JARON LANIER – THE TECH GEEK

Jaron Zepel Lanier, born on May 3, 1960. He is a computer scientist, composer, visual artist, and author.

IN THE SCIENCES

Jaron Lanier scientific interests include biometric information architectures, user interfaces, heterogeneous scientific simulations, advanced information systems for medicine, and computational approaches to the fundamentals of physics. He collaborates with a wide range of scientists in fields related to these interests. Lanier’s name is also often associated with Virtual Reality research. He either coined or popularized the term ‘Virtual Reality’ and in the early 1980s founded VPL Research, the first company to sell VR products. In the late 1980s he led the team that developed the first implementations of multi-person virtual worlds using head mounted displays, for both local and wide area networks, as well as the first “avatars”, or representations of users within such systems. While at VPL, he and his colleagues developed the first implementations of virtual reality applications in surgical simulation, vehicle interior prototyping, virtual sets for television production, and assorted other areas. He led the team that developed the first widely used software platform architecture for immersive virtual reality applications. Sun Microsystems acquired VPL’s seminal portfolio of patents related to Virtual Reality and networked 3D graphics in 1999.

From 1997 to 2001, Lanier was the Chief Scientist of Advanced Network and Services, which contained the Engineering Office of Internet2, and served as the Lead Scientist of the National Tele-immersion Initiative, a coalition of research universities studying advanced applications for Internet2. The Initiative demonstrated the first prototypes of tele-immersion in 2000 after a three-year development period. From 2001 to 2004 he was Visiting Scientist at Silicon Graphics Inc., where he developed solutions to core problems in telepresence and tele-immersion. He was Scholar at Large for Microsoft from 2006 to 2009, and Partner Architect there from 2009 forward. Lanier received an honorary doctorate from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2006, was the recipient of CMU’s Watson award in 2001, was a finalist for the first Edge of Computation Award in 2005, and received a Lifetime Career Award from the IEEE in 2009 for contributions to Virtual Reality.

AS AN AUTHOR

Lanier is a well-known author and speaker. His book “You are not a gadget” will be released in early 2010 by Knopf in the USA and Penguin in the UK. “Jaron’s World” is his monthly column in Discover Magazine, currently on hiatus, and devoted to his own wide ranging ideas and research. He writes and speaks on numerous topics, including high-technology business, the social impact of technological practices, the philosophy of consciousness and information, Internet politics, and the future of humanism. His lecture client list has included most of the well-known high technology firms as well as many others in the energy, automotive, and financial services industries. His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Discover, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Harpers Magazine, The Sciences, Wired Magazine (where he was a founding contributing editor), and Scientific American. He has edited special “future” issues of SPIN and Civilization magazines. He is one of the 100 “remarkable people” of the Global Business Network.

IN MUSICAs a musician, Lanier has been active in the world of new “classical” music since the late seventies. He is a pianist and a specialist in unusual musical instruments, especially the wind and string instruments of Asia. He maintains one of the largest and most varied collections of actively played rare instruments in the world. Lanier has performed with artists as diverse as Philip Glass, Ornette Coleman, George Clinton, Sean Lennon, Vernon Reid, Terry Riley, Duncan Sheik, Pauline Oliveros, and Stanley Jordan. Lanier co-composed the soundtrack to “The Third Wave,” a documentary released in Sept. 2009 to critical acclaim after winning awards at film festivals around the world. Lanier’s work with acoustic “world” instruments can be heard on many other soundtracks as well, including a prominent role in “Three Seasons” (1999), which was the first film ever to win both the Audience and Grand Jury awards at the Sundance Film Festival.

He also writes chamber and orchestral music. Current commissions include a symphony for the Bach Festival Orchestra. Recent commissions include: “Earthquake!”, a ballet which premiered at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts in San Francisco in April, 2006; “Little Shimmers” for the TroMetrik ensemble, which premiered at ODC in San Francisco in April, 2006; “Daredevil” for the ArrayMusic chamber ensemble, which was premiered in Toronto in 2006; A concert length sequence of works for orchestra and virtual worlds (including “Canons for Wroclaw”, “Khaenoncerto”, “The Egg”, and others) celebrating the 1000th birthday of the city of Wroclaw, Poland, premiered in 2000; A triple concerto, “The Navigator Tree”, commissioned by the National Endowment for the Arts and the American Composers Forum, premiered in 2000; and “Mirror/Storm”, a symphony commissioned by the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra, and premiered in 1998. “Continental Harmony”, a PBS special that documented the development and premiere of “The Navigator Tree” won a CINE Golden Eagle Award. His CD “Instruments of Change” was released on Point/Polygram in 1994.

