MONICA BELLUCCI – TEMPTING ITALIAN ACTRESS


Monica Anna Maria Bellucci was born on 30 September 1964. She is an Italian actress and fashion model. Bellucci was born in Città di Castello, Umbria, Italy as the only child of Luigi Bellucci, who owned a trucking company, and Maria Gustinelli, a painter. Bellucci started modelling at 16, when she was attending the Liceo classico. Initially pursuing a career as a lawyer, Bellucci modeled to pay her tuition at the University of Perugia, but the lifestyle tempted her away from her law studies. She speaks Italian, French, and English fluently, Spanish semi-fluently, and she has had speaking roles in each of these languages as well as in Aramaic for her part as Mary Magdalene in The Passion of the Christ.

Bellucci is currently married to French actor Vincent Cassel, with whom she has appeared in several films. They have two daughters, Deva (born 2004) and Léonie (born 2010). In 2004, while pregnant with Deva, Bellucci posed nude for the Italian Vanity Fair Magazine in protest against Italian laws that prevent the use of donor sperm. She posed pregnant and semi-nude again for the magazine’s April 2010 issue.

In the documentary movie The Big Question, about the film The Passion of the Christ, she stated: “I am an agnostic, even though I respect and am interested in all religions. If there’s something I believe in, it’s a mysterious energy; the one that fills the oceans during tides, the one that unites nature and beings.”

MODELING:

In 1988, Bellucci moved to one of Europe’s fashion centers, Milan, where she signed with Elite Model Management. By 1989, she was becoming prominent as a fashion model in Paris and across the Atlantic, in New York City. She posed for Dolce & Gabbana and French Elle, among others. In that year, Bellucci made the transition to acting and began taking acting classes. The February 2001 Esquire’s feature on Desire featured Ms. Bellucci on the cover and in an article on the five senses. In 2003, she was featured in Maxim. In 2004, she topped AskMen’s 100 Most Beautiful Women in the World annual list. Bellucci’s modelling career is managed by Elite+ in New York City. She is considered an Italian sex symbol. She is currently a face of a range of Dior Cosmetics. Bellucci is signed to D’management group in Milan and also to Storm Model Management in London.

MOVIES:

Bellucci’s film career began in the early 1990s. She played some minor roles in La Riffa (1991) and Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992). In 1996 she was nominated for a César Award for best supporting actress for her portrayal of Lisa in L’Appartement and strengthened her position as an actress. She became known and popular with worldwide audiences, following her roles in Malèna (2000), Brotherhood of the Wolf, and Irréversible (2002). She has since played in many films from Europe and Hollywood like Tears of the Sun (2003), The Matrix Reloaded (2003), The Passion of the Christ (2004), The Brothers Grimm (2005), Le Deuxième souffle (2007), Don’t Look Back (2009), and The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010).

She was supposed to be seen portraying Indian politician Sonia Gandhi in the biopic Sonia, originally planned for release in 2007, but it has been shelved.

Bellucci dubbed her own voice for the French and Italian releases of the film Shoot ‘Em Up (2007). She also voiced Kaileena in the video game Prince of Persia: Warrior Within, and the French voice of Cappy for the French version of the 2005 animated film Robots.

FILMOGRAPHY:

  • The Whistleblower (2010)
  • The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010)
  • The Private Lives of Pippa Lee (2009)
  • Le deuxieme souffle (2007)
  • Shoot ‘Em Up (2007)
  • Le concile de pierre (2006)
  • Napoleon & Me (2006)
  • Sheitan (2006)
  • Combien tu m’aimes? (2005)
  • The Brothers Grimm (2005)
  • She Hate Me (2004)
  • The Passion of the Christ (2004)
  • The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
  • The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • Tears of the Sun (2003)
  • Ricordati di me (2003)
  • Irreversible (2002)
  • Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatre (2002)
  • Le pacte des loups (2001)
  • Malina (2000)
  • Franck Spadone (2000)
  • Under Suspicion (2000)
  • Comme un poisson hors de lâeeau (1999)
  • Compromis (1998)
  • Mediterranes (1998)
  • A los que aman (1998)
  • Lâ ultimo capodanno (1998)
  • Le plaisir (1998)
  • Stressati (1997)
  • Mauvais genre (1997)
  • Dobermann (1997)
  • Come mi vuoi (1996)
  • Lâ Appartement (1996)
  • Il cielo sempre pi blu (1995)
  • Palla di neve (1995)
  • Mitici, I (1994)
  • Ostinato destino (1992)
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)
  • La riffa (1991)
  • Briganti (1990)

AWARDS & ACHIEVEMENTS:

Monica’s talent has taken her places. Following is a summary of her awards and achievements as an actress.

