Top 7 Countries With Highest Prosperity Index in 2010

For those who follows economics and how this influence in the wellbeing of the citizens of a country, this is a pretty interesting article. The Legatum Prosperity Index is one of the world’s global assessment of wealth and wellbeing; unlike other studies that rank countries by actual levels of wealth, life satisfaction or development, the Prosperity Index produces rankings based upon the very foundations of prosperity those factors that will help drive economic growth and produce happy citizens over the long term. Based in the latest study available (for the year 2010), these are the Top 7 Countries With Highest Prosperity Index:

1. Norway

Sub-indexes:

Economy: 1

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity:6

Governance: 12

Education: 4

Health: 4

Safety & Security: 2

Personal Freedom: 2

Social Capital: 1

2. Denmark

Sub-indexes:

Economy: 4

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 1

Governance: 2

Education: 5

Health: 17

Safety & Security: 6

Personal Freedom: 6

Social Capital: 2

3. Finland

Sub-indexes:

Economy: 9

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 4

Governance: 7

Education: 3

Health: 10

Safety & Security: 3

Personal Freedom: 12

Social Capital: 7

4. Australia

Sub-indexes:

Economy: 8

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 13

Governance: 8

Education: 2

Health: 15

Safety & Security: 13

Personal Freedom: 4

Social Capital: 4

5. New Zealand

Sub-indexes:

Economy: 17

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 14

Governance: 4

Education: 1

Health: 19

Safety & Security: 7

Personal Freedom: 3

Social Capital: 3

6. Sweden

Sub-indexes:

Economy: 7

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 2

Governance: 6

Education: 10

Health: 9

Safety & Security: 8

Personal Freedom: 5

Social Capital: 11

7. Canada

Sub-indexes:

Economy: 5

Entrepreneurship & Opportunity: 10

Governance: 5

Education: 12

Health: 11

Safety & Security: 16

Personal Freedom: 1

Social Capital: 8

Source: www.prosperity.com
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Top 7 Hollywood’s Biggest Earners

It is interesting to see how much money Hollywood generate, not only for the actor and actress on its films, but even more for the people behind the cameras that actually make all the magic possible.

On this post we will how the Top 7 Hollywood biggest earners, and obviously we are including not only the people your see in the movies and/or TV shows, but also the people behind the cameras and, guess what, some of them are the ones who get the biggest paycheck…

1. James Cameron

Writer, Director, Producer (Creative Artists Agency)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $257 million (2009 rank: 4)

$248 million: Avatar (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on 2010 worldwide box-office gross of $1.95 billion, and share of DVD and pay-television revenue; excludes $50 million earned in 2009)

$5 million: Avatar (share of toy licensing, other revenue)

$4 million: Older film revenue (e.g., back-end and royalties from earlier projects, other payments)

2. Johnny Depp

Actor (United Talent Agency)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $100 million (2009 rank: 21)

$40 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for starring in Tim Burton film, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion)

$35 million: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (up-front money for starring in next installment of Jerry Bruckheimer’s waterlogged but ludicrously profitable franchise)

$20 million: The Tourist (fee for co-starring in one of the year’s bigger flops alongside Angelina Jolie)

$5 million: Older film revenue

3. Steven Spielberg

Director, Producer (CAA)

Estimated 2010 Earnings: $80 million (2009 rank: 2)

$50 million: Universal-theme-park royalties and consulting fees

$20 million: War Horse (fee for directing and producing upcoming World War I drama)

$10 million: Older film revenue

4. Christopher Nolan

Writer, Director, Producer (CAA)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $71.5 million (2009 rank: —)

$69 million: Inception (back-end for writing, producing, and directing, based on worldwide gross of $823 million, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

$2.5 million: Older film revenue

5. Leonardo DiCaprio

Actor (Special Artists Agency)

Estimated 2010 earnings: $62 million (2009 rank: —)

$59 million: Inception (back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Christopher Nolan film)

$3 million: Back-end for starring in somewhat convoluted Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island, older film revenue

6. Tim Burton

Director (William Morris Endeavor)

Estimated 2010 Earnings: $53 million (2009 rank: —)

$50 million: Alice in Wonderland (back-end for directing, based on worldwide gross of $1.02 billion, and share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

$3 million: Older film revenue

7. Adam Sandler

Actor, Producer, Writer (WME)

Estimated 2010 Earnings: $50 million (2009 rank: 12)

$25 million: Just Go with It (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy opposite Jennifer Aniston)

$20 million: Jack and Jill (fee for producing and starring in upcoming comedy with Katie Holmes and Al Pacino)

$3 million: Grown Ups (back-end for starring and writing, based on worldwide gross of $271 million, plus share of DVD and pay-TV revenue)

$2 million: Older film revenue

Source: Vanity Fair, therichest.org
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Top 7 Most Valuable Brands in 2011

Too many people talk about the value of a brand, but how many people really know what the value of a brand really means. To better understand this concept, we will define the value of a brand based on these three concepts:

Loyalty: The behavior of buying the same brand many times.

