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  • 05/24/13--09:09: The Sexiest Chefs Alive!
  • Emma Hearst

    Behind the scenes of every restaurant, there's a high-pressure kitchen where orders continuously pour in and chefs churn out food.

    The best chefs handle a tremendous amount of stress while working in hot kitchens and still create delicious meals. And some of them do it with serious style.

    From 5-star restaurants to funky food trucks, we scoured restaurants across the U.S. looking for the best of the best. And we weren't just looking for looks: These chefs and chefs-turned-restaurateurs are talented, ambitious, successful, and stylish.

    #30 Lisa Giffen

    Restaurant:Maison Premiere

    Location: Brooklyn, NY

    Executive Chef Lisa Giffen serves carefully curated large and small plates of seafood at her critically-acclaimed Williamsburg restaurant.

    Though only 31, she has an impressive resume that includes past jobs at Dan Barber's Blue Hill, Ed Brown's now-closed Eighty One, and Alain Ducasse's Adour. She was recently promoted to executive chef at Maison Premiere.

    Giffen sources her ingredients locally, and chooses ingredients based on the seasons.



    #29 David Chang

    Restaurant: momofuku

    Location: New York, NY

    David Chang is the chef and owner of the popular momofuku empire, which includes the momofuku noodle bar (opened in 2004), momofuku ssäm bar, booker and dax, momofuku ko, má pêche, and momofuku milk bar.

    His cookbook, "Momofuku," was released in 2009.

    Chang has won numerous accolades: He was named one of the Time 100 in 2010, GQ's Chef of the Year in 2007, and has personally won four James Beard chef awards, including for Outstanding Chef in 2013.

    His noodle bar empire has now spread across the globe.



    #28 Shannon Bard

    Restaurant: Zapoteca

    Location: Portland, ME

    Oklahoma-native Shannon Bard runs the kitchen at her Mexican restaurant Zapoteca in Maine.

    A mother of four, she attended the Culinary Institute of America in San Antonio with a specialization in Oaxacan cuisine.

    She also was the runner up in Eater's "The Hottest Chef in Maine" 2013 poll.



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    1968 Mustang Fastback GT 390 bullitt replica

    Cars may be machines, but they can still be incredibly sexy.

    Curving lines, powerful engines, and outrageous luxury can draw people in just as much as a pretty face.

    That's why we've assembled this list of the 50 sexiest cars of the past century.

    We've got American muscle, Italian speed, and British luxury. We even have Swedish power.

    Some of these cars were lemons, some were total flops. Others were wildly successful and are still on the market today. But every last one is packed with sex appeal.

    50. A rather hefty ride, the Hummer H2 has none of the sleek characteristics that often note a sexy car. Its appealing, brawny look marked the heyday of the big American SUV.



    49. A product of the late 1960s and early 1970s, the Miura was one of the first cars Lamborghini built to rival Ferrari (Ferruccio Lamborghini founded the car company after making his money in tractors). The model pictured here once belonged to Frank Sinatra.



    48. Maserati was founded in 1914, but it didn't build a grand touring car (for luxury and long drives) until 1957, when the 3500GT went into production. With room for four and a straight-six cylinder engine, it was a beautiful machine.



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    We recently published our list of the 25 Most Underrated Colleges in America.

    In order to determine which schools were underrated (and overrated), we considered two factors: reputation and salary. We figured that schools with a bad reputation but a high salary would be underrated, and schools with a great reputation but terrible salary would be overrated.

    We used the following rankings to compile this list:

    We determined that each school — there were several hundred in the analysis — had two variables: their college ranking (US News) and their salary ranking (PayScale). Schools with a low college ranking and high salary were "underrated" and schools with a high college ranking and low salary ranking were "overrated."

    We plotted the two variables and ran a simple linear regression of the data to find this regression line formula:

    Salary Rank = 2.75 * College Rank

    This means that a school that is ranked 100th on the college rankings is expected to be ranked at 275th on the salary rankings. 

    college ranking charts

    We looked for schools where there was a large disparity between their college rank and their salary rank — the so-called most "overrated" and "underrated" colleges.

    As an example, here are four colleges from the set, and how we interpreted their plots:

    college ranking charts

    In order to quantify our interpretation, we looked at each college's residual, or the distance between their expected salary rank in the regression and their actual salary rank in the set. 

    college ranking charts

    Colleges with a residual length of around zero are appropriately ranked. Their salary ranking performance is in the ballpark of what you would expect it to be.

    Colleges with large negative residuals are schools that are underrated. They're highly ranked on salary, but aren't given due credit on the U.S. News ranking. 

    Colleges with large positive residuals are schools that are overrated. They're highly ranked on the U.S. News college ranking but have low salaries.

    We found that most of the underrated schools (the set of schools with large negative residuals) were engineering and technology schools with relatively low U.S. News rankings but outstanding salary performance. And most of the overrated schools (schools with large positive residuals) were small liberal arts colleges and art schools, with low expected salaries but high rankings.

