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27 Unusual Wedding Photos From Around The World

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People may be getting married later than ever, but that doesn't mean weddings are getting more staid.

Reuters has rounded up photos of some unusual wedding celebrations around the world, featuring couples tying the knot underwater, dangling off a cliff, and everywhere in between. 

Paige Cooperstein wrote an earlier version of this post.

Sergey Kaunov, a member of a local winter swimmers' club, carries his bride Irina Kuzmenko out of water as they celebrate their wedding on the bank of Yenisey River where the air temperature was about -22 degree Fahrenheit in the Russia's Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk.



A Thai bride and groom fly while attached to cables during a wedding ceremony just before Valentine's Day in Prachin Buri province, east of Bangkok.



Yelena Babkini and her husband wave as they ride through Gorky Park on bicycles after having been married earlier in the day in Moscow.



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The 10 Best Public High Schools In New York City

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Stuyvesant High School is the best public high school in New York City, according to a new ranking by Niche.com.

Niche's rankings are based on a combination of statistics from public databases and user reviews.

According to Niche, a school with a high rank "is an exceptional academic institution in terms of teachers, students, resources for learning, and student outcomes," and the "students are actively involved in a variety of extracurriculars and sports the school offers."

Most of the schools on Niche's list are magnet schools, meaning they pull in qualified students from around their city.

In U.S. News' yearly high school ranking, Stuyvesant came in at #69 nationally, and #12 in New York state. U.S. News' ranking includes private schools as well.

Students at Stuyvesant rave about the opportunities to participate in extracurricular activities and how prepared they feel for college, with one student saying, "I felt that the educational opportunities at Stuyvesant prepared me to be leaps and bounds ahead of my peers at college. I have a work ethic instilled in me by the workload from high school, and am capable of balancing schoolwork, along with my social and family life."

Here are the 10 best public schools in New York City, via Niche:

  1. Stuyvesant High School
  2. Staten Island Technical High School
  3. Townsend Harris High School
  4. Bronx High School of Science
  5. Bard High School Early College II
  6. High School of American Studies at Lehman College
  7. Bard High School Early College
  8. Eleanor Roosevelt High School
  9. Queens High School For The Sciences at York College
  10. Brooklyn Technical High School

[Note: Niche calls Hunter College High School a "special case school," and says while it received an A+ ranking it will not be included in the public school list.]

See the full national list of the best public high schools in the U.S. at Niche

SEE ALSO: The 25 Best Public High Schools In America

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These Pictures Show Why The Special-Forces-Designed Tough Mudder Course Is So Crazy

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ToughMudder (24 of 43)Since Tough Mudder was founded in 2010, 1.3 million people have participated in one of the company's "military style" obstacle courses, which cover 10 to 12 miles of ground and include about 20 different challenges.

The event is part of a growing "obstacle course" trend among fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors. There is no shortage of similar competitions, including the Spartan Race, the Warrior Dash, the Color Run, and the Superhero Scramble.

All cater to people yearning to do something extraordinary. A common refrain in marketing materials, from employees, and from "Mudders" is to get up off the couch and "overcome your fears." It costs between $125 and $500 to participate in a race.

For first-timers, who make up the majority of Mudders at any event, it's about overcoming a challenge and team-building. Most people participate with a team, some with friends, some with coworkers, and others with random groups of people assembled specifically for the event.

We followed one group — the Brooklyn Fitness Team — from training through the event to see what it takes to prepare and run a Tough Mudder.

We arrived early one Sunday morning in McCarren Park, where the Brooklyn Fitness group was training. The team had been training in the park biweekly since the beginning of summer. One member described the trainings as "too damn early and too damn cold."



The team was put together by Allen Bozeman, a personal trainer with Soma Health Club. Most members of the team train regularly with Bozeman.



To prepare for the Mudder, Bozeman designed a training series that includes multiple exercises and obstacles broken up by long-distance runs. "The goal was to mimic the format [of the event]," Bozeman said.