IN VISUAL ART

Lanier’s paintings and drawings have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States and Europe. In 2002 he co-created (with Philippe Parreno) an exhibit illustrating how aliens might perceive humans for the Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris. In 1994 he directed the film “Muzork” under a commission from ARTE Television. His 1983 “Moondust” (which he programmed in 6502 assembly) is generally regarded as the first art video game, and the first interactive music publication. He has presented installations in New York City, including the “Video Feedback Waterbed” and the “Time-accelerated Painting”, which was situated in the Brooklyn Bridge Anchorage. His first one man show took place in 1997 at the Danish Museum for Modern Art in Roskilde. He helped make up the gadgets and scenarios for the 2002 science fiction movie Minority Report by Steven Spielberg.CELEBRITY FLUFF

In 2005 Lanier was selected as one of the top one hundred public intellectuals in the world by readers of Prospect and Foreign Policy magazines. The Encyclopaedia Britannica (but certainly not the Wikipedia) includes him in its list of history’s 300 or so greatest inventors. The nation of Palau has issued a postage stamp in his honor. Various television documentaries have been produced about him, such as “Dreadlocks and Digital Dreamworlds” by Tech TV in 2002. The 1992 movie Lawnmower Man was in part based on him and his early laboratory- he was played by Piers Brosnan. He has appeared on national television many times, on shows such as “The News Hour,” “Nightline,” and “Charlie Rose,” and has been profiled multiple times on the front pages of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

AWARDS

  • Carnegie Mellon University’s Watson award in 2001
  • Finalist for the first Edge of Computation Award in 2005
  • Honorary doctorate from New Jersey Institute of Technology in 2006
  • IEEE Virtual Reality Career Award in 2009
  • Named one of TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2010 (nominated by Microsoft VP Dan Reed)

WORKS

WESTERN CLASSICAL MUSIC

  • Instruments of Change (1994),[22] POINT Music/Philips/PolyGram Records

VIDEO GAMES

  • Moondust (C64, 1983)
  • Alien Garden (Atari 800, 1982)

SIGNIFICANT PAPERS

  • “One Half of a Manifesto”, Edge, 11.11.00
  • “Digital Maoism: The Hazards of the New Online Collectivism”, Edge, 5.30.06
  • “Beware the Online Collective”, Edge, 12.25.06

BOOKS

  • You Are Not a Gadget: A Manifesto, New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2010, ISBN 978-1846143410

SPEECHES

  • ‘Finding Humanity in the Interface: Capacity Atrophy or Augmentation?’ A debate between Jaron Lanier and Will Wright from the Accelerating Change 2004 conference.
  • Video of Jaron Lanier speaking at a Film Festival
  • Video of Jaron Lanier’s “McLuhan Ramp” Lecture
  • Video of Jaron Lanier with Neal Stephenson, Neil Gershenfeld, Raymond Laflamme, and Tara Hunt, on The Agenda with Steve Paikin at the Quantum to Cosmos festival
  • Video of panel discussion with Jaron Lanier, Neal Stephenson and Lee Smolin, “Seeing Science Through Fiction” at the Quantum to Cosmos festival
  • Podcast of Science in the Pub panel discussion with Jaron Lanier, Hod Lipson, Wilson da Silva and Eliezer Yudkowsky: “So We’re All Gonna be Robots, Now?”
  • Video of Jaron Lanier giving a talk titled: ‘Staying Human in a Tech-Driven World’ at Zócalo public square, on January 28, 2010

INTERVIEWS

  • Interview with Jaron Lanier on Music
  • Coding from Scratch: A Conversation with Jaron Lanier, Part 1
  • The Future of Virtual Reality: A Conversation with Jaron Lanier, Part 2
  • Brown, David Jay; Novick, Rebecca McClen (1995). Voices from the edge: Conversations with Jerry Garcia, Ram Dass, Annie Sprinkle, Matthew Fox, Jaron Lanier, & others. Freedom, CA: Crossing Press. ISBN 0-89594-732-3
  • Interview by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Counterpoint program; Lanier strongly criticises both Wikipedia and singularitarianism
  • A Conversation with Jaron Lanier

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GISELE BUNDCHEN – THE BRAZILIAN MODEL

Born July 20th, 1980, in Horizontina, Rio Grande de Sul, Brazil. Gisele is a supermodel beauty. Gisele, raised in Horizontina, a small town of less then 20,000 people located in the southern part of Brazil. With six daughters in the family, her five other sisters are all natural phenomenons. Raquel, Graziela, Gabriela, Patricia, and Rafaela are all aspiring models.

