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    Elwood Norris

    Elwood G. "Woody" Norris (born 1938) is an American inventor and founder of multiple public corporations he established to promote, fund and commercialize his inventions. Forgoing college, Norris joined the United States Air Force in 1956 and was trained as a nuclear weapons specialist, taking courses at the University of New Mexico. In 1959, he became the director of the Engineering Experiment Station for the University of Washington. In the ensuing years, Norris became a serial entrepreneur, founding and co-founding several public and private companies to raise capital to commercialize his inventions. Norris is currently the chairman of two of the public companies he founded - American Technology Corporation in San Diego, California and AirScooter Corporation in Henderson, Nevada in addition to heading his private companies. Norris was the winner of the 2005 Lemelson-MIT Prize for his invention of a "hypersonic sound" system which allows sound to be focused with high precision. Norris said he plans to use the $500,000 Lemelson-MIT Prize money to establish a charitable foundation to help struggling independent inventors. Norris' doppler effect-based medical tool was helpful to the
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    Bennie Fowler

    Bennie Fowler

    Bennie Fowler is group vice president, Global Quality, Ford Motor Company, effective April 1, 2008.
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    Linwood A Lacy Jr

    Linwood A. Lacy, Jr. has served as one of our directors since September 2002. From July 1998 to July 2001, Mr. Lacy served as chairman of 4Sure.com, a direct marketer of computer and technology products. From October 1996 to October 1997, Mr. Lacy served as president and chief executive officer of Micro Warehouse Incorporated, a micro computer direct-marketing company. From 1985 to May 1996, he served as the co-chairman and chief executive officer of Ingram Micro, Inc., a microcomputer products distributor and a then wholly-owned subsidiary of Ingram Industries Inc. From April 1996 to May 1996, Mr. Lacy served as vice chairman of Ingram Industries Inc.; from June 1995 to April 1996, he served as its president and chief executive officer; and from December 1993 to June 1995, he served as its president. Mr. Lacy is a director of EarthLink, Inc., a public company, as well as a director of several private companies, including Ingram Industries Inc. Mr. Lacy received both a B.S. degree in Chemical Engineering and an M.B.A from the University of Virginia.
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    Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill

    Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill

    Rubio's Fresh Mexican Grill, formerly known as Rubio's Baja Grill, also simply known as Rubio's, is a fast casual "Fresh Mex" or "New Mex" restaurant chain specializing in Mexican food, with an emphasis on fish tacos. As of 2007, Rubio's operates, licenses or franchises more than 170 restaurants in California, Arizona, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Rubio's was voted "Best of the Best (Cheap Eats)" in the June 2008 issue of San Diego Magazine. Its headquarters are in Carlsbad. According to founder Ralph Rubio, he and some friends were on spring break from San Diego State University in San Felipe when he first encountered fish tacos at a local stand, and was inspired to open a restaurant serving them in his hometown, San Diego, California. Since then, the popularity of fish tacos has spread throughout California, although they remain uncommon elsewhere. Rubio’s standard fish tacos are made from Alaskan pollock, which is battered, fried, and served in a corn tortilla, although optionally offered with a flour tortilla. Grilled mahi-mahi is also available at all locations. The first Rubio's restaurant was opened in 1983 at a former Orange Julius site on Mission Bay Drive in the Pacific
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    James P Dollive

    Mr. Dollive retired in February 2008 from Kraft Foods Inc., one of the largest branded food companies in the world. Prior to his retirement, Mr. Dollive served as executive vice president and chief financial officer of Kraft.
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    Richard Thalheimer

    Richard Thalheimer

    Richard Thalheimer (born 1948) is founder, and former CEO and chairman, of The Sharper Image Corporation. Richard Thalheimer's family settled in Arkansas before the American Civil War and started a livery business. Thalheimer was raised in Little Rock. After graduating from Hall High School in Little Rock, Arkansas, he left for New Haven and graduated from Yale University in 1970. He entered San Francisco's University of California, Hastings College of the Law the following year, graduated with a J.D. degree, and was admitted to the California Bar in July 1974. While still a law student, the 24-year-old Richard Thalheimer started a part-time office supply business in San Francisco, with $500 worth of copier paper. He named his fledgling enterprise "The Sharper Image," in part to help promote the quality of his copy machines. After graduating from law school in 1974, Thalheimer passed the California bar exam and practiced law in San Francisco for a year. In 1977, Thalheimer discovered a product he believed would sell well in magazine advertisements — a special runner's watch, which was a waterproof digital chronograph. In the summer of 1977, Thalheimer chose legendary
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    Paul Marciano

    Paul Marciano (ca. 1952 in Debdou ,Morocco ) is a Moroccan-born American fashion designer of Jewish descent and co-founder of Guess? Inc. He is the mastermind behind the Guess? image and his sensual black-and-white advertisements have won numerous Clio awards. Initially run by all four Marciano brothers (Paul, Armand, Maurice and Georges), today the company and its extension lines, Marciano and G by Guess, are handled only by Paul and Maurice. He is also a large benefactor to one of the larger Sephardic Synagogues in Los Angeles, Em Habanim. Paul Marciano was born in 1952 in Debdou, Morocco, and raised in Marseilles, France with his four siblings, Georges, Armand, Maurice and Jacqueline. The family is very attached to the Jewish tradition: his father, grandfather and great-grandfather, were rabbis. They lived in an apartment in a synagogue complex and from age 8–15 Paul, along with his brothers, was a member of the Éclaireurs israelites de France, a Jewish boy scout group which was located in the same complex. At 15, he and a friend were involved in a motorcycle accident when they collided with an oncoming car. After being told he would never walk again, he spent seven months in a
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    Governments of New Zealand

    The Government of New Zealand (Māori: Te Kāwanatanga o Aotearoa), formally (albeit rarely referred to as) Her Majesty's Government in New Zealand, is the administrative complex through which authority is exercised in New Zealand. Based on the Westminster system of responsible government, executive power in New Zealand is based on the principle that "The Queen reigns, but the government rules, so long as it has the support of the House of Representatives". The head of state of New Zealand, the Queen – represented in New Zealand by the Governor-General – follows the advice of the government and plays only a formal role in the executive, except with respect to the formation and dismissal of governments and the use of their reserve powers. While New Zealand had been granted self-government in 1853 following the New Zealand Constitution Act 1852, the first government formed along political lines did not appear until 1891, when John Ballance formed the Liberal Party and the First Liberal Government. The head of government in New Zealand is the Prime Minister. The Prime Minister is de facto indirectly elected, in that they are not directly elected by the people of New Zealand but become
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    Frank D. Trestman

    Frank D. Trestman has been the President of Trestman Enterprises, an investment and business development firm since November 1986.
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    Irene Rosenfeld

    Irene Blecker Rosenfeld (born May 3, 1953) is an American businesswoman who is the current Chairman and CEO of Kraft Foods. Rosenfeld was born in Westbury, New York to parents Seymour and Joan Blecker, a Jewish couple. Her father’s parents were Romanian Jews, her mother’s grandparents were German Jews. She later attended W.T. Clarke High School in Westbury, NY. She holds a Ph.D. in Marketing and Statistics, a Master of Science in Business, and a B.A. degree in Psychology from Cornell University. Rosenfeld has been involved in the food and beverage industry for about 30 years. Her first job was at Dancer Fitzgerald Sample advertising agency in New York and she later joined General Foods in consumer research. In 2004, Rosenfeld was appointed Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Frito-Lay, a division of PepsiCo, where she focused on promoting healthy products. Rosenfeld was appointed Chief Executive Officer of Kraft Foods in June 2006. She joined General foods which later became a part of Kraft foods. Among her many accomplishments at Kraft foods, she led the restructuring and turnaround of key business in the US, Canada and Moscow. She is active in a number of industry and
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    Jerry W. Levin

    Jerry W. Levin, born in 1944, is an American businessman. Levin is an experienced CEO, turnaround expert and mergers & acquisitions specialist. He has been growing the sales and profits of branded consumer products companies for the past 30 years via internal product development programs, restructurings, acquisitions, and cultural improvements. Levin is currently Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Wilton Brands Inc., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of JW Levin Partners LLC and serves on the board of directors of Ecolab (NYSE: ECL); Saks (NYSE: SKS); U.S. Bancorp (NYSE: USB) From 1974-1989, Levin worked for the Pillsbury Company. In his initial capacity as head of corporate development, Levin completed hundreds of mergers, acquisitions and divestitures. Some of the transactions he led included Häagen-Dazs, Green Giant, Totino's Pizza, Steak and Ale, Chart House, and American Beauty Macaroni. Levin also became the Chief Executive Officer of several operating units within Pillsbury, including Häagen-Dazs and the second largest restaurant group in the U.S. (comprising Burger King, Steak and Ale, Bennigan's, Chart House and Godfather's Pizza). From 1989 until 1991, Levin was
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    5 votes
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    James A. Stroud

    James A. Stroud

    James Stroud (born July 4, 1949 in Shreveport, Louisiana) is an American musician and record producer who works in pop, rock, and country music. In the 1990s he was the president of Giant Records (a subsidiary of Warner Bros. Records) and held several credits as a session drummer. He later worked for DreamWorks Records Nashville and in 2008 founded his own label, Stroudavarious Records. Stroud was born in Louisiana as one of five children. He began playing drums at local bar bands in Texas and Louisiana, He Worked with bands such as the The Hollies & Paul Davis in the 1960s, Him & Davis also took songwriting duties for Mississippi based Malaco Records which was an R&B Based label, He played produced for many acts throughout the 60's & 70's he also started playing Drums & Synthesizer with Paul Davis, taking influences from rock and R&B artists. In the early 1980s he began playing for Eddie Rabbitt. From there, Stroud went on to become a prolific session drummer in Nashville, Tennessee, backing Ronnie Milsap, K.T. Oslin and others. He was also a member of the Marshall Tucker Band. In the late 1980s, Stroud founded The Writers' Group, a publishing company. He also took up producing,
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    Marc Benioff

    Marc Benioff

    Marc Russell Benioff (born September 25, 1964) is the founder, chairman and CEO of salesforce.com, a cloud computing company. Benioff started salesforce.com in March 1999 in a rented San Francisco apartment and defined its mission as The End of Software®. He is “credited with turning the software industry on its head” by using the Internet to “revamp the way software programs are designed and distributed.” He has long evangelized software as a service as the model that would replace traditional enterprise software. He is the creator of the term “platform as a service” and has extended salesforce.com’s reach by allowing customers to build their own applications on the company’s architecture, or in the salesforce.com “cloud”. He is the author of three books, including the national best seller Behind the Cloud. Prior to founding salesforce.com, Benioff was at Oracle Corporation for 13 years in a variety of executive positions in sales, marketing, and product development. At 23, he was named Oracle's Rookie of the Year and three years later he was promoted to vice president, the company's youngest person to hold that title. Before joining Oracle, Benioff worked as an assembly language
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    Daniel Snyder

    Daniel Snyder

    Daniel M. Snyder (born November 23, 1965 in Silver Spring, Maryland) is the current owner of the Washington Redskins American football team, owner of the Dick Clark Productions television production company, and primary investor in Red Zebra Broadcasting, which is home to the Redskins Radio Network. Snyder has a net worth of $1.1 billion. The Redskins have experienced just three winning seasons during the tenure of his presidency, while undergoing numerous coaching and quarterback changes that have been controversial. Snyder was raised in a Jewish family in Maryland. His father, Gerry Snyder, was a free-lance writer who wrote for United Press International and National Geographic. His first job was at B. Dalton bookstore at the age of 14. At 17, Snyder experienced his first business failure when he partnered with his father to sell bus-trip packages to Washington Capitals fans to see their hockey team play in Philadelphia. He was disappointed when he found his fliers littering the streets after a tough loss. By age 20, he had dropped out of the University of Maryland, College Park and was running his own business, leasing jets to fly college students to spring break in Fort
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    Ken Lewis

    Ken Lewis

    Kenneth D. "Ken" Lewis (born April 9, 1947) is the former CEO, President, and Chairman of Bank of America, the largest bank in the United States and second largest in the world. While CEO of Bank of America, Lewis was noted for purchasing Countrywide Financial and Merill Lynch. On September 30, 2009 Bank of America confirmed that Ken Lewis would be retiring by the end of the year. He was replaced by Brian Moynihan as President and CEO and Walter Massey as Chairman of the Board. Lewis was born and grew up in Walnut Grove, Mississippi. He is a graduate of Georgia State University, where he earned a bachelor of arts degree in finance from J. Mack Robinson College of Business. He joined NCNB as a credit analyst in 1969, and served as the head of both international and domestic operations when it became NationsBank, which would eventually become Bank of America. Lewis became CEO, President and Chairman of Bank of America after the retirement of Hugh McColl in 2001. In November 2008, while still CEO of Bank of America, a time when BoA had had to borrow $86 billion from the Fed, Lewis wrote to shareholders saying that he was at the helm of "one of the strongest and most stable banks in
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    Heineken Brewery

    Heineken Brewery

    Heineken International (pronounced [ˈɦɛinəkən]) is a Dutch brewing company, founded in 1864 by Gerard Adriaan Heineken in Amsterdam. As of 2007, Heineken owns over 125 breweries in more than 70 countries and employs approximately 66,000 people. It brews and sells more than 170 international premium, regional, local and specialty beers, including Cruzcampo, Tiger Beer, Żywiec, Starobrno, Zagorka, Birra Moretti, Ochota, Murphy’s, Star and of course Heineken Pilsener. With an annual beer production of 139.2 million hectoliters, Heineken ranks as the third largest brewer in the world after Anheuser-Busch InBev and SABMiller, based on volume. Heineken's Dutch breweries are located in Zoeterwoude, 's-Hertogenbosch and Wijlre. The original brewery in Amsterdam, closed in 1988, is preserved as a museum called Heineken Experience. The Heineken company was founded in 1864 when the 22-year-old Gerard Adriaan Heineken bought a brewery known as De Hooiberg (the haystack) in Amsterdam. In 1869 Heineken switched to the use of bottom-fermenting yeast. In 1873 the brewery's name changed to Heineken's Bierbrouwerij Maatschappij (HBM), and opened a second brewery in Rotterdam in 1874. In 1886 Dr. H.
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    4 votes
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    Hyundai Motor Company

    Hyundai Motor Company

    The Hyundai Motor Company (Hangul: 현대자동차 주식회사; Hanja: 現代自動車株式會社) (Hangul: 현대; Hanja: 現代; MR: Hyŏndae, IPA: [hjə́ːndɛ], modernity; KRX: 005380) is a South Korean multinational automaker headquartered in Seoul, South Korea. Hyundai was founded in 1967 and it, along with Kia, together comprise the Hyundai Motor Group, which is the world's fourth largest automobile manufacturer based on annual vehicle sales in 2010. In 2008, Hyundai (without Kia) ranked as the eighth largest automaker. In 2010, Hyundai sold over 3.6 million vehicles worldwide. Hyundai operates the world's largest integrated automobile manufacturing facility in Ulsan, which is capable of producing 1.6 million units annually. The company employs about 75,000 persons worldwide. Hyundai vehicles are sold in 193 countries through some 6,000 dealerships and showrooms. Chung Ju-Yung founded the Hyundai Engineering and Construction Company in 1947. Hyundai Motor Company was later established in 1967. The company's first model, the Cortina, was released in cooperation with Ford Motor Company in 1968. When Hyundai wanted to develop their own car, they hired George Turnbull, the former Managing Director of Austin Morris at
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    NPO Saturn

    NPO Saturn

    NPO Saturn (НПО Сатурн) is a Russian aircraft engine manufacturer, formed from the mergers of Rybinsk and Lyul'ka-Saturn (after Arkhip Mikhailovich Lyulka). Saturn's engines power many former Eastern Bloc aircraft, such as the Tupolev Tu-154. Saturn holds a 50% stake in the PowerJet joint venture with Snecma. The company, founded by Pavel Aleksandrovich Soloviev, has its headquarters in the town of Rybinsk.
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    Richard G Searer

    Richard Searer is President, Kraft North America, Kraft Foods Inc., with responsibility for strategic direction, management and coordination of Kraft’s businesses in the United States and Canada.
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    Robert Rosenkranz

    Robert Rosenkranz

    Robert Rosenkranz (born August 5, 1942) is a philanthropist and the CEO of Delphi Financial Group, a New York Stock Exchange-listed insurance holding company with assets of over $8 billion, and the founder of a group of investment and private equity partnerships: Acorn Partners LC and Pergamon Advisors LLC. A graduate of Yale (summa cum laude) and Harvard Law School, he spent his early career as an economist with The RAND Corporation, where he was engaged in research on foreign policy issues and municipal finance. He is a member of the Yale University Council and the Dean’s Council of the Yale School of Architecture. He serves on the boards of the Manhattan Institute The Film Society of Lincoln Center and the London think tank Policy Exchange. Mr. Rosenkranz is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. In 1985, Mr. Rosenkranz founded the Rosenkranz Foundation with the mission of encouraging fresh perspectives and innovation in public policy, higher education and the arts. One initiative of the foundation is the monthly debate series, Intelligence Squared U.S. Foundation, brought to New York in 2006. A live event in New York, Intelligence Squared is broadcast nationally by
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    John R. Ingram

    Mr. Ingram is vice chairman of Ingram Industries Inc., CEO of Ingram Content Holdings, Ingram Industries’ operating division of Ingram Book Group related companies, Ingram Digital related companies, and Lightning Source Inc., a print-on-demand and digital distribution company.
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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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    Bradbury H. Anderson

    Bradbury H. Anderson has been a director of Best Buy since August 1986 and is currently Vice Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. He assumed the responsibility of Chief Executive Officer in June 2002, having previously served as President and Chief Operating Officer since April
    1991.
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    Timothy C. Draper

    Timothy C. Draper

    Timothy Cook Draper is the founder of the global venture capital firm Draper Fisher Jurvetson. Draper is third in a line of venture capitalists. His father, William Henry Draper III (Bill Draper), founded Draper & Johnson Investment Company in 1962, Sutter Hill Ventures in 1968, Draper International India in 1996, and Draper Richards in 2001. His grandfather William Henry Draper Jr., the first Silicon Valley venture capitalist founded Draper, Gaither and Anderson in 1959. Tim Draper is arguably the creator of "viral marketing." His idea to use "viral marketing" in web-based e-mail to geometrically spread an Internet product to its market was instrumental to the successes of Hotmail and Yahoo! Mail, and has been adopted as a standard marketing technique of hundreds of businesses. Although Draper coined use of the term "viral marketing" in connection with Internet services and was among the first to document the phenomenon in writing, several arguably "viral" campaigns preceded Hotmail and Yahoo Mail!'s use of the technique (for example, MCI's Friends & Family Plan launched in 1991, a full 5 years prior to Hotmail's launch). Draper invested in and contributed to the development of
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    Steve Krausz

    Steve Krausz

    Steve has been involved with USVP's investments in Checkpoint Software, Harmonic Lightwaves and Stratacom. He serves on the boards of Asempra, Force 10 Networks, Imperva, Kasenna, Megapath, MontaVista, National Banana, Occam Networks, Sierra Monolithics, Synfora, Vontu, Xirrus and Xponent. Steve has led the firm's investments in Accelerated Networks, Applied Digital Access, Elantec, MicroLinear, Occam Networks, and Xylan. The father of two, Steve serves on the board of Woodside Priory School and is a former executive board member of the National Venture Capital Association. An avid skier, Steve enjoys travel with his family. When time permits, his reading interests include world history, especially the Middle East and Asia. He holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University and an M.B.A. from Stanford Business School, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
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    Hanover

    Hanover

    Hanover or Hannover (German:  Hannover (help·info), [haˈnoːfɐ]), on the river Leine, is the capital of the federal state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen), Germany and was once by personal union the family seat of the Hanoverian Kings of Great Britain, under their title as the dukes of Brunswick-Lüneburg (later described as the Elector of Hanover). At the end of the Napoleonic Wars, the Electorate was enlarged to become the capital of the Kingdom of Hanover. In addition to being the capital of Lower Saxony, Hanover was the capital of the administrative area Regierungsbezirk Hannover (Hanover region) until Lower Saxony's administrative regions were disbanded at the beginning of 2005. Since 2001 it is part of the Hanover district (Region Hannover), which is a municipal body made up from the former district (Landkreis Hannover) and city of Hanover (note: although both Region and Landkreis are translated as district they are not the same). With a population of 522,686 (31 December 2010) the city is a major centre of northern Germany, known for hosting annual commercial trade fairs such as the Hanover Fair and the CeBIT. Every year Hanover hosts the Schützenfest Hannover, the world's
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    Ronald G. Garriques

    Ronald G. Garriques

    Ronald G. Garriques is president of Dell’s global consumer group. In this role, he is responsible for Dell’s portfolio of consumer products, including desktops, laptops, software and peripherals as well as product design and sales.
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    Richard M. Schulze

    Dick Schulze is the founder and immediate past chairman of Best Buy. He lives in Bonita Springs, Florida. He was born and raised in Saint Paul, Minnesota where he graduated from Central High School. He subsequently spent time in the U.S. Air Force with the Minnesota Air National Guard. He has an honorary degree from the University of St. Thomas in Saint Paul. On November 9, 1991, Minnesota Governor Arne Carlson designated the day as Richard M. Schulze Day. In 2000, Schulze donated $50 million to the University of St. Thomas, at the time the largest donation to a Minnesota college or university. The money went to help open the UST School of Law, featuring the prominent Schulze Grand Atrium, as well as The Schulze School of Entrepreneurship, part of the St. Thomas College of Business and located in Schulze Hall ; both schools are in downtown Minneapolis. Schulze sits on the Board of Governors of the UST School of Law. In 2011, he was ranked 157th richest person in America by Forbes, with an estimated worth of $2.5 billion. In May 2012, Richard Schulze announced that he is stepping down as of Best Buy chairman after an investigation found that he knew that the CEO was having a
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    Günther Jauch

    Günther Jauch

    Günther Johannes Jauch (German pronunciation: [ˈɡʏntɐ joˈhanəs ˈjaʊx]; born 13 July 1956) is a German television host. He is a member of the Hamburg Jauch family, but currently lives in Potsdam, Brandenburg with his wife Thea (Dorothea) Jauch and his four children. Jauch was born in Münster. After 18 years of common-law marriage, he married Thea in 2006 without permitting the press to photograph the wedding. A photo that circulated in the tabloid media (which had not much detail) was published by BILD. The newspaper was fined € 200,000 for the abuse of personal rights. He married in the Orangerie at Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam. Jauch is known for a unique style of informing and entertaining people that is generally considered witty and funny; he won several awards for his appearances in German television. Jauch also owns the production company "i&u TV", which stands for Information und Unterhaltung ("information and entertainment"). He is known to make large donations from money he receives from his appearances in advertisements and other promotional work. Jauch has used his personal wealth to purchase and restore several historic buildings in and around Potsdam, his current town
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    Nintendo

    Nintendo

    Nintendo Co., Ltd. (任天堂株式会社, Nintendō Kabushiki gaisha) is a Japanese multinational consumer electronics company located in Kyoto, Japan. Nintendo is the world's largest gaming company by revenue. Founded on September 23, 1889 by Fusajiro Yamauchi, it originally produced handmade hanafuda cards. By 1963, the company had tried several small niche businesses, such as a cab company and a love hotel. Abandoning previous ventures, Nintendo developed into a video game company, becoming one of the most influential in the industry and Japan's third most valuable listed company with a market value of over US$85 billion. Nintendo of America is also the majority owner of the Seattle Mariners Major League Baseball team. The name Nintendo can be roughly translated from Japanese to English as "leave luck to heaven". As of October 18, 2010, Nintendo has sold over 565 million hardware units and 3.4 billion software units. Nintendo was founded as a card company in late 1889, originally named Nintendo Koppai. Based in Kyoto, Japan, the business produced and marketed a playing card game called Hanafuda. The handmade cards soon became popular, and Yamauchi hired assistants to mass produce cards to
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    John Hummer

    John Hummer

    John has been in the venture business since 1982. John graduated from Princeton in 1970 with an AB in English and ten years later, received his MBA from Stanford Business School in 1980. During the interim, John was a professional athlete, having been drafted in the first round of the National Basketball Association’s annual college draft in 1970, played six years and retired in 1976 from the Seattle SuperSonics.

