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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.

Hootsuite's Ryan Holmes prepped for tech life off the grid


NEW YORK Not all founders of tech companies have been coding since they could clutch a sippy-cup.



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Meditating on life with hip-hop entrepreneur Russell Simmons

NEW YORK If there is one American entrepreneur who seems to thrive across multiple industries and spanning different eras, it would have to be Russell Simmons.


Sweet success: life lessons with candy megastore owner Dylan Lauren

NEW YORK Children of the rich and famous have a reputation for being spoiled brats who do not know the value of a dollar.


NY billionaire Charles Cohen's tips for surviving tough businesses

NEW YORK Next time you are in Manhattan, take a look around, and you will see the fingerprints of Charles Cohen pretty much everywhere.


Jean Case's journey from needing charity to giving it

NEW YORK There are some prominent power couples in the world of philanthropy, but Steve and Jean Case might be among the most influential of all.


Q&A: Red Sox star David Ortiz focused on life after baseball

NEW YORK After a 20-year career in baseball's Major Leagues that included three World Series championships with the Boston Red Sox, slugger David Ortiz has earned the right to put his feet up.


Q&A: Mother-daughter charity team has that Pittsburgh Steelers spirit

NEW YORKAs part-owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers, Cindy Citrone had the connections to get help when she wanted to raise awareness for organ donation. She got the National Football League team to sign on to a fundraising campaign, and got the city's pro baseball and hockey teams, the Pirates and Penguins, on board as well for an upcoming all-Pittsburgh effort to get more people screened as potential organ donors.


How skateboard legend Tony Hawk plans for the long road ahead

NEW YORK When most people hear the name Tony Hawk, they picture him whirling through a 900 on his skateboard at ESPN's X-Games, or on the cover of the iconic video game series, Tony Hawk's Pro Skater, which has collectively sold millions of copies.

Grapes fed Mathilde Thomas' inspiration for skin care company

NEW YORK Chance encounters can lead to entirely new career paths. Just ask Mathilde Thomas, who co-founded the Caudalie luxury skin care and spa company after meeting a doctor in 1993 at her family vineyard in the French city of Bordeaux.

Lessons on empire-building from real estate developer Rick Caruso

NEW YORK Billionaire real estate developer Rick Caruso learned about entrepreneurship and money at an early age.

Star realtor Sally Forster Jones values solid foundations

NEW YORK Sally Forster Jones has sold about $4 billion of luxury real estate in Southern California in her nearly 40-year career, but she credits her success to hard work and thrift rather than an opulent lifestyle.

Sven Lindblad keeps adventure travel all in the family

NEW YORK Travelers these days take it for granted that they can journey to remote places like Antarctica or the Galapagos, but it was one family, the Lindblads, that helped make that even possible.


Money and makeup: Beauty expert Bobbi Brown's life tips

NEW YORK Need a master class on how to succeed as an entrepreneur? Just follow the career of Bobbi Brown, who went from waitress to makeup artist to the founder of a now-ubiquitous cosmetics line.


Bacardi family spirit: Remember your roots and be frugal

NEW YORK Facundo L. Bacardi had little interest in joining the family business, which happens to be the largest privately held spirits company in the world, with a portfolio of more than 200 brands, including Bombay Sapphire, Grey Goose and Dewar’s.


Jeopardy host Alex Trebek provides a few answers of his own

NEW YORK Alex Trebek may be an American icon, but he hails from a little nickel-mining town in northern Ontario.


Aristocracy aside, India Hicks has designs on business

NEW YORK India Hicks - goddaughter to the Prince of Wales, granddaughter of Britain’s last viceroy in India and bridesmaid of the late Princess Diana - may have been born into aristocracy, but she has not rested on her laurels.


Cooking up financial success with chef Marcus Samuelsson

NEW YORK As success stories go, chef Marcus Samuelsson’s is as geographically varied and fascinating as they come.


Larry King distills thousands of interviews into a few life lessons

NEW YORK For a complete history of broadcasting, you do not need to go through archives or visit a museum. Just have a chat with Larry King.


Life lessons from the 'first lady of nails'

NEW YORK OPI's nail polish is ubiquitous around the world, but the beauty products company had humble beginnings as a dental supply operation in the 1980s.


BET co-founder Sheila Johnson succeeds all over the map

NEW YORK Most people would be thrilled to succeed in one field. Sheila Johnson has triumphed in some remarkably different ones.


Bill Gross warns of recession risk if highly levered economies hike rates

NEW YORK Highly levered domestic and global economies including the United States, which have "feasted" on easy monetary policies in recent years, cannot withstand a normalizing of short-term interest rates without running the risk of a recession, influential bond investor Bill Gross of Janus Henderson Investors warned on Thursday.