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The New Chef At Tavern On The Green Is A 71-Year-Old Rockstar

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Tavern on the Green has been ripped to shreds since it reopened earlier this year. The classic New York restaurant was panned by critics for being boring and complacent in a city where the culinary arts are blood sport.

Eater's Ryan Sutton said that if you go to Tavern, "you'll have spent $32 on what is surely one the worst things anyone can eat outside of Rikers."

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The Cheapest Days Of The Week To Fly

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Saving money on airfare is an art.

We've discussed when to book Thanksgiving travel, which destinations get more expensive as you procrastinate, and which US airports have the cheapest flights.

Now, another piece of the puzzle: CheapAir.com analyzed over 4 million domestic flights since the beginning of 2014 and found that the cheapest days of the week to fly are Tuesday and Wednesday, presumably because no one wants to go anywhere midweek.

The news isn't shocking. Of course you'll pay more to fly anywhere after business hours on Friday night. But it does quantify the difference: The average low airfare on Tuesdays and Wednesdays is $373, compared to $440 on Sundays — a difference of $67.

Below, take a look at CheapAir's findings. 

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SEE ALSO: This Easy Trick Helps 67% Of Fliers Find Cheaper Airfare

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This Is What 2,000 Calories Actually Looks Like

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Everyone's different, but generally people are recommended to keep a diet of around 2,000 calories per day.

But what does that actually mean?

Sometimes it's hard to visualize what that amount of food looks like, so we did the work for you.

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2 Fat White Truffles Just Sold For $125,000

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A pair of white truffles sold for $125,000 at a charity auction in Alba, Italy, on Sunday. The two rare fungi were harvested and sold together to a phone buyer in Hong Kong.

Together they weigh 2.2 pounds.

White truffles are incredibly rare, growing in the forests of northern Italy as well as parts southern France, Croatia, and Slovenia. Alba is one of the most famous regions to find truffles; they are generally hunted in October and November. The auction where this particular truffle was sold coincides with the Alba White Truffle Fair, which takes place from mid-October to mid-November.

Mark Oldman, host of the show "Drink Bravely," captured the auction for his show. Watch the video here:

 

SEE ALSO: This Is What Makes A Sculpture Worth $100 Million

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Look At All The Hot Cars Parked Outside Facebook's HQ In California (FB)

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Business Insider recently visited Facebook's HQ in Menlo Park, California, where we had a great time.

Facebook has a staff of about 7,000, and although they are not all at the Menlo Park location, the parking lot is crowded with vehicles.

And some employees' cars are pretty fancy, like the "Tron"-edition Chevy Camaro.

The Facebook IPO created about 1,000 millionaires in the company. Add to that the fact that this is California, where they love their cars, and you get an idea of why the Facebook car park is so interesting.

We took a spin through it in a rented Chevy Malibu — the shame! This is what we saw before security showed up.

This is a Lotus Elise. It costs $47,250 to $73,500 brand new (£29,217 to £45,450), depending on the package.



Not all Facebook workers have amazing cars. But a typical car at Facebook is something like this BMW Z4. That's $46,575 to $52,475 (£28,846 to £32,491) if bought new.



We really liked this Ford Mustang, which looks like a 1965 model. There were quite a few old Mustangs at Facebook.



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WINTER IS COMING: Cold-Weather Workout Essentials For Every Man

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After a long day at work, no one wants to get in the car, drive over to Sports Authority, and start hunting for a pair of running sneakers that won't break the bank.

So Business Insider is here to make life easier.

With Insider Picks, we're going to round up everyday items to help you save time and money.

First up, the workout essentials that every man needs this winter.

Shorts: 

If you're still wearing ratty 15-year-old workout shorts form your college days, it's officially time to throw them out. Since shorts are probably the most important work-out staple, we recommend getting a pair that won't rip after a trip or two to the gym this winter.

