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    Laurene Powell Jobs, founder and chair of Emerson Collective and widow of the late Apple founder Steve Jobs, along with Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (R) and Rupert Murdoch (L), chairman and CEO of News Corporation, takes part in a panel discussion titled

    Laurene Powell Jobs is not just the widow of Apple cofounder Steve Jobs. She's also an accomplished businesswoman and a generous philanthropist.

    And she ranks among the 50 richest people in the world, according to Wealth-X.

    Upon her husband's death in 2011, Powell Jobs inherited his fortune — primarily shares of Apple and Disney — which has grown to an estimated $14.4 billion. Though she remains staunchly private about her personal life and relationship with her late husband, Powell Jobs has more openly discussed her business ventures and philanthropic pursuits in recent years.

    Read on to meet the mysterious woman who's carrying on Steve Jobs' legacy, in her own way.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 richest people on earth

    DON'T MISS: The 29 richest people in America

    Laurene Powell Jobs was born in West Milford, New Jersey, in 1963 to a teacher and a Marine pilot. Her father, the pilot, died in a plane collision when she was 3 years old, and her mother later remarried.

    Source: Vogue

    After double-majoring in business and economics at the University of Pennsylvania, Powell Jobs worked on Wall Street for Merrill Lynch and Goldman Sachs before heading west to earn her MBA at Stanford’s Graduate School of Business in 1989.

    Source: New York Times

    It was during her time at Stanford that Laurene Powell met Steve Jobs. He briefly sat next to her during a lecture, before getting up to address the room as the guest speaker. Still thinking of her afterward, he asked the young Powell out, in the parking lot. She said yes to dinner, and they were together from then on.

    Sources: The New York Times, International Business Times

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    Phillips Academy Andover

    Attending a top private high school provides a solid academic foundation, helps students gain entrance into first-rate colleges, and prepares them for the challenges of the real world.

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, just released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the country.

    The ranking looked at over 8,000 private schools across the US, rating each on its composite SAT and ACT scores, four-year matriculation rate, and student-teacher ratio, as well as the caliber of colleges that graduates attend and survey responses from students and parents. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

    Read on to learn more about what makes these 50 schools the best in America:

    SEE ALSO: The 25 best public high schools in America

    DON'T MISS: The 25 public high schools with the best teachers in America

    50. Emma Willard School

    Location: Troy, New York

    Overall rating: 94.57

    Average SAT score: 2030

    "Emma Willard is a great school that prepares their students for college and beyond," one senior said. "The academics are serious and fast-paced, but if do your work and ask for help when you need it, you will succeed."

    49. St. Andrew's School

    Location: Middletown, Delaware

    Overall rating: 94.58

    Average SAT score: 1980

    "I have had the greatest four years of my life here at SAS," a senior commented. "Both the students and the faculty are the nicest people that I have ever met. I cannot imagine a better environment to take advantage of a great education, as well as make tons of lifelong friends along the way."

    48. Lick-Wilmerding High School

    Location: San Francisco, California

    Overall rating: 94.60

    Average SAT score: 2090

    "I can't say enough great things about this school," one parent said. "Everything they do is thoughtful and deliberate. Not only does L-W have excellent academics but they also develop the entire person, socially and emotionally. Students are kind, tolerant, diverse, respectful, and very happy!"

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    UMass Amherst dining

    When starting college, dining-hall food is rarely something students look forward to.

    But at some schools, it has become a gourmet experience.

    To determine which schools are stepping up their food game, we looked at noteworthy rankings from outlets with expertise in colleges and food: The Daily Meal, The Princeton Review, and Niche.

    Each school earned a numerical rating based on how many of the lists it appeared on and how high it appeared on those lists. Colleges that appeared on multiple rankings scored higher on ours, while those that ranked on only one of these lists ended up closer to the bottom.

    From lobster bakes to waffle bars to steak dinners, these schools serve up dishes so good they make students forget they're in a dining hall.

    SEE ALSO: The 30 colleges with the best dorms

    DON'T MISS: The 50 best colleges in America

    20. Saint Anselm College

    With fewer than 2,000 students, Saint Anselm may be a small college, but it provides big flavor. The Manchester, New Hampshire-based school's main dining hall features an "action station" where chefs prepare paninis, Asian noodle bowls, burritos, and sautéed pasta on the spot. There's also a deli, grill, and salad bar, so students can always find something to suit their cravings.

    Students can also satisfy their sweet tooth with a trip to the bulk candy bar, a self-serve milkshake made from real Hershey's ice cream, or a slice of apple pie from the in-house bake shop.

    19. High Point University

    The multitude of options at High Point University in North Carolina make food the last thing busy students have to worry about. A single meal plan swipe gets students access to all-you-can-eat buffets at three locations, which feature amenities such as a trail-mix bar, omelet station, and baked-potato bar.

    Students can also class things up at 1924 Prime, an on-campus steakhouse that takes meal swipes. Menu options include cast-iron seared duck breast and filet mignon.

