen's Match Point (2005). She went on to star in two further Allen movies: Scoop (2006) and Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008). Johansson has appeared in other successful films, such as Christopher Nolan's The Prestige (2006). Johansson played popular Marvel comic book character Black Widow/Natasha Romanoff in the films Iron Man 2 (2010) and The Avengers (2012). The 2010
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    Aviv Nevo

    Aviv "Vivi" Nevo (born 1965) is an Israeli and American venture capitalist who is a major shareholder in Time Warner. His venture capital firm, NV Investments, is believed to invest in technology companies worldwide, and is said to have been an early backer of The Weinstein Company, and the largest individual shareholder in Time Warner. Nevo is averse to publicity, and hires a public relations firm to maintain a low public profile. In July, 2008 Nevo confirmed long-running rumors of an engagement to Chinese actress Zhang Ziyi. They separated in 2010. Nevo was born in Bucharest, Romania and then moved to Tel Aviv, Israel as an infant, with his father, a chemical engineer, and his mother, an anesthesiologist. He is an only child. It is believed that he built his fortune up from his initial $10 million inheritance. Nevo is also Jewish.
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    Edward Lampert

    Edward Lampert

    Edward S. "Eddie" Lampert (born July 19, 1962) is an American businessman and investor. He is the chairman of Sears Holdings Corporation (SHLD) and founder, chairman, and CEO of ESL Investments. Until May, 2007 he was a director of AutoNation, Inc. He previously served as a director of AutoZone, Inc. from July 1999 to October 2006. Lampert was born in 1962 to Dolores Lampert and Floyd M. Lampert. His mother was a housewife. His father was a senior partner in the law firm of Lampert & Lampert in New York City. He has a younger sister Tracey. Lampert's grandmother was a passive investor and big fan of Louis Rukeyser's Wall Street Week television program. She instilled in him an interest in investing. His mother would later recall that young Eddie would sit with his grandmother reviewing and evaluating the performance of her stock picks in the daily paper. Lampert's father died at the age of 47 leaving the family impoverished and forcing his mother to take a job as a clerk at Saks Fifth Avenue. His mother would later say: "Eddie really assumed the responsibility, knowing that life had changed and we had to accomplish something by ourselves now." In order to help support his family,
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    Heidi Klum

    Heidi Klum

    Heidi Klum (born June 1, 1973), is a German model, television host, businesswoman, fashion designer, television producer, and an occasional actress. In 2008, she became an American citizen while maintaining her native German citizenship. Klum became internationally known for her appearances on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. In 1997 she became the first German model to become a Victoria's Secret Angel. Following a successful modeling career, Klum gained acclaim as the host and judge of the reality show Project Runway which earned her an Emmy nomination in 2008. She has worked as a spokesmodel for Dannon and H & M, and has appeared in numerous commercials for McDonald's, Volkswagen and others. In 2009, Klum became Barbie's official ambassador on Barbie's 50th anniversary. As an occasional actress, she had supporting roles in movies including Blow Dry (2001), Ella Enchanted (2004), and made cameo appearances on The Devil Wears Prada (2006) and Perfect Stranger (2007). She has also appeared on TV shows including Sex and the City and How I Met Your Mother. In May 2011, Forbes magazine estimated Klum's total earnings for that year as $20 million. She is ranked second
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    Shepard Smith

    Shepard Smith

    David Shepard Smith, Jr. (born January 14, 1964), known better as Shepard Smith, is an American television news anchor. He is host of Fox Report with Shepard Smith and Studio B weekdays on Fox News Channel. In addition, he anchors the 5:00 p.m. ET weekday news update on Fox News Radio, also titled Fox Report. Smith was born in Holly Springs, Mississippi, the son of Dora Ellen Anderson, an English teacher, and David Shepard Smith, Sr., a cotton merchant. He attended Marshall Academy, a K–12 private school in Holly Springs, but completed his senior year of high school in Florida, where he, his mother, and brother moved after his parents separated. Smith went on to attend the University of Mississippi. He majored in journalism, but left two credits away from graduation. He frequently returns to the university during college football season and delivered the university's annual commencement address on May 10, 2008. Smith signed his first television contract with WJHG-TV in Panama City Beach, Florida. He worked as a reporter for WCJB-TV in Gainesville, Florida (1985), a reporter for WBBH-TV in Fort Myers, reporter/anchor in Miami with WSVN and as a reporter at WCPX-TV (now WKMG-TV) in
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    Cindy Adams

    Cindy Adams

    Cynthia "Cindy" Adams (née Sugar; later Heller; born April 24, 1930) is an American gossip columnist and writer. She is the widow of comedian/humorist Joey Adams. Born an only child in New York City, she was one year old when her parents divorced. Her mother, Jessica Sugar, worked as an executive secretary for the New York City Water Department and was a single parent until her remarriage to insurance agent Harry Heller. She grew up in Washington Heights, Manhattan and Jamaica Estates, Queens. She left Andrew Jackson High School at age fifteen without graduating (she was academically qualified but the principal reportedly refused to graduate her unless she learned to sew). She began to work as a photographer's model in Manhattan, meeting her future husband, Joey, a year later when they appeared on the same radio show. Married on Valentine's Day 1952, they had no children. Joey Adams died in 1999 following a long illness. Since 1979, Adams has written a gossip column for the New York Post, a New York City newspaper. She contributed to Sunday Today in New York, a now-defunct newscast on WNBC television. She had previously contributed twice a week on WNBC's Live at Five newscast until
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    Ira Rennert

    Ira Rennert

    Ira Leon Rennert (born 1934, Brooklyn, New York) is an American investor and businessman. Using junk bonds to finance his acquisitions of companies, often in bankruptcy, Rennert has amassed significant holdings in basic, cyclical industries, such as mining and metals, including lead smelters, coal mines, magnesium producers and vehicle assembly lines. Today he controls one of the nation’s largest privately held industrial empires, and his personal fortune is estimated to be $5.9 billion. Rennert is a graduate of Brooklyn College. He earned his master's degree from New York University's Stern School of Business, where he is currently on the Board of Overseers. Rennert started his career as a credit analyst on Wall Street in 1956. He also served briefly as a salesman for a typewriting company and a stock brokerage, before launching his own business, I.L.Rennert & Co. in 1962 based at a Beaver Street office in Lower Manhattan. At this time he was censured by the NASD for operating with insufficient capital. This occurred again in 1963 and as a result, his license was revoked on November 29, 1964, effectively banning him from the securities industry. According to a company spokesman,
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    Larry Gagosian

    Lawrence Gilbert "Larry" Gagosian (born April 19, 1945) is an American art dealer who owns the Gagosian Gallery chain of art galleries. Working in concert with collectors including Douglas S. Cramer, Eli Broad and Keith Barish he developed a reputation for knowing how to push prices upwards as well as for staging museum quality exhibitions. Gagosian was born in Los Angeles, the elder of two siblings, to Armenian immigrant parents. Between 1963 and 1969 he pursued a major in English literature at UCLA. He worked briefly in an entry-level job at the William Morris Agency, but got his start in the art business by selling posters near the campus of UCLA in Los Angeles. He closed his poster shop around 1976, when a former restaurant facility became available in the same complex on Broxton, and upgraded to prints by artists like Diane Arbus and Lee Friedlander. His gallery Prints on Broxton was renamed the Broxton Gallery when he began to show a wider array of contemporary art. The gallery worked with up and coming artists such as Vija Celmins, Alexis Smith, and Elyn Zimmerman, and staged exhibitions such as "Broxton Sequences: Sequential Imagery in Photography", which included the work
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    Melania Trump

    Melania Trump

    Melania Knauss-Trump (born Melanija Knavs, germanized to Melania Knauss; April 26, 1970) is a Slovenian former model and the wife of American real estate magnate Donald Trump. They married on January 22, 2005. Knauss-Trump was born in the town of Sevnica in Slovenia's Lower Sava Valley (then part of Yugoslavia) in 1970. Her father Viktor Knavs was from the nearby town of Radeče, while her mother Amalija came from a village in the area surrounding Sevnica. She met Donald Trump in the late 1990s. Knauss's relationship with Trump grew as she launched her modelling career, and also became involved with the social set of New York. Their relationship received increasing publicity after the launch of Trump's successful business-oriented reality television show, The Apprentice. She appeared on The Howard Stern Show with Trump. This led to a layout in British GQ magazine, including the cover shot in January 2000. Trump and Knauss became engaged in 2004, and married on January 22, 2005, at The Episcopal Church of Bethesda-by-the-Sea in Palm Beach, Florida, followed by a reception at Trump's Mar-A-Lago estate. Their wedding ceremony was widely covered by the media, with the fact that Knauss
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    Behnaz Sarafpour

    Behnaz Sarafpour is a New York City-based designer who introduced a line of women's apparel bearing her name in 2001. She attended Parsons School of Design, where she was honored with the Golden Thimble Award, and has held design positions at Isaac Mizrahi, Narciso Rodriguez, Richard Tyler, Anne Klein, and Barneys New York. Her collections are presented in New York with the aid of various sponsors. Her Spring 2005 sponsor, Tiffany & Co., allowed her to present the collection at the jewelry company's 5th Avenue flagship store. She is Persian-American. Sarafpour is a member of CFDA, through which a close relationship began after her nomination for the Swarovski Perry Ellis Award for ready to wear in 2002, 2003, and 2005. In November 2006, Sarafpour designed a collection of clothing and accessories for Target Corporation's Go International which consisted of moderately priced but high quality items. Sarafpour also minted a limited-edition lipstick for Lancôme and jeans for Scott Morrison's Ernest Sewn collection. Sarafpour was honored at the White House in July 2010 as a finalist of the Smithsonian's National Design Award in the fashion design category.
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    Lyor Cohen

    Lyor Cohen

    Lyor Cohen (Hebrew: ליאור כהן‎; born October 3, 1959) is the North American Chairman and CEO of Recorded Music for Warner Music Group (WMG). He has been a pioneer in the development of hip hop music and influential in the development of hip hop music acts, including Beastie Boys, Foxy Brown, LL Cool J, Jam Master Jay, Nas, Run-D.M.C. and others. In addition, he has done various promotional work on behalf of rock musician Jon Bon Jovi and the heavy metal band Slayer, pop music singer Mariah Carey and hip hop artists Sean Combs and Jay-Z. Cohen joined the company shortly after Time Warner's sale of WMG to an investor group led by Edgar Bronfman, Jr.. Prior to his current role with Warner Music, he worked with The Island Def Jam Music Group, where he led the growth of its roster of artists and record labels, including Def Jam Recordings, Island Records, Roc-A-Fella Records, and Lost Highway Records. At WMG, in 2007, his division brought the company its highest U.S. album share in a decade and was credited with delivering the "most improved performance of a major music company" by the New York Post. As head of WMG's recorded music division, Cohen has helped to transform the company's
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    Max Cortés

    Max Cortés is a Spanish stripper, pornographic actor and director. He was born in Barcelona in the 1970s. Cortés started working as a stripper after finishing school, performing several shows each weekend and establishing his own agency. He began his adult film career when he received an offer from director José M. Ponce to perform in a film. In 1999, Cortés produced his first film, Vivencias de un Actor Porno Español, and later began directing films for International Film Group.
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    Michael Jaharis

    Michael Jaharis

    Michael Jaharis is an American businessman. He is the founder of Kos Pharmaceuticals and Vatera Healthcare Partners, and co-founder of Arisaph Pharmaceuticals. He graduated from Carroll University and received a PhD from DePaul University. From 1961 to 1972, he worked for Miles Laboratories. He served as President and CEO of Key Pharmaceuticals from 1972 until its merger with the Schering-Plough Corporation in 1986. In 1988, he founded Kos Pharmaceuticals, Inc. He created the cholesterol-battling drug Niaspan, and sold to Abbott Labs in 2006 for $4.2 billion. He has made charitable contributions to the Columbia University Medical Center, the Weill Cornell Medical College of Cornell University, the Tufts University School of Medicine, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Art Institute of Chicago, and the Metropolitan Opera. He is the founder of Faith: An Endowment for Orthodoxy and Hellenism. He also serves as Trustee Emeritus of Tufts University and Chairman of the Board of Overseers for the School of Medicine of Tufts University; member of the Columbia University Medical Center Board of Visitors; member of the Board of Overseers of the Weill Cornell Medical College and Graduate
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    Paul Tudor Jones

