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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Top 7 Most Expensive Streets in the World in 2011

I just got a recommendation from a good friend to read an article in a local magazine about the most expensive streets in the world, considering this maybe a good topic for a new post on my blog. Alter I bought the magazine and check the source, it showed that the information was basically the same since 2008 (about places and prices), so taking the idea for a post on this blog, I investigated different sources to come out with a more reliable list.

After doing some research, I found a source for this information that seemed to be the most accurate. The world’s most desirable addresses have largely been sheltered from the slump in property prices felt elsewhere, according to a survey of the most expensive residential streets in the world carried out by Financial News, sister paper to the Wall Street Journal Europe.

To compile the list, researchers asked international and local property specialists to name what they considered the highest-priced streets according to the average price of residential property. A shortlist of 7 was drawn up using price in euros per square meter of property.

1. Severn Road, Hong Kong

Top price: €57 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +9%

Expect to pay at least €55 000 per square meter for property at the summit of Victoria Peak, high above the business district of Hong Kong. The road comprises fewer than 60 properties including ‘8 Severn’.

But expect volatility. Prices have soared by as much as 60% over the last two years, after plummeting 40% at the beginning of the financial crisis.

2. Kensington Palace Gardens

Top price: €55 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +2%

Known to locals as “Billionaire’s Row”, this private London road became the new home of Tamara Ecclestone, the daughter of F1 mogul Bernie Ecclestone, in January. Her father paid £45 million for number eight Kensington Palace Gardens, next door to his home at number six.

3. Avenue Princesse Grace

Top price: €50 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +2%

Moving up a slot from last year, the iconic Avenue Princesse Grace in Monaco has regained some of the losses it made during the recession when lacklustre demand hit the marina-front avenue. Jean-Claude Caputo, chief executive of Riviera Estates, says: “Owners on the street tend to be so wealthy they do not need to sell.”

4. Chemin de Saint-Hospice, Saint-Jean-Cap-Ferrat (tie)

Top price: €45,000 per m2

Price change since 2009: +5%

A home in Chemin de Saint-Hospice, which snakes around the peninsula of Cap Ferrat, will set you back at least €45 000 per square meter, says Mr. Caputo. There are just 15 houses on the peninsula – one of which is owned by the Saatchi family.

4. Fifth Avenue, New York (tie)

Top price: €45 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: -4%

Down two places from the previous year, property prices on Fifth Avenue have come under pressure at the lower end, according to local agent Stribling & Associates. However, Kirk Henckels, director of private brokerage at Stribling, says: “The large trophy apartments have been going for $60 000 per square meter. It seems to no longer be “uncool” to spend money.”

6. Quai Anatole, Paris

Top price: €32 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: (New)

Situated on the left bank in the seventh district, Quai Anatole replaces Avenue Montaigne on the list, as Paris’ most exclusive road. Laurent Pepineau, director of Parisian property firm Paris Estates, says the views from apartments on Quai Anatole have pushed up values on the street: “Prices for the best apartments on this street could go up to €32 000 per square meter.”

7. Rue Bellot, Geneva

Top price: €31 000 per m2

Price change since 2009: -2%

Nestled between the Parc Bastions and the Parc de Malagnou, Rue Bellot is the most exclusive residential street in the Quartier de la Cité, on the left bank of the river Rhone. Prices on Switzerland’s most expensive street are bolstered by tight selling restrictions and demand from the super-wealthy looking to relocate to Switzerland.

Source: Wall Street Journal
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Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2011

Last Wednesday Forbes published its already famous World’s Billionaires list, and since the Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 was one of the first post we published when we started this blog, we couldn’t go on without publishing the actualized list. Few things have changed, and for me the most important difference is that all the Top 7 Billionaires, excluding Mukesh Ambani from India (who left the Top 7 list leaving a free spot for Amancio Ortega), increased their fortunes. This maybe a good signal that the crisis is almost over…