    18. University of Scranton

    In addition to a wide selection of enticing dishes— think grilled barbecue pork chops, cod bruschetta, and creamy parmesan penne — the University of Scranton's food services focus on health as well. In the all-you-can-eat dining hall, students can choose options that are low in fat or sodium, under 500 calories, vegetarian, baked instead of fried, or high in calcium.

    The Scranton, Pennsylvania-based school also has a food court full of favorite spots like Chick-fil-a and Starbucks.

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    St. Mark's School of Texas

    A good high school education should not only provide students with a solid academic foundation but also equip them for the rigors of college. 

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, just released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the country, specifically highlighting the best schools that prepare students for elite colleges

    To determine college readiness, Niche evaluated more than 8,000 schools on composite SAT and ACT scores, the caliber of colleges graduates attend, the percentage of students who matriculate to four-year colleges, and survey responses from students and parents. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

    Read on see the top 25 private schools that prepare students for life at a top college and beyond. 

    SEE ALSO: The 25 best colleges for landing a high-paying job right out of school

    DON'T MISS: The 50 most elite boarding schools in America

    25. Riverdale Country School

    Location: Bronx, New York

    Average SAT score: 2130

    Popular college choices: Columbia University, University of Pennsylvania, Wesleyan University

    "Each teacher has their individual style but they all make the courses as engaging as possible," one senior said. "They are available to meet outside the class and are reachable by email. Students are encouraged to develop new ideas and present them to staff, such as a new class, club, or activity." 



    24. The Westminster Schools

    Location: Atlanta, Georgia

    Average SAT score: 2120

    Popular college choices: University of Georgia, Vanderbilt University, University of Pennsylvania

    "This is a great school academically, teachers are great in their subjects and are usually well-known individuals, hard curriculum, but has variety," a former student noted. "Be prepared to work. Also be prepared for that work to pay off once you graduate — college is extremely easy once you have graduated from Westminster!"

    23. Polytechnic School

    Location: Pasadena, California

    Average SAT score: 2100

    Popular college choices: Stanford University, University of Southern California, University of California at Los Angeles

    "Poly's academics are world-renowned and completely prepare students for the future that lays ahead of them," one Niche user said. "While academics are difficult, they are also both manageable, with a proper work ethic, and incredibly rewarding."

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    2x1 underrated colleges 2015

    We often hear about the best colleges in the US, but there are dozens more outstanding schools that don't always get the recognition they deserve.

    To discover the most underrated colleges in America, we compared US News and World Report's rankings of the best universities and the best liberal-arts colleges in the country with PayScale's 2015-16 College Salary Report, which ranked more than 1,000 colleges and universities based on their graduates' mid-career salaries.

    We considered two factors: reputation and future earnings, specifically looking for schools that had relatively low rankings on the US News list but high mid-career salaries. You can read the full methodology here.

    Pace University topped the list, with the Missouri University of Science and Technology and the New Jersey Institute of Technology rounding out the top three.

    Scroll to learn more about the 50 most underrated colleges in America.

    Additional reporting by Melissa Stanger.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best colleges in America

    DON'T MISS: The 24 best liberal-arts colleges in America

    50. University of Dayton

    Location: Dayton, Ohio

    Median mid-career salary: $88,700

    The Catholic institution in Dayton, Ohio, encourages its nearly 9,000 students to actively practice their faith through liturgies, spiritual retreats, and special programs such as PORCH (People of Respect, Compassion, and Hope). UD's website says it is also committed to making the school "greener, more global, and more diverse."

    49. Oklahoma State University

    Location: Stillwater, Oklahoma

    Median mid-career salary: $86,700

    The Stillwater campus is the flagship of the Oklahoma State University System, and the school is in the top 25% of universities by return on investment. While athletes and sports enthusiasts flock to OSU for its championship-winning teams, the school is also a prominent research university and offers 200 undergraduate majors through its six colleges.

    48. University of St. Thomas

    Location: St. Paul, Minnesota

    Median mid-career salary: $91,300

    There are plenty of opportunities available on St. Thomas' main campus in St. Paul, Minnesota, where students take advantage of the school's 90 undergraduate degrees or work toward a self-designed specialty degree. St. Thomas encourages students to get off campus, too — the school offers 150 study-abroad programs in 50 countries.

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    The Potomac School

    America's best private high schools have a reputation for providing a top-notch education and preparing students for life at an elite university — and these great schools can be found all across the country.

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, recently released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the US.

    Niche looked at performance on the SAT and ACT, college-matriculation rates, quality of colleges that students consider and attend, school culture and diversity, and student and parent reviews. It combined these metrics to reflect "overall excellence," measured on a 100-point scale.

    Business Insider searched the ranking to find the best in each state. Sufficient data wasn't available for Alaska, North Dakota, or Wyoming, so they do not appear on this list.

    Read on for the best private high schools in each state:

    SEE ALSO: The best public high school in every state

    ALABAMA: Indian Springs School

    Location: Indian Springs

    Overall rating: 88.20

    Student-teacher ratio: 9:1

    "Because we have a student disciplinary panel, we are self-accountable,"reported one Niche user.

    Another commented on the status of Indian Springs School alumni: "We've got astronauts, lawyers, and John Green. I'd say graduates are doing well."