    Paul Tudor Jones II (born September 28, 1954), is the founder of Tudor Investment Corporation, which is the management company for his various private investment partnerships, also referred to as hedge funds. As of March 2011, he was estimated to have a net worth of USD 3.3 billion by Forbes Magazine and ranked as the 107th richest Americans and 336th richest in the world. In March 2012, Jones ranks No. 330 on the list of the world’s wealthiest people. His management company charges the hedge funds he manages a fee that is higher than the industry standards. The industry standards are two percent per annum of assets under management and twenty percent of the profits, whereas Tudor Investment Corp. charges four percent per annum of assets under management and twenty-three percent of the profits. Jones was born in Memphis, Tennessee. He graduated from Presbyterian Day School, an all-boys elementary school before attending Memphis University School for high school. Jones then went on to University of Virginia, earning an undergraduate degree in economics in 1976 as well as a welterweight boxing championship. In 1976, he started working on the trading floors as a clerk and then became
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    Peter M. Brant

    Peter M. Brant (born 1947) is an American industrialist and businessman, worth an estimated $2.7 billion. He is also a major art collector, movie producer, and avid horseman. Brant is married to supermodel Stephanie Seymour. Brant's fortune came from the paper business he inherited and expanded, though he has made a name for himself as an art collector and benefactor and as a highly regarded polo player. The company was later renamed White Birch Paper Company. Brant owns White Birch Paper Company and Brant Publications, Inc. In February 2010, White Birch Paper restructured under Chapter 11 proceedings due to declining demand for newsprint. The company has emerged from bankruptcy as of January 2012 and has closed its main pulp and paper mill in Quebec City, sending home more than 600 workers. He owns four other mills located in Quebec, Canada and five in the United States. Brant is the owner and chairman of Brant Publications, Inc., located in New York, New York, founded in 1984. BPI publishes four magazines: Brant bought his first pieces of art after turning an $8,000 investment into several hundred thousand dollars as a young man. His first purchases according to The New York
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    Ryan McGinley

    Ryan McGinley (born October 17, 1977) is an American photographer living in New York City who began making photographs in 1998. In 2003, at the age of 25, McGinley was one of the youngest artists to have a solo show at the Whitney Museum of American Art. He was also named Photographer of the Year in 2003 by American Photo Magazine. In 2007 McGinley was awarded the Young Photographer Infinity Award by the International Center of Photography. Ryan David McGinley, born in Ramsey, New Jersey, is the youngest of eight children. From an early age his peers and mentors were skateboarders, graffiti writers, musicians, and artists that were considered to be on the fringes of society. He enrolled as a graphic design student at Parsons School of Design in New York in 1995. He moved to the East Village in 1998, and covered the walls of his apartment with Polaroid pictures of everyone who visited him there. McGinley had his first public exhibition in 2000 at 420 West Broadway in Manhattan in a DIY opening. Later, as a student at Parsons, he started taking pictures, which he put together in a self-published book, The Kids Are Alright, . That was in 1999. T His first book of photos, The Kids Are
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    Victoria Gotti

    Victoria Gotti (born November 27, 1962) is a writer and reality television personality who is also the daughter of the Gambino crime family Mafia boss, John Gotti. Victoria was born in Brooklyn, New York, New York. Her father was convicted mob boss and criminal John Gotti and her mother was Victoria DiGiorgio. Victoria Gotti was raised in Howard Beach, New York with her siblings, Angel Gotti, John A. Gotti, Peter Gotti and Frank Gotti. Victoria entered St. Johns University after graduating high school. She claimed while at St. Johns that she suffered from mitral valve prolapse, a rare condition that makes the heart race, causing dizziness and palpitations. Her condition meant that she needed to watch her health carefully, take regular medication, and occasionally wear a heart monitor.. She was often exempt from arduous academic commitments because of her health concerns. She also began to develop a condition in which one eye would water incessantly. In 1984, shortly after dropping out, she married her high school sweetheart Carmine Agnello, a scrap metal dealer. Together, the couple had three sons, Carmine, Frank and John; a daughter, Justine, was stillborn. In August 2005, Gotti
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    Padma Lakshmi

    Padma Lakshmi

    Padma Parvati Lakshmi (pronounced [ˈpəd̪maː ˈpaːrʋət̪iː ˈləkʃmiː]; born September 1, 1970) is an Indian American cookbook author, actress, model and television host. Her debut cookbook Easy Exotic won her the "Best First Book" award at the 1999 Gourmand World Cookbook Awards. She has been the host of the US reality television program Top Chef since season two in 2006, for which she received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program. In 2010, Top Chef won the Emmy Award for Outstanding Reality-Competition Program. Padma Lakshmi was born in Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India in a Iyengar Brahmin family. Her father was a Pfizer executive and her mother Vijaya, the first wife of her father, was a nurse who specialized in suicide prevention. Her mother tongue is Tamil. She grew up shuttling between her grandparents in Chennai and her mother in New York. She is her parents' only child from this marriage. Her parents separated when she was age one. They divorced a year later. Both parents later remarried, and Lakshmi has a younger paternal half-brother and half-sister. The latter formerly worked as an actress and classical dancer
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    Paula Froelich

    Paula Froelich is a columnist and author. She is the author of the book Mercury in Retrograde. Paula Froelich is a native of Cincinnati, OH. She was born October 30, 1972. She attended Walnut Hills High School and was a member of the class of 1991. She went on to study at Emory University in Atlanta, GA. She is a columnist for the New York Post Page Six. She in an author of the book Mercury in Retrograde. The book is on the New York Times Best selling books list. She is now working on a novel for young adults.
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    Stephen A. Schwarzman

    Stephen A. Schwarzman

    Stephen (Steve) Allen Schwarzman (born February 14, 1947) is an American financier and philanthropist. He is the chairman and CEO of the Blackstone Group, a private equity firm he co-founded with former Lehman Brothers CEO and US Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson. Schwarzman is a son of Arline and Joseph Schwarzman of Huntingdon Valley, Pennsylvania. His father owned Schwarzman's, a former dry-goods store in Philadelphia. Schwarzman attended the Abington School District in suburban Philadelphia and graduated from Abington Senior High School in 1965. He attended Yale University during the same period as George W. Bush, one year behind him (both were in the Skull and Bones society) and graduated in 1969. He then went on to Harvard Business School and graduated in 1972. Schwarzman's first job in the financial services was with Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, a now defunct investment bank. After business school, Schwarzman started working at the investment bank Lehman Brothers, where he reached the rank of managing director at age 31. He eventually became the head of Lehman Brothers' global mergers and acquisitions team. In 1985, Schwarzman and his partner Peter Peterson started
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    Tinsley Mortimer

    Tinsley Mortimer

    Tinsley Mortimer is an American socialite. Mortimer was born in Virginia. and grew up in Richmond, VA. Her father is George Riley Mercer Jr., a real-estate investor, and her mother is Dale Mercer (née Tatum), an interior designer. Her paternal grandfather, George Riley Mercer Sr., founded Mercer Rug Cleansing in 1936. Mortimer is reportedly a descendant of Thomas Jefferson (on her mother's side) and relatives of Patrick Henry and James Madison (on her father's side). She grew up with one sister, Dabney Mercer. Mortimer attended the Lawrenceville School, where she was a member of the Kirby House. She went to University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, before transferring to Columbia University, where she was a member of St. Anthony Hall. She graduated from Columbia with a BA in art history. Mortimer has a line of handbags and clothing in Japan for Samantha Thavasa, for which she was featured in an advertising campaign. She also features prominently in Samantha Thavasa USA's online promotional materials and in the company's Madison Avenue store, which also carries her handbags. She subsequently formed her own clothing line, Riccime by Tinsley Mortimer, which is available in select
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    Tyra Banks

    Tyra Banks

    Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973) is an American model and media personality. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue and working for Victoria's Secret as one of their original Angels. Banks is the creator and host of the UPN/The CW reality television show America's Next Top Model, co-creator of True Beauty, and was the host of her own talk show, The Tyra Banks Show. Banks is one of four African Americans and seven women to have repeatedly ranked among the world's most influential people by Time magazine. Tyra Banks was born in Inglewood, California. She is the daughter of Caroline (née London; now London-Johnson), a medical photographer, and Donald Banks, a computer consultant. She has a brother, Devin, who is five years older. In 1979, when Banks was 6 years old, her parents divorced. Banks attended John Burroughs Middle School and graduated in 1991 from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles. When Banks was 15 years old, she started modeling while attending school in Los Angeles. She was rejected by six modeling agencies before she was signed by Elite Model Management at age 16. When she got the
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    Charles Kushner

    Charles Kushner (born May 16, 1954) is an American real estate developer and philanthropist. Kushner's parents were Joseph and Rae Kushner, who had come to America from Belarus by way of Italy in 1949. When Charles Kushner was born on May 16, 1954, his mother wanted to name him "Chanan", a Yiddish name, after her brother, who was killed in the Holocaust, but she was overruled by an American nurse. Joseph Kushner worked as a construction worker and independent builder, while acquiring real estate, totalling 4,000 New Jersey apartments, which Charles Kushner began managing in 1985. Joseph Kushner Hebrew Academy and Rae Kushner Yeshiva High School, in Livingston, New Jersey, built by Charles Kushner, are named after them. Charles Kushner grew up in Elizabeth, New Jersey, with an elder brother, Murray, and a sister, Esther. His son Jared Kushner is the owner of the New York Observer, and is married to Ivanka Trump, daughter of Donald Trump. Kushner graduated from New York University in 1976 and received an MBA from there and a Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law School in 1979. He worked as a real estate and tax lawyer, becoming a partner in the law firm of Brach, Eichler, Rosenberg, Silver,
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    Daniel S. Loeb

    Daniel Seth Loeb (born December 18, 1961) is an American hedge fund manager and founder of Third Point LLC, a New York based hedge fund managing over $8.8 billion in assets. Loeb was raised in a Jewish family in the Los Angeles area, one of three children of Ronald and Clare Spark Loeb. His father was a partner at the Los Angeles law firm of Irell & Manella LLP and general counsel for Williams-Sonoma. His mother is a historian. Loeb’s great-aunt, Ruth Handler, created the Barbie doll and co-founded Mattel Inc. According to Bloomberg Markets Magazine, Loeb grew up in Santa Monica Canyon in California, and attended Palisades Charter High School, commonly known as "Pali High" in the Pacific Palisades neighborhood of Los Angeles. Later, he attended University of California at Berkeley for two years before subsequently graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Economics. Prior to founding Third Point, Loeb worked at Citicorp. Loeb is well known in the financial world for writing public letters, in which he expresses disapproval of the performance and conduct of other financial executives. Supporters contend his letter writing is effective shareholder activism; critics counter
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    Jared Kushner

    Jared Kushner

    Jared Corey Kushner (born January 10, 1981) is an American businessman. He is the principal owner of Kushner Properties, his family’s holding company. He also owns The New York Observer, after purchasing it in 2005. He is the son of American real estate developer Charles Kushner. Kushner is the son of the New Jersey real estate developer Charles Kushner. He graduated from the Frisch School, a private, coed yeshiva high school in Paramus, New Jersey, and from Harvard University in 2003, where Kushner was admitted after his father made a $2.5 million donation to the university. In 2007, Kushner graduated from the New York University Stern School of Business and the New York University School of Law where he earned both JD and MBA degrees. In July 2006, at age 25, Kushner purchased The New York Observer, an influential weekly New York City newspaper, for $10 million. Since purchasing the Observer, Kushner has pushed for changes that increased sales and created a new focus for the paper, moving towards a tabloid direction. Kushner has been credited with increasing the Observer's online presence and expanding the Observer Media Group through a series of strategic new ventures and
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    Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart

