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 Best Beaches in the World

Looking for a place to do your next beach vacations? Here you can find some places you can visit!

Similar to what happened to the post regarding the Top 7 Best Golf Courses in the World, there are so many information about this topic that we decided in gather all the information and made our own ranking. We believe we came out we a reliable list, but you can always check some of the sources we used.

1. Fernando de Noronha, Brazil

Fernando De Noronha is one of the Unesco World Heritage Site as “the most beautiful marine park in the World”. Fernando De Noronha, is an archipelago of 21 islands and islets in the Atlantic Ocean, around 220 miles offshore from the Brazilian coast. It features some of the most magnificent beaches and the calm emerald waters are ideal for diving lovers. In fact, you can encounter some aquatic species such as dolphins, sea turtles and various types of fish. Fernando de Noronha is a thoroughly protected spot for its pristine environment which makes it a dream come true for nature enthusiasts.

2. Anse Source D’Argent, La Digue, Seychelles (tie)

This eternal paradise has been voted as the ‘best beach in the world’ by numerous travel shows around the world. It is also one of the most photographed beaches in the world thanks to its completely stunning beauty. This charming beach offers a natural wonder not often seen, so if you are looking for the ultimate beach experience, head to the Seychelles and prepare to be amazed.

2. Whitehaven, Whitsunday Islands, Queensland, Australia (tie)

There are dozens of candidates for the mantle of Australia’s best beach, but for picture-postcard, sheer drop-dead gorgeousness Whitehaven is pretty special. Imagine super-fine, white silica sand surrounded by warm, clear, azure waters sandwiched between tropical forest with various islands dotted around in the distance. Just make sure you come for longer than a day (the preferred option) as once the day cruisers have left you can walk around here or curl up under the shade of the forest and feel like you have this uninhabited piece of paradise all to yourself. It´s quite a trek getting to Whitehaven, the surf isn´t up to much and for half the year you have to wear a stinger suit to swim in the sea – but these are small prices to pay for such beauty. Sunglasses are a essential at this beach because the sand is really white.

Where to stay: The only way to stay near the beach is to camp: a permit is needed from Airlie Beach town on the mainland.

4. Boracay, Philippines (tie)

It’s no wonder why the Philippines is considered by so many one of the best places to travel to. The proof is in its picture-perfect beaches. Boracay is an island in the Philippines that located about 200 miles south of Manila and 2 kms from the northwest tip of Panay Island in the Visayas Region in Philippines. Boracay has become a favourite tourist destination because of its fine powdery white sand, clear warm water and lovely weather. Boracay is a vacationer’s haven! It’s the perfect place to forget your worries, relax and enjoy the natural, splendid scenery. In 1990, it was elected by the BMW Tropical Beach Handbook as one of the best beaches in the world and again in 1996 by the British publication TV Quick as the world’s number one tropical beach.

4. Lanikai Beach, Hawaii (tie)

Lanikai, which means “heavenly sea”, is located in the Southeast part of Hawaii. This secluded but inviting beach has a mile long stretch of soft, powdered sand and crystal clear waters. Ideal for snorkeling and kayaking fans but laid-back visitors who just want to feel the sun shine on and bathe in warm water won’t ever be disappointed. If you’re looking for a picture-perfect vacationing spot in Hawaii, don’t miss out on Lanikai

6. Maldives

The best calm beach in the world. Beautiful, quiet, modern and secluded. The very rare combination found on the beaches in the world.

7. Las Islas Cíes, Galicia, Spain

Mention Spanish beaches and most people instinctively think of the Mediterranean. Yet the wilder, stunning Atlantic coastline of Galicia, just north of Portugal, has far more dramatic praias – with far fewer people on them. One of the jewels of this coast is on Las Islas Cíes, a 40-minute boat trip from the pretty town of Baiona. Once a pirates’ haunt, Cíes is now an uninhabited and pristine national park, open to the public only in summer. Galegos come here to spend long, lazy summer days on the Praia das Rodas, a perfect crescent of soft, pale sand backed by small dunes sheltering a calm lagoon of crystal-clear sea.

Locals call this their “Caribbean beach”, and the water is turquoise enough, the sand white enough to believe the comparison … until you dip your toe in the water. Then it feels more like Skegness. You can sleep in an idyllic campsite, shaded by tall pine trees, with a view over the ocean. And, this being Spain, there’s even a proper restaurant serving great seafood.

Where to stay: Camping Islas Cíes is open Easter week and June-September.