1. Carlos Slim Helu & family

Net worth: $74 billion

Age: 71

Title: Chairman

Organization: Telmex

Source: telecom, self-made

Residence: Mexico City, Mexico

Country of citizenship: Mexico

Education: BA/BS, Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico

Marital Status: Widow

Children: 6

The world’s richest person for a second year in a row, the Mexican telecom mogul is also the year’s biggest gainer, having added $20.5 billion to his fortune and widened the gap between him and nº 2, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, to $18 billion. A 19% rise in the Mexican stock market, a stronger peso, and successful mining and real estate spinoffs from conglomerate Grupo Carso all contributed to the astonishing increase. He also merged his fixed-line telecom company into America Movil, Latin America’s largest wireless carrier; the Slim family stake in that holding accounts for 62% of his net worth. He has other holdings in retailer Saks and the New York Times. Recently opened a new building for his Soumaya Museum, which houses his vast art collection. It is open to the public for free.

2. Bill Gates

Net Worth: $56 billion

Age: 55

Title: Co-Chair

Organization: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Source: Microsoft, self-made

Residence: Medina, WA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, Harvard University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Microsoft mogul, futurist and America’s richest person has, with help from billionaire buddy Warren Buffett, convinced nearly 60 of the world’s wealthiest to sign his “Giving Pledge,” promising to donate the majority of their wealth to charity either during their lifetime or after death. He is no longer the planet’s richest person, but that’s because he’s given away $30 billion to his foundation. The Gates Foundation, the world’s most influential charity, tackles tuberculosis and polio and funds famine-resistant crops to fight hunger. He is calling for “a higher sense of urgency” in AIDS vaccine development and also pushing for better tools to rate teacher performance. Gates holds 70% of his wealth in investment fund Cascade, dabbling in everything from autos to hedge funds to Mexican Coke bottler Femsa; the rest of his wealth is held in Microsoft stock.

3. Warren Buffett

Net Worth: $50 billion

Age: 80

Title: CEO

Organization: Berkshire Hathaway

Source: Berkshire Hathaway, self-made

Residence: Omaha, NE

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: MS, Columbia University; BA/BS, University of Nebraska Lincoln

Marital Status: Widowed, Remarried

Children: 3

The venerable investor’s Berkshire Hathaway climbed more than 15% over the last year adding $3 billion to his to fortune. The 80-year-old is still hunting big deals: “Our elephant gun has been reloaded, and my trigger finger is itchy.” Along with bridge partner Bill Gates, the Oracle of Omaha is coaxing America’s richest to pledge half their fortunes to charity. “Too often a vast collection of possessions ends up possessing its owner. The asset I most value, aside from health, is interesting, diverse and long-standing friends.” Buffett faked breathing problems when he was 12 so he could move back to Omaha from Washington, D.C., where his father was a freshman congressman. He had read every book about investing in stocks in the Omaha Public Library by the time he was 12. He met value investor Benjamin Graham at Columbia; bought textile firm Berkshire Hathaway 1965, and transformed it into massive holding company: food, insurance, utilities, industrials. Buffett acquired railroad giant Burlington Northern Santa Fe for $26 billion in 2009.

4. Bernard Arnault

Net worth: $41 billion

Age: 62

Title: Chairman

Organization: Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy (LVMH)

Source: LVMH, inherited and growing

Residence: Paris, France

Country of citizenship: France

Education: BA/BS, Ecole Polytechnique de Lausanne

Marital Status: Married

Children: 5

The Lord of Luxe easily retains title of richest European. Fortune surged by $13.5 billion as shares of his luxury good outfit, LVMH, rose by more than half over the past year thanks to strong demand for luxuries like Dom Perignon champagne, Cognac Hennessy, Tag Heuer watches and Louis Vuitton accessories, particularly in Asian markets like Shanghai and Ho Chi Minh City. The group acquired 20% of Hermes last year; Arnault insists he is a friendly shareholder but Hermes sees it as hostile. In March the Bulgari family transferred its majority holding in its brand to LVMH in exchange for LVMH shares and board seats. LVMH fired Christian Dior designer John Galliano after he apparently made anti-semitic remarks. Renaissance man also owns yacht builder Royal Van Lent, a hotel in Courchevel; has stakes in French retailer Carrefour and French tour operator Go Voyages.