    Jon Stewart (born Jonathan Stuart Leibowitz; November 28, 1962) is an American political satirist, writer, television host, actor, media critic and stand-up comedian. He is widely known as host of The Daily Show, a satirical news program that airs on Comedy Central. Stewart started as a stand-up comedian, but branched into television as host of Short Attention Span Theater for Comedy Central. He went on to host his own show on MTV, called The Jon Stewart Show, and then hosted another show on MTV called You Wrote It, You Watch It. He has also had several film roles as an actor. Stewart became the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central in early 1999. He is also a writer and co-executive-producer of the show. After Stewart joined, The Daily Show steadily gained popularity and critical acclaim, resulting in his sixteen Emmy Awards. Stewart has gained acclaim as an acerbic, satirical critic of personality-driven media shows, in particular those of the US media networks such as CNN, Fox News Channel, and MSNBC. Critics say Stewart benefits from a double standard: he critiques other news shows from the safe, removed position of his "fake news" desk. Stewart agrees, saying that neither
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    Lorraine Bracco

    Lorraine Bracco

    Lorraine Bracco (born October 2, 1954) is an American actress. She is best known for her roles as Dr. Jennifer Melfi on the HBO series The Sopranos and as Karen Hill in the 1990 Martin Scorsese film, Goodfellas. Bracco was born in the Brooklyn, New York City neighborhood of Bay Ridge and grew up in Westbury, on Barry Drive on Long Island. She graduated from Hicksville High School in 1972. Her father is Italian American and her mother is English; Bracco is fluent in English, French, and Italian. In 1974 Bracco moved to France, where she became a fashion model for Jean-Paul Gaultier. While there, she was introduced to the director and novelist Lina Wertmuller. In the early 1970s, Wertmuller recruited Bracco in a new film production titled Camorra. "She dressed me up like an Italian woman of no means. A street woman clad in disheveled clothes, hair unkempt and all that, and threw me on the set. She was so creative. I mean, Lina accentuated my eyes with dark make-up, the way Sophia Loren used to appear in those epic roles in the '60s. And talk about talent. She's so bright and perceptive. I mean, she's just fantastic. And yes, I learned a lot from her. She's a master of her profession,
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    Ronald Lauder

    Ronald Lauder

    Ronald Steven Lauder (born February 26, 1944) is an American businessman and philanthropist. Forbes lists Lauder among the richest people of the world with an estimated net worth of $3.3 billion in 2011. Lauder was born in New York City, the son of Estée Lauder and Joseph Lauder, founders of Estée Lauder Companies, and the younger brother of Leonard Lauder, chairman of the board of the Estee Lauder company. He attended the Bronx High School of Science and holds a Bachelors degree in International Business from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He studied at the University of Paris, and received a Certificate in International Business from the University of Brussels. He is married to Jo Carole (Knopf) Lauder, and has two children, Aerin and Jane. Lauder started to work for the Estee Lauder Company in 1964. In 1984 he became a Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for European and NATO policy at The Pentagon. In 1986 Ronald Reagan named him as the US ambassador to Austria, a position he held until 1987. As ambassador, he fired diplomatic officer Felix Bloch, who later became known in connection with Robert Hanssen espionage case. As a Republican, he made a bid to
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    Sam Champion

    Samuel James "Sam" Champion (born August 13, 1961) is the weather anchor of ABC's Good Morning America and weather editor of ABC News. Champion was born in Paducah, Kentucky, United States, to Sylvia and James H. Champion. He has one sibling, a sister named Teresa. His father, who died in 2010, was a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Marine Corps and served in Vietnam. Sam has a B.A. in broadcast news from Eastern Kentucky University, where he interned at WKYT-TV in Lexington, Kentucky. Champion is a veteran of ABC. He was also a veteran weatherman for WABC-TV's Eyewitness News in the New York City media market since 1988, and has continued to do fill-in work on WABC-TV since taking the network job full-time. He currently works on Good Morning America as a weatherman, making reportedly $1.5 million per year. He was also seen on a segment of World News with Diane Sawyer on January 4, 2010. On April 7, 2012, he debuted as host of Sea Rescue, an educational and informational program in Litton's Weekend Adventure that focuses on the rescue, rehabilitation, and in many instances release of animals back into wildlife. He worked at WPSD-TV in Paducah, Kentucky, and WJKS (now WCWJ) in Jacksonville,
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    Annie Leibovitz

    Annie Leibovitz

    Anna-Lou "Annie" Leibovitz ( /ˈliːbəvɪts/; born October 2, 1949) is an American portrait photographer. Born in Waterbury, Connecticut, Leibovitz is the third of six children. She is a third-generation American whose great-grandparents were Jewish immigrants, from Central and Eastern Europe. Her father's parents had emigrated from Romania. Her mother, Marilyn, was a modern dance instructor of Estonian Jewish heritage; her father, Sam Leibovitz, was a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. The family moved frequently with her father's duty assignments, and she took her first pictures when he was stationed in the Philippines during the Vietnam War. In high school, she became interested in various artistic endeavors, and began to write and play music. She attended the San Francisco Art Institute, where she studied painting. For several years, she continued to develop her photography skills while working various jobs, including a stint on a kibbutz in Amir, Israel, for several months in 1969. When Leibovitz returned to the United States in 1970, she started her career as staff photographer, working for the just launched Rolling Stone magazine. In 1973, publisher Jann Wenner named
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    Jeff Koons

    Jeff Koons

    Jeffrey "Jeff" Koons (born January 21, 1955) is an American artist known for his reproductions of banal objects—such as Balloon animals produced in stainless steel with mirror finish surfaces. He lives and works in New York City and his hometown York, Pennsylvania. Koons' work has sold for substantial sums of money including at least one world record auction price for a work by a living artist. The largest sum known to be paid for a work by Koons is Balloon flower (Magenta) which was sold for £12,921,250 (US$25,765,204) at Christie's London on June 30, 2008 (Lot 00012) in the Post-War & Contemporary Art Evening Sale. Critics are sharply divided in their views of Koons. Some view his work as pioneering and of major art-historical importance. Others dismiss his work as kitsch: crass and based on cynical self-merchandising. Koons has stated that there are no hidden meanings in his works, nor any critiques. Koons was born in York, Pennsylvania. His father Henry Koons was a furniture dealer and interior decorator; his mother Gloria, a housewife and seamstress. As a child he went door to door after school selling gift-wrapping paper and candy to earn pocket-money. As a teenager he
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    Jennifer Lopez

    Jennifer Lopez

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    Jennifer Lynn Lopez (born July 24, 1969) is an American actress, businesswoman, dancer and recording artist. Often referred to as J.Lo, she is reportedly the highest earning actress of Latin American descent. Born and raised in The Bronx, New York, she enrolled in singing and dancing classes as a child and grew up in a musically influenced household. She started her career as a fly girl on the television comedy program In Living Color and a back-up dancer for Janet Jackson. Lopez gained recognition in the action-thriller Money Train (1995). Her first leading role was in the biographical film Selena (1997), which was her breakthrough role, earning her an ALMA Award for Outstanding Actress and Golden Globe nomination. She earned her second ALMA Award for her performance in Out of Sight (1998), which made her the highest-paid Latin actress. She has since appeared in various films including The Cell (2000), The Wedding Planner (2001), Maid in Manhattan (2002), Shall We Dance? (2004), Monster-in-Law (2005), The Back-up Plan (2010) and What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012). In 1998, Lopez began recording her debut album and released On the 6 (1999), which spawned the hit singles
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    Carl Icahn

    Carl Celian Icahn (born February 16, 1936) is an American business magnate. Icahn was raised in Far Rockaway, Queens, New York City, where he attended Far Rockaway High School. His father was a cantor, his mother was a schoolteacher. He was educated at Princeton University (A.B., philosophy, 1957) and New York University School of Medicine, but left without graduating. Icahn began his career on Wall Street in 1961. In 1968, he formed Icahn & Co., a securities firm that focused on risk arbitrage and options trading. In 1978, he began taking control of positions in individual companies. He has taken substantial or controlling positions in various corporations including RJR Nabisco, TWA, Texaco, Phillips Petroleum, Western Union, Gulf & Western, Viacom, Uniroyal, Dan River, Marshall Field's, E-II (Culligan and Samsonite), American Can, USX, Marvel Comics, Revlon, Imclone, Federal-Mogul, Fairmont Hotels, Blockbuster, Kerr-McGee, Time Warner and Motorola. Little is known about Carl Icahns' endeavors prior to the 1990s, yet still many have regarded him as a main player in the "junk bond," and "mortgage bond," industries which transformed corporate America as well as S & L (savings and
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    Bruce Wasserstein

    Bruce Wasserstein

    Bruce Jay Wasserstein (December 25, 1947 – October 14, 2009) was an American investment banker, businessman, and writer. He was a graduate of the McBurney School, University of Michigan, Harvard Business School, and Harvard Law School, and spent a year at Cambridge University. He was the Chairman and CEO of Lazard Ltd. Born in Brooklyn, New York, to Morris and Lola (née Schleifer) Wasserstein, Bruce Wasserstein was one of five siblings. His father, Morris, a Jewish immigrant from pre-World War II Poland, emigrated to New York City and started a ribbon company. His maternal grandfather was Simon Schleifer, a Jewish teacher in the yeshiva in Wloclawek, Poland. Claims that Schleifer was a prominent playwright are most likely apocryphal, as this profession was only added to his résumé after Wendy Wasserstein, his sister, won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Schleifer moved to Paterson, New Jersey and became a Hebrew school principal. Wasserstein helped broker more than a thousand transactions worth $250 billion since the 1980s. Starting his career as a Cravath, Swaine & Moore attorney, he later rose to co-head of First Boston Corp.'s dominant merger and acquisition practice. He eventually
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    Georgina Bloomberg

    Georgina Leigh Bloomberg (born January 20, 1983) is the younger daughter of New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Susan Brown. She is an equestrian professional, currently sponsored by Ariat International.. Bloomberg attended Spence School and New York University. Her sister, Emma, is four years older. She had relationships with show jumper Cian O'Connor and speed skater Joey Cheek. Georgina was featured in the HBO documentary Born Rich, where she discussed what life is like as a billionaire heiress. Forbes magazine ranked her as one of the 20 "Most Intriguing Billionaire Heiresses". She lives part-time in Wellington, Florida, where her father and mother both own homes. In November 2010, Bloomberg suffered a small concussion and fractured a vertebra during a horse show accident. She announced days later that despite the accident, she was eager to return to the sport. current: former show horses: While in Wellington, she is part of various philanthropic activities, such as being a member of the board of the Equestrian Aid Foundation alongside 6-time Olympic medalist Robert Dover. She is also a committee member of Friends of Finn, an organization headed by Amanda Hearst,
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    Brian Hirsch

    Brian Hirsch

    Brian Hirsch (born in 1973) is a New York-based venture capitalist (active since 1997). Hirsch writes a blog called New York VC and is the co-founder of Greenhill SAVP, an early stage ($102 million in capital under management), New York City based venture capital firm. Greenhill SAVP was formed in early 2006 when Silicon Alley Venture Partners combined resources with investment bank Greenhill & Co. (NYSE: GHL). Silicon Alley Venture Partners was formed in 1998 and has been one of the most active and long-standing early stage venture funds based in New York City. Greenhill SAVP and its predecessor fund has been an early investor in a number of New York based companies including LivePerson (NASDAQ: LPSN), UGO Networks (acquired by Hearst for $100 million in July 2007), Medidata Solutions (NASDAQ: MDSO), YellowJacket Software (acquired by IntercontinentalExchange (NYSE:ICE) in February 2008), GameTrust (acquired by RealNetworks in September 2007), Pontiflex, Critical Mention, Partsearch Technologies (owner of Partstore.com), Knovel, TRAFFIQ and Flat World Knowledge. Hirsch was previously a Principal at Sterling Partners and a Vice President with ABN AMRO Private Equity. At those firms
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    Bruce Kovner

    Bruce Stanley Kovner (born 1945 in Brooklyn, New York) is an American businessman. He is the founder and Chairman of Caxton Associates, a hedge fund that trades a global macro strategy and is considered amongst the worlds top and largest 10 hedge funds with an estimated $14 billion under management . In March 2011, Kovner had an estimated net worth of around $4.5 billion. Described as secretive even by family and friends, the divorcee is perhaps one of the least known New York City billionaires outside of professional circles. His Caxton Associates, despite the large amount of assets under management, is known to be amongst the top 25 most enigmatic and secretive hedge funds globally. He is a leading philanthropist and former chairman of American Enterprise Institute. Bruce Kovner's Jewish family came to Brooklyn, New York, in the early 1900s from Tsarist Russia, fleeing persecution for their left-wing and atheist beliefs. Two of Kovner's fathers' cousins faced the House Un-American Activities Committee in the 1950s, pleading the Fifth Amendment. However, Bruce's father, Moishe Kovner, was more conservative than his kin, at one point even crossing a picket line to work. Bruce
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    Ivanka Trump

