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The 20 colleges that have created the most millionaires and billionaires


Harvard University

No college degree can guarantee you wealth, but a handful of schools have a proven track record of minting rich people, from billionaire founders and CEOs to investors to politicians.

Wealth-X, a firm that does research and valuations on ultra-high net worth (UHNW) individuals, has revealed where the world's wealthiest people — those with assets exceeding $30 million — went to college.

In its tally, Wealth-X counted alumni with both undergraduate and graduate degrees, counting alumni of multiple institutions more than once, but left out those with diplomas, certificates, honorary degrees, and drop outs. Considering some of the world's richest self-made billionaires dropped out of Harvard, Stanford, University of Chicago, and other schools on this list, the numbers of UHNW alumni could be even higher had they graduated.

Of the top 20 colleges in the world that produce the wealthiest people, five are public universities, six are Ivy League, and only one is located outside of the US. By and large, Harvard University mints the highest number of millionaires and billionaires, which together command a net worth of $811 billion, more than twice that of the No. 2 school, University of Pennsylvania.

Below, check out the top 20 colleges in the world that have produced the most rich people, along with the total known number of UHNW individuals with degrees from the institutions, and their combined wealth.

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20. University of California, Los Angeles

Known UHNW alumni: 235

Combined wealth: $63 billion


19. Boston University

Known UHNW alumni: 241

Combined wealth: $62 billion


18. University of Cambridge

Known UHNW alumni: 271

Combined wealth: $69 billion


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Meet Red Bull's billionaire CEO, who's launching a news site that's being compared to Breitbart


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With an estimated net worth of over $16 billion, Red Bull cofounder and CEO Dietrich Mateschitz is the wealthiest person in Austria.

After essentially creating the market for energy drinks with the invention of Red Bull in 1987, Mateschitz and cofounder Thai businessman Chaleo Yoovidhya came up with unique ways to promote the brand, like buying a Formula One racing team and partnering with Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner to do a 120,000-foot jump in 2012. According to Forbes, more than six billion cans of Red Bull were sold in 2016. 

The reclusive 72-year-old is rarely seen in the spotlight, but in a candid interview with Austrian paper "Kleine Zeitung" last month, Mateschitz shared his opinion of President Trump and criticized the Austrian government for allowing an influx of refugees into the country. He defended the American president, saying, "I don't think he's as much of an idiot as he's portrayed to be."

Mateschitz also revealed his plan to launch a German-language news site called "Nä her an die Wahrheit," which translates to "Closer to the Truth." An article in the German newspaper Handelsblatt compared the venture to Breitbart.

Below, take a look at how Mateschitz has grown Red Bull into a leading international brand that stretches across platforms. 

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Mateschitz studied marketing at the University of Commerce in Vienna. He was in school for 10 years and graduated at 28. After school, Mateschitz served as the international marketing director for Blendax, where he worked on promoting toiletry products.

Source: Forbes

It was while he was traveling in Thailand for his job at Blendax that Mateschitz was introduced to a syrupy tonic drink that, according to Forbes, helped cure his jet lag.

Source: Forbes

Mateschitz met Chaleo Yoovidhya, a Thai man who owned his own tonic drink company. He convinced Yoovidhya to bring the drink to Europe, and Mateschitz quit his job. Each of the men invested $500,000 in the venture.

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Here's how and when men should roll up their shirtsleeves


Obama shirstleeves

Look, we get it.

It's officially warm, and your arms are suffocating under the sleeves of the long shirt you're required to wear, either to work or out on the town.

"I can't wait to roll these babies up at the first available opportunity," you mutter under your breath. Completely understandable.

But wait. First let us make sure the situation is appropriate.


Rolling your sleeves is acceptable if you are:

  • About to do some "manual labor" (or the dishes).
  • A guest at a wedding nearing the end of the festivities.
  • A politician tying to get across the fact that you are a "relatable everyman" that can "get things done."

If any of these are the case, go right ahead and roll up your sleeves. These are the occasions where sleeve-rolling is most acceptable and indeed even encouraged.

But if you're wearing a long-sleeve shirt, you're probably wearing it for a reason. Maybe you're at a dinner with family, or it's another special occasion. That is where you should not roll your sleeves whatsoever. Otherwise, what would be the point of making the effort in the first place?

