Top 7 Most Powerful Women in 2010

She used to be First Lady of the most powerful nation in the world, and she is now Secretary of State. These two positions would easily send her to the top position of the Top 7 Most Powerful Women in the World in 2010, but accordingly to Forbes, this year the top spot belongs to someone else. Check here who are the Top 7 Most Powerful Women in 2010:

1. Michelle Obama

Age: 47

Title: First Lady

Residence: Washington, DC

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: JD, Harvard University; LLM, Harvard University; BA/BS, Princeton University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

She has made the office of First Lady her own. A forceful advocate of school nutrition standards and military families’ affairs, she’s more involved in policy than Laura Bush was. But unlike Hillary Clinton, who championed a secretive (and ultimately unsuccessful) health care reform, Obama has stayed away from hard policy. A fashion icon and an athletic mother of two, she’s Jackie Kennedy with a law degree from Harvard and street sense from Chicago’s South Side. She’s also effective: In response to her Let’s Move! campaign against childhood obesity, companies like Coca-Cola, Kellogg and General Mills have pledged to reduce the calorie content of their foods by 2012. The first lady remains popular: 54% of Americans view her favorably.

2. Irene Rosenfeld

Age: 57

Title: Chief Executive, Kraft Foods

Residence: Kenilworth, IL

Country of citizenship: United StatesEducation: BA/BS, Cornell University; PHD, Cornell University; MS, Cornell University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

Her $26.3 million compensation package in 2009 made Rosenfeld the nation’s second-highest-paid female, after Yahoo!’s Carol Bartz. She earned it, drawing fire early this year after announcing plans to acquire British candymaker Cadbury. Warren Buffett, whose Berkshire Hathaway owned 9.4% of Kraft, voted against the deal, calling it “dumb.” When Rosenfeld refused to back down, Buffett retaliated by selling 33.1 million Kraft shares (one-third of Berkshire’s stake). Who was right? Kraft’s second-quarter revenues rose 25.3% to $12.3 billion, boosted largely by Cadbury’s business in Europe and in developing markets. “Obviously I’m very pleased with the outcome,” she says. On the home front, Kraft is spending more on ads to push core brands–Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Singles, Oreos and Mac & Cheese (her favorite).

3. Oprah Winfrey

Age: 57

Title: Media Personality

Organization: The Oprah Winfrey Show

Source: television, self-made

Residence: Chicago, IL

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Tennessee State University

Marital Status: Single

World’s most successful female media exec (Top 7 Celebrities in 2010) has earned $1.35 billion over the last five years–as well as an enormous following. Her Oprah Winfrey Show–which will soon air its last episode after 25 years–boasts 40 million viewers a week. But with a Sirius radio channel (35 million listeners per month), a popular Twitter feed (nearly 4.5 million followers) and a new network launching January 2011 (called OWN), the media mogul will still have a large platform. Not afraid to use it: helped Barack Obama win 2008 presidency.

4. Angela Merkel

Age: 56

Title: Chancellor

Organization: Germany

Residence: Berlin, Germany

Country of citizenship: Germany

Marital Status: Married

Most powerful woman on the planet. Chancellor of Germany oversees Europe’s largest economy. Renowned free-market champion and favorite of big business, boasts nine public companies with annual sales in excess of $70 billion. In all, there are 57 German companies on the Forbes Global 2000 ranking of the world’s largest public companies, with aggregate sales of $1.7 trillion.

5. Hillary Clinton

Age: 63

Title: Secretary of State

Organization: United States of America

Residence: Washington, DC

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: BA/BS, Wellesley College; LLM, Yale University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 1

Former first lady and U.S. senator has been careful not to let her international celebrity outshine that of her boss. Two now said to have excellent working relationship, so good that inside-the-beltway gossips whisper her name as a possible replacement for hapless U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in 2012. Despite fashion “sense” that leans towards pantsuits, blinding colors, now America’s most popular politician, with favorability rating nine percentage points higher than Obama’s.

6. Indra Nooyi

Age: 55

Title: Chief Executive, PepsiCo

Residence: Purchase, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: MBA, Yale University

Marital Status: Married

Children: 2

This year Nooyi nudged a $20 million slice of the company’s $616-million-a-year ad budget away from traditional to social media spends. A worldwide campaign, Pepsi Refresh, lets you submit grant proposals to a website, then encourages online voters to choose the winners (amounts: $5,000 to $250,000). “It blurs the line between philanthropy and advertising,” says Nooyi, whose total annual compensation package last year was $10.6 million. Refresh also allocates $1.3 million each month for a U.S. project, such as the recent “Do Good For the Gulf,” which offers stipends to build a shelter for animals whose owners lost their homes to the oil spill and to provide mental health services and job training. “Brands have to speak to millenniums; young people want to make a difference,” she says.

7. Lady Gaga

Age: 24

Title: Singer and performance artist

Residence: New York, NY

Country of citizenship: United States

Education: Dropout, New York University

Marital Status: Single

All hail the new queen of pop. Part singer and part performance artist, Lady Gaga (née Stefani Germanotta) has single-handedly reinvigorated pop music and pop culture. Her songs are like brain candy (sticky and addictive), her performances and fashion style are a spectacle. Her first album, The Fame, debuted in 2008, scoring four No. 1 hits with Just Dance, Love Game, Paparazzi and Poker Face. Her latest, The Fame Monster, has now put her on par with Beyoncé, Rihanna, and Mariah Carey for the most No. 1 Billboard hits (six) by a female artist. Her The Monster Ball world tour is poised to gross $200 million by the time it ends in May 2011. But it’s not all pop and glamour for Gaga. She is vocal supporter of gay rights and the repeal of “don’t ask, don’t tell.”She also made out Top 7 Celebrities in 2010 list.