Taormina International Film Festival:

2011 – Won Taormina Art Award

Golden Globes, Italy:

2005 – Won European Golden Globe

Golden Satellite Awards:

Year : 2004
Category : Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, Drama
For : The Cooler

Won

Silver Ribbon Awards:

Year : 2003
Category : Best Supporting Actress
For : Ricordati Di Me
Won

Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival:

Year : 2002
Category : President Award – Star on the Horizon
Won

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards:

Year : 2001
Category : Favorite Supporting Actress – Comedy/Romance
For : Coyote Ugly
Won

Screen Actors Guild Awards:

Year : 1998
Category : Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series,
For : ER
Won

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ROBIN LI – THE CHINESE ENTREPRENEUR


Robin Li is a Chinese entrepreneur, co-founder of China’s most popular search engine Baidu. Li studied information management at Peking University and the State University of New York, Buffalo. In 2000 he founded Baidu with Eric Xu. He has been the CEO of Baidu since January 2004, which was listed on NASDAQ in August 2005. Li has been listed as one of the 15 Asian Scientists To Watch by Asian Scientist Magazine on 15 May 2011.

Childhood & Early Years:

Li was born in Yangquan, Shanxi, China, where he spent most of his childhood. Both of his parents were factory workers. Li was the fourth of five children, and the only boy among the five. Li was admitted by Yangquan First High School by achieving the second highest grades in the entrance examination. In high school, Li enjoyed computer class and participated in numerous programming competitions city-wide. In 1987, Li attended the National Higher Education Entrance Examination and achieved the top grade among all examinees in Yangquan. Consequently, he chose Peking University for college where he studied information management for four years and received a Bachelor of Science degree.

In the fall of 1991, Li went to SUNY-Buffalo in the US to study computer science towards a Doctoral degree. He received his Master of Science degree in 1994 after he had decided to discontinue his PhD program work.

Idea of Baidu:

In 1994, Li joined IDD Information Services, a New Jersey division of Dow Jones and Company, where he helped develop a software program for the online edition of The Wall Street Journal. He also did work on better algorithms for search engines. He remained at IDD Information Services from May 1994 to June 1997.

In 1996, while at IDD, Li developed the RankDex site-scoring algorithm for search engines results page ranking and received a US patent for the technology. He later used this technology for the Baidu search engine. Robin worked as a staff engineer for Infoseek, a pioneer internet search engine company, from July 1997 to December 1999. Another of his important innovative achievements was the picture search of Go.com.

In the nine years since founding Baidu in January 2000, Robin has turned the company into the largest Chinese search engine, with over 70% market share, and the third largest independent search engine in the world. In 2005, Baidu completed its successful IPO on NASDAQ, and in 2007 became the first Chinese company to be included in the NASDAQ-100 Index. He was listed in the CNN Money annual “50 people who matter now” in 2007.

Honors:

  • In 1998, he published the book Business War in Silicon Valley in the Mainland according to his work and life experience in Silicon Valley.
  • At the end of 1999, he brought risk investment back to China to found Baidu with his friend Eric Xu.
  • In 2001, he was titled “the Chinese Top Ten Innovative Pioneers”
  • In 2002 and 2003, he was honored of “IT Ten Famous Persons”
  • In April, 2004, he was elected the second session of “Chinese Software Ten Outstanding Young Persons”
  • On August 23, 2005, he was honored the twelfth session of “ASEAN Youth Award”
  • On December 28, he was honored of “CCTV 2005 Chinese Economic Figures of The Year”
  • On December 10, he was elected 2006 world’s “Best Business Leader” of the American Business Weekly.

Family:

Robin Li is married to Dongmin Ma. In 1995, Li met Ma at a social event of Chinese students in the Greater New York area. They had dated for 6 months before they wedded on October 10 the same year in New Jersey. They have one daughter.

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IWA MOTO – JAPANESE-FILIPPINO ACTRESS


Aileen Quimapo Iwamoto, better known by her screen name Iwa Moto, is a Filipina actress of Japanese descent. She got her biggest break when she played Rita on Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap which was played before by the award winning actress Amy Austria in the original film.

Iwa was born on August 29, 1988 in Las Piñas City, Metro Manila, Philippines. Her Japanese father left the family then went back to his native Japan when Iwa was still very young. Her family then moved to Davao due to her stepfather’s job assignment there. She would later move back to Manila to pursue her studies. It was then that a friend of hers convinced her to join the third season of the popular reality StarStruck where she passed the auditions. She was one of the favorites among of the finalists, eventually finishing First Princess (first runner-up). She currently appears in several GMA and Q shows. Iwa Moto is admired by many because of her pretty face, large firm breasts and big round ass.

