Top 7 Highest Paid Football Earners in 2011

Last January we published a post indicating the Top 7 Highest Football Players in 2010, in which we listed the highest paid footballers considering the salaries they earn from their clubs. In this case we go further, including for this post not only football players but also their coaches, and considering also what the make from their sponsors. Unfortunately, this Top 7 list will be limited for the players, since the highest paid coach (Jose Mourinho) makes “only” €13.5 million euros and didn’t make the cut for the list…

1. Lionel Messi

Team: FC Barcelona

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €31 million

2. Cristiano Ronaldo

Team: Real Madrid

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €27.5 million

3. Wayne Rooney

Team: Manchester United

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €20.7 million

4. Kaka

Team: Real Madrid

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €19.2 million

5. David Beckham

Team: LA Galaxy

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €19 million

6. Ronaldinho

Team: Flamengo

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): € 18.3 million

7. Carlos Tevez

Team: Manchester City

2011 salary (including sponsorship deals): €15.4 million

Source: France Football, Eurosport
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Top 7 Airports for Shopping

Now we are back to one of our favorites topics: Airports. How many times have you spent in an airports with a lot of time to spend and nothing to do? If you want to do some shopping, I hope you are in one of these airports. Here we have the list for the Top 7 Airports for Shopping:

1. Amsterdam (AMS)

Travelers are hard-pressed to stay bored for long at Amsterdam’s Schiphol Airport (AMS), which claims the first-ever airport library, a full-fledged casino, and a branch of the prestigious Rijksmuseum showcasing Dutch masterpieces. Among the layover offerings are the bank of stores, many of them accessible to everyone via the pre-security Plaza Schiphol (located between all gates) and affordable enough to keep shoppers squarely within their vacation budgets. H&M, showcasing their European line (Arrivals 2), and Mexx (Arrivals 3) supply on-trend, wallet-friendly apparel, while Nike (Arrivals 3) and Crocs (Arrivals 4) give road-weary travelers an excuse to change into a new pair of kicks for the ride home. Amsterdam-based Paolo Salatto supplies upscale dress shoes and heels, leather goods and accessories, and men’s apparel at its three airport locations (Paolo Salatto Luxury Leather Goods in Arrivals 2, and Paolo Salatto Menswear and Paolo Salatto Shoes in Arrivals 3). Appropriately in this city renowned for its vibrant, springtime tulips, Aviflora (Arrivals 2), BLOEM! (Arrivals 4), and Fleurtiek (Plaza Schiphol), each hawk freshly cut blooms, bouquets, and even seeds and bulbs, for souvenirs that last long after the vacation ends. Keep an eye out for seasonal markdowns on big-ticket items like electronics and designer accessories in the See Buy Fly Shop just past security (case in point, the shop slashed prices of Missoni scarves by 40 percent last February).

2. Dubai (DXB)

Dubai Duty Free, or DDF in short, opened its shiny glass doors in Dubai’s International Airport (DXB) in 1983, and is the world’s single largest duty-free operation. The 24-hour tax-free mecca houses over 30 superstores offering a range of quality brands at discounted rates (shoppers can expect to pay anywhere between 10 and 50 percent less here than at city retailers), while its multi-lingual staff and sleek glass-and-steel design have garnered over 70 international awards. The contemporary space is easy to navigate though it spans a whopping 161,000 square feet across three terminals (imagine an additional 58,000 square feet when the airport’s new concourse opens in 2012). Expect the best in designer fashion — Giorgio Armani, Calvin Klein, Hugo Boss, Ralph Lauren, Hermès, Cartier — and wine by way of Emporium, a plush lounge and liquor store in Terminal 3, or Le Clos, offering a collection of fine French vintages, also in Terminal 3. Although international fragrances are DDF’s top sellers, local Middle-Eastern perfumes like the woody Amouage, packaged in ornate bottles, are climbing the ranks as hot-ticket items. Gold is also extremely popular with airport shoppers who take advantage of the value pricing for pieces like 20-karat chain necklaces and bracelets. Lucky spenders may also leave with up to $2 million or a pricey sports car, thanks to the airport’s famous monthly drawings and giveaways. The more travelers spend airport shopping, the more raffle tickets they receive (raffle tickets may also be purchased individually). DDF stores accept Euros, United States Dollars, British Pounds, GCC Dinars, and Arab Emirates Dirhams.

