Top 7 World’s Least Visited Countries

Top 7 World’s Least Visited Countries

This is new for out Top 7 list. For the first time, we are publishing a post ranking something from the bottom. In this particular post we will list 7 very interesting touristic destinations, but for  some reason not visited. If you are still looking for that paradisaical place where to spend a very calm vacation, maybe these places are a good alternative. Take a trip to any of these places, and it’s a fair bet you won’t see too many umbrella-wielding tour guides… make that, in many cases, none.

7. São Tome and Principe

Sao Tome and Principe

Location: Gulf of Guinea, off the western equatorial coast of Central Africa

Tourists per year: 12 000

Why people don’t go: Largely because no one’s heard of it. São Tome and Principe is arguably the one country on this list with the most potential – there are direct flights from Lisbon, and the island nation doesn’t have nearly as many problems as most African countries.

Why it’s worth visiting: A very relaxed island lifestyle, great diving and snorkelling, wildlife-heavy jungle trekking and cute fishing villages make for a seemingly endearing mix. If Cape Verde can become popular, there’s no reason that São Tome and Principe can’t.

6. Turkmenistan

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Location: Central Asia

Tourists per year: 8 000

Why people don’t go: The bonkers dictator Saparmurat Niyazov has departed the scene after years of closing hospitals, naming months after his mum and building absurd golden statues, but Turkmenistan is hardly welcoming or friendly. Visas are a pain, independent travel is a no-no and most things seem designed to frustrate.

Why it’s worth visiting: Colourful canyons and black sand deserts are part of it. Jump through the requisite hoops, and Turkmenistan has a wild outbackish beauty.

5. Moldova

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Location: Eastern Europe

Tourists per year: 7 000

Why people don’t go: Moldova is the poorest country in Europe by a long chalk, and it shows in the grim concrete jungle that is its capital city, Chisinau. There are reasonable flight connections and entry is painless in terms of visas – the problem is that it’s not really on any logical tour route, and you’d have to be pretty determined to come here to see Moldova alone.

Why it’s worth visiting: Moldovan wine is surprisingly good and the extraordinary Cricova complex is home to the largest wine cellar in the world – you have to drive around the underground vino maze. Meanwhile, Chisinau may be ugly as sin, but it knows how to have a good time – you may even see members of Zdob si Zdub (pictured), Moldova’s entry in the Eurovision Song Contest this year, walking the streets.

4. Marshall Islands

Marshall Islands

Location: Middle of the Pacific Ocean

Tourists per year: 6 000

Why people don’t go: The Marshall Islands are best known for the unfortunate atolls that became atomic testing sites, but isolation and lack of connections to the rest of the world are the main reasons for the paltry visitor numbers.

Why it’s worth visiting: You’ve got all your languid Pacific island paradise cliches here – lagoons, laidback locals, plenty of coral and some tremendous diving spots.

3. Tajikistan

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Location: Central Asia

Tourists per year: 4 000

Why people don’t go: The big problem for Tajikistan is being so far away from anywhere else most people would want to go to – the country can hardly be tagged on as a side trip. Throw in one of the world’s most eye-gougingly bureaucratic visa application processes, and it’s obvious why hardly anyone bothers.

Why it’s worth visiting: Tajikistan has some of the world’s best walking. Spectacular mountain scenery is coupled with plenty of Silk Road history and cultural influences from Islam, Christianity, Hinduism and Buddhism.

 2. Kiribati

Kiribati

Location: Central tropical Pacific Ocean

Tourists per year: 3 900

Why people don’t go: Kiribati is really hard work just to travel to. Part of the problem is working out which bit to visit. A map of Kiribati looks like someone has sprinkled confetti across a vast swathe of the Pacific Ocean, meaning getting between islands can be as tough as getting to them in the first place.

Why it’s worth visiting: Christmas Island got some publicity in 1999 when it was the first place in the world to welcome in the new millennium. It’s also renowned as one of the world’s best fishing and diving destinations.

 1. Tuvalu

Tuvalu

Location: Pacific Ocean, midway between Australia and Hawaii

Tourists per year: 1 100

Why people don’t go: Tuvalu is just a tiny nipple of land poking up above the South Pacific, and it’s predicted to be the first country to vanish beneath the waves when global warming pushes sea-levels high enough. It’s also very difficult to get to – you’re looking at sporadic, expensive flights from Fiji.

Why it’s worth visiting: Tuvalu does have eye-candy, in the form of very pretty lagoons. What to do when you get bored of snorkelling in them is another matter.