    ARIZONA: Phoenix Country Day School

    Location: Paradise Valley

    Overall rating92.19

    Student-teacher ratio: 7:1

    "The teaching staff is very well liked by the students and parents,"commented a Niche user. "They are very welcoming and available for the students when they need them."

    A Phoenix Country Day School parent agreed: "The headmaster greets everyone with a handshake and a smile everyday and the teachers are phenomenal, the best of the best."

    ARKANSAS: Pulaski Academy

    Location: Little Rock

    Overall rating84.68

    Student-teacher ratio: 10:1

    "The teachers, education, school spirit, sports, and friends have made my experience exciting and life changing," shareda Pulaski Academy senior. "I feel more than prepared for college and am excited that the faculty and teachers have guided me to graduation."

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    The Lawrenceville School

    The American Northeast is littered with private high schools — many of them prestigious feeders for top colleges.

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, just released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the country, and 24 of the top 50 can be found across the Northeast.

    The ranking looked at over 8,000 private schools across the US, rating each on its composite SAT and ACT scores, four-year matriculation rate, and student-teacher ratio, as well as the caliber of colleges that graduates attend and survey responses from students and parents. You can read the full breakdown of the methodology here.

    We pulled out the top-ranked schools from Maine down through New Jersey. Read on to learn more about the 24 best private high schools in the Northeast. 

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best private high schools in America

    DON'T MISS: The 25 best private high schools for getting into a top college

    24. Emma Willard School

    Location: Troy, New York

    Overall rating: 94.57

    Average SAT score: 2030

    "Emma Willard is a great school that prepares their students for college and beyond," one senior said. "The academics are serious and fast-paced, but if do your work and ask for help when you need it, you will succeed."

    23. Newark Academy

    Location: Livingston, New Jersey

    Overall rating: 94.73

    Average SAT score: 2080

    "Teachers are always happy to provide extra help, and for the most part create fun and engaging classroom environments," one senior said.

    Students point out that excellent teachers make the hard work worth it.

    "Definitely one of the best schools in the state," another senior noted. "Rigorous academics but the teachers make it possible for everyone to succeed as long as they apply themselves."

    22. Noble & Greenough School

    Location: Dedham, Massachusetts

    Overall rating: 94.75

    Average SAT score: 2080

    "Teachers here typically hold the highest degree in their respective fields," a Niche user commented. "Teachers are always willing to meet with students outside of class and are always available for extra help. All teachers are very knowledgeable about their subject and they will always keep the student's best interest in mind."

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    A lot of factors contribute to happiness at work: flexible hours, a competitive salary, and a meaningful purpose. But where you live can also play a role in how likely you are to be satisfied at work.

    Job-search website Indeed just released their job-happiness index for 2016, which included a ranking of the happiest metro areas in the US. The report ranked the 50 most populous cities in the country by average job-satisfaction rating on a scale of one to five, culled from Indeed's database of more than 10 million employee reviews. 

    California came on out top, with six of the top 20 cities. Los Angeles boasts the happiest employees in the country, followed by Miami and San Diego.

    Read on to see the rest of the top 20 cities, with population and income data from the US Census Bureau. 

    SEE ALSO: The 20 best places to live in America if you want to make a lot of money

    DON'T MISS: The 50 best places to live in America

    20. Chicago, Illinois

    Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.897

    Population: 2,722,389

    Median household income: $47,831



    19. New York, New York

    Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.899

    Population: 8,491,079

    Median household income: $52,737

    18. Birmingham, Alabama

    Average job-satisfaction rating: 3.915

    Population: 212,247

    Median household income: $31,217

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    austin texas

    U.S. News & World Report recently released its list of the best places to live in America, ranking the 100 most populous US cities on factors such as desirability, job market, and quality of life.

    The best region in the country, going by the US Census Bureau's geographic divisions, might surprise some: the South. Twenty-four of the top 50 cities can be found in the South — more than the combined number of cities that made the list from the traditionally more desirable West and Northeast regions.

    Though prominent coastal areas like Boston and San Francisco might be expected to help their regions topple the competition, cities in the South outperformed the field on two key metrics: job market and cost of living.

    "U.S. News found a divide between what Americans say makes a place desirable to live in versus what their criteria is when thinking about moving," Miriam Weiner, product manager for real estate at U.S. News, told Business Insider. "Looking at regions, metropolitan areas in the South and Midwest do not perform as highly as coastal areas on the desirability index, but they do offer stronger job markets and a better cost of living — two components that make up 45% of our methodology." (You can read the full methodology here.)

    The appeal of iconic cultural hubs like New York and Los Angeles is a draw for many, but in the end, affordability matters a lot, giving the South a leg up on the competition.

    Southern cities like Austin, Charleston, and Houston also offer many of the amenities of more "desirable" areas, including proximity to beaches, thriving food scenes, and an abundance of local culture.

    Ready to move yet? Keep reading to discover the 24 best places to live in the South.