    In 1989 John founded Hummer Winblad, with Ann Winblad, soon to be joined by Mark Gorenberg, six months later. John’s prior investments include Octel, Wind River Systems, Powersoft (where Mitchell Kertzman was the CEO), Extensity, Global Center (Doug Hickey was the CEO)and Employease. He currently sits on the boards of Starmine, Baynote, and Success Metrics.
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    Brazil

    Brazil

    Brazil /brəˈzɪl/ (Portuguese: Brasil, IPA: [bɾaˈziw]), officially the Federative Republic of Brazil (Portuguese: República Federativa do Brasil,  listen (help·info)), is the largest country in South America and in the Latin America region. It is the world's fifth largest country, both by geographical area and by population with over 193 million people. It is the largest Lusophone country in the world, and the only one in the Americas. Bounded by the Atlantic Ocean on the east, Brazil has a coastline of 7,491 km (4,655 mi). It is bordered on the north by Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and the French overseas region of French Guiana; on the northwest by Colombia; on the west by Bolivia and Peru; on the southwest by Argentina and Paraguay and on the south by Uruguay. Numerous archipelagos form part of Brazilian territory, such as Fernando de Noronha, Rocas Atoll, Saint Peter and Paul Rocks, and Trindade and Martim Vaz. It borders all other South American countries except Ecuador and Chile. Brazil was a colony of Portugal from the landing of Pedro Álvares Cabral in 1500 until 1815, when it was elevated to the rank of kingdom and the United Kingdom of Portugal, Brazil and the Algarves was
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    Dan Rooney

    Dan Rooney

    Daniel Milton "Dan" Rooney, (born July 20, 1932) is the United States Ambassador to Ireland. He is chairman emeritus of the Pittsburgh Steelers football team in the National Football League (NFL), which was founded by his father, Art Rooney. Rooney was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000 for his contributions to the game. He is credited with spearheading a requirement that NFL teams with head coach and general manager vacancies interview at least one minority candidate, which has become known as the "Rooney Rule". Rooney is also co-founder of the Ireland-related fundraising organization The Ireland Funds. Rooney was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, the son of Kathleen (née McNulty) and Pittsburgh Steelers' owner Art Rooney. In the Steelers organization, Rooney has been involved in every aspect of the franchise since he was a young boy, often assisting his father at Pitt Stadium and Forbes Field. He grew up in the North Side neighborhood of Pittsburgh and attended North Catholic High School where he excelled as the team's quarterback. He shared quarterback duties with future CIA Director and lifelong friend Michael Hayden, both of whom also attended Duquesne
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    4 votes
    36

    John C. Malone

    John C. Malone (born March 7, 1941) is an American businessman and philanthropist. He served as chief executive officer of cable and media giant, Tele-Communications Inc. (TCI), for twenty-four years from 1973–1996. Malone is now chairman of Liberty Media  and CEO of Discovery Holding Company. He was the interim CEO of Liberty Media until succeeded by former Oracle CFO Greg Maffei. As of February 1, 2011, Malone surpassed Ted Turner as the largest individual private landowner in the United States, owning 2,100,000 acres (8,500 km) of land, most of which is in Maine. Malone was born in Milford, Connecticut. His father was Daniel L. Malone, an engineer. In 1959, Malone graduated from Hopkins School in New Haven, Connecticut. In 1963, he graduated from Yale University with a B.A. in Electrical Engineering and Economics, where he was a Phi Beta Kappa and National Merit scholar. In 1964, Malone graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a M.S. in Industrial Management. He also received a M.S in Electrical Engineering from an NYU program at Bell Labs in 1965 before receiving his Ph.D. in Operations Research from Johns Hopkins in 1967. In 1963, Malone began his business career at Bell
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    4 votes
    37
    José Berardo

    José Berardo

    José Manuel Rodrigues Berardo, GCIH, more commonly known as Joe Berardo (born 4 July 1944), is a Portuguese businessman, stock investor, speculator, and art collector. According to Portuguese magazine Exame, he has an estimated net worth of €598 million. Berardo is the ninth richest person in Portugal. Berardo was born at Santa Luzia, Funchal, Madeira, Portugal, in 1944, as the seventh child of a modest family, father Manuel Berardo Gomes (born Monte, Funchal, bap. 8 November 1896) and wife Ana Rodrigues (born Monte, Funchal, 1898). Berardo left school when he was 13 years old and got a low-ranked job in the winery sector of Madeira wine. At the age of 18, he emigrated to South Africa where he worked in horticulture distribution and eventually set up large commercial ventures, becoming at the end of the 20th century one of the most renowned and wealthiest Portuguese entrepreneurs. In South Africa, he created Egoli Consolidated Mines Ltd, a gold extraction company. Initially, the gold extraction was performed using low-value waste lands that were apparently being ignored. Later, the mining company started to deal with diamond mining as well. Berardo returned to Portugal in 1986. He
    7.50
    4 votes
    38

    Louis C. Camilleri

    Louis C. Camilleri (born 1955, Alexandria, Egypt) is the Chairman and CEO of Philip Morris International. Camilleri received a degree in economics and business administration from HEC Lausanne, the Faculty of Business & Economics of the University of Lausanne (Switzerland). After working as a business analyst with W. R. Grace and Company, in Lausanne, Switzerland, Camilleri joined Philip Morris Europe in 1978 as a business development analyst. He held various positions of increasing authority involving the cigarette business in Europe and the Middle East. In December 1995, he was appointed president and chief executive officer of Kraft Foods International. He was named senior vice president and chief financial officer of Philip Morris in November 1996. Camilleri became CEO of Philip Morris, now Altria Group, in April 2002. Philip Morris USA is the largest tobacco company in the United States, with about half of the U.S. cigarette market. Philip Morris International is a leading international tobacco company with seven of the top 20 global cigarette brands. Camilleri became its CEO when it was spun off from Altria Group in early 2006. In 2008, Camilleri earned a total compensation
    7.50
    4 votes
    39
    AmBev

    AmBev

    Ambev, formally Companhia de Bebidas das Américas (official English translation: "Americas' Beverage Company", hence the name "Ambev", formerly styled as "AmBev") is a brewing company. Ambev was originally a Brazilian company that opened capital to international investors. Because this, nowadays is controversy to say if it is still a Brazilian company or a subsidiary of the global brewing company Anheuser-Busch InBev. It is the biggest brewery in Latin America and the fifth in the world. It was created on July 1, 1999, with the merger of two breweries, Brahma and Antarctica. The merger was approved by the Brazilian Board of Directors of Economic Defense (CADE) on March 30, 2000. Ambev operates in 14 countries in the Americas and its portfolio includes beers like Antarctica, Brahma, Bohemia, Skol, Stella Artois and soft drinks like Guaraná Antarctica, Soda Antarctica, Sukita and the innovations H2OH! and Guarah. As the largest PepsiCo bottler outside United States, it sells and distributes PepsiCo products in Brazil and other Latin American countries, includes Pepsi, Lipton Ice Tea and Gatorade by agreement of franchising. It is controlled by Anheuser-Busch InBev. Following the
    8.67
    3 votes
    40

    Erivan Haub

    Erivan K. Haub (born 29 September 1932) is the former manager and partial owner of Tengelmann Group, one of Germany's largest retailers. Erivan Haub was born 29 September 1932 in Wiesbaden. His mother Elizabeth originates from the Mülheimer family Schmitz-Scholl, the owners of the grocery chain Tengelmann. After the Second World War, he completed two internships with the Jewel Tea company in Chicago and the Alpha-Beta company in La Habra, California, before returning to Germany to study economics at the University of Hamburg. He joined the family business in 1963. Upon the death of his uncle Karl Schmitz-Scholl in March, 1969 he became the group's managing director. In 2000 he handed the position over to his son Karl-Erivan, and joined the supervisory board. The Haub School of Business at Saint Joseph's University is named in his honor. Erivan Haub married Helga Otto in 1958. They have three sons, Karl-Erivan, Georg and Christian. The couple lives in Wiesbaden. The Helga Otto Haub School of Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Wyoming is named for Erivan Haub's wife, Helga. Haub concentrated the Tengelmann group business on the retail trade. Under his guidance
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    3 votes
    41
    Honda Motor Company, Ltd

    Honda Motor Company, Ltd

    Honda Motor Company, Ltd. (本田技研工業株式会社, Honda Giken Kōgyō KK, IPA: [honꜜda] ( listen);  /ˈhɒndə/) (TYO: 7267) is a Japanese public multinational corporation primarily known as a manufacturer of automobiles and motorcycles. Honda has been the world's largest motorcycle manufacturer since 1959, as well as the world's largest manufacturer of internal combustion engines measured by volume, producing more than 14 million internal combustion engines each year. Honda surpassed Nissan in 2001 to become the second-largest Japanese automobile manufacturer. As of August 2008, Honda surpassed Chrysler as the fourth largest automobile manufacturer in the United States. Honda was the seventh largest automobile manufacturer in the world behind Toyota, General Motors, Volkswagen AG, Hyundai Motor Group, Ford, and Nissan in 2010. Honda was the first Japanese automobile manufacturer to release a dedicated luxury brand, Acura, in 1986. Aside from their core automobile and motorcycle businesses, Honda also manufactures garden equipment, marine engines, personal watercraft and power generators, amongst others. Since 1986, Honda has been involved with artificial intelligence/robotics research and
    8.67
    3 votes
    42
    Ray Dolby

    Ray Dolby

    Ray Dolby (born January 18, 1933) is the American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He was also a co-inventor of video tape recording while at Ampex. He is the founder of Dolby Laboratories. He is also a billionaire and a member of the Forbes 400 with an estimated net worth of $2.9 billion in 2008 although as of September 2012 it was estimated to have declined to $2.4 billion . Dolby was born in Portland, Oregon. He was raised in San Francisco, California and attended Sequoia High School (Redwood City, California). As a teenager, in the decade following World War II, Dolby held part-time and summer jobs at Ampex in Redwood City, working with their first audio tape recorder in 1949. While at San Jose State University and later at Stanford University (interrupted by two years of Army service), he worked on early prototypes of video tape recorder technologies for Alexander M. Poniatoff and Charlie Ginsburg. As a non degree-holding "consultant", Dolby played a key role in the effort that led Ampex to announce quadruplex videotape in April 1956. In 1957, Dolby received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Stanford. He subsequently won a Marshall
    8.67
    3 votes
    43
    Craig McCaw

    Craig McCaw

    Craig McCaw (born August 11, 1949 in Centralia, Washington) is a Seattle-area businessman and entrepreneur who achieved success as a pioneer in the cellular phone industry. He is the founder of McCaw Cellular (now part of AT&T Mobility) and Clearwire Corporation. Craig is the second of four sons of Marion and John Elroy McCaw. McCaw's father was a broadcasting magnate. He was in the business of buying and selling TV and radio stations, which brought in wealth but also incurred significant debts. Elroy entered the cable television business in the 1960s, and his four sons worked as linemen and door-to-door salesmen. When Elroy died, the only company not sold to repay the debt was the small Centralia cable company with estimated 2,000 to 4,000 subscribers, which was in trust. During his senior year at Stanford, Craig took the helm of the cable company and set out to rebuild his family name. He used the cash flows from his growing cable company to purchase other remote cable companies, resulting in a profitable conglomerate. By the 1980s, McCaw Cablevision was the 20th largest cable carrier in the United States. When the FCC held a lottery for cellular licenses in the early 1980s, many
    7.25
    4 votes
    44

    John D. Baker II

    John D. Baker has been a board member of Wachovia since 2001. He is president and chief executive officer of Patriot Transportation Holding, Inc.
    8.33
    3 votes
    45
    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co.

    JPMorgan Chase & Co. (NYSE: JPM) is an American multinational banking corporation of securities, investments and retail. It is the largest bank in the United States by assets. It is a major provider of financial services, with assets of $2 trillion and according to Forbes magazine is the world's second largest public company based on a composite ranking. The hedge fund unit of JPMorgan Chase is one of the largest hedge funds in the United States. It was formed in 2000, when Chase Manhattan Corporation merged with J.P. Morgan & Co. The J.P. Morgan brand is used by the investment banking as well as the asset management, private banking, private wealth management and treasury & securities services divisions. Fiduciary activity within private banking and private wealth management is done under the aegis of JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A.—the actual trustee. The Chase brand is used for credit card services in the United States and Canada, the bank's retail banking activities in the United States, and commercial banking. The corporate headquarters are in 270 Park Avenue, Midtown, Manhattan, New York City, New York, and the retail and commercial bank is headquartered in Chase Tower, Chicago
    8.33
    3 votes
    46
    Martha R. Ingram

    Martha R. Ingram

    Martha Robinson Rivers Ingram (born 20 August 1935) is the chairman of Ingram Industries, former chairman of the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust, and a noted philanthropist and patron of the arts. She was married to the late E. Bronson Ingram, who inherited his father's petroleum and barge empire in 1963. In 1995, Martha Ingram succeeded her late husband as chairman and chief executive officer of Ingram Industries, one of America's largest privately held companies. At the time, she was better known for her commitment to the arts in Nashville, Tennessee, where she and Bronson made their home. She has since become a respected executive in her own right. Martha Robinson Rivers was born in Charleston, South Carolina, the daughter of John Minott and Martha Elizabeth Robinson Rivers. She graduated from Ashley Hall in Charleston and then enrolled at Vassar College, where she received a bachelor of arts in history in 1957 and where she developed what would become a lifelong interest in the performing arts. Upon graduation, Ingram found employment at WCSC-AM/FM and WCSC-TV, a radio and television station, respectively, owned by her father. After a year and a half at the stations, her
    8.33
    3 votes
    47

    William B. Harrison, Jr.

    William B. Harrison, Jr., born August 12, 1943 in Rocky Mount, North Carolina, is the former CEO and Chairman of JPMorgan Chase. He attended high school at Virginia Episcopal School, where he was a basketball star. He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. Having risen through the ranks of Chemical Bank before succeeding Walter V. Shipley during the Chemical Bank takeover of the Chase Manhattan Corporation, he and Douglas A. Warner III, then CEO of J.P. Morgan & Co., were the principal architects of the US$30.9 billion Chase and J.P. Morgan & Co. merger of 2000. Harrison has been a director of the Firm or a predecessor institution since 1991. Mr. Harrison is also a director of Merck & Co., Inc. Jamie Dimon, former Bank One CEO, replaced Harrison as Chairman on January 1, 2007 following Harrison's decision to step down from his Chairman position of JPMorgan on December 31, 2006. Director since 1991 of JPMorgan Chase or a predecessor institution:
    8.33
    3 votes
    48

    Isaac Perlmutter

    Isaac "Ike" Perlmutter is an American businessman and financier. He has been the Chief Executive Officer of Marvel Entertainment since January 1, 2005. He was also the owner of Remington Products and Toy Biz. Isaac Perlmutter was born to a Jewish family in Israel in 1945. He emigrated to the United States after serving in the Israeli army during the Six Day War of 1967. Arriving in New York City with only $250, he earned a living standing outside Jewish cemeteries in Brooklyn, leveraging his Hebrew skills to lead funeral services for a fee. Later he sold toys and beauty products on the streets of New York City which eventually evolved into selling surplus stock and end-of-line items at a big profit. Although he never attended university, he taught himself how to read a balance sheet and became very good at spotting overlooked value in weak and distressed companies. With a new partner, Bernard Marden, and leveraging the skills he attained as a wholesaler, he formed a company called Odd Lot Trading, a wholesaler and retailer of closeout items. In May 1984, they sold Odd Lot to Revco Discount Drug Stores in exchange for 12% of Revco stock. He soon challenged Revco management for
    6.20
    5 votes
    49
    Roger Penske

    Roger Penske

    Roger S. Penske (born February 20, 1937, in Shaker Heights, Ohio) is the owner of the automobile racing team Penske Racing, the Penske Corporation, and other automotive-related businesses. A winning racer in the late 1950s, Penske was named 1961's Sports Car Club of America Driver of the Year by Sports Illustrated. After retiring from driving a few years later, he created one of the most successful teams in IndyCar Series and NASCAR racing. He also is one of the corporate directors at General Electric and was chairman of Super Bowl XL in Detroit, Michigan. He was previously on the board of Home Depot and Delphi Automotive before resigning to chair the Detroit Super Bowl Committee. He has an estimated net worth of $1.4 billion. He is a 1959 graduate of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, where he was also a member of the Phi Gamma Delta fraternity. Penske's father was a corporate executive for a metal fabrication company and encouraged his son to become an entrepreneur. As a teenager he bought older cars, repaired them and sold them at a profit from his family's home in Cleveland, Ohio. In 10 years, Penske raced and sold about 32 cars. Starting in 1958, Penske purchased, raced and
    6.20
    5 votes
    50
    John T. Chain, Jr.

    John T. Chain, Jr.

    John Thomas Chain, Jr. (born December 11, 1934) is a retired U.S. Air Force General. He is also a director of R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company, ConAgra Foods, Inc., and Kemper Insurance Co., as well as holding other corporate offices. Chain was born in Wilmington, Delaware and attended high school at Fork Union Military Academy. He earned a bachelor of arts degree in history in 1956 and was awarded an honorary doctorate in humane letters in 1990, both from Denison University. While at Denison University, General Chain was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon Fraternity. In 1971 he graduated from the National War College and concurrently earned a master's degree in international affairs from George Washington University. John Chain had a wide and varied military career, serving in a number of powerful positions. He accrued over 5,000 flying hours (including 400 combat hours) in more than 45 different military aircraft. He is a master parachutist with 66 jumps, and has been awarded the Defense Distinguished Service Medal, the Legion of Merit, the Distinguished Flying Cross, and the Bronze Star. Chain was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Air Force Reserve Officer Training
    9.50
    2 votes
    51
    Steve Wynn

    Steve Wynn

    Stephen Alan "Steve" Wynn (born January 27, 1942) is an American business magnate. He played a pivotal role in the 1990s resurgence and expansion of the Las Vegas Strip. His companies refurbished or built what are now widely recognized resorts in Las Vegas, including the Golden Nugget, The Mirage, Treasure Island, Bellagio, Wynn, and Encore. Now, as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Wynn Resorts, Limited, Wynn has developed Wynn Las Vegas, which opened on April 28, 2005; Wynn Macau, which opened in September 2006; Encore at Wynn Las Vegas, which opened December 22, 2008; and Encore at Wynn Macau, which opened on April 21, 2010. As of March 2012, Wynn is the 491st richest man in the world with a net worth of $2.5 billion. Wynn was born Stephen Alan Weinberg in New Haven, Connecticut. His father, Michael, who ran a string of bingo parlors in eastern United States, changed the family's last name in 1946 from "Weinberg" to "Wynn" when Steve was six months old "to avoid anti-Jewish discrimination". Wynn was raised in Utica, New York, and graduated from The Manlius School, a private boys' school east of Syracuse, New York, in 1959. Steve Wynn studied cultural
    9.50
    2 votes
    52
    Charles Gascoigne

    Charles Gascoigne

    Charles Gascoigne (1738 – August 1, 1806) was a British industrialist at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution. He was a partner and manager of the Carron Company ironworks in its early years, but left in 1786, before the company's success became obvious, to reorganise the production of iron and cannon in Russia. He remained in Russia for 20 years, until his death. Charles Gascoigne was born in England. His father was Captain Woodroffe Gascoigne, who was deployed in Scotland after the Battle of Culloden in 1746. His mother was Grizel, eldest daughter of Charles Elphinstone, 9th Lord Elphinstone and his wife Elizabeth Primrose. Gascoigne worked for the British East India Company and as a partner in "Coney and Gascoigne", a firm of drysalters in London. He married Mary, the daughter of Samuel Garbett, at St Martin's, Birmingham, in 1759. Garbett was a founding partner in the Carron Company, also founded in 1759, and Gascoigne become a partner in the ironworks in 1765, having been manager of Garbett's nearby turpentine factory, Garbett & Co., since 1763. Gascoigne had three daughters by his first wife: Anne, who married Thomas Hamilton, 7th Earl of Haddington, in 1786; Elizabeth,
    7.00
    4 votes
    53
    Oscar Rodriguez

    Oscar Rodriguez

    Oscar Rodriguez is a seasoned executive with more than 20 years of experience in the communications industry, including specific expertise in voice, video, data and related telecommunications technologies. As CEO of IP Unity Glenayre, Oscar is leading the company in the charge to transform the way communications services are created and delivered, and to enable carrier and enterprise customers to drive new revenues and greater market share, as they move to embrace the new world of IP-based services. His corporate experience includes positions at multi-national companies such as Motorola, DuPont, Nortel Networks and Alcatel-Lucent, where he gained experience in Enterprise and Carrier wireline and wireless applications and systems design. He also participated in the startup and scaling of three communications companies, and an initial public offering in which he brought leading-edge technologies and applications to the global marketplace. Prior to his current role, Oscar held the position of Chief Marketing Officer for Alcatel-Lucent's Enterprise Business Group, where he worked to re-define the company's strategic position as a global competitor in the Enterprise marketplace. Oscar was also President & CEO of Riverstone Networks, a public communications technology company delivering Carrier MPLS/VPLS/Ethernet solutions. At Riverstone, he restructured the company to focus on its core competencies, reconstituted the board of directors and, with his new management team, executed a turn around strategy to become the recognized technology leader in the Carrier Metro Ethernet marketplace. Riverstone was subsequently acquired by Lucent Technologies in 2006. At Nortel Networks, Oscar was responsible for two of the company's multi-national divisions. As President of Nortel's Intelligent Internet data products division, he directed the effort to deliver profitable, high performance IP-based products to both Carrier and Enterprise customers. As President of Nortel's Enterprise Solutions division, he led the effort to deliver innovative Customer Care applications, VoIP, and internet security solutions. Prior to Nortel, as President and Chief Operating Officer of Arris Interactive, he helped established the company as the leading provider of Data and Telephony Access solutions for the Broadband CATV marketplace. Oscar is a member of the board of EXAR Corporation (NASDAQ: EXAR), a semiconductor company in Silicon Valley. He also sits on the Dean's Board of Advisors for the College of Engineering at the University of Central Florida. He holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the University of Central Florida, and an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He has completed post-graduate studies in Strategic Marketing at The Harvard Business School, and the corporate director's education program at the Director's College at Stanford University's School of Law
    6.00
    5 votes
    54

    Alfred R. Kahn

    Alfred Robert Kahn (born January 18, 1947) is a retired American executive. From 1991 to 2011, he was Chairman and CEO of 4Kids Entertainment, a company that is a global provider of children's entertainment and merchandise licensing. He previously led the licensing division for the Coleco company. In 1988, he turned Leisure Concepts, Inc. into 4Kids Entertainment, since then being the chairman and CEO of that company. In 2002, he founded the National Law Enforcement and Firefighters Children's Foundation. Kahn also serves on the Board of Directors of the Federal Drug Agents Foundation, Children's Tumor Foundation, Stephen Gaynor School for Learning Difficulties, Long Island University, and Bette Midler's New York Restoration Project. He has also appeared in various conferences surrounding the anime industry. Born in Brooklyn to Murray and Lilyane Kaplan Kahn, Alfred R. Kahn is a graduate of C.W. Post College at Long Island University. Previously the head of the licensing division for Coleco, Kahn joined Leisure Concepts, Inc., turning that company to 4Kids Entertainment, for which he became Vice Chairman in July 1987 and later Chairman and CEO in 1991. 4Kids eventually became the
    8.00
    3 votes
    55
    Brian T.  Moynihan

    Brian T. Moynihan

    Brian T. Moynihan is President, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, for Bank of America Corporation.  He joined Bank of America in 2004.
    8.00
    3 votes
    56

    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
    8.00
    3 votes
    57
    Eric E. Schmidt

    Eric E. Schmidt

    Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American software engineer, businessman and the executive chairman of Google. From 2001 to 2011, he served as the chief executive of Google. Additionally, Schmidt was a member on the board of directors for Apple Inc. and sat on the boards of trustees for both Carnegie Mellon University and Princeton University. Along with Mike Lesk, Schmidt co-authored the lex analysis software program for the Unix computer operating system. Schmidt was born in Washington, D.C., and grew up in Blacksburg, Virginia, US. After graduating from Yorktown High School, Schmidt attended Princeton University, where he earned a B.S. in electrical engineering in 1976. At the University of California, Berkeley, Schmidt earned an MS in 1979 for designing and implementing a network linking the campus computer center with the CS and EECS departments, and a PhD in 1982 in EECS with a dissertation about the problems of managing distributed software development and tools for solving these problems. He was joint author of lex (a lexical analyzer and an important tool for compiler construction). He taught at Stanford Graduate School of Business as a part-time
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    3 votes
    58
    Jonathan M. Rothberg

    Jonathan M. Rothberg

    Jonathan M. Rothberg (born in 1963) is an American scientist and entrepreneur. Jonathan was born in 1963 in New Haven, Connecticut the son of Lillian and Dr. Henry Rothberg a chemical engineer. Prior to Jonathan's birth, Lillian and Dr. Henry Rothberg founded Laticrete International, Inc. a family-owned, global manufacturer of products for the installation of tile and stone. Jonathan's family established the foundation for his scientific career; early on, he was heavily influenced by his father's engineering background and problem solving abilities, as well as his mother's belief that he would "do good science." Rothberg earned a B.S. in Chemical Engineering with an option in Biomedical Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA in 1985. After completing college at Carnegie Mellon, Jonathan went on to attend Yale University and earn a M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. in biology. His thesis at Yale focused on decoding a gene called slit responsible for wiring the nervous system. Jonathan's thesis work resulted in publication of a cover article slit: An EGF-Homologous Locus of D. melanogaster Involved in the Development of the Embryonic Central Nervous System in the journal
    8.00
    3 votes
    59
    Mozambique

    Mozambique

    Mozambique, officially the Republic of Mozambique (Portuguese: Moçambique or República de Moçambique, pronounced: [ʁɛˈpublikɐ di musɐ̃ˈbiki]), is a country in Southeast Africa bordered by the Indian Ocean to the east, Tanzania to the north, Malawi and Zambia to the northwest, Zimbabwe to the west and Swaziland and South Africa to the southwest. The capital city is Maputo, formerly known as Lourenço Marques. Between the 1st and 5th centuries AD, Bantu-speaking peoples migrated from farther north and west. Swahili, and later also Arab, commercial ports existed along the coasts until the arrival of Europeans. The area was explored by Vasco da Gama in 1498 and colonized by Portugal in 1505. Mozambique became independent in 1975, and became the People's Republic of Mozambique shortly thereafter. It was the scene of an intense civil war lasting from 1977 to 1992. Mozambique is endowed with rich and extensive natural resources. The country's economy is based largely on agriculture, but with industry, mainly food and beverages, chemical manufacturing, aluminium and petroleum production, is growing fast. The country's tourism sector is also growing. South Africa is Mozambique's main trading
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    3 votes
    60
    Peter Barris

    Peter Barris

    Peter joined NEA in 1992, became a General Partner in 1993 and Managing General Partner in 1999. Peter specializes in information technology companies. Present board memberships include Boingo Wireless , Broadview Networks, Cyren Call, Hillcrest Labs, InnerWorkings (NASDAQ: INWK), Jobfox, MediaBank, Neutral Tandem, ProtoStar and Vonage (NYSE: VG). He also serves on the Board of Directors of the National Venture Capital Association. Prior board memberships include among others, UUNET Technologies (NASDAQ: UUNT), AMISYS (acquired by HBO), CareerBuilder (NASDAQ: CBDR), Mobius Management Systems (NASDAQ: MOBI), SALIX Technologies (acquired by Tellabs) and Tripod (acquired by Lycos, Inc.). Peter is a member of the Board of Trustees, Northwestern University; Board of Overseers, Tuck School at Dartmouth College; Board of Advisors, Tuck's Center for Private Equity and Entrepreneurship at Dartmouth. Before joining NEA, Peter was President and Chief Operating Officer at LEGENT and Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Systems Software Division at UCCEL. He also held various management positions between 1977 and 1985 at General Electric, including Vice President and General Manager at GE Information Services. He received a Masters in Business Administration from Dartmouth College and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University. 

