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9Oct/17Off

Roberto Santiago: Developer of the Majestic Manaira Shopping Mall

One of the consequences of a growing Brazilian economy for the last couple of decades has been an increase in the amount of disposable income among its citizens. Naturally, therefore, people want to buy more. Businessman Roberto Santiago was among the first to come to this realization and predicted that the retail sector would undergo considerable growth. Consequently, he took a risk and decided to open up a shopping mall, Manaira Mall. Developed in 1989 and again developed in 2013 and 2014, the Manaira Mall is one of the largest and aesthetically pleasing shopping spaces in the country.

The Manaira Mall is considered the crown jewel of its home city of Jao Pessoa. This is quite a commendable feat especially because Jao Pessoa is a highly developed area and contains numerous other competing malls. The 135,000 square-meter mall is undisputedly the largest in the city and two approximately two years to construct. Its high standing among shopping malls in the country has seen it play host to the flagship stores of some huge local and international brands. As a result of this and more, millions of people walk through the mall’s doors every year.

The recreational experience offered by the Manaira Mall is unrivaled. For those taking a break or uninterested in the shopping, there is a large movie area that contains 11 cinema rooms, three of which offer 3D viewing. For the younger visitors at the mall, there is an exclusive game zone while adults can also play at a provided bowling station. The dining experiences offered at the mall are also quite diverse. In addition to a food court area, there are also a number of restaurants within the mall that offer fine dining experiences.

Manaira Mall has the amenities to go with the quality services offered. In total, there are 3,180 parking vacancies at the mall. Given the mall’s popularity, it is not uncommon to see the parking area filled to near full capacity. Additionally, it has an eight thousand-capacity concert hall located on its roof. The hall has previously been used to host art exhibitions, concerts, corporate events, parties and theatrical performances. Further, the mall also has within its confines a gym, a number of banks and the College of Higher Education of Paraiba.

Roberto Santiago’s entrepreneurial excellence does not just stop at the Manaira Mall. He also owns other shopping malls with his first being the Mangabeira Shopping Mall. Additionally, being one of the most respected businessmen in the country, he holds numerous other investments in other sectors. Particularly, he also operates in the entertainment and real estate industries. Further, he has been known to dabble in the stock exchange from time to time.

 

14Jul/17Off

The Spectacular Rise Of Hussain Sajwani

Businessman Hussain Sajwani is the founder, CEO and chairman of the very successful real estate development company DAMAC Properties. Sajwani is a visionary businessman that has been able to quickly identify lucrative business opportunities and put himself in a position to take make the most out of them. A graduate of the University of Washington, Hussain Sajwani has a wide range of business interests. Using his bachelor's degree in science, he was able to get a position with Abu Dhabi National Oil Company subsidiary GASCO as a contracts manager.

 

The first foray the Hussain Sajwani family made into business was when he started a food service company in 1982. It quickly garnered major contracts with construction giant Bechtel and the U.S. military. When the Dubai government began allowing foreigners to purchase real estate in the country, Sajwani saw a great business opportunity. In 2002 he founded DAMAC Properties and began developing real estate in underdeveloped parts of the country. As DAMAC owner, he was responsible for many of the innovative properties in Dubai that drew the attention of people worldwide.

 

Hussain Sajwani has gone on to do major real estate development projects in places like Abu Dhabi, Amman, Beirut, Doha, Jeddah, Riyadh and even in London. He has even worked with U.S. President Donald Trump and golfer Tiger Woods to create amazing golf courses. With more than 16,800 homes completed and over 44,000 units in its development pipeline, DAMAC Properties is now among the Middle East's largest property development companies. It's now a publicly-listed company and its shares are traded on Dubai's financial market.

 

In addition to his work with DAMAC Properties, Hussain Sajwani is also an astute investor. He has a track record for successful investments in the equity and capital markets worldwide. His investment portfolios list securities in several regional and global markets. These investments are handled by another of his companies, DICO Investments Co LLC. The investment company focuses on mergers and acquisitions, private equities as well as holdings in several publically traded companies. His many investment give Hussain Sujwani a net worth of over $4 billion.

 

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6Jun/17Off

Betsy DeVos: Fighting for Equal Educational Opportunities

Betsy DeVos was born and raised in Michigan where she attended Calvin College, a Christian Liberal Arts school. While in college, DeVos became involved in politics and such involvement has continued throughout her life. She has spent the last 30 years since then running campaigns, party organizations and political action committees.

DeVos has been the chair of the Windquest Group, a firm founded with husband Dick. The group invests in technology, manufacturing and clean energy. In addition to her work with the group, Betsy DeVos has been the chair of the Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. She has been a board member of the DeVos Institute for Arts Management at the Kennedy Center, Mars Hill Bible Church, Kids Hope USA, and the Foundation for Excellence in Education. Devos has been a leading advocate for the school choice movement.