    Ivanka Trump

    Ivanka Marie Trump (born October 30, 1981) is an American businesswoman, socialite, heiress, and fashion model. The daughter of Czech model Ivana Trump and American business magnate Donald Trump, she is Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization. She is one of the boardroom judges on her father's reality show The Apprentice. Ivanka Trump attended The Chapin School in New York City, and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall in Wallingford, Connecticut. She spent two years at Georgetown University, then transferred to the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, graduating summa cum laude in 2004 with a B.A. in Economics. Before joining the family business, Trump worked for Forest City Enterprises, and joined forces with Dynamic Diamond Corp., a diamond trading company sightholder, to design and introduce a line of jewelry at the brand's first flagship retail store called 'Ivanka Trump' on Madison Avenue. Trump is currently Executive Vice President of Development & Acquisitions at The Trump Organization. Trump's first cover was a 1997 issue of Seventeen. Since then, she has made her way down fashion runways for Versace, Marc
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    Michael Novogratz

    Michael Novogratz is the president of investment firm Fortress Investment Group. Prior to joining Fortress, he was a partner at Goldman Sachs. He is a graduate of Princeton University, where he was a member of the wrestling team. He is a former U.S. Army helicopter pilot. He and his wife Sukey Novogratz have four children. His sister Jacqueline Novogratz is founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, while his brother Robert Novogratz is a designer who has been profiled in the Bravo television show "9 by Design". Another brother John Novogratz is a senior managing partner at Millenium Partners.
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    Richard Gere

    Richard Gere

    Richard Tiffany Gere ( /ˈɡɪər/ GEER; born August 31, 1949) is an American actor. He began acting in the 1970s, playing a supporting role in Looking for Mr. Goodbar, and a starring role in Days of Heaven. He came to prominence in 1980 for his role in the film American Gigolo, which established him as a leading man and a sex symbol. He went on to star in several hit films including An Officer and a Gentleman, Pretty Woman, Primal Fear, and Chicago, for which he won a Golden Globe Award as Best Actor, as well as a Screen Actors Guild Award as part of the Best Cast. Born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Gere is a descendant of Mayflower Pilgrims Francis Eaton, John Billington, George Soule, Richard Warren, Degory Priest, William Brewster, and Francis Cooke. His paternal great-grandfather had changed the spelling of the surname from "Geer". His mother, Doris Ann (née Tiffany, born 1924), was a homemaker. His father, Homer George Gere (born 1922), was an insurance agent for the Nationwide Mutual Insurance Company, and had originally intended to become a minister. Gere is their eldest son and second child. In 1967, he graduated from North Syracuse Central High School, where he excelled at
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    Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr.

    Samuel Irving Newhouse, Jr. (born November 8, 1927), nicknamed Si Newhouse, is the chairman and CEO of Advance Publications, which, among other interests, owns Condé Nast, publisher of many marquee brands in the world of magazines such as Vogue, Vanity Fair, and The New Yorker. He is the son of Samuel Irving Newhouse, Sr., founder of Advance Publications. His grandson, S. I. Newhouse IV, appeared in the documentary Born Rich. Newhouse attended the Horace Mann School in New York City. He has an estimated net worth of $6.6 billion, and he was ranked the 47th richest American by Forbes Magazine in 2011. Newhouse is known for philanthropy, and gave $15 million to Syracuse University, as well for being a notable art collector. Newhouse at one time owned one of the most valuable paintings in the world: a Jackson Pollock drip painting entitled No. 5, 1948. Newhouse was listed by Art News as among the top 200 art collectors in the world.
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    Dash Snow

    Dashiell "Dash" Snow (July 27, 1981 - July 13, 2009) was an American artist, based in New York. Dashiell A. Snow was born in 1981, the son of Taya Thurman and Christopher Snow. He was also a great-grandson of the founders of the Menil Collection in Houston, Dominique de Menil and John de Menil, French aristocrats who were heirs to fortunes based in textiles and oil-drilling equipment (see Schlumberger). His maternal grandfather was Buddhist scholar Robert Thurman. Robert Thurman is actress Uma Thurman's father. His maternal grandmother was set and costume designer Marie-Christophe de Menil. He had a brother named Maxwell and a sister named Caroline. As a child he was rebellious, and at 13 was sent to the Hidden Lake Academy in Georgia, a boarding school specialising in the treatment of children with oppositional defiant disorder. At the age of 18, Snow married Corsican-born artist Agathe Snow. They later split up and divorced. In July 2007, Dash's then-girlfriend, photo magazine editor Jade Berreau, gave birth to his daughter, whom they named Secret Midnight Magic Nico. Snow died on the evening of July 13, 2009, at Lafayette House, a hotel in lower Manhattan. His grandmother
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    Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro

    Robert De Niro (/dəˈnɪroʊ/; born August 17, 1943) is an American actor, director and producer. His first major film roles were in Bang the Drum Slowly and Mean Streets, both in 1973. In 1974, he played the young Vito Corleone in The Godfather Part II, a role that won him the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. His critically acclaimed, longtime collaborations with Martin Scorsese began with 1973's Mean Streets, and earned De Niro an Academy Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of Jake LaMotta in the 1980 film Raging Bull. He was also nominated for an Academy Award for his roles in Scorsese's Taxi Driver (1976) and Cape Fear (1991). In addition, he received nominations for his acting in Michael Cimino's The Deer Hunter (1978) and Penny Marshall's Awakenings (1990). Also in 1990, his portrayal as Jimmy Conway in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas earned him a BAFTA nomination. He has earned four nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy: New York, New York (1977), Midnight Run (1988), Analyze This (1999) and Meet the Parents (2000). De Niro directed A Bronx Tale (1993) and The Good Shepherd (2006). He has received accolades for his
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    Timothy Barakett

    Timothy Barakett

    Timothy Barakett is Founder, Chairman and CEO of Atticus Capital, LLC- a hedge fund based in New York City with over $13 billion under management. Barakett recently announced that Atticus Capital will be winding down operations.
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    Wyclef Jean

    Wyclef Jean

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    Wyclef Jeanelle Jean (/ˈwaɪklɪf ˈʒɑːn/; Haitian Creole pronunciation: [wajklɛf ʒã]; born October 17, 1969) is a Haitian American rapper, singer, record producer, and politician. At age nine, Jean moved to the United States with his family and has spent much of his life in the country. He first received fame as a member of the acclaimed New Jersey hip hop group the Fugees. On August 5, 2010, Jean filed for candidacy in the 2010 Haitian presidential election, although the Electoral Commission subsequently ruled him ineligible to stand as he had not met the requirement to have been resident in Haiti for five years. Jean's efforts at earthquake relief, highly publicized in 2010 throughout Haiti and the United States, were channeled through his charitable organization "Yele Haiti" and supported by donations from Jean's Twitter followers, views of the MTV telethon Hope for Haiti and audiences for numerous benefit concerts and other events. The charity, which is acknowledged to have performed a variety of charitable works in Haiti between 2005 and 2010, effectively closed in August of 2012 with the resignation of Derek Q. Johnson - the chief executive and, at that point, sole remaining
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    Anna Wintour

    Anna Wintour

    Anna Wintour, OBE (born 3 November 1949) is the English-born editor-in-chief of American Vogue, a position she has held since 1988. With her trademark pageboy bob haircut and sunglasses, Wintour has become an institution throughout the fashion world, widely praised for her eye for fashion trends and her support for younger designers. Her reportedly aloof and demanding personality has earned her the nickname "Nuclear Wintour". She is the eldest daughter of Charles Wintour, editor of the London Evening Standard. Her father consulted her on how to make the newspaper relevant to the youth of the era. Anna became interested in fashion as a teenager. Her career in fashion journalism began at two British magazines. Later she moved to the United States, with stints at New York and House & Garden. She returned home for a year to turn around British Vogue, and later assumed control of the franchise's magazine in New York, reviving what many saw as a stagnating publication. Her use of the magazine to shape the fashion industry has been the subject of debate within it. Animal rights activists have attacked her for promoting fur, while other critics have charged her with using the magazine to
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    Barry Diller

    Barry Diller

    Barry Charles Diller (born February 2, 1942) is the Chairman and Senior Executive of IAC/InterActiveCorp and the media executive responsible for the creation of Fox Broadcasting Company and USA Broadcasting. Diller was born and raised in San Francisco, California, the son of Reva (née Addison) and Michael Diller. He began his career through a family connection in the mailroom of the William Morris Agency after dropping out of UCLA after one semester. He was hired as an assistant by Elton Rule, then west coast head of ABC who was promoted to network President at the same time Diller went to work for him in 1964, taking him on to New York, and Diller was soon placed in charge of negotiating broadcast rights to feature films. He was promoted to Vice President of Development in 1965. In this position, Diller created the ABC Movie of the Week, pioneering the concept of the made-for-television movie through a regular series of 90-minute films produced exclusively for television. Diller served for ten years as the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Paramount Pictures Corporation starting in 1974. With Diller at the helm, the studio produced hit television programs such as Laverne &
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    Eric Gleacher

    Eric Gleacher

    Eric Gleacher is chairman of Gleacher Partners LLC, the international investment banking firm that he founded in 1990.
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    James Dimon

    James Dimon

    James "Jamie" Dimon (born March 13, 1956) is an American business executive. He is the current chairman, president and chief executive officer of JPMorgan Chase, one of the Big Four banks of the United States, and has served as a Class A director of the Board of Directors of the New York Federal Reserve since January 2007. Dimon was named to Time magazine's 2006, 2008, 2009, and 2011 lists of the world's 100 most influential people. He was also named to Institutional Investor's Best CEOs list in the All-America Executive Team Survey from 2008 through 2011. He was named the CEO of the Year in 2011. He received a $23 million pay package for fiscal year 2011, more than any other bank CEO in the United States. Dimon was born in New York City to Theodore and Themis Dimon. He is of Greek descent and attended Browning School. He has an older brother, Peter, and a fraternal twin brother, Ted. Dimon's father and grandfather were both stockbrokers at Shearson. He majored in psychology and economics at Tufts University. During one summer's break from Tufts, he worked at Shearson. After graduating, he worked in management consulting for two years before enrolling in the Harvard Business School
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    Parker Posey

    Parker Posey

    Parker Christian Posey (born November 8, 1968) is an American actress. She became known during the 1990s after a series of roles in independent films. As a result, she has been referred to as the "Queen of the Indies". Posey was born in Baltimore, Maryland. She is the daughter of Lynda (Patton), a chef, and Chris Posey, owner of the local Chevrolet dealership. She has a twin brother, Christopher. Posey's first name was a tribute by her father to 1950s supermodel Suzy Parker. After Posey's birth, the family moved to Laurel, Mississippi, where her mother worked as a chef and culinary instructor for the Viking Range Corporation in Greenwood, and her father operated a car dealership, Posey Chevrolet, in Laurel. The family also lived in Monroe, Louisiana. Posey was raised Catholic. Posey attended the State University of New York at Purchase, where she studied drama and roomed with actresses Sherry Stringfield and Orlagh Cassidy. Posey made her first break in television when she won the role of Tess Shelby on the daytime soap opera As the World Turns. Posey's first major role in a feature film was in Dazed and Confused (1993), a cult classic featuring Ben Affleck, Matthew McConaughey,
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    Tory Burch