Source: Forbes
  • Age: 24
  • Title: Singer and performance artist
  • Residence: New York, NY
  • Country of citizenship: United States
  • Education: Dropout, New York University
  • Marital Status: Single
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Top 7 Most Expensive Houses in the World

For the last couple of years we’ve been hearing how the “Real Estate Bubble” affected the house prices, but after some research, it seems that it hasn’t done any harm to the value of the most expensive houses in the world. This brought me the opportunity to share with your the Top 7 Most Expensive Houses in the World to date:

1. Antilla Mumbai

Location: Mumbai, India

Price: $1 billion (estimated)

Owner: Mukesh Ambani

Named Antilla, the house owned by Mukesh and Nita Ambani, is a 27-storey, 40,000-square foot tower. Known for its custom measurements and fittings, Antilla comes with a six-story car park. In this house lives the man himself, his wife, his 3 children and his mother Kokilaben. The house has a staff of 600 people to do the maintenance activities.

The house has been designed after consultation with architecture firms Perkins and Will & Hirsch Bedner Associates based in Dallas and Los Angeles. No floors in their home are alike. Each floor has a different layout, material and design. Atop the parking lot begins the living space with nine elevators in their lobby. The house also boasts of a silver coloured railing large ballroom with 80% of its ceiling covered with crystal chandeliers. The 570-foot tall mostly glass, the tower has 600 staff to handle the chores. There is a crystal chandelier in the ballroom ceiling. It also features retractable showcases for artwork and entertainment stages. Each floor is double the average height.

The head of Reliance Industries, a oil and petrochemicals giant, Mukesh Ambani holds a net worth of $29 billion, allowing him a place in our Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 list.

Interesting facts:

  • 3 helipads on top. Mumbai corporation has not given permission for making this operational yet
  • Hanging gardens within the structure
  • Swimming pool within the structure
  • A two story Health centre
  • Parking space for 168 cars (6 floors). I initially thought that meant there will be a mini office in the building but apparently that is not the case. All these cars will belong to Mukesh Ambani! Just in case you are interested, he
  • drives a 5 Maybach now.
  • A floor exclusively for servicing these automobiles within the building.
  • A floor for Home theater – sitting capacity of 50

2. Villa Leopolda

Location: Cote d’Azur, France

Price: $506 million

Owner: Lily Safra

This villa on the French Riviera was built in 1902 by King Leopold II of Belgium and takes its name from him. It belonged to Edmond Safra, and still belongs to his wife Lily. This 80,000+ sq/ft estate showcases beautiful antiques, boasts 19 bedrooms, sports courts, bowling alley, multiple kitchens and dining rooms and movie theatre. The Villa also includes lavish gardens.

Until 2010, Villa Leopolda was the most expensive house in the world. A Russian billionaire called Mikhail Proklhorov lost a $53 million deposit on a sprawling villa called Villa Leopolda on the French Riviera after a court in Nice refused to return the lump sum. He backed out of the sale of the clifftop Villa Leopolda after promising to buy it for €390 million in 2008. The luxury property has had many price tags but it’s average price has hovered around the staggering $500 million. That was until Antilla Mumbai was unleashed, the first billion dollar house.

The villa was used as the location of Lermontov’s villa in The Red Shoes. The heroine climb the steps to the villa thinking that she’s been invited to dinner when really she is going to be given the star role in the new ballet.

Interesting facts:

  • Villa Leopolda is most famous, not for the King’s gift to his lover, but because of one the home’s rumored owners, Bill Gates
  • Villa Leopolda has been featured on many television shows like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous and VH1’s Fabulous Life Of. It has also been featured in many magazines such as Forbes, and is constantly considered one of the foremost historical properties in all of Europe

3. The Penthouse

Location: London, UK

Price: $200 million

Owner:N/A

The Penthouse is recognized as the most expensive flat in the world and is located atop, Number One Hyde Park, one of the most highly desired addresses in London. Resident security is tight with SAS guards, panic rooms, bulletproof windows, iris scanners and even a secret tunnel to the nearby Mandarin Hotel. The building has communal spas, squash courts and wine tasting rooms, and the penthouse is served by 24 hour room service.

Interesting facts:

  • One Hyde Park, which boasts 86 properties starting at around $30 million, is the brainchild of luxury property developers Christian and Nick Candy, and according to The Daily Telegraph 65% of the flats and penthouses have now been purchased.

4. Fairfield Pond

Location: The Hamptons, New York, USA

Price: $170 million

Owner: Ira Rennert

The 63-acre home of American investor and businessman Ira Rennert is considered the largest residential compound in entire America. The publicity shy billionaire owns the most valuable home in the Hamptons; with 29 bedrooms, 39 bathrooms, as well as a huge dining room (91 feet long), 5 sports courts, bowling alley and a $150,000-hot tub.