5. Larry Ellison

Net worth: $39.5 billion

Age: 66

Source: Oracle, self-made

Residence: Woodside, CA

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, University of Chicago; Dropout, University of Illinois at Urbana

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

The Oracle chief sits atop a fortune that is $11.5 billion bigger than last year thanks to a 30% jump in the software company’s shares. In November, Oracle won a mud-slinging copyright infringement court battle against German software rival SAP worth $1.3 billion. SAP is contesting the outcome. Oracle has acquired 75 companies over the years worth $40 billion, and figured out a way to turn a profit on its latest big buy, Sun Microsystems, in 2010. One of the highest-paid executives in the U.S., Ellison reaped $960 million in compensation in the past five fiscal years, mostly from exercising stock options; he recently cut his salary to $1. An avid yachtsman, Ellison spent a decade and over $100 million on his quest for the America’s Cup, which he finally won in February 2010, beating Swiss rival (and billionaire) Ernesto Bertarelli. He is bringing the America’s Cup to San Francisco in 2013. Intends to give 95% of wealth to charity.

6. Lakshmi Mittal

Net worth: $31.1 billion

Age: 60

Title: Chairman

Organization: ArcelorMittal ADS

Source: Steel, inherited and growing

Residence: London, United Kingdom

Country of citizenship: India

Education: BA/BS, St Xavier’s College Calcutta

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Net profits at his ArcelorMittal, world’s largest steel-maker, are up 18-fold to $2.9 billion in 2010 due to recovery in steel demand and higher margins. Group spun off its stainless steel unit into Aperam, a new listed company, and also acquired Canadian miner Baffinland Iron Mines Corporation. It has funded a 377-foot sculpture called ArcelorMittal Orbit in London’s Olympic Park for the 2012 Olympics. Europe’s richest resident, he bought Alderbrook Park, a 340-acre country estate outside London, where he plans to build an eco-friendly country mansion for a reported $40 million. Daughter Vanisha acquired stake in Roc Capital Management, a New York hedge fund. Daughter-in-law Megha owns German fashion house Escada.

7. Amancio Ortega

Net worth: $31 billion

Age: 74

Source: Zara, self-made

Residence: La Coruna, Spain

Country of citizenship: Spain

Marital Status: Married

Children: 3

Amancio Ortega stepped down as chairman of Inditex, the $15.8 billion (sales) fashion firm in January; he still gets 87% of his fortune from his stake in the publicly traded firm. The company, which operates under several brand names including Zara, Massimo Dutti and Stradivarius, has 5,000 stores in 77 countries. Ortega also owns properties in Florida, Madrid, London and Lisbon, a horse-jumping circuit, a stake in a soccer league; and has interests in gas, tourism and banks. Railway worker’s son, he started as a gofer in a shirt store. With then-wife Rosalia Mera, also a billionaire, started making dressing gowns and lingerie in living room. Daughter Marta works for Inditex.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 World Football Teams – March 2011

As we mentioned when we first published the Top 7 World Football Teams last month, every month we will be publishing the updated ranking, according to FIFA. For this month, there is only one change. Let see if you find out:

1. Spain

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: July 2008, from January 2009 to June 2009, from November 2009 to December 2009, from February 2010 to March 2010, March 2010, from July 2010 to December 2010, from January 2011 to February 2011

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 25º: March 1998

2. Netherlands

Highest FIFA ranking:2º: November 1993, June 1994, From September 2005 to October 2005, June 2009, from July 2010 to December 2010, from January 2011 to February 2011

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 25º: February 1998

3. Germany

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: December 1992, August 1993, December 1993, From February 1994 to March 1994, June 1994

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 22º: March 2006

4. Argentina

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: March 2007, From January 2008 to June 2008

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 24º: August 1996

5. Brazil

Highest FIFA ranking: 1º: September 1993, From April 1994 to May 1994, July 1994, from September 1994 to December 1994, February 1995, from April 1995 to December 1995, from January 1996 to February 1996, from April 1996 to May 1996, from July 1996 to December 1996, February 1997, from April 1997 to December 1997, from February 1998 to May 1998, from July 1998 to December 1998, from January 1999 to December 1999, from January 2000 to December 2000, from January 2001 to April 2001, from July 2002 to December 2002, from January 2003 to December 2003, from January 2004 to December 2004, from January 2005 to December 2005, from January 2006 to May 2006, from July 2006 to December 2006, January 2007, from July 2007 to August 2007, from July 2009 to October 2009, from April 2010 to May 2010