    Tory Burch

    Tory Burch (born June 17, 1966; née Robinson) is an American fashion designer, business woman and philanthropist who was born, raised and educated in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. She attended the Agnes Irwin School in Rosemont, PA, and the University of Pennsylvania, where she was a member of the sorority Kappa Alpha Theta. After graduation, she moved to New York City, where she began a career working with fashion designers, including Zoran, a Yugoslavian designer. She worked at Harper's Bazaar magazine. She was a copywriter for Polo Ralph Lauren and worked for Vera Wang. She began a fashion label in February 2004. The label was an immediate success and was endorsed by Oprah Winfrey the following year. The label has stores in several large American cities and has lines that are sold in several upscale specialty department stores. Burch has won several fashion awards for her designs. The company has since grown to 36 stores, four of which are outlet stores in Woodbury Commons, NY; San Marcos, TX; Camarillo, CA; and Orlando, FL Premium Outlets. Her fashion label known as "TRB by Tory Burch"—later as "Tory Burch"—began as a business operation in her Upper East Side apartment
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    Christie Brinkley

    Christie Brinkley (born Christie Lee Hudson; February 2, 1954) is an American model and actress. Brinkley gained worldwide fame beginning in the late 1970s with three consecutive Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue covers. She spent twenty five years as the face of CoverGirl (the longest running cosmetics contract of any model in history), has appeared on over 500 magazine covers, and has signed contracts with major brands—both fashion and non-fashion. Brinkley went on to work as a film actress, illustrator, television personality, photographer, writer, and designer, and as an activist for human and animal rights and the environment. Brinkley has been married four times, most notably to musician Billy Joel, several of whose music videos she appeared in. Her fourth marriage, to architect Peter Cook, ended in a much-publicized 2008 divorce. With a career spanning more than three decades, magazines such as Allure, Playboy, and Men's Health have named Brinkley one of the most attractive women of all time. Her financial holdings in 2008 were worth an estimated USD $80 million, primarily as the owner of real estate. In February 2012 she was ranked third in the Daily Mail list "World's 20
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    Edward Graydon Carter

    Edward Graydon Carter

    Edward Graydon Carter (born 14 July 1949) is a Canadian-born American journalist and has served as the editor of Vanity Fair since 1992. He also co-founded, with Kurt Andersen and Tom Phillips, the satirical monthly magazine Spy in 1986. After high school in Trenton, Ontario, Carter attended Carleton University and the University of Ottawa, but never graduated from either school. In 1973, Carter co-founded The Canadian Review, a monthly general interest magazine. By 1977, The Canadian Review had become award-winning and the third-largest circulating magazine in Canada. Despite its success, The Canadian Review was bankrupt by 1978. In 1983, Carter moved to the United States and began working for Time as a writer-trainee, where he met Andersen. Carter spent five years writing for Time on the topics of business, law, and entertainment before moving to Life in 1983. In 1986, Carter and Andersen founded Spy, which ultimately ceased publication in 1998. Carter was then editor at the New York Observer before being invited to Vanity Fair to take over from Tina Brown, who left for The New Yorker. He has been the editor since July 1992, with successes during his tenure including winning ten
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    Herbert A. Allen

    Herbert A. Allen, Jr. is an American businessman. Allen, Jr. graduated from Williams College in 1962 and immediately joined Allen & Company. In 1966, at age twenty-seven, he was appointed President. In 1998, he donated $20 million to Williams College. Herbert Allen, Jr. has been a member of the Board of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company since 1982.
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    Olivia Palermo

    Olivia Palermo

    Olivia Toledo Palermo (born February 28, 1986) is an American socialite, model and actress. She was a cast member of the reality television show The City. Palermo initially denied rumors in 2008 that she would be a part of The City, a spin-off of MTV's television show The Hills but was later confirmed as a cast member. She agreed to star in the series to familiarize herself with acting. The series debuted on December 29, 2008, it documents the lives of the cast members in New York City. It was reported that Palermo was granted $12,000 per episode at the time. As part of the show, Palermo worked at the PR department for Diane von Furstenberg and later the accessories department at Elle. The second part of the first season debuted in September 2009. She was given a bigger role and more air time. The City returned for a second and final season in 2010 where Palermo was given reporting duties for Elle.com. She was signed to Wilhelmina Models in 2009. She has appeared on the cover of magazines including Elle Mexico, Tatler, ASOS Magazine, Shop Til You Drop and Marie Claire UK. She also modeled alongside her boyfriend, Johannes Huebl, for autumn/winter 2010 campaigns by Mango and Hogan.
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    Richard S. Fuld, Jr.

    Richard S. Fuld, Jr.

    Richard Severin Fuld, Jr. (born April 26, 1946) is an American banker best known as the final Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Lehman Brothers. Fuld had held this position since the firm's 1994 spinoff from American Express until 2008. Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy protection under Chapter 11 on September 15, 2008, and subsequently announced a sale of major operations to parties including Barclays Bank and Nomura Securities. Fuld was nicknamed the "Gorilla" on Wall Street for his competitiveness. Condé Nast Portfolio ranked Fuld number one on their Worst American CEOs of All Time list, stating he was "belligerent and unrepentant". His belligerent philosophy is remarkably frankly revealed in an internal company video (about shortsellers) "I am soft, I'm lovable but what I really want to do is reach in, rip out their heart and eat it before they die." Fuld was born in New York City, to Jewish parents, Richard Severin Fuld, Sr. and Elizabeth Schwab. He is also a second cousin of Tampa Bay Rays outfielder Sam Fuld. He received both a B.A. and B.S. from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 1969 and his M.B.A. from New York University's Stern School of Business in 1973.
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    Georgina Chapman

    Georgina Chapman

    Georgina Chapman (born 14 April 1976) is an English fashion designer and actress. Chapman, alongside Keren Craig, an actress and a former model, are the co-founders of fashion label Marchesa. The daughter of Brian Chapman, millionaire businessman and owner of the organic coffee company Percol, Georgina Chapman grew up in Richmond, West London. At age 13, she started a band called Jesus and Mary Jane. In college she lived in a Shepherd's Bush flat, where she remained until recently with her dog, Rocky. In her twenties, Chapman modelled in Head & Shoulders and Soothers ads. Chapman met future partner Keren Craig, while they were both students at Chelsea College of Art and Design. Chapman graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 2001 and began her career as a costume designer. After graduation, Chapman appeared in various television shows and films. In 2004, she and Craig launched Marchesa, named after socialite Marchesa Luisa Casati. Investors of the brand include Giuseppe Cipriani and Steven C. Witkoff. In 2006, the label was named one of the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund's top ten finalists. In 2010, she was named in Tatler’s top 10 best-dressed list. In 2012 Chapman was a judge on
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    Mary-Louise Parker

    Mary-Louise Parker

    Mary-Louise Parker (born August 2, 1964) is an American actress, known for her lead role on Showtime's television series Weeds portraying Nancy Botwin, for which she has received several nominations and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actress in 2006. Parker has appeared in films and series such as RED, Fried Green Tomatoes, Boys on the Side, The West Wing, and Angels in America, for which she received a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Parker is also the recipient of the 2001 Tony Award for Best Actress for the Broadway play Proof. Parker was born in Fort Jackson, South Carolina. Her mother, Caroline Louise (née Morell), was of part Swedish descent, and her father, John Morgan Parker, was a judge who served in the U.S. Army. Because of her father's career, Parker spent parts of her childhood in Tennessee and Texas, as well as in Thailand, Germany, and France. Parker majored in drama at the North Carolina School of the Arts. Parker got her start in a bit part on the soap opera Ryan's Hope. In the late 1980s, Parker moved to New York, where she got a job measuring feet at ECCO. After a few minor roles, she made her Broadway debut in a 1990 production of
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    Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss

    Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss

    Shoshanna Lonstein Gruss (née Shoshanna Lonstein; May 29, 1975) is an American fashion designer. Shoshanna Lonstein was born in Manhattan, New York. She attended The Nightingale-Bamford School for girls in New York City on the Upper East Side, graduating in 1993. She began college at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. but, in 1994, transferred to the University of California, Los Angeles. In 1997, she graduated from UCLA with a double bachelors degree in history and art history. While still a 17-year-old high school student, she came to public attention by dating the much older Jerry Seinfeld, who was still starring in his sitcom. They dated for approximately 4 years (1993–1997) before the relationship ended. She transferred to UCLA in part to be with Seinfeld and cited missing New York City and constant press coverage as reasons for the relationship ending. In 2000, she dated Ben Affleck. On May 10, 2003, Lonstein married Joshua Gruss, son of financier Martin Gruss. Joshua Gruss is a Partner at Gruss & Co., a private investment firm based in New York City, and CEO of Round Hill Music. They reside in New York City and have one daughter, Sienna, who was born in
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    Elden Francis Curtiss

    Elden Francis Curtiss (born June 16, 1932) is an American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. He served as Bishop of Helena from 1976 to 1993, and Archbishop of Omaha from 1993 to 2009. Elden Curtiss was born in Baker City, Oregon, to Elden and Mary (née Neiger) Curtiss; his father was of Irish descent and his mother Slovenian. The eldest of four children, he has three brothers. Curtiss studied at St. Edward Seminary in Kenmore, Washington, and was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Francis Leipzig on May 24, 1958. He then did pastoral work in Lakeview, La Grande, and Jordan Valley, as well as serving as a hospital chaplain. Curtiss furthered his studies at Fordham University, University of Portland, and University of Notre Dame; he holds a Master of Divinity degree and a Master's degree in education administration. After serving as director of information and superintendent of schools in the Diocese of Baker, he became a professor and president-rector of Mount Angel Seminary. On March 4, 1976, Curtiss was appointed the seventh Bishop of Helena, Montana, by Pope Paul VI. He received his episcopal consecration on the following April 28 from Archbishop Cornelius Power, with
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    Jocelyn Wildenstein

    Jocelyn Wildenstein

    Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset; born August 5, 1940) is a New York socialite known for extensive facial surgeries, an extravagant life (she once enumerated her yearly telephone bill at $60,000 and food/wine costs at $547,000), and her divorce from Alec Wildenstein in 1999. Born in Lausanne, Switzerland, Jocelyne Périsset's father worked in a sporting goods store. She began dating Ciryl Piguet (a Swiss movie producer) at the age of 17. She later lived in Paris with French filmmaker Sergio Gobbi. She grew up in a middle-class family in Switzerland. There she became a skilled hunter and pilot. She was introduced to Alec Wildenstein by Saudi arms dealer Adnan Khashoggi at a shooting weekend at the Wildenstein's African ranch "Ol Jogi". Jocelyn Wildenstein was married to Alec Wildenstein when they were both in their 30s. Alec was a member of the Wildenstein family – a wealthy family of renowned art dealers. The divorce was not amicable, and has been described as "scandalous". Jocelyn walked in on Alec Wildenstein and a 19 year old Russian model in her bedroom at the Wildenstein New York home, and was threatened by Alec with a gun. This resulted in a night in jail for Alec
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    Kelly Ripa

    Kelly Ripa

    Kelly Maria Ripa (born October 2, 1970) is an American actress, talk show host, and television producer. Ripa, who played Hayley Vaughan on the television soap opera All My Children from 1990–2002, is best known as co-host of the popular syndicated morning talk show Live! with Kelly and Michael. She is also known for her role as Faith Fairfield on Hope & Faith. Additionally, Ripa and her husband Mark Consuelos own a New York based production company, Milojo. In 2012, The Hollywood Reporter named her one of the Most Powerful People in Media. Ripa was born in Stratford, New Jersey, the daughter of Esther, a homemaker, and Joseph Ripa, a labor-union president and bus driver. She has a younger sister, Linda, who is a children's book author. She is of Italian and Irish descent. Her father has been the Democratic County Clerk for Camden County, New Jersey since June 2009. She is the first in her family to enter the acting profession. She has studied ballet since age three, plays the piano, and, in her words, is "no Barbra Streisand," but can carry a tune. Ripa graduated from Eastern High School in Voorhees Township, New Jersey, where she became a cheerleader and was later encouraged by
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    Ronald Perelman