Running ShortsNike 7" Distance Running Shorts | Nike

Adidas Essentials ClimaLite Shorts | Amazon

Under Armour Escape Woven Shorts | Amazon

Nike Dri-Fit Stay Cool Running Shorts | Amazon (Prime Eligible)

Long Pants:

On the particularly cold days, you're going to want to have a pair of long workout pants on hand. Especially if you like to go for chilly, early morning runs.

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Nike Element Thermal | Nike

Under Armour Men’s UA ColdGear(R) Infrared Run Pants | Amazon

Adidas Men’s Condivo 14 Training Pants | Amazon

ASCIS Men’s Thermopolis LT Pant | Amazon

New Balance Men’s Raptor Stretch Pant | Amazon

But if you feel like baggy pants may slow you down, check out compression leggings.

Nike Reflective Tech | Nike

Compression Shorts:

Compression shorts are supposed to — as you may have guessed — compress and separate groin and thigh muscles in order to prevent irritation and injury. They also help keep muscles warm during colder seasons.

On top of that, people swear compression shorts make them run faster. 

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Under Armour Men’s HeatGear Sonic Compression Shorts | Amazon

Nike Pro Combat Hypercool Vapor Power Compression Shorts  | Nike

Nike Pro Combat Core 2.0 Compression | Nike

Sub Sports COLD Men’s Thermal Compression Base Shorts | Amazon 

 

Trainers:

Different workouts require different types of sneakers. For any exercise that involves lateral movement (including weight training and kick-boxing), you're going to need training sneakers. Their flatter design makes side-to-side movement easier and safer.

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Nike Lunar Trainer 1 | Nike

New Balance Men’sMX608V3 Cross Training Shoe | Amazon Prime

ASICS Men's GEL-Craze TR Cross-Training Shoe | Amazon

Nike Men's Free Trainer 5.0 Training Shoe | Amazon 

Men’s UA Micro G® Renegade Training Shoes | Under Armour

Nike Zoom Hypercross TR | Nike

 

 

Running Shoes:

On the other hand, if you're a heavy duty runner, you should invest in a pair of running sneakers. Since running is mostly forwards moving, the sneaker has a slightly elevated heel — which gives your knees a break.

Nike Men’s Free Running Shoe | Amazon

insider picksNike Air Zoom Structure 18 Flash iD | Nike 

Nike Dart 10 Men’s Running Shoes | Amazon

Faas 700 V2 Men’s Running Shoes | Amazon

Adidas Performance Men’s Marathon 10 Ng M Running Shoe | Amazon

Synthetic and sweat resistant shirts:

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For shirts, you're going to want something lightweight and airy. Bonus: these can double as undershirts.

Nike Dri-Fit Racing Short Sleeve | Nike

Nike Men's Legend Dri Fit Short Sleeve Tee | Amazon

Nike Men's Pro Combat Hypercool Fitted Digital Rain Training Shirt-Charcoal | Amazon

If you're someone who sweats a lot, you might want to try out a sweat resistant shirt:

The Thompson Tee Men's Hydro-Shield Sweat Proof Technology | Amazon

Compression shirts are also an option. Again, fans swear that they improve speed:

insider picksUnder Armour Men's HeatGear® Sonic Compression Short Sleeve | Amazon Prime

But not everyone's a fan of sleeves since they constrict arm movement. If that's how you feel, a sleeveless workout top is the way to go.

ASICS Men's Circuit-7 Warm Up Running Shirt Sleeveless | Amazon Prime

 

FlipBelt:

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Behold: a fanny pack that's actually appropriate in 2014. Having to carry your keys, smartphone, and other things around the gym is a hassle. But the FlipBelt is just large enough to hold all those things without being a nuisance.