Equity: The attitudes, imagery, and emotions associated with a brand.

Health: The in-market competitiveness or strength of the brand; equity in thecontext of pricing, category, sensitivity, and brand substitutability.

Normally, it is common to calculate the value of a brand as the net present value of the earnings the brand is expected to generate and secure in the future. For 2011 and according to Brand Finance, the world’s leading valuation consultancy, these are the Top 7 Most Valuable Brands in 2011:

1. Google

2010 rank: 2

Country: USA

Brand value: $44.29 billion

Market cap: 143.02 billion

Brand Rating: AAA+

Industry: Internet computer software

Founded: Menlo Park, California (September 4, 1998)

Founder(s): Sergey M. Brin and Lawrence E. Page

Headquarters: 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, California, United States

Key people: Lawrence E. Page (CEO, co-Founder and president, products); Eric Schmidt (executive chairman), and Sergey M. Brin (co-founder and president, technology)

Revenue: $29.321 billion (2010)

Profit: $8.505 billion (2010)

Total assets: $57.851 billion (2010)

Employees: 24,400 (2010)

2. Microsoft

2010 rank: 5

Country: USA

Brand value: $42.80 billion

Market cap: $165.72 billion

Industry: Computer software, consumer electronics, digital distribution, computer hardware, video games, IT consulting, online advertising, retail stores, automotive software

Founded: Albuquerque, New Mexico, April 4, 1975

Founder(s): Bill Gates and Paul Allen

Headquarters: One Microsoft Way, Redmond, Washington, United States

Key people: Steve Ballmer (CEO); Brian Kevin Turner (COO), and Bill Gates (chairman)

Revenue: $62.484 billion (2010)

Profit: $18.760 billion (2010)

Total assets: $86.113 billion (2010)

Employees: 89,000 (2010)

3. Wal-Mart

2010 rank: 1

Country: USA

Brand value: $36.22 billion

Market cap: $154.32 billion

Industry: Retailing

Founded: October 31, 1962

Founder: Sam Walton

Headquarters: Bentonville, Arkansas, US

Key people: Mike Duke (CEO); H Lee Scott (chairman of the executive committee of the board), and S Robson Walton (chairman)

Revenue: $408.21 billion (2009)

Net income: $14.33 billion

Employees: approx. 2,100,000 (2009)

4. IBM

2010 rank: 4

Country: USA

Brand value: $36.16 billion

Market cap: $189.72 billion

Industry: Computer systems, computer hardware and software, information technology consulting, and IT service management

Founded: Endicott, New York June 16, 1911

Headquarters: Armonk, New York, United States

Key people: Samuel J. Palmisano (chairman, president and CEO)

Revenue: $99.870 billion (2010)

Net income: $14.833 billion (2010)

Total assets: $113.452 billion

Employees: 426,751 (2010)

5. Vodafone

2010 rank: 7

Country: UK

Brand value: 30.67 billion

Market cap: 192.45 billion

Industry: Telecommunications

Founded: 1984

Headquarters: London, United Kingdom

Key people: Sir John Bond (chairman); Vittorio Colao (CEO); John Buchanan (deputy chairman), and Andy Halford (CFO)

Revenue: Pound 44.47 billion (2010)

Profit: Pound 8.645 billion (2010)

Total assets: Pound 156.98 billion (2010)

Employees: 84,990 (2010)

6. Bank of America

2010 rank: 12

Country: USA

Brand value: $30.62

Market cap: $120.19

Industry: Banking, financial services, and investment services

Founded: 1998 (as Bank of America Corp)

Headquarters: Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Key people: Charles O Holliday (chairman) and Brian Moynihan (president and CEO)

Revenue: $134.194 billion (2010)

Net income: $2.238 billion (2010)

Total assets: $2.264 trillion

Employees: 288,000 (2010)

7. GE

2010 rank: 6

Country: USA

Brand value: $30.50 billion

Market cap: $475.07 billion

Industry: Conglomerate

Founded: Schenectady, New York (1892)

Founder(s): Thomas Edison, Elihu Thomson, Edwin J Houston, and Charles A Coffin

Headquarters: 3135 Easton Turnpike, Fairfield, Connecticut, US

Key people: Jeffrey R. Immelt (chairman and CEO)

Revenue: $104.635 billion (2010)

Net income: $12.163 billion (2010)

Total assets: $751.216 billion (2010)

Employees: 287,000 (2010)

Source: Brandfinance, Rediff, Businessinsider, The Telegraph, Reuters
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Top 7 Golf Courses in the World

After investigating about this topic I found that there are so many different rankings for the Best Golf Courses. Hence and based on all the information I got from my investigation, this is the first post where the final ranking for the Top 7 Best Golf Courses in the World come from me. I hope you enjoy and you can always check the sources!