Interesting facts:

  • This is a beachfront home is completely use for private house. People was hard to believe for the first time that this house is not used for hotel, spa or retreat place.

5. Hearst Mansion

Location: Beverly Hills, California, USA

Price: $165 million

Owner: Leonard Ross

This Luxurious home that located on Beverly Hills is formerly the prestigious home of the U.S. newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, the inspiration for the main character in “Citizen Kane”. The house has 6 separate residence, three swimming pools, eight fireplace, tennis courts, night club and 29 bedrooms. Those facility is spread in 6 hectares area in the famous platinum triangle neighborhood in Beverly Hills. This renowned house was purchased by Leonard Ross, a lawyer and investor in 1976 that wanted a change of lifestyle.

Interesting facts:

  • Former US President John F Kennedy stayed in the mansion during his honeymoon
  • The estate became a pop-culture icon after being used in The Godfather movie, when the infamous severed horse’s head turned up in the owner’s bed
  • If you own this house you become the close neighbor of Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham

6. Franchuk Villa

Location: Kensington, UK

Price: $161 million

This Victorian Villa was a girl’s prep school until 1997.

Bought by developers and upgraded in 2006 with more than 10 million pounds, it was purchased by Ukrainian AIDS philanthropist Elena Franchuk.This 5-story home is freestanding, with 10 bedrooms, an underground swimming pool, movie theatre, panic room, saunas and gym.

7. The Pinnacle

Location: Montana, USA

Price: $155 million

Owner: Tim and Edra Blixseth

The first luxury ski-lodge to make the top ten, The Pinnacle is said to be the largest property in the exclusive billionaires-only private ski and golf community, “Yellowstone Club.” Owned by American billionaire Tim and Edra Blixseth, the lodge has 10 bedrooms and includes heated flooring throughout, fireplaces in all bathrooms and a huge wine cellar, an indoor/outdoor pool, gym and massage room

Source: rediff.com, collthings.co.uk, www.doughroller.net, overseaspropertymall.com
This Luxurious home that located on Beverly Hills is formerly the prestigious home of the U.S. newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The house has 6 separate residence, three swimming pools, eight fireplace, tennis courts, night club and 29 bedrooms. Those facility is spread in 6 hectares area in the famous platinum triangle neighborhood in Beverly Hills. This renowned house was purchased by Leonard Ross, a lawyer and investor in 1976 that wanted a change of lifestyle. If you own this house you become the close neighbor of Jeff Bezos of Amazon, Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes and David and Victoria Beckham. 

“The Pinnacle,” Montana, US: $155 million

This ski Lodge is the largest property in the exclusive private ski and golf community “Yellowstone Club”. You can get a conclusions that this become the owner’s home. Yes, It’s true. It’s the home of Tim and Edra Blixseth. It’s not that big compared to other house in this list with only 10 bedrooms. What’s the facility can be found here? You can find the heated flooring system that stretched throughout the house, fireplace in all bathrooms, a huge wine cellar, indoor and outdoor pool as well as gym and massage room.

The Manor – Los Angeles – $150 Million
Spelling towers is still on the market, after the wife of the television producer Aaron Spelling put it up for sale two years ago – despite not selling, the huge price tag has remained static at a staggering $150 million. Set in 4.2 acres, the 123 room chateau-style mansion has a cinema, bowling alley, tennis courts, swimming pool, a 100 car parking lot and three rooms dedicated purely to the art of present wrapping.

This house was built in 1991 with French Chateau style. This house has 5,248 square meters of room area with more than 4.6 hectares total house area. It’s also the biggest house with the private ownership in the Los Angeles County. The main house is located at the end of long road and well protected with security system. You can find bowling alley, humidity controlled silver warehouse, tennis courts, 2 swimming pools, and luxurious woman beauty care such as beauty salon in the attic and a spa. You can find several garden as well like 18th century style gardens,roof gardens and orange gardens. This house has a parking lot that large enough to park up to 100 cars. You can also find private cinemas on this luxury house.

Updown Court, Windlesham, Surrey, UK: $139 million

This amazing house builton 58 acre land in the Windlesham neighborhood. This huge structure offers 103 rooms with all facility you can imagine as a rich person. There’s a private cinemas in the north part of the house as well as bowling alley for recreation of the owner. You can find horse barn, squash and tennis courts in case you want to get some refreshing with sport. You can find a marble drive away as well that wait you every morning with a parking lot that large enough to park up to 8 limousines.

One Hyde Park – London – £135 million

Launched at a lavish, celebrity studded party in January 2011, One Hyde Park is reputed to be the most expensive residential property in the world – retailing in excess of £6,000 per square foot. Composed of 86 properties, one of which is rumoured to have sold for £135 million, the building boasts a private cinema, sauna, gym, swimming pool, golf simulator, wine cellar, concierge, valet and room service, never mind the highly desirable address.

Dracula’s Castle, Romania: $ 135 million
Dracula’s Castle seems like a bad name but it’s actually a Romanian castle. The castle became a museum during 1980s. The owner of the castle, Archduke Dominic put up the castle for sale. This amazing house, though named as a castle has 57 rooms, 17 bedrooms and unique and beautiful antique furniture.