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When DeVos' children were school age, she had to face a harsh reality in that not all children had the same access to educational opportunities. Betsy DeVos made a commitment to make a difference. She spent 15 years being a mentor to at-risk students in the Grand Rapids, Michigan public schools. She and her husband visited Potter's House Christian School in Grand Rapids. DeVos was moved by the families that were clearly struggling to keep their children learning in a safe learning environment. Betsy and Dick DeVos started helping to support individual students at the school. That support grew into a larger financial commitment, and the DeVos' continue their support to that school today. That experience sparked an interest in helping struggling families to choose better educational opportunities. Realizing that not all parents of school children had the opportunity to express the need for better educational opportunities for their children, Betsy DeVos committed herself to being their voice. She joined the fight for school choice so every parent could choose better schools regardless of district zoned school and regardless of income.

On February 7, 2017, Betsy DeVos became the 11th United States Secretary of Education under President Donald Trump. Together with the president, DeVos intends to continue her passion of the last 30 years working for educational reform. She has worked to get school choice in 25 states and the District of Columbia. She intends to work on creating equal opportunities for education the new reality. Visit Betsy’s profile on twitter.com.

9May/17Off

George Soros may be most abnegated philanthropist in history

George Soros has always been a curiosity among his plutocratic peers. Never devoutly interested in money, Soros always wanted to become a philosopher rather than a businessman.

In fact, he didn't even know that he wanted to go into a career on Wall Street until much later in life, when he was already in his late twenties.

One interesting consequence of this is that, it seems, Soros has long held the philosophy that philanthropic pursuits are the end to which all investors should strive in created means to fulfill. Over the course of his career, Soros has given away more money than perhaps any other investor in modern history. But what's more, he has given away this money throughout the entirety of his career; this includes significant sums very early in his investment career, when those returns would have had the opportunity to compound over many years, generating huge returns.

Many investors such as Warren Buffett, Carl Icahn and even the Koch brothers only started giving away vast sums of their fortunes much later in life. What this meant for these investors is that all of the money that they generated early in their careers was always able to compound. Many people do not fully appreciate the power that money left to compound returns has in building wealth. But it's safe to say that, for example, in the case of Warren Buffett, if Mr. Buffett would have been willing to give away the same amount of money that George Soros did at the same point in his career, he would have just a small fraction of his current wealth. Know more about George Soros on Investopedia.

After starting his first hedge fund, Soros Fund Management, in 1972, Soros went on to have an incredibly successful decade. But during this time, he almost immediately began giving away serious portions of his wealth to causes in which he believed If we assume that George Soros gave away the equivalent of just $1 billion in 1980, a very conservative assumption, given the fact that he has donated over $15 billion to date, his total net worth, compounding at a rate of 25 percent per year would be in excess of $3.5 trillion today. This would easily make him the richest man who has ever lived.

Because of Soros’ incredible rates of return, even the small amount of money that he gave away early in his career would be worth tremendous sums today.  Thus, it's safe to assume that absent Soros’ extreme generosity he would today be the richest man alive. Learn more on discoverthenetworks.org about George Soros.

21Apr/17Off

The Landmark Philanthropy of Dick DeVos

The world is in need of changes that need to be executed by people. Dick DeVos has already taken his portion of his work by bringing reforms. The world would give this nobleman and his family a standing ovation for their philanthropy activities that has donated over $139 million. This kind of culture has been handed down from the parents who were also charitable. The elderly DeVos plus the four children donated over $104 million in 2015. This is a clear indication the focus of the family is to support courses that are geared towards changing the lives of other people and transforming the world as a whole.

 

 

Education has emerged to be a priority to Dick DeVos charitable activities.  The foundation that is run by the couple also allocated another 3% of all of their charitable allocations to groups that were passionate about education. This is a clear indication they hold education reforms in high esteem. According to the Dick DeVos, the current education system is not in line with the American dream. This is because still children are forced to attend schools they have not chosen. One of the reforms they want to create is the liberty to allow parents and students to choose the schools they prefer.

 

 

DeVos Work History

 

 

Dick DeVos was born in 1955 in Michigan to the son of Richard DeVos who was the co-founder of Amway. In 2012, he was listed as the 67th richest person in the world according to Forbes. He has been passionate about changes in the education sector with efforts to transform the education sector being noted way before he became co-chair of the Education Freedom Fund. Today, he serves as the President of Dick and Betsy DeVos Family Foundation. He has also been passionate about political activities and has thus supported the Republican Party in a remarkable way.

 

 

The passion Dick DeVos with his wife Betsy have regarding education reforms started way before the 1980s. However, in 1989, they both launched a platform where they could be able to channel their assistance to different groups that were needy. It was also their focus to ensure they enhance the community, support education issues, and promote arts. In their policy, they also support justice and help grow leaders who are aware of the present challenges and thus come up with custom solutions. The foundation has been of great help to different institutions such as West Michigan Aviation Academy and the American Federation for Children among many others. Their relentless support for reforms across the world has remained notable due to their passion and zeal.