Source: MSN
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Top 7 Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30

Forbes magazine just launched a new (and very interesting) list: The Best Paid Celebrities Under 30. At a time in life when many people are struggling to find their way, these 20 celebrities have already become multimillionaires. We estimate that together they brought in $667 million between May 2010 and May 2011. It is interesting that someone from the city where I’m living now made the list, and someone who still is “under age” legally speaking. Check the Top 7 Best-Paid Celebrities Under 30:

7. Cristiano Ronaldo

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Age: 26

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $38 million

The Real Madrid star is using social media to expand his brand, which makes him more attractive to current sponsorship partners like Nike, Castrol, Clear Shampoo and Banco Espirito Santo. Ronaldo has racked up 25 million Facebook fans, more than twice as many as any other athlete. He also has nearly 3 million Twitter followers.

6. Katy Perry

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Age: 26

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $44 million

The “I Kissed a Girl” singer married actor Russell Brand in a traditional Hindu ceremony in India in October. Perry’s album Teenage Dream, released in August, boasted four chart-topping singles making it one of only nine albums to accomplish that feat in the Billboard Hot 100’s 52-year history. No stranger to business, Perry shills for Proactiv, Adidas and Ubisoft, and has her own perfume line, Purr.

5. Taylor Swift

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Age: 21

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $45 million

Whether you consider her music country, pop or both, there’s no question that Swift is a moneymaking machine. Her new album Speak Now was certified triple-platinum barely a month after its October release. Touring brings gross ticket sales of some $750,000 per night. Just don’t break her heart: scathing love ballad “Dear John” was rumored to be directed at former flame John Mayer.

4. Roger Federer

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Age: 29

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $47 million

Arguably the greatest tennis player ever, the Federer era may be nearing its end. He has been passed by both Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic in the rankings. Federer still commands the most impressive endorsement portfolio in all of sports with 10 major deals including Nike, Credit Suisse, Rolex and Wilson. He was the only one of Gillette’s original 3 “Champions” to have his deal renewed this year as the brand dropped Tiger Woods and Thierry Henry.

3. LeBron James

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Age: 26

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $48 million

James’ reputation took a hit last summer when he announced he was leaving the Cleveland Cavaliers for the Miami Heat on a national televised special dubbed “The Decision.” His negative Q score soared 77%. Despite the animosity, James continues to be a hot ticket. His jersey was the NBA’s best seller this season and he has the No. 1 basketball shoe on the market. In April, James partnered with Fenway Sports Group to manage his business interests. As part of the deal James received a very small stake in the FSG-owned soccer club Liverpool.

2. Justin Bieber

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Age: 17

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $53 million

Though he may not know where Germany is, the cherubic crooner has attained international superstardom: his new album My Life 2.0 quickly attained platinum status, his concert movie Never Say Never grossed $100 million globally and Bieber’s live shows around the world bring in $600,000 in gross ticket sales per night. The music video for Bieber’s hit song “Baby” has been viewed a YouTube record 500 million times.

1. Lady Gaga

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Age: 25

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $90 million

Sometimes it pays to be weird. The Queen Monster grossed $170 million on 137 shows in 22 countries over the past 12 months and has sold an estimated 15 million albums worldwide. No surprise that advertisers want a piece: endorsement deals include Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable, Viva Glam and PlentyOfFish.com. A Russian billionaire reportedly paid $1 million to appear in her “Alejandro” video.

 

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Celebrities in 2011

Back in February 2011 we published the list for the Top 7 Celebrities in 2010, listing the most powerful people in the entertainment business last year. As usual, Oprah Winfrey was the number 1 celebrity last year, but now things are different. Maybe because she is loosing popularity, or because this is the last year she runs the show (her last show was actualy on May 25, 2011), she did not make the top place for this years list. Another interesting thing about this years list is that an underage celebrity made the Top 3, and a British Sir is also on it!

1. Lady Gaga

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $90 million

Age: 25

Title: Singer and performance artist

Source: Music

Big Break: Poker Face, 2008

Residence: New York, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: New York, NY

Education: Dropout, New York University

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#1 Celebrity 100

#8 in Money

#3 in TV/Radio

#2 in Press

#1 in Social

#1 in Web

#7 Powerful Women

Sometimes it pays to be weird. The Queen Monster grossed $170 million on 137 shows in 22 countries over the past 12 months and has sold an estimated 15 million albums worldwide. No surprise that advertisers want a piece: endorsement deals include Polaroid, Virgin Mobile, Monster Cable, Viva Glam and PlentyOfFish.com. A Russian billionaire reportedly paid $1 million to appear in her “Alejandro” video. Her new album, Born This Way, hit stores in May; the title track clocked one million downloads in five days, making it the fastest-selling song in iTunes history.