In the middle, there's a gray area. Use your best judgment here, while remembering that rolling your sleeves up is an extremely casual look.


There's a trick to rolling up your sleeves, however. Most men just fold their cuffs over a couple of times until the desired length is achieved.

There are a few problems with that. It both looks sloppy and has a tendency to come undone at inopportune times. It'll also rest at a weird place on your elbow. Weird. Bad form.

There's a better way.

Instead, unbutton your sleeve and turn it inside out up your arm. Then resume folding it over itself a couple times, starting from the bottom. Stop when you reach the cuff of the shirt. Voilà. It won't come undone, and it'll hit at the right place for full movement.

Man buttons dress shirt sleeve

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The 22 best places to live in America if you want to make a lot of money



Finding a great job that comes with a significant salary boost is one of the top reasons to move to a new city.

In its updated 2017 ranking of the best places to live in America, U.S. News & World Report gathered data on the 100 most populous US cities. Among the factors it considered were affordable housing, a low cost of living, good schools, quality healthcare, and access to well-paying jobs. You can read U.S. News' full methodology here.

Business Insider reranked these cities based on average annual salary to find the cities where residents earned more than $50,000 a year — on par with the national average. They don't all rank highly on U.S. News' overall list, given higher costs of living and other factors, so we've included each city's overall ranking for comparison's sake. For instance, Chicago ranks at No. 19 in terms of salary, but it came in only at No. 83 on the list of 100.

Of the 100 best places to live in the US, here are 22 where you can land the highest-paying jobs:

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22. Santa Rosa, California

Population: 495,078

Average annual salary: $50,540

Overall rank on best places to live list: 52

Just 55 miles north of San Francisco sits Santa Rosa, one of Sonoma County's premier wine-country towns. According to US News' local expert, Santa Rosa is an originator of the farm-to-table movement and "a haven for bicyclists, who train on its rural western roads and visit en masse for two major cycling events: the Amgen Tour of California and the Levi's GranFondo."

The job market in Santa Rosa is powered by tourism: 9% of residents work in the industry, mainly at local farms, wineries, and brewpubs.

21. Albany, New York

Population: 877,846

Average annual salary: $50,880

Overall rank on best places to live list: 30

Despite the snowy winters, living in Albany comes with several advantages. Albany offers a cost of living lower than the national average and the cost of housing sits well below the rest of the US as a whole. In terms of jobs, the city's tech and healthcare industries are on the rise.

Albany's downtown is lined with art galleries, wine shops, and churches for visitors to peruse. In keeping with the city's cold climate, hockey is the sport of choice for residents. 

20. Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina

Population: 1,750,865

Average annual salary: $51,150

Overall rank on best places to live list: 7

Raleigh-Durham and Chapel Hill are collectively known as the Triangle, an area anchored by its foundation in research and tech. The Triangle employs nearly 40,000 residents at companies like IBM, SAS Institute Inc., and Cisco Systems as well as surrounding colleges Duke, North Carolina State, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A strong job market coupled with a burgeoning microbrewery and dining scene draws 80 new residents every day, said a local expert.

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I wrote about the Old Fashioned's 'comeback' and a bunch of people from Wisconsin freaked out


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Earlier this week, I wrote an article about the revival of the Old Fashioned in bars in cities across America.

"Almost any place I put them on the menu, they're one of the top sellers," said Eben Klemm, a scientist turned mixologist who curates cocktails for New York's Knickerbocker Hotel.

"These were unsellable a decade ago," he continued.

Shortly after publishing time, my inbox started to fill up with emails from a somewhat unexpected place: Wisconsin.

"People in Wisconsin are making fun of you on Facebook," one read.

Read another: "The Old Fashion[sic] is as much a standard as tap beer."

And another: "I have lived most of my life in southern Wisconsin where the Old Fashioned has been something of the state cocktail (if there were such a thing) for well over 50 years. As a 59-year-old bartender and server, I've seen just about every variation on the cocktail."

You see, the Old Fashioned is something of a state treasure in Wisconsin. While the drink largely fell out of favor in coastal cities like New York and Los Angeles in the '70s and '80s, Wisconsites' love for the Old Fashioned continued on unabated.

The only major difference is that the Wisconsin version of the Old Fashioned is almost always made with brandy and soda (and often, fruit) instead of whiskey.