3. Frankfurt (FRA)

Frankfurt International Airport is the largest airport in continental Europe and with 250 businesses and 60 different stores (many with multiple airport locations) boasts the shopping to match. Most flights from the U.S. arrive at the airport’s larger Terminal 1, which is where you’ll find the broadest selection of stores, from luxury brands like Etro and Hermès to American favorites like Levi’s and Timberland. Look out for SØR, a Germany-based high-end chain stocking brands like Lacoste and Gant; Pfüller Kidskonzept, for upscale clothes and toys for kids; and Porsche Design, a subsidiary of the car company that offers design-centric briefcases, watches, and even cell phones. Once past security, take advantage of duty-free shopping on the likes of Burberry, Ferragamo, and Swarovski. And if your layover in Frankfurt doesn’t leave sufficient time for retail therapy, you can purchase any item from duty-free online up to 12 hours before your flight then pick it up at the airport.

4. Hong Kong (HKG)

Consistently ranked among the world’s best airports overall, Hong Kong International Airport (HKG) gets high marks for design, passenger flow, accessibility, and its superlative offerings for dining, entertainment (3-D theater or round of golf, anyone?), and, best of all, shopping. Given Hong Kong proper’s standing as a standout shopping destination, it’s only fitting that its transit hub would cater to commerce for the more than 50 million passengers who circulate here annually. Airport shoppers flock mainly to the some 160 shops and 40 restaurants of Terminal 1’s (T1’s) Skymart, considered one of the best shopping malls in the city, and a destination in its own right. Predictably, the requisite duty-free shops are on offer, as are plenty of electronics and gadgets stores, but most appealing are the big-name designer boutiques like Burberry, Chanel, Coach, and Versace that turn over in the halls of T1 like the boutiques on Fifth Avenue. In fact, the pioneering airport was the first to debut the likes of Prada and Tiffany and beauty outlets like Giorgio Armani Cosmetics and Kiehl’s. What’s more, airport shoppers can enjoy the peace of mind of a “downtown pricing guarantee,” which ensures that airport pricing remains in line with downtown Hong Kong pricing. Download the nifty iPhone app from the airport’s website to help navigate all of the airport’s shopping, dining, and entertainment venues.

5. Johannesburg (ORTIA)

Shopping in South Africa is a treat for craft lovers, objet d’art collectors, bargain shoppers, and souvenir junkies — and thankfully Johannesburg’s O.R. Tambo International Airport (ORTIA) has it all, with a microcosmic collection of the country’s best swag. Editors recently flying out of Jo’burg were pleasantly surprised that the airport merchandise was by and large the same quality crafts found at shops and markets throughout South Africa, and that prices were also comparable (minus the added discounts one can score by bargaining elsewhere in the country). The best airport shops for artsy hand-made goods and home décor — think wooden animal figurines, hand-tooled leather accessories, painted ceramics, and animal-skin rugs — are Indaba and Out of Africa (Terminal A, Duty Free Mall), while Big Five Duty Free (Terminal A) busts with fine jewelry, cosmetics, tobacco, and booze. Be sure to pick up a bottle of South African wine or creamy Amarula liqueur, made from South Africa’s own Marula tree fruit. Plus, ORTIA just underwent a major expansion to prepare for the 2010 FIFA World Cup so travelers can expect a gleaming new international pier with an expanded duty-free mall and new mezzanine lounges. Get the scoop on special sales and promotions before you go by checking out Airport Shopping Safari South Africa ( and get a head start on duty-free shopping via the online store (