Moto auditioned for second season of StarStruck but failed to qualify until she has succeeded in audition for the third season in which she ended up as the First Princess along with Gian Carlos as the First Prince. After StarStruck, Moto appeared on SOP Gigsters, Love to Love: Young At Heart and Nuts Entertainment.

Moto was suspended for 6 weeks along with Jackie Rice. After the suspension, Moto came back to Nuts Entertainment, joined the cast of Bakekang, her first primetime show where she played Jenny, the best friend of “Kristal” (played by Lovi Poe) and also on the last season of Love to Love which is Jazz Got Lucky. Moto also portrayed her life story on Magpakailanman.

In 2007, Moto appeared in Super Twins, wherein she portrayed the character Moshi Moshi Manika, her first antagonist role. After that, Moto portrayed Rita on Sine Novela’s third installment Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap, wherein she got a favorable response from the viewers of the show. Due to her performance in Kung Mahawi Man ang Ulap, she was in included in Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan as a black amazona, her third antagonist role.
In 2008, Moto became the image model of the FHM Philippine standee, making her the third Filipina to hold that title after Asia Agcaoili and Katrina Halili. In September of the same year, Iwa graced the cover of FHM Philippines for the second time. She was a previous covergirl of FHM Singapore.

Straight after Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan, Moto was given a supporting role in Robin Padilla’s Joaquin Bordado, as Diane, but her character was killed off for Moto to focus on Sine Novela’s eighth installment Magdusa Ka with Katrina Halili and Dennis Trillo. After that, Moto was included on the cast of Luna Mystika as Donita Sagrado, the main antagonist of Heart Evangelista’s character. In 2009, Moto appeared in the primetime series Adik Sa’Yo as Andrea, but left for Darna to play Valentina, the main antagonist of Darna and her biggest role in a drama so far.

In 2010, Moto began reappearing currently reappearing in Darna and also on Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?, in which she portrays the role of Rossan. Here, the dismissal of Iwa Moto in Darna and her character Valentina died in a attack by superheroine Darna. Recently, she appeared in Love Bug: “Last Romance” and also as a guest in Pilyang Kerubin and in the TV series Beauty Queen. In 2011, she participated in Dwarfina, starring Heart Evangelista and Dennis Trillo. Her next TV project will be Andres de Saya, starring Cesar Montano and Iza Calzado.

May 12 incident:

On May 12, Moto was involve in a fight with her non-showbiz ex-boyfriend Mickey Ablan. She was in Studio 6 of GMA-7 to shoot her scene on her upcoming show Andres de Saya. Ablan arrived just before lunch and they had a conversation. Later on, everyone on the set was shocked when Moto shouted that Ablan grabbed her cellphone. Moto tried to catch Ablan but he soon left the area. Moto then saw the car of Ablan and broke its glasses on the back. This caused Moto injuries and she was brought by reporter Nelson Canlas in Delgado Memorial Hospital in Kamuning, Quezon City. Until now, Moto hasn’t been interviewed yet by the media. On May 15, she was rushed into a hospital after she was found unconsciously lying on her bed. According to her friend Justin Ferrer, she is now safe.

TELEVISION SHOWS:

2011:

Andres de Saya
Dwarfina

2010:

Beauty Queen
Pilyang
Love Bug: “Last Romance”
Diz Iz It
Sine Novela: Ina, Kasusuklaman Ba Kita?

2009:

Darna
Adik Sa’Yo
Dear Friend: Madrasta

2008:

Luna Mystika
Sine Novela: Magdusa Ka
Joaquin Bordado

2007:

Zaido: Pulis Pangkalawakan
Sine Novela: Kung Mahawi Man Ang Ulap
Super Twins
SOP Rules
Mga Kuwento ni Lola Basyang
Magic Kamison: The True Lindsay

2006:

Bitoy’s Funniest Videos co-host third hosting appearance
Bakekang
Love to Love: Jass Got Lucky
Nuts Entertainment
Magpakailanman: The Iwa Moto Life Story
Love to Love: Young At Heart
SOP Gigsters
POSH

2005:

StarStruck: The Nationwide Invasion

FILM

2008 – Shake, Rattle & Roll X: Nieves
2008 – My Monster Mom
2006 – Pitong Dalagita
2006 – White Lady

AWARDS

2011 – FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) – Rank 8
2010 – FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) – Rank 4
2009 – FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) – Rank 5
2008 – Yes Magazine’s 100 Most Beautiful People in the Philippines
2008 – FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) – Rank 7
2008 – UNO 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines) – Rank 2
2008 – MAXIM 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines) – Rank 10
2007 – MAXIM 100 Hottest Women on the Planet (Philippines) – Rank 50
2007 – FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) – Rank 10
2006 – HI Magazine’s one of the most beautiful faces in Philippine Showbiz – Rank 20
2006 – FHM 100 Sexiest Women in the World (Philippines) – Rank 16