I called up John Dye, the owner of Bryant's Cocktail Lounge and The Jazz Estate in Milwaukee, for guidance.

the jazz estate old fashioned"People get really, really passionate about their Old Fashioneds. Many people have recipes, even though it's generally the same ingredients wherever you are in the state," he said. "It's a family tradition — lots of grandparents make Old Fashioneds around the holidays."

He joked: "I've theorized that Angostura bitters would have gone out of business if it weren't for Wisconsin."

At the recently renovated Jazz Estate, bartenders serve three takes on the classic cocktail: a Wisconsin version, a more typical Old Fashioned with whiskey, and a house drink made with bourbon, Amaro, Angostura bitters, and cold-brew coffee.

"At the majority of bars in the state of Wisconsin, the bartender will ask you, 'How do you want it?' because you can have it served sweet or sour. There are two kinds of sodas you can put in," Dye said. "But even if you ask for a whiskey Old Fashioned, they would still ask how you want it because they would most likely still serve it with soda."

"It's two different drinks, in a way."

The most common theory for why Wisconsinites take their Old Fashioneds with brandy dates back to 1893, to the World's Columbian Exposition, also known as the Chicago's World Fair.

"A lot of the Germans from [Milwaukee] went down there ... A lot of people drank European brandy, but a blight in Europe caused brandy batches to go bad," Dye said. "Korbel basically introduced their American brandy at the World Exposition, and since Milwaukeeans already loved brandy, they really attached to Korbel."

The growing love of brandy later merged with the popularity of the Old Fashioned to create the drink that most Wisconsin residents would be familiar with today. It's apparently been a Friday night fish-fry staple ever since.

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Here’s what imitation crab meat is really made of


That stuff in your store-bought California roll might look like crab, but it's probably an impostor called "imitation crab."

Imitation crab is less expensive than the real thing, but when it comes to nutrition, there's no competition: real crab is what you want.

The reason imitation crab isn't as nutritious as the real thing is because it contains no actual crab. That's right, the main ingredient is actually a fish paste called surimi.

Surimi is often made from pollock fish with fillers and flavorings like starch, sugar, egg whites, and crab flavoring. The combination of fish parts, carbs, and sugar are why nutrition isn't imitation crab's strongest quality.

Despite containing no real crab and being less nutritious, that's not stopping us from eating it! 

In 2010, Americans consumed almost twice as much pollock as crab. You can bet the crabs like those numbers.

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The best part of Google's conference was a teen who taught himself to code to diagnose cancer


Google IO Abu

One of Silicon Valley's fundamental beliefs is that everyone in tech is working on something that could change the world.

In truth, most of the 2 million apps in the app store do no such thing. But every so often a curious kid will sit down, study up on some new technology and create something mind-blowing.

The latest example: a high-school kid named Abu. He created an app that uses machine learning to diagnose breast cancer from mammograms. 

Abu and his family are immigrants from war-torn Afghanistan, who came to the US when Abu was a little boy.

"It's not easy coming in," Abu said. "The only reason we made it through some of the times that we did is because people showed acts of kindness."

From that, Abu learned that "helping people always comes back to you."

Google was so impressed with the app that the company showcased it during CEO Sundar Pichai's opening keynote at its I/O developer conference Wednesday and even invited Abu to attend the conference in person. A video Google played told his story.

When Abu was 15 and a high school freshman, he sat down at his computer and Googled a term he didn't know: "machine learning." As he found out, machine learning is a technology that trains computers to look for patterns and make predictions. Abu became mesmerized by machine learning's potential.


So when he got an assignment in his beginning programming class to do a project that would show how technology can solve a problem, he wanted to use machine learning to do something that would truly help people. His ambitious idea was to diagnose breast cancer. 

"Everyone else was building a calendar," he said.

His teacher discouraged the idea, not wanting him to shoot for something that lofty. But he did it anyway, spending hours teaching himself how to code and watching YouTube videos to learn a popular Google machine learning technology called Tensorflow. 

Then he successfully built the app. Whether it will one day actually be used by doctors remains to be seen. But his work gained him the attention of Google, no small thing.

As it happens, Google has been working on related projects. Just last month researchers at the company successfully tested a similar system.