    Ronald Perelman

    Ronald Owen Perelman (born January 1, 1943) is an American business magnate. Through his company MacAndrews & Forbes Holdings Inc., he has invested in various companies in grocery, cigar, licorice, makeup, car, photography, television, camping, security, lottery, jewelry, banks, and the American comic book industry. Perelman was born in Greensboro, North Carolina on January 1, 1943, the son of Ruth (née Caplan) and Raymond G. Perelman. He was raised in a Jewish family. Raymond was an accomplished businessman in his own right. Along with his father and brother, he controlled the American Paper Products corporation. Raymond eventually left the company and bought Belmont Iron Works, a manufacturer of structural steel. From his father, Perelman learned the fundamentals of business. By the time Ronald turned eleven years old he regularly sat in on board meetings of his father's company. Raymond was a rough teacher, harshly criticizing Ronald for even the slightest misstep. A recent article published in the Forbes 400 discusses their relationship in detail. He attended Cheltenham High School, in Wyncote, Pa. He was in the class scheduled to graduate in 1962. He had a classmate also named
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    Tom Colicchio

    Tom Colicchio

    Thomas Patrick "Tom" Colicchio ( /kɵˈliːkjoʊ/; born August 15, 1962) is an American celebrity chef. He co-founded the Gramercy Tavern in New York City, and formerly served as a co-owner and as the executive chef. He is also the founder of Craft and Colicchio & Sons restaurants. Colicchio is the recipient of five James Beard Foundation Medals for cooking accomplishments. He has been the head judge on every season of the Bravo reality TV show Top Chef. Colicchio has been a featured chef on Great Chefs Television. Colicchio was born in Elizabeth, New Jersey. He is Italian-American on both parents' sides. He has been married to filmmaker Lori Silverbush since 2001. He has three sons, Dante (1993) from a previous relationship, and Luka Bodhi (2009) and Mateo Lev (2011) with current wife Lori. In July 1994, Colicchio and his partner Danny Meyer opened the Gramercy Tavern in the Gramercy Park neighborhood of Manhattan. It was voted Most Popular Restaurant in New York City by the Zagat Survey in 2003 and 2005. He sold his interest in 2006 and is no longer affiliated with the restaurant. In spring 2001, he opened the first Craft restaurant one block south of Gramercy Tavern. A year later,
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    Donna Karan

    Donna Karan

    Donna Karan (born October 2, 1948) is an American fashion designer and the creator of the Donna Karan New York and DKNY clothing labels. Karan was born Donna Ivy Faske in Forest Hills, Queens, USA, the daughter of Helen (née Richie), a salesperson and model, and Gabby Faske, a haberdasher. She grew up in Woodmere, Long Island, New York, with her stepfather and her mother. Karan started selling clothing on Cedarhurst, New York's Central Avenue at age 14. She graduated from Hewlett High School in 1966, and then went to the Parsons School of Design. After leaving college, Karan worked for Anne Klein, eventually becoming head of the Anne Klein design-team, where she remained until 1985, when she launched her eponymous Donna Karan label. Karan began her career as an assistant designer with Anne Klein in the late 1960s, where she was eventually promoted to associate designer in 1971. When Anne Klein herself died in 1974, Takihyo Corporation of Japan became the new owner and Karan, together with her former classmate and friend Louis Dell'Ollio, became head designer of the house. In 1984, Karan left Anne Klein and, together with her then husband Stephan Weiss and Takihyo Corporation,
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    Terry Richardson

    Terrence "Terry" Richardson (born August 14, 1965) is an American fashion photographer. Richardson was born in New York City, the son of Bob Richardson, a fashion photographer who struggled with schizophrenia and drug abuse. Richardson was raised in Hollywood, a neighborhood of Los Angeles, California, where he attended Hollywood High School; and Ojai, California, where he attended Nordhoff High School. He was shy as a teenager and at some times deemed "completely lacking in social skills". He played bass guitar in the punk rock band The Invisible Government for five years. Richardson began photography when the band broke up and his mother introduced him to Tony Kent, a photographer who hired him as an assistant. Richardson has shot campaigns for Marc Jacobs, Aldo, Supreme, Tom Ford, and Yves Saint Laurent among others. He has also done various magazine editorials for publications such as Rolling Stone, GQ, Vogue, Vanity Fair, i-D, and Vice. Richardson has produced several campaigns for Diesel, including the 'Global Warming Ready' which won a Silver Lion for Print at Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival in 2007. Throughout the years he has also produced several private
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    André Leon Talley

    André Leon Talley

    André Leon Talley (born October 16, 1949) is the former American editor-at-large for Vogue magazine, listed as Contributing Editor in the April 2010 masthead. Talley has been a front-row regular at fashion shows in New York, Paris, London and Milan for more than 25 years. He uses his influence to promote young fashion designers and mentors young talent in other fields. His most famous pairings of late have been with designers Tracy Reese, Rachel Roy, and singer/actress Jennifer Hudson. He is known as a very close friend of pop diva Mariah Carey, fashion designer Kimora Lee Simmons, and tennis star Venus Williams. In 2007, he was ranked 45th in Out magazine's "50 Most Powerful Gay Men and Women in America". Talley has an honorary Doctorate of Humanities from Savannah College of Art and Design, where he serves as a member of the Board of Trustees. As of March 2010, Talley was serving on the judging panel for America's Next Top Model (from Cycle 14 to Cycle 17). Talley was born in the African American community of Hayti, Durham, North Carolina, as the son of Alma Ruth Davis and William C. Talley. His parents left him with his grandmother, Bennie Davis, who raised him and, he claims,
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    Christopher Flowers

    J. Christopher Flowers (b. October 27, 1957) is a private equity investor and investment manager focused on the financial services industry. He is the chairman of J. C. Flowers & Co. Flowers was born in California and grew up in Wayland, Massachusetts. After graduating from Harvard University with a degree in applied mathematics, Flowers worked at Goldman Sachs for 20 years starting in March 1979, and was a founder of Goldman's lucrative financial institutions merger practice in the late 1980s. Flowers was named partner in 1988, the same year as Goldman CEO Lloyd Blankfein and former Merrill Lynch CEO John Thain. Flowers retired from Goldman in 1998, one of fifteen members of the bank's executive committee to leave the bank prior to its 1998 initial public offering. Flowers was the main partner of Ripplewood Holdings CEO Tim Collins in the 2000 acquisition of Long-Term Credit Bank of Japan to form Shinsei Bank. He became a director of Shinsei Bank in March 2000 and continues to hold that position. Shinsei's initial public offering in 2004 net a profit of approximately $1 billion for Flowers, but much of those profits were lost several years later. In 2001, Flowers founded J.C.
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    Andre Balazs

    Andre Balazs

    André Balazs (born January 31, 1957) is the President and CEO of André Balazs Properties that includes a portfolio of innovative hotels across the US and residences in New York. Balazs is a graduate of Cornell University as College Scholar and Columbia Graduate School. He was a founding trustee of the New York Academy of Art, and has served as a member of the board of directors of the New York Public Theater and Wolfsonian-FIU. He was the recipient of the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum Design Patron Award. Balazs has two children with Katie Ford. André Balazs Properties currently consists of eight hotels across the US. The luxury group comprises The Mercer in New York, Chateau Marmont in Hollywood and Sunset Beach on Shelter Island. The Standard hotels, which revolutionized the US boutique hotel market and redefined the concept of an affordable hotel experience, include The Standard, Hollywood; The Standard, Downtown LA; The Standard Spa, Miami Beach; The Standard, New York and the newest addition, The Standard, East Village. In addition to the hotels, André Balazs’ residential properties include 40 Mercer Residences, One Kenmare Square, and William Beaver House. In his early
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    Kimberly Guilfoyle

    Kimberly Guilfoyle (/ˈkɪmbərli ˈɡɪlfɔɪl/; born March 9, 1969) is an American cable news personality and is currently one of the rotating co-hosts on The Five on Fox News Channel at 5 pm ET, as well as the host of an Internet-only crime-related program for Fox News. She is a contributor to The O'Reilly Factor and Hannity, and frequently appears on the late-night satire program Red Eye w/ Greg Gutfeld. She was previously an anchor at Court TV and a legal analyst/commentator for CNN and ABC. She is the ex-wife of California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom and was first lady of San Francisco during Newsom's mayoralty of that city. Guilfoyle graduated magna cum laude from the University of California, Davis, and received her Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the University of San Francisco Law School in 1994. While in school, she worked as a Macy's catalog model and as a model for Victoria's Secret. After law school, she briefly worked as a prosecutor in San Francisco, but lost her job in 1996 when Terence Hallinan was elected District Attorney and fired 14 of the city's prosecutors. Guilfoyle then spent four years in Los Angeles as a Deputy District Attorney, working on adult and juvenile
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    Plum Sykes

    Victoria "Plum" Sykes (born 4 December 1969) is an English-born fashion-writer, novelist and New York socialite. "Plum" was a childhood nickname (the Victoria plum being a variety of that fruit). Sykes was born in London, one of six children, and grew up in Sevenoaks, Kent. She has described herself as a "painfully shy" child with, among other things, mousey brown hair and goofy teeth. Among her friends at Ide Hill Church of England primary school was Rowan Pelling (born 1968), who became the editor (or "editrice") of the Erotic Review. From there she went to a private secondary school, Walthamstow Hall, where she was unhappy, and subsequently to Sevenoaks School, an independent boys' school that had begun admitting girls to the sixth form. In 1988 Sykes went up to Worcester College, Oxford, where she graduated in modern history. She has published a short memoir of her unsettling first term at university (Oxford Girl, 2011). Sykes' mother, Valerie Goad, a dress designer, separated from Sykes' father Mark while Plum was at Oxford. The effects of this left her impecunious for a while and she received assistance from Worcester to remain at the college. Sykes' grandfather, Christopher
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    Henry Kravis

    Henry Kravis

    Henry R. Kravis (born January 6, 1944) is an American businessman. He is the co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity firm with over $62 billion in assets as of 2011. He has an estimated net worth of $4 billion as of March 2012, ranked by Forbes as the 88th richest man in America and the 281st richest man in the world. He mainly lives in New York City and has a residence in Palm Beach, Florida. Kravis was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, the son of Bessie (Roberts) and Raymond Kravis, a successful Tulsa oil engineer who had been a business partner of Joseph P. Kennedy. Kravis began his education at the Eaglebrook School, ('60) followed by high school at the Loomis Chaffee School. He then majored in economics at Claremont McKenna College in Claremont, California and graduated in 1967 before going on to Columbia Business School, where he received an MBA degree in 1969. After working at various jobs in New York City's financial sector, he and his first cousin, George R. Roberts, joined the staff of Bear Stearns. Kravis and Roberts share the same grandfather, an immigrant from Russia. There, they worked under the corporate finance manager, Jerome Kohlberg, Jr.. They both
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    Rob Thomas

    Rob Thomas

    Robert Kelly "Rob" Thomas (born February 14, 1972) is an American rock recording artist and songwriter. He is the primary songwriter and lead singer of the band Matchbox Twenty. Thomas also records and performs as a solo artist. Thomas earned three Grammy awards for co-writing and singing on the Carlos Santana triple-platinum hit "Smooth", on the album Supernatural in 1999. He has also lent his songwriting talents to such artists as Tom Petty, Willie Nelson, Mick Jagger, Marc Anthony, Pat Green, Taylor Hicks, Travis Tritt and Daughtry. Since 1995, his band has released a string of hit singles to radio including "Push", "3 A.M.", "Real World", "Back 2 Good", "Bent", "If You're Gone", "Mad Season", "Disease", "Unwell", "Bright Lights", "How Far We've Come", and "She's So Mean". In 2004, the Songwriters Hall of Fame awarded Thomas its first Starlight Award, recognizing young songwriters who have already had a lasting influence in the music industry. On April 19, 2005, after nearly 15 years with Matchbox Twenty, Thomas began his solo career with the release of …Something to Be which shot to #1 on the album chart. His first single off this album, "Lonely No More", reached number six on
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    Amanda Hearst

    Amanda Hearst

    Amanda Randolph Hearst (born January 5, 1984) is an American socialite, activist, fashion model, and heiress to the Hearst Corporation, William Randolph Hearst's media conglomerate. She is an associate market editor at Marie Claire and the founder of Friends of Finn, an organization dedicated to stopping the inhumane treatment of dogs in puppy mills. She also serves as a co-chair of Riverkeeper's Junior Council. She is the child of Anne Hearst, a niece of Patty Hearst, and a great-granddaughter of media mogul William Randolph Hearst. Her father Richard McChesney separated from her mother before Hearst's birth. She is also the stepdaughter of novelist Jay McInerney, and a cousin of Lydia Hearst-Shaw. Hearst attended the Chapin School in New York City, and graduated from Choate Rosemary Hall, a boarding school in Wallingford, Connecticut. After a brief stint at Boston College, she dropped out to pursue modelling. She was eventually persuaded to return to school, and she attended Fordham University, graduating in 2008 with a B.A in Art History. As a former IMG model, Hearst has appeared on the covers of Town & Country, International Harper’s Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, and other major
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    Anthony Bourdain