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    3 votes
    61
    George Soros

    George Soros

    George Soros ( /ˈsɔroʊs/ or /ˈsɔrəs/; Hungarian: Soros György; Hungarian: [ˈʃoroʃ]; born August 12, 1930, as Schwartz György) is a Hungarian-American business magnate, investor, philosopher and philanthropist. He is the chairman of Soros Fund Management. Soros supports progressive-liberal causes. He is known as "The Man Who Broke the Bank of England" because of his US$1 billion in investment profits during the 1992 Black Wednesday UK currency crisis. Between 1979 and 2011, Soros gave away over $8 billion to human rights, public health, and education causes. He played a significant role in the peaceful transition from communism to capitalism in Hungary (1984–89), and provided Europe's largest higher education endowment to Central European University in Budapest. Soros is also the chairman of the Open Society Institute. Soros was born in Budapest, Hungary to a nonobservant Jewish family. His mother Elizabeth (also known as Erzsebet) came from a family that owned a thriving silk shop. His father Tivadar (also known as Teodoro) was a lawyer and had been a prisoner of war during and after World War I until he escaped from Russia and rejoined his family in Budapest. The two married in
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    4 votes
    62
    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
    6.75
    4 votes
    63

    Brian H. Dovey

    Mr. Dovey has been a General Partner of Domain Associates since 1988. Since joining Domain, he has served as Chairman of Athena Neurosciences, Creative BioMolecules, and Univax Biologics and on the Board of Directors of some 30 additional companies, including Align Technology, British Biotech, Cardiac Science, Connetics, Geron, Ista Pharmaceuticals, Nabi Pharmaceuticals, Neose Technologies, ReSound, Trimeris, U.S. Bioscience, and Vivus.  Prior to Domain, Brian spent six years at Rorer Group (now Aventis as a result of subsequent mergers). As President of Rorer from 1986 to 1988, he was the primary architect of this Fortune 500 company's strategic shift to pharmaceuticals that resulted in a doubling of annual sales to approximately $1 billion. Previously, Brian was President of Survival Technology, a start-up medical products company whose sales growth placed it in the top ten of the Inc 100. He has also held management positions with Howmedica, Howmet Corporation, and New York Telephone.  Brian has served as both President and Chairman of the National Venture Capital Association. He is on the Board of Trustees of the Burnham Institute and is Vice Chair of the Wistar Institute, both of which are leaders in preclinical bio-medical research in the non-profit sector. Mr. Brian also serves on the Board of Directors of the Kauffman Fellows Program at the Center for Venture Education. He is Trustee Emeritus of Germantown Academy and a former Trustee of the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. He is also a former Board Member of the Advanced Medical Technology Association and the Consumer Healthcare Products Association. Brian earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Industrial Engineering from Colgate University  and a Masters of Business Administration degree from Harvard University.
    9.00
    2 votes
    64
    Laurence Tisch

    Laurence Tisch

    Laurence Alan "Larry" Tisch (March 5, 1923 – November 15, 2003) was an American businessman, Wall Street investor and self-made billionaire. He was the CEO of CBS television network from 1986 to 1995. With his brother Bob Tisch, he was part owner of the Loews Corporation. Tisch was born March 5, 1923 in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Russian Jewish immigrants, Sadye and Al Tisch. His father, a former All-American basketball player at the City University of New York, owned a garment factory as well as two summer camps which his wife helped him run. He graduated from New York University when he was just 18 and received a Wharton MBA in industrial management by 20. In 1946, he made his first investment, purchasing a 300-room winter resort in Lakewood, New Jersey with $125,000 in seed money from his parents. Two years later, his brother Bob joined him in the business, launching a lifelong partnership between the pair with Larry handling financial matters and Bob the overall management. Their first hotel was very successful and over the next decade, the Tisch brothers bought a dozen hotels in Atlantic City and the Catskills. In 1960, using the proceeds from their hotel empire, Tisch
    9.00
    2 votes
    65

    Mohnish Pabrai

    Mohnish Pabrai is an Indian-American businessman, investor and philanthropist. In his Pabrai Investment Fund, which is a family of hedge funds inspired by Buffett Partnerships, he successfully manages over 500 mln of assets and consistently achieves overaverage rates of return. Pabrai worked with Tellabs between 1986–91, first in its high speed data networking group, and then in 1989, joined its international subsidiary, working in international marketing and sales. In 1991 he started his IT consulting and systems integration company, TransTech, Inc. with about US$30,000 from his own 401K account and US$70,000 from credit card debt. He sold the company in 2000 to Kurt Salmon Associates for US$20 million. Today he is the managing partner of the Pabrai Investment Funds, which he founded in 1999. Pabrai has high regards for Warren Buffett and admits that his investment style is copied from Buffett and others. He has written a book on his investing style: "The Dhandho Investor: The Low - Risk Value Method to High Returns". In June 2007 he made headlines by bidding US$650,100 with Guy Spier for a charity lunch with Warren Buffett. Another book by Pabrai is "Mosaic: Perspectives on
    9.00
    2 votes
    66
    Morgan Stanley

    Morgan Stanley

    Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) is an American multinational financial services corporation headquartered in the Morgan Stanley Building, Midtown Manhattan, New York City. Morgan Stanley operates in 42 countries, and has more than 1300 offices and 60,000 employees. The company reports US$304 billion in assets under management or supervision. The corporation, formed by J.P. Morgan & Co. partners Henry S. Morgan (grandson of J.P. Morgan), Harold Stanley and others, came into existence on September 16, 1935, in response to the Glass-Steagall Act that required the splitting of commercial and investment banking businesses. In its first year the company operated with a 24% market share (US$1.1 billion) in public offerings and private placements. The main areas of business for the firm today are Global Wealth Management, Institutional Securities, and Investment Management. The company was founded in the midst of a management crisis starting in March 2005 that resulted in a loss of a number of the firm's staff and ultimately saw the firing of its then CEO Philip Purcell three months later. Morgan Stanley is an American multinational financial services corporation that, through its subsidiaries
    9.00
    2 votes
    67
    7.67
    3 votes
    68
    Edmond James de Rothschild

    Edmond James de Rothschild

    Baron Edmond Benjamin James de Rothschild (August 19, 1845 – November 2, 1934) was a French member of the Rothschild banking family. A strong supporter of Zionism, his generous donations lent significant support to the movement during its early years, which helped lead to the establishment of the State of Israel. A member of the French branch of the Rothschild banking dynasty, he was born in the Paris suburb of Boulogne-sur-Seine, Haut-de-Seine, the youngest child of James Mayer Rothschild and Betty von Rothschild. He grew up in the world of the Second Republic and the Second Empire and was a soldier "Garde Mobile" in the first Franco-Prussian War. In 1877 he married Adelheid of Naples, the daughter of Wilhelm Carl von Rothschild with whom he had three children: James Armand Edmond, Maurice Edmond Karl and Miriam Caroline Alexandrine. Edmond de Rothschild inherited Château Rothschild, Boulogne-Billancourt and owned the Château Rothschild d'Armainvilliers in Gretz-Armainvilliers in the Seine-et-Marne département. Edmond took little active part in banking but pursued artistic and philanthropic interests, helping to found scientific research institutions such as the Institut Henri
    7.67
    3 votes
    69
    Samuel Morton Peto

    Samuel Morton Peto

    Sir Samuel Morton Peto, 1st Baronet (4 August 1809 – 13 November 1889) was an English entrepreneur, civil engineer and railway developer. A partner in Grissell and Peto, he managed construction firms that built many major buildings and monuments in London, including The Reform Club, The Lyceum, Nelson's Column and the new Houses of Parliament; which made him a millionaire. He then became one of the major contractors to build the rapidly expanding railways of the time. Samuel Morton Peto was born in Britain on 4 August 1809, in Woking, Surrey. As a youth, he was apprenticed as a bricklayer to his uncle Henry Peto, who ran a building firm in London. When his uncle died in 1830, Peto and his older cousin, Thomas Grissell (who had been a partner to his uncle for five years), went into partnership. The firm of Grissell and Peto (1830–1847) built many well-known buildings in London, including the Reform Club, the Oxford & Cambridge Club, the Lyceum, and St James's Theatre, Hungerford Market and Bloomsbury Chapel (1848), the first Baptist church with spires in London. In addition, they built Nelson's Column (1843) and the vast infrastructure project of the London brick sewer. In 1834 Peto
    7.67
    3 votes
    70
    WS Atkins PLC

    WS Atkins PLC

    WS Atkins plc (commonly known as Atkins) (LSE: ATK) is a multinational engineering, design, planning, project management and consulting services company headquartered in Epsom, United Kingdom. It was founded in 1938 by Sir William Atkins. Atkins is the largest engineering consultancy in the UK, the largest multi-disciplinary consultancy in Europe and the world's 14th-largest design firm according to the Engineering News-Record. It employs approximately 17,500 staff based in 180 offices across 28 countries and has undertaken projects in over 150 countries. Its motto is "Plan Design Enable". Atkins is listed on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 250 Index. The original company, WS Atkins & Partners, was established by the late Sir William Atkins in 1938 with offices in Westminster in London. In its early years the practice specialised in civil and structural engineering design work but expanded rapidly after World War II into specialist services in town planning, engineering sciences, architecture and project management. In 1996, WS Atkins was admitted to the London Stock Exchange and began trading as WS Atkins plc. In 1996 it also acquired Faithful and Gould,
    7.67
    3 votes
    71
    Judith L. Estrin

    Judith L. Estrin

    Judith "Judy" L. Estrin is an American business executive. She is currently the CEO of JLabs (formerly called Packet Design Management Company), through which she pursues a broad range of advisory activities including sitting on corporate and advisory boards and speaking engagements. Judy is the author of "Closing the Innovation Gap: Reigniting the Spark of Creativity in a Global Economy" (McGraw-Hill; Hardcover, September 2008), a general interest book that challenges national, academic and business leaders to work together to make USA competitive again. Estrin is a technology entrepreneur who co-founded seven companies with Bill Carrico and was the CTO of Cisco Systems from 1998 to 2000. Estrin serves on the Board of Directors of the Walt Disney Company (since 1998) and the FedEx Corporation (since 1989). Formerly, she served on the boards of Rockwell Automation and Sun Microsystems. She also serves on the advisory boards of Stanford’s School of Engineering and Bio-X interdisciplinary program, and is a member of the University of California President’s Science and Innovation Advisory Board. Estrin received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science from UCLA, where
    10.00
    1 votes
    72
    Phil Knight

    Phil Knight

    Philip Hampson "Phil" Knight (born February 24, 1938) is an American business magnate and philanthropist. A native of Oregon, he is the co-founder and chairman of Nike, Inc., and previously served as the chief executive officer of Nike. By 2011, Knight's stake in Nike gave him an estimated net worth of US$14.4 billion, making him the 47th richest person in the world and the 19th richest American. A graduate of the University of Oregon and Stanford Graduate School of Business, he has donated hundreds of millions of dollars to the schools; Knight gave the largest donation in history at the time to Stanford's business school in 2006. A native Oregonian, he ran track under coach Bill Bowerman at the University of Oregon, with whom he would co-found Nike. Phil Knight is the son of "a lawyer turned newspaper publisher", William W. Knight, and his wife Lota (Hatfield) Knight. Growing up in the Portland neighborhood of Eastmoreland, he attended Cleveland High School in Portland. According to one source, "When his father refused to give him a summer job at his newspaper [the Oregon Journal], believing that his son should find work on his own, Buck went to the rival Oregonian, where he
    10.00
    1 votes
    73
    Robert Glaser

    Robert Glaser

    Rob Glaser (born January 16, 1962) is the founder of RealNetworks (1994) which produces RealAudio, RealVideo, RealPlayer, and Helix, among other products and services. Before founding RealNetworks, he had become a millionaire by working for Microsoft for ten years. Glaser, while Chief Executive of RealNetworks, clashed repeatedly with Tony Fadell, widely known as the Godfather of the iPhone and iPod, who then left the company after 5 weeks and went on to founding the products for Apple. Glaser is a graduate of Yale University with an MA degree in Economics and a BS degree in Computer Science. On June 16, 2004, Glaser received the Music Visionary Award, along with EMI Vice Chairman David Munns, from the Music for Youth Foundation, and the United Jewish Appeal. Glaser was the 22nd largest individual donor to 527 groups in the 2004 US election, donating over $2.2 million to pro-Democratic organizations. He was the leading creditor to Air America Radio, loaning at least $9.8 million according to its bankruptcy filing. Since June 2010, Glaser has been a partner at global venture firm, Accel Partners, focusing on digital media technology, social media, and mobile service investments.
    10.00
    1 votes
    74

    William P. Carey

    William Polk Carey (May 11, 1930 – January 2, 2012) was an American philanthropist and businessman. A charismatic figure, he was the founder of W. P. Carey & Co., the corporate real estate financing firm headquartered in New York City and donated the funds to establish the Carey School at Johns Hopkins, the Carey School of Law, and the W. P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Carey had deep familial roots in the city of his birth, Baltimore, Maryland. His great-great-great-grandfather James Carey was an 18th- and 19th-century Baltimore shipper, chairman of the Bank of Maryland, a member of Baltimore's first City Council and a distant relative of Johns Hopkins. His grandmother, Anne Galbraith Carey, conceived of the Gilman School for boys in Roland Park. As a young man Carey attended elementary school at Calvert School and left Roland Park's Gilman School to go to the Pomfret School in Connecticut, then attended Princeton University. Shortly after his father's death, he left Princeton for supposedly missing chapel. He went on to attend the University of Pennsylvania, before establishing himself in New Jersey working in his step-father's car dealership. Carey
    10.00
    1 votes
    75
    Chrysler Group LLC

    Chrysler Group LLC

    Chrysler Group LLC ( /ˈkraɪslər/) is an American-based, multinational automaker, in global strategic alliance with its majority owner, Italian manufacturer Fiat, since 2009. Chrysler was first organized as the Chrysler Corporation in 1925. Its core brands are: Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, Ram, SRT, Fiat, and Mopar vehicles and products. The Company is headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States. On June 10, 2009, Chrysler LLC emerged from a government backed Chapter 11 reorganization as Chrysler Group LLC, in alliance with the Italian automaker Fiat. Initially holding a 20% interest in Chrysler Group, Fiat's stake was increased to 58.5% (fully diluted) following acquisition of the equity interests held by the U.S. Treasury (6% on June 3, 2011) and Canada (1.5% on July 21, 2011) The stake was further increased to 61.8% in July 2012. The company was founded by Walter Chrysler (1875–1940) on June 6, 1925, when the Maxwell Motor Company (est. 1904) was re-organized into the Chrysler Corporation. Walter Chrysler arrived at the ailing Maxwell-Chalmers company in the early 1920s. He was hired to overhaul the company's troubled operations (after a similar rescue job at the
    6.50
    4 votes
    76
    Pierre Omidyar

    Pierre Omidyar

    Pierre Morad Omidyar (Persian: پیر مراد امیدیار‎; born June 21, 1967) is a French-born Iranian American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who is the founder and chairman of the eBay auction site. Omidyar and his wife Pam are well-known philanthropists who founded Omidyar Network in 2004 in order to expand their efforts beyond non-profits to include for-profits and public policy. Omidyar was born in Paris, France to Iranian immigrant parents who had been sent by his grandparents to attend university there. His mother Elahé Mir-Djalali Omidyar (Persian:الهه میرجلالی امیدیار), who did her doctorate in linguistics at the Sorbonne, is herself a well-known academic. His father was an Iranian surgeon. The family moved to the US when Omidyar was six. Omidyar was 28 when he sat down over a long holiday weekend to write the original computer code for what eventually became an internet superbrand — the auction site eBay. The site was launched on Labor Day, Monday, September 4, 1995, as "Auction Web"; it was hosted on a site Omidyar had created for information on the ebola virus. The word 'eBay' was made up on the fly by Omidyar when he was told that his first choice for his web site,
    6.50
    4 votes
    77
    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
    8.50
    2 votes
    78
    William M. Stewart

    William M. Stewart

    William Morris Stewart (August 9, 1827 – April 23, 1909) was an American lawyer and politician. Stewart was born in Wayne County, New York. As a child he moved with his parents to Trumbull County, Ohio. As a young man he was a mathematics teacher in Ohio. In 1849 he began attending Yale University but left in 1850 to move to California. Like many young men during that time, he came to California because of the Gold Rush. He arrived in San Francisco, California and soon left to begin mining near Nevada City, California. In 1852 he stopped mining and decided to become a lawyer in Nevada City. He almost immediately became a district attorney, and served as attorney general of California briefly during 1854, at the age of 27. In 1860 Stewart moved to Virginia City, Nevada where he participated in mining litigation and helped the development of the Comstock Lode. As Nevada was becoming a state in 1864, he helped the state develop its constitution. Stewart’s role as a lawyer and politician in Nevada has always been controversial. He was the territory’s leading lawyer in mining litigation, but his opponents accused him of bribing judges and juries. Stewart accused the three Nevada
    8.50
    2 votes
    79
    William Morris

    William Morris

    William Morris (24 March 1834 – 3 October 1896) was an English textile designer, artist, writer, and libertarian socialist associated with the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood and the English Arts and Crafts Movement. He founded a design firm in partnership with the artist Edward Burne-Jones, and the poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti which profoundly influenced the decoration of churches and houses into the early 20th century. As an author, illustrator and medievalist, he helped to establish the modern fantasy genre, and was a direct influence on postwar authors such as J. R. R. Tolkien. He was also a major contributor to reviving traditional textile arts and methods of production, and one of the founders of the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings, now a statutory element in the preservation of historic buildings in the UK. Morris wrote and published poetry, fiction, and translations of ancient and medieval texts throughout his life. His best-known works include The Defence of Guenevere and Other Poems (1858), The Earthly Paradise (1868–1870), A Dream of John Ball (1888), the utopian News from Nowhere (1890), and the fantasy romance The Well at the World's End (1896). He
    8.50
    2 votes
    80
    Barry Eggers

    Barry Eggers

    Barry is a founding partner of Lightspeed and focuses primarily on investments in the areas of infrastructure technologies, communications and networking, digital media, and semiconductors. He has over ten years of  venture capital experience and of operating experience. Prior to joining Lightspeed, Barry held senior business development and operational roles at Cisco Systems from 1991-1997. While at Cisco, Barry was responsible for establishing several of the company's largest distribution channels with OEMs, system integrators and VARs. Also at Cisco, he developed the initial merger and acquisition process and directed the first wave of Cisco's acquisitions and integrations. Barry has been named multiple times to the Forbes Midas List of top venture capital investors. Barry holds a BA in Economics and Business from UCLA and an MBA from Stanford University.


    7.33
    3 votes
    81
    Dan L. Duncan

    Dan L. Duncan

    Dan L Duncan (January 2, 1933 – March 28, 2010) was an American born in Center, Texas. He was the co-founder, chairman and majority shareholder of Enterprise Products. Duncan donated $75 million to Texas Children's Hospital and the Houston Museum of Natural Science, as well as $135 million to Baylor College of Medicine. Duncan donated a sculpture by Jean Dubuffet named "Monument au Fantóme", which was at first situated in front of 1100 Louisiana Street, an office building in Downtown Houston. It now resides in Discovery Green Park near the George R. Brown Convention Center. Duncan owned the Double D Ranch, a 5,000-acre (20 km) hunting property in Texas. Duncan was a Safari Club International member who has been given numerous awards for his hunting trophies. In 2006, he received the SCI World Conservation Hunting Award, which requires a hunter to have hunted on six continents, and have received SCI's 13 "Grand Slam" awards, 22 "Inner Circle" awards, the Fourth Pinnacle of Achievement Award and the Crowning Achievement Award. Duncan has 407 entries in SCI's trophy record book, including records for killing lions, elephants, leopards, rhinoceroses, a polar bear, and other animals. On
    7.33
    3 votes
    82
    Deutsche Bank

    Deutsche Bank

    Deutsche Bank AG (literally "German Bank"; pronounced [ˈdɔʏtʃə ˈbaŋk]) is a German global banking and financial services company with its headquarters in the Deutsche Bank Twin Towers in Frankfurt, Hesse, Germany. It employs more than 100,000 people in over 70 countries, and has a large presence in Europe, the Americas, Asia-Pacific and the emerging markets. In 2009, Deutsche Bank was the largest foreign exchange dealer in the world with a market share of 21 percent. Deutsche Bank has offices in major financial centres including London, Madrid, Frankfurt, New York, Paris, Moscow, Amsterdam, Warsaw, Istanbul, Dublin, George Town, Cayman Islands, Toronto, Kuala Lumpur, São Paulo, Singapore, Hong Kong, Tokyo, Sydney, Dubai, Riyadh, Manila, Mumbai, Bangkok and Belgrade. The bank offers financial products and services for corporate and institutional clients along with private and business clients. Services include sales, trading, research and origination of debt and equity; mergers and acquisitions (M&A); risk management products, such as derivatives, corporate finance, wealth management, retail banking, fund management, and transaction banking. Deutsche Bank's Chief Executive Officer
    7.33
    3 votes
    83

    John Sperling

    John Glen Sperling (born 1921) is an American businessman who is credited with leading the contemporary for-profit education movement in the United States. His fortune is based on his founding of the for-profit University of Phoenix for working adults in 1976, which is now part of the publicly traded Apollo Group. For ventures ranging from pet cloning to green energy, he has widely been described as an "eccentric" self-made man by the Washington Post and other media. Sperling was born into a poor sharecropper family in the Missouri Ozarks. His father worked for the railroad and his mother was a fundamentalist Christian. He spent several years as a sailor in the merchant marine, and even as a wandering 1950s beatnik. He received his undergraduate education at Reed College, Oregon, a master's from the University of California, Berkeley under the G.I. Bill, and then went on to attain a PhD in Economic History at the University of Cambridge. Apollo Group (NASDAQ: APOL) is an S&P 500 corporation based in the South Phoenix area of Phoenix, Arizona. Apollo Group, Inc., through its subsidiaries, owns several for-profit educational institutions. Apollo was founded by John Sperling in 1973.
    7.33
    3 votes
    84
    Millennium Technology Ventures

    Millennium Technology Ventures

    Millennium Technology Ventures, L.P. (MTV), is a New York-based venture capital fund that has been making investments in innovative technology companies since 2000. MTV's process of investing capital draws from the venture capitalist's vision, an informed view of the future of technology markets, and value-added company-building skills. The current emphasis in MTV's investment strategy is on later-stage investments.

    7.33
    3 votes
    85
    Shirish Sathaye

    Shirish Sathaye

    Shirish Sathaye, based in the Silicon Valley office, has been a General Partner with Matrix Partners since 2001. Prior to a venture career, Shirish had over 15 years operating experience as an executive and an entrepreneur at both small and large technology companies.

    Shirish currently serves on the board of Aruba Networks (NASDAQ: ARUN), Grandis, Rohati Systems and Solidcore Systems.

    Before joining Matrix, he was the VP of Engineering and Chief Technology Officer at Alteon WebSystems, where he led the engineering organization almost from its inception through a highly successful IPO and subsequent acquisition by Nortel Networks. Prior to Alteon, Shirish was at FORE Systems, where he led the development of all of FORE's award-winning ATM switch products. Before FORE, Shirish spent eight years at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he worked on Internet routing protocols, Ethernet, FDDI, and ATM network technologies. Shirish has a Ph.D in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Carnegie Mellon University.

     

    7.33
    3 votes
    86
    Total S.A.

    Total S.A.

    Total S.A. (French pronunciation: [tɔ'tal]) is a French multinational oil and gas company and one of the six "Supermajor" oil companies in the world. Its businesses cover the entire oil and gas chain, from crude oil and natural gas exploration and production to power generation, transportation, refining, petroleum product marketing, and international crude oil and product trading. Total is also a large-scale chemicals manufacturer. The company has its head office in the Tour Total in the La Défense district in Courbevoie, West of Paris. The company was founded after World War I, when the then French Prime Minister Raymond Poincaré rejected the idea of forming a partnership with Royal Dutch Shell in favour of creating an entirely French oil company. At Poincaré's behest, Col. Ernest Mercier with the support of ninety banks and companies founded Total on 28 March 1924, as the Compagnie française des pétroles (CFP), literally the "French Petroleum Company". Petroleum was seen as vital in the case of a new war with Germany. As per the agreement reached during the San Remo conference of 1920, the French state received the 25% share held by Deutsche Bank in the Turkish Petroleum Company
    7.33
    3 votes
    87
    Aneel Bhusri

    Aneel Bhusri

    Aneel Bhusri is Workday's co-founder and President, responsible for the company's overall strategy and day-to-day operations. He joined Greylock in 1999 from PeopleSoft, where from 1999 to 2004, he served as Vice Chairman of the Board at PeopleSoft. From 1993 to 1999, Aneel held a number of senior leadership positions at PeopleSoft, including senior vice president in charge of product strategy, business development, and marketing.

    At PeopleSoft, he was responsible for developing and guiding all product strategy, corporate and product marketing. He also led the company's business development efforts in key areas such as new product development, vertical market initiatives and corporate expansion. Prior to PeopleSoft, Aneel held positions in both venture capital and corporate finance.

    He holds an MBA from Stanford University and a bachelor of science and arts in electrical engineering and economics from Brown University.

    Aneel currently serves on the Boards of Cape Clear, Data Domain, Symphoniq, Data Robotics, and Workday. In addition to PeopleSoft, Aneel formerly served on the boards of PolyServe (Acquired by HP), Corio (acquired by IBM), Outlooksoft (acquired by SAP), Marimba (acquired by BMC Software), Perfigo (acquired by Cisco), SeeBeyond, (acquired by Sun Microsystems) and Vantive (acquired by PeopleSoft). Aneel also represented Greylock's investment in Unicru (acquired by Kronos).
    6.25
    4 votes
    88

    Jay Schottenstein

    Jay Schottenstein (born 1955) is an entrepreneur from Columbus, Ohio. Jay is the son of Jerome Schottenstein and Geraldine Hoffman. Jerome established Schottenstein Stores Corp. and was active especially in supporting Jewish charities. He served as board member of Yeshiva University. In 1976 Jay entered his father's business and later married Jeanne, by whom he has 3 sons Joseph, Johnathon and Jeffrey. He also has three grandchildren, Jacob, Jonah, and Emma. Since 1980 he has served as chairman of American Eagle Outfitters, Incorporated. In 1993 he replaced his father as head of Schottenstein Stores Corp (SSC), as well as his charity activities. From 2005, he has served as chairman of DSW. He is one of the main contributors along with his family to Schottenstein Edition of the Babylonian Talmud. He is brother-in-law of Jon P. Diamond. The Schottenstein family's wealth was once estimated at $2 billion, coming mainly from Retail Ventures, Inc (RVI) and American Eagle Outfitters, in which it currently owns a 26.5% stake. Schottenstein personally owns about 3% of American Eagle Outfitters, but Retail Ventures, Inc (RVI) holds a stake as well.
    6.25
    4 votes
    89
    Pete Ashdown

    Pete Ashdown

    Peter Lynn "Pete" Ashdown (born January 11, 1967) is the founder and CEO of Utah's first independent and oldest Internet service provider, XMission. In 2006 he challenged and lost to incumbent U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch, running as the Democratic candidate. Ashdown ran again in 2012 for the U.S. Senate, but was defeated for the Democratic nomination at the state convention by Scott Howell. Ashdown was born in Salt Lake City to Robert and Greta Ashdown, and grew up in Bountiful, Utah. His father worked as a machinist, an elementary school teacher, and a professor of manufacturing design at Salt Lake Community College. His mother, an immigrant from Denmark, ran the Ashdowns' family business of importing kitchenware from Finland. In his teen and young adult years, Ashdown held jobs of bussing tables at a Japanese restaurant, working for an electrical contractor, computer sales and repair, and data entry. Ashdown graduated from Woods Cross High School in 1985 and attended Salt Lake Community College, subsequently transferring to the University of Utah to study filmmaking. While at the university, Ashdown began studying computer science. While at the University of Utah, Ashdown was hired
    6.25
    4 votes
    90

    Patrick Byrne

    Patrick M. Byrne (born 1962, Fort Wayne, Indiana, United States) is chairman of the The Foundation for Educational Choice, as well as the president, CEO, and chairman of the board of directors of Internet retailer Overstock.com. In 1999, Byrne took control of the company, then called D2: Discounts Direct, and changed its name to Overstock. He had previously served shorter terms leading two smaller companies, including one owned by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway. In 2002, Byrne took Overstock.com public. Since the initial public offering, the company has since increased its revenue to over $1 billion a year, and achieved full profitability in 2009. In 2002, Byrne was named to BusinessWeek’s list of the 25 most influential people in e-Business. and Ernst & Young awarded Byrne the "2002 Milestone Award Winner Utah Region.". In 2010 Overstock.com was named the best retailer to work for in America by Forbes, noting that Byrne's 92% employee approval rating is the highest of any CEO in the nation. Beginning in 2005, Byrne become known for his campaign against the practice of naked short selling. Byrne says it has been used in violation of securities law to hurt the price of his and
    5.40
    5 votes
    91
    Douglas Leone

    Douglas Leone

    Douglas Leone focuses on internet and communication investments. Prior to joining Sequoia Capital in 1988, Doug held sales and sales management positions at Sun Microsystems, Hewlett-Packard and Prime Computer. Douglas has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Cornell University, an MS in Industrial Engineering from Columbia University, and an MS in Management from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
    7.00
    3 votes
    92
    Kirin Brewery Company

    Kirin Brewery Company

    Kirin Brewery Company, Ltd. (麒麟麦酒株式会社, Kirin Bīru Kabushiki-gaisha) (TYO: 2503, NASDAQ: KNBWY) is a Japanese company. It is a member of the Mitsubishi keiretsu. Kirin sells two of the most popular beers in Japan: Kirin Lager, the country's oldest beer brand; and Ichiban Shibori. In the happoshu (low-malt) category, Kirin Tanrei is the top seller. Kirin handles domestic distribution for several foreign brands, including Budweiser and Heineken. Kirin's brewery operations also extend overseas, through strategic alliances, subsidiaries, and affiliates, to China, Taiwan, Australia, the Philippines, Europe, New Zealand and the United States. The company holds a 100% stake in Lion Nathan Limited, a consolidated subsidiary that is based in Australia but has particularly important operations in China. Kirin has a 48% stake in San Miguel Brewery, the dominant brewer in the Philippines. Kirin now applies its fermentation technology to areas such as plant genetics, pharmaceuticals, and bioengineering. Although brewing and related businesses remain the core of Kirin's activities, the company is also involved in several other sectors: hard liquor, wine, soft drinks, and food products. In
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    Oliver Hazard Payne

    Oliver Hazard Payne

    Oliver Hazard Payne (July 21, 1839 – June 27, 1917) was an American businessman, organizer of the American Tobacco trust, and assisted with the formation of U.S. Steel, and was affiliated with Standard Oil. He is considered one of the 100 wealthiest Americans, having left an enormous fortune. His estate at Esopus, New York, known as the Col. Oliver Hazard Payne Estate, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002 and is now the home of Marist College's Raymond A. Rich Institute for Leadership Development. The son of businessman-politician Henry B. Payne and Mary Perry, he graduated from Phillips Academy Andover in 1859, then studied at Yale University. At the outbreak of the U.S. Civil War in 1861 he enlisted in the Union Army, though he could have afforded to pay someone to go in his place. In 1863, he became colonel of the 124th Ohio Infantry. He was Brevetted Brigadier General March 13, 1865. Upon the end of the war, he began his career, investing in iron and then oil refining. His oil interests were the first acquired by Standard Oil, and he became a trustee of that firm and acted as a lobbyist. He was charged with bribing members of the Ohio Legislature to
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    Salomon Reinach