Here's the heartwarming video:



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'One entered the city like a god; one scuttles in now like a rat' — See beautiful pictures of New York's old Penn Station before it was torn down


Penn Station

It's hard to believe that Manhattan's Pennsylvania Station was once a masterpiece of pink granite, marble columns, and arched-glass windows.

In 1963, the above-ground portion of the station was demolished to make room for a massive sports arena, Madison Square Garden. Its reputation as an architectural masterpiece quickly faded. And most recently several incidents have boosted the station's reputation as a subterranean hellscape.

A train derailment in April that spawned mass cancellations outraged travelers. Later in the month, stampedes and false rumors of an active shooter rippled through Penn after police tased a man. Then, in early May, foul-smelling sewage water rained down on commuters from the ceiling.

Amtrak's long overdue rail repairs threaten to worsen a headache for the 650,000 people who travel through Penn Station each day

But things were not always this bad.

Take a look at these photos of the original Penn Station, one of the last structures of neo-classical architecture in New York City, before it was torn down. 

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The original Pennsylvania Station stood from 1910 until its destruction in 1963.

The station was named for the now-defunct Pennsylvania Railroad, the company that built it. For that same reason, there are also Pennsylvania Stations in cities like Newark and Baltimore.

Construction on the Beaux-Arts-style marvel began in 1901 and took nine years to complete. It was designed by the renowned architectural firm McKim, Mead & White, which also built Columbia University's campus.

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A podiatrist explains the terrible things that can happen to your feet if you run too much


Podiatric surgeon Dr. Jacqueline Sutera explains what could happen to our feet if we run too much and over-train for that next half marathon. Following is a transcript of the video.

Running is a super-high-impact sport, and there's a lot of, like, body weight with every step that you take. It increases by about seven times your body weight with every step that you take when you're running.

You can develop heel spurs, that plantar fasciitis — That just means that there is inflammation at the bottom of the foot. Tendinitis, stress fractures, knee pain, hip pain, back pain — the list goes on and on.

I think fractures are the worst thing, 'cause it really takes a long time to heal. So, a lot of tendon issues and plantar fasciitis, those can be a couple weeks, but once you fracture your foot, you're talking six to eight weeks of no running. And this leads to a lot of tears in my office.

People cry, and you know, they're training for the marathon they love it, this is such a stress reliever, and all of a sudden it's like you come to a screeching halt. Time out. No running for two months.

So, I think that's probably one of the worst things that can happen because you really have to be off your feet, and in a cast or in a boot, and physical therapy. Sometimes even surgery. You can break your toe bones, or your foot bones, or your ankle bones so bad that they need to be reset surgically. And that's even longer of a recovery.

Make sure that your sneakers are in good shape. Do not wear shoes that are old and worn out, or that you borrowed
from your sister, or that you got at a garage sale, or that you've had in your closet for three years. They need to
be specifically running shoes and they have to be in really good shape. Do not wear those shoes out and about.

So, if you want to be serious about your running, you really need to have a running pair of sneakers that are dedicated just for running. So, if you don't have the shoes that are giving you the shock absorption, the cushioning, the arch support that you need, it can affect your whole entire skeleton, it doesn't just stop at your feet. So, it goes
all the way up.





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These are the 10 best airports in Europe


Zurich Airport

With demand for air travel in Europe growing at an impressive rate, the need for world-class airports is at an all-time high. Leading aviation reviewer Skytrax recently released the results of its annual World Airport Awards, which includes a list of the best in Europe.

The Skytrax annual rankings are based on the impressions of nearly 14 million fliers from 105 countries. More than 550 airports were included in the survey, which covers 39 service and performance parameters, including facility comfort, the location of bathrooms, and the language skills of the airport staff. 

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10. Cologne Bonn Airport (CGN)

Yearly passengers: 10.3 million

Previous rank: 8

Why it's awesome: Located just 15 kilometers (9 miles) southeast of Cologne, Germany, CGN is a major hub for the budget carrier Germanwings. 

Skytrax reviewers praised the airport for its modern architecture and its clean and efficient terminal buildings.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2015, provided by Cologne Bonn Airport.

9. Hamburg Airport (HAM)

Yearly passengers: 16.2 million

Previous rank: N/A

Why it's awesome: Over the past few years, Hamburg Airport has developed into a regional power — serving as a major hub for a host of low-cost airlines including Eurowings, EasyJet, and Ryanair. 

