Monthly Archives: September 2016

Farooq Shaikh

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farooq-shaikh       Farooq Shaikh

Dubai, United Arab Emirates: Farooq Sheikh 25 March 1948 − 27 December 2013 was an Indian actor, philanthropist and a popular television presenter. He was best known for his work in Hindi films from 1977 to 1989 and for his work in television between 1988 and 2002. He returned to acting in films in 2008 and continued to do so until his death on 27 December 2013. His major contribution was in Parallel Cinema or the New Indian Cinema. He worked with directors like Satyajit Ray, Muzaffar Ali, Hrishikesh Mukherjee and Ketan Mehta.

He acted in serials and shows on television and performed on stage in famous productions such as Tumhari Amrita alongside Shabana Azmi, directed by Feroz Abbas Khan, and presented the TV show, Jeena Isi Ka Naam Hai.He won the 2010 National Film Award for Best Supporting Actor for Lahore.

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Mohanlal

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mohanlal      Mohanlal

Elanthoor, Pathanamthitta District, Kerala, India

Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair born 21 May 1960 better known as Mohanlal is an Indian actor producer and occasional singer best known for his work in Malayalam films. Mohanlal made his acting debut in Thiranottam 1978 but the film got released only after 25 years due to censorship issues. His first film to be released was Manjil Virinja Pookkal 1980 in which he acted as the antagonist. His major commercial success of Rajavinte Makan 1986 which is widely considered as a cult classic in action movie genre.

In 1991 he produced and acted in Bharatham which is interpreted as a modern-day adaptation of the Ramayana from Bharath’s perspective. The film was a critical and commercial success, and got Mohanlal the National Film Award for Best Actor for that year. His role in Bharatam was listed among 25 best acting performance of Indian cinema by Forbes on occasion of celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema. In 1999 he produced and acted in Vanaprastham, which was nominated for the Grand Jury Prize at the Los Angeles International Film Festival .It was screened in the Un Certain Regard section at the 1999 Cannes Film Festival and is considered to be one of Mohanlal’s best performances. Vanaprastham was screened retrospective, during the 2014 International Film Festival of India in the Celebrating Dance in Indian cinema section.

In a career spanning over three decades, Mohanlal has acted in over 300 Malayalam films in various genres and few films in Bollywood Tamil, Telugu and Kannada which include works such as Iruvar Company Manamantha and Janatha Garage . Mohanlal has won four Indian National Film Awards – two Best Actor Awards, one Special Jury Award, and one Award for Best Film as producer; along with six Kerala State Film Awards for Best Actor and eight Filmfare Awards for Best Actor. In the Government of India honoured him with the Padma Shri India’s fourth highest civilian honour for his contributions towards Indian cinema. In 2009, he became the first and the only actor to receive the honorary rank of Lieutenant Colonel in the Territorial Army of India and in 2010 he received an honorary doctorate from Sree Sankaracharya University of Sanskrit, Kerala. He was elected as the most popular Keralite in an online poll conducted by CNN-IBN in 2006 on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of Kerala’s formation.

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Al-Waleed bin Talal

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al-waleed-bin-talal        Al-Waleed bin Talal

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Al-Waleed Bin Talal bin Abdulaziz al Saud born 7 March 1955 is a Saudi business magnate investor and philanthropist. He is a member of the Saudi royal family.

Waleed was listed as one of Time magazine’s Time 100, an annual list of the hundred most influential people in the world in 2008. Waleed is a grandson of Ibn Saud, the first Saudi king, a half-nephew of all Saudi kings since and a grandson of Riad Al Solh Lebanon’s first Prime Minister.

Al-Waleed is the founder, the chief executive officer and 95 percent-owner of the Kingdom Holding Company a Forbes Global 2000 company with investments in companies within various sectors such as financial services tourism and hospitality, mass media entertainment retail agriculture petrochemicals aviation technology and real estate. The company has a market capitalization of over billion in 2013. Waleed is also Citigroup’s largest individual shareholder the second-largest voting shareholder in 21st Century Fox and owns Paris’ Four Seasons Hotel George V and part of the Plaza Hotel.His business acumen and shrewd entrepreneurial prowess have earned him comparisons to American investor and business magnate Warren Buffett. Due to his prominence as a businessman, he was acknowledged by Time who labeled the Prince as the Arabian Warren Buffett. In March 2016 Forbes listed Al-Waleed as the 41st richest man in the world with an estimated net worth of billion.

In 2015 Al-Waleed announced that he would donate his entire fortune to charity at an unspecified date. Some of the reasons cited were fostering cultural understanding and empowering women.

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Liliane Bettencourt

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liliane-bettencourt      Liliane Bettencourt

Paris, France: 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  the 2016 version of “The World’s Billionaires”. With a peak net worth of more than 40 billion, she is the richest woman in history.

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Pia Wurtzbach

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pia-wurtzbach        Pia Wurtzbach

Stuttgart, Germany: Pia Alonzo Wurtzbach born September 24, 1989 once professionally known as Pia Romero, is a Filipino-German actress, TV Host, model and beauty queen who was crowned Miss Universe 2015 on December 20, 2015 after becoming Miss Universe Philippines 2015 at the Binibining Pilipinas   pageant on March 15, 2015.

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Kate Upton

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St. Joseph, Michigan, United States: Katherine Elizabeth Kate Upton born June 10, 1992 is an American model and actress, known for her appearances in the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Upton was named Rookie of the Year following her first appearance in 2011, and was the cover model for the 2012 and 2013 issues. She was also the subject of the 100th anniversary Vanity Fair cover. Upton has also appeared in the films Tower Heist 2011 and The Other Woman 2014.

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Emilia Clarke

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emilia-clarke        Emilia Clarke

London, United Kingdom : Emilia Isabelle Euphemia Rose Clarke born 23 October 1986 is an English actress. She is best known for her role as Daenerys Targaryen in the  series Game of Thrones, for which she received three Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 2013, 2015 and 2016. Clarke made her Broadway debut in a production of Breakfast at Tiffany’s as Holly Golightly in March 2013. In 2015, she starred as Sarah Connor in Terminator Genisys and in 2016 she starred in the romance film Me Before You. In 2015, she was named Esquire’s Sexiest Woman Alive.

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JANET YELLEN

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Janet Yellen        JANET YELLEN

Brooklyn, New York City, New York, United States : Janet Louise Yellen born August 13, 1946 is an American economist. She is the Chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, previously serving as Vice Chair from 2010 to 2014. Previously, she was President and Chief Executive Officer of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco; Chair of the White House Council of Economic Advisers under President Bill Clinton; and business professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Haas School of Business.

Yellen’s ability to connect economic theory to everyday life is considered one of the defining characteristics of her career, and President Obama cited her understanding of the high “human costs” of unemployment when he nominated her to succeed Ben Bernanke as Chair of the United States Federal Reserve. On January 6, 2014, the Senate confirmed Yellen’s nomination. She was sworn in on February 3, 2014, making her the first woman to hold the position.

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Michael Buffer

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Michael Buffer          Michael Buffer

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States: Michael Buffer born November 2, 1944 is an American ring announcer for boxing and professional wrestling matches. He is known for his trademarked catchphrase, “Let’s get ready to rumble!”, and for pioneering a distinct announcing style in which he rolls certain letters and adds other inflections to a fighter’s name. His half-brother is  announcer Bruce Buffer.

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