    Salomon Reinach

    Salomon Reinach (29 August 1858 – 4 November 1932) was a French archaeologist. The brother of Joseph Reinach, he was born at St Germain-en-Laye and educated at the École normale supérieure before joining the French school at Athens in 1879. He made valuable archaeological discoveries at Myrina near Smyrna in 1880-82, at Cyme in 1881, at Thasos, Imbros and Lesbos (1882), at Carthage and Meninx (1883-84), at Odessa (1893) and elsewhere. He received honours from the chief learned societies of Europe. In 1887 he obtained an appointment at the National Museum of Antiquities at Saint-Germain-en-Laye; in 1893 he became assistant keeper, and in 1902 keeper of the national museums. In 1903 he became joint editor of the Revue archéologique, and in the same year officer of the Legion of Honour. The lectures he delivered on art at the École du Louvre in 1902-3 were published by him under the title of Apollo. These were translated into most European languages, and became a standard handbook on the subject. Reinach's first published work was a translation of Arthur Schopenhauer's Essay on Free Will (1877), which passed through many editions. This was followed by many works and articles in the
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    Bombardier

    Bombardier

    Bombardier Inc. (French pronunciation: [bɔ̃baʁdje]) is a Canadian multinational aerospace and transportation company, founded by Joseph-Armand Bombardier as L'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée in 1942, at Valcourt in the Eastern Townships, Quebec. Over the years it has been a large manufacturer of regional aircraft, business jets, mass transportation equipment, recreational equipment and a financial services provider. Bombardier is a Fortune Global 500 conglomerate company. Its headquarters are in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Joseph-Armand Bombardier was a mechanic who dreamed of building a vehicle that could "float on snow". In 1937 he designed and produced his first snowmobile in his small repair shop in Valcourt, Quebec. Bombardier's technological breakthrough in the design of bush vehicles came in the mid-1930s when he developed a drive system that revolutionized travel in snow and swampy conditions. In 1937 Bombardier sold 12 snowmobiles—named the B7 and, in 1942, created l'Auto-Neige Bombardier Limitée company. The first snowmobiles were large, multipassenger vehicles designed to help people get around during the long winter months. Snowmobiles were used in rural Quebec to take
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    Robert Hower

    Robert Hower was the 15th football coach for the Southwestern College Moundbuilders in Winfield, Kansas and held that position 5 seasons, form 1954 to 1958. His overall coaching record at Southwestern was 11 wins, 31 losses, and 4 ties. This ranks him 16th at Southwestern in terms of total wins and 23rd at Southwestern in terms of total winning percentage (as of completion of the 2007 season).
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    Battery Ventures L.P

    Battery Ventures L.P

    Founded in 1983, Battery Ventures is a leading venture capital firm focused on investing in technology companies at all stages of growth, from seed to later stage and tech buyouts. Battery leverages its people, expertise, and capital to actively guide companies to category dominance. The firm has invested in over 180 companies worldwide across information technology industries. From its offices in Wellesley, MA and Menlo Park, CA the partnership manages over $2 billion in committed capital, including its new fund of $450 million.
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    GDF Suez

    GDF Suez

    GDF Suez S.A. is a French multinational electric utility company, headquartered in 8th arrondissement, Paris; which operates in the fields of electricity generation and distribution, natural gas and renewable energy. The company, formed on 22 July 2008 by the merger of Gaz de France and Suez, traces its origins to the Universal Suez Canal Company founded in 1858 to construct the Suez Canal. The firm also holds a 35% stake in Suez Environnement, the water treatment and waste management company spun off from Suez at the time of the merger. GDF Suez bought 70% of Britain's International Power in August 2010, creating the world's largest independent utility company. The purchase of the remaining 30% was announced by GDF Suez in April 2012, and the transaction completed in July 2012. As of 2010 GDF Suez employs 236,000 people worldwide, including 1,200 researchers and experts at 9 R&D centers, with revenues of €84.5 billion. GDF Suez is listed on the Euronext exchanges in Paris and Brussels and is a constituent of the CAC 40 and BEL20 indices. Prior to the GDF Suez merger plans in 2006, the company existed as two separate French multinational corporations - Suez S.A. and Gaz de France,
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    Ken Novack

    Ken Novack, a graduate of Dartmouth College and Harvard Law School, is an American lawyer who currently sits on the board of BBN Technologies and is a special advisor to General Catalyst Partners. From 1998 until 2003 he served as Vice Chairman for America Online and then Time-Warner after the two companies merged. Early in his career, from 1966 to 1998, Novack served as an attorney with the firm of Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky, and Popeo, PC ("Mintz"). Recently, however, Novack rejoined Mintz as Senior Counsel.
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    Leonard Riggio

    Leonard S. Riggio (Feb. 28, 1941, Bronx, N.Y. - ) is an American businessperson and entrepreneur. He is the largest shareholder of the book store chain Barnes & Noble, which is the largest specialty retailer in the world. As of May 5, 2009, the company operates 777 stores in 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia. Born in the Bronx, Riggio grew up in New York City. He attended Brooklyn Technical High School, graduating in 1958, followed by New York University. While at NYU, Riggio founded the Student Book Exchange in 1965 and turned this small book store into a leading retailer. He acquired the Barnes & Noble bookstore in New York in 1971 and adopted its name for his expanding company. Through the years, he acquired hundreds of bookstores and launched the Barnes & Noble superstore concept with an in-store coffee shop and spacious reading alcoves. In addition, Riggio launched barnesandnoble.com to compete with Amazon for on-line book sales and launched a successful video game retail operation which grew to become GameStop. By the end of the twentieth century, Riggio had built Barnes & Noble into the largest book seller in the world. Since 1985, Mr. Riggio has been Chairman of
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    Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors

    Mitsubishi Motors Corporation (Mitsubishi Jidōsha Kōgyō KK, IPA: [miꜜtsu͍biɕi̥]) is a multinational automaker headquartered in Minato, Tokyo. In 2010 it was the sixth largest Japanese automaker and the sixteenth largest in the world, measured by production. It is part of the Mitsubishi keiretsu, formerly the biggest industrial group in Japan, and was formed in 1970 from the automotive division of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Mitsubishi's automotive origins date back as far as 1917, when the Mitsubishi Shipbuilding Co., Ltd. introduced the Model A, Japan's first series-production automobile. An entirely hand-built seven-seater sedan based on the Fiat Tipo 3, it proved expensive compared to its American and European mass-produced rivals, and was discontinued in 1921 after only 22 had been built. In 1934, Mitsubishi Shipbuilding was merged with the Mitsubishi Aircraft Co., a company established in 1920 to manufacture aircraft engines and other parts. The unified company was known as Mitsubishi Heavy Industries (MHI), and was the largest private company in Japan. MHI concentrated on manufacturing aircraft, ships, railroad cars and machinery, but in 1937 developed the PX33, a prototype
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    Ray L. Hunt

    Ray L. Hunt

    Ray L. Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Oil Company and Chairman of the Board, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., was elected to PepsiCo's Board in 1996. Mr. Hunt began his association with Hunt Oil Company in 1958 and has held his current position since 1976.
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    Robert W. Duggan

    Robert W. Duggan

    Bob Duggan is the Founder of the investment firm Robert W. Duggan & Associates. Mr. Duggan has been a private venture investor for more than 30 years and has participated as a director of, investor in and advisor to numerous small and large businesses in the medical equipment, computer local and wide area network, PC hardware and software distribution, digital encryption, consumer retail goods and outdoor media communication industries. Mr. Duggan served as Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Computer Motion, Inc., from 1997 until the conclusion of its merger with Intuitive Surgical in June of 2003. Prior to Computer Motion Inc., Mr. Duggan's tenure as a board member of Government Technology Services from 1986 until 1993, during which time GTSI was recognized by INC Magazine as the fifth fastest growing privately held company in America. Mr. Duggan has served as a board member of Chart House Enterprises, Inc., was a Chairman of the board of Metropolis Media and has served as a Chairman of the Board and principal fund raiser for Communication Machinery Corporation (CMC). Before it was sold in July 1988 to Rockwell International, CMC was one of the world’s top three ethernet networking companies. Mr. Duggan is a member of the University of California - Santa Barbara Foundation Board of Trustees.
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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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    Siegfried Bettmann

    Siegfried Bettmann

    Siegfried Bettmann was a bicycle, motorcycle and car manufacturer and initiator of the Triumph Motorcycle Company. In 1914 he established the Annie Bettmann Foundation to help young people start businesses Triumph became one of the most famous motorcycle trade-names of the world. Born in 1863 in Nuremberg, Germany, Siegfried Bettmann moved to England in 1885, and settled in Coventry. He found work with Kelly & Co. compiling foreign directories for their publications. After six months, he obtained a job with the White Sewing Machine Co. as a translator and worked as the company's sales representative in northern Europe. Fluent in several languages, he perfected his English, married a local woman, Annie Meyrick (known as Millie) and became a British national. Bettmann founded S. Bettmann & Co and started selling bicycles by the name 'Triumph' from premises in London. In 1886, Bettmann sought a more general name, and the company became known as the Triumph Cycle Company. A year later, the company registered as the New Triumph Co. Ltd., with funding from the Dunlop Pneumatic Tyre Company. In that year, Bettmann was joined by another Nuremberg native, an engineer named Moritz (Maurice)
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    Wayne Root

    Wayne Root

    Wayne Allyn Root (born July 20, 1961) is an American politician, entrepreneur, television and radio personality, author and political commentator. He was the 2008 Libertarian Party vice-presidential nominee. Root began his career as a professional sports handicapper, based in Las Vegas, Nevada. His political talk radio show, W.A.R: The Wayne Allyn Root Showis broadcast in New York City, Los Angeles and Chicago. Root is a frequent guest on several nationally syndicated radio shows such as Savage Nation, The Jerry Doyle Show, and Mancow's Morning Madhouse. He has also made numerous appearances on various programs on the Fox News Channel. He is a frequent speaker at Tea Party events across the United States. Root's political columns appear in the Las Vegas Review Journal and at Newsmax.com. At the 2008 Libertarian National Convention, Root was eliminated on the fifth ballot in a bid for the presidential nomination, and subsequently became the vice presidential candidate alongside Libertarian nominee Bob Barr. Root lost a bid to become National Chair of the Libertarian Party at the party's 2010 Convention. Root was born in Mount Vernon, New York in 1961, the son of the late David and
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    Al-Waleed bin Talal

    Al-Waleed bin Talal

    Al Waleed Bin Talal (also spelled Waleed bin Talal) (Arabic: الوليد بن طلال بن عبد العزيز آل سعود‎) is a Saudi Arabian business tycoon and investor. He is a member of the Saudi royal family. He is the founder, CEO and 95%-owner of Kingdom Holding Company. As of March 2012, his personal wealth is estimated to be US $18 billion. Arabian Business ranks him as the most influential Arab in the world. Al Waleed bin Talal was born on March 7, 1955. His parents are Prince Talal and Mona El Solh, daughter of Riad as-Solh, Lebanon's first Prime Minister after its independence. Al Waleed is Prince Talal's second son. Al Waleed is the grandson of Saudi Arabia's founder Ibn Saud. Al Waleed received a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Administration from Menlo College in California in 1979. He then received a Master's of Social Science with honors from Syracuse University in 1985. Al Waleed began his business career in 1979 upon graduation from Menlo College. His activities as an investor came to prominence when he bought a substantial tranche of shares in Citicorp in the 1990s when that firm was in crisis. With an initial investment of $550 million ($2.98 a share after adjusting for stock
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    Archibald Orr-Ewing

    Sir Archibald Orr-Ewing, 1st Baronet (4 January 1818 – 28 November 1893) was a Scottish Conservative Party politician. The Orr Ewing Baronetcy, of Ballikinrain in the County of Stirling and of Lennoxbank in the County of Dunbarton, was created in the Baronetage of the United Kingdom on 8 March 1886 for the Conservative politician Archibald Orr-Ewing. He was the seventh son of William Ewing, a merchant of Glasgow, and Susan, daughter of John Orr, Provost of Paisley. Archibald was Member of Parliament (MP) for Dunbartonshire from 1868 to 1892 Sir Archibald was Deputy Lieutenant (D.L.) of Dunbartonshire and for Stirlingshire. He was Justice of the Peace (J.P.) for Inverness-shire and for Stirlingshire. He was the Ensign-General of the Royal Company of Archers and Dean of Faculties at Glasgow University On 27 April 1847, he married Elizabeth Lindsay Reid and they had four children: In 1864 Sir Archibald commissioned David Bryce to design his new home, Ballikinrain Castle, which was completed in 1868.
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    Balfour Beatty

    Balfour Beatty

    Balfour Beatty plc is a multinational infrastructure group with capabilities in professional services, construction services, support services and infrastructure investments. A constituent of the FTSE 250 Index, Balfour Beatty operates in over 80 countries, working for customers principally in the UK, the US, South-East Asia, Australia and the Middle East. Balfour Beatty was formed in 1909 with a capital of £50,000 (2012:£3,860,000) – an exceptionally large sum for the time. The two principals were George Balfour, a qualified mechanical and electrical engineer, and Andrew Beatty, an accountant, who had met while working for the London branch of the New York engineers JG White & Company. Initially the Company concentrated on tramways, the first contract being for the Fife Tramway Light and Power Company at Dunfermline; its general construction expertise was extended during World War I with, for example, army camps. George Balfour was elected to the House of Commons in 1918 and played a large part in the debates which established the National Grid. To service this new market, George Balfour, Andrew Beatty and others formed Power Securities to finance projects and the two companies,
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    Jay Hoag

    Jay Hoag

    Jay Hoag, a co-founder of TCV, has been a venture capitalist and technology investor for over 25 years. Jay has been involved in TCV investments in Actuate Software, Ariba Technologies, Altiris (sold to Symantec), BlueCoat Systems (formerly CacheFlow), C|Net, eHarmony, eLoyalty, Encompass (sold to Yahoo!), EXE Technologies, Expedia, Fandango, InPhonic, Netflix, ONYX Software, RealNetworks, R.J. O’Brien, SpringStreet (sold to Homestore.com), TechTarget, Vacationspot.com (sold to Expedia), Viant Corporation and Zillow among others. Prior to TCV, Jay was a Managing Director at Chancellor Capital Management where he spent over 12 years as a technology focused venture capitalist and fund manager. In addition to generating industry leading performance managing public technology portfolios, Jay led private investments in Ascend Communications, CompUSA, Intuit, Macromedia, NETCOM, PictureTel, Pure Software, Sybase and many others. Jay received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from Northwestern University and an M.B.A. from the University of Michigan. He is currently on the Board of Directors of eHarmony, Netflix, R.J. O’Brien, TechTarget and Zillow. Jay is on the Advisory Board of HRJ Capital, the Investment Advisory Committee at the University of Michigan, the Board of Trustees of Northwestern University and the Board of Trustees at the Menlo School.
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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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    Turner construction

    Turner Construction Company is one of the largest construction management companies in the United States, with a construction volume of $8 billion in 2011. It is a subsidiary of the German company Hochtief. Henry Chandlee Turner (b.1871) founded Turner Construction Company in 1902, with $25,000 in start-up capital, at 11 Broadway, New York City. Turner's first job was a $687 project; to build a concrete vault for Thrift Bank in Brooklyn. In 1903, a Scottish industrialist named Robert Gair, involved with the manufacture of paper products, hired Turner Construction to build a plant in Brooklyn. The facility, finished in 1904, measured 180,000 sq ft (17,000 m), making it, at the time, the largest reinforced concrete building in the United States. At the same time the company was developing plans for the Gair building, Turner began building staircases for the New York City subway system. The original design showed the stairs were to be made of steel, but Turner thought concrete was a less expensive alternative. After examining public bidding records, Henry Turner undercut competing offers and was awarded the chance to build several staircases in concrete. His alternative worked,
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    Elliot S. Kaplan

    Elliot S. Kaplan has been a Director and Secretary of Best Buy Co. Inc. since January 1971. Mr. Kaplan has been a Partner at Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., Minneapolis, Minnesota, which serves as Best Buy Co. Inc.'s outside general counsel.
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    Mitchell Kertzman

    Mitchell Kertzman

    Mitchell Kertzman is a venture capitalist with Hummer Winblad Venture Partners, and former CEO of Sybase, Powersoft, and Liberate Technologies.
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    Robert C. Schenck

    Robert C. Schenck

    Robert Cumming Schenck (October 4, 1809 – March 23, 1890) was a Union Army general in the American Civil War, and American diplomatic representative to Brazil and the United Kingdom. He was at both battles of Bull Run and took part in Jackson's Valley Campaign of 1862, and the Battle of Cross Keys. His eldest brother, James Findlay Schenck, was rear admiral of the United States Navy. Schenck was born in Franklin, Warren County, Ohio to William Cortenius Schenck (1773–1821) and Elizabeth Rogers (1776–1853). William Schenck was descended from a prominent Dutch family and was born in Monmouth County, New Jersey. William Schenck was a land speculator and an important early settler of Ohio who had also been in the War of 1812 and, like his son, rose to the rank of general. He died when Robert was only twelve and the boy was put under the guardianship of General James Findlay. In 1824, Robert Schenck entered Miami University as a sophomore and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree with honors in 1827, but remained in Oxford, Ohio, employing his time in reading, and as tutor of French and Latin, until 1830, when he received the degree of Master of Arts. He began to study law under
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    Snecma

    Snecma

    Snecma S.A. is a French multinational aircraft- and rocket engine manufacturer headquartered in Courcouronnes, France. Alone or in partnership, Snecma designs, develops, produces and markets engines for civil and military aircraft, launch vehicles and satellites. The company also offers a complete range of engine support services to airlines, armed forces and other operators. Snecma is a subsidiary of the SAFRAN Group. Snecma used to be an acronym for Société nationale d'études et de construction de moteurs d'aviation (in English, "National Company for the Design and Construction of Aviation Engines") until April 27 2004. Snecma was formed in 1945 with German BMW jet engine technology when the large French aero engine firm Gnome & Rhône was nationalized. In 1961, Snecma and Bristol Siddeley agreed to a joint venture to produce the power plant for the Concorde, which would become the Rolls-Royce/Snecma Olympus 593. the main body of the engine came from the Bristol Olympus with the refinements being the addition of the variable intakes necessary for supersonic flight. In 1968, Snecma took control of Hispano-Suiza, Socata and Bugatti. Snecma valued Bugatti's automobile background
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    Sumner Redstone

    Sumner Murray Redstone (born Sumner Murray Rothstein; May 27, 1923) is an American media magnate. He is the majority owner and Chairman of the Board of the National Amusements theater chain. Through National Amusements, Sumner Redstone and his family are majority owners of CBS Corporation, Viacom, MTV Networks, BET, and the film studio Paramount Pictures, and are equal partners in MovieTickets.com. Sumner was born in Boston, Massachusetts, to Michael and Belle (née Ostrovsky) Rothstein. "Red stone" is a literal translation of the German-Jewish name, "Rothstein". Michael Rothstein owned Northeast Theater Corporation in Dedham, Massachusetts—the forerunner of National Amusements -- and the Boston branch of the Latin Quarter Nightclub. Sumner Redstone attended the Boston Latin School, from which he was graduated first in his class. He then attended Harvard College, where he completed the studies for his baccalaureate in three years. Later, Redstone served in World War II, with a team that decoded Japanese messages for the United States Army. After this military service, he worked in Washington, D.C., and attended Georgetown University Law School. He transferred to Harvard Law School
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    Gil Amelio

    Gil Amelio

    Gilbert Frank Amelio (born March 1, 1943, in New York City) is an American technology executive. He grew up in Miami, Florida and received a bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. in physics from the Georgia Institute of Technology. While at Georgia Tech, Amelio was a member of the Pi Kappa Alpha Fraternity. Amelio worked at Bell Labs, Fairchild Semiconductor, and the semiconductor division of Rockwell International but is best remembered as a former CEO of National Semiconductor and Apple. Amelio was CEO of National Semiconductor from May 27, 1991, to February 2, 1996. During his tenure at National Semiconductor, Amelio cut costs and returned the company to profitability. At Bell Labs in 1970, Amelio was on the team that demonstrated the first working charge-coupled device (CCD). He moved to Fairchild Semiconductor in 1971, where he led the development of the first commercial CCD image sensors in the early 1970s, and in 1977 became head of the MOS division. Amelio was CEO of National Semiconductor from 1991 to 1995. In 1994 Amelio joined the Board of Directors of Apple. After his resignation from National Semiconductor Amelio became Apple CEO on February 2, 1996, succeeding
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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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    Lloyd G. Trotter

    Lloyd G. Trotter

    Lloyd G. Trotter is a partner at GenNx360 Capital Partners, a position he has held since February 2008. He served as Vice Chairman of General Electric and as President and Chief Executive Officer of GE Industrial, from 2006 through February 2008. Mr. Trotter is a member of the board of directors of Textron, Inc. Mr. Trotter joined PepsiCo’s Board in 2008.
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    Viktor Vekselberg

    Viktor Vekselberg

    Viktor Felixovich Vekselberg (Russian: Виктор Феликсович Вексельберг, Ukrainian: Віктор Феліксович Вексельберг; born April 14, 1956, Drohobych, Ukraine, Soviet Union) is the owner and president of Renova Group, a large Russian conglomerate. Victor Vekselberg was born in 1956 in Western Ukraine. He graduated from the Moscow Transportation Engineering Institute in 1979. In 1993, he became Chairman of the Board of Directors of Renova, one of Russia's most progressive investment and business development companies. After working as an engineer in an obscure state lab for many years, Vekselberg moved to business in 1990. He rose to prominence after Boris Yeltsin's reelection in 1996 as co-owner and chairman of Tyumen Oil (TNK), one of Russia's largest oil and gas companies. He took a controlling interest in the company in 1997 and has subsequently developed a joint venture with BP. About the same time he co-founded SUAL Holding, later incorporated into RUSAL Company, which since grew to control Russia's largest aluminum business and is ranked first in the world. Later, he integrated those and other assets under the umbrella of Renova Group, delegating operating responsibilities to
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    Arthur Patterson

    Arthur Patterson

    Arthur works with start-up entrepreneurial teams in Software and Services. As the lead investor he has helped management teams develop their companies into market defining leaders. IPO's of such companies include: Actuate, (Reporting); iPass, (Roaming); MetroPCS, (Cellular Carrier); Portal Software, (Internet Billing); UUnet/MCI-WorldCom, (ISP); and Veritas, (Storage). He has also been a Director and Investor in many other public information technology Companies.

    He is currently on the Boards of several private companies including: Aptana (Open Source Web 2.0 Infrastructure); Arcot Systems (Authentication); Centrify (AD Based Identity Management); Coremetrics (Marketing Spend Optimization); Integral Development (FX Trading Systems); Iron Planet (Heavy Equipment Online MarketPlace); NewlineNoosh (Print BPM); Rapt (Media Inventory Optimization). Recent private exits include Savi Technology (RFID based Supply Chain Management) sold to Lockheed Martin, and Counterpane (Security Monitoring and Response) sold to BT.

    Prior to co-founding Accel Partners, Arthur was General Partner of Adler & Company. He started in venture capital at Citicorp Venture Capital. At Citicorp, he also managed a fund of publicly traded equities and was on the Equity Committee of Citicorp's Investment Management Group. Previously, Arthur worked in Washington for the International office of the U.S. Treasury Department - International Monetary, Trade and Development Policy.

    Arthur served as the President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists and a Director of the National Venture Capital Association. He received an AB and an MBA from Harvard.

    Arthur lives in San Francisco with his wife, Louise Muhlfeld, and their four still almost perfect children ages 14, 12, 10, and 6.
    5.50
    4 votes
    125
    Donald J Tyson

    Donald J Tyson

    Donald J. Tyson is a United States businessman, who was the President and CEO of Tyson Foods during its rise to the top of the food business.
    5.50
    4 votes
    126
    Larry Ellison

    Larry Ellison

    Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison (born August 17, 1944) is an American business magnate, co-founder and chief executive of Oracle Corporation, one of the world's leading enterprise software companies. As of 2012, he is the third wealthiest American citizen, with an estimated worth of $41 billion. The bulk of Ellison's fortune comes from his 22.5 percent stake in Oracle. Larry Ellison was born in the Lower East Side of Manhattan, New York City, New York. His mother, Florence Spellman, was an unwed 19-year-old of Jewish heritage and his father was an Italian American U.S. Air Force pilot, who was stationed abroad before Spellman realized that she had become pregnant by him. After Larry Ellison contracted pneumonia at the age of nine months, his mother determined that she was unable to care for him adequately, and arranged for him to be adopted by her aunt and uncle in Chicago. Lillian Spellman Ellison and Louis Ellison adopted him when he was nine months old. Lillian was the second wife of Louis Ellison, an immigrant who had arrived in the United States in 1905 from Russia. Larry Ellison did not meet his biological mother again until he was 48. Ellison graduated from Eugene Field
    5.50
    4 votes
    127

    Scott Trust

    The Scott Trust Limited is the British company which owns Guardian Media Group and thus The Guardian, The Observer and Auto Trader as well as various local newspapers and various other media businesses in the UK. In 2008 it replaced the now-defunct Scott Trust, which had owned the Guardian since 1936. The Trust was established in 1936 by John Scott, owner of the Manchester Guardian (as it then was) and the Manchester Evening News. After the deaths in quick succession of his father C. P. Scott and brother Edward, and consequent threat of death duties, John Scott wished to prevent future death duties forcing the closure or sale of the newspapers, and to protect the liberal editorial line of the Guardian from interference by future proprietors. The Trust was dissolved and reformed in 1948, as it was thought that the Trust, under the terms of the original Trust Deed, had become liable to tax due to changes in the law. At this time John Scott also gave up his exclusive right to appoint trustees; the trustees would henceforth appoint new members themselves. Five months after the signing of the new Trust Deed, John Scott died. After three years of legal argument, the Inland Revenue gave
    5.50
    4 votes
    128
    Bandel L. Carano

    Bandel L. Carano

    Bandel L. Carano joined Oak as a General Partner in 1985. Bandel has invested in companies with emphasis on design automation (Centric Software, Interconnectix, Parametric, Synopsys and Tensilica); telecommunications (2Wire, Airspan, Avici, CommVerge, CoreTek, Endwave, FiberTower, General Bandwidth, Metawave, NeoPhotonics, Netopia, PictureTel, Polycom, PulsePoint, Qtera, ReliOn, Sentient Networks, Tegic, Trapeze, Wellfleet and WFI); software (Entropic, firstRain, Illustra/Informix, Sybase, Tele Atlas and Visto); and advanced semiconductors (Actel, Airgo, CommQuest, Kenet, Level 5, NemeriX, Newport Media, nLight, Plastic Logic, Resonext, SMIC, Solarflare, Stretch, Synaptics and Virata). Prior to Oak, Bandel worked with Morgan Stanley's Venture Capital Group. He was responsible for advising Morgan Stanley on high-tech new business development, as well as sponsoring venture investments. Bandel received BS and MS degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University. He currently serves on the Investment Advisory Board of the Stanford Engineering Venture Fund
    6.33
    3 votes
    129
    Collin E. Roche

    Collin E. Roche

    Collin Roche joined GTCR in 1996. Previously, Mr. Roche was an associate at EVEREN Securities in Chicago and an analyst at Goldman, Sachs & Co. in New York City. He received a BA in Political Economy from Williams College and an MBA from Harvard Business School, where he was a Baker Scholar and Henry Ford II Scholar.

