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Don Bradman

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Don Bradman    Don Bradman

 Cootamundra, Australia: Donald George Don Bradman often referred to as The Don was an Australian cricketer widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time.

Sir Donald George Don Bradman 27 August 1908 – 25 February 2001 often referred to as The Don, was an Australian cricketer, widely acknowledged as the greatest batsman of all time. Bradman’s career Test batting average of is often cited as the greatest achievement by any sportsman in any major sport.

The story that the young Bradman practised alone with a cricket stump and a golf ball is part of Australian folklore.Bradman’s meteoric rise from bush cricket to the Australian Test team took just over two years. Before his 22nd birthday he had set many records for top scoring, some of which still stand, and became Australia’s sporting idol at the height of the Great Depression.

During a 20-year playing career Bradman consistently scored at a level that made him, in the words of former Australia captain Bill Woodfull worth three batsmen to Australia. A controversial set of tactics known as Bodyline was specifically devised by the England team to curb his scoring. As a captain and administratorBradman was committed to attacking, entertaining cricket; he drew spectators in record numbers. He hated the constant adulation however, and it affected how he dealt with others. The focus of attention on his individual performances strained relationships with some team-mates, administrators and journalists, who thought him aloof and wary.Following an enforced hiatus due to the Second World War, he made a dramatic comeback, captaining an Australian team known as The Invincibles on a record-breaking unbeaten tour of England.

A complex highly driven man, not given to close personal relationships, Bradman retained a pre-eminent position in the game by acting as an administrator selector and writer for three decades following his retirement. Even after he became reclusive in his declining years his opinion was highly sought, and his status as a national icon was still recognised more than 50 years after his retirement as a Test player, in 2001 Prime Minister John Howard of Australia called him the greatest living Australian. Bradman’s image has appeared on postage stamps and coins and a museum dedicated to his life was opened while he was still living. On the centenary of his birth, 27 August 2008, the Royal Australian Mint issued a commemorative gold coin with Bradman’s image and on 19 November 2009 he was inducted into the Cricket Hall of Fame.

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Aldous Huxley

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Aldous Huxley

Godalming, United Kingdom : Aldous Leonard Huxley was an English writer novelistphilosopher and prominent member of the Huxley family. He graduated from Balliol College Oxford with a first in English literature Aldous Leonard Huxley 26 July 1894 – 22 November 1963 was an English writer, novelist   philosopher and prominent member of the Huxley family. He graduated from Balliol College Oxford with a first in English literature.

He was best known for his novels including Brave New World, set in a dystopian Aldous HuxleyLondon; for non-fiction books, such as The Doors of Perception which recalls experiences when taking a psychedelic drug; and a wide-ranging output of essays. Early in his career Huxley edited the magazine Oxford Poetry and published short stories and poetry. Mid career and later, he published travel writing, film stories, and scripts. He spent the later part of his life in the living in Los Angeles from 1937 until his death. In 1962  a year before his death, he was elected Companion of Literature by the Royal Society of Literature.Huxley was a humanist, pacifist, and satirist. He later became interested in spiritual subjects such as parapsychology and philosophical mysticism,in particular universalism. By the end of his life, Huxley was widely acknowledged as one of the pre-eminent intellectuals of his time. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in seven different years.

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Liliane Bettencourt

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Liliane Bettencourt Net Worth     Liliane Bettencourt

Paris, France : Liliane Henriette Charlotte Bettencourt, is a French heiress, socialite and businesswoman. She is one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal and according to Forbes, she is the richest woman in the.

Liliane Henriette Charlotte Bettencourt born 21 October 1922 is a French heiress, socialite and businesswoman. She is one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal and according to Forbes  she is the richest woman in the world, making her the eleventh richest person in the world with a net worth of 36.1 billion as of the 2016 version of “The World’s Billionaires.

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Harry Gordon Selfridge

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Harry Gordon Selfridge      Harry Gordon Selfridge

Ripon, Wisconsin, United States: Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. was an American retail magnate who founded the London-based department store Selfridges.

Harry Gordon Selfridge, Sr. 11 January 1858 – 8 May 1947 was an American retail magnate who founded the London-based department store Selfridges. His 20-year leadership of Selfridges led to his becoming one of the most respected and wealthy retail magnates in the United Kingdom.

Born in Ripon, Wisconsin, Selfridge delivered newspapers and left school at 14 when he found work at a bank in Jackson, Michigan. After another series of jobs, Selfridge found a position at Marshall Field’s in Chicago, where he stayed for the next 25 years. In 1890 he married Rose Buckingham of the prominent Chicago Buckingham family.

In following a trip to London, Selfridge invested  in his own department store in what was then the unfashionable western end of Oxford Street. The new store opened to the public on 15 March 1909 and Selfridge remained chairman until he retired in 1941. In later life, Selfridge lost most of his fortune.

He died 8 May 1947, in Putney, London, aged 89 and was buried in St Mark’s Churchyard at Highcliffe, Dorset next to his wife and mother.

