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A most unlikely billionaire, Dave Gold, passed away recently at age of eighty.  Who was Dave Gold?  You may not recognize the name.  But you may recognize the empire he built, 99 cents at a time.  Mr. McCarthy was the founder of the 99 Cents Only Store.  His legacy is a primer for any aspiring entrepreneur.

Dave was already headed toward middle age when he opened his first store in Los Angeles.  How did he get the idea?  He got to know his market.  In the Seventies, he had a stand in the Los Angeles Grand Central Market selling basic goods.  He saw how careful his customers had to be with their money.  Being a child of the Great Depression also made him understand how important every dollar can be.  Dave knew who his potential clients were and he never forgot them.  Right there is lesson one, for all business people.

Maybe starting so late gave Dave another advantage:  he had an imbedded value system that he put to work.  Mr. Gold, who loved his family and friends, also loved his store.  He loved finding those bargains that he could pass on to customers.  He turned this enthusiasm into fulfilling a need and building a billion dollar empire.

But was it just enthusiasm and a good client base?  Well, those are good building blocks, but to sustain a competitive business, you need more.  Dave looked for those advantages right from the start.  He realized that 99 cents was the perfect price.  People would buy something that cost 99 cents but pass on items priced at .98 or $1.02.

Dave also realized the importance of a good shopping experience.  His stores were large and clean and his customers were greeted by friendly employees.  He promoted the business with clever advertising gimmicks that played on the number “99”.

Mr. Gold started the 99 Cents Only stores in 1982.  They went public in 1996.  When he left this world in April 2013, there were 300 stores in the American Southwest and he was listed in the Forbes 400 of America’s richest people.  Not bad for a guy who did not think of the newest software program or phone app.  Integrity, customer service, knowing one’s market, and using a little cleverness are the lasting memory of this legendary entrepreneur.


Sally Hogshead definitely didn’t have an ordinary time growing up. Who would, with a last name like that, right? But not being ordinary proved to be a benefit for her. After all, today, she is a speaker and author and a branding expert for radical innovation. She has led keynotes for companies like Microsoft and Starbucks as well and holds innovation workshops in various parts of the globe. The New York Times, ABC, NBC, MSNBC, and CBS are also on her trail, profiling her insights for anyone looking for inspiration and direction.

As a creative director, Hogshead helps companies in developing branded content, multi-platform advertising campaigns, and new media applications. Many of her articles on career strategies and creativity have been published extensively in both trade and consumer publications. Many have also described her to be “intrepid” and “audacious” or simply an advertising mastermind. By uncovering smarter, faster, and more creative solutions, Hogshead makes it possible for companies to reach their goals.

Lucinda “Cindy” Gallop is an English advertising consultant and the founder and former chair of advertising firm Bartie Bogie Hegarty’s US branch. She is also the brains behind the company MakeLoveNotPorn, which is generating a lot of buzz for its unconventional stab at the porn industry. In fact, when Gallop participated in the TEDTalk events in 2009, “Make Love Not Porn” was one of the most talked about presentations.

Before working in advertising, Gallop was a theater publicist for several years in England. She joined Bartie Bogie Hegarty’s London office in 1989 and handled big accounts like Polaroid, Coca-Cola, and Ray-Ban. In 1996, she helped establish Bartie Bogie Hegarty’s Asia Pacific branch, with the US branch following suit in 1998. In 2003, Gallop was recognized by the Advertising Women of New York as the Advertising Woman of the Year. In 2006, she started her own business innovation and brand consultancy company called Cindy Gallop LLC. It was in 2009 at a TEDTalk event that Gallop launched her company, MakeLoveNotPorn. Aside from TED, Gallop has also taken part in SXSW, the Web 2.0 Summit, Ad:Tech, the Association of National Advertisers conference, and many others.

MakeLoveNotPorn addresses offering more realistic information regarding human sexuality than what hardcore pornography is capable of. Her TEDTalk was followed by a TED Book called Make Love Not Porn: Technology’s Hardcore Impact on Human Behavior. It was in 2012 though when MakeLoveNotPorn officially went live as a video-sharing site created to make real world sex socially acceptable and shareable. Those wishing to take part in the MakeLoveNotPorn community, either as participants or simply viewers, must be at least 18 years old. All submitted videos are reviewed and posted only if they meet the site’s standards. Once posted, viewers pay $5 to access a video for up to three weeks. Popular videos can net participants with up to four figures as payouts.

