15 Most Popular & TOP LinkedIn Influencers of 2014

1) Richard Branson, Founder at Virgin Group, 7,086,073 followers

2) Jack Welch, Executive Chairman, Jack Welch Management Institute at Strayer University, 3,928,774 followers

3) Deepak Chopra MD, Founder, Chopra Foundation, 3,826,551 followers

4) Arianna Huffington President and Editor-in-Chief at The Huffington Post Media Group, 2,939,491 followers

5) Bill Gates, Co-chair, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, 2,893,008 followers

6) Jeff Weiner, CEO at LinkedIn, 2,420,996 followers

7) James Caan, Serial Entrepreneur, 2,086,122 followers

8) Daniel Goleman, Author of The Triple Focus, 1,917,286 followers

9) David Cameron, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, 1.493.578 Follower

10) Guy Kawasaki, Chief Evangelist at Canva, 1.444.565 Follower

11) Gretchen Rubin, Author, 1.324.717 Follower

12) Barack Obama, President of the United States of America, 1.238.538 Follower

13) T. Boone Pickens, Founder, Chairman and CEO at BP Capital and TBP Investments Management, 1.155.205 Follower

14) Katya Andresen, 1.099.295 Follower

15) Ryan Holmes, CEO at Hootsuite, 1.051.967 Follower

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Best Tips from Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer, Google’s employee #20 and the recently named CEO of Yahoo!, has spoken extensively about how she managed her teams (including Google Search, Google Images and Google News) and employees at Google.

Here are four important lessons from Mayer’s tenure at Google:

1. Failure IS an Option
When speaking at a panel for Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Summit, Mayer said, “It’s totally fine to fail, you just have to fail fast.” Mayer emphasizes that you should try any idea and not be afraid of failure, but you need to know when to abandon ship and leave a bad idea before the damage is irreversible.

2. Talent Recognizes Talent
At Google, Mayer have founded a leadership program called APM (Associate Product Manager). Through the program, Mayer identified talented young engineers and invited them to take part in an engineering incubator, backed by Google dollars and led by Mayer. These contacts will no doubt prove invaluable when Mayer begins building her new team at Yahoo!.

3. Don’t Forget the Fundamentals
As a recent Forbes piece noted, there are several basic qualities that all inspiring leaders share, and Mayer is no exception. She is an expert at getting people excited about her ideas, she is passionate about what she does (evidenced by her still working 9 am til after 8 pm every day, long after she received her big payday at Google), she’s a persuasive speaker, and she is an excellent motivator.

4. Be a Leader and a Mentor
Mayer understands that it’s important, as a leader, to be a mentor, too. “Employees, especially young people, want more than a paycheck,” Mayer said. In other words, people want to find meaning from their work. In order to mentor her employees at Google and help them find meaning in their work, she held office hours for 90 minutes each day.

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Richard Branson and Virgin Earth Challenge

Prosperous British businessman Richard Branson has succeeded in life, starting, as they say, from zero.

From a poor family, he excelled in school, on the contrary, the past crawling a class to another, first at Scaitcliffe School, and then at Stowe School, where “managed” to rank last in the class .

First, stayed in jale because at first business was stolen from VAT, and later became one of the great billionaires. Filthy rich, announced last year that is no longer interested in money and spends half the effort unproductive activities. He became a philanthropist.
His megabrand, Virgin, is home to more than 250 companies, from gyms, gambling houses and bridal boutiques to fleets of planes, trains and limousines. The man even owns his own island.

And now Richard Branson is moving onward and upward into space (tourism): Virgin Galactic’s Philippe Starck-designed, The first Burt Rutan-engineered spacecraft, The Enterprise, completed its first captive carry in early 2010 and is slated to start carrying passengers into the thermosphere in 2012, at $200,000 a ticket.

Richard Branson has written his own rules for success, creating a group of companies that has studded everyone, but no central headquarters, no management hierarchy, and minimal bureaucracy. Many of his business – airlines, retail, Virgin Coke, occurred in areas where competition was quite high. He gave each a gold mine in markets where consumers were dissatisfied, where confusion was mainly operating and competing firms stagnating.

Branson also has a philanthropic streak. He’s pledged the next 10 years of profits from his transportation empire (an amount expected to reach $3 billion) to the development of renewable alternatives to carbon fuels. And then there’s his Virgin Earth Challenge, which offers a $25 million prize to the first person to come up with an economically solution to the greenhouse gas problem.

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Elon Musk Facts 2014

Elon Musk is a man with a vision. The founder of PayPal, SolarCity, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX – all interesting companies in four completely different industries. Here we can take a look at the life of Elon Musk.