    Mr. Roche is currently a director of BNY ConvergEx Group, National Processing Company, QFour Digital, Service Net, Syniverse, VeriFone, and Zenta. He has been instrumental in other GTCR investments, including Cambridge Protection Industries, HSM Electronic Protection Services, Skylight Financial, Transaction Network Services, and TransFirst.

    6.33
    3 votes
    130
    Joseph S. Lacob

    Joseph S. Lacob

    Joe Lacob has been a partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers since 1987. He has been closely involved with KPCB's investments in over fifty life science companies, including the start-up or incubation of a dozen ventures and with KPCB's medical technology practice, which includes over thirty therapeutic and diagnostic medical device companies. Joe is also an active investing partner in KPCB's Internet company initiative; he led the firm's investment in AutoTrader, eHealth and Sportsline. Most recently, Joe has focused on energy investments as part of KPCB’s growing initiative in the fields of greentech and alternative energy. Investments include Terralliance, in efficient oil and gas exploration, Glori Oil, in microbial enhanced oil recovery and an incubation in novel geothermal energy.

    Joe currently serves on the Board of Directors of three public companies, Align Technology, Orexigen and eHealth as well as several other privately-held companies including Ophthonix, NeuroPace, TherOx, Arresto BioSciences and Codon Devices. He's also on the Board of Director of GloriOil and BAS Medical.

    Joe is actively involved in industry organizations including the American Heart Association and the AHA Roundtable. He is also very involved at Stanford University, serving on advisory boards at the Medical Center, Business School and Athletic Department.

    Joe received his Bachelor's in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Irvine, his Master's in Public Health from UCLA and his M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
    6.33
    3 votes
    131

    Sol Price

    Sol Price (January 23, 1916 – December 14, 2009) was the founder of FedMart and Price Club (since merged into Costco). He is considered a pioneer of the "warehouse store" retail model. Born in New York City, Price was the son of Samuel and Bella Price, immigrants to the United States from Minsk (Russia), in the early years of the 20th century. The name Price, which later became so apt, was assigned at Ellis Island; the original name may have been Press or Preuss. The family relocated to San Diego in the early 1920s. Price graduated from San Diego High School in 1931, attended San Diego State University in 1932 and earned his undergraduate degree in philosophy and a law degree from the University of Southern California Law School in 1936 and 1938 respectively, by which time he had married his girlfriend Helen Moskowitz, the couple eloping to Las Vegas. Price was admitted to the California Bar in November 1938. Price launched the first FedMart in 1954 and founded Price Club in 1976. The company went public in 1980. In 1993 Costco merged with (bought) Price Club to form PriceCostco. Leadership in the new organization was shared between Sol Price's son, Robert, and James Sinegal. After
    6.33
    3 votes
    132
    Alan Spoon

    Alan Spoon

    Alan has more than 20 years of operating executive and investment experience and is currently managing general partner with Polaris Venture Partners. Alan focuses on investments in information technology, with an emphasis on revenue-stage companies, digital media, and e-commerce.

    Before coming to Polaris, Alan was with The Washington Post Company, where he worked for 18 years. During his career with The Post Company, he served as president, chief operating officer, board member, chief financial officer, president of Newsweek, head of newspaper marketing, and head of corporate business development. Prior to The Washington Post, Alan was an officer at The Boston Consulting Group, an international management consulting firm specializing in corporate strategy.

    Alan earned his B.S. at Massachusetts Institute of Technology; a M.S. at M.I.T.'s Sloan School of Management; and a J.D., with honors, from Harvard Law School.
    8.00
    1 votes
    133
    Jim C. Walton

    Jim C. Walton

    James Carr Walton (born July 7, 1948) is the youngest son of Wal-Mart founder Sam Walton and the Chairman of Arvest Bank. With an estimated 2012 net worth of around US$21.1 billion, Walton is currently ranked by Forbes as the 9th-richest person in the world. Walton received a bachelor's degree from the University of Arkansas. He is married to Lynne McNabb Walton and has four children, including Alice Anne Walton and Thomas Layton Walton. The family resides in Bentonville, Arkansas.
    8.00
    1 votes
    134
    John Francis Crowley

    John Francis Crowley

    Mr. Crowley became president and CEO of Amicus in January 2005, having served as a director since 2004. Previously he was founding president and CEO of Orexigen Therapeutics. Preceding Orexigen, Mr. Crowley was senior vice president at Genzyme Therapeutics, a position he assumed after overseeing the sale of Novazyme Pharmaceuticals to Genzyme in September 2001. Mr. Crowley was the founding president and CEO of Novazyme that was developing a novel treatment for Pompe disease. He previously served in several senior management roles with the Bristol-Myers Squibb Company (BMS), including director of the Executive Committee for the U.S. Medicines Group, director of Business Strategy for the U.S. Pharmaceuticals Group, and director of U.S. Area Marketing for the Neuroscience and Infectious Disease Division. Preceding his experience at BMS, Mr. Crowley worked as a business strategy consultant for Marakon Associates. Mr. Crowley began his professional career as a litigation associate in the Health Care Practice Group of the Indianapolis-based law firm of Bingham, Summers, Welsh & Spilman.

    Mr. Crowley is involved with several charitable and community organizations, including serving as president of the National Tay-Sachs and Allied Diseases Association. He is also on the Research Advisory Board of the national Muscular Dystrophy Association and the Board of Directors of St. Peter's University Hospital. Mr. Crowley's involvement with biotechnology stems from the 1998 diagnosis of two of his children with Pompe disease - a fatal neuromuscular disorder. Mr. Crowley and his family have been featured on the cover of The Wall Street Journal and on The Today Show, CNBC and The Paula Zahn Show.

    Mr. Crowley is a commissioned officer in the United States Navy Reserve (active).

    Mr. Crowley earned his B.S. degree in Foreign Service from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service, his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School and his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School.
    8.00
    1 votes
    135
    Jonathan Root

    Jonathan Root

    As a physician, Jon Root evaluates investments in the medical field with a practitioner's eye. A common investment criteria when evaluating business opportunities in the biotechnology or medical devices fields is: does this solution meet, or begin to address, an unmet clinical need? Jon goes beyond that: is the innovation easily usable?

    Jon spent nine years in clinical practice before joining USVP in 1995 as a Ewing Marion Kauffman Fellow in venture capital. He became a general partner in 1997. Before USVP, Jon was on the faculty and clinical staff at The New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center in New York City. There he was an Assistant Professor of Neurology and Director of the Neurology-Neurosurgery Intensive Care Unit. He is board certified in neurology.

    Jon is on the boards of Altus Pharmaceuticals, Raven biotechnologies, OncoMed, Proteolix and Sequent Medical; he is active with USVP's investment in Ascenta.

    Jon holds an A.B. in Economics from Dartmouth College, an M.D. from the University of Florida College of Medicine, and an M.B.A. from Columbia University.
    8.00
    1 votes
    136
    Nicholas J. Smither

    Nicholas J. Smither

    Nick Smither is group vice president and chief information officer, effective April 1, 2008. He had been vice president and chief information officer since April 2006.
    8.00
    1 votes
    137
    Paul Allen

    Paul Allen

    Paul Gardner Allen (born January 21, 1953) is an American investor and philanthropist best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation along with Bill Gates, a leading developer of personal-computer software systems and applications. He is also the 48th richest person in the world along with Germán Larrea Mota-Velasco (and family) who ranks the same with an estimated wealth of $14.2 billion as of March 2012.. He is the founder and chairman of Vulcan Inc., which manages his business and philanthropic efforts. Allen also has a multi-billion dollar investment portfolio which includes technology companies, real estate holdings, and stakes in other technology, media, and content companies. Allen also owns two professional sports teams, the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL), and the Portland Trail Blazers of the National Basketball Association (NBA). He is also part-owner of the Seattle Sounders FC, which joined Major League Soccer (MLS) in 2009. Allen's memoir Idea Man: A Memoir by the Cofounder of Microsoft was released on April 19, 2011. Paul Allen was born in Seattle, Washington, to parents Kenneth Samuel Allen, an associate director of the University of
    8.00
    1 votes
    138
    Robert Iger

    Robert Iger

    Robert A. "Bob" Iger (born February 10, 1951) is an American businessman and the current chairman and chief executive of The Walt Disney Company. He was named president of Disney in 2000, and later succeeded Michael Eisner as chief executive in 2005, after a successful effort by Roy E. Disney to shake-up the management of the company. Iger oversaw the acquisition of Pixar in 2006, following a period of strained relations with the animation studio. He also led the company to acquire Marvel Entertainment, further broadening the Disney company's character franchises, in 2009. Iger was born to a Jewish family in Long Island, New York. His mother Mimi worked at Boardman Junior High School in Oceanside, New York and his father Arthur was executive vice president and general manager of the Greenvale Marketing Corporation, and a professor of advertising and public relations. Iger completed his undergraduate studies at Ithaca College where he graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in Television & Radio from Ithaca's Roy H. Park School of Communications. He then began his career as a weatherman for a local television station. He joined the American Broadcasting Company
    8.00
    1 votes
    139
    Timothy Barrows

    Timothy Barrows

    Timothy A. Barrows, based in the Waltham, MA office of Matrix, has more than 21 years of experience in the venture industry, investing in early-stage information technology companies.

    Tim has served or currently serves on the Boards of Directors of OnDisplay (IPO, acquired by Vignette), SilverStream Software (IPO, acquired by Novell), Sycamore Networks (NASDAQ: SCMR), Tivoli Systems (IPO, acquired by IBM ), Cimaron Communications (acquired by AMCC), Empirix, Eroom (acquired by Documentum), FirstSense Software (acquired by Concord Communications), Intelliden, Kalido, LiveVault (acquired by Iron Mountain),  Relicore (acquired by Symantec), Starent Networks, Veritech (acquired by SDLI) and Watermark Software (acquired by FileNet).

    Prior to joining Matrix, Tim worked in Corporate Finance, Mergers and Acquisitions at Merrill Lynch Capital Markets.  He graduated from Williams College with a major in Political-Economics, and from Stanford University with a Masters in Business Administration.

     

    8.00
    1 votes
    140
    Banco Popular Español

    Banco Popular Español

    Banco Popular Español, S.A. (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈbaŋko popuˈlaɾ espaˈɲol]) is the fourth largest banking group in Spain. The group consists of the following companies:
    5.25
    4 votes
    141

    Allen U. Lenzmeier

    Allen U. Lenzmeier has been a director of Best Buy since February 2001 and is currently Vice Chairman, serving on a part-time basis to support its international expansion. Prior to his promotion to his current position in 2004, he served in various capacities since joining Best Buy in1984, including as President and Chief Operating Officer from 2002 to 2004, and as President of Best Buy Retail Stores from 2001 to 2002.
    7.00
    2 votes
    142
    Edward Zander

    Edward Zander

    Edward J. Zander (born January 12, 1947, in Brooklyn, New York) is an American business executive. He was CEO and Chairman of the Board of Motorola from January 2004 until January 2008, remaining as chairman until May 2008. His work in the technology sector included management positions at Data General and Apollo Computer before joining Sun Microsystems in 1987 where he was later promoted to Chief Operating Officer and President. After leaving Sun in 2002, he became managing director at Silver Lake Partners, a private-equity firm. He also serves on the board of directors for Jason Foundation for Education, on the science advisory board of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (where he received a degree in electrical engineering), the advisory board for IOCOM Communications, and the advisory board of the Boston University School of Management (where he received his Master of Business Administration and later an honorary D.H.L.). He was also a member of the board of directors at Seagate Technologies from 2002 to 2004, and at Time Warner Inc. from January to May 2007. He has been a member of the board of directors at EagleView Technologies Inc. since 2008. Zander is the son of Jewish
    7.00
    2 votes
    143
    Gururaj Deshpande

    Gururaj Deshpande

    Gururaj Deshpande ("Desh" Deshpande) is an Indian American venture capitalist and entrepreneur, who is best known for co-founding the Chelmsford, MA-based internet equipment manufacturer Sycamore Networks, the Deshpande Center for Technological Innovation at MIT and the Deshpande Foundation. Presently, Deshpande is the Chairman of A123Systems, Sycamore Networks, Tejas Networks, HiveFire, Sandstone Capital, Sparta Group, and sits on the Board of Airvana. Deshpande is also a Life Member of the MIT Corporation, the Board of Trustees of MIT. In July 2010, Deshpande was appointed by President Barack Obama to the Co-Chairmanship of the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship, a group established to support the US President's innovation strategy. Gururaj Deshpande was born in Hubli, Karnataka. His father was a labor commissioner with the Indian government. He graduated with a Bachelors of Technology in Electrical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras. He completed his Ph.D. in Data Communications from Faculty of Engineering & Applied Science at Queen's University in Ontario, Canada. Deshpande started his career at Codex Corporation, a Motorola
    7.00
    2 votes
    144

    Her Majesty's Government

    The phrase Her Majesty's Government (His Majesty's Government during the reign of a male monarch) is a formal term referring to the governments of various jurisdictions within the Commonwealth realms. In use since at least the height of the British Empire, the phrase has been inherited and integrated into the countries that emerged from that polity. In the British Empire, the term His (or Her) Majesty's Government was originally only used by the imperial government in London. As the Empire developed into the Commonwealth of Nations, the former Dominions came to be seen as realms of the sovereign equal in status to the United Kingdom, and, from the 1920s and 1930s, the form His Majesty's Government in... began to be used by the United Kingdom and Dominion governments to differentiate between independent jurisdictions, such as His Majesty's Government in the Irish Free State. Colonial, state, and provincial governments, on the other hand, continued to use the lesser title Government of [region], and eventually the phrase used in the former Dominions altered to mirror that of the UK, becoming, for example, Her Majesty's Australian Government. The term is employed in order to signify
    7.00
    2 votes
    145

    James M. Jenness

    James M. Jenness (born 1946) is the chairman of the board and former CEO of the Kellogg Company, succeeding Carlos Gutierrez after President George W. Bush nominated him to become Secretary of Commerce on November 29, 2004. Jenness was CEO until December 31, 2006, when he was succeeded by David MacKay. A native of Chicago, Illinois, Jenness received a bachelor's degree in marketing and an MBA from DePaul University. He was a long-time employee of the Leo Burnett advertising agency, eventually becoming vice-chairman and chief operating officer. In 1997, Jenness left Leo Burnett to become CEO of the retail consultancy Integrated Merchandising Systems in Chicago. He resigned as its CEO upon being named CEO at Kellogg. Although regarded by some as an outsider to Kellogg, Jenness has had a long association with the company. His first assignment at Leo Burnett in 1974 was an advertising campaign for the Special K brand of cereal. Since then, he worked on campaigns for most of Kellogg's brands. He was named to Kellogg's board of directors in July 2000.
    7.00
    2 votes
    146
    Jay Cooke

    Jay Cooke

    Jay Cooke (August 10, 1821 – February 16, 1905) was an American financier. Cooke and his firm Jay Cooke & Company were most notable for their role in financing the Union's war effort during the American Civil War. In his later career, Cooke was noted for his role in the financing of railroads in the northwestern United States. Cooke owned a summer home, constructed in 1864-65, on the small Lake Erie island Gibraltar, located in the harbor of Put-in-Bay, Ohio. The island was a lookout for Commodore Perry during the Battle of Lake Erie in 1813. The home still stands. Cooke was born at Sandusky, Ohio, the son of Eleutheros Cooke (1787–1864) and Martha Carswell Cooke. Eleutheros Cooke was a pioneer Ohio lawyer and Whig, a member of the Ohio General Assembly and member of Congress from Ohio in 1831-1833. On January 1, 1861, just months before the start of the American Civil War, Cooke opened the private banking house of Jay Cooke & Company in Philadelphia. Soon after the war began, the new firm floated a war loan of $3,000,000 for the state of Pennsylvania. In the early months of the American Civil War, Cooke collaborated with the secretary of the treasury Salmon P. Chase in securing
    7.00
    2 votes
    147
    Jeffrey A. Citron

    Jeffrey A. Citron

    Jeffrey A. Citron is the chairman of Vonage, a voice-over-IP phone company. He was previously affiliated with Datek Online, the fourth-largest online stock brokerage at the time of its merger with Ameritrade in September 2002. Citron was the defendant in a civil enforcement action for securities fraud by the United States Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) in 2003. Citron paid approximately $22.5 million of a $70 million settlement to be paid by all the defendants. The SEC said these fines were "among the largest penalty amounts the SEC has ever obtained from individuals." In February 2003, the SEC finalized the settlement, ordering that Citron was "barred from association with any broker or dealer." In 1999, Citron and his wife Suzanne Lynn founded the Charles Lafitte Foundation (CLF), which has donated over $5 million to nonprofit organizations in the US. The President of CLF is Jennifer McCann Vertetis.
    7.00
    2 votes
    148
    Nancy Schoendorf

    Nancy Schoendorf

    A Managing Partner at Mohr Davidow Ventures since 1993, Ms. Schoendorf has over 30 years of industry experience in a variety of engineering and executive positions. Her investment focus is in the areas of software and services. Prior to joining MDV, Schoendorf spent 10 years at Hewlett-Packard where she ran operating systems projects including HP-UX and its real-time extensions as engineering section manager. She later joined Software Publishing Corp. (SPCO), creator of Harvard Graphics, serving as an officer and vice president of R&D and product development. Following that assignment, she managed the development of the Solaris kernel and operating system as director of systems software development at Sun Microsystems. In addition to Shutterfly some of Schoendorf’s investments include Actuate, Agile, Brickstream, Broadbase, Carrier IQ, Concept Shopping, Datasweep, Freshwater Software, Onvia and Requisite Technology. Schoendorf earned a BA with distinction in computer science and mathematics from Iowa State University and an MBA with honors from the University of Santa Clara.
    7.00
    2 votes
    149
    Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia Capital

    Sequoia Capital is an American venture capital firm located in Menlo Park, California, United States Sequoia's diverse portfolio includes companies in energy, financial, health care, mobile and technology sectors. The firm is known for the success of companies it has funded, some of which include Airbnb, Apple, Aruba Networks, Google, YouTube, PayPal, Instagram, Cisco Systems, Oracle, Electronic Arts, Yahoo!, NVIDIA, Navigenics, Cotendo, Atari, Ameritox, Kayak, Meebo, Admob, Zappos, Green Dot and LinkedIn. With its broad range of highly successful investments, Sequoia estimates that 19% of the NASDAQ’s value is made up of firms that they have invested in. Sequoia was founded by Don Valentine in 1972 in Menlo Park, CA and today has offices worldwide to support its international portfolio of companies. Current partners at the US office include Don Valentine, Roelof Botha, Bill Coughran, Jim Goetz, Michael Goguen, Aaref Hilaly, Warren Hogarth, Timothy Lee, Douglas Leone, Alfred Lin, Greg McAdoo, Michael Moritz, Luis Robles, Bryan Schreier, Michael Abramson, Jake Anderson, Mickey Arabel, Scott Carter, Todd Cozzens, Michael Dixon, Pat Grady, Eric Marcotulli, Matthew Miller, and David
    7.00
    2 votes
    150
    Thomas Brassey

    Thomas Brassey

    Thomas Brassey (7 November 1805 – 8 December 1870) was an English civil engineering contractor and manufacturer of building materials who was responsible for building much of the world's railways in the 19th century. By 1847, he had built about one-third of the railways in Britain, and by time of his death in 1870 he had built one in every twenty miles of railway in the world. This included three-quarters of the lines in France, major lines in many other European countries and in Canada, Australia, South America and India. He also built the structures associated with those railways, including docks, bridges, viaducts, stations, tunnels and drainage works. As well as railway engineering, Brassey was active in the development of steamships, mines, locomotive factories, marine telegraphy, and water supply and sewage systems. He built part of the London sewerage system, still in operation today, and was a major shareholder in Brunel's The Great Eastern, the only ship large enough at the time to lay the first transatlantic telegraph cable across the North Atlantic, in 1864. The Brassey family traced themselves back to a Norman ancestor from the town of Brécey in Lower Normandy who
    7.00
    2 votes
    151

    David Einhorn

    David Einhorn (born November 20, 1968), an American hedge fund manager, is the founder and president of Greenlight Capital, a "long-short value-oriented hedge fund". He started Greenlight Capital in 1996 with $900,000. Greenlight has generated about a 22% annualized return for investors. Einhorn is also the Chairman of Greenlight Capital RE, Ltd, a Cayman Islands-based reinsurance company and is a major shareholder. Einhorn has received extensive coverage in the financial press for short selling Allied Capital, Lehman Brothers and Green Mountain Coffee Roasters stock. He is also a critic of current investment-banking practices, saying they are biased to maximize employee compensation. He cites a statistic that investment banks pay out 50 percent of revenues as compensation, and higher leverage means more revenues, making this model inherently risky. Einhorn was a director at New Century Financial Corp., a major subprime mortgage lender, between March 2006 and March 2007. Greenlight Capital held 6.3% of the company's stock at the time he resigned from the board. In 2010, Einhorn was among 13 former officers and directors of New Century that paid more than $90 million to settle
    6.00
    3 votes
    152
    Goldman Sachs

    Goldman Sachs

    The Goldman Sachs Group, Inc. (NYSE: GS) is an American multinational investment banking firm that engages in global investment banking, securities, investment management, and other financial services primarily with institutional clients. Goldman Sachs was founded in 1869 and is headquartered at 200 West Street in the Lower Manhattan area of New York City, with additional offices in international financial centers. The firm provides mergers and acquisitions advice, underwriting services, asset management, and prime brokerage to its clients, which include corporations, governments and individuals. The firm also engages in market making and private equity deals, and is a primary dealer in the United States Treasury security market. It is recognized as one of the most prestigious investment banks in the world, but has sparked a great deal of controversy over alleged improper practices, especially since the 2007–2012 global financial crisis. Former employees include Robert Rubin and Henry Paulson who served as United States Secretary of the Treasury under Presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush, respectively, as well as Mark Carney, the governor of the Bank of Canada since 2008,
    6.00
    3 votes
    153

    James Hagedorn

    James "Jim" Hagedorn was named president and chief operating officer of Scotts Miracle-Gro in April 2000 and chairman of the board of directors and chief executive officer in January 2003. Prior to April 2000, he was in charge of the company's North American business. Hagedorn is a graduate of the Harvard Business School Advanced Management Program and holds a degree in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is co-chairman of the National Fund for the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, D.C., an associate trustee of the North Shore Hospital in Manhasset, New York and chairman of the board for the Farms for City Kids Foundation, Inc. in Reading, Vermont. Hagedorn also served in the United States Air Force for seven years as a captain and an F-16 fighter pilot. Hagedorn joined Scotts Miracle-Gro in 1995 as senior vice president of Consumer Gardens Group, when the company merged with Stern's Miracle-Gro Products, Inc. At Miracle-Gro, he had served as executive vice president and was a major architect of Miracle-Gro's success both in the US and in the UK. James is the son of Horace Hagedorn, founder of Miracle-Gro. Following the merger, Hagedorn was
    6.00
    3 votes
    154

    Karen J May

    Karen May is Executive Vice President of Global Human Resources for Kraft Foods Inc. She is responsible for the company’s human resources function worldwide.
    6.00
    3 votes
    155
    Les Wexner

    Les Wexner

    Leslie "Les" H. Wexner (born September 8, 1937 in Dayton, Ohio) is an American businessman from Columbus, Ohio, and currently chairman and CEO of the Limited Brands corporation. Wexner was born to Russian Jewish immigrants in Dayton, Ohio. He attended The Ohio State University, majoring in business administration. He became a member of Sigma Alpha Mu fraternity. He briefly attended law school, but left to help his parents run their store in a suburban Columbus, Ohio, shopping center. In 1963, Les Wexner borrowed $5,000 from his aunt to start 'The Limited' (so named because the store focused on clothing for younger women, unlike his parents' general merchandise store). The Limited opened its first store in the Kingsdale Shopping Center in Upper Arlington. Wexner's parents closed their store one year later in 1964, and joined their son at 'The Limited'. Wexner took Limited Brands public in 1969, listed as LTD on the NYSE. Over the years he built a large retailing and marketing conglomerate, which currently includes: Victoria's Secret, Pink (Victoria's Secret), Bath & Body Works, Henri Bendel, C. O. Bigelow, The White Barn Candle Company, and La Senza. Previous brands that have spun
    6.00
    3 votes
    156
    William J. Mills

    William J. Mills

    Mr Mills has had more than 30 years’ experience in investment banking,  and is currently Chief Executive Officer of Western Europe, Middle East and Africa (WEMEA) for Citi.
    6.00
    3 votes
    157

    Endemol

    Endemol is an international television production and distribution company based in the Netherlands, with subsidiaries and joint ventures in 23 countries, including Albania, United Kingdom, the United States, France, Mexico, Spain, Italy, Germany, Brazil, Peru, Chile, Argentina, Dominican Republic, Poland, Portugal, Russia, India, South Africa, Lebanon, Morocco, Philippines, Belgium, Turkey and Australia. It is controlled by Endemol's co-founder John de Mol. Endemol was founded in 1994 by a merger of television production companies owned by Joop van den Ende and John de Mol, the name deriving from the combination of their surnames. One notable success has been the Big Brother reality television show, with versions in many countries after the initial Dutch version. However the most profitable programme for Endemol is Deal or No Deal which has now been sold to over 100 countries. They specialise in inexpensive programming that is appealing to television executives in the modern multi-channel world, and other Endemol programmes in this vein include Changing Rooms, Ready Steady Cook, Ground Force, International King of Sports, Space Cadets, Fear Factor and Wipeout. In 2000, the company
    5.67
    3 votes
    158
    Fidelity Ventures

    Fidelity Ventures

    Fidelity Ventures is the venture capital arm of Fidelity Investments. Based in Boston, Massachusetts and London, Fidelity Ventures invests in emerging technology companies in North America and Europe. Their focus is on the go-to-market stage, where companies have products and early customer traction. Fidelity Ventures manages $1.5B in assets. The former U.S. team of Fidelity Ventures has established Volition Capital in Boston, MA. The Fidelity Ventures operation based in London is now called Fidelity Growth Partners Europe. The managing partner of Fidelity Ventures is Rob Ketterson.
    5.67
    3 votes
    159

    GGV Capital

    GGV Capital (formerly Granite Global Ventures) is a venture capital firm focused on expansion stage investments in the US and Asia. The firm invests across a range of sectors in information technology, services and healthcare, as well as the consumer growth sector in China. GGV Capital, which was founded as Granite Global Ventures in 2000, is headquartered in Menlo Park with offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore. Since inception, GGV has raised over $1 billion of investor commitments across three funds. GGV Capital representative investments include 21 Vianet (NASDAQ: VNET), Alibaba Group (SEHK: 1688), AAC Acoustic (SEHK: 2018), AthenaHealth (NASDAQ: ATHN), Buddy Media, China Talent Group, Duowan/YY, hiSoft (NASDAQ: HSFT), Meihua Group (SSE: 600873), Pandora (NYSE: P), QuinStreet (NASDAQ: QNST), SuccessFactors (NYSE: SFSF), Square, and Tudou (NASDAQ: TUDO).
    5.67
    3 votes
    160
    James White

    James White

    im White's investment focus includes consumer facing, enterprise application and infrastructure solutions.  Common to his investments are opportunities that have exceptional people and a compelling point of view on the marketplace and a unique value proposition.  Jim currently serves on the board of Digital Chocolate, Farecast.com, Forterra Systems, Inquira, Networks in Motion (NIM), Object Reservoir, Radiance Technologies, Right Hemisphere, Satmetrix, Shutterfly (IPO 9/06 Nasdaq:SFLY) and Streetline Networks and led SHV's investment in and works closely with Bix.com (acquired by Yahoo 01/07), Data Domain (IPO 6/07 Nasdaq:DDUP), Infinera (IPO 6/07 Nasdaq:INFN) and There.com (Makena Technologies). Jim White joined Sutter Hill Ventures in 2000 from Macromedia Inc. In his four years with Macromedia he held the position of VP of Marketing and then GM of the Interactive Learning Division which was sold to IBM Software Group.  Prior to Macromedia, Jim was a VP of Marketing for Silicon Graphics. In his eight years at SGI he helped to start and build their 3D graphics workstation business. Jim began his career with the Hewlett-Packard Company in the PC division and was part of the core team that created the Vectra Product line, spending time in engineering, sales and product marketing. 