    Makes sense.

    Here's a crude visual illustration of what we were able to compute:

    college rankings

    On the main slideshow, the U.S. News College or University ranking has been doubled to make it clear to the reader the disparity between the scores, and to accommodate the fact that we combine the sets.

    This doubling is called "the reputation score" and does not in fact work its way into our analysis, it is only their for the purposes of demonstration.

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    college rankingsFuture income isn't the only factor that should determine college choice, but it may be the most important one.

    So how good are the famous college rankings from U.S. News & World Report at predicting future income? It turns out there are some majorly underrated and overrated schools.

    We plotted U.S. News' ranking of the best colleges against PayScale's mid-career salary rank to identify the outliers (read the full methodology here).

    University of Massachusetts Lowell emerged as the most underrated school, heading a list of state schools and lesser-known tech schools.

    #25 Widener University

    Ranked #378 in our composite of U.S. News's college and university lists.

    Ranked #319 in PayScale's mid-career salary list.

    (As you can see, Widener ranks much better on salary than it does in the standard college ranking.)

    Widener is a private school with 6,000 students on a 108-acre campus just outside of Philadelphia. Almost 30% of the students major in business and 22% major in health professions, which may explain why graduated have such high mid-career salaries at an average of $78,200.

    Note: Although U.S. News ranks colleges and universities separately, we combined these lists by doubling the ranking. Read the full methodology here.



    #24 Northern Illinois University

    Ranked #378 in our composite of U.S. News's college and university lists.

    Ranked #314 in PayScale's mid-career salary list.

    Located in DeKalb, IL, Northern Illinois is a large public school that's comprised of seven colleges offering degrees in a variety of subjects, including speech, psychology, nursing, and accounting. The average mid-career salary is $78,300.

    Note: Although U.S. News ranks colleges and universities separately, we combined these lists by doubling the ranking. Read the full methodology here.



    #23 University of San Francisco

    Ranked #212 in our composite of U.S. News's college and university lists.

    Ranked #82 in PayScale's mid-career salary list.

    The University of San Francisco is a private Jesuit university that was founded in 1855. Even though it's not ranked very high at #106 on US News' list, students are drawn here for its great location right near the Golden Gate Bridge and for its small class sizes. The average mid-career salary is high at $92,400.

    Note: Although U.S. News ranks colleges and universities separately, we combined these lists by doubling the ranking. Read the full methodology here.



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    crispy fish taco

    A memorable meal can define a destination and keep you salivating for years to come.

    From unpretentious fried fish tacos in Baja, Mexico, to the 7-course tasting menu at Spain's El Celler de Can Roca (the new best restaurant in the world), we found 40 meals that are worth traversing the planet for.

    Foodies will want to put these spots on their travel bucket list.

    Slurp up a bowl of steaming hot Pho, a tangy beef noodle soup, in Hanoi, Vietnam.



    Indulge in an epic seven-course meal at El Celler de Can Roca, a Catalan restaurant in Girona, Spain, that was named the Best Restaurant in the World by Restaurant magazine's 2013 World's 50 Best list. With the wine pairing, the meal costs $248 per person.

    Read more on El Celler de Can Roca >



    Take a bite out of a crispy, chewy, fresh falafel sandwich overstuffed with vegetables in Tel Aviv, Israel. People swear by the sandwiches at Ratzon Falafel and Gabai Falafel, but you really can't go wrong at any of the city's falafel stands.



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    Jenna Lyons

    The fashion industry is filled with designers, celebrities, journalists, stylists, and executives vying for influence. 

    We've selected the best of the best and created a list of who determines what's cool in America. 

    Some of the people who made the list are controversial public figures who move fashion trends based on what they wear. Others are executives who run multi-billion dollar companies. 

    Everyone on the list is a magnate in their own right. 

    Angela Ahrendts

    Job title: CEO, Burberry 

    Influence: Ahrendts has solidified Burberry's position as one of the most aspirational brands in the world. Since becoming CEO, she's signed top spokesmodels like Emma Watson. She's also the highest-paid CEO in the United Kingdom. 



    Tom Brady

    Job title: Quarterback, New England Patriots

    Influence: Brady, known for his preppy-casual style, is one of the few fashion icons whom most men can relate to. He's landed fashion campaigns with Movado watches and Ugg shoes. 



    Thom Browne

    Job title: Fashion designer

    Influence: Browne's menswear collection is groundbreaking because it is based around the newfound acceptance of business casual in workplaces. He also designed First Lady Michelle Obama's inaugural jacket. 



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    William LeGateThey're barely 18 years old, but these high school students are doing more than most adults could ever hope to do in their lifetimes.

    Their resumes will make your jaw drop: There's a scientist who built a nuclear reactor in his father's garage, a swimmer who won four Olympic gold medals, and a self-taught coder who runs his own app development company.

    And more importantly, they prove that age really has no bearing on what people are able to accomplish.