    Anthony Bourdain

    Anthony Michael "Tony" Bourdain (born June 25, 1956) is an American chef, author and television personality. He is well known for his 2000 book Kitchen Confidential: Adventures in the Culinary Underbelly, and is the host of Travel Channel's culinary and cultural adventure programs Anthony Bourdain: No Reservations and The Layover. A 1978 graduate of the Culinary Institute of America and a veteran of numerous professional kitchens, Bourdain is currently a chef-at-large, whose home base is Brasserie Les Halles, New York where he was executive chef for many years. Anthony Bourdain was born in New York City to Pierre (d.1987) and Gladys Bourdain, and grew up in Leonia, New Jersey. Bourdain has French ancestry on his father's side; his paternal grandfather emigrated from France to New York following World War I. Bourdain's mother worked for the New York Times as a staff editor. Bourdain was a student at Englewood School for Boys, graduating in 1973. He attended Vassar College before dropping out after two years, and graduated from the Culinary Institute of America in 1978. Bourdain married his high-school girlfriend, Nancy Putkoski, in the 1980s, remaining together for two decades
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    Christina Ricci

    Christina Ricci

    Christina Ricci (born February 12, 1980) is an American actress. Ricci received initial recognition and praise as a child star for her performance as Wednesday Addams in The Addams Family (1991) and Addams Family Values (1993), and her role as Kat Harvey in Casper (1995). Ricci made a transition into more adult-oriented roles with The Ice Storm (1997), followed by an acclaimed performance in Buffalo '66 (1998) and then The Opposite of Sex (1998), for which she received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actress. She continued her success with well-received performances in Sleepy Hollow (1999), Monster (2003), Penelope (2006) and Black Snake Moan (2007). In 2006 Ricci was nominated for an Emmy award for her role as a paramedic in the ABC drama Grey's Anatomy. In 2011-12 she played Maggie Ryan in the television show Pan Am. Ricci was born in Santa Monica, California, the fourth and youngest child of Sarah (née Murdoch), a former Ford Model and real estate agent, and Ralph Ricci, a lawyer and psychiatrist. Regarding her ancestry, Ricci has stated that "the Italian blood has been bred out of me. There's an Italian four or five generations back who married an Irish woman and they all
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    David Letterman

    David Letterman

    David Michael Letterman (born April 12, 1947) is an American television host and comedian. He hosts the late night television talk show, Late Show with David Letterman, broadcast on CBS. Letterman has been a fixture on late night television since the 1982 debut of Late Night with David Letterman on NBC. Letterman recently surpassed friend and mentor Johnny Carson for having the longest late-night hosting career in the United States of America. Letterman is also a television and film producer. His company Worldwide Pants produces his show as well as its network follow-up The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Worldwide Pants has also produced several prime-time comedies, the most successful of which was Everybody Loves Raymond, currently in syndication. In 1996, David Letterman was ranked #45 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time. Letterman was born in Indianapolis, Indiana. His father, Harry Joseph Letterman (April 1915 – February 1973), was a florist of British descent; his mother Dorothy Letterman (née Hofert, now Dorothy Mengering), a Presbyterian church secretary of German descent, is an occasional figure on the show, usually at holidays and birthdays. Letterman lived
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    Howard Stern

    Howard Stern

    Howard Allan Stern (born January 12, 1954) is an American radio personality, television host, author, actor and photographer best known for his radio show which was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2005. He gained wide recognition in the 1990s and is labeled a "shock jock" for his outspoken and sometimes controversial style. Stern has been exclusive to Sirius XM Radio, a subscription-based satellite radio service, since 2006. The son of a former recording and radio engineer, Stern wished to pursue a career in radio at the age of five. While at Boston University he worked at the campus station WTBU before a brief stint at WNTN in Newton, Massachusetts. He developed his on-air personality when he landed positions at WRNW in Briarcliff Manor, WCCC in Hartford and WWWW in Detroit. In 1981, he was paired with his current newscaster and co-host Robin Quivers at WWDC in Washington, D.C. Stern then moved to WNBC in New York City in 1982 to host afternoons until his firing in 1985. He re-emerged on WXRK that year, and became one of the nation's most popular radio personalities during his 20-year tenure at the station. Stern's show is the most-fined radio program, after the Federal
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    Louis Bacon

    Louis Moore Bacon (born 1956) is an American hedge fund manager, trader and founder of Moore Capital Management. Bacon was born in Raleigh, North Carolina; his father, Zachary Bacon Jr., founded real estate company Bacon & Co. and later led Prudential Financial’s and Merrill Lynch’s real estate efforts in North Carolina Bacon graduated from Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Virginia. He attended Middlebury College in Vermont where he received his B.A. in American literature, graduating Cum laude in 1979. Bacon met Walter Frank while he was working on a fishing boat in Long Island and got a job clerking at the specialist firm Walter N. Frank & Co during the summers of his college years. He subsequently received his MBA degree in finance at Columbia Business School in 1981. While at Columbia, Bacon traded commodities using a low interest loan he had received. During the first three semesters, he lost money and was forced to borrow money from his parent to pay for necessities. However, he eventually turned a profit during his fourth semester. After receiving his MBA, Bacon joined the sales and trading program at Bankers Trust. Later he left the firm and returned to Walter N. Frank
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    Nick Denton

    Nick Denton

    Nick Denton, born August 24, 1966, is a British journalist and internet entrepreneur, the founder and proprietor of the blog collective Gawker Media, and the managing editor of the New York-based Gawker.com. For years after starting Gawker Media, the online publishing network, in 2002, Nick Denton ran the company out of his apartment, in SoHo. Denton grew up in Hampstead, the son of eminent economist Geoffrey R. Denton and his Hungarian-born wife Marika Marton. He was educated at University College School and University College, Oxford where he studied Politics, Philosophy, and Economics. He also became the editor of the university magazine, Isis. He began his career as a journalist with the Financial Times. He co-wrote a book about the collapse of Barings Bank called All That Glitters. He was one of the founders of a social networking site called First Tuesday and co-founded Moreover Technologies with David Galbraith and Angus Bankes, schoolmates from UCS. Denton owns nine websites, the most popular being Gizmodo - a lifestyle website about that centers around gadgets and consumer electronics. Gizmodo pulls in nearly six million visitors a month. Denton was featured in the Sunday
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    Raymond J. McGuire

    Raymond J. McGuire

    Raymond J. McGuire is Managing Director and Co-Head of Global Investment Banking for Corporate and Investment Banking at Citigroup Inc. He has executed a broad range of domestic and international strategic advisory transactions, including takeover defense, merger restructuring, and acquisition and divestiture mandates.
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    Adriana Lima

    Adriana Lima

    Adriana Francesca Lima (Brazilian Portuguese: [ɐ̃dɾiˈɐnɐ frɐ̃ˈsɛskɐ ˈlimɐ]; born June 12, 1981) is a Brazilian model and actress who is best known as a Victoria's Secret Angel since 2000, and as a spokesmodel for Maybelline cosmetics from 2003 to 2009. At the age of 15, Lima finished first in Ford's "Supermodel of Brazil" competition, and took second place the following year in the Ford "Supermodel of the World" competition before signing with Elite Model Management in New York City. Since 2005, Lima has ranked in the top five of Forbes' lists of the 20 highest-earning models in the world, and in 2006 ranked No.99 on the Forbes Celebrity 100. In 2012, she was also listed on Forbes Celebrity 100 list for earning 7 million. She is married to Serbian basketball player Marko Jarić, with whom she has two daughters. Lima never thought about being a model, although she had won many beauty pageants in elementary school. However, she had a friend at school who wanted to enter a modeling contest and did not want to enter alone, so Lima entered with her. Both sent in pictures, and the contest sponsor soon asked Lima to come out for the competition. Soon after, at the age of 15, she entered
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    Amanda Lepore

    Amanda Lepore

    Amanda Lepore is an American model, nightlife and fashion icon, performance artist, recording artist and transgender public figure. She has appeared in advertising for numerous companies, including M.A.C. Cosmetics, Mego Jeans, The Blonds, Swatch, CAMP Cosmetics, and Heatherette, which has used her likeness on clothing as well as hiring her as a model. Lepore is also noted as a regular subject in photographer David LaChapelle's work, serving as his muse, as well as many other photographers including Terry Richardson. She participated in his Artists and Prostitutes 1985-2005 exhibit in New York, where she "lived" in a voyeuristic life-sized set. Amanda Lepore has also released several singles, many written by and/or recorded with Cazwell. In 2011 she released her full-length debut album "I...Amanda Lepore" on Peace Bisquit. Lepore was born Armand Lepore, and grew up in the Essex County community of Cedar Grove, New Jersey. Lepore told a reporter "from day one she knew she was a girl," and in her early teens she began making costumes for a transgender friend in exchange for hormones. Already isolated from her peers, her parents soon withdrew her from public school and hired a private
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    Beth Ostrosky

    Beth Ostrosky

    Beth Stern (born July 15, 1972) is an American television personality and actress who is the wife of radio personality Howard Stern. Stern was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Her father is a dentist and her mother is a former model and devout Catholic; she has two brothers. She attended Fox Chapel High School in suburban Fox Chapel, Pennsylvania, and went on to study English Literature at the University of Pittsburgh where she was a member of the Delta Delta Delta (Tri-Delt) sorority. Stern worked as a model while in high school. She moved from Pittsburgh to New York City to pursue her modeling career soon after and worked for several of the fashion houses in NYC in the early 2000s. Soon after her arrival in New York City, talent scouts began to take notice of Stern, and offered her small parts in movies and television ad campaigns. She received her first noticeable role as one of the daughters of Ben Stiller's supposed birth parents in the 1996 film, Flirting with Disaster. Stern played a more prominent role four years later, in the film Whipped, with Amanda Peet; Stern also does some television acting, appearing in the final season of G4 show Filter, and the Spike TV series
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    Beyoncé

    Beyoncé

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    Beyoncé Giselle Knowles-Carter (née Beyoncé Giselle Knowles; September 4, 1981), known mononymously as Beyoncé ( /biˈjɒnseɪ/ bee-YON-say), is an American singer, songwriter, record producer and actress. Born and raised in Houston, Texas, she enrolled in various performing arts schools and was first exposed to singing and dancing competitions as a child. Knowles rose to fame in the late 1990s as the lead singer of the R&B girl group Destiny's Child, one of the world's best-selling girl groups of all time. During the hiatus of Destiny's Child, Knowles released her debut solo album, Dangerously in Love, in 2003, which spawned two number-one singles on the Billboard Hot 100—"Crazy in Love" and "Baby Boy"—and became one of the most successful albums of that year, earning her a then record-tying five Grammy Awards. Following the disbandment of Destiny's Child in 2005, Knowles released her second solo album, B'Day, in 2006, which spawned the top 10 singles "Déjà Vu", "Irreplaceable" and "Beautiful Liar". Her third solo album I Am... Sasha Fierce (2008), spawned the hit singles "If I Were a Boy", "Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It)", "Halo" and "Sweet Dreams". The album helped Knowles earn
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    Calvin Klein

    Calvin Klein

    Calvin Richard Klein (born November 19, 1942) is an American fashion designer who launched the company that would later become Calvin Klein Inc., in 1968. In addition to clothing, Klein has also given his name to a range of perfumes, watches, and jewelry. Klein was born in The Bronx to Jewish-Hungarian immigrants. He attended the High School of Art and Design and matriculated at, but never graduated from, New York's Fashion Institute of Technology, receiving an honorary Doctorate in 2003. He did his apprenticeship in 1962 at an oldline cloak-and-suit manufacturer, Dan Millstein, and spent five years designing at other New York shops. In 1968, he launched his first company with a childhood friend, Barry K. Schwartz. Klein was one of several design leaders raised in the Jewish immigrant community in the Bronx, New York, along with Robert Denning and Ralph Lauren. Klein became a protégé of Baron de Gunzburg, through whose introductions he became the toast of the New York elite fashion scene even before he had his first mainstream success with the launch of his first jeans line. Klein was immediately recognized for his talent after his first major showing at New York Fashion Week.
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    Charles Gibson

