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Life Lessons

Everyone has a money story to tell. Life Lessons looks at what some of the most notable Americans have learned about being wealthy through their successes – as well as their failures. In a question & answer format, titans of business, culture, sports and more tackle the financial ins-and-outs of topics such as family, philanthropy, education and investing.

Q&A: Breaking the glass ceiling of football dynasties

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NEW YORK When you think football dynasties, you do not often think about daughters being in the mix.

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Biggest Financial Focus by Age

The latest in our Life Lessons graphics series looks at the economic concerns of different age groups.   See graphics 

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NY Giants co-owner Steve Tisch on creating a Super Bowl life

NEW YORK It is hard to know which business is trickier: Hollywood, with its cinematic hits and misses, or the National Football League, where Super Bowl success is so elusive.

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Q&A: How José Andrés grew from apprentice to top chef

NEW YORK Award-winning chef and restaurateur José Andrés got his start the old-fashioned way - as a teenage apprentice.

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Q&A: Dolly Parton learned early that giving leads to getting

NEW YORK It is not the longest journey in miles from the Tennessee's Smoky Mountains to the stage of the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, but when Dolly Parton was growing up in a one-room cabin in the woods, it must have looked about as far away as outer space.

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Q&A: Skincare detoured Anthony Sosnick on his road to success

New York When Anthony Sosnick was a real estate developer at the turn of the millennium, he took a little detour.

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Q&A: Life lessons from the luxury-brand world

NEW YORK When one of your first jobs involves filing insurance paperwork for pocket change at your dad's office, it's easy to see how you would yearn later on for something more glamorous.

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Q&A: John Paul DeJoria learned how to bottle success

NEW YORKMost entrepreneurs dream of catching lightning in a bottle once in their lives. Billionaire John Paul DeJoria has managed to make a habit of it.

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Q&A: Squandered pennies set the stage for the Simons Foundation

NEW YORK Long before the Giving Pledge, Jim and Marilyn Simons were donating their family's hedge fund fortune as they made it, not saving it up to distribute after they died.

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Family plumbing supply business evolved to high design

NEW YORK What better business pursuit for the daughter of a plumbing equipment supplier than bathroom design?

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Jim Kennedy keeps the Cox empire going strong after 118 years

NEW YORK Vast family fortunes may be rare, but here is something even rarer: Family fortunes that last.

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Up in the Air: Life Lessons from Richard Branson

NEW YORK Who, if anyone, on this planet is living their best life? The shortlist of candidates would have to include Richard Branson.

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Q&A: Judith Rodin makes an impact on investing and giving

NEW YORKHow important is Judith Rodin? Ask one of the 20,000 New York public school students who got to see the Broadway hit "Hamilton" because of her and they might say she is life-changing.

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Anthony Scaramucci on turning failure into success

NEW YORK When hedge-fund king Anthony Scaramucci left Lehman Brothers in 2005 to start SkyBridge Capital from scratch, a few people thought he was nuts, including his own daughter.

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Q&A: How to keep a 127-year-old family business alive

NEW YORK As a preteen, Howard Kahn could not have had less interest in his family business - the Kahn Lucas girls' dress company, founded in 1889.

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Q&A: Designer Nanette Lepore has a fortitude for fashion and money

New York Long before fashion designer Nanette Lepore was selling her wares to Neiman Marcus and Bloomingdales, she was dressing her neighbors in Youngstown, Ohio. Her best 9-year-old look involved a floral bedspread, beaded choker and face paint.

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Cheers! Life Lessons from Boston's beer king Jim Koch

NEW YORK Next time you knock back a cold Sam Adams beer, you have one man in particular to thank for it: Jim Koch.

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A Laudable life: Leonard Lauder's extraordinary life lessons

NEW YORK The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.

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Q&A: The musical and money evolution of hip hop's Wyclef Jean

NEW YORK If anyone on Earth is familiar with the extremes of money - poverty and wealth - it is Wyclef Jean.

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Q&A: What keeps Vanguard founder Jack Bogle ticking

NEW YORK If the world of finance has anything close to a Pope, Jack Bogle is probably it.

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For success guru Tony Robbins, wealth is more about gratitude than dollars

NEW YORK If you are going to learn life lessons from anybody, it may as well be someone who owns a 525-acre private island in Fiji.