2. Oprah Winfrey

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $290 million

Age: 57

Title: Media Personality

Organization: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Source: television , self-made

Big Break: The Oprah Winfrey Show, 1986

Residence: Chicago, IL

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: Kosciusko, MS

Education: BA/BS, Tennessee State University

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#2 Celebrity 100

#1 in Money

#1 in TV/Radio

#7 in Press

#13 in Social

#13 in Web

#420 Forbes Billionaires

#135 in United States

#130 Forbes 400

#64 Powerful People

#3 Powerful Women

As her long-running syndicated show winds down, Winfrey is doing all she can to make her new cable station, OWN, a success. The network features shows like The Judds about the mother daughter country music team. Ratings so far have been anemic leading to the ouster of chief executive Christina Norman.

3. Justin Bieber

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $53 million

Age: 17

Source: Music

Big Break: Baby, 2010

Hometown: Stratford, Canada

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#3 Celebrity 100

#24in Money

#4in TV/Radio

#8in Press

#3in Social

#2in Web

Though he may not know where Germany is, the cherubic crooner has attained international superstardom: his new album My Life 2.0 quickly attained platinum status, his concert movie Never Say Never grossed $100 million globally and Bieber’s live shows around the world bring in $600,000 in gross ticket sales per night. The music video for Bieber’s hit song “Baby” has been viewed a YouTube record 500 million times.

4. U2

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $195 million

Band Age: 35

Big Break: Sunday Bloody Sunday, 1983

Hometown: Dublin, Ireland

Forbes Lists:

#4 Celebrity 100

#2 in Money

#59 in TV/Radio

#10 in Press

#17 in Social

#16 in Web

The ageless rockers are wrapping up the most lucrative tour in the history of music. In April the group’s 360 Tour surpassed the Rolling Stones’ Bigger Bang Tour, which grossed $554 million from 2005 to 2007. By the time U2’s tour ends this summer, the band will have sold $700 million worth of tickets over two years and played to more than 7 million people.

5. Elton John

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $100 million

Age: 64

Source: Music

Big Break: Your Song, 1970

Hometown: Pinner, England

Marital Status: Married

Children: 1

Forbes Lists:

#5 Celebrity 100

#7 in Money

#18 in TV/Radio

#19 in Press

#54 in Social

#28 in Web

Sir Elton has sold 250 million records worldwide over the past 30 years and isn’t slowing down, he grossed $204 million performing 102 live shows in the past 12 months. The Rocket Man still has time for family. With partner David Furnish, he welcomed surrogate son Zachary in 2010. Lady Gaga is the tyke’s godmother.

6. Tiger Woods

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $75 million

Age: 35

Source: Golf

Big Break: Masters, 1997

Country of citizenship: United States

Hometown: Cypress, CA

Education: Dropout, Stanford University

Marital Status: Divorced

Children: 2

Forbes Lists:

#6 Celebrity 100

#14 in Money

#6 in TV/Radio

#5 in Press

#38 in Social

#40 in Web

Woods has struggled to win tournaments and sign new sponsorship deals since his November 2009 car crash and the infidelity scandal that followed. Yet Woods continues to be the world’s best-paid athlete thanks to $3 million overseas appearance fees and two sponsors that stuck with him: Nike and Electronic Arts. First week sales this spring of EA Sports’ Tiger Woods PGA Tour 12: The Masters were the highest in the 14-year history of the popular video game franchise.

7. Taylor Swift

Earnings (from May 2010 to May 2011): $45 million

Age: 21

Source: Music

Big Break: “Tim McGraw,” 2006

Hometown: Wyomissing, PA

Marital Status: Single

Forbes Lists:

#7 Celebrity 100

#33 in Money

#14 in TV/Radio

#45 in Press

#6 in Social

#6 in Web

Whether you consider her music country, pop or both, there’s no question that Swift is a moneymaking machine. Her new album Speak Now was certified triple-platinum barely a month after its October release. Touring brings gross ticket sales of some $750,000 per night. Just don’t break her heart: scathing love ballad “Dear John” was rumored to be directed at former flame John Mayer.

Source: Forbes

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Top 7 World Biggest Givers

It is good to see (and is now becoming very popular), that some of the richest people in the World are also the biggest givers as philanthropists. It seems that once your reach the top of your career and amassed a large amount of money, this is the normal (and very nice next move). According to Forbes, there are 19 people that donated at least $1 billion each to charities or foundations (some of them already gave away more money than what they are worth today). From that list, these are the Top 7  Biggest Givers in the World. We hope that many other people find causes inspiring enough to keep this list growing, not only in money but also in number of members:

1. Bill Gates

Country: U.S.

Donations: $28 billion

Net worth: $56 billion

Early on Gates dabbled in different areas, giving money to Harvard’s computer science department, libraries, pilot high schools and local Seattle charities. His giving really took off in 1999, when he funded his family foundation with $16 billion in Microsoft stock. Since then, with further contributions from Gates and pal Warren Buffett, the foundation has become the preeminent philanthropic institution in the world. Among its main initiatives: It will spend $10 billion over the next 10 years on vaccines. In the U.S., education–teacher training in particular–is its main project.