Elon Musk was born in Pretoria, South Africa, in 1971. His father was an engineer and his mother a nutritionist from Canada. Musk was interested in computers and by the age of 12 years, he had written the code for his own video game, a space game with name Blastar, which was the first product he ever sold.

First company of Elon Musk was Paypal, that in October 2012 was acquired by eBay for US$1.5 billion in stock. At that time Musk owned 11.7 percent of PayPal’s shares. In 2006, Elon Musk co-founded SolarCity, a photovoltaics products and services company with his cousin Lyndon River. Musk was named as one of the 75 most influential people of the 21st century by Esquire magazine.

In 2013, Musk revealed the Hyperloop, his idea for a transportation system that could send people from San Francisco to Los Angeles in just half an hour, using pressurized tubes. Then he said he’d build a prototype himself if no one else does.
SpaceX, his fast-growing rocket company, has completed four commercial satellite launches and promises to one day take humans to Mars. As if that weren’t enough, Musk’s green-energy side project, SolarCity, is expanding rapidly, with operations in 15 states and a stock price that has increased in last years by several times.

In June, Musk wowed observers by announcing that he would share all of Tesla’s patents with any company that wants to develop electric cars, in an attempt to get more of them on the road and slow the pace of climate change.

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Warren Buffett: A role model for business people

Warren Edward Buffett was born on August 30, 1930 to his father Howard, a stockbroker-turned-Congressman. The only boy, he was the second of three children, and displayed an amazing aptitude for both money and business at a very early age. Acquaintances recount his uncanny ability to calculate columns of numbers off the top of his head – a feat Warren still amazes business colleagues with today.
Many people have tried to emulate Warren Buffett in terms of style or in business, especially in relation to investment ideas. But to get rich as Warren Buffett is not enough to have the intuition of making the most inspired movements, for which he was nicknamed the “Oracle of Omaha”. Buffett is successful with the money and because it is very thrifty.

When his first child was born, turned a drawer from a wardrobe in cart. For the second, borrowed a crib instead of buying one. When he stayed at the hotels, he bought water soft drinks from market to not pay for room service. He drove a Volkswagen car many years until his wife decided that this is harming the image and bought him a Cadillac.

Whether investing in large companies or make their daily purchases, chairman Berkshire Hathaway Corporation, which ranks third in the richest billionaires in the world, is guided by the idea that every penny counts.
Consequently, rather than spending on things you do not need, even insignificant amounts of money, better he invest or keep them to make them something that really brings you pleasure, like to buy a holiday.

In May 2014, Buffett wrote a provocative article in Fortune magazine on how America has made a terrible mistake in under-utilizing the talents of women, leading the way for other companies to also re-evaluate the way they hire and promote women.

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Who Is Jack Ma & Jack Ma Facts

Jack Ma, the founder of Alibaba, has an amazing rags-to-riches story. He’s a small guy, barely five feet tall, and he has frequently been described as elfish. His nickname is “Crazy Jack Ma.” He is not imposing, started from nothing, and is affectionately called crazy – but today his net worth is estimated at over $21 billion according to Bloomberg Billionaires index. The story of his rise to wealth and power is both fascinating and inspiring.

When Jack Ma was born back in 1964, China was a remarkably different place. While the 1960’s were a period of liberalization in the Western world, in China the 1960’s were the midst of the the Mao Zedong era. The Chinese world was kept separate from the Western world in a way that would never be possible with today’s global economy. That period in Chinese history was a time rampant poverty and constant fear for many. Shortly after Ma’s birth, China entered a period known as the Cultural Revolution, which amounted to large-scale purges launched by Mao in an effort to regain control of the party by attacking aspects of China’s culture. The Cultural Revolution dominated the next decade of Chinese history until Mao’s death in 1976.

The Cultural Revolution devastated Ma’s early life as his parents were musical storytellers and Mao banned that particular form of storytelling as a part of his Cultural Revolution. As was par for the course at the time, Ma’s parents beat him as a child. For fun, Ma collected crickets for an ancient pastime known as cricket fighting (although that was also banned by the Cultural Revolution). For that day and age, his life was fairly normal.

One of the first steps that would ultimately set Ma on a different path came at age 12, when he began waking at 5 a.m. every morning to travel (by foot or bicycle) to Hangzhou’s biggest hotel to practice English with the foreign tourists. Ma continued doing this for eight years. Ma explained the importance of this to journalist Rebecca Fannin of Inc., “When I was 12 years old, I got interested in learning English. I rode my bike for 40 minutes every morning, rain or snow, for eight years to a hotel near the city of Hangzhou’s West Lake district, about 100 miles southwest of Shanghai. China was opening up, and a lot of foreign tourists went there. I showed them around as a free guide and practiced my English. Those eight years deeply changed me. I started to become more globalized than most Chinese. What I learned from my teachers and books was different from what the foreign visitors told us.”