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 8º: August 1993


6. England

Highest FIFA ranking: 4º: December 1997, September 2006

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 27º: February 1996

7. Uruguay

Highest FIFA ranking: 6º: July 2010

Lowest FIFA Ranking: 76º: December 1998

Source: FIFA

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Top 7 Worst Airports to Land

It’s been a while since I don’t publish anything about one of my favorite themes, airports. Since we always balanced the information we post between what is good and what is not so good, I believe it now time to publish one of the topics that made me curious for a while now: The Top 7 Worst Airports to Land. Enjoy…

1. Princess Juliana International Airport

Location: Saint Martin, Caribbean

Princess Juliana International Airport serves Saint Maarten, the Dutch part of the island of Saint Martin. It is the second busiest airport in the Eastern Caribbean. The airport is famous for its short landing strip — only 2 180 metres/7 152 ft, which is barely enough for heavy jets. Because of this, the planes approach the island flying extremely low, right over Maho Beach. Countless photos of large jets flying at 10-20 m/30-60 ft over relaxing tourists at the beach have been dismissed as fakes many times, but are nevertheless real. For this reason as well it has become a favourite for planespotters. Despite the difficulties in approach, there has been no records of major aviation incidents at the airport.

2. Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport

Location: Saba, Netherlands Antilles

Juancho E. Yrausquin Airport is the only airport on the Caribbean island of Saba, in the Netherlands Antilles. It is well known among experienced fliers for the way in which airplanes must approach or take off from the airport.

Yrausquin Airport covers a relatively large portion of the small island of Saba. Some aviation experts are of the general opinion that the airport is one of the most dangerous in the world, despite the fact that no major tragedies have happened at the facility. The airport’s sole runway is marked with an X at each end, to indicate to commercial pilots that the airport is closed for commercial aviation. The danger arises from the airport’s physical position. It is flanked on one side by high hills, and on the other side and at both ends of the runway by cliffs dropping into the sea. This creates the possibility that an airplane might overshoot the runway during landing or takeoff and end up in the sea or on the cliffs.

3. Courchevel

Location: France

Courchevel is the name of a ski area located in the French Alps, the largest linked ski area in the world. It’s airport has a certain degree of infamy in the aviation industry as home to a relatively short runway, with a length of 525 m (1 722 ft) and a gradient of 18.5%. It’s so short that you have to land on an inclined strip to slow down and take off on a decline to pick up enough speed.

Who gets to land here? Well, Pierce Brosnan made the short list. This was the airport used in the opening seen of Tomorrow Never Dies. For the rest of us, private plane, helicopter, or charter are the only ways to go, and your pilot is going to need some serious training before he or she is allowed to land at CVF.

4. Gustaf III Airport

Location: St. Bart, Caribbean

Gustaf III Airport also known as Saint Barthélemy Airport is a public use airport located in the village of St. Jean on the Caribbean island of Saint Barthélemy. Both the airport and the island’s main town of Gustavia are named for King Gustav III of Sweden, under whom Sweden obtained the island from France in 1785 (it was sold back to France in 1878). The airport is served by small regional commercial aircraft and charters. Most visiting aircraft carry fewer than twenty passengers, such as the Twin Otter, a common sight around Saint Barth and throughout the northern West Indies. The short airstrip is at the base of a gentle slope ending directly on the beach. The arrival descent is extremely steep over the hilltop traffic circle and departing planes fly right over the heads of sunbathers (although small signs advise sunbathers not to lie directly at the end of the runway).

5. Barra International Airport

Location: Barra, Scotland

Barra Airport is the only airport in the world where planes land on the beach. BRR is situated in on the wide beach of Traigh Mhor, on Barra island, in the Outer Hebrides, Scotland. If you want to fly here commercially you will want to book with British Airways, which flies to Barra from Glasgow and Benbecula.

