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His is a household name in the wide world of international cooking. In fact, his fame is such that he has become synonymous with television shows, good food, cooking and a broad range of cuisines. Since his career was launched by the BBC in 1997 through his cooking show, The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver has since skyrocketed to the top of the United Kingdom’s and the world’s food chain, with several best-selling cookbooks, a highly successful chain of restaurants named Fifteen and several very popular television shows.

Jamie Oliver’s refreshing take on cooking, easygoing demeanor and laid-back style was warmly welcomed around the world from the get-go. His show, Jamie’s Kitchen, a five-part documentary in 2002 which followed the acclaimed chef as he trained fifteen disadvantaged teenagers in the art of cooking and working in the service industry, was a hit that immediately spawned many other cooking shows.

Jamie’s efforts in the kitchen have not just stayed there. He founded the Fifteen Foundation, a charitable institution that aims to inspire problematic and unemployed people to try their hand at becoming chefs. Apart from that, Jamie has long been campaigning for healthier eating for British children, particularly in schools, launching “Feed Me Better,” to which the British government promised to delve into. He has kept on promoting healthy cooking and eating in all of his shows and cookbooks, and has been awarded multiple times for his efforts and accomplishments in the food and health industries.

His Fifteen restaurants have been doing admirably, so much so that Jamie launched his first high-end restaurant in Oxford, England in 2008, Jamie’s Italian. His holding company, Sweet as Candy, has reportedly put him on The Sunday Times’ list of Richest Britons Under 30. Jamie is presently working to fund 30 more restaurants under his name in Asia and continues to charm people’s hearts and stomachs on the air, inspiring millions worldwide to follow their dreams.

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The road to the top isn’t the easiest road to take; but some people, like Meg Whitman, are willing to do the work in order to reach the top.

The Princeton economics and Harvard M.B.A. graduate began her trek to success when Mitt Romney hired her as a consultant at Bain & Co. where she went on to work for eight years. After her stint at Bain & Co., she moved from one position to another. First as Disney’s VP for marketing, then as president of Stride Rite, the company behind the popular shoe brand Keds. She later on became CEO of Florists Transworld Delivery. She also worked for Hasbro, leading the global marketing of two of its most recognizable brands, Playskool and Mr. Potato Head, before taking the job as CEO of Ebay. Meg Whitman is currently the president and CEO of Hewlett Packard.

She had a lot of ups and downs during this journey, but she quickly brushed off her mistakes and carried on to succeed in other endeavors. Her hard work and determination to succeed has won her a place in the Forbes Billionaires List with a net worth of $1.4B as of March 2012.

Possessing the vision and drive of an entrepreneur, Ellen Scharaga has served as a pharmacy executive for nearly 30 years. Since accepting the role of Senior Vice President of Operations at OncoMed Pharmaceuticals, Inc., in Great Neck, New York, she has gained Joint Commission Accreditation for several facilities, grown the operations staff by 50 percent, and significantly reduced prescription-processing turnaround time. A State of New York registered pharmacist, Ms. Scharaga completed a B.S. in Pharmacology at St. John’s University in Jamaica, New York, and served as Director of Pharmacy for Baxter Healthcare early in her career.

In other senior positions in the field, she acted as Director of Pharmacy and Quality Assurance at ABEL Health Management Services, Inc.; as General Manager of the New York branch of Health Infusion, Inc.; and as District Infusion Manager of Homedco Infusion. Ellen Scharaga also served as New York General Manager of National Medical Care, Inc. Subsequently, as Director of Pharmacy and then Vice President of Pharmacy at Group Health Incorporated, she showed her entrepreneurial and leadership skills as a strategic planner, network program designer, contract negotiator, and proactive manager. Immediately prior to joining OncoMed, Ms. Scharaga accepted a position at Advanced Care Incorporated as Director of Pharmacy, where she became the primary advisor in pharmacology, including overseeing provider and member relations and new-product development.

A member of several professional organizations, such as the New York State Council of Health-System Pharmacists, the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, and the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, Ellen Scharaga enjoys such activities as walking, shopping, and reading in her leisure time. Like many successful entrepreneurs and businesspeople, she also takes pleasure in sharing her success, supporting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society; the American Cancer Society, Inc.; and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.

It’s hard to think of the computer giant Apple without thinking about one of the world’s most recognizable CEOs, Steve Jobs. But with his passing, a new era for the multi-billion dollar company has started. This is the era of Tim Cook.

Tim Cook, an Industrial Engineering graduate and Fuqua Scholar at Duke University where he got his M.B.A., worked for companies like Intelligent Electronics, IBM and Compaq before landing a job as Apple’s Senior Vice President for Operations. He quickly worked up the ranks and was the company’s Chief Operating Officer right before Jobs bequeathed his title to Cook.

