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  • Serial entrepreneurs can’t seem to stop at one business, and don’t let failures throw them off course. While some of the best-known entrepreneurs, such as Richard Branson and Oprah Winfrey, have earned billions of dollars from their ventures, for many it's less about the potential for making money, and more about the excitement of creating and nurturing a company. Some started their first, homegrown businesses as children, while other serial entrepreneurs discovered their drive as adults. They m

    While some stick with their businesses long-term, serial entrepreneurs often are driven by the excitement of creating and investing in new ventures and wind up launching a string of companies.

  • Not sure what to stuff your stockings with this year? How about something different, like a few shares of companies that are well-timed for the holidays? “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer is getting into the spirit of things and has some ideas, so he’s compiled a list of stocking stuffers for 2011. They’re names he feels remain attractive despite what’s happening in Europe. Many are also retailers, who are positioned to benefit from the shopping season. Read on to find out what’s on Cramer’s wish list

    Not sure what to stuff your stocking with this year? "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer has some ideas. Find out what names made his list of "Stocking Stuffers" for 2011.

  • What makes a job an easy one? That depends. Some are easy because they offer minimal contact with the public. Others, because they don’t require an advanced degree. And still others, because the spectacular beachfront location of the office makes it impossible to dwell on the downsides for too long.Unfortunately, one downside that’s next to impossible to overlook is a low salary. If you’re struggling to make rent and subsisting on a diet of Ramen noodles, it doesn’t matter if you have free acces

    Are there really jobs with flexible hours, fantastic locations and copious vacation time that also net a decent paycheck? What follows is a list of jobs with the potential for high pay and low stress.

  • This story has been a slow moving train wreck all year, and will likely go into next year as well. The Euro zone continues to struggle with the fact that some of its members haven't been as fiscally responsible as others. Who'd have thought  would become a common finance term? Thanks to our global reach, CNBC.com was on top of every twist and turn. Of particular interest to our readers were our round-ups of the  and

    What were the biggest business stories of the year? Many a journo-hotshot will be glad to tell you. But here at CNBC.com, we like when our readers tell us what interests you.

  • The festive season should be a time of celebration — so you obviously don't want to spoil it by falling victim to holiday scams. Busy, high-spending times are precisely the opportunity crooks look for to try to trick you out of your money or steal your identity.

    The seven most common holiday scams as compiled by Scambusters.org.

  • Some people avoid winter, either by living in warmer climes or fleeing when winter looms. Others embrace it and head for the hills to strap on the skis or snowboards. These people need places to unwind after a day of romping in the powder.The editors at  put together a list of some prime ski homes, all of them for sale.The houses typically reflect a love for the outdoors, often featuring walls of windows, fireplaces and rustic beams and stone fireplaces. They’re all great for groups and have ent

    Click on to see these luxurious mansions, ranked from least expensive to most, many of which are ski-in/ski-out.

  • People are always asking me for advice on what to do with their money. But if you really want to get ahead financially, the smarter question is what you do with your money.Click ahead to see my Seven Deadly Financial Sins and how you can avoid them.

    People are always asking me for advice on what to do with their money. But if you really want to get ahead financially, the smarter question is what you shouldn’t do with your money.

  • You’ve done it again – you’ve run out of time and ideas and you need those gifts now.Relax.I’ve already shared with you my list of the  – but sometimes words aren’t enough. In fact, sometimes words are too much and what you really want from a great book – are great pictures.What you need then,  is that perfect coffee table book that will sweep those “hard-to-buy-for” people  off their feet – transporting them to another place, giving them hours of joy just flipping through the pictures.Click ahe

    What you need, is that perfect coffee table book that will sweep those “hard-to-buy-for” people off their feet.

  • It's that time of year again, when workers go on leave, businesses shut down and the general work-life balance scale dips heavier in the social direction. But employees in some countries have it especially good, with generous government-mandated holiday entitlements.With that in mind, we've put together a list of the top 10 countries with the highest number of statutory paid holidays per year, according to human resources consulting firm Mercer's Worldwide Benefit and Employment Guidelines. The

    Some of the results may surprise you and some of the benefits may make you envious.

  • You know them. You fear them. You love them. Now learn to deal with them: The Haggler, the Worry Wart, The Expert, The Evangelist and more are customers who can either help or hurt your business. Love them or hate them, managing them is as important as taking control of other aspects of your business. Business owners across the country share their nightmare ­customer types – along with a few dreamy ones – as well as their strategies for getting through the day with both their sanity, and their c

    You know them. You fear them. You love them. Now learn to deal with them: The Haggler, The Worry Wart, The Expert, The Evangelist and more are customers who can either help or hurt your business.

  • With the end of the holiday season approaching, the shopping procrastinators among us may be scrambling for gift ideas for risk of leaving a loved one disappointed. This year, there is a wide selection of popular tech products and perennial gifts to give, but for the shopper looking for something different, these products may not be the first thing that comes to mind. This is especially handy if you’ve waited until the last minute. Retailers have been keeping lean inventories, and some of the mo

    If you’ve left your holiday buying until the last minute, see these gift ideas that may save the day.