23Mar/17Off

Tech Futurist Jason Hope Praises The Internet Of Things

Jason Hope is the last word in technology trends. His accurate analysis of new technology trends through his articles has earned him lots of praise and respect from all corners.

Jason believes that the new trend is impressive. He took to Tech.co to heap praises on the Internet of Things, terming it as the greatest advancement wave yet to be seen in the tech industry.

Read more on Engadget.com.

Potential Tech Revolution

The Internet of Things will revolutionize operations in many businesses according to Jason Hope. He further stated that the new trend would potentially dominate the industry even in years to come. His prediction was that many big corporations would make massive investments in the Internet of Things. This move by big corporations will force the smaller businesses to invest in the same to remain in business, eventually synchronizing all connectable devices. Jason is highly convinced that smart technology will evolve from being a convenience option to a necessity in the future.

About Jason Hope

Jason has a strong attachment with the State of Arizona, having been born, raised, and schooled in the southwest state. From his birth town, Tempe City, Jason went on to pursue both his first and second degrees from the Arizona State University. Upon completing school, he started involving himself in entrepreneurial ventures within the state of Arizona and has since grown to become one of the prominent entrepreneurs in the region. Jason lives in Scottsdale.

Being the undisputed technology number one commentator, Jason has accurately predicted several future developments in the tech industry.

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2Mar/17Off

Insurance Challenges Continue For Bruce Levenson Over Danny Ferry

Bruce Levenson's Atlanta Hawks Basketball and Entertainment group, which owned the NBA franchise from 2004 to 2015(http://www.forbes.com/sites/mikeozanian/2015/04/23/bankers-for-levenson-oversold-atlanta-hawks-by-27/) has recently been forced to come together once more in a bid to bring to a close an ongoing insurance claim made with AIG. The legal team for the group are looking to bring the claim to a close for the former owners that began in June 2015 with the mutual termination of the contract of Hawks General Manager Danny Ferry; in the buildup to the termination of Ferry's six year contract AIG agreed his actions had triggered a constructive dismissal policy held by the owners of the Hawks.

The forward thinking co-founder of UCG also understood the NBA had a role to play in the furthering of good causes through their links to the top basketball teams; Bruce Levenson showed his commitment to furthering good causes by making sure members of the Hawks organization attended key charitable events such as those held at the U.S. Holocaust Museum.

There appears little issue about whether the insurance policy held with AIG was triggered by the comments made by the former General Manager, which according to ESPN is one of the major reasons why Bruce Levenson's legal team are now looking to sue the New Hampshire based insurance company for breach of contract and insurance bad faith. Among the areas the legal team is exploring are why AIG has refused to answer any communications from the former Hawks ownership group; if successful Levenson is asking for the insurance payout to be completed and a 50 percent fine levied against AIG by the Fulton County Court. To read more, go to brucelevenson.com.

 

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3Feb/17Off

Stop Settling For Average Investments Returns

Timothy Armour is the chairman of the Capitol Group, a position he acquired after the demise of the company's former chairman Jim Rothenberg in 2015. He is also the chairman of the capital group management committee and capital research management company.

Education and History with Capital Group

Tim hold a degree in economics from Middlebury University. Armour has a work experience of over 32 years with Capital Group. He started with the company as a participant in The Associates Program and later became the company's equity investment analyst. In this position, Timothy Armour was involved with global telecommunications and the United States Companies.

Partnership with Samsung Asset Management

In his current position as the company's chairman, Tim will be actively involved with collaborating with fellow senior management to oversee the company's progress. As the first step for global collaboration, Capital Group signed a strategic partnership with Samsung Asset Management. In this collaboration, Capital Group will help the Korean Company learn their active management style.

This partnership will help Samsung understand Capital Group's investments methods. Tim Armour feels that the collaboration will help the Korean Investor meet their saving, retirement and insurance needs. The partnership will also help the Korean company upgrade their equity investment capabilities.

Timothy Armour Advice to the Investors

Timothy feels that investors should not settle for an average investment return depending on the current market status. They should instead do a lot of research and apply index fund, which is not one-sided but rather uses collective judgment.

Use of Index Fund

Timothy's advice which by the way is not supported by the American Fund nor any academic theory but managers who spend their time analyzing and researching the market get better prospects for their businesses. What index funds simply do is to replace humankind overconfidence with humility help them understand the limitations of their capabilities.

What makes index fund so functional? Timothy's advice is function since;

Research gives you access to information that other investors don't
You have access to information analyzing tools at your disposal
You are in a better position to access public information faster compared to your competitors
Research gives you stronger analytical capabilities
You can cost effectively implement your assessment for a company in actual investment strategy

Timothy's Perspective on Market Selloff of 2015

He, however, feels that the selloff is healthy as it helps deal with pockets of excess.

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