 

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Top 7 Most Livable Cities in 2010

If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be? Although the answer likely varies from person to person, there are several universal factors that make any spot a great place to live. To get a sense of the best places to call home, the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) assembles annual rankings of 140 major cities worldwide based on which have the most ideal living conditions. The rankings are based on over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five categories: stability, health care, culture/environment, education and infrastructure. The EIU tasks analysts and in-city contributors to assess qualitative indicators, while using a relative gauge for quantitative factors. The EIU found that for most cities, livability has been unaffected by the recession, as most factors – such as infrastructure and crime levels – have not shifted.

Each city is given an overall livability rating that is weighted between 1-100, with 100 being ideal living conditions and 1 considered intolerable. Each individual category factors into the overall ranking on weighted basis.

So where are the Top 7 Most Livable Cities in the World? Continue reading to find out!

1. Vancouver, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 98.0

Stability: 95

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 96.4

Culture & Environment: 100

The largest metropolitan area in Western Canada, Vancouver ranks third largest in the country and the city proper ranks eighth. According to the 2006 census Vancouver had a population of 578,041 and its Census Metropolitan Area exceeded 2.1 million people. Its residents are ethnically and linguistically diverse; 52% do not speak English as their first language.

Vancouver has ranked highly in worldwide “livable city” rankings for more than a decade according to business magazine assessments. It has hosted many international conferences and events, including the 1976 United Nations Conference on Human Settlements and the 1986 World Exposition on Transportation and Communication. The 2010 Winter Olympics and 2010 Winter Paralympics were held in Vancouver and nearby Whistler, a resort community 125 km (78 miles) north of the city.

2. Vienna, Austria

Overall Livability Rating: 97.9

Stability: 95

Health Care: 100

Education: 96.5

Infrastructure: 100

Culture & Environment: 100

Vienna is the capital of the Republic of Austria and one of the nine states of Austria. Vienna is Austria’s primary city, with a population of about 1.7 million  (2.3 million within the metropolitan area, more than 25% of Austria’s population), and is by far the largest city in Austria, as well as its cultural, economic, and political centre. It is the 10th largest city by population in the European Union. Vienna is host to many major international organizations such as the United Nations and OPEC.

Vienna lies in the east of Austria and is close to Slovakia, the Czech Republic and Hungary. In 2001, the city centre was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site and in 2005 an Economist Intelligence Unit study of 127 world cities ranked it first equal with Vancouver for the quality of life. This assessment was mirrored by the Mercer Survey in 2009. The city of Vienna retains the top spot as the city with the world`s best quality of living.

3. Melbourne, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 97.5

Stability: 95

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 100

Culture & Environment: 95.1

Melbourne is the capital and most populous city in the state of Victoria, and also the second most populous city in Australia. The Melbourne City Centre (also known as the “Central Business District” or “CBD”) is the hub of the greater geographical area (or “metropolitan area”) and the Census statistical division—of which “Melbourne” is the common name. As of late 2009, the greater geographical area had an approximate population of 4 million. A resident of Melbourne is known as a “Melburnian”.

The metropolis is located on the large natural bay known as Port Phillip, with the city centre positioned at the estuary of the Yarra River (at the northern-most point of the bay). The metropolitan area then extends south from the city centre, along the eastern and western shorelines of Port Phillip, and expands into the hinterland. The city centre is situated in the municipality known as the City of Melbourne, and the metropolitan area consists of a further 30 municipalities.

Today, it is a centre for the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, sport and tourism. It is the birthplace of cultural institutions such as Australian film (as well as the feature film),[13][14] Australian television, Australian rules football, the Australian impressionist art movement (known as the Heidelberg School) and Australian dance styles (such as New Vogue and the Melbourne Shuffle). It is also a major centre for contemporary and traditional Australian music. It is often referred to as the “cultural capital of Australia”

4. Toronto, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 97.2

Stability: 100

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 89.3

Culture & Environment: 97.2

Toronto is the largest city in Canada and the provincial capital of Ontario. It is located in Southern Ontario on the northwestern shore of Lake Ontario. With over 2.5 million residents, it is the fifth most populous municipality in North America. Toronto is at the heart of the Greater Toronto Area (GTA), and is part of a densely populated region in Southern Ontario known as the Golden Horseshoe, which is home to over 8.1 million residents—approximately 25% of Canada’s population. The census metropolitan area (CMA) had a population of 5,113,149,  and the Greater Toronto Area had a population of 5,555,912 in the 2006 Census.

As Canada’s economic capital, Toronto is considered a global city and is one of the top financial centres in the world. Toronto’s leading economic sectors include finance, business services, telecommunications, aerospace, transportation, media, arts, film, television production, publishing, software production, medical research, education, tourism and sports industries. The Toronto Stock Exchange, the world’s eighth largest in terms of market value, is headquartered in the city, along with most of Canada’s corporations.

5. Calgary, Canada

Overall Livability Rating: 96.6

Stability: 100

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 96.4

Culture & Environment: 89.1

Calgary is the largest city in the Province of Alberta, Canada. It is located in the south of the province, in an area of foothills and prairie, approximately 80 km (50 mi) east of the front ranges of the Canadian Rockies. The city is located in the Grassland region of Alberta.