FlipBelt | Amazon

Running Shorts:

If you're a serious runner, we recommend picking up a pair of running shorts. They're lighter and shorter than typical men's shorts, which makes them ideal for running.

insider picks

Under Armour Men's UA HeatGear® Flyweight Run Shorts | Amazon

New Balance Men's 5-Inch Go 2 Shorts | Amazon

Asics Men's Core Pocketed Short | Amazon

Nike Men's 5 Inch Phenom 2-in-1 Running Short - Su14 | Amazon

 

Socks:

Never work out without socks. You will 100% get athlete's foot.

insider picks

Nike Men's Dri-Fit Cushioned Crew Socks (3 pairs) | Amazon

Nike Men's Performance Moisture-Wicking Crew Socks (6 Pairs) | Amazon

adidas Men's Cushioned 3ST 3-Pack QTR Sock | Amazon

Puma Low Cut Socks for Men (6 pairs) | Amazon

 

Weight Lifting Gloves:

Weight lifting gloves are the way to avoid calluses and blisters, especially if you're going to tackle the bench press.

If you want weight lifting gloves that provide more control, get a lightly padded pair.

Under Armour Men's CTR Trainer HF Gloves | Amazon

But if you're looking for more comfort, you should get a heavily padded pair.

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Harbinger 1250 Training Grip WristWrap Glove | Amazon

Sweatshirts: 

Now that it's getting colder, it's important to keep your muscles warm. After your workout, even if you're feeling hot and sweaty, you should put on sweatshirt when you step outside. It's the best and easiest way to prevent injuries and pulled muscles.

insider picks

Nike AW77 Fleece Full-Zip Men’s | Amazon

Under Armour Men's UA ColdGear® Infrared Run Hoodie | Amazon

 Champion Eco Fleece Crew | Amazon

Sweatpants:

Same purpose as the sweatshirt. Don't let your leg muscles get cold and cramped up after your workout.

Nike Varsity | Nike

Men's UA Post Up Cargo Jogger Pants | Under Armour

Nike Mens Club Swoosh SweatPants | Amazon

adidas Slim 3-Stripes Sweat Pants | Adidas

Accessories:

Everyone has that one pair of lucky gym shorts. Inevitably, after months — or years — of wear, the draw-string will accidentally get pulled out or stuck somewhere in the waistband. 

Easy Threader Flexible Needle Drawstring replacement and craft tool | Amazon

Different workouts, different headphones. If you're a runner, the smaller ones that fit in your ears are the way to go. But if you're planning a more stationary workout such as lifting, feel free to check out some of the more trendy, larger sized headphones.

insider picks

Beats Solo 2.0 On-Ear Headphones | Amazon

Skullcandy S2IKDY-010 Ink'd 2.0 Earbud Headphones with Mic | Amazon

We're guessing that you're not going to walk to work carrying all these things in your hands. Save yourself the hassle, make your life easier, and get yourself a lightweight duffel bag to hold all of your gym essentials. 

Chafing — not ideal. Bodyglide will help prevent your legs from getting irritated while running.

Bodyglide Original Anti-Chafe Balm | Amazon 

insider picks

We're guessing that you're not going to walk to work carrying all these things in your hands. Save yourself the hassle, make your life easier, and get yourself a lightweight duffel bag to hold all of your gym essentials. 

Nike Hoops Elite Max Air Team (Large) | Nike

21" Deluxe Gym Sports Duffle Bag with Shoe Storage | Amazon

 

 

 

 

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Scientists Have Debunked These 5 Common Myths About Eating Fats

NFL Legend Terry Bradshaw Is Selling His Oklahoma Ranch For $11 Million

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Retired NFL legend Terry Bradshaw has listed his ranch in Oklahoma for $10.8 million.

The 750-acre Circle 12 Ranch is listed with Bernard Uechtritz and Angie Nelson of Briggs Freeman Sotheby’s International Realty in Dallas. Uechritz told Business Insider that Bradshaw originally listed the property in 2012 with local real estate companies, but after buying propertiy in Hawaii, Bradshaw relisted the ranch with Uechritz, Nelson, and Sotheby's for their international and local experience.