For 2017, Skytrax named Hamburg the best regional airport in Europe. 

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2016, provided by Hamburg Airport.

8. Vienna International Airport (VIE)

Yearly passengers: 22.8 million

Previous rank: 10

Why it's awesome: Located just 12 miles from the heart of Austria's capital and largest city, Skytrax reviewers praised the airport for its cleanliness, compact size, and speedy wi-fi connectivity.

Vienna International Airport's largest tenants include Austrian Airlines, NIKI, and Eurowings.

Source: Skytrax World Airport Awards. Yearly passenger figure is for 2015, provided by Vienna International Airport.

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21 photos that show why Charleston is one of America's most popular destinations right now



Charleston, South Carolina, is an ideal destination for a weekend trip. 

Not only does it have historic buildings to marvel at and cobblestone streets to stroll along, it's also a great place to eat, drink, and be merry. 

Charleston was voted the best city in the world by Travel + Leisure readers in 2016, beating out longtime tourist destinations like Florence, Barcelona, and Cape Town. 

Business Insider recently headed down south to see all that Charleston has to offer: 

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Charleston is a port city on the coast of South Carolina. The city itself has a population of roughly 133,000, according to 2015 census data.

Source: US Census

It was voted the world's best city by Travel + Leisure readers in 2016, and according to Lonely Planet, it attracts 4.3 million visitors every year.

Source: Travel + Leisure, Lonely PlanetTripadvisor

It's a two-and-quarter-hour-long flight from New York City to Charleston on United, JetBlue, and Delta. According to the flight-tracking app Hopper, round-trip flights cost, on average, $240 between April and June, and $200 September through October. These are considered the best months to visit.

Source: Hopper


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Stephen Colbert dismantles Trump's anti-science theory about exercise



On Wednesday night, Stephen Colbert blasted President Donald Trump once again, this time for the president's theory about exercise.

"At the age of 70, Trump doesn't have the energy of a child in part because he doesn't believe in exercise," Colbert said.

According to The Washington Post, Trump thinks the human body is like a battery with a finite amount of energy, which is depleted with exercise.

"May I point out, by that logic, would mean the strongest people in the world are babies," Colbert said.

The Post spoke to a sports medicine and orthopedics specialist who said exercise does deplete energy as stores of glucose, glycogen, and fats, but humans restore those by eating. Exercise also makes the body stronger.

"I suppose we should've seen his anti-exercise thing coming," Colbert said. "After all, one of the first things Trump did was replace Michelle Obama's Let's Move campaign with his own: 'Let's Not.'"

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11 hidden attractions in New York City that even locals might not know exist


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New York City is packed with sites for tourists and locals to enjoy. Most — like the Empire State Building, Times Square, and the Statue of Liberty — are widely known. 

But throughout the massive city, there are plenty of hidden attractions and secrets that might surprise even some locals. There's a 25-foot waterfall flowing in the middle of Manhattan, for example. 

In the midst of this exciting city with so many famous attractions, don't be afraid to explore the hidden gems.

Courtney Verrill contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article. 

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There's a nearly invincible statue in Battery Park.

While the Twin Towers were completely destroyed during the 9/11 attacks, this metallic sphere sculpture, located in the middle of the towers, somehow remained standing. It was designed by German sculptor Fritz Koenig in 1971. Since 9/11, it has been moved to Battery Park, where it still remains standing to this day. The sphere has become a symbol of hope and strength. 

You can still visit a subway stop that has been closed since 1945.

Gaining access to the now-closed City Hall subway station is difficult. While the New York Transit Museum hosts tours through the facility, you still have to pass a background check just to get in, and the waiting list fills up quickly. MTA train conductors on the 6 subway line get to see it regularly, though — after the downtown 6 train makes its last stop at the Brooklyn Bridge station, it travels through the old City Hall subway to make its way back uptown.

There's a place in Staten Island where old boats go to die.

On the edge of Staten Island lie hundreds of old, rusty boats at the Arthur Kill Ship Graveyard. Some boats and their parts date back to before World War I. The site is popular with both photographers and historians. It cannot be viewed on foot but is accessible by kayaks through tours by Kayak East. Be careful of trespassing — the boat graveyard has a residential neighbor.

