Jourdan Dunn is one of the top 21 highest paid models, making a staggering $4 million recently!

" Dunn has signed lucrative cosmetics deals with Maybelline and Burberry English Rose Makeup. Discovered in a west London Primark, the 24-year-old today models for Express, H&M, Topshop and Target. Delevingne and Dunn have matching tattoos on their hips of the letter “D” intertwined.”

http://www.forbes.com/sites/natalierobehmed/2014/08/18/newcomers-to-the-worlds-highest-paid-models-list-2014-jourdan-anja-and-cara/

Justin Bieber ranked No. 33 on this years Forbe's list for "The World’s Most Powerful Celebrities"

Canadian pop star Justin Bieber squeaked into the top-third of this year’s Forbes list of the World’s Most Powerful Celebrities.

The 20-year-old Ontario native ranked No. 33 with estimated earnings of $80 million, thanks mostly to cash from the tail end of his last world tour.

Bieber has the highest social-networking profile on any of the stars on the list, according to StarCount. He is also the only Canadian to make the list and the second-youngest. 

Source: Global NewsForbes

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Robert Downey Jr. Tops The List Again | Forbes

"Downey reigns as the highest paid man in Hollywood because at this point, it would be incredibly difficult for Marvel to continue making Iron Man and Avengers films without him. Marvel movies starring Downey have earned almost $4 billion at the global box office and millions more on home video, not to mention the millions the movies have generated in merchandise.

We talk to producers, lawyers, agents and other in-the-know folks to compile our earnings which account for entertainment-related income … Disney, which owns Marvel, wants to keep that gravy train going for as long as it can and like it or not, that means paying Downey whatever he demands. The actor coyly held out during negotiations for the upcoming Avengers: Age of Ultron and secured more money than ever upfront for the film. The movie is sure to be a huge hit and he’ll earn even more on the back end.

Downey’s Hollywood clout (he ranks 10th overall on our Celebrity 100 list which measures a mix of money and fame) has given him the power to get smaller, more personal movies made too. He helped his friend Jon Favreau get the film Chef produced and appeared in a memorably cameo in the movie. Chef has earned $25 million so far at the global box office, not bad for a tiny film.”

Celebrity Substance: Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift is a phenomenon. She’s sold over 22 million albums world wide and she’s one of the best-selling digital recording artist of all time. She has endorsement deals with Sony , Diet Coke and Covergirl. She’s number three on“The 10 Highest-Paid Women in Music 2013,” Forbes List. Mick Jagger thinks she’s a rock star. Though she has accomplished a lifetime full of achievements, she’s just 24. She is the girl you’d hate if you didn’t like her so much.

The last (but not least) remarkable thing about Swift is her ability to thrive and continue to maintain high album sales in an industry that’s technologically evolving, in an economy that hasn’t been kind to the entertainment industry.Major artists are seeing record and single sales suffer, but Swift isn’t feeling the effects.

There are many, many reasons why Swift is as successful as she is, but here are just a few that can apply to anyone, and that Swift can teach us:

Storytelling   

The crux of the country genre is storytelling. Most country songs are a narrative, and it is one of the major lyrical components to differentiate country music from other genres.

But storytelling isn’t just important because it’s a pillar of country music, it is important because the oldest and best way to engage people is by telling stories, and Swift is a master story teller. Storytelling is the oldest form of entertainment, it predates religion- and no one sings about being a young woman better than Swift. She writes about falling in love, and the messy, complicated feelings and situations it creates. She writes about her best friend, her family, growing up, figuring it all out and what she’s learned in the process.

On her latest album, “Red,” she writes about transitioning from adolescence into her early twenties (something many young entertainers fail to do well), writing, “We’re happy, free, confused, lonely at the same time. It’s miserable and magical, oh yeah,”  in “ 22.”

But Swift is most famous for writing about love, which is the main complaint of her critics, yet it is how she made her fortune. Whether people want to admit it or not, part of growing up and being young is having crushes, falling in love, figuring out how to play the dating game and dealing with the opposite sex. I think part of Swift’s genius is being able to write all of the confusion, hurt and ultimate clarity into a song. “I hope the sun shines and it’s a beautiful day/and something reminds you, you wished you stayed,” she writes in “Lass Kiss,” on her “Speak Now,” album.

Though more often than not in her music the other party is at fault, Swift is not without remorse. In her song, “Back To December” (again) on her “Speak Now” album, she writes about not appreciating the person she was with the way she should have. “So this is me swallowing my pride/ Standing in front of you saying, ‘I’m sorry for that night,’/ I go back to December all the time/It turns out freedom ain’t nothing but missing you/ Wishing I’d realized what I’d had when you were mine/ I’d go back to December, turn around and make it all right/ I go back to December all the time.”

There are many aspects to Swift’s success, but I think her genius as a songwriter and a storyteller is underrated, and it is only recently that other artists are starting to acknowledge her genius.

She Knows Her Audience

It does help to be a 24 year old girl when you’re writing for a 24 year old demographic (though Swift has transcended that). She is the best friend/sister figure who writes things more vividly than we feel them. Her songs have a television drama full of back-story, when paired with a catchy melody sells millions of records.

When Swift spoke to Jody Rosen in an interview for vulture.com, she explained her relationship with her fans. “There’s more of a friendship ­element to it than anything else,” she said. “Maybe it’s a big-sister relationship. Or it’s a Hey, we’re the same age—and we were both 16 when my first album came out, and we’ve both grown up together.”