1. Cypress Point

Location: Pebble Beach, California, USA

Par/length: 72 / 6509 yards

Tel: +1 831 624 6444

Website: n/a

Green fee: Members only

Designer: Alister MacKenzie (1928)

Jutting out into the boiling Pacific, the par-3 16th hole at Cypress is one of the most photographed in golf. It’s also one of the most exclusive clubs in golf. Bob Hope, a doyen of the California golf circuit, once quipped: “One year they had a big membership drive at Cypress. They drove out 40 members.”

2. Pine Valley Golf Club

Location: Pine Valley, New Jersey, USA

Par/length: 70 / 7047 yards

Tel: +1 856 309 3203

Website: n/a

Green fee: Members only

Designer: George Crump/Harry Colt (1918)

One of the mainstays of any list of the world’s best courses, this private club near Philadelphia is a series of visually intimidating islands of greens, fairways and tees surrounded by sand, scrub, rough, woodland, water and steep drop-offs. Secluded by the pines, this club is a world of its own and steeped in history.

3. Pebble Beach Golf Links (tie)

Location: Pebble Beach, California, USA

Par/length: 72 / 6737 yards

Tel: +1 831 624 3811

Website: www.pebblebeach.com

Green fee: From $495

Designer: Jack Neville/Douglas Grant (1919)

TV pictures from this year’s US Open will lavish attention on Pebble’s iconic closing holes, but the real magic is to be found on the front nine. The most spectacular holes are five to eight, which are on the promontory between Stillwater Cove and the Pacific. For most visitors, though, it’s about the final two holes, scene of so many major moments (Watson’s chip-in, Nicklaus’ 1-iron flag-clatter). Is it worth the stupendous green fee? Yes, just once.

3. Augusta National (tie)

Location: Augusta, Georgia, USA

Par/length: 72 / 7435 yards

Tel: +1 706 667 6000

Website: www.masters.com

Green fee: Members only

Designer: Alister MacKenzie/Bobby Jones (1933)

When Bobby Jones retired from golf in 1930, he and Clifford Roberts looked to build a golf club. They discovered a 365-acre former fruit nursery in Augusta, where flowering plants and trees were in abundance. Construction began in 1931, and the course opened in 1933. It hosted the Augusta National Invitation Tournament in 1934, which became the Masters in 1939. Now one of the most iconic courses in golf is, sadly, also one of the most private.

5. Royal County Down (tie)

Location: Newcastle, County Down, UK

Par/length: 71 / 7181 yards

Tel:  +44 2843 723 314

Website: www.royalcountydown.org

Green fee: £50-£180

Designer: Old Tom Morris (1889)

Every blade is perfectly manicured, but the layout feels untouched by human hands as it snakes through heather and gorse. Against a backdrop of the Mountains of Mourne, the links stretches along the shores of Dundrum Bay, zig-zagging back and forth to provide a different view from virtually every hole.

5. St Andrews, Old Course (tie)

Location: St Andrews, Fife, Scotland

Par/length: 72 / 6721 yards

Tel: +44 1334 466 666

Website: www.standrews.org.uk

Green Fee: £130

Designer: Mother nature

The Home of Golf, where the game was first played 600 years ago. Many visitors still say the place is an acquired taste, and it’s true you need to play it several times before you appreciate all the nuances – like the fact that the further right you go off the tee, towards the trouble, the easier your approach to the green. But it’s a ‘must play’.

7. Turnberry Ailsa

Location: Turnberry, Ayrshire, Scotland

Par/length: 70 / 7201 yards

Tel: +44 1655 334 032

Website: www.turnberry.co.uk

Green fee: £190 (twilight £90 from 3.10pm)

Designer: MacKenzie Ross (1949)

The course was showcased at its very best during last year’s Open, where TV cameras on cranes captured the setting beautifully. Most of the first 11 holes play by the sea to the lighthouse, before you turn back to face the imposing Ailsa Craig rock and the iconic white hotel. Tom Watson’s heroics last year merely cemented its reputation as Golf World’s No.1 course in Great Britain & Ireland.

