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With a sharp mind, strong worth ethic, sense of adventure, and entrepreneurial spirit, Theodore H. Friedman interrupted his college studies for two years to work on a kibbutz in the Galilee region of northern Israel. The profound experience drew him back to the Middle East over a 16-year period decades later in efforts to foster peace between the Israelis and Palestinians. Theodore H. Friedman also facilitated the immigration of 25,000 Ethiopian Jews to Israel and taught at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem Faculty of Law.

He did complete his college degree, earning a Bachelor of Arts with honors from the University of Michigan, which he attended on a tuition scholarship. Following a brief period in the arbitrage department at Goldman Sachs, Theodore H. Friedman attended Harvard Law School on a tuition scholarship, working various jobs to pay room and board, as he had done throughout his undergraduate years. Becoming a trial lawyer after receiving his Juris Doctor, the young attorney started out representing seamen suing in federal court for injuries incurred aboard ships. Subsequently, he won two cases before the United States Supreme Court and joined famed attorney Louis Nizer at Phillips Nizer LLP for 10 years before his entrepreneurial juices kicked in and he opened his own firm in Manhattan.

In his more than 36 years as a practicing attorney, Friedman has tried hundreds of jury cases and 3,000 cases in all, serving as counsel in more than 80 published opinions. Former New York Supreme Court Justice Donald Sullivan described him in a New York Law Journal article as “one of the best, if not the best, personal injury lawyers in New York City.” Handling civil and commercial cases on behalf of plaintiffs, he has represented luminaries such as boxing champion Muhammad Ali and actor George C. Scott and won multimillion-dollar verdicts covered in professional law journals. Theodore H. Friedman also has taught at a number of institutions across the country and held a membership in the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, the 100 best trial attorneys in the U.S., for 25 years.

Born on March 12, 1931, Herbert Dwight Kelleher became a multimillionaire by co-founding and serving as the CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Southwest Airlines, the largest low-cost commercial airline company in the entire United States.

Herb, as he was fondly called, started his path towards success by attending the Wesleyan University as an English major. He then proceeded to New York University where he graduated with a professional doctorate in law. Herb and his wife, Joan Negel Kelleher transferred to Texas with a goal of building a law firm or starting out an enterprise. It has been said that the idea for the Southwest Airlines was borne out of a business meeting with Texas entrepreneur Rollin King. The concept of offering low-cost carrier services to three major cities in Texas was written on a cocktail napkin and was concretized almost immediately.

With its three focus locations – Dallas, San Antonio and Houston – Southwest Airlines became tremendously successful because it was unlike any other airline companies. It was able to offer incredibly affordable fares as it did not use the usual “hub-and-spoke” flight scheduling system that majority of the airlines were using back then. Rather, it utilized several short and quick flights to secondary airports of key markets, and used only one kind of airplane – the Boeing 737. By 2007, the Southwest Airlines became the largest airline company in the entire world, according to the number of passengers transported every year, and was the 6th largest according to revenue.

Herb, along with his employees and partners, took their job very seriously – not once was there an accident or death on any of the company’s flight. However, they liked to enjoy while they were working. As a matter of fact, pilots and flight attendants often sung the in-flight announcements to entertain the passengers. Herb’s colorful personality has led the company to be listed several times as one of Fortune Magazine’s Most Admired Corporations in America. Herb was also named by the same magazine as one of the Best Chief Executive Officers in the United States.

In 2008, Herb stepped down as Southwest Airline’s chairman. However, he remains as a full-time employee of the company he founded, until this very day.

Holding more than 25 years of experience in the airline industry as both a pilot and upper level executive, David Pflieger currently applies his skills as Managing Director and C.E.O. of Air Pacific Ltd, Fiji’s international air carrier. Maintaining this role since 2010, Mr. Pflieger spearheaded a wide-ranging turnaround campaign for Air Pacific and its regional subsidiary Pacific Sun that produced a multiplicity of positive results with short and long-term significance. In addition to restructuring outdated fleets and downsizing underperforming business sectors, David Pflieger markedly improved the reliability and timeliness of scheduled flights in a year-over-year module and developed an innovative fuel conservation program to ensure the company’s success in coming decades.

Before he was tapped to rehabilitate Air Pacific, David Pflieger acted as Senior Vice President of Legal and Government Affairs at Virgin America, a position he retained from 2006 to 2010. Playing an integral role in the venture’s early growth, Mr. Pflieger facilitated the creation and implementation of a development plan for a company that was originally a 14-person operation facing stiff competition from other domestic carriers. A close advisor to Virgin America’s Board of Directors throughout his tenure, David Pflieger was singled out by the corporation’s C.E.O. to sit on a three-person Executive Council, a group responsible for making key decisions to guide Virgin America’s U.S. market expansion.

