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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.

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

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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

(The writer is a Reuters contributor. The opinions expressed are his own.)

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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

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

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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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With $116 billion cash, Buffett says Berkshire needs 'huge' deals

NEW YORK Warren Buffett on Saturday lamented his inability to find big companies to buy and said his goal is to make "one or more huge acquisitions" of non-insurance businesses to bolster results at his conglomerate Berkshire Hathaway Inc. | Video