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Starbucks is testing a new item that's perfect for people who hate watery iced coffee



With the weather warming up, Starbucks' latest test is aimed at iced-coffee lovers.

The coffee giant is testing coffee ice, or ice cubes made of coffee, at 100 stores in Baltimore and St. Louis.

For 80 cents, customers can swap traditional ice for ice made from Starbucks coffee in any iced espresso or coffee.

Starbucks isn't planning to expand the test at this time. But the chain is working to expand its cold-beverage options, with drinks like Nitro cold brew and a California test of affogato, an espresso-ice-cream mashup. 

Customers in the test areas have already started sharing photos of their coffee ice on Instagram:

#coffeeicecubes #whyaintthestrawcoffee #whyaintthecupcoffee?!?! #basicbrogram

A post shared by Shaun Martin (@shaunnmartin) on May 15, 2017 at 10:53am PDT on

#justfoundout #coffeeice is a thing #thanksstarbucks #yum #coffee #starbucks #thegiftthatkeepsongiving

A post shared by elyse425 (@elyse425) on May 16, 2017 at 11:31am PDT on

Coffee ice cubes are a DIY summer tradition for people who hate watered down coffee. 

Today I learned two things-- #Starbucks #CoffeeIce is amazing, and I really like the #ToastedCoconutColdBrew

A post shared by Stephanie 🖤💋 (@gottalovedove) on May 16, 2017 at 9:14am PDT on

Introducing coffee ice cubes! They won't water down your ice beverages when they melt! #tryitout #coffeeice

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These 8 bourbons just won the highest honor at an international spirits competition


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If you want to be sipping the best bourbon, there's only one competition you need to pay attention to.

More than 2,200 spirits were entered to be sipped and evaluated at the San Francisco World Spirits Competition in April, and eight all-American bourbons rose to the top.

Fresh from their charred-oak barrels, these bottles were rated the best-of-the best by the competition's expert judges.

Most of the bourbons clock in below the $100 mark, but a few do demand a bit more. And they all, of course, hail from the US.

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David Nicholson Reserve Kentucky Straight Bourbon

Award: Best straight bourbon

Price: $33

Kings County Distillery Bottled-in-Bond Straight Bourbon

Award: Best small-batch bourbon in the Up to 5 Years category

Price: Unavailable

Barrell Batch 011 Cask-Strength Straight Bourbon

Awards: Best bourbon, best small-batch bourbon, best small-batch bourbon in the 6 to 10 Years category

Price: $85

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An ex-Wall Street banker is offering luxury camping rentals that could be the future of weekend getaways


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The hardest part of going camping might be getting started. The upfront cost forces newbies to shell out for a tent, sleeping bags, and other gear. There are 13,000 public campsites in North America to choose from, and no definitive review site vetting them. It can be overwhelming.

Tentrr wants to take the hassle out of camping. Launched in 2016, the app lets users find and book upscale campsites on private land. When guests arrive, they find their hand-sewn canvas tent already set up, so their vacation starts that much sooner. The average nightly rate is $144.

We talked to investment banker turned startup founder Michael D'Agostino on why Tentrr could be the future of weekend getaways.

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The mission of Tentrr is simple. "We want you to be able to run around naked and enjoy nature as you wanted to when you were a kid ... without scaring the neighbor," D'Agostino said.

Tentrr has put up campsites at 50 locations in New York state — with another 150 sites in the works. They sit on privately owned land, where guests can relax and recharge in peace.

Each rental comes fully equipped with a canvas tent on a large wooded platform, a queen-sized air mattress, two Adirondack chairs, a fire pit, cookware, and a portable toilet.

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The rags-to-riches story of WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum, who grew up without running water and is now worth over $9 billion (FB)


Jan Koum

Few people have benefited from Facebook's incredible success more than WhatsApp cofounder Jan Koum.

With an estimated fortune of roughly $9.5 billion, 41-year-old Koum has come a long way from growing up without running water in Soviet-Era Ukraine to creating a messaging app used by 1.2 billion people.

Facebook purchased WhatsApp in 2014 for a jaw-dropping $19 billion, adding Koum to the company board and sending his net worth into the stratosphere.

Koum now leads a team of around 100 people working on WhatsApp, which is used heavily in developing countries like India and Brazil. And he sold over half of his shares in Facebook last year, totaling roughly $5 billion.