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Ardeshir Godrej

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Ardeshir Godrej     Ardeshir Godrej

Bharuch: Ardeshir Burjorji Sorabji Godrej was an Indian businessman. With his brother Pirojsha Burjorji, he co-founded the Godrej Brothers Company, the precursor of the modern Godrej Group.

In 1894  Ardeshir   fresh out of law school, was hired by a well-known firm to argue a case on a client behalf in Zanzibar.The fine details of the case are not knownbut according to his biography  it went well until  towards the end when Ardeshir refused to acknowledge that his client had visited a particular place because there was no hard evidence that he had done so. As Ardeshir would later say  it required him to make an assumption that he could not with a good conscience make, and would thus be wrong. Not allowing himself to be convinced the client had to find a replacement and Ardeshir returned to Bombay and gave up the law altogether. As Ardeshir would later recall instead of seeing my side of the case  I saw both sides  the plaintiff  as well as the defendant. In this divided state of mind I realized I’d make a very poor lawyer whichever side I took.

Upon returning to Bombay after the Zanzibar debacle, Ardeshir was employed at a pharmacy, where he served as an assistant to a chemist. In  Ardeshir visited Merwanji Muncherji Cama  a friend of his father and who was highly respected for his business acumen. Ardeshir described his plan to manufacture surgical equipment and asked for a loan. When Cama asked why Ardeshir did not approach his father for the loan, Ardeshir replied that his father would give him the money not as a loan but as a gift, which Ardeshir was not willing to accept This principle to not accept money as a gift would also become evident in 1918  when his father died: Ardeshir refused to accept the inheritance.

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Lily Collins

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Lily Collins     Lily Collins

Lily Jane Collins is a British-American actress and model. The daughter of English singer Phil Collins and an American mother, she was born in England and moved to the United States as a child.

Lily Jane Collins born 18 March 1989 is a British-American actress and model.The daughter of English singer Phil Collins and an American mother, she was born in England and moved to the United States as a child.

Collins began acting at the age of two in the series Growing Pains. She was a guest star on 90210 in 2009, followed by her feature film debut in the semi-biographical sports film The Blind Side. She was named One to Watch by the Young Hollywood Awards for her roles in the sci-fi action-horror film Priest and the psychological action-thriller film Abduction. She was nominated for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress  or her role as Snow White in the fantasy film Mirror Mirror and for the Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Actress – Action for portraying Clary Fray in the fantasy film The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. Collins is also known for her roles in the films Stuck in Love The English Teacher and Love, Rosie.

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Shailene Woodley

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Shailene Woodley       Shailene Woodley

San Bernardino County, California, United States: Shailene Diann Woodley is an American actress. She is best known for playing Amy Juergens on the Family television series Secret Life of the American Teenager, Alexandra “Alex” King in a Golden .

Shailene Diann Woodley born November 15, 1991 is an American actress. She is best known for playing Amy Juergens on the ABC Family television series Secret Life of the American Teenager  Alexandra “Alex” King in a Golden Globe-nominated performance inThe Descendants  Aimee Finecky in The Spectacular Now  Hazel Grace Lancaster in The Fault in Our Stars  and Beatrice “Tris” Prior inThe Divergent Series . She will play Lindsay Mills in Snowden  and Jane Chapman in the upcoming miniseries Big Little Lies.

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Tom Clancy

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Tom Clancy       Tom Clancy

Baltimore, Maryland, United States: Thomas Leo Clancy, Jr. was an American novelist and video game designer best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science story lines set during and after the Cold War.

Thomas Leo Clancy, Jr. April 12, 1947 – October 1, 2013 was an American novelist and video game designer best known for his technically detailed espionage and military-science story lines set during and after the Cold War. Seventeen of his novels were bestsellers, and more than 100 million copies of his books are in print. His name was also used on movie scripts written by ghost writers, nonfiction books on military subjects, and video games. He was a part-owner of the Baltimore Orioles and vice chairman of their community activities and public affairs committees.

Clancy’s literary career began in 1984 when he sold The Hunt for Red October for. His works, The Hunt for Red October Patriot Games , Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears have been turned into commercially successful films. Actors Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck, and Chris Pine have played Clancy’s most famous fictional character, Jack Ryan; his second-most famous character, John Clark, has been played by actors Willem Dafoe and Liev Schreiber. Clancy died on October of an undisclosed illness.

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Warren Buffett

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Warren Buffett         Warren Buffett

Omaha, Nebraska, United States: Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the most successful investor in the world.

Warren Edward Buffett born August 30, 1930 is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He is the most successful investor in the world.Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathaway and is consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people. He was ranked as the world’s wealthiest person in 2008 and as the third wealthiest in 2015. Time named Buffett one of the world’s most influential people.

Buffett is often referred to as the Wizard of Omaha or Oracle of Omaha or the Sage of Omaha and is noted for his adherence to value investing and for his personal frugality despite his immense wealth.Buffett is a notable philanthropist, having pledged to give away 99 percent of his fortune to philanthropic causes, primarily via the Gates Foundation. On April 11, 2012, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer for which he successfully completed treatment in September 2012. Buffett is also active in contributing to political causes, having endorsed Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton for president during the 2016 campaign season.

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