She Protects Her Image

A big reason why Swift’s audience is loyal is that she’s never done anything drastic enough to turn them off, and remains uncontroversial enough that moms are comfortable letting their newly tween-aged daughters listen to her music. She’s as demure today as she was when she started out.

Tabloids never have pictures of Taylor Swift stumbling out of a club, no nude photos of her ever surface, she’s never been to rehab and horror stories of working with her are non-existent. She prides herself on being a role model and a non-controversial celebrity.  Ironically, it’s what rubs some people the wrong way- how pristine her image is.

That pristine image has served as a brilliant marketing strategy; she retains her initial fans and gains new ones that come of age every year. It’s hard to argue her straight edge image isn’t interesting when her album and tour sales show differently.

She Does Adulthood Differently

So how did Swift bridge into young adulthood? Swift took the road less traveled by her peers Katy PerryBeyoncé or Lady Gaga by not taking on a sexualized feminist persona.  Instead, wrote songs about what it’s like to be in your twenties. She didn’t rewrite “Fifteen,” or any of her other hits, and doesn’t sing the same story over and over again. Swift and her music have grown up together with her fans, any artist will say that is one of the most difficult things to do well as a musician. She hasn’t innovated her sound just for the sake of innovating, and she hasn’t been a slave to six-month beat trends. Her songs have reached across genre isles but are still unmistakably Swiftian.

She distinguishes herself by not taking the road many female entertainers do when they’re trying to enter a mature market.  Instead of changing her image, Swift changes the content of her music to reflect her maturity and how she’s evolved; she’s done it extremely well, especially for someone her age. It has made a huge difference in her staying power and in her success.

She’s An Oddball

She may be a fashion darling with a Victoria’s Secret model best friend, but you would never know it by listening to Swift’s music. Swift has made a career out of writing songs about what it feels like to be an outsider, like she singss in her hit “You Belong With Me,” “She wears short skirts/I wear t-shirts/she’s cheer captain and I’m on the bleachers.” She insists on playing the unpopular girl, and to be fair, many artists capitalize on being outsiders.

Swift has channeled those feelings into music since she was little, and is now one of the best songwriters working today. The lesson? What makes you weird is what makes you stand out.

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Taylor Lands At #18 On Forbes' Most Powerful Celebrities List

Forbes has released it’s annual Most Powerful Celebrities list, and Taylor has landed on #18! She has brought in $64 million over the past year, thanks to her tour and the success of Red. Check out the snippet below to read more about her position on the list.

Only 24 years old, Swift is making her fifth appearance on the FORBES Celebrity 100 with her highest earnings to date: $64 million. Swift’s latest, “Red,” was shut out at the Grammy Awards but the cross-over star was honored with the Pinnacle Award at the latest Country Music Association Awards for her success. The award has only been given to one other person, singer Garth Brooks. Swift also earns with endorsements for Diet Coke, Keds and CoverGirl.

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Forbes: Michael Jordan just became a billionaire

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You can add another zero to Michael Jordan’s net worth.

According to Forbes, the basketball Hall of Famer, shoe magnate and NBA owner is now the only athlete in the billionaire’s club.

The financial magazine’s estimates show that Jordan crossed the threshold from super rich to insanely wealthy, as his stake in the Charlotte Hornets (isn’t that so much better to read than “Charlotte Bobcats?) recently increased from 80% to 89.5%. Given the 2014 sale prices of the Milwaukee Bucks ($550 million) and Los Angeles Clippers ($2 billion), Forbes now estimates Jordan’s Hornets are worth between $600 million and $625 million.

http://ftw.usatoday.com/2014/06/michael-jordan-billionaire-net-worth

This summer, the largest Silicon Valley corporations released their workforce demographic data. The response wasn’t surprising. Despite a plethora of Asian employees, the entire technology industry was roundly excoriated for its stunning deficiency in diversity. Critics’ principal complaint: too many “white males,” too few women.

Sure, studies have shown that “both male and female professors consistently rated otherwise identical applicants named Jennifer as slightly less competent than those named John”, but that totally isn’t rooted in sexism or anything, right Forbes? Sigh. I really wish Forbes was a satirical magazine, because it sure reads like one.  Not that you can expect much different from something run by a conservative think-tank.

 

In honor of her new spot on Forbes' ranking of the world's richest authors, Chicago writer Veronica Roth is our “40 Under 40” #TBT of the week! 

The author of DivergentInsurgent & Allegiant is a graduate from Northwestern University's creative writing program and plans to continue writing. 

“At this age,” she says, “I have to remember I have a long way to go.”

Roth was on our “40 Under 40” list in 2013 at the age of 25. 

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Taylor Swift Named 9th Most Powerful Celebrity of 2014 - Forbes

9. Taylor Swift

Only 24 years old, Swift is making her fifth appearance on the FORBES Celebrity 100 with her highest earnings to date: $64 million. Swift’s latest, “Red,” was shut out at the Grammy Awards but the cross-over star was honored with the Pinnacle Award at the latest Country Music Association Awards for her success. The award has only been given to one other person, singer Garth Brooks. Swift also earns with endorsements for Diet Coke, Keds and CoverGirl.

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It's Official: President Obama Is The Best Economic President In Modern Times

It’s Official: President Obama Is The Best Economic President In Modern Times

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A new economic report, published by Forbes.comon September 6, 2014, clearly shows that President Obama is the best economic president in modern times. It’s not an opinion, it’s a fact, based on all of typical the economic indicators, including jobs, investments, growth and expansion, even the rate of inflation. In all of these areas President Obama’s record…

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