6. London (LHR)

Take 84 plus stores, from the ritzy (Gucci, Escada, Dior, Cartier) to the essential (Harrods, Dixons Travel, World Duty Free) and 67 million passing travelers annually, and what do you get? Over a billion in shopping sales per year. Well, at least that’s the formula at London’s Heathrow International Airport (LHR), the third busiest international airport in the world. Even UK knitwear shop Pringle of Scotland has twice the amount of sales per square foot at its small store in Terminal 3 than at its boutiques in central London. In 2008, Heathrow welcomed iconic British department store Harrods in all five terminals — the largest is the two-floor superstore in Terminal 5. Most airport shops are located after security and big-name brands like Burberry and Montblanc have locations in several terminals so no matter where you’re flying, you’re bound to hit at least a few favorites (speaking of favorites, there’s a Jimmy Choo store in Terminal 4). Look out for British designer shops like Kurt Geiger (Terminals 3 and 5), L.K. Bennet (Terminals 1 and 4), and Mulberry (Terminals 1, 3, 4, and 5). Weary travelers can fit in some R&R between shopping sprees in Terminal 5. There’s spa Be Relax, Bar 5, a chic cocktail lounge with some 300 colorful fiber-optic tubes suspended from the ceiling, and gourmet eatery Gordon Ramsay Plane Food.

7. Portland (PDX)

In many ways Portland International Airport is a reflection of the quirky city in which it is found. PDX eschews the rows of luxury boutiques and banal duty-free outlets in favor of local and regional retailers. Be sure to check out the outposts for the famous Portland-based Powell’s Books (Oregon Market, pre-security; Concourse C and D, post-security) and regional women’s-wear retailer cc McKenzie Shoes & Apparel (Oregon Market and Concourse C, pre- and post-security), as well as stores for hometown brands Nike and Columbia Sportswear (Oregon Market). A great souvenir to bring home is a bottle of beer from one of the city’s 36 breweries — pick one up at the Made in Oregon store (Oregon Market; Concourse C and D), along with regional wines and other local products. A double boon for airport shoppers: PDX guarantees prices are no higher than what you’d find at downtown stores, and the state has no sales tax. If you need to grab a quick bite before your flight, try Portland favorites like Rose’s Restaurant and Bakery (Concourse D), Laurelwood Brewing Co. (Concourse A and E), or the Flying Elephants Deli, featuring local Stumptown Coffee (Oregon Market). Unwind prior to takeoff at the new Dragontree Day Spa (Concourse C and D), a local full-service spa which opened in 2010. And if you plan on biking around town like a resident, stop by the airport bike assembly and repair station (lower terminal roadway), also opened in 2010, to speedily assemble and disassemble your wheels before and after your flight.

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Top 7 Most Expensive Domain Names

A good friend of this site invited us to make a post about this topic. It seems that have entered, last month, the Guinness Book of Records for being the most expensive domain name already sold, at $13 million. But after doing some research about this topic, we found that this is not the highest price already paid for a domain name…


Price: $16 million

Year: 2009

Domain name bought by QuinStreet, making it possibly the largest ever sale of a domain name, usurping It was originally acquired by for $1.6 million in December 2001. The website provides life, car and health insurance quotes among others.


Price: $13 million

Year: 2010

The name was first registered in 1994 when the Internet was in its infancy by founder Gary Kremen. Two years later, he lost ownership of the domain to conman Stephen Cohen, who fraudulently obtained the name by forging a letter to Network Solutions, the registrar, in which he claimed Kremen’s company no longer wanted it.

The registrar believed Cohen and transferred ownership to him without consulting Kremen. Following a lengthy legal battle, a California court sided with Kremen and ordered Cohen to pay $65 million in damages in 2001, and transfer the name back to Kremen. That amount increased to $82 million after Cohen fled to Tijuana, Mexico, where he was arrested four years later.

Kremen eventually sold the domain to Escom LLC in 2006 for $11.5 million, but the company was forced to put the name up for auction in June 2010 when it went bankrupt.

The high bidder was Clover Holdings, a company reportedly registered in the Caribbean island of St. Vincent. The sale was finalized in November 2010.


Price: $9.99 million

Year: 2008

Publicly traded Internet company that operates in the financial services. Provides information on investment fund options, gives expert opinion and lets users build portfolios. There is some dispute as to whether or holds the record for the highest price web domain.


