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Mark Zuckerberg poached Obama's former campaign manager to deepen his charity's ties with Washington

Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan have poached former Obama campaign manager and Uber board member David Plouffe to be their philanthropic organization's president of policy and advocacy, The New York Times first reported on Tuesday.<p>Plouffe's hiring is intended to help deepen ties between …

Wall Street's best athletes share their training tips

The annual Decathlon event, where the financial industry's finest compete in events inspired by the NFL Scouting Combine and the Olympic decathlon, is some way off. The New York event isn't scheduled until June.<p>But already many of the competitors are in training.<p>We caught up with a few of those …

Track & Field

Walter Hachborn co-founded Canadian chain Home Hardware

In a classic tale of Canadian bootstrappery, Walter Hachborn began in the hardware business as a 16-year-old stock boy at Hollinger Hardware in rural St. Jacobs, Ont., sweeping floors for $8 a week (half of which went to his mother for room and board). A dozen years later, Mr. Hachborn and two …

Warren Buffett's favorite banker just landed a $9 billion deal

Byron Trott is on a roll.<p>BDT Capital, the firm set up by the former Goldman Sachs banker, is advising Mars Inc., the maker of candy and pet food, on its $9.1 billion deal to buy the animal hospital company VCA Inc.<p>BDT is working alongside Morgan Stanley on behalf of Mars and is expected to share in …

Online retail booms as high street struggles

The internet is fast becoming the destination of choice for shoppers, heaping pressure on traditional bricks and mortar retailers who are struggling to keep up with their online-only rivals, analysts have warned ahead of week in which a string of some of the UK’s most prominent shops will report …

Inside Sears' death spiral: How an iconic American brand has been driven to the edge of bankruptcy

One morning in late 2015, on Sears' vast Illinois campus, more than a dozen employees huddled in a videoconference room on a floor dubbed "B6."<p>There, two mid-level employees were preparing a presentation for the CEO, Eddie Lampert, when their boss rushed in with some last-minute advice.<p>On a chart …

Sears

Make sure you've read these 27 important finance books

"In my whole life, I have known no wise people (over a broad subject matter area) who didn't read all the time — none," Berkshire Hathaway vice …

Jared Kushner, a Trump In-Law and Adviser, Chases a Chinese Deal

On the night of Nov. 16, a group of executives gathered in a private dining room of the restaurant La Chine at the Waldorf Astoria hotel in Midtown Manhattan. The table was laden with Chinese delicacies and $2,100 bottles of Château Lafite Rothschild. At one end sat Wu Xiaohui, the chairman of the …

Jared Kushner

One of Wall Street's most accurate tech analysts predicts the 10 biggest surprises for 2017

RBC Capital's managing director Mark Mahaney has covered internet stocks since 1998, and is consistently rated as one of the most accurate tech analysts in the market.<p>Earlier this week, Mahaney published a new report with a list of predictions that he thinks would be the most surprising for tech …

Wall Street

12 rising hedge fund stars who are in their 20s and are poised to take over the finance world

Twelve of them are on the 2017 list, including Michael Buckley, who works at Stanley Druckenmiller's Duquesne Capital, and Anthony Massaro, who works at Bill Ackman's Pershing Square Capital Management.<p>The list for finance was chosen by a pool of judges comprising Sonia Gardner, the cofounder of …

Christmas Eve fire kills Toronto family of four in Stoney Lake cottage

A Toronto lawyer who was considered a driving force in Canada's tech sector died suddenly along with his wife and two children in a Christmas Eve fire that levelled the cottage where they had planned to retire.<p>Geoffrey Taber, a partner at Osler, Hoskin & Harcourt LLP, was at the cottage on Stoney …

33 startups to watch in 2017, according to VC investors

Who better to ask than the startup experts, the VCs that watch the industry, guide the startups, hear their pitches, and invest in them?<p>So we reached out to a handful of top VCs and asked them which young or growth-stage startups will boom in 2017.<p>We asked them to particularly focus on …

Leaked documents from startup Maple show the brutal economics of food delivery

On average, the restaurant-in-an-app lost money on each meal in 2015.<p>It has been a challenging year for food-delivery startups. SpoonRocket went out of business. Munchery is struggling. DoorDash and Postmates secured new investments at a lower and flat valuation, respectively.<p>Maple, the …

Meet the man who has spent three years travelling the world for free on container ships

For globetrotters on a very tight budget, or those who love being at sea but not cruise ship crowds, travelling the world by cargo vessel could be the way forward. And for advice on the pros and cons of such a venture, there's no one better than 37-year-old Dane Torbjørn C. Pedersen, known as …

Montreal police raid illegal cannabis shops and arrest 'Prince of Pot'

Montreal police launched raids on Friday against illegal cannabis stores that had been opened one day earlier by the self-proclaimed “Prince of Pot”, Marc Emery, and his wife Jodie.<p>Emery and his wife were among 10 people arrested in Friday’s raids. Police said that all but one person, who refused …

Kesha's Billboard Trailblazer speech: Thank you for reminding me I'm worth it

Kesha has been called many things: talented, honest, brave, and a trailblazer — which is why she was honored with that particular award Friday at</i> …

16 new startup unicorns that took flight in 2016

The startup “unicorn” club is not quite as exclusive as it used to be, with a raft of new tech giants joining the party each year. This year saw 36 …

10 Common Habits That Can Increase Wealth

Some may describe the following tips as secrets on how to get rich, but I like to call them habits that will help us become our best version of …

Living Rooms

12 Stocks to Buy No Matter Who the Next President Is

The U.S.'s long-neglected infrastructure is set to get a spending boost, and these stocks stand to benefit.<p>In the year after a presidential election, …

S&P 500

Teenager designs world's fastest consumer drone

There's a new consumer drone in town and it's got a real need for speed.<p>With an average top speed of around 70 miles per hour (the drone can …

Drones