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best places to live in America

    DON'T MISS: The 20 best places to live in America if you want to make a lot of money

    24. Columbia, South Carolina

    Population: 784,698

    Median annual salary: $41,020

    Quality of life: 6.4

    Overall value: 7.7

    Home to the University of South Carolina, Columbia exudes a college-town atmosphere that can be felt through its abundance of trendy coffee shops and hip bars. For the nonstudent residents, the town’s job market is on the rise, steadily adding positions in the technology and manufacturing sectors. Columbia’s cost of living also sits well below the national average.

    23. Louisville, Kentucky

    Population: 1,253,305

    Median annual salary: $42,330

    Quality of life: 6.2

    Overall value: 7.9

    Many Louisville residents find work in healthcare, business, tourism, and technology, with companies like YUM Brands, Humana, and Ford offering opportunities for employment.

    Tourists and locals alike come together each spring at Churchill Downs for the two-week Kentucky Derby festival, filled with mint juleps, Kentucky bourbon, and a some horse racing, too.

    22. Orlando, Florida

    Population: 2,226,835

    Median annual salary: $40,200

    Quality of life: 6.9

    Overall value: 5.3

    There’s more to Orlando than Disney World. Head downtown for a ticket to the hottest restaurants and nightclubs of the moment or trek out to the residential sector filled with picturesque lakefront homes.

    That’s not to say locals don’t appreciate the tourist traps. The parks serve as a point of pride for many long-term residents, according to one local expert. “The theme parks' special pricing for local residents along with the widespread employment that the parks offer have largely endeared them to the community,” he explained.

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    The World Economic Forum recently announced its 2016 class of Young Global Leaders — people under the age of 40 who are changing the world — and 23 of the 121 are American.

    This year's Young Global Leaders class includes leaders from an array of backgrounds. Some are famous entertainers, like actor and investor Ashton Kutcher and writer John Green, and others are inventors, CEOs, philanthropists, and scientists working on revolutionary ideas — such as Nina Tandon, who grows human bones with her biotech company, EpiBone. 

    Once chosen by the WEF, these leaders are a part of the program for five years — they attend meetings, participate in initiatives and research, and work with the rest of the WEF's community.

    Here are the 23 American leaders making a worldwide impact.

    SEE ALSO: America’s 12 best big cities to live in right now

    SEE ALSO: The 24 best private high schools in the Northeast

    Andy Moon, SunFarmer

    Andy Moon started his work in the solar energy industry in 2009 as a project developer for SunEdison. In 2013, he and a coworker started SunFarmer a nonprofit that brings solar power to developing countries with the help of a $2 million grant from a SunEdison foundation.

    SunFarmer has completed more than 100 solar energy projects so far in Nepal, its pilot country, powering schools and health clinics as well as providing relief to victims following a pair of earthquakes last spring.

    By 2020, SunFarmer’s goal is to power 4,000 hospitals, schools and water projects around the world.

    Aria Finger, DoSomething.Org

    After graduating from college in 2005, Aria Finger joined the nonprofit to try to change the way young people give back to their communities. The organization has since grown from five employees to 55, and in the past decade it has helped 4.7 million young people started campaigns in their hometowns.

    Six months ago, Finger was promoted to CEO. Her most recent campaign, Keep Guns Off Campus, encourages students to pressure their college presidents to take a stand against having guns on campus.

    Ashton Kutcher, THORN: Digital Defenders of Children

    The actor, producer, and tech investor started the DNA Foundation in 2011 with then-wife Demi Moore with the goal of ending child sex slavery. The company rebranded a year later to “Thorn: Digital Defenders of Children” with a more specific focus: technology’s role in the sexual exploitation of children.

    With the help of partners such as Facebook, Tumblr, and Microsoft, Thorn has been battling Internet-enabled sexual abuse and providing support to victims. This past November, Kutcher announced that the organization would open an innovation lab that will allow data analysts and scientists to think up new technologies to deter online predatory behavior toward children.

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    Aashna Shroff

    In 2015, Stanford University accepted just 5% of applicants, fortifying its 125-year history as one of thebest colleges in the nation.

    With esteemed alumni who include the founders of Snapchat, Google, Instagram, and Netflix, the Silicon Valley feeder school is a breeding ground for top talent.

    We've tracked down 12 of the school's most impressive students to check out what America's next generation of inventors, innovators, advocates, coders, engineers, and leaders are up to.

    Scroll through to meet some of Stanford's incredibly impressive students.

    NOW CHECK OUT: 15 impressive students at MIT

    Aashna Mago is a virtual-reality aficionado who's interning at Oculus this summer.

    Class of 2017

    Major: computer science

    By the time she entered her freshman year at Stanford, Aashna Mago was a budding molecular biologist who'd spent several years doing research in cancer treatments at Princeton. But Mago had a change of heart when she got to Stanford and set out to learn about programming and technology and teach herself how to code.

    She landed a summer internship with virtual-reality expert Mark Bolas in the Mixed Reality Lab at USC's Institute for Creative Technologies, where she honed skills in programming, 3D modeling and printing, and design.

    Halfway through her sophomore year, Mago took a leave of absence from Stanford to accept a full-time position at Rothenberg Ventures, where she helped launch an in-house production studio and run the first batch of River, the world's first VR/AR accelerator.