As a school girl, she was taunted with the nickname Olive Oil, the waif thin girl friend of Popeye the Sailor in cartoons.Bündchen, 14, is spotted by an Elite Modeling agent in a São Paulo McDonald’s. “They asked if I wanted to be a model, and I was like, ‘Forget it,'” she tells New York’s Daily News in 2004. “But in Brazil, people struggle, so I thought, ‘You know what? I should try this.'” She moves to New York in 1997, where she catches the eye of top photographers Mario Testino and Steven Meisel, who coax magazines and designers to take a chance on the teenager. “I was mesmerized by her,” Testino tells PEOPLE. While grabbing a Big Mac in a shopping mall, she was seen by a modeling agent who approached her and asked if she had any interest in becoming a model. Despite her father’s lack of approval of the career choice, he allowed her to move to Sao Paulo and she entered the Elite Look Modeling Competition, and her career took off.

Bündchen single-handedly ends the “heroin chic” era brought in by Kate Moss when fashion industry’s bible, Vogue, puts her on its cover. The magazine declares the “Return of the Sexy Model.” The Brazilian import is named Vogue/VH1 Model of the Year and by 2001, graces nine Vogue covers. Bündchen follows the likes of Tyra Banks and Heidi Klum when she signs with lingerie giant Victoria’s Secret. “I think guys like me because they like girls in lingerie,” she tells Time about her Victoria’s Secret work. “They like any girl in lingerie.”

Gisele has modeled for all the major fashion houses such as Ralph Lauren, Versace, Valentino and Chloe. She also has appeared on several magazine covers such as Vogue, Marie Claire, Harper’s Bazaar and Rolling Stone. Bündchen frolics on the shores of Malibu with actor Leonardo DiCaprio. The two remain coy about their relationship. “I don’t talk about my private life,” she tells New York’s Daily News. “The only thing I have to say is that I so appreciate [Leo].” They endure a rocky, nearly six-year, on-again, off-again relationship before calling it quits (for good) in November 2005. It may not be Vogue, but Bündchen graces the cover of Rolling Stone in a bikini. The magazine dubs the 20-year-old, “The Most Beautiful Girl in the World.” Time magazine says she’s “one of the few runway models whom straight men can name.”

Bündchen makes her acting debut opposite Queen Latifah and Jimmy Fallon in the box office disappointment Taxi. “It’s not Shakespeare, I’m not telling everyone I’m a serious actress, because that’s not who I am. I’m a model!” she tells New York’s Daily News of her role as Vanessa, a leader of a group of gorgeous bank robbers. After her split from DiCaprio, Bündchen is photographed surfing and cuddling with Pamela Anderson’s ex Kelly Slater on the sands of Hawaii’s Waikiki beach. The two tanned stunners are reportedly more than beach buddies. Bündchen appears in the film adaptation of The Devil Wears Prada despite reports that anyone involved would be banned from the pages of Vogue. She plays an editor opposite Anne Hathaway and Emily Blunt.

Bündchen expresses her admiration for New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, 29, telling the Herald, “Definitely not too shabby. He’s pretty cute. All-American, that’s a good way to describe him.” The following month, Brady, who recently ended a three-year relationship with actress Bridget Moynahan – who later discovers she’s pregnant – begins dating the 26-year-old supermodel. After seven years as a Victoria’s Secret model, Bündchen, 26, parts ways with the lingerie giant. New York Post’s Page Six reports that Bündchen split with the company because it wouldn’t raise her $5 million-a-year salary and many speculate that she’s heading towards retirement. In 2004, she told Vanity Fair, “I would never want to be one of those girls who is 30, and modeling is all they know how to do. I want to do my best, and then I want to close the chapter on this job so I can look back and say this is what I did from 14 to 26, and then have another chapter.”