In 2006, the City of Calgary had a population of 988,193 making it the third-largest municipality in the country and largest in Alberta. The entire metropolitan area had a 2006 population of 1,079,310, making it the fifth-largest census metropolitan area (CMA) in Canada. In 2009, Calgary’s metropolitan population was estimated at 1,230,248, making it the fourth-largest CMA in Canada.

Calgary is well-known as a destination for winter sports and ecotourism with a number of major mountain resorts near the city and metropolitan area. Economic activity in Calgary is mostly centered on the petroleum industry. Agriculture, tourism and high-tech industries also contribute to the city’s economic growth. In 1988, Calgary became the first Canadian city to host the Olympic Winter Games.

6. Helsinki, Finland

Overall Livability Rating: 96.2

Stability: 100

Health Care: 100

Education: 91.7

Infrastructure: 96.4

Culture & Environment: 91

Helsinki is the capital and largest city in Finland. It is in the southern part of Finland, on the shore of the Gulf of Finland, by the Baltic Sea. The population of the city of Helsinki is 584,420 (31 March 2010), making it the most populous municipality in Finland by a wide margin. Helsinki is located some 400 kilometres (250 mi) east of Stockholm, Sweden, 300 kilometres (190 mi) west of St. Petersburg, Russia and 80 kilometres (50 mi) north of Tallinn, Estonia. Helsinki has close connections with these three cities.

The municipality of Helsinki forms the heart of the Helsinki metropolitan area and Greater Helsinki area. Over one million people live in the Helsinki metropolitan area, which includes the city of Helsinki and three other cities. Two of these cities, Espoo and Vantaa, immediately border Helsinki to the west and north. Kauniainen, the third city, is an enclave within the city of Espoo. The Helsinki metropolitan area is the northernmost urban area on Earth with a population of over 1 million people, and the city is the northernmost capital of an EU member state. Altogether 1.3 million people live in the Greater Helsinki area, which includes the aforementioned cities and 9 suburban satellite towns. Approximately 1 in 4 Finns live in the Greater Helsinki area.

Helsinki is Finland’s major political, educational, financial, cultural and research center. Helsinki is also an important regional city on the Baltic Sea and northern Europe. Approximately 70% of foreign companies operating in Finland have settled in the Helsinki region.

7. Sydney, Australia

Overall Livability Rating: 96.1

Stability: 90

Health Care: 100

Education: 100

Infrastructure: 100

Culture & Environment: 94.4

Sydney is the largest city in Australia and Oceania, and the state capital of New South Wales. Sydney has a metropolitan area population of approximately 4.5 million and an area of approximately 12,000 square kilometres (4,633 sq mi). Its inhabitants are called Sydneysiders, and Sydney is often called “the Harbour City”. It is one of the most multicultural cities in the world, reflecting its role as a major destination for immigrants to Australia.

The city is home to many prominent parks, such as Hyde Park, Royal Botanical Gardens and national parks. This is a major factor, along with Sydney Harbour, that has led to the city’s reputation as one of the most beautiful in the world.

Source: Economist Intelligence Unit, cnbc.com, worldinterestingfacts.com
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Top 7 Most Delayed Airports

We already published two articles about busy airports: Top 7 Busiest Airports in 2010 and Top 7 Busiest Passenger Air Routes. Because of the traffic and the amount of people that pass in the places, you may think that  any of the airports listed in these two post would easily enter in any list of the most delayed airports, but they are so well organized that they don’t belong to the Top 7 Most Delayed Airports. for our list we included only airports which has the most detailed information. That means that some airports, particularly large hubs in South America, weren’t considered for our list:

1. Indira Gandhi International Airport

Airport code: DEL

Location: New Delhi, India

On-time arrivals: 44.5%

: 12 500 ft

: 776 ft

: 77° 7’ 5” E

: 28° 34’ 10” N

: 733

: +5.5

: Unknown

: Unknown

: Unknown

: http://delhiairport.com

For the third year in a row, Indira Gandhi International in Delhi, India, appears on our “most delayed” airport list. This year, it appears in both the “worst arrival” and “worst departure” categories. In 2009, 20% of published, scheduled passenger flights at the airport arrived at least 45 minutes late, according to FlightStats’ sampling of flights.

2. Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport

Airport code: BOM

Location: Mumbai, India

On-time arrivals: 55.9%

: 11 302 ft

: 36 ft

Longitude : 72° 52’ 5” E

Latitude : 19° 5’ 19” N

World Area Code : 733

GMT Offset : +5.5

Telephone : Domestic Terminal (1A/1B) – +91 22 26264000, International Terminal (2A/2C) – +91 22 26813000

Fax : Unknown

Email : yourcomments@csia.in

Website : www.csia.in

By 2015, this airport in Mumbai is expected to undergo an infrastructure upgrade that will enable it to handle 40 million passengers annually. It’s India’s busiest, handling 24.3 million passengers in 2008, according to Airports Council International. FlightStats’ data show 15% of sampled flights at the airport in 2009 were at least 45 minutes late.

3. Istanbul Ataturk International Airport (Meenambakkam)

Airport code: IST

Location: Istanbul, Turkey

On-time arrivals: 60.7%

: 9 842 ft

: 157 ft

Longitude : 28° 49’ 16” E

Latitude : 40° 58’ 37” N

World Area Code : 679

GMT Offset : +2.0

Telephone : +90 212 465 55 55

Fax : + 90 212 465 50 50

Email : info@tav.aero

Website : www.ataturkairport.com

At the crossroads of Europe and Asia, Istanbul’s airport saw nearly 29 million passengers in 2008, according to Airports Council International. But last year, most arrivals didn’t get there on time. According to FlightStats, 17% of all sampled passenger flights here arrived between 15 and 29 minutes late. More than 11% were late by at least 45 minutes.