Source: todaysgolfer.co.uk, telegraph.co.uk, golfcourseworld.co.uk, huffingtonpost.com, top100golfcourses.co.uk, ausgolf.co.au
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Top 7 Most Influent People under 40

The first time Fortune Magazine published this list was called “40 under 40”, and made reference to the top 40 richest people under 40 years old. Lately, they redid the ranking again, but these times they move the list from the richest to the most influent young people in the business world. So for our blog we picked the Top 7 of this year’s class of youthful movers and shakers. They’re innovating, they’re expanding, and they’re not really thinking about the recession.

1. Marc Andreessen

Co-founder, Netscape, Opsware, Ning, Andreessen Horowitz

Age: 39

Rank change: Up

Industry: Technology

Long before there was a Zuckerberg, Andreessen helped create the building blocks of the web; his Mosaic led to the first commercial browser. Andreessen faded from the scene for a time after Microsoft squashed Netscape, but he’s back now: A-list venture capitalist and director at Facebook, Skype, and Hewlett-Packard, where he served as the public face of the angry board in dismissing CEO Mark Hurd.

TV addiction: Mad Men. Andreessen had a bar installed in his new office and owns a record player that appeared on the show.

2. Mark Zuckerberg

Founder and CEO, Facebook

Age: 26

Rank change: Same

Industry: Technology

Even as Aaron Sorkin’s film, The Social Network, portrays a certain fictional Harvard dropout with a mean streak, the real Mark Zuckerberg has made good on his goals this year: Facebook will pull in more than $1 billion in revenue; he unveiled a suite of new social tools; and despite a privacy backlash, the number of active users has jumped to an almost unfathomable 500 million; Facebook has surpassed Google to become the most trafficked site on the web.

New friend: Last month he made a surprise $100 million donation to help Newark’s schools.

3. Evan Williams and Biz Stone

Co-founders, Twitter

Age: 38 and 36

Rank change: Up

Industry: Technology

With Twitter firmly entrenched in the cultural zeitgeist, its congenial odd-couple founders — Williams is the cerebral one, Stone the jokester — have been redesigning the site, pushing hard for revenue in the form of “sponsored tweet” ads, and beefing up management: Witness last month’s promotion of COO Dick Costolo to CEO. (Williams will step aside to focus on product strategy.) Could Twitter finally be growing up?

Friendly competition: Williams has 1.3 million followers; Stone has 1.6 million. (Says Williams: “He’s more famous, but I’m better at tweeting.”)

4. Raul Vazquez

President, Wal-Mart West

Age: 39

Rank change: Up

Industry: Retail

El Paso native Vazquez moved to San Francisco during the dotcom boom but ended up at an old giant, joining Walmart.com in 2002 and becoming its CEO in 2007. In January he was promoted to run all of Wal-Mart West, one of three U.S. divisions. Though the company doesn’t break out regional sales, total U.S. revenue last year was $258 billion, so it’s safe to say the Stanford engineer has a lot on his shoulders.

Arts appreciation: Vazquez likes the symphony and poetry.

5. Sergey Brin and Larry Page

Co-founders, Google

Age: Both 37

Rank change: Down

Industry: Technology

It’s been a year of compromise for Google’s golden boys: From the delicate deal they struck with China to remain in the market behemoth to a controversial proposal made with Verizon that would let companies pay for faster content delivery, critics are starting to question the “do no evil” thing. At the same time, its core search business is slowing, the competition is gaining, and the company has yet to crack the social-media nut. Brin and Page are still worth about $30 billion collectively, and revenue grew 8.5% last year, but 2010 may go down as the year Google’s cracks started to show.

6. Aditya Mittal

CFO, ArcelorMittal

Age: 34

Rank change: Down

Industry: Industrial

The baby-faced CFO of the world’s largest steelmaker — founded by dad Lakshmi — helped cut the company’s debt 30% after orchestrating the company’s mega-takeover of Arcelor. Now Mittal is focused on driving growth in hot markets like Brazil, India, and China. This year he helped retool his company’s strategy in India, where the steel market is expected to triple by 2020.

Side deals: Mittal is on the board of PPR; earlier this year his wife bought bankrupt luxury-fashion brand Escada. Says Mittal: “I told her to pursue it like no tomorrow

7. Pony Ma Huateng

Founder and CEO, Tencent

Age: 39

Rank change: Up

Industry: Technology

One of China’s richest — and perhaps most reclusive — business moguls, Ma is the founder of Tencent, the country’s biggest Internet company by market capitalization. Ma created the instant-messaging platform QQ in 1999; today it has more than 500 million active users. He has demonstrated a canny knack for figuring out what China’s youth wants — and what they’ll pay for — leveraging Tencent’s massive QQ user base to also sell gaming and push e-commerce.

Growth rate: Revenue in the first six months of this year hit $1.3 billion, up 65% from 2009.

Source: Fortune
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