    Listed in alphabetical order, we found the 25 most impressive students graduating from high school this year.

    Max Rosenberg contributed to this story.

    Sabrina Brady created a drawing that was seen by millions of people on Google's home page.

    High school: Sparta Senior High School, Sparta, Wisc.

    What makes her impressive: Last month the Google home page depicted a touching doodle where a young girl embraces a man wearing a military uniform. The doodle was the heartfelt work of Sabrina Brady, recapturing the moment her father returned home from an 18-month deployment in Iraq when she was 10 years old. Brady won the prestigious Doodle 4 Google contest, as well as glory on the Google homepage, a $30,000 college scholarship, a Google Chromebook, and a $50,000 technology grant for her school.

    Brady's drawing, titled "Coming Home," was chosen in a user vote among over 130,000 entries from students in grades K through 12, who were instructed to draw the "best day ever,"according to Google Technologist Daniel Sieberg in an interview on The TODAY Show.

    Plans for next year: Brady will continue studying art at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) this fall.



    Donald Chao started a non-profit that teaches people about the ecosystem.

    High school: Newport High School, Bellevue, Wash.

    What makes him impressive: Chao founded a non-profit organization in 2011 called the Ocean Acidification Education Project, which teaches people and organizations about their impact on marine ecosystems in the Puget Sound. The goal is that these people can then influence Washington state legislation to implement better, stricter methods of carbon dioxide emission reduction.

    Chao also kick-started a program called Teach My Grandma, which "offers personalized, one-on-one, bilingual instruction at locations convenient for the client, whether that be at his or her retirement community or at a local Starbucks," he tells us. "We specialize in social media (i.e., Facebook and Skype), but can teach everything from computers/internet for beginners to Quickbooks."

    He says he's also developing several other entrepreneurial projects, including a titanium dioxide-infused exterior paint used to neutralize greenhouse gases released by automobiles.

    Chao speaks English, Mandarin, Spanish, Arabic, and Taiwanese Hokkien. He also taught himself how to pick locks, which is a hobby he enjoys doing as a puzzle, and also to help his friends. To be clear, Chao tells us, he only picks locks with permission from others.

    Plans for next year: Chao plans to continue working on OAEP and Teach My Grandma as a freshman at the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business in the fall. 



    Conrad Farnsworth is the first person in Wyoming to build a nuclear fusion reactor.

    High school: Newcastle High School, Newcastle, Wyo.

    What makes him impressive:Conrad Farnsworth has managed to do something that all of 60 people, at most, have done: achieve nuclear fusion.

    Farnsworth built a nuclear reactor in his father’s garage in order to enter a science fair. However, he was disqualified for supposedly competing in too many science fairs, and in the wrong order, according to the Star-Tribune.

    “It’s frustrating having four years to get to a single point go down the drain... And it’s silly. It’s a science fair. Seriously, aren’t they supposed to be promoting science and not bureaucracy?” Farnsworth told the Star Tribune.

    Regardless, Farnsworth can feel good knowing that he is the first person in Wyoming to build a nuclear fusion reactor.

    Plans for next year: Farnsworth plans to attend the South Dakota School of Mines in the fall.



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    bridget casey

    As human beings, there are some traits that we all have in common—two hands, one heart, red blood, and, unfortunately for most of us, a wealth of debt. 

    The average American carries a $47,000 debt load, and as a nation, nearly $2 trillion of our collective debt is either delinquent or 90 days past due. 

    Part of the problem in figuring out where to begin getting out of the red is knowing who to turn to for help. Maybe you're too embarrassed to fess up to your issues or you can't afford a financial advisor. So you might pick up a $20 self-help book or enroll in a $200 debt makeover course online. 

    Save your money. Some of the greatest advice out there can come from the person standing next to you in line at the grocery store. To prove our point, we've rounded up 10 truly inspiring stories of real consumers who faced their debt head-on and managed to come out on the other side. 

    Carrie Smith, 28, found herself $14,000 in debt at age 25. She dug her heels in and paid it off in a year.

    Who she is: Smith is an ex-small business accountant who dedicates her time to helping entrepreneurs manage and make more money.

    Her debt wake-up call: "Three years ago ... I started thinking about what my life would be like as I got old and grey. I just finalized a painful divorce and found myself with a mountain [$14,000] of debt. Not exactly what I pictured for myself at 25 years old," she says. 

    How she paid it off: She started by tackling her credit card debt, as it carried the highest interest rates.  For motivation, she made a timeline of her progress and used the free debt payment tool www.readyforzero.com to come up with a payment plan she could handle. Then, there were sacrifices: Giving up cable, a gym membership, tanning/salon visits, vacations, dining out, and going to the movies. To up her income, she freelanced as a writer.



    With a Master's degree under her belt, Kari Gordon went into denial about her $30,300 loan balance. It took four years but she finally paid it off.

    Who she is: Kari, 30, lives in the greater New York City area and works at a non-profit.

