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10 Entrepreneurs Who Started a Wildly Successful Business After 40

Whether it’s Jack Dorsey or Mark Zuckerberg, America loves the story of the scrappy, young founder. Lost in that narrative is the fact that many …

Louis Vuitton: The humble origins of the world’s most coveted and copied luxury brand

Louis Vuitton’s rise as today’s top luxury brand began at place much like a contemporary pack-and-ship facility. As the new exhibition <i>Volez, Voguez, Voyagez</i> in Paris demonstrates, the brand’s fame started with handmade traveler’s boxes and cases.<p>On display at beginning of the nine-room showcase at …

Louis Vuitton

Where the Obamas get their gifts

Ever wonder where the White House and the State Department get their gift ideas?<p>For the past eight-plus decades, dozens of presidents, first ladies and Cabinet members have often turned to <b>Tiny Jewel Box</b>, the venerable Connecticut Avenue jewelry store that will soon expand into an adjacent space …

Michelle Obama

The secret to Anna Wintour’s success isn’t “bitchiness”

Anna Wintour, the Vogue editor-in-chief and Condé Nast artistic director, should be known for many qualities: fierce intelligence, indomitable leadership, and political power, among them. But perhaps because <i>The Devil Wears Prada</i> was such a memorable movie—or perhaps because she is a woman—Wintour …

Human Rights

This is What Robert Capa Meant by This Famous Quote

<b>“If your pictures aren’t good enough, you aren’t close enough.”</b><p>Today were are starting of a new series of articles based around quotes from famous …

There's an elite club that you can only join if you've traveled to over 100 countries

This international society of jet setters may only have one entry requirement, but it's a tough one: TCC members must have visited at least 100 countries.<p>According to the US Department of State, there are 195 sovereign nations on earth — that's quite a few stamps for your passport.<p>However, the TCC …

Prince Edward Island

Travel gear to make coach feel more like first class (pictures)

Travel Gear

The 20 most romantic hotels in New York City

Valentine's Day is right around the corner, which means many are beginning to plan their dates.<p>To help you plan a perfect trip to New York City (or just an extravagant staycation), our friends at Hotels.com have compiled a list of the most romantic hotels in the city.<p>From an ultra-modern hotel in …

Build a star floor

Where it all startedI wanted something a bit geeky for the house, and I found fibre optics! Using them is very simple, but the results can be great - …

DIY

10 Most Romantic Islands in the World

Yes, you CAN afford gorgeous beaches, secluded lodgings, and bragging rights to one of the top 10 hot-and-heavy island getaways on the planet.

Beaches

The best way to invest for retirement income

<i>My wife and I have accumulated a good-size nest egg that we now need to draw on to pay retirement living expenses. Can you suggest a portfolio for generating current income?</i><p><i>—K.G., Dover, Delaware</i><p>When it comes to tapping savings in retirement, many retirees fall into what I call the <b>"</b>Income Investing …

Hush Earplugs: The World's First Smart Earplugs

Nothing beats a good night’s sleep, but sometimes that can be hard to achieve due to the never-ending noises around you. Everything makes a noise — …

Retirement Investing: Is This the Best Option for Almost Everyone?

Diversification and tax-efficiency, with low fees to boot? That's impressive.<p>Not everyone loves the process of researching and investing in stocks as …

The Million-Dollar Income Stream

<i>Four recipes for getting $40,000 a year for 25 years</i><p>What’s the cheapest way to have $1 million coming in for your retirement spending—say, $40,000 a year for a quarter of a century? I looked at four schemes, with price tags ranging from $546,000 to $742,000. I have one favorite. You might, …

3 Questions That Will Get Your Finances — and Life — on Track

Financial planning guru George Kinder has a powerful tool for helping people set priorities for their money...and their lives. Here it is.<p>Few things …

How to wipe out debt: ‘Make more than you spend. Invest the difference wisely.’

When Austin Netzley graduated from college in 2008, finding out how much he had in debt — more than $80,000 after interest between his student loans and car loan — made him sick to his stomach.<p>He was fortunate to have a job, a well-paying one at that, but he still owed more than what he would earn …

Emory prof: Ferguson is about white rage

<i>Note: Carol Anderson is an associate professor of African-American Studies at Emory University. This opinion piece first appeared on Aug. 29 in The</i> …

Email templates for 27 of your toughest work tasks

Communication is hard work. A 2012 survey by McKinsey found that highly skilled desk workers spent an average of 28% of their work weeks dealing with …

9 Reasons Biglaw Associates Should Adopt a Goal-Based Investment Strategy

Before you start putting money into the market, ask yourself one question: What exactly are you saving and investing for?<p>This is a serious moment of …

Retirement

What Is the Role of Cash in Investing?

If you’ve been with Betterment for a while, you know that we think cash is a silly place for most of your money over the long term. Cash in a savings …

Investing

This Couple Sold Everything To Take A Dream Trip Around The World

Three cocktails later, Danika remembers, the couple had decided to quit their jobs to travel abroad for six months. "Chris can pretty much get me to say anything when he bribes me with good food and cocktails!" she said laughing.<p>From there, it was a whirlwind. The plan was originally to spend one …

San Francisco

12 British Sayings Americans Don't Understand

But British people also say some other really weird, confusing things.<p>To celebrate the launch of Business Insider's UK website, we compiled 12 British phrases that will leave Americans utterly flummoxed. You might just see these on our new site.<p>When someone has "lost the plot," it means they have …

This Pop-Up Ring Box Will Seal The Deal On Your Engagement

Are you putting a $20,000 ring in a 2-cent box? There’s something wrong there.<p>Marriage proposals are horrifying, even if you know the answer is going to be yes. Where exactly do you do it? What exactly do you say? And . . . is there any way to hide this giant ring bulge in my pants? Seriously. A …

Are These Eames-Inspired Nikes The Worst Thing In The World? Point-Counterpoint

In which Co.Design senior writers Mark Wilson and John Brownlee debate the merits of an Eames-Nike mashup. Shit gets personal.<p><b>MARK</b>: John. John. John. My colleague. My co-conspirator. My friend. I was planning to publish a story about this shoe on my own, calling it a design crime. A concept by …

Interview with Daryl Villanueva, Founder of Bandit9 Motorcycle Design - The Fox Is Black

I first came across Bandit9 Motorcycles and the work of Daryl Villanueva back in 2012. I don’t know much about motorcycles or the culture but I know …

Putting a Creative, Timeless Spin on Wedding Photography with GIFs and Cinemagraphs

Many wedding and engagement photographers want (and advertise) their photographs to be ‘timeless,’ but Detroit-based Jeffrey Lewis Bennett of JLB …

The Sproutling Baby Monitor Will Be A New Parent’s Best Friend (video)

Becoming a first-time parent is some scary sh*t. I should know, I was once one last year, and even though I still don’t know what the hell I’m doing, …

5 reasons not to retire in the U.S.

When it comes to retiring, more baby boomers are finding greener (and cheaper) pastures overseas.<p>More than half a million retirees receive their …

9 Money-Saving Items to Pack on Your Next Cruise

<i>Daniel Dudek-Corrigan / Flickr</i><p>Almost every cruise passenger has experienced the "why didn't I bring it" moment at some point or another. After hours of strategically packing your bag with items to curb shipboard expenses, it's easy to overlook how add-ons (think poolside cocktails and spa …