Bündchen tops Forbes’ list of the World’s Richest Models and earns $33 million in the past year. Kate Moss and Heidi Klum take second and third place respectively. “Some people start modeling because they want to be models and they want the parties and the recognition, and then there are people like me,” she tells Vanity Fair. “I come from a simple family, and for me getting into modeling was a chance to make money and create a business.” Dubbed “the globe’s reigning symbol of female perfection” by GQ, Bündchen appears on the magazine’s cover, where she discusses meeting boyfriend Tom Brady. “We met through a friend who knew us both for a long time,” she says. “Our friend knew that we would like each other. And we did. So I guess he was right.” Formerly with DiCaprio, the supermodel admits: “I’ve had my heart broken.” But of Brady, she says, “He really, genuinely doesn’t have a bad bone in his body.”

Gisele has recently signed a multimillion-dollar contract with North American lingerie firm, Victoria’s Secret. As a result, the Brazilian beauty will appear in several of their lingerie, beauty and hosiery campaigns for television and print, as well as in their point-of-sale materials. According to rumors that circulated amongst the fashion crowd during New York Fashion Week, Gisele will receive a cool 20 million US dollars for the job. Gisele currently lives in Los Angeles, an apartment in New York and a house out in the country in up-state New York. She has had her belly-button pierced and has a tattoo of a star drawn on the inside of her left wrist. It is nice to see that Gisele, albeit a young, rich and famous model, still maintains her naturalness and a down-to-earth personality.

Bündchen, 28, and Brady, 31, tie the knot in a small, private ceremony in Santa Monica. The couple exchange vows again at Bündchen’s Costa Rica home that April. Then in December, the newlyweds welcome their son Benjamin. “To be a mother is a magical experience,” she says. “It really is the miracle of life. I am really happy!”

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MADONNA – THE SEXY ENTERTAINER

Madonna was born on 16 August 1958 in Michigan. Her full name was Madonna Louise Veronica Ciccone. Madonna married Guy Ritchie, having divorced Sean Penn. However, in October 2008 Madonna and Guy Ritchie announced that were getting divorced. She has a huge IQ and reportedly enjoys chess. Madonna won a dance scholarship to Michigan University, but dropped out and went to New York. Madonna struggled for a while in various dance troupes and bands, and was briefly a backing vocalist/dancer to French disco star Patrick Hernandez.

Madonna’s debut album, titled Madonna, was released in 1983, and although it sold 3 million copies it was with her next album, Like a Virgin that she made most impact. Her music continued to be a critical and commercial success and in the past 20 years, Madonna has sold more than 250m records. Some people argue that Madonna lulled in the early part of the 2000s but there was no disputing that 2005 was a good year for Madonna (barring a horse-riding accident). Her Live 8 performance was highly regarded as was her album, Confessions on a Dancefloor, produced by Stuart Price, which contained the Number 1 single ‘Hung Up’. Madonna has been a hugely successful singer, but she is a woman of many talents. Her photo-book, Sex was a great commercial success although panned by many critics.

Madonna has also appeared in a variety of films including Desperately Seeking Susan (1985), In Bed with Madonna (1991) and Evita (1996). Up until recently Madonna ran the record company Maverick, which (after a dispute) she sold to Warner Music. Madonna has recently written several children’s stories. Pundits have frequently referred to her successful branding and dubbed her a chameleon. Some compliment her for this, and others criticise her. Madonna has two children: Lourdes, fathered by personal trainer Carlos Leon, and Rocco with Guy Ritchie. Madonna can nowadays also be referred to as Esther.

As Madonna puts it: “I don’t go by the name of Esther, but yes, that is my Hebrew name. I chose it.” In an interview with ABC’s 20/20 Madonna said: “I was named after my mother. My mother died when she was very young. I wanted to attach myself to another name. So I read about all the women in the old testament and I love the story of Queen Esther.” Madonna came 8th in the Forbes list of the most powerful celebrities 2005. In February 2008, Filth and Wisdom, which was the first film directed by Madonna, was released. Meanwhile Madonna’s music continued to prove popular. In May 2008, Madonna had her tenth number one album in the UK with Hard Candy.AWARDS2009

Grammy Awards
Best Dance Recording “Give It 2 Me” (Lost to Daft Punk – Harder Better Faster Stronger)
Best Remixed Recording, Non-Classical “4 Minutes (Junkie XL Remix)” (Lost to MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix))

2008

Bravo Magazine Otto Awards (Hungary)
Best Video for “4 Minutes”