    Her debt wake-up call:"When I finished graduate school, I was in student debt denial. When the first bill arrived, I stuck it in my bill basket and pretended it wasn’t there for a week...For several months after I got that first bill, I paid the $350 minimum payment. With each electronic debit from my checking account I hated myself and hated my decision to take out student loans. Being in debt made me miserable!"

    How she paid it off: Gordon will be the first to tell you there is no secret to paying down debt.  She broke her debt down into more manageable amounts and made a strict budget. With time, she was promoted at work and took up extra work babysitting, filling out online surveys and freelance writing. She also got a roommate, started cooking meals at home and got rid of her car. 



    Grayson Bell, 29, financed $50,000 for his small business with three credit cards and hit rock bottom during the recession. He paid it all off within 4 years.

    Who he is: Grayson, 29, lives with his wife in Raleigh, N.C.

    His debt wake-up call: "After the economy took a plunge in 2008, I decided to get out of my business.  It was taking a toll on my personal life and my health. ... Though I was done with my business, I was not done with the damage that it left behind.  Four years of personal and business related expenses went onto my credit cards.  My ending balance was hovering around $50,000. Seeing this balance made me sick to my stomach.  I never knew I could accrue so much debt and have so little to show for it."

    How he paid it off: Together, Bell and his wife canceled cable and got their Internet with an over-the-air antenna. He worked freelance jobs and kept track of his progress on a white board. Rather than rely on pricey central air conditioning, he bought a window A/C unit, which cut their bill by 40%. To help with his credit card debt, he capitalized on balance transfer offers between credit cards.



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    Ricky SandlerSuccess on Wall Street means watching your ideas and work in action while making a sizable amount of money in the process.

    That in and of itself is impressive, but there are some people on Wall Street that take that to the next level — they make the Street look sexy.

    From bank CEOs to hedge funders and beyond, we found the 32 sexiest people in finance.

    With a combination of success, power, generosity, good looks, fashion sense, and personality, these people are the full package.

    #32 David Tepper

    Age: 55

    Firm: President and Founder, Appaloosa Management

    Education: BA, University of Pittsburgh; MBA, Carnegie Mellon University

    Tepper, who runs a $12 billion distressed-debt hedge fund, has one of the best long-term track records. In 2012, he was up 30%, while a lot other funds struggled to find alpha. He was also the best paid hedge fund manager last year. 

    He has made headlines this year by coming out as massively bullish on U.S. equities

    Aside from his investing acumen, Tepper has an incredible sense of humor. The former high school musical star even broke out in song on live TV.



    #31 Brady Dougan

    Age: 53

    Firm: CEO, Credit Suisse Group

    Education: BA, MBA, University of Chicago

    Dougan has been making comments this year that banker pay is outpacing shareholder returns. He told Bloomberg TV, "That’s not sustainable. That’s not right."

    Dougan got a 34% raise in 2012, taking home $8.2 million. In 2011 he took a 69% pay cut, taking home $3.3 million. The bank's board pointed out in its annual report that year that he was "taking real and direct accountability" for the bank's lackluster earnings and share performance.  

    Outside of the office, he's a marathoner with a passion for long distance running. We hear that he's also frequently spotted lifting weights in the morning at the bank. 



    #30 Mary Callahan Erdoes

    Age: 46

    Firm: CEO, JPMorgan Asset Management

    Education: BA, Georgetown University; MBA, Harvard University

    Erdoes, whose $2 trillion unit acts independently, bet against the "London Whale" trade that lost JPMorgan's CIO office billions, according to DealBook.

    She also got a compensation package larger than JPMorgan CEO Jamie Dimon



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    michael jordan bobcats owner

    So much of the way we watch and enjoy sports is determined by people who have never participated in a professional athletic event in their lives.

    Casting a wide net, we searched the sports world for the 50 most influential people who operate behind the scenes. There are presidents, owners, managers, coaches, agents, doctors and reporters. 

    These are the coaches who change the way the games are played, the commentators who shape the national conversation about sports, the agents who decide which stars play where, the owners who build juggernauts from scratch, and executives who alter the trajectories of their leagues over a huge period of time.

    In short, these are the behind-the-scenes people who are responsible for what we watch when we watch sports.

    This list was compiled by Philip Johnson, Tony Manfred, Cork Gaines, and Leah Goldman.

    #50 Mike Murphy

    Senior Vice-President of the N.H.L., hockey operations

    Age: 62

    The NHL's review system is one of the coolest processes in sports. Whenever officials need a review, they call the Situation Room in Toronto, where it is Murphy's job to watch every game. When a play is in question, Murphy issues the final verdict upon review. 



    #49 Doris Burke

    ESPN NBA analyst

    Age: 48

    In a time when women are still largely relegated to sideline duty, Burke works the mic with the men. Starting as a radio announcer for her alma mater Providence University's women's basketball games, Burke has become a trailblazer for female analysts. She was the first woman to do color commentary for men's Big East games and the New York Knicks, and she continues to become a more prominent NBA voice for ESPN.