Here's how Koum got to where he is today:

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Koum has an estimated net worth of roughly $9.5 billion. His fortune is made up almost entirely from Facebook stock, which he's been selling aggressively over the past year.

Source: Bloomberg, Forbes

But Koum wasn't always wealthy. He was born in Ukraine in 1976 into a household without running water.

Source: Forbes

Here's how he described life in his hometown outside Kiev: "It was so run-down that our school didn't even have an inside bathroom. Imagine the Ukrainian winter, -20°C, where little kids have to stroll across the parking lot to use the bathroom. Society was extremely closed off: you can read 1984, but living there was experiencing it."

Source: Wired

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How 'Master of None' came up with the perfect pickup line for dating apps


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Spoilers below if you haven't watched episode four, "First Date," on the second season of "Master of None."

"Master of None" dedicated an entire episode of its new second season to dating apps, something the show's producers felt couldn't be avoided.

"There was a real key change even in betweens seasons one and two — and certainly I think in New York," "Master of None" cocreator Alan Yang recently told Business insider of the popularity of dating apps.

On season two, Aziz Ansari's character Dev is still single after breaking up with Rachel (Noël Wells) on the season-one finale and after spending several months in Italy. Upon returning to New York City, Ansari dives into the culture of dating apps on episode four. (The development is also not a big surprise given that Ansari cowrote a book about dating in the digital era, "Modern Romance.") The episode astutely alternates between several of Dev's awkward dates.

"It used to be if you were on the apps, you kind of had to explain why you were on them," Yang said. "And now, it's so much the norm that you have to explain why you're not on them, why you're opting out. It's like a dramatic thing."

Run down by the series of dates and their strange outcomes, Dev suddenly gets a new match notification and reluctantly responds with the perfect pickup line.

"We took one of our friends out to lunch, because we knew he was dating  and we knew he had been on the apps a lot," Yang said. "And he told us his opening line when he texts. He said, 'I write, "I'm going to Whole Foods. Need me to pick you up anything?"' And we were like man, that's an amazing first line. It's funny, but not too funny. It's interesting, but not trying too hard, kind of playful."

master of none dating aps netflixAnyone who uses dating apps knows that it's really difficult to come up with that very first message with a match. It could mean the difference between getting you a date or deafening silence. Inspired by their friend, Yang and his team tried to come up with a line for Dev that would be as good as the one his friend used. But the perfect line alluded them. Thankfully, they didn't have to come up with their own.

"We couldn't beat that line," Yang said. "And we just asked him, 'Hey, can we use that line?' And he was like, 'Yeah, I retired that line. I don't use it anymore, so you can use it.' So we put it into the show and that's Dev's opening line."

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One of the most expensive homes in America just got a $30 million price chop



One of America's most expensive mega-mansions just got a major discount. 

According to the Wall Street Journal, Gemini, a 33-bedroom compound on a private barrier island in Manalapan, Florida, just got a $30 million price chop. That brings its listing price down to $165 million from $195 million. 

The 16-acre estate is the property of the billionaire family of deceased publisher William B. Ziff, Jr. Ziff passed away in 2006. He had developed a successful empire of tech-focused magazines, including titles like Car and Driver and PC Magazine. The family sold the publishing arm of Ziff-Davis for $1.4 billion in 1994.

The massive property is decked out with all of the perks that you'd expect for the astronomical price tag. It's bordered on both sides by private beaches and its own pier. On top of that, there's a golf course, pool, tennis court, and basketball court. 

Gemini is now listed with Todd Peter and Cristina Condon of Sotheby's International Realty. Let's take a look around.

Raisa Bruner contributed reporting to an earlier version of this article. 

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Gemini spans the width of a barrier island in Manalapan, just south of Palm Beach. That means it has private waterfront access on both the ocean and river sides — not to mention plenty of green space.

The property includes a 12-bedroom main home, as well as a seven-bedroom guest house, two "ocean cottages," a manager's house and office, and a tree house. It makes for a grand total of 84,988 square feet of interior space.

A PGA-standard golf practice area means you never have to leave the private island to work on your drive. You'll also find a freshwater pond, bird sanctuary, and "sports complex" with tennis, basketball, mini golf, and playground setups. To top it off, there's a butterfly garden complete with model train, and a fully-furnished underground tunnel connecting different parts of the compound.

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