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Starbucks’ Schultz Says 100 Leaders to Halt Campaign Giving

August 25th, 2011  |  Source: Bloomberg

Starbucks Corp. (SBUX) Chief Executive Officer Howard Schultz said more than 100 business leaders have joined his pledge to boycott U.S. political campaign donations.

Financing the Road to Rio

July 23rd, 2011  |  Source: Globe-Net.com


Important discussions lie ahead on the road to Rio + 20 for the global investment community - UNEP FI Global Roundtable 2011, and GLOBE 2012.   

Banking and investment organizations worldwide are monitoring developments in the international financial markets preparatory to the Rio + 20 Earth Summit taking place in Rio de Janeiro, in June 2012.

The World’s 50 Most Valuable Sports Teams

July 13th, 2011  |  Source: Forbes Blog


The NFL has grown explosively over the past 25 years as TV revenue jumped 700%. The league’s 32 teams now divide $3.8 billion annually under the current round of broadcast deals, which expire after the 2013 season. With ratings at record levels, the next TV contracts are bound to be even more lucrative. Teams that were selling for $70 million in the mid-1980s are now worth $1 billion on average.


How Harry Potter Became A $15 Billion Brand

July 13th, 2011  |  Source: Business Insider


Fourteen years, seven books and blockbuster films later, the Harry Potter brand, valued at over $15 billion, is still going strong.

Over 400 million copies of the Harry Potter books have been sold worldwide and translated into 67 languages, making Rowling the first billionaire author.


The Spaceship Takes Off From Cupertino

June 10th, 2011  |  Source: Forbes

When a product company turns to real estate development, watch out!

Apple’s proposed headquarters campus will take up a lot of time, attention, energy, and money that might better be put toward staying focused on the business.


B&N Says Foreign-Language E-Books Selling ‘Outrageously’ Well in U.S.

May 27th, 2011  |  Source: Paid Content.com

Selling foreign-language print books in the United States has always been tough due to high prices, hurdles at customs and the difficulties of transporting physical stock. Barnes & Noble expected that selling foreign-language e-books in the U.S. would work much better—but have been surprised at the demand for them, B&N Manager of International Digital Content Patricia Arancibia said the retailer’s sales of foreign-language e-books are now growing faster than sales of English e-books, she said.


Red Bull's Billionaire Maniac

May 23rd, 2011  |  Source: Business Week

A rare interview granted to Business Week delves into why Dietrich Mateschitz is making a bold move into TV, movies, and magazines.


Liberty Sees Opportunity For Nook Software On Tablet Devices

May 23rd, 2011  |  Source: WSJ



John Malone, chairman and controlling shareholder at Liberty Media Corp., said Monday he believes Google Inc.'s Android mobile operating system, which powers Barnes & Noble's (BKS) Nook device, could dominate the e-book market in terms of unit sales.


Nuns vs. Goldman Sachs on pay

April 6th, 2011  |  Source: FierceFinance.com

Catholic nuns have made themselves a force in the worldly realm of shareholder activism. In recent years, they have sponsored resolutions at a number of companies, including Citigroup and Goldman Sachs. Now, four order of nuns--The Sisters of Saint Joseph of Boston, Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur, the Sisters of St Francis of Philadelphia and the Benedictine Sisters of Mt Angel, who are all investors in Goldman Sachs--are outraged that the bank's board has decided to pay the top executives so well, reports The Guardian.

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