Source: The Guardian, Flightsite.co.za, Travelbeach.com, Thatstopten.com, mostinterestingfacts.com,
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Top 7 Richest Royal Families

Now after the Price William and Kate Middleton wedding a couple of weeks ago, it made curious to verify which are the Top 7 Richest Royal Families in the World. One thing is for sure: Williams grandmother, Queen Elizabeth II, is the richest woman among them, but she didn’t make the cut into the Top 7 List:

1. King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Country: Thailand

Fortune: $30 billion (unchanged)

Age: 82

World’s longest-reigning monarch battled personal health crisis, political unrest. Highly revered King was hospitalized last year with reported lung infection. Meanwhile political protests and government backlash became violent, disrupting the stock market (its stock exchange building suffered fire damage amid rioting) and scaring off both investors and tourists. U.S.-born, Swiss-educated ruler has not stepped into this fray. Monarch’s assets, held under the Crown Property Bureau and composed mainly of public investments and real estate, held up thanks to prior year’s upswing. But continuing turmoil may eventually take its toll.

2. Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah

Country: Brunei

Fortune: $20 billion (unchanged)

Age: 63

Sultan is divorcing his third wife; remains married to first wife and mother of eventual successor, Prince Al-Muhtadee Bilah Bolkiah. He and Brunei weathered global recession with conservative economic policies and currency pegged to Singapore’s. But oil production is slowing; reserves are expected to last only 25 years. Trying to diversify economy. Sultan continues to spend lavishly: reportedly purchased 48 handbags, 24 “duck” umbrellas from Lederer de Paris shop in New York recently. Case against brother Prince Jefri, accused of pilfering $15 billion from sultanate, remains in courts.

3. King Abdullah bin Abul Aziz

Country: Saudi Arabia

Fortune: $18 billion (up)

Age: 86

Managed to steer Saudi Arabia through the global recession with government spending and high oil production; the country is projected to record 4% growth this year. King’s fortune up as a result. This year hosted the 12th annual Gulf Cooperation Council attended by fellow royals from Qatar, Kuwait and Dubai. Known for trying to lighten up his Kingdom’s strict religious laws; recently fired a cleric for criticizing a new co-ed university that is set to open in Saudi Arabia.

4. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahayan

Country:  United Arab Emirates

Fortune: $15 billion (down)

Age: 62

Re-elected president of the UAE for a second five-year term in November by the emirates’ Federal Supreme Council. The hereditary ruler of the tiny emirate of Abu Dhabi provided $10 billion bailout package to debt-burdened brother state of Dubai in December. Did not escape downturn; fortune down $3 billion as result of last year’s 40% decline in oil export earnings, coupled with double-digit declines in real estate and stock markets. Continuing to promote his Abu Dhabi 2030 plan to reinvent it as a tourism and cultural hub.

5. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

Country: Dubai

Fortune: $4.5 billion (down)

Age: 60

Fortune tumbled due to emirate’s heavy debt load of $109 billion racked up by state-owned companies in heady days; $15.5 billion of debt due this year. His own Dubai Holding owes banks $12 billion, majority through investment companies Dubai Group and Dubai International Capital, which own stakes in Sony’s and Airbus’ parent. Last December sold stake in Egyptian investment bank EFG Hermes at a 60% discount to purchase two years ago. Recently stated that the UAE economy is doing fine and that the worst for Dubai is over. Renowned horseman has valuable equine assets.

6. Prince Hans-Adam II von und zu Liechtenstein

Country: Liechtenstein

Fortune: $3.5 billion (unchanged)

Age: 65

Head of a nearly 900-year-old family, prince celebrating his 65th birthday with display at Vienna’s Liechtenstein Museum of roughly 140 artworks acquired during his reign, including works by Rembrandt and Rubens; also promoting his new book The State in the Third Millennium. Meanwhile, country trying to cut government expenditures to plug budget gap of 15%. Profits at his privately owned LGT bank down 35% last year. Liechtenstein taken off of the Organisation of Economic Co-operation and Development’s “uncooperative tax haven” list May 2009, a year after tax evasion scandals brought investigations and calls for more transparency in the country’s banking sector.

7. King Mohammed IV

Country: Morocco

Fortune: $2.5 billion (unchanged)

Age: 46

Ascended throne after father’s death in 1999; focused on alleviating poverty and improving on father’s human rights record. Royal assets include a majority stake in OCP Group, the country’s sole phosphate miner, as well as significant property holdings. Phosphate prices on the rise after a dip last year. King’s ambitious goal of attracting 10 million annual tourists to Morocco by 2010 close to being achieved with some help from Hollywood: comely country served as backdrop to recent star vehicles Sex and the City 2 and Prince of Persia.