David Pflieger received Bachelor’s degree from the United States Naval Academy in 1985. Graduating in a class of 1,049, he was one of five midshipmen selected for cross-commission by the U.S. Air Force. Winning a number of awards and accolades for his contributions as a B-52 Aircraft Commander, Mr. Pflieger moved on to earn an Master of Business Administration from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School. He also possesses a Juris Doctorate from Emory University School of Law. Aside from his achievements at Air Pacific and Virgin America, David Pflieger spent a productive six years with Delta Air Lines and Song, the company’s wholly-owned low cost carrier.
You can find out more about David on davidpflieger.org

Missing her boyfriend she had broken up with a few years earlier, Kate Walsh decided to bottle up her sentiments, create a line of fragrances that featured a man’s scent on a woman’s skin and name it Boyfriend. Needless to say, the combination of masculine and feminine took the fragrance industry by storm and is now making a good name for itself.

Currently being sold in the Home Shopping Network and Sephora, Boyfriend ranges from $20.00 to $85.00 depending on the package. The Private Practice star also cunningly partnered with Glamour Magazine, which gave birth to a deal no one would ever want to miss – a free one-year subscription of the magazine with every purchase of Boyfriend’s Perfume and Body Cream Set.

With her product’s ongoing impressive success, Walsh is definitely planning a lot. As a matter of fact, she currently has her hands on expanding her line of products to include beauty products and cosmetics, which will be launched later this year.

Good-looking, talented, famous and wealthy – these words are not enough to accurately illustrate some of Hollywood’s biggest names who are drawing attention from all corners of the globe.  We need to insert impressive entrepreneurial skills and a keen eye for saleable ideas too!

True enough, plenty of celebrities these days are acquiring fame beyond those film sets and stages. They are also making it big in the business industry with their innovative ideas and thriving businesses. Take for instance, Chris Noth and his nightclub, The Cutting Room.

Born and raised in Madison, Wisconsin, Chris Noth is the youngest son of Atty. Charles James Noth and CBS news reporter Jeanne L. Parr. He is of Irish and German descent and has travelled around United Kingdom, Yugoslavia and Spain with his mother. Noth spent his college years in Vermont’s Marlboro College and later on, earned a degree in Fine arts from Yale’s School of Drama. Here, he starred in more than 25 plays and was a student of the celebrated acting coach, Sanford Meisner.

Noth went on to play leading and supporting roles in several television shows and films, but he only became a household name for his role as Detective Mike Logan in the long-running legal drama and police procedural television show, Law & Order, and as Mr. Big in the hit television series, Sex and the City, where he got nominated for a Golden Globe Award. Currently, he stars in CBS’ The Good Wife, where he was again nominated for another Golden Globe.

Yet in spite of his stellar success in the world of show business, Noth was starving for so much more and he could not find it in Hollywood. Rather, he discovered it in the deepest, darkest depths of the cutthroat world of restaurant business. Giving his entrepreneurial flair a try, he opened The Cutting Room in Lower Manhattan in the fall of 1999. The nightclub, music venue and restaurant immediately became a well-loved destination among celebrities like Russell Crowe and David Bowie, and hosted several music acts for big names like Sheryl Crow, Sting and the once mysterious and dark-haired pianist named Stephanie Germanotta, whom everyone now calls Lady Gaga. Noth, along with his wife, Tara Lynn Wilson, also owns and operates Once Upon a Tea Cup restaurant, a tea-party themed bistro in Ontario.

With a booming career and a flourishing restaurant business, Chris Noth is definitely one of the most successful celebrity entrepreneurs Planet Hollywood has ever had.

George Steinbrenner moved on to become one of the most notorious owners of a baseball team in the history of sports after he bought the New York Yankees in 1972. He ran into a bit of a trouble with a financial scandal in 1990 but he was able to clear that up, earn reinstatement, and continue in his involvement with the management of the team until his death. Steinbrenner probably owed his tenacity to his father Henry whose work ethic taught George to always work as hard as, if not harder, than anyone working for him.

Before the New York Yankees, Steinbrenner bought a minor league basketball, the Cleveland Pipers, in 1960 for $125,000. This wasn’t much of an investment though because within two years the basketball team collapsed, making Steinbrenner lose over $25 million. His gamble with the New York Yankees paid off really well though because the man was estimated to be worth $1.6 billion at the time of his death.