    He received a BS in Industrial Engineering from Northwestern University in 1984 and an MBA from Harvard University in 1989. Jim may be contacted via email - jim@shv.com.
    5.67
    3 votes
    161
    Adam Grosser

    Adam Grosser

    Adam brings a passion for startups as well as substantial experience to the Foundation Capital team. With an emphasis on Data Communications, Energy Management, and Consumer Electronics, Adam currently serves on the boards of Control4, EnerNOC (ENOC), Hammerhead Systems, Naverus, Rinera Networks, Rohati, SiBEAM, Silver Spring Networks, and Synfora. In addition, he has previously served on the boards of Arroyo (CSCO), Alteon WebSystems (NT), Peribit Networks (JNPR) and Traverse Networks (AV). Prior to joining Foundation Capital, Adam was president of Excite@Home's 1400-person Subscriber Networks division, responsible for @Home (residential broadband sales and marketing), @Work (commercial access, hosting, and e-commerce solutions), company-wide customer care, engineering, and operations. He was the co-founder, President and CEO of Catapult Entertainment from inception through its merger with Mpath and subsequent IPO; Before his startup life, Adam worked inside technology innovators Apple Computer, Lucasfilm, and Sony in engineering and management. Infused with a love of technology and art, Adam builds boats and planes, bikes avidly if slowly, races karts even more slowly, and adopts rhinos and manatees for unsuspecting friends. Adam holds BAS, MS and MBA degrees from Stanford University, is a lecturer at the UCLA School of Film and Television and contributes to National Public Radio's Marketplace.
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    2 votes
    162
    Alan Hassenfeld

    Alan Hassenfeld

    Alan Hassenfeld is chairman of the board of Hasbro, Inc., a worldwide leader in children's and family leisure time entertainment with $2.9 billion in revenues and an impressive blue-chip portfolio of familiar and popular brand names such as PLAYSKOOL, TONKA, MILTON BRADLEY, and PARKER BROTHERS. Hassenfeld began his career at Hasbro in 1970. He was appointed vice president of marketing and sales in 1978, became the president of the company in 1984, and received the titles of chairman and CEO in 1989. In May 2003, he passed on the responsibilities of CEO in order to fully concentrate on his position as chairman. Hassenfeld sits on the board of the Salesforce.com Foundation as well as Hasbro's two philanthropic divisions, the Hasbro Charitable Trust and the Hasbro Children's Foundation. He is the former chairman of the Right Now! Coalition and Admiral of Rhode Island Commodores (a governor-appointed business advisory group). Hassenfeld is the recipient of the Honorary Doctor of Humanities Award from Bryant College and the Honorary Doctor of Business degree from Roger Williams University and Johnson and Wales University.
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    2 votes
    163

    Claude Bébéar

    Claude Bébéar (born 1935) is a French businessman. He is the founder and former CEO of AXA. Claude Bébéar was born on July 29, 1935, in Issac, France. He graduated from the Lycée Saint-Louis and the École Polytechnique. He was trained at the Armoured Cavalry Branch Training School in Saumur and did his military service in Algeria. He then received a diploma from the Institute of Actuaries of France. He started his career at Anciennes Mutuelles, up until he became CEO after André Sahut d'Izarn's death in 1975. In 1985, it became known as AXA. He helped oust Jean-Marie Messier from Vivendi. He was involved in the ouster of the chairman of Rhodia. He sits on the Board of Directors of Vivendi, BNP Paribas and Schneider Electric. He has been a member of Le Siècle. He is also Chairmna of the Institut du mécénat de solidarité and the Institut Montaigne. He is Roman Catholic, married with five children, two of whom were adopted from South Korea. In 2007, he was worth 106 million euros.
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    2 votes
    164

    Daniel M. Moloney

    Dan Moloney is executive vice president of Motorola, Inc. and president of the company's Home & Networks Mobility business, headquartered in Horsham, Pennsylvania.
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    2 votes
    165
    Florian Schonharting

    Florian Schonharting

    Florian Schonharting holds an M.Sc. in Business Administration from Copenhagen Business School (1993), and has functioned as biotech and healthcare investor since 1990. Has co-founded a significant number of successfull companies such as Genmab A/S, Zealand Pharmaceuticals A/S, Life Cycle Pharma A/S, Curalogic A/S, Acadia Pharmaceuticals Inc., Osteologix Inc. , and was early stage private investor in Biomarin Inc., Neurosearch A/S, Forward Pharma A/S, and many others. In addition to this is an active investor in larger biotech and pharma stocks. In addition , as head of development at Bankinvest (1990-2000) was responsible for trading division and IT department including oversight of "complete Integration" system. Founded Nordic Biotech Advisors with partners in 2001 and has raised more than 500 mio.USD for public and private investment vehicles.
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    2 votes
    166
    George Argyros

    George Argyros

    George Leon Argyros (born 1937 in Detroit, Michigan) is the former United States Ambassador to Spain. He is also a successful real estate investor, and was the owner of Major League Baseball's Seattle Mariners from 1981 to 1989. George Argyros was born in Detroit, Michigan and raised in Pasadena, California. Argyros is a second-generation American citizen; his grandparents emigrated from Greece. Argyros graduated from Chapman University in 1959 with a major in Business and Economics. He later served on the board of trustees of that university, including chairman of the board from 1976 to 2001. He is a member of the board of trustees of California Institute of Technology, and the Center for Strategic and International Studies in Washington, DC. He and his wife of 40 years, Julia, have three grown children and seven grandchildren. Argyros made his fortune in real estate investments. He originally started his business career running a grocery store and moved on to buying and selling real estate to gas stations. He also was involved in buying and selling property in Southern California. From 1981 to 1989 he was the owner of the Seattle Mariners baseball team. He has been on the board
    6.50
    2 votes
    167
    Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark

    Kimberly-Clark Corporation (NYSE: KMB, BMV: KIMBER) is an American personal care corporation that produces mostly paper-based consumer products. Kimberly-Clark brand name products include "Kleenex" facial tissue, "Kotex" feminine hygiene products, "Cottonelle", Scott and Andrex toilet paper, Wypall utility wipes, "KimWipes" scientific cleaning wipes, and "Huggies" disposable diapers. Based in Irving, Texas, it has approximately 56,000 employees. Kimberly-Clark UK holds a Royal Warrant from Queen Elizabeth II and the Prince of Wales in the United Kingdom. Kimberly Clark is also listed among the Fortune 500. Kimberly, Clark and Co. was founded in 1872 by John A. Kimberly, Havilah Babcock, Charles B. Clark, and Franklyn C. Shattuck in Neenah, Wisconsin with US$30,000 capitalization. The group's first business was operating paper mills, which the collective expanded throughout the following decades. In 1914 the company developed cellu-cotton, a cotton substitute used by the United States Army as surgical cotton during World War I. Army nurses used cellu-cotton pads as disposable sanitary napkins, and six years later the company introduced Kotex, the first disposable feminine hygiene
    6.50
    2 votes
    168
    Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers

    Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield and Byers

    Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers (KPCB) is a venture capital firm located on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park in Silicon Valley. The Wall Street Journal has called it one of the "largest and most established" venture capital firms in the world. The New York Times has called it "one of Silicon Valley’s top venture capital providers," and said that it is "one of Silicon Valley's most prominent venture capital firms." Reuters news service has called KPCB "one of the most successful venture capital firms in the world." KPCB was known as one of the more progressive venture capital firms in Silicon Valley when it came to hiring women, with 12 female partners out of 49 partners total. However in May 2012, partner Ellen Pao sued the firm for gender discrimination, which KPCB has vigorously denied. The case is ongoing. KPCB specializes in investments in incubation and early stage companies. Since its founding in 1972, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers has backed entrepreneurs in more than 500 ventures including AOL, Amazon.com, Citrix, Compaq, Electronic Arts, Genentech, Genomic Health, Google, Intuit, Juniper Networks, Netscape, Sun, Symantec, Verisign, WebMD and Zynga. More than 150 of the
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    2 votes
    169

    William Clay Ford, Jr.

    William Clay "Bill" Ford, Jr. (born May 3, 1957 in Detroit, Michigan), is an American businessman. The great-grandson of Henry Ford, he serves as the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. Ford also served as the President, CEO, and COO until turning over those roles to former Boeing executive Alan Mulally in September 2006. Ford is also the Vice Chairman of the Detroit Lions NFL franchise. Ford was born in Detroit, Michigan, the great-grandson of Henry Ford and grandson of Harvey Firestone. His father is William Clay Ford, Sr., and his mother is Martha Firestone. On his mother's side his grandparents are Harvey S. Firestone, Jr. and Elizabeth Parke Firestone. On his father's side his grandparents are Edsel Bryant Ford and Eleanor Lowthian Clay. Edsel Ford II, son of Henry Ford II and also a board member, is Bill's cousin. Bill has three sisters: Martha Morse (who has 3 children), Sheila Hamp (who has 3 children), and Elizabeth Kontulis. Bill attended the Hotchkiss School in Connecticut and went on to graduate from Princeton University in 1979, having majored in history and served as president of The Ivy Club. He played on the Princeton rugby team as well. In 1984 he received an
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    2 votes
    170
    Bob Kagle

    Bob Kagle

    Robert Kagle is a Director at eBay and a partner at Benchmark Capital, a Silicon Valley venture capital firm. In addition to eBay, Kagle sits on the Board of Directors for several companies including: E-Loan, Jamba Juice, Logoworks, Mint.com, Prosper, uShip, and ZipRealty. Kagle's investment in eBay is seen as his first—and biggest—success. Benchmark Capital's $6.7 million investment in eBay "holds the record for the best performing Silicon Valley investment ever: by the spring of 1999, this stake was worth $5 billion". Kagle's share was $170 million, and he has served as a director for eBay since 1997. Kagle was born and raised by his mother in Flint, Michigan. Kagle began his business career working at General Motors, and received a B.S. in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering from General Motors Institute (renamed Kettering University) in 1978. He received his M.B.A. from Stanford Graduate School of Business in 1980. Before his work at Benchmark Capital, Kagle was a partner at Technology Venture Investors. Prior to his 12 years at TVI, Kagle worked for the Boston Consulting Group. Randall E. Stross. eBoys : The First Inside Account of Venture Capitalists at Work. New York:
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    1 votes
    171
    Brian L. Roberts

    Brian L. Roberts

    Brian L. Roberts (born June 28, 1959) is chairman and CEO of Comcast Corporation, an American company providing cable, entertainment, and communications products and services. He is the son of Comcast co-founder Ralph J. Roberts. Roberts was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. A graduate of Germantown Academy, he earned his B.S. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, where he was admitted to the Zeta Psi fraternity. Comcast has grown into a Fortune 100 company with 24.1 million customers and 100,000 employees. Comcast's content networks and investments originally included E!, Style Network, Golf Channel, Versus (NBCSN), G4, PBS Kids Sprout, TV One and the regional Comcast SportsNets, before Comcast took majority ownership in NBC Universal, which added a significant number of cable networks to the list. The company also has a majority ownership in Comcast-Spectator, whose major holdings include the Philadelphia Flyers NHL hockey team, the Philadelphia 76ers NBA basketball team and two large multipurpose arenas in Philadelphia. Roberts received $24,683,315 in 2009. On December 3, 2009, General Electric (GE) and Comcast announced a buyout agreement for NBC
    7.00
    1 votes
    172

    Eric Rosenfeld

    Eric R. Rosenfeld was a trader and principal at Long-Term Capital Management, a major hedge fund that failed during the Russian financial crisis. Mr. Rosenfeld was born in Boston, Massachusetts in June 1953. He received his B.S in Economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1975 and a Ph.D. in Finance from from MIT in 1979. As a graduate student at MIT, he worked with Mitch Kapor, future founder of Lotus, to create and sell a financial statistics program written in BASIC for an Apple II. From 1979 to 1984, Rosenfield was an assistant professor of finance at Harvard Business School. At HBS, he taught the first year finance course. In July 1984, Rosenfield joined Salomon Brothers as a trader in the Government Arbitrage Group. In 1985, he was appointed Vice President and in 1988, he was made Managing Director and co-Head of the Fixed Income Arbitrage Group. Rosenfeld was appointed head of the Government Trading Department, co-Head of the Domestic Fixed Income Sales and Trading Department, and a member of the Salomon Brothers Executive Committee in August 1991. He also served on the Risk Management and Capital Allocation committees until he left the firm in January of
    7.00
    1 votes
    173
    Paul Ferri

    Paul Ferri

    Paul Ferri, a venture capitalist for more than 30 years, was the founding partner of Matrix Partners in 1982. Prior to Matrix, he founded Hellman Ferri Investment Associates (1977 to 1982) and was a general partner of WestVen Management (1970 to 1978). The family of Matrix Partnerships has achieved industry record-setting returns over the last decade. In 2003, Ferri was inducted into the Private Equity Hall of Fame, citing his work "in founding and helping to build Matrix Partners into one of the most successful venture firms in the industry." In February 2001, Forbes magazine selected Ferri as one of the Top 20 Venture Investors of all time and the "Best VC in Boston." Also, in 2001, Ferri received the Massachusetts Telecommunications Council Award for "Venture Capitalist of the Year." Paul serves or previously served on the Boards of Directors of Airvana, Applix, ArrowPoint Communications, Ascend Communications, Atria Software, Aylus Networks, Banctec, Bytex, Cascade Communications, Codex Corporation, Empirix, Paradyne, Redstone Communications, Sonus Networks, Stratus Computer, Sycamore Networks, veveo.tv, VideoServer, Winphoria Networks, Xyplex and numerous other private companies. He holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Columbia University, a Master of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Polytechnic Institute of New York, and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering degree from Cornell University.
    7.00
    1 votes
    174
    Yamaha Motor Company

    Yamaha Motor Company

    Yamaha Motor Company Limited (ヤマハ発動機株式会社, Yamaha Hatsudōki KK, IPA: [jamaha] /ˈjɑːməhɑː/) (TYO: 7272), is a Japanese motorized vehicle-producing company. Yamaha Motor is part of Yamaha Corporation and its headquarter is located in Iwata, Shizuoka. Along with expanding Yamaha Corporation into the world's biggest piano maker, then Yamaha CEO Genichi Kawakami took Yamaha into the field of motorized vehicles on July 1, 1955. The company's intensive research into metal alloys for use in acoustic pianos had given Yamaha wide knowledge of the making of lightweight, yet sturdy and reliable metal constructions. This knowledge was easily applied to the making of metal frames and motor parts for motorcycles. Yamaha Motor produces motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, boats, marine engines including outboards, automobile engines, personal watercraft and snowmobiles. The Yamaha corporate logo is composed of three tuning forks placed on top of each other in a triangular pattern. In 2000, Toyota and Yamaha Corporation made a capital alliance in which Toyota paid Yamaha Corporation ¥10.5 billion for a 5 per cent share in Yamaha Motor Company while Yamaha and Yamaha Motor each bought 500,000 shares of
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    3 votes
    175
    Ajay B. Shah

    Ajay B. Shah

    Ajay B. Shah has served as a member of our Board of Directors of Flextronics since October 2005. Mr. Shah is the Managing Partner of Shah Capital Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm. Previously, he served as Director of Solectron Corporation from 2002 through 2003 and as its Executive Vice President and President and Chief Executive Officer of its Technology Solutions business from 1999 until March 2002. Mr. Shah served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of SMART Modular Technologies, Inc. from 1989 through December 1999 at which time it was acquired by Solectron. Prior to co-founding SMART, Mr. Shah held strategic marketing management and product line management positions at Samsung Semiconductor, Inc. and Advanced Micro Devices. He is also a director of Moser Baer India and other privately held companies and organizations.
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    2 votes
    176
    David Beirne

    David Beirne

    Dave joined the firm in May 1997. Prior to joining Benchmark, Dave founded Ramsey/Beirne Associates, the leader in senior management, high-impact search for information technology companies. In his more than 10 years at Ramsey/Beirne, Dave was CEO of the firm and developed a nationwide reputation for recruiting high-profile executives. Investments: 1-800-Flowers, Inc.(FLWS), Blazent, Galyan's Trading Company (GLYN), Kana (KANA), NorthStar, Securify, Vivecon, Vontu and Webvan. Education:  BS from Bryant College, 1985.
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    2 votes
    177
    Geoff Yang

    Geoff Yang

    Geoff Yang is a founding partner of Redpoint Ventures. Prior to founding Redpoint, Geoff was a general partner with IVP, a firm he joined in 1987.Geoff emphasizes investments in consumer media and infrastructure.  His media and advertising investments include Ask Jeeves, Excite, MySpace and TiVo.  His networking investments include  BigBand, Calix, Foundry Networks, Juniper Networks, MMC Networks and Wellfleet. He currently serves on the Board of  BigBand Networks (BBND) and TiVo (TIVO).  His privately-held company board seats include: Azul Systems, Calix, Gaia Online, Efficient Frontier, Fanfare, M2Z Networks and Oodle.In addition, Geoff was founding director or previously led investments in Agile Networks, Applied Digital Access, Centillion, Collabra, Crescendo, Golfweb, JotSpot, Netcore Systems, Netlink, Promatory, Rapid City, Shasta Networks, Synernetics, and Whitetree.Geoff is currently on the Advisory Council for the Stanford Graduate School of Business, and previously served on the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC) as well as a Director of the National Venture Capital Association (NVCA) and President of the Western Association of Venture Capitalists. Prior to joining IVP, Geoff was an Associate with First Century Partners where he had specialized in communications and software investments. Earlier, Geoff had been in technical support and marketing at IBM Corp.Geoff holds a B.S.E. in Engineering and Management Systems from Princeton University and an M.B.A. from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
    6.00
    2 votes
    178
    Government of Australia

    Government of Australia

    The Government of the Commonwealth of Australia, also known as the Australian Government, Commonwealth Government or Federal Government, is the administrative authority of Australia. The Commonwealth of Australia, a federal constitutional monarchy under a parliamentary democracy, was formed in 1901 as a result of an agreement among six self-governing British colonies, which became the six states. The terms of this agreement are embodied in the Australian Constitution, which was drawn up at a Constitutional Convention and ratified by the people of the colonies at referendums. The structure of the Australian Government may be examined in light of two distinct concepts, namely federalism and the separation of powers into executive, legislative, and judicial branches of government. Separation of powers is implied from the structure of the Constitution which breaks down the branches of government into separate chapters. Section 1 of the Australian Constitution creates a democratic legislature, the bicameral Parliament of Australia which consists of the Queen and two houses, the Senate and the House of Representatives. Section 51 of the Constitution provides for the Commonwealth
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    2 votes
    179
    Jay Adelson

    Jay Adelson

    Jay Adelson (born Jay Steven Adelson, September 7, 1970) is an American Internet entrepreneur. His Internet career includes Netcom, DEC's Palo Alto Internet Exchange, co-founder of Equinix, Revision3 and Digg, and CEO of SimpleGeo, Inc before they were purchased by Urban Airship. In 2008, Adelson was named a member of Time Magazine's Top 100 Most Influential People in the World and was listed as a finalist on the same list in 2009. Adelson was born in Detroit, Michigan and lived in Southfield, Michigan as a child. He attended Cranbrook Kingswood School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan until he left for college. He attended Boston University in 1988, where he studied Film and Broadcasting along with a concentration in Computer Science, graduating in 1992. In 1992, Adelson moved to San Rafael, California to pursue a career in post-production sound engineering. After a period of time and world travel, Adelson moved to San Francisco, California in 1993, pursuing instead a career in Internet infrastructure and entrepreneurism. Adelson met Brenda Shea, in May 1994, and they were married in June 1996. After his experiences at Equinix and stresses associated with his work with government on
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    2 votes
    180

    Jerry A. Greenberg

    Jerry A. Greenberg is the Co-Founder and former Co-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Sapient (NASDAQ:SAPE), a business consulting and technology services firm headquartered at Cambridge, MA. He, along with J. Stuart Moore, founded Sapient in 1991. Jerry has a degree in Economics from Harvard University. Jerry is married to actress Alexandra Adi. Jerry resigned as chief executive and co-chairman of Sapient as part of a broad management shake-up due to an investigation of its past stock options grants. He still consults or the company. Greenberg, Jerry
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    2 votes
    181
    Millard Drexler

    Millard Drexler

    Millard "Mickey" S. Drexler (b. August 17, 1944) is the current chairman and CEO of J.Crew Group and formerly the CEO of Gap Inc. He has been a director at Apple Inc. since 1999. He studied at the Bronx High School of Science, City College of New York, and University at Buffalo. He later received a M.B.A. from Boston University Graduate School of Management. In the mid-1970s, Drexler was a merchandising vice-president at Abraham & Straus in Brooklyn, New York. He has also worked at Ann Taylor, Bloomingdale's, and Macy's. Drexler is often credited with Gap's meteoric rise during the 1990s. Until then Gap had been a relatively small chain selling private and public brands. Under Drexler the company made a dramatic shift to private brand merchandise and expanded rapidly to become an iconic part of 90s pop culture. Television advertisements featuring young models and catchy music such as "Mellow Yellow" and "Dress Me Up In Your Love" came to epitomize the relaxed American casual look that defined the Gap brand. On May 22, 2002, however, Drexler was abruptly fired by Gap founder Donald Fisher. The J.Crew Group, an American clothing and accessories retailer based in New York City,
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    2 votes
    182
    Sergey Brin

    Sergey Brin

    Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Сергей Михайлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is a Soviet-born American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who, with Larry Page, co-founded Google, one of the most profitable Internet companies. As of 2012, his personal wealth is estimated to be $20.3 billion. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company. Brin immigrated to the United States from the Soviet Union at the age of six. He earned his undergraduate degree at the University of Maryland, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps by studying mathematics, as well as computer science. After graduation, he moved to Stanford University to acquire a Ph.D. in computer science. There he met Larry Page, with whom he later became friends. They crammed their dormitory room with inexpensive computers and applied Brin's data mining system to build a superior search engine. The program became popular at Stanford and they suspended their PhD studies to start up Google in a rented garage. The Economist magazine referred to Brin as an "Enlightenment Man", and someone who believes that "knowledge is always good, and certainly always better than ignorance", a philosophy
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    2 votes
    183
    T. Boone Pickens, Jr.

    T. Boone Pickens, Jr.

    Thomas Boone Pickens, Jr. (born May 22, 1928), known as T. Boone Pickens, is an American business magnate and financier. Pickens chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management. He was a well-known takeover operator and corporate raider during the 1980s. With an estimated current net worth of about $1.4 billion, he is ranked by Forbes as the 328th-richest person in America and ranked 879th in the world. Pickens was born in Holdenville, Oklahoma, the son of Grace (née Molonson) and Thomas Boone Pickens. His father worked as an oil and mineral landman (rights leaser). During World War II, his mother ran the local Office of Price Administration, rationing gasoline and other goods in three counties. Pickens was the first child born via Caesarean section in the history of Holdenville hospital. At age 12, Pickens delivered newspapers. He quickly expanded his paper route from 28 papers to 156. Pickens later cited his boyhood job as an early introduction to "expanding quickly by acquisition," a business practice he favored later in life. When the oil boom in Oklahoma ended in the late 1930s, Pickens' family moved to Amarillo, Texas. Pickens never served in the military but instead attended
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    2 votes
    184
    Thomas Duncombe Dee

    Thomas Duncombe Dee

    Thomas Duncombe Dee (November 10, 1844 – July 9, 1905) was a Utah businessman. Dee was born in Llanelli, Carmarthenshire, Wales. His parents converted to the Mormon faith in 1856, and the family relocated to Ogden, Utah in 1860. Dee had been working as an apprentice carpenter in Wales, and soon was building residential and commercial buildings in Ogden. In 1876, he joined industrialist David Eccles and Hiram Spencer in founding businesses in the western U.S. ranging from sugar to lumber to water and shoes and banking. In 1900, Dee became an investor and first president of the Utah Construction Company of Ogden, Utah. On July 3, 1905, he slipped into water while inspecting a potential site for a dam, contracted pneumonia, and died. In 1906, the community was named Dee, Oregon in his honor. Dee served for over 20 years as the LDS Church's Sunday School superintendent in the Ogden Third Ward and then in the Mound Fort Ward. For almost two deacdes preceding to his death he served as a counselor to the bishop of the Mound Fort Ward . Among several other civic positions, Dee served as a member of the Ogden City Council. Jenson, Andrew. Latter-day Saints Biographical Encyclopedia Vol. 3,
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    2 votes
    185
    Greg Gianforte

    Greg Gianforte

    Greg Gianforte, was CEO, Chairman and Founder of RightNow Technologies, provider of cloud-based solutions. Gianforte founded RightNow in 1997 and took the company public in 2004. Prior to founding RightNow, Gianforte co-founded Brightwork Development Inc., a developer of network management applications. Gianforte served as president and built the company to 75 employees with software installed on 150,000 Novell network systems nationwide, and then sold the business to McAfee Associates in 1994. Retained by McAfee, Gianforte went on to serve as North American VP, where he grew the company’s North American sales operation from $25 million to more than $60 million in revenues in less than a year. During his tenure at McAfee, the firm was selected by Fortune magazine as one of the “10 Coolest Companies in America,” based primarily on the Internet selling approach that he fostered there. Gianforte began his career at AT&T Bell Laboratories and was one of the engineers who helped lead AT&T’s Starian Network project. Gianforte holds a B.E. degree in electrical engineering, and an M.S. degree in computer science from Stevens Institute of Technology. Gianforte was named to TechAmerica
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    3 votes
    186

    Albert Parker, 3rd Earl of Morley

    Albert Edmund Parker, 3rd Earl of Morley PC, DL, JP (11 June 1843 - 26 February 1905), styled Viscount Boringdon until 1864, was a British peer and Liberal, later Liberal Unionist politician. Morley was the son of Edmund Parker, 2nd Earl of Morley, and Harriet Sophia (née Parker). He was educated at Eton and Balliol College, Oxford. Morley succeeded his father as third Earl of Morley in 1864 and took his seat on the Liberal benches in the House of Lords. He served under William Ewart Gladstone as a Lord-in-Waiting from 1868 to 1874 and as Under-Secretary of State for War from 1880 to 1885. In February 1886 he was admitted to the Privy Council and appointed First Commissioner of Works, a position he only held until April of the same year. He broke with Gladstone over Irish Home Rule and joined the Liberal Unionists. From 1889 to 1905 Morley was Chairman of committees and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Lords. Apart from his career in national politics Morley was Chairman of Devon County Council and a Justice of the Peace and Deputy Lieutenant for Devon. He also served as President of the first day of the 1886 Co-operative Congress. Lord Morley married Margaret Holford, eldest
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    China Investment Corporation

    China Investment Corporation

    China Investment Corporation (CIC) (Chinese: 中国投资有限责任公司; pinyin: zhōngguó tóuzī yǒuxiàn zérèn gōngsī) is a sovereign wealth fund responsible for managing part of the People's Republic of China's foreign exchange reserves. CIC was established in 2007 with approximately US$200 billion of assets under management, making it one of the largest sovereign wealth funds. Since then, CIC's assets have grown to $410 billion at the end of 2010. The People's Republic of China has US$3.2 trillion in currency reserves. The China Investment Corporation was established with the intent of utilizing these reserves for the benefit of the state, modeled according to Temasek Holdings of Singapore. The state-owned Central Huijin Investment Corporation was merged into the new company as a wholly owned subsidiary company. The Corporation aims to invest in around fifty large-sized enterprises across the world. Special treasury bonds were issued to create the capital that the CIC needed. 1,550.35 billion yuan ($207.91 billion) was issued in this bond sale. The bond process was completed in December 2007. According to Lou Jiwei, the CIC needs to make a profit of 300 million Yuan every day just to pay the
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    Edsel Ford II