    Since returning to campus last fall, Mago has earned a Women in VR scholarship from Oculus and VR Girls; cohosted a large-scale Women in VR event in San Francisco to encourage women from diverse industries to get involved in VR; and founded Rabbit Hole VRa group at Stanford focused on bringing more diversity to the VR community through innovative storytelling. This summer, she'll be a software engineer at Facebook-owned Oculus.

    Aashna Shroff founded a coding camp for girls in India.

    Class of 2017

    Major: computer science 

    Growing up in India, Aashna Shroff was one of two girls in her high-school computer-science class. When she arrived at Stanford, Shrof was impressed by the initiatives to get women involved in computing fields, so she decided to take those ideas back to India by founding Girls Code Camp (GCC).

    Last summer, Shroff led the GCC team of Stanford students to India to teach computer-science workshops to more than 500 middle- and high-school girls. The subsequent "GCC Hack Day" produced projects ranging from medical-emergency apps to educational games.

    Shroff is also championing gender diversity on campus. This quarter, she'll be doing research with Stanford's Clayman Institute for Gender Research to help detect unconscious bias in job descriptions. And she's a mentor for Girls Teaching Girls To Code, a program that teaches Bay Area high-school girls how to code.

    Shroff also contributed to research at Stanford's Bio-Robotics lab on a project that allows surgeons to practice brain surgery on virtual patients. She used cutting-edge technology to create a program where sights, sounds, and forces of the virtual surgery replicate that of the operating room.

    Brandon Hill is the student body vice president and a former White House intern.

    Class of 2016

    Major: political science, African/African-American studies 

    The summer before he was set to start at Stanford, Brandon Hill was de-accepted by the university for a bad grade in physics. He decided to take a year off — something he later dubbed "Year On" during a TEDx talk — to travel more than 30,000 miles across the world on a full scholarship through Semester at Sea.

    He made it to Stanford and is now vice president of the school's more than 16,000 undergraduate and graduate students. 

    Hill is passionate about helping youths of color maximize their creative potential through his startup, Enza Academy. Over the last two years, Enza has trained more than 150 kids nationwide at its innovation, tech, and entrepreneurship "hack-camps," which have been sponsored by Google, Stanford, Columbia University, and Facebook. Last December, Hill and his cofounder spoke about Enza Academy at the White House, where Hill interned the summer after his freshman year at Stanford.

    He's also interned at Google on the YouTube star-management team, at UNICEF in Tanzania, and for the US Department of Education. When he graduates in June, Hill plans to work full-time on his "TED meets Twitter" idea-sharing platform.


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    Princeton High School

    Despite popular belief, the best high-school education doesn't always come from a private school. In fact, several of America's best public high schools offer top-level academics — without the five-figure tuition cost.

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, recently released its 2016 ranking of the best public high schools in America, from which it also ranked the schools with the best academics— the smartest public schools in America.

    Niche ranked the schools' academics by key factors like graduation rates, performance on SAT/ACT and Advanced Placement tests, and student and parent reviews for 23,861 public high schools across the US. You can read the full methodology here.

    Read on for the 50 smartest public high schools in the US.

    SEE ALSO: The best public high school in every state

    AND: The 25 best school districts in America

    50. Monta Vista High School

    Location: Cupertino, California

    Average SAT score: 2130

    AP test pass rate: 87.2%

    "Very hard academics in terms of teacher standards, so that inevitably pushes you to become a better student,"said one alum. 

    "There is a very huge presence of AP/honors classes, and a huge student-preference towards math and science-type classes,"commented another.

    49. Carroll Senior High School

    Location: Southlake, Texas

    Average SAT score: 1940

    AP test pass rate: N/A

    "Carroll is academically challenging at first but you get used to the workload,"said one Niche user. "There are a lot of different elective options and its pretty common to get all the classes you want."

    48. Indian Hill High School

    Location: Cincinnati

    Average SAT score: 1920

    AP test pass rate: 83.2%

    Many Indian Hill students complimented the school's educators. "The teachers are amazing. Our counselors are always available to help us whenever a problem arises: teacher conflicts, schedules, or just general problems,"said a senior. 

    See the rest of the story at Business Insider

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    The Westminster Schools

    Top private high schools offer a lot of perks, from the newest classroom technology to pristine athletic fields. But when it comes down to it, nothing is more important than the quality of a school's academics. 

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, just released its 2016 rankings of the best private high schools in the US, from which it also ranked the schools with the best academics— the smartest private high schools across the country. 

    Niche determined the bulk of the ratings by weighing the composite SAT/ACT score, caliber of colleges graduates attend, and percentage of seniors who go on to four-year colleges for more than 8,000 schools. Niche also looked at student-teacher ratio and survey responses from parents and students. You can read the full methodology here

    Read on to see the 50 private high schools with the smartest students in the country. 

    SEE ALSO: The 50 best private high schools in America

    DON'T MISS: The 24 best private high schools in the Northeast

    50. The Pingry School

    Location: Martinsville, New Jersey

    Average SAT score: 2060

    Four-year matriculation rate: 100%

    Popular college choices: Georgetown University, University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University

    "The curriculum here is top-notch," one junior said. "Many students go to Ivy Leagues and other prestigious universities. The schedule is awesome and provided like a college schedule. Workload is heavy, but students deal with it."