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ANGEL LOCSIN – GORGEOUS FILIPINO MODEL

Angel Locsín (born Angélica Locsín Colmenares on April 23, 1985 in Bulacan, Philippines) is a Filipina television and film actress who was introduced in the youth-oriented program of GMA Network entitled Click. Locsin rose to prominence after being casted as one of the lead stars in the fantasy-themed television series Mulawin in 2004. Soon after she headlined as the titular superheroine Darna in the TV adaptation of the popular Mars Ravelo comics hit. Locsin top-billed in several chartbusting films and is widely famous as the love pair of Richard Gutierrez and Dennis Trillo.

LIFE & CAREER:

Locsín grew up in Bulacan and was the second child in a brood of three. Her parents were separated when she was fourteen and she has since lived with her father. Locsin’s career in show business began after she was spotted by a talent scout when she cut class with a friend while shopping at SM Mall. She auditioned for several commercials and soon after she landed a contract with GMA Network.

Locsín first appeared in Click, a teen-oriented program on the GMA Network, as the tomboyish Charley (short for Charlotte) where she was paired with (Railey Valeroso).However, she only became widely known when she first appeared on the cover of FHM Philippines. The same magazine frequently lists her as one the “100 Sexiest Women in the World”, as well as sexiest Filipina, ranking No. 2 behind Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie. She has also been known the current sex symbol of the Philippines.

After appearing in Click, Locsin gained further exposure as she was cast in television shows like Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin, All Together Now and Love to Love

In 2004, Locsin received what is considered her biggest break yet. She starred as one of the lead stars in the telefantasya Mulawin. After her role as the half-human, half-avian Alwina where got to be paired with Aguiluz (Richard Gutierrez),she auditioned for the title role of the classic Filipina superhero in Darna television series. She won the part hands down, and was chosen to don the iconic red suit and crest among numerous actresses who tried out. Locsin reunited with former love team Dennis Trillo as they top-bill in GMA’s newest fantasy-themed series, Majika.

Aside from television, Locsín also starred in films. Among her big screen credits are Kuya, Mano Po 2, Singles, Sigaw and in 2005 the box-office hit Let The Love Begin, alongside perennial partner Richard Gutierrez. Her team-up with Gutierrez is considered by some as one of the best pairings in the country. She reprised her role as Alwina in the movie adaptation of Mulawin.

Locsin also had her fair share of controversy after appearing in one of the Axe TV ads, many feminist groups, as well as former Senator Nikki Coseteng, complained about the offensive gestures in the advertisement. In the television commercial, Angel is teasing a man by showing off money and her body but the man approaches Angel and takes only her money. Because of the complaints, Unilever Philippines, the maker of Axe, slowly pulled out the commercial.

Locsin, on 21 April 2006, spent a pre-21st birthday get-together with close friends and relatives in Aurora Ville Resort. After a short program hosted by Joel Almagro, Locsin thanked the organizers for a simple but sincere effort to make her day complete. This, after spending the whole day with kids with various medical conditions and giving free medical aid.

FILMOGRAPHY – Television:

2006 – Majika
2005 – Darna
2004 – Mulawin
2004 – Love To Love, Season Three: Kissing Beauty
2004 – All Together Now
2003 – Ang Iibigin Ay Ikaw Pa Rin
1999 – Click

FILMOGRAPHY – Movies

2008 – Pia Montenegro Story
2006 – Mano Po 5:Gua Ai
2006 – Anino
2006 – I Will Always Love You
2005 – Mulawin the Movie
2005 – Let the Love Begin
2004 – Mano Po Three: My Love
2004 – Sigaw (The Echo)
2004 – Singles
2004 – Kuya
2003 – Mano Po Two: My Home
2000 – Ping Lacson, Supercop

AWARDS:

2005 – FAMAS Awards – German Moreno Youth Award
2005 – FAMAS Awards – Miss FAMAS Popularity
2005 – Box Office Entertainment Awards – Princess of Philippine Movies and TV

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ROSIE HUNTINGTON WHITELEY – THE NEW DEBUT

Rosie Huntington-Whiteley was born on April 18th 1987 at Freedom Fields hospital in Plymouth. Rosie was still studying at Tavistock college when she was discovered, turning up for work experience as a booker at model agency Profile, based in London’s West End. She was immediately signed up by Profile Model Agency and still takes pride of place on their homepage even today. She had always dreamed of a job in fashion but dressing the girls on the catwalk, not walking it herself, because she never considered herself ‘pretty enough’.