Ma continued, “The other event that fundamentally changed me was in 1979, when I met a family with two kids from Australia. We met and spent three days together and played Frisbee. We became pen pals. In 1985 they invited me to go to Australia for a summer vacation. I went in July, and those 31 days changed my life. Before I left China, I was educated that China was the richest, happiest country in the world. So when I arrived in Australia, I thought, ‘Oh, my God, everything is different from what I was told.’ Since then, I started to think differently.”
As it turned out, though, thinking differently did not help Ma in the short-term. He flunked his exam for university twice before being accepted into what was commonly considered Hangzhou’s worst university, Hangzhou Teachers University. Despite his unpromising start, Ma was later elected student chairman and eventually became the chairman of the city’s Students Federation.

After earning his degree, Ma’s life still did not become any easier: “When I graduated, I was the only one of 500 students assigned to teach at a university. My pay was 100 to 120 renminbi, which is like $12 to $15 per month. I always had a dream that when I finished my five years, I would join a business — a hotel or whatever. I just wanted to go do something. In 1992, the business environment started improving. I applied for a lot of jobs, but nobody wanted me! I was turned down for secretary to the general manager of a Kentucky Fried Chicken.”
Another life-changing event came in 1995 when Ma traveled to Seattle as the interpreter for a trade delegation. While there, he said, “A friend showed me the Internet there for the first time. We searched the word beer on Yahoo and discovered that there was no data about China. We decided to launch a website and registered the name China Pages.”

Upon his return to China, Ma borrowed $2,000 to begin the company, which was essentially a directory listing of Chinese internet companies. He had no particular knowledge of computers or even of email. He had never even touched a keyboard before that trip to Seattle. Nonetheless, Ma launched an internet company. China Pages competed with China Telecom for about a year before the latter suggested a joint venture. However, because China Pages got so few seats on the board, the effectively got no say in anything, and so Ma resigned. He soon got an offer in Beijing working for a government group intended to promote e-commerce.

Then, in 1999 the enterprising Ma decided to go off on his own and start a new venture. He said, “My dream was to set up my own e-commerce company. In 1999, I gathered 18 people in my apartment and spoke to them for two hours about my vision. Everyone put their money on the table, and that got us $60,000 to start Alibaba. I wanted to have a global company, so I chose a global name. ‘Alibaba’ is easy to spell, and people everywhere associate that with ‘Open, Sesame,’ the command that Ali Baba used to open doors to hidden treasures in One Thousand and One Nights.” Alibaba has indeed been a door to treasure, both for its users and for its founder, who is now estimated to be worth around $21.8 billion.

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10 Best Paid CEOs of 2014

The best paid CEOs in the world have salaries that state presidents or business owners only dream brand. In most large companies, the post of Chairman (CEO) is the function you want and a lot of employees, but is not so easily obtained, being the highest executive position in the administrative management of a company.

See 10 best paid CEOs of 2014 below:

Gerald Rubin – 41,6 mln dollars
Helen of Troy, the company that distributes name brands such as Gross and Pert Plus, had record sales at the end of the fiscal year in February 2013, helping him Gerald Rubin to go home with 29 million dollars.

Richard Bracken – 46,4 mln dollars
It pays generous to drive the largest chain of hospitals nation. Bracken retires at the end, after spending more than 30 years at HCA, but definitely the 21.4 million dollars of shares will help in retirement.

E. Hunter Harrison – 49,2 mln dollars
Hunter Harrison’s salary is very swollen in large part because of an agreement with Canadian Pacific in the firm she finances a pension that he lost when he left the former company in 2012, but he still receives eight digits of the shares only for his work .

David Zaslav – 49,9 mln dollars
Research firm Morningstar called Discovery Channel “the largest distribution brand in the world”. Reach in over 200 countries and profitable cable channels such as Animal Planet and TLC, all thanks to David Zaslav.

John Hammergren – 51,7 mln dollars
John Hammergren, CEO of distributor of medical devices and pharmaceuticals McKensson, not only has one of the highest salaries of an American corporation, but also has one of the most generous “golden parachute”. Could make 303,400,000 dollars if he leave the company.

Leslie Moonves – 62,2 mln dollars
That Moonves drive the most viewed television network in America is a good reason for wage to be generous.

Robert Kotick – 64,9 mln dollars
Activision Blizzard – the maker of success game Call of Duty and World of Warcraft – rewarded CEO, Robert Kotick by more than 60% of the shares in 2013.

Mario Gabelli – 69 mln dollars
The ownership of 99% of Gamco Investors, founder and CEO, Matio Gabelli has almost total control over his company. The take home 69 million dollars in 2012, representing 20% of total revenues of Gamco

Larry Ellison – 77 mln dollars
Ellison, founder and CEO of software maker Oracle’s long on lists of the best paid CEO.

