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  • Most cities that bring together vast and diverse populations, whilst being places of great inspiration, commerce and community, also contain danger. While it is fair to say that no city, where humans interact freely, is completely spared from violence, disease and criminal activity some are clearly more affected than others.Danger is hard to quantify, as one person’s nuisance may be another person’s nightmare, but Mercer’s global report on personal safety aims to rank cities by their safety leve

    Although no city is  free of violence, disease and crime, some are clearly more affected than others.

  • When Dress For Success came out in 1975, it set rigid rules for executive attire: The “proper” colors for a suit were blue, gray and beige; the most “authoritative” suit was a dark pinstripe; and the “most acceptable” dress shirt was white or solid colors. (No dresses here; The Women’s Dress For Success Book didn’t come out until 1977.)Today, there are no rules, other than being put-together from head to toe, no detail spared. The proper colors are ones that work with your coloring, the most aut

    These days there are no dress-for-success rules, other than being put-together from head to toe, no detail spared. Here are the CEOs who have it down pat.

  • Writers are known much more for our ways with words than for our abilities to put impressive roofs over our heads. Of course, there are many exceptions, and their names can be found on the bestseller lists.  One notable writer’s home came to the spotlight earlier this year when Truman Capote’s former townhouse, originally listed for $18 million,  for $12 million to Dan Houser, creator of "Grand Theft Auto". The 11-bedroom, seven-bath house is the most expensive single-family home ever sold in Br

    Writers are known much more for their way with words than for their ability to put impressive roofs over their heads. Of course, there are many exceptions. Check out who they are!

  • Every so often, a movie or television show depicts a character in an outfit that becomes iconic. It probably isn’t the intention of most filmmakers to inspire fashion revolutions with their movies, but the makers of “Flashdance” probably didn’t mind when America’s teenage girls started blowing their entire allowances on legwarmers.Not every movie or television show can achieve such a feat on that kind of scale, but many try, with varying degrees of success. What follows is a list of those that m

    What follows is a list of those that made an article of clothing famous, made characters famous for fashion sense, or managed some combination of the two.

  • Facebook now boasts more than 750 million users, but its investors make up a much more exclusive group. With Facebook likely to go public in late 2012 at a valuation north of $100 billion, these early investors stand to cash in on the social network's success. In the slides that follow, meet the angels, venture capitalists, and global investors who have made big bets on Facebook.

    Click to see who Facebook’s investors were pre-IPO, and how much of a stake they have in the company.

  • When it’s not a seller’s market, it could be a bright side for buyers. So where are the markets with the most bargains for home buyers on a budget? To find out, the data team at the real estate website Zillow looked at several factors, including the percentage of listings with price cuts, the median amount of those price cuts, the sale-to-list price ratio (or how much lower the sale price was from the last list price), and at foreclosure resales in places where foreclosure data was available (al

    When it’s not a seller’s market, it could be a bright side for buyers. So where are the markets with the most bargains for home buyers on a budget?

  • The market for equities has gone through numerous crises, bubbles, ups and downs since the turn of the century, but when an initial public offering (IPO) hits the market, it creates a lot of excitement for investors, and generates billions of dollars for the company involved. Market conditions can be a major factor in determining when companies decide to file, and market optimism or pessimism can influence the value of shares, often to the detriment of the company or the investor. In 2000, compa

    With the hotly anticipated Facebook public listing in mind, the CNBC Analytics team looked into IPOs from 2000 to the present to see which ones have been the most and least successful.

  • The escalating price of buyouts and the valuations of recent IPOs have plenty of people worried we're in – or approaching – another tech bubble. Experts are divided on how accurate those fears are, but there's no denying the implosion that occurred right before the turn of the last century. The first tech bubble saw ridiculous levels of spending – from both executives and venture capitalists – and it was only a matter of time before investors hopped on that bandwagon. A lot of those shareholders

    The escalating price of buyouts and the valuations of recent IPOs have plenty of people worried about another potential tech bubble.

  • The word “like” has taken a whole new meaning in the age of social media, with Facebook’s ubiquitous “like” functionality allowing users to quickly share content across the social network. When users click a button to show they “like” a Facebook page, they are effectively signing up for continued interactions with that page and the entity behind it. Corporations have increasingly made social media connectivity an important aspect of their marketing campaigns, allowing them to communicate with th

    Corporations have made social media connectivity an important aspect of their marketing campaigns, allowing them to communicate with their customers, develop their brand, and even offer special promotions.

  • The career of a professional athlete on the field doesn’t last forever. The shrewd ones know that, and for those who want their money to work for them beyond age 40, having a solid plan B is of paramount importance. So they start thinking about ways to invest their money wisely to make it last a lifetime.Often, athletes will put their money back into sports. After hanging up his jersey, Michael Jordan invested his money in the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, and although LeBron James is still

    By now, most people have gotten the memo that there’s money to be made in technology, including professional athletes. Check out the athletes who have chosen the tech sector as their next arena of competition.