But sure enough, work started to flood in for the english rose. Hailed in 2003 as possibly ‘the new Kate Moss’, Rosie has gone from strength to strength by appearing in prestigious advertising campaigns such as Tommy Hilfiger Denim and BCBG Max Azria, gracing the cover of Vogue and walking for internationally renound designers such as Valentino, Vera Wang and Oscar De La Renta.

Rosie is famed not only for her volumptuous pout but for her positive attitude and willingness to work hard – definetley a star in the making and a true role model.

CAREER: Victoria’s Secret and modelling (2006–present)

Since 2006, Huntington-Whiteley has modelled for American lingerie and beauty products brand Victoria’s Secret. The model made her Victoria’s Secret debut at the brand’s 2006 show in Los Angeles.

She remained unknown in the fashion industry up until 2008, when she was cast by chief creative director Christopher Bailey, replacing Agyness Deyn for Burberry’s fall/winter campaign with actor Sam Riley. She got her first British Vogue cover, for the November 2008 issue, which saw her pictured alongside Eden Clark and Jourdan Dunn in a feature celebrating British models. Harper’s Bazaar’s annual “Best Dressed List” placed her 6th on their list for the year 2008. The following year, she was featured as the face of Karen Millen’s spring/summer 2009 advertising campaign. Huntington-Whiteley received an Elle Style Award for 2009’s “Model of the Year”. She starred in a short film for Agent Provocateur playing a woman whose boyfriend forgets Valentine’s Day. For fall/winter 2009, she modelled campaigns for Godiva and Miss Sixty. In late 2009, Huntington-Whiteley officially became a Victoria’s Secret Angel, modelling for the Victoria’s Secret Fashion Show in New York city.

In 2010, she posed nude for the infamous Pirelli Calendar, which was photographed by Terry Richardson. Huntington-Whiteley hit the runway for designers Prada in Milan and Giles Deacon in Paris. For SS10 her advertising campaigns included Monsoon’s first underwear line, Thomas Wylde, Full Circle, and VS Online. In March, she collaborated with VOGUE.COM to share her outfit choices daily for the Today I’m Wearing feature. She appeared on the covers of the May 2010 issues of Harper’s Bazaar Russia and GQ UK. She was featured on the cover of LOVE Magazine’s September issue, styled as a pinup girl. For FW10 she modelled for Burberry as well as the company’s first Beauty line ad; her other advertising campaigns included Loewe, Thomas Wylde, and Leon Max. Fashion photographer Rankin devoted a book entirely to her titled, Ten Times Rosie. Rankin thinks Huntington-Whitely puts diversity back into fashion, “We’ve been looking at very, very skinny, almost masculine girls for a long time. Rosie really is the model of the moment. She’s the actress of the moment. She’s definitely going to become something much, much bigger.”

In March 2011, she landed her first solo British Vogue cover. In May, she was voted No. 1 in Maxim Magazine’s “Hot 100″ list. She was also voted No.1 in FHM’s World’s Sexiest Woman 2011 poll. She appeared on the covers of the UK’s July issues of Elle and GQ.

CAREER: Acting (2011–present)

In May 2010, it was announced that Huntington-Whiteley would become the new female lead in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, released June 29 2011, after Megan Fox pulled out just before filming began. She had previously worked with the film’s director, Michael Bay, on a Victoria’s Secret commercial. MTV Networks’ NextMovie.com named her one of the ‘Breakout Stars to Watch for in 2011′. Prior to the film’s release, she won the “Female Star of Tomorrow” award at the 2011 CinemaCon Awards.

LIFE:

Huntington-Whiteley dated Tyrone Wood, the youngest son of musician Ronnie Wood, from August 2007 until October 2009. When the pair separated, she began a brief relationship with French actor Olivier Martinez that ended in early 2010. From April 2010, she has been in a relationship with English actor Jason Statham.

Huntington-Whiteley has apartments in New York and London’s Maida Vale. As for her musical taste, she listens to The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac and Gregory Isaacs.

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JIMBO – THE INTERNET ENTREPRENEUR

 

 

ABOUT JIMBO:

Jimmy Donal “Jimbo” Wales was born August 7, 1966, is an American Internet entrepreneur and a co-founder and promoter of Wikipedia.

Wales was born in Huntsville, Alabama in the United States. He attended Randolph School, a university-preparatory school, then earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in finance. While in graduate school, he taught at two universities, but left before completing a Ph.D. in order to take a job in finance and later worked as the research director of a Chicago futures and options firm. In 1996, he and two partners founded Bomis, a male-oriented web portal featuring entertainment and adult content. The company would provide the initial funding for the peer-reviewed free encyclopedia Nupedia (2000–2003) and its successor, Wikipedia.

