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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.

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Unmasked: Life lessons with actor Antonio Banderas

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Jane Rosenthal lives life on the Hollywood high wire

NEW YORK Movie producers do not turn into household names as often as actors and directors, but Jane Rosenthal leapt to that level, and not just for her feature film projects.

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Michael Imperioli learns from life after 'The Sopranos'

NEW YORK Every actor dreams of extreme success, but there is also a downside: That you will forever be known as the character you played.

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As seen on TV: How inventor Joy Mangano designs a better life

NEW YORK Is the plot of your life worthy of a big-budget Hollywood film?

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Noosa founder Koel Thomae found her dream in a spoon of yogurt

NEW YORK It took just a spoonful of a simple tub of yogurt with passion fruit puree on a trip home to her native Australia to nudge Koel Thomae into a new career.

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Henry Cisneros gives life lessons on building dreams

NEW YORK Henry Cisneros has spent his life working to improve U.S. cities, first as San Antonio’s City Councilor in the 1970’s, then as the city’s mayor for eight years and then as the U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development under President Bill Clinton.

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A Model Life: How Petra Nemcova transformed tragedy into joy

NEW YORK If Petra Nemcova's life were a movie plot, nobody would believe it.

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Work hard, play hard: Life lessons from Sammy Hagar

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Vivienne Tam scales fashion peaks with China Chic

NEW YORK Some of us are fortunate to find a calling in life early on, and for Vivienne Tam it was literally by design.

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The write stuff: Life lessons from author James Patterson

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Yes, she's judging you: Luvvie Ajayi on writing a bestselling life

NEW YORK Sometimes in life, the best teachers are not elder statesmen who have been around for decades. Sometimes we can learn the most from young entrepreneurs who are creating something new.

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Q&A: Designer Rachel Roy learned to bend so she will not break

NEW YORK Going from a California teen working in a clothing store to making dresses for Michelle Obama has been quite the trajectory for fashion designer Rachel Roy.

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Q&A: Jewel learned her life lessons from nature, books and pain

NEW YORK Jewel's rise in the music world from the Alaska frontier to first-name-only star is almost unbelievable: Girl endures an abusive environment, becomes homeless - and then not only survives, but reaches the pinnacle of her profession.

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Q&A: Maker's Mark helped Bill Samuels Jr. make his mark

NEW YORKBourbon is a multi-billion-dollar business, but it began with just a few pioneering Kentucky families from Bardstown who all lived down the road from each other.

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Comedian Bob Odenkirk found one answer to Hollywood success

NEW YORK Going after fame and fortune in Hollywood leads a lot of people right to failure.

Q&A: Crystal-clear life lessons from Nadja Swarovski

NEW YORK From Michael Jackson's iconic white glove to the star on top of the Rockefeller Center Christmas tree, Swarovski crystals seemingly pop up everywhere.

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Q&A: After the U.S. Treasury, the Paulsons look to save the planet

NEW YORK When Henry "Hank" Paulson, Jr. finished his tenure as the U.S.'s 74th Secretary of the Treasury in January 2009, he put a capstone on his finance career and committed himself to another life-long passion: protecting the environment.

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Helping people make money decisions, one click at a time

NEW YORK Fred Schebesta started a digital marketing business while still in college in Australia, working on a shoestring out of his dorm room.

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Q&A: When retirement experts sell a family-run business

NEW YORK A little information can go a long way in the retirement business, which is something that brothers Mike and Ryan Alfred were able to turn into a thriving enterprise.

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Waiting for Peter Thiel: big tech directors miss shareholder meetings

BOSTON Some small investors who want to give a piece of their minds to big tech company directors are losing their only chance: many board members are skipping annual shareholder meetings. Companies that hold meetings online have some of the worst records for attendance.