Elon Musk – 78,2 mln dollars
CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk made ​​the first million through PayPal payment platform development and the success of his fame only grew.






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Dick Costolo, COO of Twitter, facts 2014

The challenges of growing an organization so quickly are so numerous. Growing big is not success, in itself. Success to us means meeting our potential as a profitable company that can retain its culture and user focus while having a positive impact on the world.

It was only a little over a 5 years ago that Costolo joined Twitter as COO. Previously, he had been at Google after the search giant bought his company FeedBurner back in 2007. While he clearly didn’t need the money, Costolo noted that he was joining Twitter because he thought the company had the opportunity to become one of the big world-changing companies. Now he has the chance to lead it.

As COO, Costolo has been integral in Twitter’s attempt to make money. Efforts to do just that seem to ramp up everyday. And Costolo has been able to help Twitter bring aboard an impressive roster of talent. He mentions Ali Rowghani, Adam Bain, Mike Abbott, Katie Stanton and Kevin Thau. All but Thau came aboard after Costolo.

Costolo has been a CEO three times before in his career, so he’s confident the transition will be a smooth one. Of course, this is also the second CEO change for Twitter as Williams himself took over from creator Jack Dorsey almost exactly two years ago.
Dick Costolo, CEO of Twitter, is trying to attract more users in 2014, saying he wants to make social networking easier to use, improve messaging service and work with developers of mobile applications to expand the services offered by the company.

Sales have doubled in July compared with the third quarter of last year, reaching 361.2 million dollars. Revenue surpassed analyst estimates surveyed by Bloomberg, who anticipated sales of $ 351 million for the third quarter.
Revenues from advertising on mobile platforms accounted for 85% of total advertising revenues recorded by Twitter in the third quarter.

Twitter estimates in 2014 for fourth-quarter revenue of between 440 and 450 million dollars.
It’s a great addition by Twitter CEO, Dick Costolo.  But let’s be clear: there’s still enormous pressure on Costolo between now and the end of the year to prove that he’s really got a firm hand on the wheel at Twitter.

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Mark Zuckerberg’s net worth in 2014

Not even 30 years old yet, Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg ranks as No. 21 on the Forbes Rich List. Shares of the 10-year-old company are up about 130 percent over last year, which helped the company find much of the $19 billion it used last month to pay for the text-messaging tool, WhatsApp.

Shares of Facebook have experienced a huge increase, such as Mark Zuckerberg, co-founder, was enriched and more. On Nasdaq, titles social network reached a historic high of $ 76.74 / share, up 7.6% from the previous session, according to the Chicago Tribune.
But not just Facebook shares rose. Mark Zuckerberg’s fortune increased to 33.3 billion dollars. Businessman holds 422,954,082 of the shares of his company.

He managed to overcome the two co-founders of Google, Larry Page (33.2 billion dollars) and Sergey Brin (31.9 billion dollars), currently ranking the 16th place in Billionaires Index compiled by Bloomberg.

Facebook founder joined a select club of rich, considering that billions of account number exceeds his age (30 years). The first who managed this was Carlos Slim, currently the second richest man in the world, which had $ 74 billion at the age of 71 years. Later, it became a trend among the 1%. For example, Bill Gates has made 80.1 billion dollars in just 58 years.

If the social network shares will reach $ 200 / share, then Zuckerberg will become the richest man in the world.

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Hubert Joly survives against Wal-Mart with lower expenses

Hubert Joly has been the Chief Executive Officer and President of Best Buy Co., Inc. since September 2012. Joly served as the President of Carlson Hotels Worldwide and Chief Executive Officer of Carlson Hotels Worldwide for RADLAX Gateway Hotel, LLC. Mr. Joly served as the Chief Executive Officer and President of CW Government Travel, Inc. since 2008.

Joly has a famous reputation as a turnaround and transformation expert, having begun his corporate career leading the struggling French division of Electronic Data Systems. In his three years with EDS, the company reversed its revenue slide, going from 1.3 billion French Francs to 2.1 billion, while significantly increasing profit margin.

Best Buy has been dealing with increased competition from online stores, notably Amazon.com, and discounters like Wal-Mart. Under CEO Hubert Joly, the company tried to turn around results, revamping merchandise, training employees and cutting costs.

So how can Best Buy survive by matching prices long term against companies with lower expenses like Amazon and Wal-Mart?
Joly is banking on his big box stores, superior customer service, product selection, and services like the Geek squad.

Hubert Joly is closing some of the oversized and underutilized stores and opting for smaller physical spaces while digging further into digital spaces. That includes shipping purchases directly from some 1,000 stores to customers who buy online.

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