4. Madras International Airport

Airport code: MAA

Location: Chennai / Madras, India

On-time arrivals: 63.9%

: 12 001 ft

: 52 ft

: 80° 10’ 50” E

: 12° 59’ 40” N

: 733

: +5.5

: 044-2340551

: Unknown

: Unknown

: www.chennaiairport.com

Formerly known as Madras International Airport, Chennai is the third-busiest airport in India, with 10.1 million passengers in 2008, according to Airports Council International. It’s also the country’s third-worst in terms of arrivals. According to FlightStats, nearly 18% of sampled flights at Chennai arrived between 15 and 29 minutes late in 2009. About 10% were more than 45 minutes late.

5. Ontario International Airport

Airport code: ONT

Location: Ontario, California

On-time arrivals: 65.1%

: 12 198 ft

: 944 ft

: 117° 36’ 4” W

: 34° 3’ 22” N

: 67

: -8.0

: Unknown

: Unknown

: Unknown

: www.lawa.org/ont/

Ontario, Calif., touts its airport as an efficient alternative to the traffic congestion at nearby Los Angeles International Airport. But at LAX, 81% of all scheduled passenger flights arrived on time in 2009, according to FlightStats. At LA-Ontario, this figure was 65%.

6. Newark Liberty International Airport

Airport code: EWR

Location: Newark, New Jersey

On-time arrivals: 65.4%

: 11 000 ft

: 18 ft

Longitude : 74° 10’ 7” W

Latitude : 40° 41’ 33” N

World Area Code : 21

GMT Offset : -5.0

Telephone : +1 973 961 6000

Fax : Unknown

Email : Unknown

Website : www.panynj.gov/airports/newark-liberty.html

Inclement weather and crowded airspace are the biggest challenges for airports near and in the Big Apple. According to FlightStats, 18% of the airport’s scheduled passenger flights were at least 45 minutes late in 2009. Not good news for customers of Continental Airlines, which accounts for 50% of Newark’s domestic commercial traffic, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

7. Sharm El Sheikh International Airport

Airport code: SSH

Location: Ras Nasrani, Egypt

On-time arrivals: 66%

: 10 108 ft

: 143 ft

: 34° 23’ 42” E

: 27° 58’ 38” N

: 591

: +2.0

: Unknown

: Unknown

: Unknown

: Unknown

Located at the tip of the Sinai Peninsula, Sharm el-Sheik airport’s passenger traffic increased 21% to 7.7 million passengers, according to Airports Council International, from 2007 to 2008. However, if 2009 is any indication, on-time arrivals haven’t kept pace with this growth. Nearly 13% of the commercial passenger flights at Sharm el-Sheikh were at least 45 minutes late, according to FlightStats’ sampling of flights.

Source: Forbes, www.world-airport-codes.com, www.flightstats.com
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Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2010

We already published a couple of post about the richest people in 2010 (Top 7 Richest People in the World in 2010 and Top 7 American Billionaires in 2010), but when we posted the last article about this theme (Top 7 American Billionaires in the Making), it was very interesting to know that the number one on this list (Sean Parker), even though he was related to Napster and Plaxo in the past, his actual fortune come from Facebook (estimated fortune of $920 million with just 30 years old). This brought me the curiosity to investigate about the Top 7 Youngest Billionaires in 2010:

1. Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $4 billion

Age: 25

Fortune: self made

Source: Facebook

Country of citizenship: United States of America

Residence: Palo Alto, California

Education: Harvard University, drop out

Marital status: single

World’s youngest billionaire leading his addictive social networking site Facebook to an inevitable public pay-day. Firm became “cash-flow positive” last year, instituted dual-class voting structure akin to what Google put into place before it held its 2004 offering. Fresh-faced entrepreneur launched Facebook from Harvard dorm room in 2004. Left school for Silicon Valley later that year; bagged initial $500,000 investment from PayPal cofounder Peter Thiel. Last May Russian investment firm Digital Sky agreed to buy stock from Facebook employees; deal priced company at $10 billion. Shares continue to change hands on private equity exchange SecondMarket; recent transactions put the value at upwards of $15 billion. Growing rapidly: in past 12 months user base has surged 130% to 400 million.

2. Albert von Thurn und Taxis

Net worth: $2.2 billion

Age: 26

Fortune: inherited

Source: diversified

Country of citizenship: Germany

Residence: Regensburg

Education: University of Edinburgh, BA / Science. University of Edinburgh, Master of Arts

Marital status: single

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 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 farm in Bavaria, southern Germany, and sell electricity. Lives in family castle, Schloss Emmeram. Eligible bachelor is also a race car driver; tours with a German auto-racing league.