The airport is literally washed away by the tide once a day, and if you arrive on a late afternoon flight, you may notice a couple of cars in the parking lot with their lights on, which provides pilots some added visibility, since the airport is naturally lit. Needless to say you probably don’t want to hang out at Barra Airport beach, unless you are a aviation junkie, in which case Barra Airport has a fool proof system, as sign that reads: “Keep off the beach. When the windsock is flying and the airport is active.”

6. Madeira Airport

Location: Madeira Island, Portugal

Madeira Airport also known as Funchal Airport and Santa Catarina Airport, is an international airport located near Funchal, Madeira. The airport controls national and international air traffic of the island of Madeira.

The airport was once infamous for its short runway which, surrounded by high mountains and the ocean, made it a tricky landing for even the most experienced of pilots. The original runway was only 1 400 metres in length, but was extended by 400 metres after the TAP Air Portugal Flight 425 incident of 1977 and subsequently rebuilt in 2003, almost doubling the size of the runway, building it out over the ocean. Instead of using landfill, the extension was built on a series of 180 columns, each being about 70m tall.

For the enlargement of the new runway the Funchal Airport has won the Outstanding Structures Award, given by International Association for Bridge and Structural Engineering (IABSE). The Outstanding Structures Award is considered to be the “Oscar” for engineering structures in Portugal.

7. Lukla Airport

Location: Nepal

A huge mountain on one end, a thousand meter drop on the other. And it’s at 2 900 meters elevation, so you don’t exactly have full power.

Lukla Airport is a small airport in the Town of Lukla in eastern Nepal. In January 2008, the government of Nepal announced that the airport would be renamed in honor of Sir Edmund Hillary, the first person to reach the summit of Mount Everest, who passed away on January 11, 2008. The airport is quite popular as Lukla is the place where most people start their trek to climb Mount Everest.


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Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists (TV Series)

Last week was crazy for Charlie Sheen, regarding his alcohol problem and now the declarations he made about the of the “Two and a Half Men” sitcom creator, Chuck Lorre. One of the news that came out last week was that he was asking for a raise in his salary, situation that made me curious about how much is was making and how is the payment ranking for TV artists. After some research I found that it is a little bit difficult to rank all TV artists in just one post, considering that there is a big difference in how their salaries are negotiated: on one side you have the drama and comedy TV series, where actors payment is normally established by how much they make per episode; on the other side there are talk and reality shows, where artists contracts are usually negotiated by year.

Having this into consideration,  here we have the list for the Top 7 Highest Paid TV Artists in a drama or comedy series, considering how much money they make per episode:

1. Charlie Sheen

Salary (per episode): $1.25 million

TV show: Two and a Half Men

Category: Comedy

2. Jon Cryer

Salary (per episode): $525 000

TV show: Two and a Half Men

Category: Comedy

3. Hugh Laurie

Salary (per episode): +$400 000

TV show: House

Category: Drama

4. Marcia Cross (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Terry Hatcher (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Felicity Huffman (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Eva Longoria (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: Desperate Housewives

Category: Comedy

4. Dan Castellaneta (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: The Simpsons (Homer Simpson, Abraham “Grampa” Simpson, Barney Gumble, Krusty the Clown, Groundskeeper Willie, Mayor Quimby and Hans Moleman voices)

Category: Comedy

4. Julie Kavner (tie)

Salary (per episode): $400 000

TV show: The Simpsons (Margie Simpson and Patty and Selma Bouvier voices)

Category: Comedy

5. Christopher Meloni (tie)

Salary (per episode): $395 000

TV show: Law & Order: SVU

Category: Drama

5. Mariska Hargitay (tie)

Salary (per episode): $395 000

TV show: Law & Order: SVU

Category: Drama

6. David Caruso (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: CSI: Miami

Category: Drama

6. Marg Helgenberger (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: CSI

Category: Drama

6. Mark Harmon (tie)

Salary (per episode): $375 000

TV show: NCIS

Category: Drama

7. Tina Fey (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: 30 Rock

Category: Comedy

7. Jeremy Piven (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: Entourage

Category: Comedy

7. Laurence Fishburne (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: CSI

Category: Drama

7. Kyra Sedgwick (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: The Closer

Category: Drama

7. Denis Leary (tie)

Salary (per episode): $350 000

TV show: Rescue Me

Category: Drama

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