    Edsel Bryant Ford II (born December 27, 1948, Detroit, Michigan) is the great-grandson of Henry Ford and the son of Henry Ford II. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Ford Motor Company. He received his Business Administration Bachelor's Degree at Babson College, and completed the Program for Management Development at the Harvard Business School in 1981. Edsel attended Eaglebrook School in Deerfield, Massachusetts and graduated in 1968, from The Gunnery, in Washington, CT, USA before entering Babson. Between 1978 and 1980 Edsel ran Ford Australia. During his short tenure the Ford Falcon XD was released, and Ford Australia changed their source for smaller cars from Europe to Japan. As a board member of Ford, Edsel is active in company affairs and corporate dealer relations. He was named president and chief operating officer of Ford Motor Credit Company in 1991, and elected a Ford Vice President in 1993. Edsel is very active in charitable and philanthropic organizations in southeastern Michigan. Mr. Ford is married to the former Cynthia Layne Neskow and they have four sons. The eldest son (Henry Ford III) works for Ford Motor Company. Second eldest son Calvin lives
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    Gustavo Cisneros

    Gustavo Cisneros

    Gustavo A. Cisneros Rendiles (born 1945) is a Venezuelan media mogul of Cuban descent. He is among the world's richest men according to Forbes magazine, which estimated his fortune at $4.2 billion in 2010. The New York Times calls Cisneros, "one of Latin America’s most powerful figures" and says he and his wife, Patricia Phelps de Cisneros, have a reputation for being "a Latin American power couple in business and the global social scene." Cisneros is the son of Diego Cisneros. Diego Cisneros was in business in Caracas from 1929 and received the Pepsi concession for Venezuela in 1940, before going on to gain the concession for private TV channel Venevisión in 1961. The Cisneros family was the first-wealthiest in South America on the 2006 Forbes ranking. He graduated from Suffield Academy in Connecticut in 1963 and from Babson College in Massachusetts in 1968. In 1970, he married Patricia Phelps. The granddaughter of New York ornithologist William Henry Phelps, Phelps was educated in the United States. In addition to Venezuelan citizenship, Cisneros also holds Spanish and Dominican citizenship. Cisneros' wealth comes from his holdings in media, entertainment, telecommunications and
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    Henry D. Cooke

    Henry David Cooke (November 23, 1825 – February 24, 1881 ) was an American financier, journalist, railroad executive, and politician. He was the younger brother of Philadelphia financier Jay Cooke. A member of the Republican political machine in post-Civil War Washington, D.C., Cooke was appointed first territorial governor of the District of Columbia by Ulysses S. Grant. Born in Sandusky, Ohio in 1825, Cooke studied at Allegheny College, Meadville, Pennsylvania, and Transylvania University, Lexington, Kentucky. For a time he settled in San Francisco but a fire there left him burdened with debts. He returned to Ohio, joined the Sandusky Register as a journalist, and by 1856 had become the newspaper's sole editor and proprietor. That same year he became a presidential elector for John C. Fremont, the first Republican candidate for President of the United States. By 1860 Cooke was the proprietor of the Ohio State Journal, a Republican newspaper. Although it was unprofitable, it made him a favorite of such important Washington officials as Treasury Secretary Salmon P. Chase, Senator John J. Sherman, and General Ulysses S. Grant. These alliances made Cooke a particular asset to his
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    M. Kenneth Oshman

    M. Kenneth Oshman

    M. Kenneth Oshman has been Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Echelon Corporation since September 1989. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Echelon from December 1988 to November 2009 and President from 1988 to 2001. Mr. Oshman, with three associates, founded ROLM Corporation, a telecommunications equipment company, in 1969. He was Chief Executive Officer, President and a director at ROLM from its founding until its merger with IBM in 1984. Following the merger, he became a Vice President of IBM and a member of its Corporate Management Board. He remained in that position until 1986. Prior to founding ROLM, Mr. Oshman was a member of the technical staff at Sylvania Electric Products from 1963 to 1969. Mr. Oshman earned B.A. and B.S.E.E. degrees from Rice University and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University
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    Noah Samara

    Noah A. Samara is a Chief Executive Officer of WorldSpace, the world's first to launch satellite radio system. He also played a pivotal role in the foundation of XM Satellite Radio. He claimed what motivated him to found WorldSpace is to give millions of people in Asia and Africa access to information. Samara's effort to launch a third satellite over Latin America got him embroiled in a bitter fight with the U.S. Department of Defense and Boeing, which use the L-band for communication during flight tests. Noah Samara was born in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia to a Sudanese father and an Ethiopian mother. He left his home country and went to the United States at the age of 17 in search of better education. Samara received his bachelor’s degree in English from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania in 1978, a master’s degree in international business from the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a doctor of jurisprudence from Georgetown University Law School. He is an attorney that has specialized in international communications satellite laws. Before the foundation of WorldSpace, Samara was involved in the development of both geostationary and low earth orbit (LEO)
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    SABMiller

    SABMiller plc (LSE: SAB, JSE: SAB) is a British multinational brewing and beverage company headquartered in London, United Kingdom. It is the world's second-largest brewing company measured by revenues (after Anheuser-Busch InBev) and is also a major bottler of Coca-Cola. Its brands include Grolsch, Miller Genuine Draft, Peroni Nastro Azzurro and Pilsner Urquell. It has operations in 75 countries across Africa, Asia, Australasia, Europe, North America and South America and sells around 21 billion litres of lager per year. SABMiller has a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange and is a constituent of the FTSE 100 Index. It had a market capitalisation of approximately £35.6 billion as of 23 December 2011, the 11th-largest of any company with a primary listing on the London Stock Exchange. It has a secondary listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. The origins of the company date back to the foundation of South African Breweries in 1895 in South Africa. For many decades the operations of South African Breweries were mainly limited to southern Africa, where it had established a dominant position in the market, until 1990 when it began investing in Europe. After listing on the
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    Charles S. Roberts

    Charles S. Roberts

    Charles Swann Roberts (February 3, 1930 – August 20, 2010) was a wargame designer, railroad historian, and businessman. He is renowned as "The Father of Board Wargaming", having created the first modern wargame (a boardgame) in 1952, and the first wargaming company in 1954. He is also the author of a series of books on railroad history, published by the small publishing firm, Barnard, Roberts, and Company, Inc. Roberts created the first board wargame, Tactics, in an apartment in Catonsville, Maryland in 1952. In 1954, out of a garage in Avalon, Maryland, he began selling it via mail-order as The Avalon Game Company, which later become Avalon Hill in 1958. His Tactics II (1958) improved on the basic game design of his earlier effort, and formed the genesis for the concept of the combat results table. In 1958 he published Gettysburg, considered to be the first board wargame based upon an actual historical battle, with subsequent versions in 1961 and 1964. Hard hit by a recession, Roberts turned over Avalon Hill to one of his creditors, Eric Dott of Monarch Services, in December 1963. Starting in 1974, Roberts' name was given to the Charles S. Roberts Awards, given for excellence in
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    Ernest Cassel

    Ernest Cassel

    Sir Ernest Joseph Cassel, GCB, GCMG, GCVO, PC (3 March 1852 – 21 September 1921) was a German-born British merchant banker and capitalist. Born in Cologne, Germany, Cassel's family were Jewish. His father Jacob Cassel owned a small bank, but the son Ernest arrived penniless in Liverpool, England in 1869. There he found employment with a firm of grain merchants. With an enormous capacity for hard work and a natural business sense, Cassel was soon in Paris working for a bank. The Franco-Prussian War forced him to move to a position in a London bank, as he was born in Prussia. He prospered and was soon putting together his own financial deals. His areas of interest were in mining, infrastructure and heavy industry. Turkey was an early area of business ventures, but he soon had large interests in Sweden, the United States, South America, South Africa, and Egypt. One of the wealthiest men of his day, Cassel was a good friend of King Edward VII, prime minister Herbert Asquith and Winston Churchill. In 1878, he married Annette Mary Maud Maxwell at Westminster. Their only child, Amalia Mary Maud Cassel (1879–1911), married Wilfrid Ashley, 1st Baron Mount Temple. Cassell became a Roman
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    Michele Sindona

    Michele Sindona

    Michele Sindona (May 8, 1920 - March 22, 1986) was an Italian banker and convicted felon. Known in banking circles as "The Shark", Sindona was a member of Propaganda Due (#0501), a secret lodge of Italian Freemasonry, and had clear connections to the Sicilian Mafia. He was allegedly fatally poisoned in prison while serving a life sentence for the murder of lawyer Giorgio Ambrosoli. Born at Patti, Sicily, of poor parents, Michele Sindona was educated by the Jesuits, showing very early in his life an unusual aptitude for mathematics and economics. He graduated with a law degree from Messina University in 1942. Then he moved from Sicily to the north where he worked as a tax lawyer and an accountant for companies such as Società Generale Immobiliare and Snia Viscosa, but immediately turned away from the law and began working in smuggling operations with the Mafia. He soon moved to Milan and his skill and dexterity in transferring money to avoid taxation soon became known to Mafia bosses. By 1957 he had become closely associated with the Gambino family and was chosen to manage their profits from heroin sales. Within a year of the Gambino family choosing him to manage their heroin
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    Mohamed Al-Fayed

    Mohamed Al-Fayed

    Mohamed Abdel Moneim Al-Fayed (Arabic: محمد عبد المنعم الفايد‎, Muḥammad ʿAbd al-Munʻim al-Fāyad; born 27 January 1933) is an Egyptian businessman. Amongst his business interests are ownership of the English Premiership football team Fulham Football Club, Hôtel Ritz Paris and formerly Harrods Department Store, Knightsbridge. Fayed has three siblings: Ali, Salah, and Safia; and married Finnish socialite and former model Heini Wathén in 1985, with whom he had four children: Jasmine, Karim, Camilla, and Omar; and three grandchildren. Fayed's son, Dodi, from his first marriage to Samira Khashoggi, died in a car crash in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris along with Diana, Princess of Wales and driver Henri Paul on 31 August 1997. Fayed's wealth is estimated at $1.2 billion, making him the 993rd-richest person in the world. Born in Bakos (باكوس), Alexandria, Egypt, as the eldest son of an Egyptian primary school teacher, Fayed's first entrepreneurial venture began at school where he sold homemade lemonade. He was married for two years, from 1954 to 1956, to Samira Kashoggi. Fayed and his brothers founded a shipping company in Egypt before moving its headquarters to Genoa, Italy with
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    Myron W. Wentz

    Myron W. Wentz is the founder of USANA Health Sciences, having served as Chief Executive Officer and still serving as Chairman of the Board of the company. Wentz holds a B.Sc. degree in biology from North Central College in Naperville, Illinois, a M.Sc. degree in microbiology from the University of North Dakota, and a Ph.D. degree in microbiology and immunology from the University of Utah. In 1974, Wentz launched Gull Laboratories as a one-man operation and developed a test for diagnosing Epstein-Barr virus infection. Wentz sold his controlling interests in Gull Laboratories in 1992 and founded USANA Health Sciences in the same year. Wentz also founded Sanoviv Medical Institute ("Sanoviv"), a health and wellness center located near Rosarito, Mexico. Wentz served as President of Sanoviv from 1999-2010. In spring 2010, Wentz named Elaine Pace as President. Wentz was reported to have donated $10 million to North Central College, which helped to fund construction of the Wentz Concert Hall, a $30 million performing arts facility named after Wentz. In June 2011, the College awarded Wentz an honorary doctor of science degree for lifetime achievement in the sciences. On April 4, 2007,
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    Jeffrey R. Immelt

    Jeffrey R. Immelt

    Jeffrey Robert "Jeff" Immelt (born February 19, 1956) is an American business executive. He is currently the chairman of the board and chief executive officer of the U.S.-based conglomerate General Electric. He was selected by GE's Board of Directors in 2000 to replace Jack Welch following his retirement. Previously, Immelt had headed up GE's Medical Systems division (now known as GE Healthcare) as its President and CEO. Immelt was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of Donna Rosemary (née Wallace), a school teacher, and Joseph Francis Immelt, who managed the General Electric Aircraft Engines Division. Immelt attended Finneytown High School; he played football in college and was an offensive tackle. He holds an B.A. in Applied Mathematics from Dartmouth College where he currently serves on the board of trustees and was president of his fraternity, Phi Delta Alpha. Immelt also received an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. He has been with GE since 1982 and is on the board of two non-profit organizations, one of which is the Robin Hood Foundation, a charitable organization which attempts to alleviate problems caused by poverty in New York City. His tenure as chairman and CEO started
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    John Calamos

    John P. Calamos, Sr. (born 1940) is an American businessman and a self-made money manager and investor. He founded Calamos Asset Management in 1977, and won BusinessWeek's best manager for 2003 and 2004. He is also a veteran of the Vietnam War, in which he served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force. Calamos received a bachelor's degree in business and economics from Illinois Institute of Technology in 1963 and an M.B.A. in 1970, and currently serves on the IIT Board of Trustees.
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    Kenneth Cole

    Kenneth Cole

    Kenneth Cole (born March 23, 1954) is an American clothing designer. Born in Brooklyn, New York, his father, Charles Cole, owned the El Greco shoe manufacturing company. Before learning the family business and starting his own company in 1982, Cole graduated from Emory College of Arts and Sciences of Emory University in 1976. Cole is Jewish. In 1986, Cole met Maria Cuomo, and they married a year later. Maria Cuomo Cole is the daughter of former New York Governor Mario Cuomo and sister of New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo and ABC News journalist Chris Cuomo. One of his daughters, Amanda, hosted the Mets Kids Clubhouse for SportsNet New York cable TV network. Kenneth Cole and wife Maria Cuomo Cole purchased a $14.5 million co-op in 2008 on Sutton Place in New York City. At one time, fashion designer Bill Blass lived in this same building. Kenneth Cole Productions, Inc. is an American fashion house founded in 1982 by Kenneth Cole. Wanting to preview his line of shoes at Market Week at the New York Hilton, but unable to afford the purchase of a hotel room or showroom to display his items, Kenneth Cole inquired about parking a trailer two blocks from the Hilton Hotel. When
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    Manny Mashouf

    Manny Mashouf

    Manny Mashouf (Persian: مانی مشعوف) is an Iranian-American businessman. He came to the USA in his teens and settled first in Chicago, then in San Francisco. There, he went to San Francisco State University and graduated with a political science degree in 1966. He is the founder and present chairman of bebe stores. Bebe (pronounced: bee bee. Currently Bebe has 172 branches in North America. He has recently pledged 10 million dollars to his alma mater, San Francisco State.
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    Serena Rees

    Serena Rees (born 14 March 1968) is a British businesswoman best known for cofounding Agent Provocateur with her then husband Joseph Corré. She currently owns Cocomaya chocolatiers. Rees met Joseph Corré, Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren's son, in 1992 at a nightclub. At the time, she was working at a model agency in Chelsea on Kings Road. The pair kept running into one another and began dating. The two eventually married and later divorced in 2007. They have one daughter together. Rees -- tired of seeing women dressed in drab undergarments -- came up with an idea to start a lingerie store that was filled with colorful and fashion-forward lingerie. With her former husband, a former Vivienne Westwood employee, the two opened Agent Provocateur in the Soho District on Broadwick Street. When they first started, Agent Provocateur was strictly a shop. Neither Corre or Rees had any intentions of designing lingerie. After having difficulties finding attire they liked, the two started their own line. Since 1994, Agent Provocateur grew into a brand spanning into 13 different countries with over 30 stores. Rees made sure to cater to a celebrity clientele by enforcing a strict
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    Wayne Weaver

    J. Wayne Weaver (born January 14, 1935) is an American businessman. He owns the shoe store chains Shoe Carnival and Nine West, and was the first owner of the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League (NFL) from 1993 to 2011. Weaver was born in Columbus, Georgia. He worked his way up the corporate ladder at the St. Louis-based clothing company, Brown Group, Inc. In 1978, he left to found his own shoe corporation, which he sold in the 1990s. After his partnership was awarded an NFL franchise, Weaver and his wife, Delores, moved from Darien, Connecticut to Jacksonville, where they built a new 22,228-square-foot (2,065.0 m) home on four riverfront acres in the Lakewood area. The six bedroom, twelve bath house was assessed at $8.6 million in 2008. Wayne Weaver met Delores Barr when she worked at his mother's dress shop; they married in 1955. In a 1998 interview, Wayne Weaver stated, "The thing I admire most about my wife is her passion for wanting to change the world. She believes down in the depth of her soul that she can make the world a better place." Delores is Chairman and CEO of the Jaguars Foundation, which grants over $1 million annually to organizations that assist
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    Larry Mizel

    Larry Mizel

    Larry A. Mizel (born 1942) is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M.D.C. Holdings, Inc. Larry A. Mizel graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration from the University of Oklahoma in 1964, and with a JD from the University of Denver College of Law in 1967. With $50,000, Mizel founded the Mizel Development Corporation in 1972, a homebuilding company which later became M.D.C. Holdings, Inc., parent company to Richmond American Homes. In March 1996, Mizel was elected President of the company, a position he held until July 1999. Mizel is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of M.D.C. Holdings, and under Mizel's tenure, MDC realized revenues of nearly $5 billion in 2005 and over the past decade, has consistently maintained one of the strongest financial positions in the industry. Mizel was a founder, and until 1996, was Chairman of the Board of Asset Investors Corporation (AIC), a New York Stock Exchange-listed real estate investment trust, and of Commercial Assets Inc. (CAX), a real estate investment trust, that traded on the American Stock Exchange. In addition, he was Chairman of the Board of Directors of Omnibank, a multibank holding company, until its
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    AllianceBernstein Holding

    AllianceBernstein Holding

    AllianceBernstein LP is a US-based, global asset management firm, controlled by the French insurance conglomerate, AXA, with approximately $402 billion in assets under management, as of September 30, 2011. AllianceBernstein provides solution-based diversified investment management services worldwide to institutional, high-net-worth and retail individuals. AllianceBernstein’s investment services encompass value and growth equities, blend strategies, fixed income, alternatives, and asset allocation. AllianceBernstein also provides independent investment research, trading and brokerage-related services to institutional clients through Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. LLC and its London-based affiliate. AllianceBernstein was the product of a merger between two well-established firms, Alliance Capital and Sanford C. Bernstein & Co. initiated by its parent corporation, the AXA Group. Bernstein traces its origins back more than 40 years to when Sanford C. Bernstein founded the firm in 1967, as an investment-management firm for private clients. Alliance Capital was founded in 1971 when the investment management department of Donaldson, Lufkin & Jenrette, Inc., merged with the investment-advisory
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    Anders Hove

    Anders Hove (8 January 1885 – 14 February 1978) was a Norwegian politician for the Labour Party. He was born in Fåberg. He was elected to the Norwegian Parliament from the Market towns of Hedmark and Oppland counties in 1945, and was re-elected on two occasions. Hove held various positions in Lillehammer city council, and served as deputy mayor in 1945.
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    Donald E. Graham

    Donald E. Graham (born April 22, 1945) is chief executive officer and Chairman of The Washington Post Company. He is also on the board of directors of Facebook Inc. Donald Edward Graham was born on April 22, 1945. His parents were Katharine Graham (née Meyer), later a publisher of The Washington Post, and her husband, Philip Graham. Through his grandfather, Donald is descended from a distinguished rabbinical family in Strasbourg. Graham graduated from St. Albans School and then attended Harvard College. In 1965, he was elected president of The Harvard Crimson, the college's breakfast daily. After graduation in 1966, he volunteered for military service and served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. There "he worked as an information specialist with the 1st Cavalry Division in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968." From January 1969 to June 1970, Graham joined the Washington Metropolitan Police Department as a patrolman and was sent to the Ninth Precinct in Northeast Washington. In 2007 Graham announced his separation from his wife of 40 years, the former Mary Wissler. The Grahams have four grown children. His daughter Laura Graham works as the head of business development at Slate.com, and his son
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    James William Benson

    James William Benson

    Jim Benson was the Founding Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of SpaceDev, a publicly traded space technology development company. Jim started the trend of successful computer entrepreneurs moving into the space sector when he founded SpaceDev in 1997. Prior to founding SpaceDev, Jim was founder and President of Compusearch Software Systems and ImageFast of McLean, Virginia.

    SpaceDev specializes in affordable, high-performance small satellites, safe, affordable hybrid-based propulsion systems, and space mechanisms. SpaceDev has over 200 employees in three states. SpaceDev developed the highly successful CHIPSat microsatellite for NASA, the rocket motors for Paul Allen’s SpaceShipOne, and has successfully flown 2,000 mechanisms on over 200 missions.

    Jim holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of Missouri, where he was 2005 Alumnus of the Year. Jim founded the non-profit Space Development Institute, and is a founding Board member of the Personal Spaceflight Federation.
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    Joseph Neubauer

    Joseph Neubauer

    Joseph Neubauer, born in Israel on October 19,1941 is an American businessman and the former CEO of Aramark Corporation. Before joining Aramark, he served as vice-president at PepsiCo and Chase Manhattan Bank. Neubauer is listed at #82 on Fortune's top paid CEO list. As a CEO he was able to lead Aramark to a successful fiscal year in 2010, generating around 12.6 billion dollars in revenue.
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    Kevin Rose

    Kevin Rose

    Kevin Rose (born Robert Kevin Rose, February 21, 1977) is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Revision3, Digg, Pownce, and Milk. He also served as production assistant and co-host at TechTV's The Screen Savers. He is currently a venture partner at Google. Rose was born in Redding, California and lived in Oregon before his family moved to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he spent most of his childhood. He became an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America. Rose transferred to Vo-Tech High School in Las Vegas in 1992. He then attended the University of Nevada Las Vegas, majored in computer science but dropped out in 1998. He worked for two dot-com startups through CMGI. Rose was hired as a production assistant for The Screen Savers. He began appearing on-air in "Dark Tip" segments and on Unscrewed with Martin Sargent, where he provided information on developing computing activities. He became a regular co-host when Leo Laporte left TechTV on March 31, 2004. On March 25, 2004, Comcast's G4 gaming channel announced a merger with TechTV, which resulted in a round of layoffs. Rose moved to Los Angeles to stay with G4. On May 22, 2005, Rose reached an agreement with G4 that
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    Larry Page

    Larry Page

    Lawrence "Larry" Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur who, with Sergey Brin, is best known as the co-founder of Google. On April 4, 2011, he took on the role of chief executive officer of Google, replacing Eric Schmidt. As of 2012, his personal wealth is estimated to be $20.3 billion, ranking him #13 on the Forbes 400 list of richest Americans. He is the inventor of PageRank, which became the foundation of Google's search ranking algorithm. Together, Brin and Page own about 16 percent of the company's stock. Larry Page was born in East Lansing, Michigan. His father, Carl Page, earned a Ph.D. in computer science in 1965 when the field was in its infancy, and is considered a "pioneer in computer science and artificial intelligence." Both he and Page's mother, Gloria, were computer science professors at Michigan State University. Page's mother is Jewish, but he was raised without religion. Page attended the Okemos Montessori School (now called Montessori Radmoor) in Okemos, Michigan from 1975 to 1979, and graduated from East Lansing High School in 1991. He holds a Bachelor of Science in computer engineering from the University of
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    Michele Ferrero

    Michele Ferrero

    Michele Ferrero (born 26 April 1925) is the owner of the eponymous chocolate maker Ferrero SpA, one of Europe's largest with estimated 2012 sales of $19 billion. Ferrero, who was born in Dogliani, Italy, is Italy's richest person, with a personal wealth of $19 billion, surpassing Silvio Berlusconi in March 2008. Brands include Nutella, Mon Chéri, Kinder Chocolate, Ferrero Rocher, Tic Tacs and Kinder Eggs. Since 1997, his sons, Giovanni Ferrero and Pietro Ferrero have led the company. Pietro died on 18 April 2011 in an accident in South Africa.
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    Scott Sandell

    Scott Sandell

    Scott joined NEA in 1996 as an Associate, became a Partner in 1999 and a General Partner in 2000. Scott focuses on investments in information technology and alternative energy, and is responsible for NEA’s activities in China. Present board memberships include Agami Systems, Bloom Energy, Cassatt, Data Domain (NASDAQ: DDUP), Dexterra, DreamFactory, HelioVolt, SolFocus, Spreadtrum Communications (NASDAQ: SPRD), SugarCRM, Tableau Software, Telegent and Teneros. He also serves as Co-Chairman of the board of the Software Development Forum. He has sponsored investments in 3ware (acquired by Applied Micro Circuits Corporation), Amplitude Software (acquired by Critical Path), Fineground Networks (acquired by Cisco), Neoteris (acquired by Juniper Networks, (NASDAQ: JNPR), NetIQ (NASDAQ: NTIQ), Salesforce.com (NYSE: CRM) and WebEx (NASDAQ: WEBX). Scott started his career at the Boston Consulting Group and later joined C-ATS Software as the company's first salesman. He founded and ran the European Subsidiary before attending Stanford Business School. During and after business school, Scott was a Product Manager at Microsoft, where he worked on Windows 95. In addition to an MBA from Stanford, Scott holds an AB in Engineering Sciences from Dartmouth College.

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    Vlaamse Media Maatschappij

    Vlaamse Media Maatschappij

    Vlaamse Media Maatschappij (VMMa) (English: Flemish Media Company) is a Belgian company, and parent company of the first Flemish commercial television station: vtm. VMMa was founded in 1987 as Vlaamse Televisie Maatschappij by nine publishers each with a 11.1% share. Since 1998, De Persgroep and the Roularta Media Group each have a 50% share of the company. On 31 May 1999 the name was changed to Vlaamse Media Maatschappij.
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    CIBC World Markets

    CIBC World Markets

    CIBC World Markets is the investment banking subsidiary of the Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce. The firm operates as an investment bank both in the domestic and international equity and debt capital markets. The bank provides a variety of financial services including credit and capital market products, mergers and acquisitions, merchant banking and other investment banking advisory services. Established via a series of acquisitions, including Canadian brokerage Wood, Gundy & Co. and U.S.-based Oppenheimer & Co. CIBC World Markets has been a leading investment bank in Canada with a notable presence in various international markets at times over the years. CIBC World Markets is headquartered in Toronto, Ontario with offices in Canada in Calgary, Alberta, Montreal, Quebec, Vancouver, British Columbia and Ottawa, Ontario. In the United States, the bank has a major office in New York, New York with additional offices in Atlanta, Georgia, Boston, Massachusetts, Chicago, Illinois, Houston, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. Other offices internationally include: Beijing, Dublin, Hong Kong, London, Shanghai, Singapore, Sydney and Tokyo. CIBC purchased a majority stake in Wood, Gundy & Co.
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    John F Donahue

    John F. Donahue (often known as Jack Donahue) founded Federated Investors (headquartered in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) in 1955 and currently serves as chairman. He had been chairman and chief executive officer of Federated and a trustee/director of the firm from 1989 until April 1998. Mr. Donahue is chief executive officer and a director or trustee of the investment companies managed by subsidiaries of the company. He is the father of J. Christopher Donahue, Thomas R. Donahue, each of whom serves as an executive officer and director of the company. Mr. Donahue is a graduate of Central Catholic High School (Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania) and of the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York.
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    Liliane Bettencourt

    Liliane Bettencourt

    Liliane Bettencourt (French pronunciation: [li.li.jan be.tɑ̃.kuːʁ]; born Liliane Henriette Charlotte Schueller; 21 October 1922) is a French heiress, socialite, businesswoman and philanthropist. She is one of the principal shareholders of L'Oréal and, with a fortune estimated at US$23.5 billion, is one of the wealthiest people in the world. Bettencourt was born in Paris, France, the only child of Louise Madeleine Berthe (née Doncieux) and Eugène Schueller, the founder of L'Oréal, one of the world's largest cosmetics and beauty companies. Her mother died in 1927 when Liliane was 5 years old, and she formed a close bond with her father, who later married Liliane's British governess. At the age of 15, she joined her father’s company as an apprentice, mixing cosmetics and labelling bottles of shampoo. In 1950, she married French politician André Bettencourt, who served as a cabinet minister in French governments of the 1960s and 1970s and rose to become deputy chairman of L’Oréal. Bettencourt had been a member of La Cagoule, a violent French fascist group that Liliane's father had funded and supported in the 1930s and that collaborated with the Nazis during World War II. After the war,
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    Orrin H. Ingram II

    Orrin H. Ingram is President and Chief Executive Officer of Ingram Industries Inc., a Nashville based privately held company with four operating divisions: Ingram Book Group, Ingram Barge Company, Ingram Digital Ventures and Lightning Source. Orrin is also Chairman of Ingram Barge Company. He serves as Chairman of the Board of Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center, Chairman of the Board of Vanderbilt University Medical Center and serves on the Vanderbilt Board of Trust. He is a board member of the US Chamber of Commerce, the executive board of United Way of Metro Nashville, Ingram Micro, Boys & Girls Clubs of Middle Tennessee, U.S. Sportsmen's Alliance and numerous advisory boards.