Grammy Awards
Best Long Form Music Video “The Confessions Tour”

World Music Awards
Best Selling American Artist

2007

Virgin.Net Awards
Best Solo Artist

The Sun Bizarre Readers Poll
Best Female
Best Live Act “The Confessions Tour”

Pollstar Concert Industry Awards
Most Creative Stage Production “The Confessions Tour”

The Ivor Novello Awards
International Hit Of The Year “Sorry”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Music Video “Jump”
Best Dance Solo Artist

Grammy Awards
Best Electronic/Dance Album “Confessions on A Dance Floor”

Elle Magazine Awards
Style Icon Award

2006

World Music Awards
World’s Best Pop Artist

TRL Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

NRJ Awards
Best International Female Artist

NME Awards
Sexiest Female

MVPA Awards
Best Make-Up “Hung Up” (Gina Brooke)

International Dance Music Awards
Best Pop Dance Track “Hung Up”
Best Dance Video “Hung Up”
Best Dance Artist Solo

Brit Awards
Best International Female

Billboard Touring Awards
Top Boxscore (for 8 London concerts – $22 million)
Top Manager Award (Guy Oseary and Angela Becker)

Amadeus Austrian Music Awards
Best international Hit Single (Hung Up)

2005

Meteor Ireland Music Awards
Best Live Performance – Visiting Act (“Re-Invention Tour”)

2004

UK Music Hall Of Fame
Founding Member

NRJ Music Awards
Lifetime Achievement Award

Dancestar Awards
Best Chart Act

Billboard Backstage Pass Awards
Top Tour “Re-Invention Tour”

Billboard Awards
Best Selling Dance Single “Me Against The Music” (with Britney Spears)

2003

Theatregoers’ Choice Theatre Awards
Theatre Event “Up For Grabs”

MVPA Awards
Soundtrack Video of the Year (“Die Another Day”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “Swept Away”
Worst Supporting Actress (“Die Another Day”)
Worst Screen Couple “Swept Away”, with Adriano Giannini

Bulgarian MM Awards
Best International Video (Die Another Day)

American Music Awards
Michael Jackson Award

2002

International Dance Music Awards
Best Solo Dance Artist

DVD Awards
Best Music DVD “Drowned World Tour Live”

ASCAP Awards
Best Song “Don’t Tell Me”

AOL Viewers Choice Awards
Best TV Concert Of The Year “Drowned World Tour Live”

2001

NRJ Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Female

MVPA Awards
Best Direction Of A Female Artist “Don’t Tell Me”

International Dance Music Awards
Best Dance Solo Artist
Best Pop Dance 12″ Record “Music”
Best Dance Video “Music”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress “The Next Best Thing”

Grammy Awards
Best Video Of The Year “Music”
Best Recording Package “Music”

Edison Awards
Best International Female Artist

Danish Music Awards
Best International Album “Music”
Best International Hit “Music”

Capital FM Awards
Favorite International Solo Artist

Billboard Awards
Best Video Clip Of The Year “Music”

Brit Awards
Best International Female

2000

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#1 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Albums (#3 “Music”)
Best Singles (#1 “Music”)

Premios Amigos Awards
Best International Female Singer

MVPA Awards
Panavision Award for Best Cinematography “Beautiful Stranger”

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Dance

Grammy Awards
Best Song from a Motion Picture “Beautiful Stranger”

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress of the Century

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Song From Motion Pictures “Beautiful Stranger”

1999Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Beautiful Stranger”)MVPA Awards
Pop Video Of The Year “Ray Of Light”
Best Special Effects in a Music Video “Frozen”

Music Week CAD Awards
Best Special Effects in a Video “Frozen”
Best Editing in a Video “Frozen”
Best Dance Video “Frozen”

MTV Video Music Awards
Best video From A Film “Beautiful Stranger”

Grammy Awards
Best Pop Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Dance Single (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Recording Package (“Ray Of Light”)

1998

Viva Comet Awards
Best International Artist

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#2 “Ray Of Light”)

Rolling Stone Critics Picks
Best Singles (#3 “Ray Of Light”)

Much Music Awards
Best International Video (“Ray Of Light”)

VH-1 Fashion Awards
The Versace Award
Most Fashinable Artist
Most Stylish Music Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Video Of The Year (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Female Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Direction In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Editing In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Choreography In A Video (“Ray Of Light”)
Best Special Effects In A Video (“Frozen”)