    #48 Sean Foley

    Golf instructor

    Age: 39

    Known to many as Tiger's swing doctor, Foley employs a biomechanical approach to maximize players swing potential. This year's U.S. Open winner, Justin Rose, has worked with Foley since 2009. 



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    Praia do Forte Beach in Brazil

    From the party beaches of Ibiza to the remote sand stretches of Thailand, the world is covered with miles of spectacular shoreline.

    We've scoured world to find the best beaches you should put on your bucket list.

    There's something for everyone: we found beaches where you can swim with penguins, relax under ancient Mayan ruins, bask on volcanic black sand, and more.

    The remote Whitehaven Beach at Whitsunday Island National Park, Australia, has nearly 5 glorious miles of uninhabited coastline and has more than once been named Queensland's Most Beautiful Beach.



    Ipanema beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, is known for its sexy bodies tanning on the sands, its great restaurants, and its awesome views.



    Hike, swim, or relax on pristine Coast Guard Beach in Massachusetts, which is part of the Cape Cod National Seashore.



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    Our fourth annual survey of the World's Best Business Schools is out.

    And while our list may look a bit different than last year's list, that's because we went about conducting our survey a bit differently.

    This year, we enlisted the help of SurveyMonkey, a data-collecting surveying tool, to target a specific audience: managers, HR recruiters, and business owners in all fields who have experience hiring candidates with MBAs. We only targeted American professionals, who are based all over the U.S.

    Responses came from more than 300 professionals, who work in a variety of industries, including health care (17%), government (8%), technology (7%), finance (5%), and more. Here's the breakdown of industries:

    Best Business Schools methodology demographic breakdown

    We then asked these professionals to select what they believe are the top 10 most prestigious business schools in the world. This generated a percentage of responses for each school, which enabled us to rank the schools.

    Over 77% of respondents selected Harvard University as a top tier business school, pushing the school to number one on our list. Yale came in at #2 with over 60% of respondents choosing the school, and Stanford (last year's winner) came in at #3 with over 58% of responses.

    We also asked respondents to determine the value of an MBA.  Surprisingly, a majority 31% of respondents said that an MBA is only "slightly important" and 30% of respondents said that an MBA is "moderately important." Only 3% of respondents said that an MBA is "extremely important." Here's what they said:

    Best Business Schools methodology MBA value

    And while many people often tout the biggest benefit of business school as the large network of contacts, our respondents overwhelmingly said that "skills and knowledge" is the most valuable asset an MBA provides:

    Best Business Schools methodology MBA skills

    Now read the full list of the World's Best Business Schools.

    Join the conversation about this story »


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    Harvard Business School graduation

    Having an MBA can give you an edge in the cutthroat world of business—but only if you pick the right school.

    The wrong school could be a critical waste of time and money.

    For our fourth annual survey of the World's Best Business Schools, we asked hundreds of American professionals with experience hiring MBAs to determine the best business school in the world.

    They came back with a loud and clear answer: Harvard University.

    Harvard pushed last year's winner, Stanford, down to number 3. In addition to the usual top American schools, international institutions like Cambridge University (#8), Oxford University (#9), and the London School of Economics (#19) also placed in the top 20.

    The majority of respondents said that skills and knowledge is the most important takeaway from business school (69%), while 22% said that a network of contacts was a valuable B-school bonus.

    Note that we only asked American hiring professionals to weigh in, so these 42 business schools are best for getting you a job in the U.S.

    #42 INSEAD (Institut Européen d'Administration des Affaires)

    3.2% of respondents called it a top tier school.

    Location: Fontainebleau, France

    Tuition and fees: $80,000

    INSEAD, the "Business School for the World," has campuses in Europe, Asia, and Abu Dhabi. It was ranked third in the world by Businessweek, and sixth by The Financial Times. Last year, it took the #10 spot on our list of the Best Business Schools.

    For this survey, we asked hundreds of professionals with experience hiring MBAs to select the 10 most prestigious business schools. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot. Read the full methodology.



    #41 Thunderbird School of Global Management

    3.2% of respondents called it a top tier school.

    Location: Glendale, Ariz.

    Tuition and fees: $78,000

    Thunderbird is known for having the best program in the world for international business studies, but it fell from #33 on our list last year. U.S. News ranked the school number 45 in their MBA program rankings.

    For this survey, we asked hundreds of professionals with experience hiring MBAs to select the 10 most prestigious business schools. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot. Read the full methodology.



    #40 Babson College (Olin)

    3.5%of respondents called it a top tier school.

    Location: Wellesley, Mass.

    Tuition and fees: $103,000

    Babson's MBA program has been ranked #1 in entrepreneurship by U.S. News for the last 20 years running. Last year Babson ranked #40 on our list, but this year respondents ranked Babson higher than other news outlets. U.S. News ranked Babson #56, Businessweek ranked them #42, and The Financial Times #80.