In 2001, together with Larry Sanger and others, Wales helped launch Wikipedia, a free, open content encyclopedia that enjoyed rapid growth and popularity, and as Wikipedia’s public profile grew, he became the project’s promoter and spokesman. He is historically cited as a co-founder of Wikipedia, though he has disputed the “co-” designation, declaring himself the sole founder. Wales serves on the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit charitable organization he helped establish to operate Wikipedia, holding its board-appointed “community founder” seat. In 2004, he co-founded Wikia, a for-profit wiki-hosting service.

Wales has been married twice and has a daughter with his second wife Christine, from whom he is separated. He describes himself as an Objectivist and, with reservations, a libertarian. His role in creating Wikipedia, which has become the world’s largest encyclopedia, prompted Time magazine to name him in its 2006 list of the world’s most influential people.

SALARY:

Jimmy Wales’ biography on Wikipedia claims that he is independently wealthy. According to Wikipedia, Wales made enough money while working in the finance industry in Chicago to support himself and his wife for the rest of their lives. An article in Wired is cited. However on the talk page, Wales claims that his net worth is considerably less: “I do not have millions of dollars. I do not even have one million dollars.”

It is likely that Wales makes his living from Wikipedia. He is not paid directly by the Wikimedia Foundation, and he claims that he is not reimbursed for expenses while conducting Wikipedia business, even when traveling to board meetings. The way Mr. Wales makes a living is by getting $50,000 to $70,000 per speaking engagement when he goes and lectures about Wikipedia.

He also uses these speaking opportunities to publicize a side project, Wikia, which is for-profit. Wikipedia also deviates from its usual low tolerance for spam, allowing thousands of links to Wikia and not giving them the usual “no follow” treatment, thus elevating Wikia’s search engine rankings. This “interwiki” treatment is not always available to other websites.

The recent announcement of a partnership with Orange, a European telecommunications company, shows that Wales has a renewed interest in monetizing the content on Wikipedia.

JIMBO’s VISION:

Jimbo Wales wants Wikipedia to be open for everyone. He does not like to ban anyone, and indeed refused to ban anyone at all initially and did not allow admins to have the ability to ban. Jimbo is also keen on privacy, to the extent that admins cannot even see IP addresses, and to see something as commonplace as an IP address requires special magical CheckUser abilities that only a select few have.

Sadly, such rules end up being abused and making it less private than ever and more able to be abused with power tripping and corruption than a more open system. Jimbo’s vision is to create a serious encyclopaedia. He doesn’t particularly like it when people make fun of it, or treat it as anything less than super serious.

OTHERS:

In May 2010, Jimbo attempted to delete some of the pornography from Wikimedia Commons. He was condemned by a majority of Wikimedians and pressured to remove some administrative tools from his “founder” software status. Wikipedia was started by Bomis, an internet company that offered adult content. Bomis was founded by Jimmy Wales and Tim Shell. Bomis funded Wikipedia in the early days before Wikipedia began accepting donations.

Jimmy Wales claims to have no connection with Wikileaks (wikileaks.org). However his company, Wikia, owns the domain names wikileaks.com, wikileaks.net, and wikileaks.us. All three of these sites publish content from Wikileaks. (Note: the www format must be used: e.g. www.wikileaks.com).

HONORS, AWARDS & POSITIONS:

  • 1) Wales received the Quadriga award on October 3, 2008
  • 2) Mid-2005 — Wales was appointed as a member of the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard Law School.
  • 3) October 3, 2005 — Wales joined the Board of Directors of Socialtext, a provider of wiki technology to businesses.
  • 4) 2006 — Wales joined the Board of Directors of the non-profit organization Creative Commons.
  • 5) May 8, 2006 — Wales was listed in the “Scientists & Thinkers” section of the 100 influential people special edition of Time magazine.
  • 6) June 3, 2006 — Wales received an honorary degree of doctor of laws from Knox College.
  • 7) May 3, 2006 — The Electronic Frontier Foundation awarded him a Pioneer Award.
  • 8) 2006 — Wales was appointed to the advisory board of the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence.
  • 9) January 23, 2007 — Forbes magazine ranked Wales twelfth in its first annual “The Web Celebs 25″.
  • 10) 2007 — Wales was recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the ‘Young Global Leaders’ of 2007.
  • 11) May 2008 — Wales co-chaired the World Economic Forum on the Middle East 2008 in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.
  • 12) 2008 — CORUM awarded him The Global Brand Icon of the Year Award for 2008.
  • 13) 2008 — Wales accepted on behalf of the Wikimedia project the Quadriga award of Werkstatt Deutschland for A Mission of Enlightenment.
  • 14) October 30, 2008 — Wales was awarded the Business Process Award at the 7th Annual Innovation Awards and Summit by The 15) Economist “for public collaboration as a form of product and content development.”
  • 16) November 4, 2009 — Wales was recognized with the Nokia Foundation annual award (2009) “for his contributions to the evolution of the World Wide Web as a participatory and truly democratic platform”.
  • 17) November 2009 — Wales was awarded the Monaco Media Prize for enabling collaborative knowledge-seeking.
  • 18) December 7, 2009 — Wales announced that he will be joining the New York City-based Hunch.com as Board Member and advisor.
  • 19) April 8, 2010 — Wales was honored as a Stuart Regen Visionary at New Museum in New York City.
  • 20) May 21, 2010 — Wales received an honorary degree of doctor of laws from Stevenson University. Wales said that this was the very first college commencement speech that he had delivered.
  • 21) May 23, 2010 — Wales received an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters from Amherst College.
  • 22) January 26, 2011 — Wales was slated to be awarded on the foregoing date the Gottlieb Duttweiler Prize according to an announcement made on October 8, 2010.