MTV Europe Music Awards
Best Female
Best Album (“Ray Of Light”)
Blockbuster Entertainment Award

1997

Golden Globe Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)
Best Performance By An Actress – Comedy/Musical (“Evita”)
Best Movie (“Evita”)

Billboard Awards
Artist Achievement Award

American Moviegoer’s Awards
Best Actress (“Evita”)
Best Direction (“Evita”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“You Must Love Me”)

1996

MTV Latin Music Awards
Best Female Artist (“Veras”)
Best Video (“Veras”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Supporting Actress (“Four Rooms”)

Echo Awards
Best International Female Artist

ASCAP Awards
Best Song (“You’ll See”)

1995

VH-1 Fashion Awards
Most Fashionable Artist

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Take A Bow”)

1994

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Body Of Evidence”)

1993

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Art Direction In A Video (“Rain”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Rain”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“This Used To Be My Playground”)

1992

Grammy Awards
Best Long-Form Video “Blond Ambition Tour Live”

1991

MTV Video Music Awards
Best bLong-Form Video (“The Immaculate Collection”)

Juno Awards
Best International Single (“Vogue”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Dance Single (“Vogue”)

Academy Awards
Best Original Song (“Sooner Or Later”)

1990

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Singles (#1 “Vogue”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video (“Vogue”)
Best Cinematography In A Video (“Vogue”)

1989

Rolling Stone Readers Picks
Best Albums (#4 “Like A Prayer”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Direction In A Video
Best Art Direction In A Video
Best Editing In A Video
Best Cinematography In A Video

International Music Awards
Best International Female (“Like A Prayer”)

1988

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Who’s That Girl”)

1987

MuchMusic Awards
Best Female Artist
Best Female Video (“La Isla Bonita”)

MTV Video Music Awards
Best Female Video (“Open Your Heart”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Who’s That Girl”)

ASCAP Awards
Most Performed Songs from Motion Picture (“Live To Tell”)

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

1986

People’s Choice Awards
Favorite Female Musical Performer

MTV Video Music Awards
Video Vanguard Award

Juno Awards
Best International Album (“True Blue”)

Golden Raspberry Awards
Worst Actress (“Shanghai Surprise”)

1985

American Music Awards
Favorite Female Pop/Rock Artist

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LAXMI NIWAS MITTAL – THE STEEL TYCOON

Lakshmi Mittal has become something of a cult figure in the global steel industry. His company Mittal Steel is the largest steel maker in the world. After the recent merger between Mittal Steel and Arcelor which raged a big debate throughout the Europe, Laxmi Mittal current controls 10% of the total steel production and the combined entity that has come into force post-merger is three times the size of its nearest competitors.

Lakshmi Niwas Mittal was born on June 15, 1950 at Sadulpur, in Churu district of Rajasthan, in a poor family. The extended family of 20 lived on bare concrete floors, slept on rope beds and cooked on an open fire in the brickyard in a house built by his grandfather. Laxmi Mittal belongs to Marwari Aggarwal caste and his grandfather worked for the Tarachand Ghanshyam Das firm, one of the leading Marwari industrial firms of pre-independence India.

The family later on moved to Kolkata where his father Mohan Mittal became a partner in a steel company. Lakshmi Mittal graduated from St. Xaviers in Kolkata with a commerce degree in 1969. He began his career working in the family’s steelmaking business in India and in 1976, Lakshmi Mittal founded Mittal Steel Company. He split from his father and two younger brothers in 1994 and took the international arm, with interests in Indonesia and Trinidad and Tobago, while the rest of the family kept the domestic Indian business. In the last few years Mittal Steel has made a number of acquisitions, buying up a network of steel producers in former communist countries including Kazakhstan, Romania and Ukraine, and pushing into the U.S. in 2004 with the $4.5 billion purchase of International Steel Group. Today, Mittal Steel is the only truly global steel producer in the world with operations on 14 countries, spanning 4 continents.

Lakshmi Mittal is also known for his opulence. In 2003, he acquired the Kensington mansion, said to be the world’s most expensive home, from Formula One racing’s Bernie Ecclestone for £70 million ($128 million). His daughter Vanisha’s $50 million wedding bash is touted as the most expensive wedding of the 20th century. In March 2006, Lakshmi Mittal was listed as the third wealthiest person in the world after Bill Gates and Warren Buffet by Forbes Magazine.

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