The main estate features an 8,600-square-foot estate with six bedrooms and six bathrooms. The inside boasts high ceilings, wooden panels, and stone fireplaces to capture the ranch feeling. Outside of the main estate are two fully stocked fishing lakes, as well as stables, equestrian training courses, and rolling hills filled with cattle.

The property is sprawling and wooded.



The main estate sits on a large, well-groomed yard with a pool.



A closer look at the main estate.



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I Took A 4-Hour Mystery Train Ride Across Ireland With Billionaires, Actors, And CEOs — Here's What Went Down

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Before I left for a weeklong work trip to Ireland, I had an awkward conversation with my husband. It went something like this:

"I'll be staying at a hotel in Dublin called Buswell's for four of the five nights. On Friday night, I'm getting kidnapped. I'm being taken on some mystery train trip overnight, and I have no idea where we're staying. So if I die that day, I don't know what to tell you."

The "mystery train" was organized by Paddy Cosgrave, a prominent tech figure in Dublin who organizes a 20,000-person conference, Web Summit, and a smaller, invite-only event called F.ounders.

F.ounders rounds up a few members of the press, leaders of valuable startups, top venture capitalists, and celebrities. Attendees this year included model Lily Cole, Dropbox CEO Drew Houston, and actor Adrian Grenier. F.ounders organizes trips, dinners, and networking events that result in rapid bonding, limited cell phone use, and lasting business relationships.

The week before F.ounders, all 250 attendees received an email. A portion of the email read: "For the first time we are all leaving Dublin on a mystery train the morning of the 7th! We have taken care of all of the logistics, all you need to remember is to bring a small overnight bag."

On Saturday morning, we were told to be ready by 10, when we'd be transported to a mysterious location in Ireland. I checked out of my hotel with a toothbrush, deodorant, and a change of clothes, and told the concierge I'd hopefully be back in 24 hours.

A bunch of buses picked up 150 or so F.ounders attendees from a set location in Dublin at 11 a.m.



The buses dropped us off at a train station. There weren't many other commuters — just a bunch of transplanted tech people who stood around wondering where we were off to.



F.ounders had small bags of muffins and orange juice ready for us as we boarded the mystery train.



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Scientists Identify 3 Reasons Why Attractive People Make More Money

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While we like to think that people get ahead because of some magical combination of effort, talent, and knowing the right people, research shows that success is partly skin deep. 

Studies show that you're more likely to get hired if you look well-groomed, that good-looking people make about 12% more money than less appealing folks, and that attractive real-estate brokers bring in more money than their less attractive peers

Psychologists call it the "beauty premium." Essentially, the income gap between attractive and unattractive people is comparable to the gap between genders or ethnicities

In a paper called "Why Beauty Matters," University of Michigan information scientists Markus Mobius and Tanya Rosenblat identified three reasons why. 

1. Physically attractive workers are (wrongly) considered more able by employers. 

We're inclined to pay people more depending on how they look. In one of Mobius and Rosenblat's experiments modeling the hiring process, would-be employers looking at photographs of would-be employees were ready to give 10.5% higher salaries to attractive people over unattractive people.

Hiring managers carried that premium over to interactions that only happened on the phone. In other words, you only need to sound attractive to benefit from our biases toward beauty.

2. Physically attractive workers are more confident, and higher confidence increases wages. 

We all suffer from the "halo effect" — without realizing it, we take someone's appearance to be telling of their overall character.

Experiments have shown that we consider attractive people "as more sociable, dominant, sexually warm, mentally healthy, intelligent, and socially skilled" than unattractive people

By the time cute kids become attractive adults, they've benefited from this bias for years, giving them higher levels of confidence. 

It's a "self-fulfilling prophecy," Mobius and Rosenblat say. 

"Teachers expect better-looking kids to outperform in school and devote more attention to children who are perceived to have greater potential," they write. "Preferential treatment in return builds confidence as well as social and communication skills."

That confidence, the literature suggests, translates into academic achievement and professional success. 