  • When people lament the rising cost of a college education, they’re usually talking about tuition. Now,  an online resource for college students, has published  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.The priciest dorms are largely in New York and California, where a place to live has never been cheap.The dorm prices show that this sometimes overlooked higher education cost can not only exceed $13,000 per academic year, but in some cases it can almost equal the pric

    When people lament the cost of  college, they’re usually talking about tuition. They often don't think of room and board. Now, there's a list  that shows that a bed and three square meals a day aren’t cheap either.

  • Though they pile up bad press and stir constant political debate, but there is little doubt that people love their weapons. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms has estimated that about 2 million used guns change hands each year. This phenomenon is nothing new, and old-time instruments of violence are, increasingly, the investment choice of collectors seeking shelter from economic turbulence. Here are 10 pricey pieces that have made foes – and pocket books – tremble.

    Here are 10 pricey pieces that have made foes – and pocket books – tremble.

  • Some celebrities, like “Malcolm in the Middle” star Frankie Muniz and  seem to be constantly buying and selling properties. But famous or not, it’s not so easy for everyone to sell. It could be the market and the economy. Maybe specific properties have specific reasons they aren’t selling: staging issues, odd choice of décor, massive size or perhaps outrageous cost. Or maybe there’s a glut of luxury homes mostly in the L.A. area that are too similar—so many of them are Spanish, vaguely Mediterra

    Famous or not, it’s not so easy for everyone to sell. Here’s a look at 10 palaces on the market, with photos provided by Trulia.com.

  • No matter what kind of economic environment homebuyers find themselves in, one thing always holds true: They’ll be looking for a deal. Although there are many aspects of a home that can increase or decrease its value — such as climate, school district, landscaping, or the age of the home itself — usually buyers expect that the bigger the house, the bigger the price tag.Around the country, however, no square foot is created equal and in some places bigger houses don’t necessarily translate to sky

    These cities are where your real estate dollar would go the furthest — places where you can buy the most space with the least amount of money.

  • When a couple divorces, it’s rarely as simple as one person packing a suitcase and sleeping on a friend’s couch. Lawyers are hired, assets are divided and child custody is negotiated. A painful process, to be sure, but those enduring it can sometimes escape at work, an oasis of distraction where personal problems can be ignored for eight hours a day.This is not an option when a divorced couple works together. As stressful as this situation likely is, some divorced couples roll up their sleeves,

    Divorced couples sometimes have to see each other at work. Some share ownership of a business but communicate only through lawyers and underlings. Others go on 300-day international stadium tours together.

  • This holiday season, with uncertainty prevailing in the global economy, shoppers may be searching for cheaper alternatives to the high-end fashion houses, while still wanting to retain a feel for their favorite brands. Luxury fashion houses are tapping into this sentiment through less expensive, secondary lines that allow them to reach out to a wider, younger consumer, without compromising their reputation. The ‘’main line’’ or ‘”first line,” which establishes the brand, is usually much pricier

    Some of the best luxury for less items available the 2011 holiday season.

  • There's nothing more gratifying than seeing your child's face light up when you give them the perfect present for the holidays. Oh wait, yes there is: Seeing them succeed their whole life! And guess how you make that happen? You teach your kids about money and investing as young as possible, Cramer said.The earlier you start, the better off they will be. So, this year, instead of buying your kid the hottest toy that's going to make her friends drool, consider giving the gift that could keep on g

    Teaching your kids about investing while they're young can set them up for a lifetime of financial success and stability. Here's how Cramer recomemnds getting them started.

  • With some children’s stories, the setting is a major part of the story -- think of the woodland cottages in the “Hansel and Gretel,” “Snow White,” “Little Red Riding Hood,” and “The Three Bears,” or the unexplained footwear habitation of the poor old woman who lived in a shoe. We gathered 10 such storybook-worthy homes. Some of these properties look like they’re straight out of children’s stories, while others look like they belong in a beautifully illustrated vintage children’s book.  We’ve ev

    Some of these properties look like they’re straight out of children’s stories, while others look like they belong in a beautifully illustrated vintage children’s book.

  • In March 2010, Jon Corzine had been out of his job as New Jersey governor for two months. At the same time, the derivatives brokerage firm MF Global was looking for a candidate with both executive and financial sector experience to become its chief executive. Corzine, who was also the former CEO of Goldman Sachs, seemed like the perfect fit. Apparently, it wasn’t. On Oct. 31, 2011, the company filed for bankruptcy protection, and Corzine resigned.The MF Global CEO left his post on Nov. 4, 2011,

    A global corporation is no less likely to make questionable executive hiring decisions as the average small business, and CEOs of major corporations have the short tenures on their resumes to prove it.

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