2. Warren Buffett

Country: U.S.

Donations: $8.3 billion

Net worth: $50 billion

For many years Buffett insisted he would give all his money away at his death, but not before. He had a change of heart, and in 2006 made a pledge to give more than $30 billion over 20 years to the Gates Foundation. In 2010 he turned over $1.9 billion. Perhaps even more notably, he teamed with Gates last year to create the Giving Pledge, which has signed up 69 wealthy individuals and families to commit to giving the majority of their wealth to philanthropy.

3. George Soros

Country: U.S.

Donations: $8 billion

Net worth: $14.5 billion

An eclectic giver has doled out $8 billion since 1979, backing causes as diverse as clean-needle clinics in California and scientific research in Russia to helping the Roma, or Gypsies, in Eastern Europe. Through his Open Society, he has given $1.7 billion to human rights causes and to help promote democracy. Another $1.6 billion has gone to education.

4. Gordon Moore

Country: U.S.

Donations: $6.8 billion

Net worth: $4 billion

The Intel cofounder and former CEO handed over $6 billion in stock to the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in 2000. The foundation focuses on science, environmental conservation and nursing education. The last category was the brainchild of Moore’s wife’s Betty, who once received the wrong injection from a nurse in the hospital. Moore is also partially funding the construction of the world’s biggest telescope; it’s in Hawaii, where he lives part-time.

5. Carlos Slim Helú

Country: Mexico

Donations: $4 billion

Net worth: $74 billion

World’s richest man has publicly stated that he feels more good can be done from creating jobs than from band-aid charitable giving. Yet it turns out he gave $2 billion, mostly from dividends, to his Carlos Slim Foundation in 2006, and $2 billion in 2010. Most of its programs are focused on digital education and health. A $100 million gift to the Clinton Initiative project is helping pay for 50 000 cataract surgeries in Peru. With the Gates Foundation and the government of Spain, it’s spending $150 million on nutrition and disease prevention in Central America.

6. George Kaiser

Country: U.S.

Donations: $4 billion

Net worth: $9.8 billion

“It is the government’s responsibility to ensure at birth that every child has the same opportunity. But that is a hoax at this point,” says Kaiser. “With what we know, it is morally offensive not to act.” Tulsa’s wealthiest man has acted by funding his George Kaiser Family Foundation with $4 billion over the past decade. It spends millions a year on medical clinics across Tulsa, helping women get off drugs, improving Tulsa’s public schools, and developing early childhood education centers. His National Energy Policy Institute investigates ways to wean the U.S. off foreign oil.

7. Eli Broad

Country: U.S.

Donations: $2.6 billion

Net worth: $5.8 billion

Broad, who made two fortunes, first as a homebuilder and later in the insurance-annuities industry, has lately been focused on philanthropy. He has tried to reform public education by giving awards to individual educators. Last year he got approval to build a museum in Los Angeles. His foundation also helps fund medical research; it has given more than half a billion dollars for a stem cell research institute at Harvard and M.I.T.

Source: Forbes
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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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Top 7 Highest Paid F1 Drivers in 2011

Back in the “golden days” of Michael Schumacher, I read somewhere that he was close to be the first F1 driver to become a billionaire. Now that these “golden days” are gone and that he retired and came back, now that other athletes are more “mediatic” and make lots of money (check our Top 7 Highest Paid Athletes in 2010 post), it would be nice to check how the F1 drivers are doing these days, regarding the amount of money they made. Accordingly to this last week’s issue of Portuguese magazine Auto Hoje, quoting the German sports news agency Sid, here you can find the Top 7 Highest Paid F1 Drivers. Surprisingly and despite he is not doing very much after he came back, Michael Schumacher is still in the top list, but he is not the highest paid driver. For this list, we consider how much they make in total, including salary and sponsors.

1. Fernando Alonso

2011 salary: €28 million

Team: Ferrari

Nationality: Spanish

Date of birth: July 29, 1981

2. Michael Schumacher

2011 salary: €18 million

Team: Mercedes GP

Nationality: German

Date of birth: January 3, 1969

3. Sebastian Vettel (tie)

2011 salary: €15 million

Team: Red Bull Racing

Nationality: German

Date of birth: July 3, 1987

3. Lewis Hamilton (tie)

2011 salary: €15 million

Team: McLaren

Nationality: British

Date of birth: January 7, 1985

5. Felipe Massa

2011 salary: €14 million

Team: Ferrari

Nationality: Brazilian

Date of birth: April 25, 1981

6. Jenson Button

2011 salary: €12 million

Team: McLaren

Nationality: British

Date of birth: January 19, 1980

7. Nico Rosberg

2011 salary: €10 million

Team: Mercedes GP

Nationality: German

Date of birth: June 27, 1985

Source: autohoje.com, f1.com, planetf1.com
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