3. Yang Huiyan

Net worth: $3.4 billion

Age: 28

Fortune: inherited

Source: real estate

Country of citizenship: China

Residence: Foshan

Education: Ohio State University, BA / Science

Marital status: married

Yang’s wealth is up to $3.4 billion from $2.3 billion in the past year but still well below her 2007 net worth of $16.2 billion when she was China’s richest person. Her fortune is tied up in her holding in Guangdong developer Country Garden, run by her father Yeung Kwok Keung, who transferred the shares to her before the firm’s 2007 public offering. Ohio State grad is now apparently responsible for supervising the company’s procurement and resource strategies. The company continued to expand its investments outside of Guangdong in January through a winning bid for a land plot in the central Chinese city of Wuhan.

4. Fahd Hariri

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Age: 29

Fortune: inherited

Source: construction, investments

Country of citizenship: Lebanon

Residence: Paris

Education: N/A

Marital status: single

Youngest son of slain Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri inherited stake in his father’s massive construction, telecom and real estate empire Saudi Oger after his death in 2005. Serves on board of family’s Future TV, a satellite and terrestrial television network covering the Middle East. Hariri, who reportedly lives in Dubai, is involved in UAE projects including a five-star hotel due to open in Abu Dhabi in 2011.

5. Li Zhaohui

Net worth: $1.0 billion

Age: 29

Fortune: inherited

Source: Manufacturing

Country of citizenship: China

Residence: Wenxi

Education: N/A

Marital status: N/A

Took over as chairman of Shanxi Haixin Iron & Steel Group after father was shot in 2003. Haixin, based in Shanxi province, is one of China’s biggest private steel manufacturers. Products include pig iron, crude steel, billet and cement. Total assets are $1.2 billion; company employs 7 200. Since taking over, Li has also diversified into finance; group now has stakes in Beijing’s Yinhua Fund Management, Minsheng Insurance, and brokerage firm Shanxi Securities. Li, who spends a lot time in Beijing, reportedly married Chinese actress Che Xiao in January.

6. Aymin Hariri

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Age: 31

Fortune: inherited

Source: construction, investments

Country of citizenship: Saudi Arabia

Residence: Riyadh

Education: Georgetown University, BA / Science

Marital status: married, 1 child

Son of slain Lebanese prime minister Rafiq Hariri, inherited stake in his father’s massive construction, telecom and real estate empire Saudi Oger after his death in 2005. Now based in Riyadh, helps oversee family’s investments in telecom, media and real estate while older brother Saad carries on political legacy as Lebanon’s prime minister. Georgetown-educated engineer got start at global fixed-satellite-provider Intelsat. Now chairs U.S. identity-software management firm Epok, which sells to federal and state customers. Also serves on board of South African mobile phone operator Cell C.

7. Yoshikazu Tanaka

Net worth: $1.4 billion

Age: 33

Fortune: self made

Source: social networking

Country of citizenship: Japan

Residence: Tokyo

Education: Nihon University

Marital status: N/A

World’s second-youngest self-made billionaire after Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg, Tanaka also made his fortune from a social networking site, Gree. He started out at Sony, then worked for fellow billionaire Hiroshi Mikitani at online shopping site Rakuten. Left in 2004 to set up Gree at a tech incubator; company name inspired by American social psychologist Stanley Milgram’s concept of “six degrees of separation.” Eventually transitioned the site into mobile gaming to better compete with rivals. Attracting around a million new subscribers a month, who pay for virtual clothes and accessories for online avatars that participate in social games on their mobile phones. Named his conference rooms Sunnyvale and Mountain View, after the locations of Yahoo’s and Google’s headquarters.

Source: Forbes
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Top 7 Hostels in the World in 2010

Last week took place in London, UK, the Hoscar 2011 Awards, to recognize the top hostels around the globe. On this ceremony, the top 3 hostels were from my capital of the country where I’m now living, Lisbon. By definition, hostel is like a budget oriented hotel, providing sociable accommodation where guests can rent a bed, usually a bunk bed, in a dormitory and share a bathroom, lounge and sometimes a kitchen. Rooms can be mixed or single-sex, although private rooms may also be available. Hostels are generally cheaper for both the operator and the occupants; many hostels have long-term residents whom they employ as desk clerks or housekeeping staff in exchange for free accommodation:

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1. Travellers House

Rua Augusta, number 89, 1st floor, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 98%

Dorms from: €15

Privates from: €25

The Travellers House is ideally located in the most historical and central area of Lisbon, (Baixa), within walking distance to all major attractions, and interesting spots of Lisbon, with a super transport network at your door. In a 250 year old building, the hostel invite their fellow travellers to relax in our music lounge, enjoy a film in the TV/DVD room, or read books and surf on the internet, in the reading lounge.

Cleaning service runs all day long, making sure everything is spotless. The facilities include bathroom for men and for women, hot showers 24 hours a day, 4 common rooms (dining room, Music lounge, TV/DVD area, reading lounge), and free use kitchen.

Owned and managed by travellers who together designed this Hostel in order to provide the customer with the best stay in one of the most picturesque cities of Europe. Besides the Travellers House, they have just renovated a historic building 10 minutes from the Hostel, the ‘Travellers House-Studios’, which includes four charming studio apartments. The Apartments have all the perks a modern traveler can wish for.

travellershouse.com

2. Lisbon Lounge Hostel

Rua de Sao Nicolau, 41st, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 96%

Dorms from: €18

Privates from: €25

Open since April 2005, the LLH was the first Hostel in Lisbon. Moved in March 2007 to the Rua de Sao Nicolau 41st, Lisbon’s Downtown (Baixa) , Lisbon’s Heart!