Price: $9.5 million

Year: 2007

Pretty self-explanatory.

5. (tie)

Price: $7.5 million

Year: 1999

Business search engine and web directory founded in 1999 by Jake Winebaum, a previous chairman of the Walt Disney Internet Group, and Sky Dayton, founder of Earthlink. In July 2007, the company, was sold to Yellow Pages publisher RH Donnelly for $345 million.

5. (tie)

Price: $7.5 million

Year: 2006

Not to be confused with the car insurance company, quite simply sells diamond jewelry. Bought by online jewelry retailer


Price: $7 million

Year: 2004

A search engine for beer, beer brewing, tasting, beer news, history of beer and drinking games.

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Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2011

Last week we actualized the list for the richest people in the world with our Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2011 post. Now is time to actualize another very interesting list. It i interesting to note that the Facebook phenomenon brought to the world, including 3 people in our list. Lets check the Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2011:

1. Dustin Moskovitz

Net worth: $2.7 billion

Age: 26

Source: Facebook, self-made

Residence: San Francisco, CA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 420

The world’s youngest billionaire, Dustin Moskovitz was Mark Zuckerberg’s Harvard roommate and Facebook’s third employee. He is just 8 days younger than his friend. The two dropped out of Harvard and moved to California to work for the social-networking firm full-time; he was its first chief technology officer and then vice president of engineering. He left in 2008 to start Asana, a software company that allows individuals and small companies to better collaborate. Values of his new company: “pragmatism,” “being a mensch,” “admitting when you’re wrong,” and “chill-ness.” Reportedly sold around a 1% stake in Facebook last year but held onto an estimated 5% in the company, whose value has soared to $50 billion, based on the recent Goldman Sachs transaction. Moskovitz signed onto the Giving Pledge in December; a photo of him and his live-in girlfriend Cari Tuna, a Wall Street Journal reporter who apparently will help him identify causes, accompanied his pledge letter.

2. Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $13.5 billion

Age: 26

Title: Founder

Organization: Facebook

Source: Facebook, self-made

Residence: Palo Alto, CA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 52

You say you want a revolution? Mark Zuckerberg’s Facebook was a key spark in the spread and organization of the recent revolts in Tunisia, Egypt, Yemen and Libya. Back home President Obama praised Facebook as an example of American innovation in his January State of the Union Address. A month later Zuckerberg sat next to Obama at a dinner with other tech titans like Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt, Larry Ellison and John Doerr. Over the last year the 26-year-old’s fortune surged 238% to $13.5 billion as investments from firms like Goldman Sachs boosted Facebook’s valuation to $50 billion. “The Social Network,” a fictionalized film of Facebook’s creation, further thrust Zuck & Co. into the spotlight and earned an Oscar for best adapted screenplay.

3. Albert von Thurn und Taxis

Net worth: $2 billion

Age: 27

Source: Diversified, inherited

Residence: Regensburg, Germany

Country of citizenship: Germany

Education: BA/BS, University of Edinburgh; MA, University of Edinburgh

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 595

First appeared in Forbes’ ranks at age 8 but officially inherited fortune in June 2001 on his 18th birthday. Went to high school in Rome; in June 2008 received an M.A. in economics and theology from the University of Edinburgh in Scotland. But this prince hardly needs to earn his keep. Assets include real estate, art and a tech company and 30,000 hectares of woodland in Germany, one of the largest forest holdings in Europe. Despite local opposition is apparently going ahead with plans to build one of the world’s largest solar farms in Bavaria, southern Germany, to sell electricity. Lives in family castle, Schloss Emmeram. Eligible bachelor is also a race car driver; tours with a German auto-racing league.

4. Scott Duncan

Net worth: $3.1 billion

Age: 28

Source: pipelines, inherited

Residence: Houston, TX

Country of citizenship: United States

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 362

Son of the late Dan Duncan assumed control of part of his $12.4 billion pipeline empire after father’s death in March 2010 at age 77. Houston’s richest man at the time of his death, Dan Duncan grew up poor, starting energy company Enterprise Products with 2 trucks in 1968. Today it owns more than 49,000 miles of pipelines.