    For this survey, we asked hundreds of professionals with experience hiring MBAs to select the 10 most prestigious business schools. Tuition was used as a tiebreaker, with cheaper tuition pushing a school to a higher spot. Read the full methodology.



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    Highlands Links Golf Course

    From lush hilly terrain in Ireland to stunning oceanside courses in California, golfers travel the world to play at elite golf courses.

    We've created the ultimate bucket list for golfers.

    Some of these golf courses are famous for their rich history, while others offer breathtaking views and unique locations.

    From Scotland's historic Muirfield to the Dominican Republic's challenging Teeth of the Dog, here are the golf courses every golfer should play at in his or her lifetime.

    Located on the west coast of Ireland, The Old Course at Ballybunion is naturally beautiful with grassy dunes set alongside the ocean. Nearly every hole here is excellent.

    Learn more about the Ballybunion Golf Club >



    The stunning Ocean course at Kiawah Island, South Carolina, offers incredible views of the Atlantic Ocean at every hole. It has hosted the 1991 Ryder Cup and the 2012 PGA U.S. Championship.

    Learn more about golf at Kiawah Island >



    The West course at Royal Melbourne Golf Club in Black Rock is regarded as the finest in Australia. Alister MacKenzie designed it on a huge scale, and the greens are some of the fastest in the world.

    Learn more about the Royal Melbourne Golf Club >



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    Detroit Tigers Fans

    Baseball teams gain strong allegiances from their hometown fans. But some teams' fans are just more hardcore than the rest.

    Ticketcity.com, a site that allows people to buy and sell tickets to sports and music events, created an exclusive list of the most devoted Major League Baseball fans.

    They used several key factors to calculate the most devoted fans, including average total attendance, average home attendance, average home game ticket price, percent capacity for home games, Facebook likes, and Twitter followers. This generated a score for each team between one and 100.

    Not surprisingly, the San Francisco Giants, last year's World Series winner, came out on top. And major markets like New York and L.A. also dominate the standings.

    #13 Atlanta Braves

    Overall score:  74.77

    Average home attendance: 32,778 (65.9% full)

    Average ticket price: $26

    Cruising atop the NL East standings, Braves fans rank with their peers in St. Louis for knowledge and appreciation for the game. The team is very well loved on social media, with 1,337,893 Facebook likes and almost 372,000 Twitter followers.

    Stacked with young talent, the Braves are one of the game's top contenders. 



    #12 Colorado Rockies

    Overall score: 74.97

    Average home attendance: 34,896 (69.1% full)

    Average ticket price: $26

    The Rockies have fallen out of contention, but they still have two of baseball's best players in outfielder Carlos Gonzalez and shortstop Troy Tulowitzki. The home at Coors Field is one of the more fan-friendly parks in baseball.



    #11 Cincinnati Reds

    Overall score: 75.12

    Average home attendance: 31,777 (75.1% full)

    Average ticket price: $25

    Without the national fanfare of other contenders, the Reds are one of the most well-built teams in baseball. Behind the force of homegrown talent like Jay Bruce and Joey Votto, the Reds look like a lock for at least a Wild Card birth. 



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    TicketCity.com created an exclusive list of the most engaged fan bases in the NFL.

    Using attendance (home and away), ticket prices (home and average), and some social media numbers, they ranked the most hardcore fan bases in the league. They then generated a score for each team between one and 100.

    Most of the teams on this list were good in 2012. But some (America's Team!) endure no matter how bad they are.

    #13 Washington Redskins

    Overall score: 70.76

    Average home attendance: 79,654 (86.9% full)

    Average ticket price: $136

    Washington may have one of the largest stadiums in the league, but they managed to fill it more often than not last year, especially once Robert Griffin III got going in the second half of the year.



    #12 San Francisco 49ers

    Overall score: 71.63

    Average home attendance: 69,732 (99.3% full)

    Average ticket price: $138

    San Francisco is moving into a fancy new stadium soon, which will be sure to push them even higher. But even with an old, non-football specific stadium, they drew incredible crowds.

    It also helped that they made a run to the Super Bowl.



    #11 Baltimore Ravens

    Overall score: 73.34

    Average home attendance: 71,278 (100.4% full)

    Average ticket price: $162

    The Ravens were always on the fringes of contention, but last year they managed to break through and win the Super Bowl. That should create even more interest for this year and vault them up the rankings.



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    Bora Bora Four Seasons

    Whether you're watching zebras frolic in an African plain while being served fresh-baked pastries or swimming with sea turtles right outside your private over-water bungalow in Bora Bora, world travelers know that a luxury hotel can easily make for a dream vacation.

    We've created the ultimate list of the best hotels in the world by aggregating four notable hotel rankings made by elite travel publications and websites.

    The rankings we used were Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts (part of its annual Reader's Choice Awards), TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels In The World (part of its annual Travelers' Choice Awards), and the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards.