The highest standards of quality and comfort are now available in this Hostel. They are now bigger and better but still have the same concern: offering their customers a place where you can feel at home with style and design.

LLH is now located in the most Historical Area of Lisbon. Customers will find pedestrian streets full of Monuments, Museums, Restaurants, Cafes, Terraces, Shops, Supermarkets, Tourism Info Spots and so much more…
It´s also close to the main transport system (bus, tram and subway/metro), the best night life area – Bairro Alto – and the Train Stations that takes you to the nearest Beaches (Estoril and Cascais) or the lovely and magical Sintra!

The LLH has 9 rooms available (from Twin Beds with Satellite Tv to 8 Beds Dorm Rooms), 6 Bathrooms, a fully equipped Kitchen for all guests, 3 Lounge Areas where you can relax, have a drink, listen to music, watch a film projection, read books and magazines, play games or just chat with the other guests, use the free Wi-Fi Internet, Personal Lockers in the rooms, free maps, tourist info and guides, laundry service, Mini Bar plus free Coffee and Tea all day!

lisbonloungehostel.com

3. Living Lounge Hostel

Rua do Crucifixo 116 2nd floor, Lisbon, Portugal

Overall rating: 96%

Dorms from: €18

Privates from: €25

Living Lounge, Lisbon’s newest hostel, takes hostel art and traveling life to a whole new level. Each double, single and dorm room at the hostel is a unique work of art, having been individually designed by local artists to reflect different elements of Lisbon’s rich culture. Although every room is different, they have all been crafted with the same goal in mind: providing our guests with supreme comfort, security and style during their stay.

This hostel features a luxurious and spacious downstairs lounge area, providing the perfect place to sip a drink, listen to music and meet people from around the world. Upstairs they have a peaceful indoor garden room, a lovely place to bring a book and relax. Their guests are welcome to use our free Wi-Fi internet, and the staff can provide free maps and any tourist info you might need.

Living Lounge, opened in July 2008, is the newest project from the same group who own and operate the Lisbon Lounge Hostel. With Living Lounge, they bring their customers the same high standards of quality and design but with an exciting new artistic concept.

Living Lounge is located in the heart of Lisbon’s tourist centre, right on the border between the ritzy Chiado district and the historic Baixa. The Baixa-Chiado metro station is literally right across the street, and it is only a quick train ride to Lisbon’s nearest beaches or a short stumble to Lisbon’s best nightlife area – the Bairro Alto.

lisbonloungehostel.com

4. Hostel Mostel

2A Makedonia Boulevard, Sofia, Bulgaria

Overall rating: 93%

Dorms from: €6.80

Privates from: €8

Hostel Mostel set of facilities include big sitting area to chill out, romantic wooden veranda in front of the house, free to use Wi-Fi Internet access all over the place, pool table and much more. The hotel is perfectly centrally located, the city’s tourist attractions, outdoor markets, restaurants, clubs and bars all just around the hostel. Sveta Nedelia Cathedral – the absolute center of Sofia is 5 minutes walking away from the hostel. They are also within walking distance from the central railway / bus station as well. Even when the Mostel Hostel is perfectly located in the city center, still their customers will be well hidden from the street noise in our inner yard.

In this hostel the customer can get, for free, an all you can eat breakfast, a portion of pasta and a beer in the evening, clean and fresh sheets, blanket, pillow and towel, use of modern fully equipped kitchen.

hostelmostel.com

5. Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers Hostel

Novembra Krastmala 29, Old Riga, Riga, Latvia

Overall rating: 93%

Dorms from: €4.32

Privates from: €5.82

Friendly Fun Franks Backpackers is the newest hostel in Riga. The Friendly Fun Franks Hostel is Australian, British and Latvian owned. Is situated in the Walls of the Medieval Castle of Old Riga. All Rooms are Newly Renovated with Panoramic Views Overlooking the Picturesque Daugava River.

This hostel is ideal for people who enjoy friendly Australian hospitality, British quality service and Latvian cultural experience.

franksbackpackers.hostel.com

6. Montreal Central

1586 St-Hubert, Montreal, Quebec, Montreal, Canada

Overall rating: 94%

Dorms from: €15.70

Privates from: €22.77

One street away from the Latin Quarter, this newly 2009 refurbished backpacker hotel, is pleased to welcome all travelers looking to spend quality time in the heart of alternative Montreal at an affordable price.

Situated on St-Hubert corner, one street away from the Latin Quarter and its vibrant bars, cafés and restaurant. Montreal Central offers pignon sur rue to all a traveler could look for in Montreal. Our hands on staff have the keys to all hidden or mass popular activities in the neighborhood and we are committed to go the extra mile with you if the streets of Montreal have not yet wore your soles off.

hostelmontrealcentral.com

7. Han Tang Inn Youth Hostel

Nº7 Nan Chang Xiang, South of Xincheng Square, Xi’an, China

Overall rating: 94%

Dorms from: €4.79

Privates from: €5.91

Han Tang Inn is a boutique hostel. Situated inside a traditional residential district in the city center. Staying here will make you feel like local. With bus stops right outside our door to the airport, train station and most famous cultural sites.

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Source: hostelworld.com
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