5. Eduardo Saverin

Net worth: $1.6 billion

Age: 28

Source: Facebook, self-made

Residence: Singapore

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Harvard University

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 782

Immortalized in the movie, The Social Network, which portrayed him being betrayed by his onetime best friend Mark Zuckerberg. After its release, published a piece about his reaction to the movie: “What I gleaned from viewing (the movie) was bigger and more important than whether the scenes and details included in the script were accurate.” The buddies started Facebook together at Harvard, with Saverin apparently providing early seed money. For a brief time he had a one-third stake, which then fell to 30% when Zuckerberg’s roommate, Dustin Moskovitz, joined. When the others dropped out of school to relocate to California, Saverin stayed behind. A year later Facebook sued him for allegedly interfering with business and insisting on keeping a 30% stake; Saverin countersued. The parties settled, with Saverin apparently getting a 5% stake and a co-founder bio on Facebook’s site. A source tells Forbes he’s been selling shares and now holds a reported 2%. In January, made rare news when he led an $8 million round of financing of Qwiki, a hot Silicon Valley startup, along with other high-profile investors Jawed Karim, co-founder of YouTube, and Pradeep Sindhu, co-founder of Juniper Networks. Last September, Qwiki won top prize at Internet startup conference TechCrunch Disrupt, putting it on the map for potential investors. Saverin had seen its demo at Disrupt over a livestream video in Singapore, where he currently resides, and reached out to Qwiki. Has public Facebook page, which he periodically updates. On it he says his activities are hurricane tracking and soccer; interests are digital media, the Internet revolution and happiness.

6. Yang Huiyan

Net worth: $4.1 billion

Age: 29

Source: real estate, inherited

Residence: Foshan, Guangdong, China

Country of citizenship: China

Education: BA/BS, Ohio State University

Marital Status: Married

Billionaire ranking: 265

Yang Huiyan is the main shareholder in Country Garden Holdings of Guangzhou, one of China’s largest property developers. The company’s chairman is Yang’s father, Yeung Kwok Keung, who transferred his holding to her before the company went public in Hong Kong in 2007. Wealth is up this year amid strong sales in 2010, owing to the company’s large land bank. Yang graduated from Ohio State University with a degree in marketing and logistics. According to Country Garden, she is primarily responsible for the formulation of development strategies. Rarely seen in public.

7. Fahd Hariri

Net worth: $1.5 billion

Age: 30

Source: construction, investments, inherited

Residence: Paris, France

Country of citizenship: Lebanon

Marital Status: Single

Billionaire ranking: 833

Youngest son of slain Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Hariri inherited stake in his father’s construction, telecom and real estate conglomerate Saudi Oger after his death in 2005. Serves on the board of family’s Future TV, a satellite and terrestrial television network covering the Middle East. Lives in Paris.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists (Late Night / Talk Syndication / Reality Shows)

A couple of weeks ago we published the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid Artists for TV Series, but as we said in that post, there are two main ways artists negotiate their salaries, according to the type of show: per episode (TV series) and per year (late night, talk syndication, reality shows). To complete our research on this topic, here we have the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artist in Late Night / Talk Syndication / Reality Shows.

At this point, it is important to mention that there are some TV News anchors and journalists that make more money than some of the people mentioned in this list, but since American TV News are not seen everywhere, we left these people out of our research.

1. Oprah Winfrey

Salary (per year): $315 million

TV show: The Oprah Show

Category: Talk Show

2. Judge Judy Sheindlin

Salary (per year): $45 million

TV show: Judge Judy

Category: Court Show

3. David Letterman

Salary (per year): $28 million

TV show: The Late Show

Category: Late Night Show

4. Jay Leno

Salary (per year): $25 million

TV show: The Tonight Show

Category: Late Night Show

5. Ryan Seacrest

Salary (per year): $15 million

TV show: American Idol

Category: Reality Show

6. Conan O’Brien

Salary (per year): $10 million

TV show: The Conan O’Brien Show

Category: Late Night Show

7. Ellen DeGeneres

Salary (per year): $8 million

TV show: The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Category: Talk Show

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