    #25 Jumby Bay (Rosewood), Antigua

    Score: 0.98

    Location: Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

    Laying claim to its own private island and three white sand beaches, Jumby Bay is the ultimate escape from reality. Sweeping views of the Caribbean make this former sugar plantation a haven of relaxation and natural beauty.

    It ranked #28 on Conde Nast's list and Fodor's named it a "Best All-Inclusive" hotel. 

    Rooms start at about $1,000 per night.

    To compile this list, we aggregated four notable hotel rankings: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts, TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels In The World, and the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards. We gave each hotel a numerical rating based on how many lists it appeared on and how high it appeared on the lists that were ranked. Hotels that appeared on all four lists ranked higher on our list, while hotels that ranked on only one of these lists ended up closer to the bottom.



    #24 Casello di Casole

    Score: 0.98

    Location: Casole d'Elsa, Italy

    Castello di Casole is a sprawling Tuscan estate dating back to the 10th century. Surrounded by vineyards and orchards, the getaway is a wine-lover's dream.

    It ranked #2 on T+L's list. 

    Rooms start at about $585 per night.

    To compile this list, we aggregated four notable hotel rankings: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts, TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels In The World, and the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards. We gave each hotel a numerical rating based on how many lists it appeared on and how high it appeared on the lists that were ranked.



    #23 Taj Exotica Resort and Spa

    Score: 0.99

    Location: Maldives, Maldives

    Take a true blue lagoon vacation at Taj Exotica Resort and Spa, a collection of rustic villas running along the white sand beaches of the Maldives. Hammock lounging and dolphin watching are musts at this tropical paradise. 

    It ranked #2 on Conde Nast's list. 

    Rooms start at around $1,720 per night. 

    To compile this list, we aggregated four notable hotel rankings: Travel + Leisure's World's Best Hotel Awards, Conde Nast Traveler's Top 100 Hotels & Resorts, TripAdvisor's Top 25 Hotels In The World, and the Fodor's 100 Hotel Awards. We gave each hotel a numerical rating based on how many lists it appeared on and how high it appeared on the lists that were ranked.



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    Emma Watson

    The summer is coming to an all too speedy end, which means college students will soon make the mass exodus from their hometowns, vacations, and internships to return for a new school year in the fall.  

    For some students, however, picking classes and meeting new people are just part of the already jam-packed celebrity lifestyle. 

    We've found the 15 most famous kids in college this semester. These celebrities are pursuing their college degrees, juggling class and exams with the responsibilities of public life.

    They're musicians, actors, models and athletes who somehow find a way to balance their college careers with their professional ones—an impressive feat for such young people. They go to school all over America, from New York University to California's University of Southern California.

    We've listed them here in alphabetical order. Let us know who we missed!

    Callie Bost and Jennifer Polland contributed to this feature.

    Justine Bateman

    College: University of California, Los Angeles

    Year: Sophomore

    Though she's not exactly a kid anymore, the 47-year-old Bateman did get famous playing one on TV — the notoriously ditzy Mallory Keaton on "Family Ties."

    Now, she's pursuing a degree in computer science at UCLA and even has a blog called "College Life" about the ins and outs of being an undergraduate in her 40s.  



    Corinne Bishop

    College: University of Southern California

    Year: Sophomore 

    Jamie Foxx's daughter shares both his original last name and his red carpet spotlight, appearing on her father's arm at multiple premiers, awards shows, and after parties since she was seven. 

    Bishop, now 19, is a cheerleader and Public Relations major at USC. 



    Justin Combs

    College: University of California Los Angeles

    Year: Sophomore

    The son of Sean "P. Diddy" or "Puff Daddy" Combs, Justin Combs is attending UCLA —on a $54,000 football scholarship.

    The son of a multi-millionaire, Combs faced a lot of criticism for accepting the scholarship, but the 5-foot-9, 170-pound defensive back defended his decision to accept the scholarship, tweeting that he "put that work in"and earned the scholarship.

    Combs was red-shirted for the 2012 season and didn't see game time, but he has four remaining years of eligibility. 



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    Xanadu 2.0 Bill Gates house

    The tech titans have some fantastic toys: massive yachts, sleek cars, and over-the-top homes.

    Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates' home has a pool with an underwater sound system, Square CEO Jack Dorsey's place has a 20-foot retractable glass roof, and Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has his own Hawaiian island.

    We found the 31 most expensive homes in the U.S. owned by the kings and queens of tech.

    #31 Steve Wozniak's original Apple abode

    Estimated home value: $4.4 million

    Title: Co-founder, Apple

    The Apple co-founder's beautiful Los Gatos, Calif., home, originally constructed just for him in 1986, hit the market this spring for almost $4.5 million, according to the New York Daily News. It's a six-bed, six-bath mega mansion of 7,500 square feet with gorgeous views of the Los Gatos Mountains, stained glass accents, and an outdoor pool with a cascading waterfall.

    Wozniak's home may be almost 30 years old, but it had a major facelift in 2006, updating a lot of features but keeping the original contemporary designs.