Source: Fortune
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Top 7 Best Restaurants in the World in 2011

Back in December 2010 when we started our blog, this was one of the first and most popular post: Top 7 Best Restaurants in the World in 2010. Last month the S. Pellegrino publication gave the award to the Best Restaurants in 2011. The biggest absence is obviously El Bulli (which won the award for the Best Restaurant 5 times!), since it will close in July 30, 2011, and the cannot take more reserves! There is also interesting that this year a Latin American Restaurant make the cut for the Top 7 (since 2002 no other Latin American Restaurant made it), climbing 11 positions from last year’s ranking:

7. D.O.M.

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Rua Barao de Capanema, 549 Jardins, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Tel: +551130880761

http://www.domrestaurante.com.br

2010 rank: 18

D.O.M has become a priority destination for all globe-hopping gastronomes, not that chef Alex Atala is resting on his laurels. Instead he scours the Amazon to pepper his with indigenous ingredients, from the staple manioc tuber and its tupuci juice to Amazonian herbs and the huge white-fleshed pirarucu fish to ensure his restaurant is unlike any other on the list.

6. Alinea

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1723 North Halstead, Chicago, Illinois 60614, USA

Tel: +13128670110

http://www.alinea-restaurant.com

2010 rank: 7

Alinea represents one of the most radical re-imaginings of fine food by any chef in American history and has propelled Grant Achatz to chef superstardom.

Everything about his restaurant is unique, from the deconstructed food, unfamiliar flavour combinations and theatre to the tableware, with dishes served in and on all manner of implements: test tubes, cylinders, multi-layered bowls that come apart. It’s boundary-shifting stuff.

5. The Fat Duck

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High Street, Bray, Berkshire, SL6 2AQ, England

Tel: +441628580333

http://www.thefatduck.co.uk

2010 rank: 3

Heston Blumenthal’s world-famous, but still tiny restaurant in Bray, has blazed a trail for experimental cooking in this country, but one of its enduring features is also that it is brilliant fun. Sure, guests’ sensory perceptions are challenged, their notion of possibility expanded, but never in a po-faced way.

Instead, gourmand pilgrims can be witnessed smiling and laughing their way through a foodie marathon.

4. Osteria Francescana

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22 Via stelle, Modena, Italy

Tel: +39059210118

http://www.osteriafrancescana.it

2010 rank: 6

Much of the food at Osteria Francescana takes its inspiration from the art world, but this is only half the story.

The unrivalled culinary heritage of the Emilia-Romagna region is chef Massimo Bottura’s other great muse, and the kitchen offers a menu of traditional food alongside more left-field creations. The cooking is exciting and gratifying, the overall experience progressive and relaxed.

3. Mugaritz

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Otzazulueta baserria. Aldura aldea 20 zk. – Errenteria 20100. Gipuzkoa, Spain

Tel: +34943522455

http://www.mugaritz.com

2010 rank: 5

Mugaritz has two dégustation menus that change daily according to what chef Andoni Luis Aduriz can get his hands on at the street markets and what’s growing in the restaurant’s herb garden.

Whatever happens, you can expect to sample the team’s intricate dishes that seek to reconnect diners with nature. His self-dubbed ‘techno-emotional’ approach sees the appliance of science and a rigorous understanding of ingredients jostle with produce-driven cuisine.

2. El Celler de Can Roca

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Ctra. Taialà, 40, 17007 Girona, Spain

Tel: +34972222157

http://www.cellercanroca.com

2010 rank: 4

El Celler de Can Roca is possibly the least well-known restaurant to have ever held the much-vaunted number-two spot on the list, a quirk which, far from being a hindrance, has allowed the three brothers Roca to get on with what they do best. Their ’emotional cuisine’ with different ingredients and combinations can trigger childhood memories or take you back to a specific place in your past.

1. Noma

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Strandgade 93, 1401 Copenhagen K, Denmark

Tel: +4532963297

www.noma.dk

2010 rank: 1

Noma is best known for its fanatical approach to foraging but there is much more to this ground-breaking restaurant than the mere picking of Mother Nature’s pocket.

It’s the entire package, from its ingredient ingenuity to flawless execution, that makes it a beacon of excellence and which leads to an emotive, intense, liberating way of eating, unlike any other. Many have copied chef Rene Redzepi’s approach, most have failed. For the best in class, Noma really is the number one place to go.

Source: S. Pellegrino World’s 50 Best Restaurants
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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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