Aptly called the “Deep Blue Sea”, Ann-Maree Willett has drawn inspiration from her Australian roots and culture in creating the famous million-dollar hat inspired by the Great Barrier Reef. Known to the whole world as the most valuable hat ever to be auctioned off, the Deep Blue Sea is a showcase of Australia’s opal mining industry – the hat carries 26 opals carved into micro-sculptures and weighing an estimated 1,447 carats. The opal is Australia’s national gemstone.

Ann-Maree Willett’s international career was launched when she was invited to represent Australian hat designers in Milan, Italy. Willett showcased a collection of hats inspired by the country’s natural environment, which earned her multiple awards and a Churchill Fellowship. Plugged as a wearable, everyday hat, The Deep Blue Sea has since been shown at several other exhibitions around the world, and has joined the list of most expensive hats ever constructed – an impressive feat for an up-and-coming milliner.

Nationally recognized in the health field, Cástulo de la Rocha has led AltaMed Health Services Corporation from a three-person operation to one of the top five Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the United States and the largest in California. Today, the nonprofit community health-clinic system receives half a million visits each year at 44 locations in Orange and Los Angeles Counties in California and includes more than 1,200 employees. Cástulo de la Rocha’s entrepreneurial spirit, business skills, and accomplishments are all the more impressive considering he received no formal schooling until he arrived in the U.S. from Mexico at age 11.

He went on to graduate from the University of California, Santa Barbara, with a B.A. in Political Science and earn a J.D. at Berkeley School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining AltaMed in 1977, the Mexican native served as a law clerk in the Law Offices of Francisco S. Velez in Guadalajara, Mexico, working in both civil and criminal law. He also accepted a position as a legal intern for the Mexican American Legal Defense and Education Fund in San Francisco. At AltaMed, Cástulo de la Rocha serves as President and Chief Executive Officer, overseeing a budget of nearly $200 million, with the independent medical center providing outpatient services to a population including a large contingent of Latinos.

The senior-level health care executive’s long list of accolades includes induction into the National Association of Community Health Centers’ Grassroots Hall of Fame in 2011 and a 2010 Champion of Health award from National Medical Fellowships, Inc. In 2009, the Mexican American Bar Foundation named Cástulo de la Rocha a Pioneer for Justice, and HispanicBusiness magazine featured him as one of the Top 100 “Latino Influentials.” In another example of how far the 11-year-old boy with no formal education has come, he has held multiple prestigious positions outside of his leadership role at AltaMed, including serving as Envoy to Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Honduras, and Antigua for the 1984 Summer Olympics.



Towering sculptures of fabric, feathers, metal, gems and what have you – these aren’t contemporary artwork waiting to be viewed at galleries or museums, but rather astonishing hats and headgear created by none other than Stephen Jones. Well-known in fashion circles around the world as a revolutionary leader in hat design and craftsmanship, Jones has been labeled as one of the century’s most influential milliners, with his work extremely valuable and highly sought after. With his technical expertise and high level of creativity, Jones has designed and made hats for the likes of fashion designers John Galliano and Vivenne Westwood.

Born in Cheshire in 1957, Stephen Jones studied at Liverpool College. He was taught to appreciate by his mother at an early age, which led him to take art at the High Wycombe College of Art and later, at the Central Sain Martins College of Art and Design in London. Jones’ first hat, a pillbox made of cardboard, a plastic iris and blue crepe de Chine, came about when he was told he had to make a hat from scratch in order to secure a position at the millinery department of London fashion house Lachasse. It was at Lachasse, under the tutelage of Shirley Hex, that Jones learned the art of millinery and fostered his passion for the industry. By 1979, Jones had become a regular customer of the Blitz nightclub in London, where he made friends with popular figures in music, fashion and film – all of whom would later become patrons of his shop and his work.