AS AN AUTHOR:

  • 1) Brooks, Robert; Jon Corson, Jimmy Donal Wales (1994). “The Pricing of Index Options When the Underlying Assets All Follow a Lognormal Diffusion”. Advances in Futures and Options Research 7.
  • 2) Wales, Jimmy; Andrea Weckerle (December 31, 2008), “Foreword”, in Fraser, Matthew; Dutta, Soumitra, Throwing Sheep in the Boardroom: How Online Social Networking Will Transform Your Life, Work and World (1st ed.), Wiley, ISBN 0470740140, OCLC 233939846.
  • 3) Wales, Jimmy; Andrea Weckerle (January 8, 2009). “Commentary: Create a tech-friendly U.S. government”. CNN.com.
  • 4) Wales, Jimmy; Andrea Weckerle (February 10, 2009), “Foreword”, in Powell, Juliette, 33 Million People in the Room: How to Create, Influence, and Run a Successful Business with Social Networking (1st ed.), Financial Times Press, ISBN 0137154356, OCLC 244066502.
  • 5) Wales, Jimmy; Andrea Weckerle (March 3, 2009), “Foreword”, in Weber, Larry, Marketing to the Social Web: How Digital Customer Communities Build Your Business (2nd ed.), Wiley, ISBN 0470410973, OCLC 244060887.
  • 6) Wales, Jimmy (March 17, 2009), Lih, Andrew, ed., The Wikipedia Revolution: How a Bunch of Nobodies Created the World’s Greatest Encyclopedia (1st ed.), Hyperion, ISBN 1401303714, OCLC 232977686.
  • 7) Wales, Jimmy; Andrea Weckerle (March 30, 2009). “Most Define User-Generated Content Too Narrowly”. Advertising Age 80.
  • 8) Wales, Jimmy; Andrea Weckerle (December 28, 2009). “Keep a Civil Cybertongue”. The Wall Street Journal (Dow Jones & Company).
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MICHAEL POLLAN – FAMOUS AMERICAN AUTHOR

Michael Pollan was born on Sunday, February 06, 1955 and he is a famous American author, journalist, activist, and professor of journalism at the University of California, Berkeley. Pollan was born to author and financial consultant Stephen Pollan and columnist Corky Pollan. Pollan received a B.A. from Bennington College in 1977 and an M.A. in English from Columbia University in 1981. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife, the painter Judith Belzer, and their son, Isaac.

For the past twenty-five years, Michael Pollan has been writing books and articles about the places where nature and culture intersect: on our plates, in our farms and gardens, and in the built environment. He is the author of four New York Times bestsellers: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual (2010); In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008); The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006) and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001). The Omnivore’s Dilemma was named one of the ten best books of 2006 by both the New York Times and the Washington Post. It also won the California Book Award, the Northern California Book Award, the James Beard Award, and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. A young readers edition called The Omnivore’s Dilemma: the Secrets Behind What You Eat was published in 2009. The Botany of Desire received the Borders Original Voices Award for the best non-fiction work of 2001, and was recognized as a best book of the year by the American Booksellers Association and Amazon.com. PBS premiered a two-hour special documentary based on The Botany of Desire in fall 2009. Pollan is also the author of A Place of My Own (1997) and Second Nature (1991).Pollan was named to the 2010 TIME 100, the magazine’s annual list of the world’s 100 most influential people. In 2009 he was named by Newsweek as one of the top 10 “New Thought Leaders.” A contributing writer to The New York Times Magazine since 1987, his writing has received numerous awards: he was a finalist for the National Magazine Award in 2009 for best essay; he received the James Beard Award for best magazine series in 2003; the John Burroughs prize in 1997 for best natural history essay; the QPB New Vision Award for his first book, Second Nature; the 2000 Reuters-I.U.C.N. Global Award for Environmental Journalism for his reporting on genetically modified crops; the 2003 Humane Society of the United States’ Genesis Award for his writing on animal agriculture; the 2008 Truth in Agricultural Journalism Award from the American Corngrowers Association; the 2009 President’s Citation Award from the American Institute of Biological Sciences, and the 2009 Voices of Nature Award from the Natural Resources Defense Council. His essays have appeared in many anthologies, including Best American Essays (1990 and 2003), Best American Science Writing (2004), the Norton Book of Nature Writing, and The New Kings of Non-Fiction, edited by Ira Glass. In addition to publishing regularly in The New York Times Magazine, his articles have appeared in Harper’s Magazine (where he served as executive editor from 1984 to 1994), National Geographic, Mother Jones, The Nation, The New York Review of Books, Vogue, Travel + Leisure, Gourmet, House & Garden and Gardens Illustrated, among others. In 2009, he appeared in a two-hour PBS special based on The Botany of Desire as well as in the documentary, Food Inc., which received an Academy Award nomination.