    Orrin received his B.A. from Vanderbilt University in 1982 and immediately began his career in the family business.
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    Paul MacCready

    Paul MacCready

    Paul B. MacCready, Jr. (September 25, 1925 - August 28, 2007) was an American aeronautical engineer. He was the founder of AeroVironment and the designer of the human-powered aircraft that won the Kremer prize. He devoted his life to developing more efficient transportation vehicles that could "Do more with less". Born in New Haven, Connecticut to a medical family, MacCready was an inventor from an early age and won a national contest building a model flying machine at the age of 15. MacCready graduated from Hopkins School in 1943, received his BS in physics from Yale University in 1947, a MS in physics from Caltech in 1948, and a PhD in aeronautics from Caltech in 1952. He trained as a US Navy pilot at the end of World War II. In 1951 MacCready founded his first company, Meteorology Research Inc, to do atmospheric research. Some of MacCready's work as a graduate student involved cloud seeding. He started gliding after World War II and was a three-time winner (1948, 1949, 1953) of the Richard C. du Pont Memorial Trophy, awarded annually to the U.S. National Open Class Soaring Champion. In 1956 he became the first American pilot to become the World Soaring Champion. He devised the
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    Ralph J. Roberts

    Ralph J. Roberts

    Ralph Joel Roberts (born March 13, 1920) is the co-founder of Comcast Corporation and was its chief executive officer for 46 years. As of 2011 he serves as founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast's board of directors. The senior Roberts graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and served a four-year tour of duty in the United States Navy. Roberts made an appearance on TLC's reality series Cake Boss, receiving a cake for his 90th birthday. In 1942, Roberts married Suzanne Fleisher, a former actress and playwright. Her name adorns the Suzanne Roberts Theatre in Philadelphia and she hosts a TV program aimed at seniors called "Seeking Solutions with Suzanne" on Comcast's CN8 network. They have five children and eight grandchildren. Their son, Brian L. Roberts, is the current CEO of Comcast Corporation.
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    Thomas R. Bond II

    Thomas R. Bond II

    Thomas Ross Bond II is a movie producer and director, and son of actor Tommy Bond , who played "Butch" the bully in the original "Little Rascals" and actress Polly Bond. Bond started out in radio at the age of 13 years old as the youngest broadcaster in the nation. Bond's first show "Hey Listen" was the first of its kind having a young people's show hosted by a young person. Because of his IQ of 160 he quickly adapted to the world, of adults, gathering interviews with famous notables, such as Kirk Douglas, Jack Lemmon, Michael Douglas, Mickey Rooney, John Houseman, Pope John Paul II, Ray Charles, Dennis Morgan, Ray Stevens, Bob Barker, among many others, as well as exclusive news reports, earning him respect among his adult peers. In 1979 he became News Director at Dellar Broadcasting at the age of 15 years old, and in 1980 hosted and was segment producer on the Capital Cities show, "Valley Mainstreet". Bond received national press attention, being featured in US Magazine, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, and Billboard magazine among many others. In 1980 he received a Commendation Resolution by the State of California for his government and civic efforts, and was nominated for an Emmy and Peabody Award. In 1981, he was made "Youth Ambassador" of UNICEF by the United Nations. In 1983 he left journalism for movie production. Bond was heavily influenced by directors Mervyn LeRoy, and Frank Capra, in which Bond owes most of his knowledge in directing and producing. In 1984 he started filming "Clingan's Junction" a Civil War picture, but towards the end of the filming in 1985, it was destroyed in a fire where his Aunt, actress Maryellen Sennett and Grandmother were were severely injured. In 1987 Bond worked on several projects in production, and during this time acquired the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company, the oldest movie company in America established in 1895. By 1991, the American Mutoscope and Biograph Company was re-incorporated in California, and set out to produce his second feature film, Bob's Night Out, and into pre-production in 1994.

    In 1996 during the last of the filming, history repeated itself again. His entire family was severely injured in a massive car accident that left his parents handicapped, and his Aunt with brain damage. After a break from the movie industry to repair the damage and his life, Bond continued on with Biograph. Bond's company received a monument on Hollywood and Vine commemorating his company's film In Old California which was the first movie made in Hollywood. However, in April of 2005 the 28 ton monument was stolen. Because Bond and his family felt it was an "Inside job" and that this was a slap in the face from the district of Hollywood to his company and the Latino community, Bond vowed never to film any project in the District of Hollywood, or to have Biograph based there, ever again. Now, Biograph is located in Los Angeles, California and produces and packages feature films and commercial productions and has recently opened a wireless entertainment division and a studio division. Bond's vision is for Biograph to become the "Haven" for independent film-makers who do not wish to be controlled by the big Hollywood corporate structure, and to truly make an artistic and ethical difference in the entertainment industry.
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    William Beardmore

    William Beardmore

    William Beardmore, 1st Baron Invernairn (16 October 1856–9 April 1936), known as Sir William Beardmore, Bt, between 1914 and 1921, was an Anglo-Scottish industrialist, founding the eponymous William Beardmore and Company. Beardmore was born in Deptford, London, where his father, also William Beardmore, was a mechanical engineer. In 1861 his family moved to Glasgow, where his father was co-founder of the Parkhead Forge, a steel mill and supplier to the thriving shipbuilding and railway industries on the Clyde in the east end of the city. He was educated at the High School of Glasgow and Ayr Academy. When he was fifteen, he began an apprenticeship at Parkhead, while taking night classes at Anderson's University. On completing his apprenticeship in 1877 he enrolled at the Royal School of Mines in South Kensington, London. Beardmore's father died shortly afterwards and the retirement of the third business partner saw William's uncle Isaac become sole proprietor. William became a junior partner in 1879 and on his uncle's retirement seven years later he became the sole proprietor of the business. He rapidly expanded the business and formed it into the limited company of William Beardmore
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    Arvind Sodhani

    Arvind Sodhani

    Arvind Sodhani is executive vice president of Intel Corporation and president of Intel Capital. Sodhani was elected vice president by the board of directors in May 1990, served as senior vice president from 2005 to 2007 and was promoted to executive vice president in December 2007.
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    Berkshire Hathaway

    Berkshire Hathaway

    Berkshire Hathaway Inc. is an American multinational conglomerate holding company headquartered in Omaha, Nebraska, United States, that oversees and manages a number of subsidiary companies. The company averaged an annual growth in book value of 20.3% to its shareholders for the last 44 years, while employing large amounts of capital, and minimal debt. Berkshire Hathaway stock produced a total return of 76% from 2000–2010 versus a negative 11.3% return for the S&P 500. The company is known for its control by investor Warren Buffett, who is the company's chairman and CEO. Buffett has used the "float" provided by Berkshire Hathaway's insurance operations (paid premiums which are not held in reserves for reported claims and may be invested) to finance his investments. In the early part of his career at Berkshire, he focused on long-term investments in publicly quoted stocks, but more recently he has turned to buying whole companies. Berkshire now owns a diverse range of businesses including confectionery, retail, railroad, home furnishings, encyclopedias, manufacturers of vacuum cleaners, jewelry sales; newspaper publishing; manufacture and distribution of uniforms; as well as several
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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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    Charles Prince

    Charles Prince

    Charles Owen "Chuck" Prince III (born January 13, 1950) is an American former chairman and chief executive of Citigroup. He succeeded Sandy Weill as the chief executive of the firm in 2003, and as the Chairman of the Board in 2006. On November 4, 2007 he retired from both his chairman and chief executive duties due to unexpectedly poor 3rd quarter performance, mainly due to CDO and MBS related losses, while still receiving a $38m pay package. Charles Owen Prince III was born in Lynwood, California on 13 January 1950 to Charles Owen Prince II and a Doyle. Prince went to the University of Southern California for his Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, and Juris Doctor. He continued his education going on to receive a Master of Law degree from Georgetown University Law Center. The son of a plasterer and a housewife, Prince started his career as an attorney with U.S. Steel Corp in 1975. In 1979, he joined Commercial Credit Company, a predecessor to Citigroup that Sandy Weill took over in 1986. He was promoted in 1996 to Executive Vice President of the firm, which by this point was known as the Travelers Group, now a wholly owned subsidiary of Citigroup. In 2000, shortly following the
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    Charles R. Schwab

    Charles R. Schwab

    Charles R. Schwab was born in Sacramento, California. Despite having the same name, he is not related to Charles M. Schwab, the American steel magnate. He attended Santa Barbara High School in Santa Barbara, CA and was captain of the golf team. He also attended pre-college school at Holy Rosary Academy in Woodland, California. Schwab is dyslexic, but was unaware until the age of 40; he had no interest in it until he learned that his son was dyslexic as well. The Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation aims to assist children with the disorder. Schwab graduated from Stanford University in 1959 with a B.A. in Economics. In 1961, he graduated from Stanford Graduate School of Business with an MBA. Schwab is a knight of the Sigma Nu fraternity. In 1963, Charles R. "Chuck" Schwab and two other partners launched Investment Indicator, an investment newsletter. At its height, the newsletter had 3,000 subscribers, each paying $84 a year to subscribe. In April 1971, the firm was incorporated in California as First Commander Corporation, a wholly owned subsidiary of Commander Industries, Inc., for traditional, brokerage services and to publish the Schwab investment newsletter. In November of that
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    David Eccles

    David Eccles

    David Eccles (May 12, 1849 – December 6, 1912) was an American businessman and industrialist who founded many businesses throughout the western United States and became Utah's first multimillionaire. Eccles was born in Paisley, Scotland to William and Sarah Hutchinson Eccles. In 1863 his family moved from Glasgow to the United States of America, eventually settling in Ogden Valley located in eastern Weber County, Utah. The move was made because of their joining The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and their desire to be near the body of the church. He lived in both Eden and Liberty, Utah. After struggling to make a living, the family moved to Oregon City, Oregon. There they worked in a new mill. He worked for the mill for a year, then for a lumber corporation, and the Oregon and California Railroad. The family moved back to Ogden, Utah in 1869 after the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad hoping it would bring them work. In the Ogden area, he worked cutting wood and building homes. He worked as a freighter and for the Union Pacific coal mines. He also worked at a sawmill at Monte Cristo east of Ogden. In 1874 he attended Louis Moench's school in Ogden. It was
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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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    Eric Pulier

    Eric Pulier

    Eric Pulier is a serial entrepreneur, primarily in technology and media related ventures, and is known as one of the more successful and prolific technology entrepreneurs in Southern California. In 1997, the Presidential Inaugural Committee selected Mr. Pulier to create and execute the Presidential Technology Exhibition in Washington D.C. Subsequently, the President and Vice President personally unveiled his company’s work for the Starbright Foundation, a pioneering effort that connected 70 hospitals together around the country in a video-enabled online virtual world for children. He is perhaps best known in Southern California for Digital Evolution, a company that became one of the best known Internet companies in the region in the late 1990s before merging its consulting operations with an East coast firm to form US Interactive in 1998 and going public on NASDAQ. Subsequently, Mr. Pulier founded SOA Software, an organization that he built into the largest independent software company in its category, counting over 200 of the Global 2000 as customers and running over 6 billion transactions/month around the world. Mr. Pulier founded or co-founded over fifteen companies, and has
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    Gregory Brown

    Greg Brown is president and co-chief executive officer of Motorola, Inc. and chief executive officer of Motorola’s Broadband Mobility Solutions business which consists of the Home & Networks Mobility and Enterprise Mobility Solutions businesses. Mr. Brown joined Motorola in 2003 and was elected to the Company’s Board of Directors in 2007.
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    Halliburton

    Halliburton

    Halliburton (/ˈhælɨbɜrtən/; NYSE: HAL) is one of the world's largest oilfield services companies with operations in more than 70 countries. It owns hundreds of subsidiaries, affiliates, branches, brands, and divisions worldwide and employs over 60,000 people. The company has dual headquarters located in Houston and in Dubai, where Chairman and CEO David Lesar works and resides, "to focus [the] company’s Eastern Hemisphere Growth." The company will remain incorporated in the United States. Halliburton's major business segment is the Energy Services Group (ESG). ESG provides technical products and services for petroleum and natural gas exploration and production. Halliburton's former subsidiary, KBR, is a major construction company of refineries, oil fields, pipelines, and chemical plants. Halliburton announced on April 5, 2007 that it had finally broken ties with KBR, which had been its contracting, engineering and construction unit as a part of the company for 44 years. U.S. regional office locations are Anchorage, Alaska; Bakersfield, California; Denver, Colorado; Lafayette, Louisiana; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Farmington, New Mexico; Naples, Utah; and Odessa, Texas. Major
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    Howard Jonas

    Howard S. Jonas (born 2 June, 1956) is the founder of IDT Corp. Jonas founded IDT Corp. in August 1990 and has served as Chairman of the Board since its inception. Jonas served as Chief Executive Officer of the Company from December 1991 until July 2001, as President of the Company from December 1991 through September 1996, and as Treasurer of the Company from inception through 2002. Jonas has also served as the Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDT Telecom, Inc. since December 1999 and as a director of IDT Capital, Inc. since September 2004. Jonas served as Co-Chairman of the Board of Directors of IDT Entertainment, Inc. from November 2004 until August 2006. Since August 2006, Jonas has been a director of Starz Media Holdings, LLC, Starz Media, LLC and Starz Foreign Holdings, LLC, each of which is an affiliate of the Company. Jonas is also the founder and has been President of Jonas Publishing since its inception in 1979. Jonas was the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Net2Phone from October 2001 to October 2004, the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Net2Phone from October 2004 to June 2006, and has served as the Chairman since June 2006. Howard Jonas received a
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    J Mack Robinson

    J. Mack Robinson (born May 7, 1923) is a Georgia businessman. He has led several of Atlanta's major corporations. Robinson is also a notable philanthropist, having donated millions of dollars to his home state. Mack Robinson was born in Atlanta on May 7, 1923, and entered the business world at age ten, when he was hired as a "helper" at the Atlanta Journal. Within five years he had become a circulation district manager working out of the newspaper's main office. After graduating from Boys High School and serving in the U.S. Army during World War II (1941–45), Robinson briefly returned to work for the Journal after the war. While working for the newspaper, Robinson opened up two used-car lots in Atlanta, Baker Street Motors and Robinson Motors. Both proved profitable, and within a short time Robinson left the Journal and began working full-time selling cars. Over the next several years he opened up several more car lots in Atlanta, Augusta, Columbus, and Macon. This enterprise led him to his next business venture in the finance industry. As a used-car salesman, Robinson had been financing the purchase of cars through an automobile finance company in Chicago, Illinois. Seeing the
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    James C. Blair

    James C. Blair

    Jim Blair has been a Partner of Domain Associates since its founding in 1985.  He has over 35 years experience with venture and emerging growth companies.  In the course of this experience, he has been involved with the creation and successful development as a board member of more than forty life science ventures including Amgen, Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Applied Biosystems, Aurora Biosciences, Dura Pharmaceuticals, Sicor, NuVasive, Pharmion and Molecular Dynamics.  A former Managing Director of Rothschild Inc., Dr. Blair was directly involved at a senior level with Rothschild/New Court venture capital activities from 1978 to 1985.  From 1969 to 1978, he was associated with F.S. Smithers and Company, and White Weld and Company, two investment banking firms actively involved with new ventures and emerging growth companies.  From 1961 to 1969, Dr. Blair was an engineering manager with RCA during which time he received a David Sarnoff Fellowship.  He is presently an Advisor to the Department of Molecular Biology at Princeton University, an Advisor to the Department of BioEngineering at the University of Pennsylvania, and he also serves on the Board of Directors of the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  Dr. Blair received a Bachelor's degree in Engineering from Princeton University and a Master's degree in Engineering and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
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    Jeffrey P. Bezos

    Jeffrey P. Bezos

    Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos (/ˈbeɪzəs/; born January 12, 1964) is an American entrepreneur who played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, Inc., an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and the model for Internet sales. Bezos was born Jeffrey Preston Jorgensen in Albuquerque, New Mexico, to Jacklyn Gise Jorgensen and Ted Jorgensen. His maternal ancestors were settlers who lived in Texas, and over the generations acquired a 25,000 acre (101 km or 39 miles) ranch in Cotulla. Bezos' maternal grandfather was a regional director of the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission in Albuquerque. He retired early to the ranch, where Bezos spent many summers as a youth, working with him. At an early age, Bezos displayed a striking mechanical aptitude – as a toddler, he tried dismantling his crib Bezos was born to a teenage mother in Albuquerque. Her marriage to his father lasted little more than a year. When Jeff was five, she remarried, this time to Miguel Bezos. Miguel was born in Cuba, migrated to the United States alone when he was fifteen years old,
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    John Batchelor

    William John Batchelor (4 January 1959 – 11 April 2010), more commonly known as John Batchelor, was an English racing driver, businessman, political activist, and football investor. He was chairman of York City F.C. from 2002 to 2003, during which time he was also the owner of York City Racing, a motor racing team competing in the British Touring Car Championship. Batchelor was born in Sheffield, South Yorkshire, where he lived for a short period before moving to Surrey, Kent and Portugal due to his father's work. He received four O-Levels at school and had an exchange year in Oregon, United States, after which he sold insurance door-to-door in East Lancashire. He worked in this for nine months before selling cleaning products for five years, when he started "System Hygiene", a janitorial supplies company based in Accrington. He married Gillian in 1981 and the couple have had four children. He stood as a Common Sense Sick of Politicians candidate for Blackburn in the 1997 general election, coming in last place after winning 0.8% of the share with 362 votes. Following the election, through an open letter, he said "I extend my gratitude to the 362 voters in Blackburn who backed my
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    Julian Baker

    Julian Baker has served as a director of Genomic Health since January 2001. Mr. Baker is a Managing Member of Baker Bros. Advisors, LLC which he and his brother, Felix Baker, PhD, founded in 2000. Mr. Baker’s firm manages Baker Brothers Investments, a family of long-term investment funds for major university endowments and foundations, which are focused on publicly traded life sciences companies. Mr. Baker’s career as a fund manager began in 1994 when he co-founded a biotechnology investing partnership with the Tisch Family, now known as Baker/Tisch investments. Previously, Mr. Baker was employed from 1988 to 1993 by the private equity investment arm of Credit Suisse First Boston Corporation. He is also a director of Incyte Corporation, Neurogen Corporation, Theravance, Inc. and Trimeris, Inc. Mr. Baker holds an AB in Social Studies from Harvard University.
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    Lyle Berman

    Lyle Berman

    Lyle Arnold Berman (born August 6, 1941 in Minneapolis, Minnesota) is a professional poker player and business executive. Berman grew up in Minnesota and attended the University of Minnesota where he graduated in 1964 with a degree in business administration. He then went to work for his father's leather business, Berman Buckskin. When the business was sold to W. R. Grace in 1979, he stayed on as president and CEO. The company was then later sold to the Melville Corporation where it became Wilsons Leather. From 1994 to 2000 he was the chairman and CEO of the Rainforest Cafe chain of restaurant and retail stores. Berman also played an important role in gaming companies. In 1990 he was a co-founder of Grand Casinos Inc., a company that sought to create gambling establishments outside of Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Grand Casinos' Native American casino holdings were spun off into a new company, Lakes Entertainment, and Berman was named CEO. Additionally, Berman is the chairman of the board of the World Poker Tour and Pokertek. He won the B'nai B'rith Great American Traditions award in 1995 and the Gaming Executive of the Year award in 1996. Berman was one of the many investor
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    Mei Wei Cheng

    Mei-Wei Cheng was elected group vice president, Ford Motor Company, and named executive chairman of Ford Motor (China) Ltd., effective April 1, 2008.
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    Micky Arison

    Micky Arison

    Micky Arison (born June 29, 1949) is an Israeli-American businessman. He is Chief Executive Officer of Carnival Corporation, the world's largest cruise operator, and owner of the NBA's Miami Heat. Micky Arison is the son of Ted Arison, co-founder of the Carnival Corporation, with Meshulam Riklis. His sister is Shari Arison. He resides in Bal Harbour, Florida but also has homes in New York and Israel. Arison owns a 200 foot yacht which he also uses as a home. He attended University of Miami but dropped out. In 2011, Forbes magazine calculated Arison's wealth at $5.9 billion, making him the 169th wealthiest person in the world. In 2009, he earned $7,201,110, which included a base salary of $880,000, a cash bonus of $2,206,116, stocks granted of $3,618,481, and other compensation totaling $496,513.
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    Northwest Airlines

    Northwest Airlines

    Northwest Airlines Corp. (often abbreviated NWA) was a major United States airline founded in 1926 and absorbed into Delta Air Lines Inc. by a merger approved on October 29, 2008, making Delta the largest airline in the world. Northwest continued to operate under its own name and brand until the integration of the carriers was completed on January 31, 2010. Northwest was headquartered in Eagan, Minnesota, near Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport. After World War II it became dominant in the trans-Pacific market with a hub in Tokyo, Japan (initially Haneda Airport, later Narita International Airport). After acquiring Republic Airlines in 1986, Northwest also established major hubs at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport and Memphis International Airport. In 1993 it began a strategic alliance with KLM and a jointly-coordinated European hub at Amsterdam Airport Schiphol. These hubs were all retained as Delta hubs. Prior to its merger with Delta, Northwest was the world's sixth largest airline in terms of domestic and international scheduled passenger miles flown and the U.S.'s sixth largest airline in terms of domestic passenger miles flown. In addition to operating one of
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    Port of Koper

    Port of Koper

    Port of Koper (Slovene: Luka Koper) is a public limited company, which provides port and logistics services in the only Slovenian port, in Koper. It is situated in the northern part of the Adriatic Sea, connecting mainly markets of Central and Southeast Europe with the Mediterranean Sea. Differently from other European ports, which are managed by port authorities, the activities of Port of Koper comprise the management of the free zone area, the management of the port area and the role of terminal operator. The Port of Koper has 12 specialized terminals: From its establishment during the era of the Roman Republic, maritime trade has played an important role in the history and development of Koper. The town received a charter from Holy Roman Emperor Conrad II in the early 11th century, while in the 13th century the Patriarchs of Aquileia granted Koper domain over its northern Istrian hinterland. In 1279, Koper was absorbed by the Venetian Republic, and developed into the pre-eminent commercial and administrative centre of Istria. Following the fall of Venice in 1797, the entire region was absorbed into the Habsburg Monarchy, and, for a short while, Koper held the somewhat flattering
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    Robert Geller

    Robert Geller

    Robert Geller (Born 1976, Hamburg, Germany) is a German-born American Fashion Designer. He graduated with a degree in fashion design at RISD in 2001 and moved to New York to join Marc Jacobs shortly after. There he met Alexandre Plokhov, a patternmaker, and partnered up with Alexandre to launch menswear brand Cloak. Cloak went on to win the Ecco Domani award in 2003 and the Vogue/CFDA Grant in 2004. Robert left Cloak after the Fall 2004 collection. Cloak finally closed down in Spring 2007. In 2006, Robert launched a women's line called Harald. Initially meant to only be knitwear, the line exploded into a full fledge collection, helping launch Robert back into the fashion spotlight. The attention allowed him to secure financial backing for a menswear label under his own name. In Fall 2007 Robert Geller menswear debuted at New York Fashion Week. Robert received the GQ/CFDA Best New Menswear Designer Award in February, 2009. He is married to fashion designer Ana Beatriz Lerario, designer of Lerario Beatriz. The couple met while working together at Marc Jacobs.
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    Samuel Colella

    Samuel Colella

    Samuel Colella has served as a director of Genomic Health since January 2001. In 1999, Mr. Colella co-founded Versant Ventures, a healthcare and biotechnology venture capital firm. From 1984 to 1999, Mr. Colella was a general partner of Institutional Venture Partners, a venture capital firm. Mr. Colella currently serves as a director of Symyx Technologies, Inc. and a number of privately held technology and biotechnology companies. Mr. Colella has a BS in Business and Engineering from the University of Pittsburgh and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
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    Samuel Zell

    Samuel "Sam" Zell (born September 27, 1941) is an American businessman. He is chairman of Equity Group Investments(EGI), a private, entrepreneurial investment firm he founded in the 1960s. EGI's investments span industries and continents, and include interests in real estate, energy, logistics, transportation, media, and health care. Zell is also co-founder of Equity International, a private investment firm that focuses on real estate-related companies outside of the U.S. In addition, Zell maintains substantial interests in, and is the Chairman of, a number of public companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange, including: Equity Residential (EQR), the largest apartment REIT; Equity LifeStyle Properties (ELS), a real estate investment trust that owns and operates manufactured home and resort communities; Covanta Holding Corp. (CVA), an international leader in energy-from-waste power generation projects; and Anixter (AXE), a networking and cabling company. Zell is also the chairman of Tribune Company, a private media conglomerate. Zell was born in Chicago in 1941 to Rochelle and Berek Zielonka, Jewish immigrant parents from Poland who fled the country just before the German
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    Sanjay K Jha

    Sanjay K. Jha, Ph.D. serves as Co-Chief Executive Officer at Motorola Inc. and Chief Executive Officer of Mobile Devices Business.
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    Tembec

    Tembec

    Tembec Inc. (TSX: TMB) is a paper company in Canada. Tembec has approximately 6000 employees located in Canada, United States, and France. Tembec's operating divisions include Forest Products, Pulp, Paper & Paperboard, and Chemicals. The Forest Products Group comprises 31 manufacturing operations producing softwood lumber, engineered wood products, and specialty wood products. The Pulp, Paper & Paperboard Group consists of 9 pulp manufacturing plants, 5 paper manufacturing plants and 1 paperboard plant. The Chemicals group produces resins, ethanol and lignin from the pulping discharge in five of its pulping plants. Tembec was created in 1973 in the town of Témiscaming, in Quebec near the border of Ontario. The town's economic lifeblood, a pulp mill owned by a large multinational corporation, was shut down in 1972. The mill's former employees and Temiscaming residents gained national attention in their fight to save their jobs, and their efforts created a unique and unprecedented relationship among entrepreneurs, unionized employees, the community and several levels of government. The mill was purchased and Tembec came into being.
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    Warren Buffett

    Warren Buffett

    Warren Edward Buffett (/ˈbʌfɨt/; born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is widely considered the most successful investor of the 20th century. He is the primary shareholder, chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is consistently ranked among the world's wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world's wealthiest person in 2008 and is the third wealthiest person in the world as of 2011. In 2012, American magazine Time named Buffett one of the most influential people in the world. Buffett is called the "Wizard of Omaha", "Oracle of Omaha", or the "Sage of Omaha" and is noted for his adherence to the value investing philosophy and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth. Buffett is also a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation. On April 11, 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. Buffett was born in 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska, the second of three children and only son of U.S. Representative Howard Buffett, a fierce critic of the interventionist New Deal domestic and foreign policy, and his wife Leila (née Stahl). Buffett
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