  • Rare and beautiful, exotic animals have spurred an illegal trade worth more than $10 billion worldwide, according to the World Wildlife Foundation. Live animals fuel an illegal pet trade, while products made from exotic animals, such as medicines and ivory carvings, can fetch large sums in the underground market. Given the possibility of enormous profits, smugglers use inventive methods to get live animals and their products inside U.S. borders. While the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service battles t

    From air, land and sea, these 12 examples show the risks smugglers will take in the hunt for large profits.

  • Thirty years ago, clothing existed in two worlds. One of fashion, where opulent designers like Christian Lacroix created crinoline-filled ball gowns covered in ornate tapestries. And one of retail, where practical garments were sold at affordable prices for reasonable people.Then the ‘90s happened, and fashion became more than a playground for those who could afford couture gowns. French luxury conglomerate LVMH (Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton) and PPR (which owns Gucci, Balenciaga, Stella McCartne

    Today, fashion is a $500 billion-plus industry, with the potential to make a lot more: particularly in emerging Asian markets. See who is currently setting the trends...and cutting the deals.

  • A gated community situated between North Lake Tahoe and Truckee, Calif., counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, Yahoo, and Google. While North Lake Tahoe is a four-hour drive from the Silicon Valley, Martis Camp serves as a year-round second-home getaway. The homes have rustic touches and incorporate rugged materials, but the community members are not exactly roughing it. The luxury mountain homes in the community start in the $2 million range, and the community buildings such as

    This gated community counts among its members bigwigs from Facebook, Apple, and Google. Will such upscale communities become standard for the titans of Silicon Valley?

  • For those who love to shop, the search for that must-have item can be as fun as owning the actual product.  And some cities offer shoppers a bounty of options. So, where are the top shopping destinations around the globe?To find out, CNBC spoke with a team of editors at a trend forecasting firm that has been analyzing the retail industry for more than 80 years. To choose the world’s best cities for shopping, the analysts at Tobe compared a variety of city characteristics, as well as what the loc

    For those who love to shop, the search for that must-have item can be as fun as owning the actual product. Here are the top 10 international shopping destinations.

  • It’s a little more quiet than usual on the Internet this time of year because college students are studying for finals. That means a new crop of graduates is about to flood not just the job market, but the rental market. So where will the new grads move? Rent.com compiled this list of the best cities for college graduates based on unemployment rates, mean annual income, cost of living and rental inventory for the metropolitan areas. The unemployment data was taken from the March 2012 rankings, a

    A new crop of graduates is about to flood not just the job market, but the rental market. So where will the new grads move? Here's a list of the best cities for recent college grads.

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    Here are the 15 publicly traded stocks, by value, that are the biggest holdings of Berkshire Hathaway.

  • Every bride wants to walk down the aisle in the perfect dress. These days, that gown could cost anywhere from several hundred to tens of thousands of dollars. Celebrity brides certainly make a splash with their opulent designer dresses. And at Kleinfeld, the New York bridal emporium, the most expensive gown ever sold was a custom design for $60,000, though most gowns are $3,500 and up.But in reality, most of us aren’t spending close to that much.American brides spent less than $1,200 on their dr

    Bridal gowns can cost anywhere from several hundred dollars to tens of thousands of dollars. Here are 10 dresses for the budget-conscious bride.

  • With shares of Facebook expected to begin trading later this week, you may be among the 900 million active users looking to get a piece of the action. But before you hit the buy button there are a few things you should know. This IPO is unlike most IPOs — in more ways than one. Following is what the Fast Money traders say you must know, before investing even one dollar in the IPO.

    With Facebook shares expected to begin trading later this week, you may be among the 900 million active users looking to get a piece of the action. But before you hit the buy button there are a few things you should know.

  • “Dress for the job you want” goes the old adage. Today’s power dresser knows that clothes are an important part of projecting an image of success and confidence in the corporate jungle.“Power dressing is about learning to present yourself in the most dramatic way,” said Alan Flusser, owner of a New York City-based custom shop for men. “It’s about dressing in a manner that projects importance or success.”The road to haberdashery success is not as clear-cut as in years past, since employees have m

    Seeking to land that promotion or nail that key meeting? Power-dressing experts shared their top tips for projecting an image of success as you climb the corporate ladder.

  • The latest entry into the flavored vodka arena: While that might not be the vodka of choice for your next Bloody Mary, you have to admit you’re curious. That’s what marketers are counting on. Unusual flavors and packaging are helping companies in the alcoholic beverage market stand out in a saturated – so to speak – market. According to the latest data from the USDA Economic Research Service, consumers spent nearly  on alcoholic beverages in the U.S. in 2010.So, with a little creative packaging

    With a little creative packaging and a lot of innovation, spirits manufacturers are expanding the market. Check out some of the most unusual ways businesses are innovating in the world of alcohol.

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