Stephen Jones opened his first millinery shop in Covent Garden in 1980, which was an instant hit. Soon, Jones was drawing in the likes of Diana, Princess of Wales as loyal customers, and had his first Paris fashion show in 1982. It was also during this period that Jones began what would be a long and fruitful relationship with the Victoria & Albert Museum. Jones’ hats began appearing on popular magazine covers, such as the Tatler, and in 1984, the milliner made his first sale to department store Bloomingdale’s, marking his expansion abroad. Since then, Stephen Jones has worked with numerous fashion designers and couture houses creating one-of-a-kind hats for them. Jones has also been commissioned to create ad designs for world-class artists like Diana Ross, Wham!, Madonna, Barbra Streisand, the Spice Girls and Celine Dion, among many others. He has made hats for films such as “101 Dalmatians”. “Jurrasic Park”, “Atonement”, “Elizabeth: The Golden Age”, television shows and commercials. Recently, Stephen Jones was appointed Officer of the Order of the British Empire in 2010 and was the co-curator of the exhibition “Hats: An Anthology” at the Victoria & Albert Museum.

In his school days, Robert Garrett said that “in a manner of speaking”, he has elected himself to the board of Princeton. In 1905, Garrett was invited to be a part of the board of John Hopkins, his former alma mater in his hometown in Baltimore. Because he esteemed Princeton and “his desire [was] to serve her and her only,” he sought the advice of President Wilson. He was advised to decline the invitation of Hopkins. In 1906, Garrett was invited by President Wilson to the Princeton board.

Garrett was only 29 when he became a Princeton trustee. He served the university for 40 years in which period he served as charter trustee. He served for another 16 years as trustee emeritus.

In his undergraduate years, Garrett was an excellent athlete, having participated in a few track and field events. In 1896, Garrett organized an expedition and financed its efforts to join the revived Olympic Games in Athens with three of his classmates. He became a standout in the Olympiad that year, with two first places and two second places.

Garrett also helped to organize an archaeological expedition to Syria in 1899. He started collecting Near Eastern manuscripts, which he donated to the university. Today, his keeps are known as The Garrett Collection of Near eastern Manuscripts.

Steve Forbes Jr. is a publishing executive. He is the editor-in-chief of Forbes magazine, and the president and chief executive of Forbes Inc. Forbes was a Republican nominee in the 1996 and 2000 presidential primaries.

Forbes was born on July 18, 1947 as Malcolm Stevenson Forbes Jr. He was born in Morristown, New Jersey, but grew up in Far Hills. Forbes studied in Princeton, where he created his first magazine, known as Business Today. Business Today is the world’s largest student-run magazine in the world today.

During the presidency of Ronald Reagan, Forbes was appointed into the Board of International Broadcasting as head of the office. He was also instrumental in crafting Christine Todd Whitman’s plan to cut New Jersey’s income tax by 30% over a three-year period. Forbes used the tax cut when he campaigned for the US presidency.

In his Republican presidential primaries, Forbes was known to campaign for flat income tax. In his 1996 nomination, he also wanted to re-introduce 4.5% mortgage and term limits, although he withdrew these issues in his 2000 bid because they were believed to be planks in his platform in the 1996 bid.

Forbes was forced to sell some of his voting shares in Forbes Inc. to support his bid for the presidency. In 1996, he won the Delaware and Arizona Primaries but fell short of securing the party’s nomination. It was believed that his defeat was brought about by his awkward campaign styles. In the 2000 primaries, he dropped out early and went back to his magazine business and Forbes Inc.

Forbes had other political activities as well. In the 1996 elections, he supported Ron Paul’s congressional bid for Texas’ 14th congressional district. In 2008 presidential election, he also supported John McCain and acted as Economic Adviser on Taxes, Energy and the Budget.

In 2002, when the Internet was just starting to gain worldwide patronage, Chris Phillips was still just a teenager who, naturally, has big and wild dreams. Some may find it trivial that a guy as young as him already thinks of starting a business and earning more than the typical daily allowance. Despite the raised brows, Phillips went on and decided to launch Dot5Hosting, a web hosting and e-commerce company. The business has catered to several e-commerce sites and has several domain names registered.

After two years, his success has become known and apparent that he landed number 13 on the list of richest teens in the UK. In 2004, at age 17, his earnings have been reported to be close to £2 million which can be accounted for his very own efforts and wit. When he reached the age of 19, he was already enjoying a wealth of 10 million dollars every year.