    49. Newark Academy

    Location: Livingston, New Jersey

    Average SAT score: 2080

    Four-year matriculation rate: 100%

    Popular college choices: University of Pennsylvania, New York University, Columbia University

    "Teachers are always happy to provide extra help, and for the most part create fun and engaging classroom environments," one senior said.

    Students point out that excellent teachers make the hard work worth it.

    "Definitely one of the best schools in the state," another senior noted. "Rigorous academics but the teachers make it possible for everyone to succeed as long as they apply themselves."

    48. Noble & Greenough School

    Location: Dedham, Massachusetts

    Average SAT score: 2080

    Four-year matriculation rate: 100%

    Popular college choices: Georgetown University, Vanderbilt University, Cornell University

    "Noble typically has one of the most impressive matriculation rates in the country and definitely prepares its students for college and the real world," one Niche user shared. "I've been a step ahead of my peers in college and I know many of my fellow classmates can agree to this.

    "Students and alumni are all well connected and the school has given me valuable life skills," they added. "I did plenty of internships in high school and the networks that I have been able to create will benefit me later on in the future."

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    Ingvar Kamprad

    Ingvar Kamprad, the Swedish business magnate who founded IKEA, turns 90 today. Employees celebrated with cake at the company's headquarters in Sweden, according to one of IKEA's designers.

    Kamprad started IKEA more than 70 years ago, and today the beloved brand is the world's largest furniture maker. Though he no longer actively manages the company — one of his sons serves as chairman — he remains a senior adviser.

    With an estimated net worth of$39.3 billion, Kamprad ranks as the 10th-richest person on earth and the second-richest in Europe. Still, Kamprad is considered one of the world's most frugal billionaires.

    The 90-year-old grew his flatpacking-furniture brand by maintaining a personal and professional ethos of innovation and simplicity. 

    From humble beginnings selling holiday tchotchkes to his neighbors as a child, Kamprad started a revolutionary, privately held furniture giant with $33 billion in sales  — and became one of the richest people on the planet in the process.

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    Kamprad was born in the south of Sweden in 1926 and by the age of 5 began selling matches for profit. At 10, he rode his bike around the neighborhood to sell Christmas decorations, fish, and pencils.

    Source: Business Insider,

    In his teens, Kamprad became involved in a Nazi youth movement by the influence of his German grandmother, who was "a great admirer of Hitler." He later described that time as "the greatest mistake of my life" and even penned a letter to his employees asking their forgiveness.

    Source: Telegraph, Fortune

    When Kamprad was 17, his dad gave him a cash reward for making good grades in school despite his dyslexia. He used the money to found IKEA in 1943. Kamprad didn't introduce furniture until five years in; he'd started by selling small household items, like picture frames.

    Source: Business Insider

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    Shivani Siroya InVenture

    The World Economic Forum recently announced its 2016 class of Young Global Leaders — people under the age of 40 who are changing the world. While only five of the 24 American honorees are working in the finance industry, they're already making an incredible impact on the world at large.

    As a part of the WEF's Young Global Leaders class, the honorees participate in the program for five years, attending meetings, taking part in initiatives and research, and working together across all industries to incite change.

    Here are the five people in finance who are changing the world.

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    Avid Larizadeh-Duggan, Google Ventures

    Avid Larizadeh-Duggan is one of the two remaining partners left at Google Ventures in Europe, a group created by the company to invest $100 million in startups.

    Larizadeh-Duggan is the cofounder of online jewelry company Boticcarecently acquired by Wolf & Badger— and she also leads educational programming nonprofit in the UK and is an advisor for Founders4School and the Breteau Foundation.

    Dhivya Suryadevara, General Motors

    Dhivya Suryadevara manages more than $80 billion in assets as the CEO of GM Asset Management at General Motors, a post she’s held since 2014.

    Last summer, she was also promoted to General Motors vice president of finance and treasurer — taking responsibility for the company’s capital planning and worldwide banking, among other tasks.

    James Song, Faircap Partners

    James Song is the cofounder and managing principal at Faircap Partners, an investment firm focused on the burgeoning economy of Myanmar — the developing Southeast Asian nation of about 55 million people. The company calls the country, whose economy is growing at more than 8% annually, the "last great frontier for capitalism."

    Prior to founding Faircap, Song served as a medical researcher in Uganda on a Fulbright scholarship. While in Uganda, the Harvard alum, who also holds a masters in nerouscience from University College London, "pioneered the use of empirically based, non-pharmacological HIV interventions at Makerere University Hospital." He also started the nation's first polyethylene recycling facility. 

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    Uganda Worldreader

    The World Economic Forum announced their newest class of Schwab Foundation Social Entrepreneurs of the Year this week. The list recognizes 12 entrepreneurs whose social good enterprises are changing the global landscape.

    Their initiatives range in size and scope, but they all share the common goal of aiding and advancing underserved groups around the world.

    From a waste management and design startup in India to a leading fair trade chocolate company, here's a look at the 11 social good enterprises — and their 12 fearless leaders — that are changing the world today.