It is said that before Cook came into Apple, Jobs had already rejected a couple of candidates for the job, but Cook not only survived his encounter with Jobs, he impressed him. In his early years at Apple, Cook was able to solve a lot of the company’s problems in terms of inventory management and logistics, and was able to make a lot of operational improvements as well. Later on, when Steve Jobs needed to go on medical leave due to his battle with his illness, Cook was there to take the reins and make sure that development of some of Apple’s most innovative products to date was on track.

At work, Cook’s quiet and calm demeanor can be misleading. He is described by many as a workaholic and a person who is deeply committed to his work, and demands the same commitment from his employees and staff. His stringent work ethics makes him worthy of the recognition and accolades he has received when he took over Apple’s top post. He was named one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People for 2012 and has made it to the Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful People.

Many were wary of how he would perform after accepting the CEO position in one of the world’s most influential companies; however, Tim Cook has not only met expectations, he has also exceeded them.

An extensively accomplished attorney and academic based in Chicago, Illinois, Myron Cherry currently applies his skills as Managing Partner of Myron M. Cherry & Associates, LLC, a leading boutique law firm he established in 1973. Nationally recognized for the pioneering state and federal environmental legislative drafts he authored in the early part of his career, Mr. Cherry has argued numerous high profile cases before the United States Supreme Court, laying the foundation for continuing positive developments in our country’s legal system. Leveraging his extensive background as a civil litigator to represent a widely varied client base of individuals and business enterprises, Myron Cherry maintains a stellar reputation as a forward-thinking mover-and-shaker who has made it his life’s work to uphold the foundational tenets of the democratic process. Mr. Cherry completed his post graduate studies at the Northwestern University School of Law where he served as Editor of the institution’s Law Review and remains actively involved with his alma mater to this day, setting time aside in his busy schedule to educate the next generation of lawyers as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy.

Garnering consistent accolades for his unwavering commitment to excellence in every aspect of his professional practice, Myron Cherry was selected as one of the Midwest’s top attorneys by Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2008. A longstanding member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, he formerly functioned as a Trustee of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and held a seat on the National Finance Board of former President Bill Clinton’s re-election campaign. Supplementing a productive tenure as Co-Chairman of the DNC’s Democratic Business Council, Myron Cherry also played a key role in facilitating the aims of Illinois’ United States Senate Judicial Nominations Committee, appointed to this latter role by Senators Paul Martin Simon and Carol Moseley Braun.

Myron Cherry resides in Lincolnwood, Illinois with his wife Patricia. A committed civic patron, he sits on the Board of Directors at Jobs for Youth, a non-profit organization that offers career training and employment placement assistance to low-income citizens.

 

Not once did Debra Sandler, one of the most powerful women in Corporate America and chief consumer officer of confection-maker Mars Chocolates North America, think about becoming an artist. She never saw herself as a creative individual with a knack of crafting chocolate goodies into iconic masterpieces. But in retrospect, she now realizes that her creativity lies within her ability to distinguish between what consumers would find striking in a certain product and what people would see as “regular stuff”. Ever since she joined Mars in 2009, the candy company reinvented a number of its legendary brands such as M&M into something more out-of-the-ordinary and consumer-appealing.

As a result of Sandler’s ingenious ideas, the M&M Pretzel Chocolate Candies, whose manufacturing Sandler meticulously oversaw, was brought to life. Its advent has helped boost up M&M sales and earlier last year, the chocolate treat was named Product of the Year by the Consumer Survey of Product Innovation.

Happiness is a business model – or at least that’s what Tony Hseih thinks. A Harvard graduate with a degree in Computer Science, Hseih revamped the humdrum atmosphere of the corporate world into a fun, fresh, quirky ambience that has helped transform his online clothing and shoe shop, Zappos.com, into a billion-dollar brand.

Before he became a corporate wunderkind, Tony had a long way to go. His first stint at the business world was a managerial position in the iconic Quincy House Grille where he did his best to provide his customers with excellent service and lip-smacking pizza. Right after college, Tony put his Harvard education and experience to good use and worked for Oracle – but quit after 5 months. He found himself completely dissatisfied with the dreary, mind-numbing corporate air and decided to venture on his own. As a result of this life-changing introspection, he co-founded LinkExchange, an online advertising network where companies were allowed to advertise by just posting their banner ads onto their website. It grew rapidly and later on was sold to Microsoft for a whopping $265 million.

After LinkExchange, Tony co-founded Venture Frogs. Starting out as a simple dare, Venture Frogs is an investment and incubator company that invested on a wide range of technological and internet start-ups including OpenTable, Ask, Jeeves and Zappos. Around that time, the American shoeware market was worth around $40 billion, so Tony decided to join the fun and became CEO of Zappos.com. By focusing adamantly to customer service and light employee culture, his leadership bought the online company to where it is now.