    Charles Gibson

    Charles deWolf "Charlie" Gibson (born March 9, 1943) is a former American broadcast television anchor and journalist. He was a host of Good Morning America from 1987 to 1998 and 1999 to 2006 and anchor of World News with Charles Gibson from 2006 to 2009. Gibson's career spanned from 1965 to 2009, with beginnings as the news director for Princeton University's student-run radio station, a radio producer for RKO, and a reporter for local television stations. In 1975, he joined ABC News, where he worked as a general assignment reporter and correspondent from Washington, D.C., until becoming a host of Good Morning America in 1987. He held that position until 1998, but hosted the show again from 1999 to 2006. Gibson was the anchor for World News with Charles Gibson from 2006 until he retired in 2009. Gibson was born on March 9, 1943, in Evanston, Illinois, and grew up in Washington, D.C.. He attended the Sidwell Friends School, a private college-preparatory school in Washington. In 1965, Gibson graduated from Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey, where he was news director for WPRB-FM, the university radio station, and a member of Princeton Tower Club. Gibson joined the RKO
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    Christopher Cuomo

    Christopher Cuomo

    Christopher "Chris" Cuomo (born August 9, 1970) is a television journalist, ABC News chief law and justice correspondent, and co-anchor for ABC's 20/20. He is the son of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and the brother of current Governor Andrew Cuomo. Cuomo attended The Albany Academy, received his undergraduate degree from Yale University, and his Juris Doctor from Fordham University and is a licensed attorney. He resides in Manhattan with his wife, Cristina, and three children: a son, Mario, and daughters Bella and Carolina Regina. He is of Italian ancestry. Cuomo was a correspondent for the Fox News Channel and Fox Broadcast Network’s Fox Files, where he covered a wide range of stories focusing on controversial social issues. He also served as a political policy analyst for Fox News Channel. Prior to Fox News, Cuomo made similar appearances on CNBC, MSNBC and CNN. As co-anchor of 20/20, Cuomo has championed purposeful journalism. His most recent long-form coverage includes a groundbreaking look at the new face of heroin. His year-long coverage reveals suburban heroin addiction attacking families like never before. Other recent work has tackled major issues such as the
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    Daniel Och

    Daniel Och

    Daniel Och is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Och-Ziff Capital Management Group, a global hedge fund and alternative asset management firm. As of March 5, 2008, Och's net worth was $3.6 billion, the 296th on The World's Billionaires list published by Forbes. He was the highest paid executive on Executive Pay's Pay Rankings In 2008. Och is the son of Golda and Dr. Michael Och. Och attended the Solomon Schechter Day School of Essex and Union in West Orange, New Jersey, a Jewish day school founded by his parents. In December 2010, Och donated 15 million dollars to the school effectively doubling its endowment. Och has a B.S. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. In 1982, Och began his career at Goldman Sachs in the Risk Arbitrage Department. He was later the Head of Proprietary Trading in the Equities Division and Co-Head of U.S. Equities Trading. He worked at Goldman Sachs for 11 years. In 1994, Och founded Och-Ziff Capital Management Group with $100 million initial investment from the Ziff brothers (see Dirk Edward Ziff, Daniel M. Ziff, Robert D. Ziff), heirs to publishing magnate William Bernard Ziff, Jr.
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    Jessica Seinfeld

    Jessica Seinfeld

    Jessica Seinfeld (born Nina Danielle Sklar; September 12, 1971) is the wife of comedian Jerry Seinfeld, author of two cookbooks about preparing food for children and the whole family, and founder of Baby Buggy, a New York City Charitable organization that provides essential gear, clothing and products for families in need throughout the five boroughs of New York City. Sklar was born in Oyster Bay, New York and grew up in a middle class household in Burlington, Vermont. Her father, Karl, designs computer systems and databases in Burlington. Her mother, Ellen, is a coordinator of volunteer programs at the Vermont Department of Corrections. United States Senator Bernie Sanders was a neighbor when she was growing up in Burlington. She graduated from the University of Vermont, and worked in public relations for Golden Books Entertainment, as well as for Tommy Hilfiger. Baby Buggy was founded in May 2001 by Jessica Seinfeld after the birth of her first child. According to Jessica, “shortly after the birth of my daughter, Sascha, having slowly accumulated closets full of used – but very usable – baby clothing and equipment she no longer needed, I had a moral dilemma; as the daughter of a
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Maggie Gyllenhaal

    Margaret Ruth "Maggie" Gyllenhaal ( /ˈdʒɪlənhɔːl/; born November 16, 1977) is an American actress. She is the daughter of director Stephen Gyllenhaal and screenwriter Naomi Foner (née Achs) and the older sister of actor Jake Gyllenhaal. She made her screen debut when she began to appear in her father's films. Gyllenhaal achieved recognition in a supporting role in the indie cult hit Donnie Darko (2001). Her breakthrough role was in the 2002 sadomasochistic romance Secretary, for which she received critical acclaim and a Golden Globe nomination. Gyllenhaal has appeared in an eclectic range of films, including the indie film Sherrybaby (2006), for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe, the romantic comedy Trust the Man (2006), and big-budget films such as World Trade Center (2006) and The Dark Knight (2008). She next starred in the 2009 musical-drama Crazy Heart, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Gyllenhaal has also appeared in theatrical plays, including Closer (2000), and television productions, including Strip Search (2004). Gyllenhaal has been in a relationship with actor Peter Sarsgaard since 2002. In 2006 the two became engaged,
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    Matt Lauer

    Matt Lauer

    Matthew Todd "Matt" Lauer (born December 30, 1957) is an American television journalist best known as the host of NBC's The Today Show since 1996. He was previously a news anchor in New York City and a local talk-show host in Boston, Philadelphia, Providence and Richmond. He was also host of PM Magazine (or "Evening Magazine" 1980-1986) and worked for ESPN in the 1980s as a sideline reporter. In the early 1990s, Lauer hosted segments of HBO Entertainment News. He was born in New York City, the son of Marilyn Kolmer, a boutique owner, and Jay Robert Lauer, a bicycle-company executive. Lauer is of Romanian-Jewish descent on his father's side, as seen on the Today Show's Finding Our Roots. His parents divorced during his youth, and his father died in 1997. Lauer had become co-host of The Today Show replacing longtime host Bryant Gumbel in early 1997, not long before his father's death. In 1999, both Lauer and his co-host Katie Couric initially resisted participation in Today's proposed series about their family roots. The series turned out to be a hit, and Lauer was moved by what he learned about his immigrant ancestors. "My dad was Jewish. My mom is not. So I was not raised anything.
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    Mel Karmazin

    Melvin Alan "Mel" Karmazin (born August 24, 1943) is an American executive. He co-founded and was the president of Infinity Broadcasting and eventually became the president and chief executive officer of CBS. As of 2008, he is the CEO of Sirius XM Radio. Born in Manhattan, New York, Karmazin was selling radio ads at the age of 17. He graduated from Pace University with a bachelor's degree in business administration and worked his way up from the bottom rungs of the radio ladder in New York City. Karmazin presided over New York's WNEW-AM (now WBBR) and WNEW (now WNEW-FM) for Metromedia when he was approached to run Infinity Broadcasting in 1981. Soon after he would add fellow New York stations WKTU-FM and WFAN into Infinity's stable. WFAN morning talent Don Imus often referred to Karmazin on the air, never by name, but by the nickname "The Zen Master". Karmazin ran Infinity for 15 years, then sold the company to Westinghouse, then parent of CBS. For most of his career he has been known as a "Wall Street darling" for his ability to drive up the price of his various companies' stock. "The joke about him was that he was so pushy that advertisers used to buy airtime from Mel just to get
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    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren

    Ralph Lauren (born Ralph Lifschitz, October 14, 1939) is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. Ralph Lauren (pronounced loren) was born Ralph Lifschitz in the Bronx, New York, to Ashkenazi Jewish immigrants, from Pinsk, Belarus: Fraydl (née Kotlar) and Frank Lifschitz, a house painter. Lauren attended the Salanter Academy Jewish Day School followed by MTA (now known as the Marsha Stern Talmudical Academy), before eventually graduating from DeWitt Clinton High School in 1957. In MTA Lauren was known by his classmates for selling ties to his fellow students. In a moment of spontaneity, when asked what he wanted to do in his Clinton yearbook he stated under his picture that he wanted to be a millionaire. At the age of 16, Ralph's brother George Poitras (who was his guardian) changed their last name to Lauren to avoid the unfortunate obscenity reference Lipshitz has in English (although Ralph's brother Lenny retained the name). Apparently Ralph was teased about it in school. “My given name has the word shit in it,” he told Oprah Winfrey. “When I was a kid, the other kids would make a lot of fun of me. It was a tough
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    Rob Marshall

    Rob Marshall

    Rob Marshall (born October 17, 1960) is an American theater director, film director and choreographer. He is a six-time Tony Award nominee, Academy Award nominee, Golden Globe nominee and four-time Emmy winner whose most noted work is the 2002 Academy Award for Best Picture winner Chicago. Marshall was born in Madison, Wisconsin and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Taylor Allderdice High School in 1978 and was inducted into their alumni hall of fame in 2012. He attended Carnegie Mellon University and worked in the Pittsburgh theatre scene, performing with such companies as Pittsburgh Civic Light Opera. He debuted in the film industry with the Emmy Award-winning TV adaptation of the musical Annie by Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin. After that he went on to direct the much anticipated adaptation of the Kander and Ebb musical Chicago in 2002 for which he was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Director. His next feature film was the drama Memoirs of a Geisha based on the best-selling book of the same name by Arthur Golden starring Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Michelle Yeoh and Ken Watanabe. The film went on to win three Academy Awards and gross $162,242,962 at the
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    Russell Simmons

    Russell Simmons

    Russell Wendell Simmons (born October 4, 1957) is an American business magnate. He and Rick Rubin founded the pioneering hip-hop label Def Jam. He also created the clothing fashion lines Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics. Russell Simmons is the third richest figure in hip hop, having a net-worth estimate of $340 million as of April 2011. Simmons was raised in Queens, New York. He is the son of Daniel Simmons, Sr., a public school administrator, and Evelyn Simmons, a New York City park administrator. His older brother is abstract expressionist painter Daniel Simmons, Jr., and his younger brother is Rev. Joseph Simmons ("Run" of Run-DMC). Def Jam became just one piece in Simmons' corporation, Rush Communications, Inc., which included a management company, a clothing company called Phat Farm, a movie production house, television shows such as Def Comedy Jam, a magazine and an advertising agency. Rick Rubin sold his share of the record company for $100 million to Universal Music Group in 1996. Simmons produced Def Poetry, begun as a television series on HBO, which also branched into a Broadway live stage production in 2002. In 2000, he co-founded the Internet start-up 360
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    Whoopi Goldberg

    Whoopi Goldberg

    Whoopi Goldberg ( /ˈhwʊpi/, born Caryn Elaine Johnson; November 13, 1955) is an American comedian, actress, singer-songwriter, political activist, author and talk show host. Goldberg made her film debut in The Color Purple (1985) playing Celie, a mistreated black woman in the Deep South. She received a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress and won her first Golden Globe Award for her role in the film. In 1990, she starred as Oda Mae Brown, a psychic helping a slain man (Patrick Swayze) find his killer in the blockbuster film Ghost. This performance won her a second Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. Notable later films include Sister Act and Sister Act 2, The Lion King, Made in America, How Stella Got Her Groove Back, Girl, Interrupted and Rat Race. She is also acclaimed for her roles as the bartender Guinan in Star Trek: The Next Generation and as Terry Doolittle in Jumpin' Jack Flash. More recently, she had performed the voice of Stretch in Toy Story 3 and made an appearance in Glee as Carmen Tibideaux. Goldberg has been nominated for 13 Emmy Awards for her work in television. She was co-producer of the popular game show Hollywood Squares
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