    SEE ALSO: These 24 Americans are changing the world — and they're all under 40

    David Risher and Colin McElwee are bringing e-books to millions of people.

    Country: US (active in 69 countries; predominately in Africa)

    Focus: Education and technology

    David Risher, a former Microsoft and Amazon executive, and Colin McElwee, the former marketing director of ESADE business school in Barcelona, Spain, cofounded Worldreader in 2010 to bring digital books to the masses and improve the world's literacy rate. The nonprofit boasts a cache of nearly 32,000 book titles in 43 languages available to readers in 69 countries. 

    Worldreader donates Kindle e-readers to schools through sponsorships and fundraising, and it also has a mobile application where a reported 5 million readers are accessing the full library of titles. A Worldreader survey revealed the organization's impact on underserved groups, showing that while "girls and women make up 23% of readers on the Worldreader reading app, they consume 66% of the content."


    Jean-Marc Borello oversees 350 social enterprises across France.

    Country: France

    Focus: Education, health, housing

    Jean-Marc Borello is at the helm of perhaps the world's largest social enterprise, Groupe SOS, which oversees 350 stand alone organizations that impact more than 1 million people in 20 countries.

    Groupe SOS's vast portfolio of social causes is controlled by three associations that were founded at the company's inception in 1984: Prevention and Care of Addictions, Housing and Care, and Integration and Alternatives. Today, the group is committed to devising innovative solutions related to health, housing, education, social inclusion, senior citizens, and employment.

    Luvuyo Rani operates a string of internet cafès and training centers in South Africa.

    Country: South Africa

    Focus: Employment

    Over the past decade, Luvuyo Rani has scaled Silulo, his network of internet cafés and training centers for unemployed youth, to 39 branches throughout South Africa. In addition to offering accessible internet and how-to technology training to the masses, each branch offers résumé workshops and employment advice.

    Through the "one stop shop," more than 50% of Silulo's students have secured jobs, some at Microsoft, Vodacom, and Tsiba thanks to partnerships with Silulo. Rani, who founded the company with his brother, is managing director. Through franchising, the pair aim to have a presence in every South African province and a total of 200 stores over the next 10 years.



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    2x1best business schools in world

    Earning an MBA can provide business-school graduates with an increased salary, a vast network of industry contacts, and new opportunities, but the extent of these career benefits can vary significantly depending on the school.

    For our sixth annual ranking of the best business schools, we looked at 60 perennially top-rated institutions that offer MBA programs and evaluated them based on the most recent data available on five metrics: reputation (determined through our annual reader survey); average starting salary after graduation; job-placement rate (the percentage of graduates employed within three months of graduation); average GMAT score; and tuition and fees.

    We considered reputation and starting salary as the most telling factors of a school's worth, and these categories were weighted more heavily than the other three. Read a breakdown of the methodology here.

    The revamped methodology reshuffled this year's ranks with surprising results, with the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School topping the list for the first time. The highest-ranked international school on the list is the London Business School, earning the No. 12 spot.

    Read on to see the full list of the 50 best business schools in the world.

    Editing by Alex Morrell with additional research by Andy Kiersz.

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    50. Nanyang Technological University, Singapore — Nanyang Business School

    Location: Singapore

    Average starting salary: $80,300

    Average GMAT score: 665

    Nanyang's double MBA and master's degree programs allow students to earn a simultaneous degree from partner business schools, such as a second MBA from Waseda University in Tokyo or a master's in management from France's ESSEC Business School.

    All students complete a weeklong Business Study Mission, locally or overseas, in which they attend seminars with industry leaders, meet with local business associations, and visit businesses. The study mission gives students an opportunity to build professional networks and apply what they learn in the classroom to real-world environments.

    49. University of Toronto — Rotman School of Management

    Location: Toronto, Canada

    Average starting salary: $88,400

    Average GMAT score: 663

    The Rotman School of Management is the only Canadian MBA program on our list, offering students the best business reputation in the country. It draws recruiters from Toronto and beyond, including companies like the Royal Bank of Canada, Bain & Co., IBM, Microsoft, and Accenture, among others.

    The school started its own venture incubator in 2012 called the Creative Destruction Lab, and Rotman MBA students are tasked with providing analysis and insight for the lab's startups. Its first cohort has generated more than $165 million in equity value.

    48. University of Wisconsin — Wisconsin School of Business

    Location: Madison, Wisconsin

    Average starting salary: $100,700

    Average GMAT score: 668

    Recent graduates from the Wisconsin School of Business typically landed salaries greater than $100,000, and 90% secured employment within three months of graduation. The small program — WSB has fewer than 200 full-time MBA students — gives students individualized attention from the school's experts: professors, staff, guest speakers, and others.

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    4x3_50 coolest new businesses 2015

    Dozens of cool, innovative businesses pop up across the US every day, bringing new technologies, entertainment options, and services to their local communities.

    Throughout the year, we've highlighted several of these small, independent businesses that have opened over the past five years or so in New York City, San Francisco, Houston, Portland, Boston, New Orleans, Los Angeles, and Chicago, and now we've scoured the rest of the country for inventive new ventures.