In 2003, Pollan was appointed the John S. and James L. Knight Professor of Journalism at UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, and the director of the Knight Program in Science and Environmental Journalism. In addition to teaching, he lectures widely on food, agriculture, health and the environment.Pollan is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, a former executive editor for Harper’s Magazine, and author of five books: In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto (2008) The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals (2006), The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World (2001), A Place of My Own (1997), and Second Nature A Gardener’s Education (1991).

His recent work has dealt with the practices of the meat industry, and he has written a number of articles on trends in American agriculture. He has received the Reuters World Conservation Union Global Awards in environmental journalism, the James Beard Foundation Awards for best magazine series in 2003, and the Genesis Award from the American Humane Association. His articles have been anthologized in Best American Science Writing (2004), Best American Essays (1990 and 2003), The Animals: Practicing Complexity (2006) and the Norton Book of Nature Writing (1990).

Pollan co-starred in the documentary, Food, Inc. (2008), for which he was also a consultant.

BOOKS

 

  • Pollan, Michael (1991). Second Nature: A Gardener’s Education. New York: Atlantic Monthly Press. ISBN 9780871134431.
  • Pollan, Michael (1997). Place of My Own: The Education of an Amateur Builder. New York: Random House. ISBN 9780679415329.
  • Pollan, Michael (2001). The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World. New York: Random House. ISBN 9780375501296.
  • Pollan, Michael (2006). The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 9781594200823.
  • Pollan, Michael (2008). In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 9781594201455.
  • Pollan, Michael (2009). Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual. New York: Penguin Press. ISBN 978-0143116387.

ESSAYS

  • Pollan, Michael (April, 1997). “Opium Made Easy”. Harper’s.
  • Pollan, Michael (July 19, 2002). “When a Crop Becomes King”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (November 10, 2002). “An Animal’s Place”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (June 4, 2006). “Mass Natural”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (June 11, 2006). “Six rules for eating wisely”. Time magazine. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (January 28, 2007). “Unhappy Meals”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (22April 2007). “You Are What You Grow”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (December 16, 2007). “Our Decrepit Food Factories”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (April 20, 2008). “Why bother?”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-09-21.
  • Pollan, Michael (October 9, 2008). “An Open Letter to the Farmer in Chief”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-10-12.
  • Pollan, Michael (July 29, 2009). “Out of the Kitchen, Onto the Couch”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-08-02.
  • Pollan, Michael (September 9, 2009). “Big Food vs. Big Insurance”. The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-09-14.

INTERVIEWS

  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Ketzel Levine. A Plant’s-Eye View Of The World (audio). Morning Edition. NPR. June 4, 2001. Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Helen Wagenvoord. The Cheapest Calories Make You the Fattest (transcript). Sierra Magazine. September 2004. Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Jason Marsh. Edible Ethics (transcript). Greater Good magazine. Spring/Summer 2006. Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Amy Goodman. In Defense of Food (video/audio/transcript). Democracy Now. February 13, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Warren Etheredge. An Evening with Michael Pollan (audio). The Warren Report. October 30, 2008. Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Bill Moyers. Bill Moyers Journal. PBS. November 28, 2008. (Interview ). Retrieved on 2008-11-29.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Melissa Moser. Food and Fossil Fuels (video). Powering A Nation: UNC News21 Project. June 25, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-08-04.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Melissa Moser. Checking Out Michael Pollan’s Garden (video). Powering A Nation: UNC News21 Project. June 25, 2009. Retrieved on 2009-08-04.
  • Michael Pollan. Interview with Waylon Lewis. Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis interview: Michael Pollan. Sponsored by Gaiam. (video). Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis. June 22, 2009. Retrieved on 2010-09-23.

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