3. Physically attractive workers have social skills that raise their wages when they interact with employers. 

Mobius and Rosenblat's experiments also found that attractive people had higher-rated communication skills than unattractive people.

"Physical attractiveness raises social and communication skills, which in return raise an employer's estimate of the worker's productivity," they write. "We assume that the employer is unaware of these biases and hence does not correct for them."

This has a major impact over the course of a career. Research shows that raising kids' social skills is a better predictor of lifetime earnings than raising their intellectual ability.

Beautiful people are more sociable than everybody else, the science says, or at least we're biased to think so. 

SEE ALSO: This Cognitive Bias Explains Why Pretty People Make 12% More Money Than Everybody Else

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Hundreds Of Turtles Were Mysteriously Stranded Off The Coast Of Australia And Nobody Knows Why

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Australian marine researchers are trying to get to the bottom of what caused a mass turtle stranding in Upstart Bay, near the North Queensland city of Townsville in 2012.

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Oil Baron Has To Pay Ex-Wife Nearly $1 Billion — And He's Thrilled

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An Oklahoma Judge has handed down the ruling in the most expensive divorce in US history — between billionaire energy magnate Harold Hamm and his ex-wife Sue Ann.

CNBC reports that she'll be given less than $1 billion of Hamm's $16 billion fortune.

Hamm made his fortune through the oil and gas company he founded in 1967, Continental Resources. He owns 68% of the company.

He met his ex-wife there and she has served as a company attorney and in executives roles at the firm. They were married in 1988 without a prenup — which means Hamm could've had to hand over half his fortune to Sue Ann.

The case was strange, not just for its size, but also for how it proceeded. The general counsel of Continental, Eric Eissenstat, had a huge role in the courtroom even though he didn't represent either party. The Judge was so friendly with Eissenstat he would toss him candy during the proceedings.

“It sounds like the corporation is part of the divorce case,” said Arnold Rutkin, a lawyer at Rutkin Oldham in Connecticut told Reuters. “There are only two parties in a divorce: husband and wife.”

Reuters also reported that Sue Ann's team alleged that Continental intervened in the divorce in Hamm's favor. In part, that means the company downplayed Hamm's role in its success, essentially chalking it up to friendly market conditions rather than his hard work. 

In Oklahoma, if lawyers could prove that Continental's stock gains were made due to the market conditions rather than Hamm's leadership, those gains would be off the table in the divorce settlement.

The title of "most expensive divorce" in the world goes to Russian oligarch Dmitry Rybolovlev, who paid his wife $4.5 billion.

All together Sue Ann will be getting $995.5 million, with a third of that due by the end of the year. The rest will be paid in installments of $7 million a month.

SEE ALSO: The Oil Tycoon Who Just Paid Out A $1 Billion Divorce Settlement Has An Amazing Rags To Riches Story

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The Oil Tycoon Who Just Paid Out A $1 Billion Divorce Settlement Has An Amazing Rags To Riches Story

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It could've been the most expensive divorce in history, but oil tycoon Harold Hamm will pay his ex-wife Sue Ann only less than $1 billion after 26 years of marriage.

Bloomberg ranks Hamm as the 50th richest person in the world, worth $16 billion. He and his wife did not sign a prenuptial agreement when they married.

Hamm's company, Continental Resources, owns 1 million acres in North Dakota's Bakken oil field, the shale play that has helped U.S. oil production rise to levels unseen in decades. Hamm owns 68% of the company and has an amazing rags to riches story.

We wanted to portray the full life-story of a man who went from pumping gas at a corner store to becoming one of the most influential people in the energy industry.

This is an update of a post originally written by Rob Wile.

Harold Hamm was born in 1945, the 13th child of Oklahoma sharecroppers.

Source: Reuters



He left home at age 17 to take a job fixing flats and pumping gas in the town of Enid, Okla.

Source: Enid News



He later signed up for a DECA entrepreneurship program, which allowed him to finish high school and work full time.

Source: Enid News



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