A firm believer that there is a mighty force coming from the fusion of personal values and corporate principles, Tony has plenty of happy tricks up his sleeve. At his 12 year-old firm’s new headquarters in Las Vegas, for instance, he regularly hosts indie concerts and has small crash pads, complete with bed and closet that can be rented for only a hundred bucks in a month. He also launched a motivational counseling firm called Delivering Happiness, that’s going to advise on company culture, as well as on other tie-up experiences like helicopter lessons and pottery classes.

Indeed, with everything that’s going on with his life, we can be sure that Tony Hseih is one happy fellow.

Named in New York magazine as one of the Best Doctors in New York and in Castle Connolly Medical Ltd. as one the Top Doctors in New York, Dr. Gustavo Stringel also has earned consistent recognition in the Marquis Who’s Who in America as a top doctor in New York. His entrepreneurial approach to medicine has attracted such notice and enhanced the medical environment. As Surgeon in Chief and Director of Pediatric Surgery and Minimally Invasive Surgery at Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla, New York, Gustavo Stringel collaborated with upper management to develop and implement quality and performance indicators for surgical and pediatric services.

At Westchester Medical Center, Dr. Stringel also spearheaded efforts to build the children’s hospital, where he established the Division of Pediatric Surgery and the Division of Minimally Invasive Surgery. He also developed the Multidisciplinary Pediatric Surgery Group of Westchester, a professional corporation, where he serves as President, and assisted in recruiting new specialists in such disciplines as cardiac, plastic, and neurosurgery; liver transplantation; and pediatric subspecialties. And like any good entrepreneur, Dr. Stringel shares his expertise, as a tenured Professor at New York Medical College in Valhalla and through hundreds of presentations, scientific papers, book chapters, and a CD-ROM. In addition, he serves as an Advanced Trauma Life Support instructor.

Board certified in surgery and pediatric surgery, Gustavo Stringel also maintains certification in surgical critical care and medical management. A Fellow of the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Surgeons, and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, he holds professional memberships in several other organizations. Fluent in English and Spanish, he earned his M.D. at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México Medical School and completed rotating internships and residencies in Mexico and Canada. In addition, Dr. Stringel received an M.B.A. from the University of Massachusetts.

 

In the world of business, everybody knows that if you’re able to spend some huge amounts of cash on the latest gadgets, over-the-top vacations and luxurious houses, you are doing perfectly well with your enterprises. In that case, it must be safe to assume that Russian venture capitalist and entrepreneur Yuri Milner may have done more than just that, what with his Silicon Valley mansion deemed to be one of the most expensive houses in America.

The founder of Mail.ru. Group, a colossal internet company and a frontrunner in Russian-speaking nations, Milner is a genius when it comes to handling his money. The internet-savvy investor has shelled out cash on U.S. online superstars such as Facebook, Zynga and Groupon, and partnered up with micro VC firm SV Angel to start a venture called the Start Fund. The deal allowed Milner to readily retrieve a steady stream of fresh ideas without having to invest massively. In 2011, Milner snagged a spot in the billionaires’ list, all thanks to the rapidly growing value of his social networking holdings and his astonishing gift of knowing where his money should go.

There was nobody to learn from. No information. No brands. No designers. China’s early days in the fashion industry were dark and gloomy. Yet amidst such obscurities, Guo Pei rose above it with her mind-blowing, rip-roaring, gravity-defying designs that have become a sought-after collection by vanguard fashion enthusiasts from all over the world. The 44 year-old fashion seer has since then blazed a trail, constructing a fashion powerhouse that employed over 300 hand embroiderers for her elaborately designed dresses.

Guo Pei began her career in the fashion industry at the young age of 19. She graduated from fashion design school in 1986 and was one of China’s first professional designers. At that time, the Chinese folks had little knowledge on what fashion meant. They really didn’t care much on what clothes they wore and who designed them. Even performers and showbiz personalities sport their everyday clothes. But thanks to the development of the Chinese society and the government’s open policy, people became more familiar with well-made clothes. Today, there is already an increasing number of individuals who are getting absorbed with fashion designing and several talented Chinese designers are gaining recognition both at their homeland and overseas.

Guo Pei’s creations always boast of Chinese elements, ranging from time-honored patterns to embroidery, but they also embraced modern influences and used Western cutting techniques. Her fusion of Eastern and Western themes made her the designer of choice for Beijing Olympics’ ceremonial dresses and China’s star-studded Spring Festival Gala, which are viewed by over 700 million people.

These days, Guo Pei is busy running her fashion company called the “Rose Workshop” or “Mei Gui Fang”. For over a decade, she has been advocating the idea of creating excellent-quality tailor-made apparel in China and her clients include a good number of the biggest names in the entire world. Guo Pei states that she will continue to labor and pursue her lifelong goal, which is to create clothes that will be fondly remembered for ages.