    To estimate the approximate current value of the homes, we looked at recent sales and public assessors' records, and we spoke to expert realtors and appraisers in these homes' markets.



    #30 Marissa Mayer's Palo Alto place

    Estimated home value: $5.3 million

    Title: CEO, Yahoo

    Another tech giant in Palo Alto, Marissa Mayer lives in a surprisingly modest home for someone of her stature. Her home, which was built in 2006, is worth about $5.3 million, according to the Santa Clara County assessor's office. Mayer also has a $5 million penthouse on the 38th floor of the Four Seasons in San Francisco.

    It has five bedrooms, six and a half bathrooms, an outdoor patio, and large backyard. While her home may be comparatively smaller to some of her industry's peers, it makes a great setting for hosting events. In 2010, Mayer held a $30,000-a-plate fundraising dinner at her home for Obama's campaign.

    To estimate the approximate current value of the homes, we looked at recent sales and public assessors' records, and we spoke to expert realtors and appraisers in these homes' markets.



    #29 Chris Hughes' renovated New York factory

    Estimated home value: $7 million

    Title: Co-founder, Facebook; Editor-in-chief, The New Republic

    One of the co-founders of Facebook and currently the Editor-in-chief of politics magazine The New Republic, Chris Hughes bought his place at 30 Crosby Street with his partner in 2010 for $4.8 million, according to The Real Deal. It's a 4,164-square-foot, one-room loft divided by a row of wood columns with exposed brick walls and antique wood floors.

    The 125-year-old building, which is known for having had some famous musician residents (Alicia Keys, Lenny Kravitz, Courtney Love) was formerly a corset factory, Nick Jabbour, Senior Vice President at Nest Seekers International, told us.

    "Considering that Hughes likely reoutfitted and updated the space, his loft... is likely worth about $7 million today," Jabbour said. "SoHo remains one of the hippest neighborhoods in New York and is wrought with converted condos that meld old industrial accents with super-modern conveniences."

    To estimate the approximate current value of the homes, we looked at recent sales and public assessors' records, and we spoke to expert realtors and appraisers in these homes' markets.



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    Diana LaGattuta

    While there are plenty of influential women in the mobile ad business, most of them have CEOs above them who are male. When women are mobile adtech CEOs, it tends to be at smaller companies they founded themselves.

    So here is our ranking of the most powerful female executives in the mobile ad business.

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    First, we asked our readers to submit nominations. To ensure the nominations weren't self-serving, we also asked you to submit two nominations from other companies, rivals or colleagues. And we asked for revenue numbers in dollars, to gauge the size of the business these executives are in charge of.

    This is not a complete list of every influential woman in mobile advertising, obviously. We chose the women with larger client bases, greater revenues (or spending), larger staffs and more innovative ideas than their peers.

    You can see more details on our ranking methodology at the end of this list. And here's last year's list for comparison.

    28. Kathy Leake, co-founder/CEO of LocalResponse

    Leake co-founded LocalResponse with Nihal Mehta, the investor best known for his early funding of AdMob. Her profile rose this year because Mehta stepped aside as CEO to become executive chairman; at the same time it looks as if LocalResponse is looking to be acquired.

    LocalResponse now has about 30 employees and has taken $8 million in funding. 

    LocalResponse's ingenious but simple offering: It's a mobile retargeting agency that serves location-based ads based on the content of your social media actions. If you tweet that you're hungry, you might next see a local pizza joint ad, for instance.

    Twitter's recent big moves have been to open up its advertising API (to allow companies to place ads directly into the system) and to buy MoPub, an ad network and exchange. LocalResponse has not yet been named an Ads API partner. We'd love to see LocalResponse break out of that "interesting startup" phase and get to the next level.



    27. Diana LaGattuta, vp/marketing at NativeX

    NativeX, an app development/in-app advertising platform, has annual revenue in the "tens of millions," we're told. Its employee headcount is now 170, and it has taken $15 million in venture funding.

    LaGuttata has a long history in mobile, having been a former global marketing director at Nokia and, as far back as 1995, a senior marketing manager at Cingular.



    26. Polly Lieberman, vp/agency sales at Celtra

    Lieberman again was referred to as a "rockstar" by her colleagues in the business.

    Celtra offers AdCreator, a rich media ad production, delivery and analytics platform. This year it added mobile video analytics to the platform. The company also signed a deal with DDB Chicago to allow the agency to use AdCreator for its clients.

    Celtra's other clients have included Nike, P&G and Paramount Pictures, and agencies/adtech companies Carat, Digitas, Hill Holliday, Isobar Mobile, Joule, MEC, Mindshare and Mobext.

    Celtra says it became profitable in Q3 2012 with revenue growth of more than 300 percent. However, the company declines to disclose hard dollar numbers. We believe its net revenues are modest at this stage. The company has ~65 employees, and has plans to grow to 100 people after taking another $4 million in funding at the beginning of 2013.

    Celtra has offices in Boston, Chicago, New York, Los Angeles, London and Ljubljana.



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