    From a pizza oven on wheels to a boutique where everything's free — with a catch, of course — there are plenty of smart places to check out. Read on to see our top 50.

    Editing by Alex Morrell. Additional reporting by Lauren Browning.

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    5 Rabbit Cervecería

    6398 W. 74th St., Bedford Park, Illinois

    What it is: A Latin-influenced craft brewery that bases its beers on Aztec culture.

    Why it's cool: Located just outside Chicago, the first Latin microbrewery, or cervecería, in the US infuses its brews with ancho chili, piloncillo cane sugar, and other Latin flavors. Inspired by an Aztec myth, 5 Rabbit names all of its beers to coincide with the Aztec calendar.

    Angela & Roi

    Online, based in Boston, Massachusetts

    What it is: A handbag company that has a unique charity-donation policy.

    Why it's cool: Angela & Roi handbags come in all sorts of colors, but when choosing, most customers don't just think about the color they like; they also think about the "color" they're donating to. A portion of each bag sale goes to the charity whose color coordinates with the bag — red is for HIV/AIDS, pink is for breast cancer, and so forth. Angela & Roi bags are also eco-conscious, made without animal products or sweatshop labor.


    Online, based in Denver, Colorado

    What it is: A brand that believes in ethically produced clothing and dressing up every day.

    Why it's cool: This online retailer based in Denver claims to make it easier to get dressed in the morning, whether you’re running errands, heading to work, or grabbing coffee with a friend. This fair-trade fashion label was created by E.A. Lepine, a designer intent on trading lazy-day yoga pants for casual, comfortable, and trendy dresses.

    All items sold at Arrowroot are sewn by a group of seven women in Tegucigalpa, Honduras. The women earn fair wages — about $10 to $12 an hour, enough to support a family — and healthcare benefits.

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    Tuck School of Business Dartmouth 2015

    Business Insider recently released its sixth annual list of the best business schools in the world, and this year graduates' starting salaries were a crucial component of our rankingAmong the top-50 schools, there were 22 programs where students went on to earn an average base salary — before any bonuses or benefits — of $110,000 or more after graduation.

    Although Stanford placed fourth on the overall list, its graduates earn the highest starting salaries of all the schools we ranked, averaging more than $133,000. Read on to see top-rated business schools where students typically earn salaries of more than $110,000 straight out of the gate, listed here in ascending order.

    Editing by Alex Morrell with additional research by Andy Kiersz.

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    University of Washington — Foster School of Business

    Location: Seattle, Washington

    Average starting salary: $110,000

    University of Washington MBA students are mentored by some of Seattle's leading business talent, who foster an out-of-classroom learning experience for the students. Companies that frequently hire students out of the Foster School of Business include Seattle natives Amazon and Starbucks, as well as Johnson & Johnson, McKinsey & Co., and Northwestern Mutual, among others.

    Rice University — Jones Graduate School of Business

    Location: Houston, Texas

    Average starting salary: $111,400

    At the Jones Graduate School of Business, first-year students take core curriculum courses in finance, marketing, and accounting and participate in an Action Learning Project — a 13-week consultative assignment for an established company. Rice MBA students also have the option to earn up to two degree concentrations from 10 areas, including energy, entrepreneurship, healthcare, and real estate. Ninety-one percent of 2015 grads accepted jobs within 90 days.

    New York University — Stern School of Business

    Location: New York, New York

    Average starting salary: $112,100

    Stern's MBA program heavily focuses on individuality, and students can choose up to three specializations, with options including everything from banking to real estate to luxury marketing. Post-graduation, students end up at a range of companies, including Boston Consulting Group, NBCUniversal, Morgan Stanley, and Burberry.

    The school takes its name from billionaire property mogul Leonard Stern, who earned his MBA from NYU in 1959 and donated $30 million to construct a new building for the business school in 1988.

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    Aspen School District

    There are nearly 100,000 elementary, middle, and high schools in the US, which combine to form an array of school districts of varying size and quality. The best districts are coveted, and a high-caliber school system can be a key factor when a family decides to relocate to one city over another. 

    Niche, a company that researches and compiles information on schools, provides a ranking of the best school districts in America— that is, the collective quality of all the schools in a district determined by a grade of overall experience. The ranking includes key factors such as the strength of academics, health and safety, student culture and diversity, and the quality of teachers. Read more about the methodology here.

    At the time of calculation, Niche's database contained records for 12,153 school districts. Business Insider searched the ranking to find the best in each state. Sufficient data wasn't available for Hawaii, so it does not appear on this list.

    Below is the best school district in each US state.

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    AND: The best public high school in every state

    ALABAMA: Mountain Brook City Schools

    No. of schools: 6

    No. of students: 4,477

    Academics: A+

    Health & safety: A

    Student culture & diversity: C-

    Teachers: A+



    ALASKA: Unalaska City School District

    No. of schools: 2

    No. of students: 408

    Academics: A

    Health & safety: A+

    Student culture & diversity: A

    Teachers: A+

    ARIZONA: Chandler Preparatory Academy

    No. of schools: 1

    No. of students: 679

    Academics: A+

    Health & safety: A-

    Student culture & diversity: A

    Teachers: A+

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