Steve Sabol was a man that revolutionized the sports broadcasting industry. Along with his father, Sabol co-founded NFL Films in the early 1960s to create television programs, commercials, documentaries, feature films, and other kinds of programming for the National Football League (NFL). Sabol and his father were credited with advances in various production techniques like setting highlights with pop music and reverse angle replays. Sabol had a knack for storytelling that blended really well with the kind of creativity he had and his passion for the game, inspiring athletes, artists, and sports fans and entrepreneurs to achieve their dreams.

According to Steve Sabol, the game to him is as much of an art as it is sport. He and his father were recognized for their contributions and were given the Lifetime Achievement Emmy by the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences in 2003. Sabol alone had won 35 Emmys for his work in writing, editing, cinematography, producing, and directing. No one has actually earned that many Emmys in so many different categories as Sabol did. And as an artist, he has had his works shown at New York’s ArtExpo, Miami’s Avant Gallery, Washington’s Govinda Gallery, Fort Worth’s Milan Gallery, and Moorestown’s Davidson Gallery. He also authored a poem known as “The Autumn Wind” which was later on adopted by the Oakland Raiders as their unofficial anthem.

Steve Sabol was born in Moorestown in New Jersey. He went to Colorado College and played for the college’s football team and was also part of the Kappa Sigma Fraternity. He and his father founded NFL Films when he finished college. Before NFL Films though, he also had a production company called Blair Motion Picture, named after his sister. Sabol died on September 18, 2012 and was honored by the NFL with a video tribute before every game for week 3.

Argentina has more to it than just a well-performing football team. It also has Carlos Alberto Bulgheroni, CEO of Bridas Corporation, the second-largest producer of fossil fuels in the South American country. Born in Santa Fe, Argentina, Carlos was fated to run the family business: the Bulgheroni family had founded Bridas Corporation in 1948.

Named President and Chairman of the company in 1993, Bulgheroni was likewise named president of Pan American Energy and other similar companies involved in the exploration and production of petroleum and natural gas in various world markets. Also a co-founder of the Colon Theatre Foundation and a foundation called the Federal District Police Foundation, Bulgheroni is also a member and trustee of several business councils and economic foundations. One of these was as President of the Argentine Business Council. Bugheroni is likewise a member of the World Trade Organization’s Business Advisory Board. He continues to run Bridas Corporation along with his brother, Alejandro Bulgheroni.

Peter Lothberg’s mother, Sigritt Lothberg, was made famous by reputedly having the world’s fastest internet connection, at an astounding 40 gigabits per second in her home in Karlstad, Sweden. This revolutionary speed was the product of the efforts of her son in computer and information technology.

Peter Lothberg, born in 1960 in Karlstad, founded the telecommunications company named Swedish Telecom Development and Product Innovation (STUPI) in the 1970’s, serving as a computer consultant in his hometown. By the early 1980’s, Lothberg had moved to Stockholm, where he began developing a high-resolution laser printer and also started working on a private central mainframe. Lothberg was a key figure in the operation of the Arpa network, which was the skeleton for what would later be the internet. His technical know-how led to his prominence in the industry, and he was one of the leaders who worked on the Swedish University Computer Network Internet, later expanding to become a commercial network throughout the country.

Lothberg began pushing boundaries and winning against the odds by establishing a 34 megabit per second link across the Atlantic, despite criticisms that it was an impossible task. Providing his mother with what has been dubbed the world’s fastest broadband connection was due in part to Lothberg’s wanting to demonstrate the capabilities of the new optical fiber technology. This ultra-fast internet connection is because of a modulation technique that enables data to be transferred and connected from over 2,000 kilometers away with no third-party transponders. Lothberg also wanted to show the world that it is possible to build and operate such speeds over long distances, at a low production cost, and thus get investors interested and involved in the project. Since the 1990’s, Lothberg has been working for companies Cisco and Sprint in the United States, and has awards for his innovations and inventions in science and technology.

At just 19 years old, it would seem that Connor Zwick has accomplished a lot, having earned a spot on Kickstarter, being accepted into Y Combinator, getting a Thiel Fellowship, and earning admission to Harvard. However, Zwick was still waiting for one thing to happen: get his company launched. He can add that to his list of achievements though because Zwick and his partner Colton Gyulay launched in August 2012 the newest product from their company Milkshake Labs called Coco.

What does Coco do? Coco is there to essentially bring the controls and physical benefits of console gaming to the smartphones everyone has these days at affordable prices. Coco is a pocket-sized case that will feature standard buttons on popular console systems to give you console-level gaming experience on your smartphone. The first of its kind, Coco will have a directional pad AND analog stick. It connects to the smartphone through the audio jack and doesn’t require batteries.