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Database: Comparison of 1,224 Venture Capital Firms

 

Here's a very nice comparison of 1,224 VC firms - including detailed contact information!

You might want to download and print a hard copy of this ASAP.

Some VC's don't like folks to know how to reach them. LOL!

Miami Heat's LeBron James Profits $30 Million on Apple-Beats Deal

 

The Apple-Beats deal is apparently a big slam-dunk for LeBron James.

In a story about the Miami Heat possibly targeting free-agent Carmelo Anthony, ESPN writers Marc Stein and Brian Windhorst casually mentioned that Lebron James realized a $30 million payout after Apple agreed to buy Beats Electronics.

While James was leading the Heat to a victory over the Indiana Pacers in the Eastern Conference finals, sources say the 29-year-old was finalizing what is believed to be the biggest equity cash payout for a professional athlete in history as part of Apple’s recent $3 billion purchase of Beats Electronics. Sources briefed on the situation say James realized a profit of more than $30 million in cash and stock in the Beats sale after he had struck a deal to get a small stake in the company at its inception in 2008 in exchange for promoting its high-end headphones.

For wearing headphones, he would get $11 million more than he makes per year for doing what he does best, playing basketball.

Please read more in the Washington Post.

Mr. Earl Never Made Over $12/Hr In His Life But Has Over Half A Million In His Bank Account!

 

Please learn more about Mr. Earl here and here.

Mr. Earl is the MAN! LOL!

FORBES WOMAN AFRICA: Turned $100,000 Into $200 Million

In the April/May issue, FORBES WOMAN AFRICA explores the experiences, struggles and achievements of a variety of female entrepreneurs across Africa.

Forbes talks to the founders of Wiphold, the pioneers of women’s investment and empowerment in South Africa. Also in the issue, an exclusive with former South African Olympic swimmer Princess Charlene of Monaco, and a report on the creative convergence at the Design Indaba in Cape Town. Plus all the regular features such as fashion, books and sport.

Field Guide to Angel Investors (Infographic)

How Governments Can Seize Retirement Accounts

Unthinkable that the U.S. government would seize control of a portion of your retirement? Think again. It is happening all over the world, and the U.S. may soon follow suit.

Eight countries have raided retirement plans since 2008, including France, Poland, Ireland, and Hungary.

Please read more here.

Best Kind of Money = Other People's Money!

Reuters: NBA Legend Magic Johnson Bids $2.15 Billion For L.A. Dodgers

Basketball legend Magic Johnson led a group that won an auction for the Los Angeles Dodgers baseball team Tuesday night, marking the final chapter in a soap-opera-style saga for the legendary franchise.

With a bid of $2.15 billion, including the surrounding land, Mr. Johnson, controlling partner Mark Walter and partners Peter Guber, Stan Kasten, Bobby Patton and Todd Boehly beat out a group of some of the wealthiest businessmen in the country to land a team that is one of Major League Baseball's flagship franchises. The sales figure shatters the previous record sales price for a U.S. sports franchise, Steve Ross's purchase of the Miami Dolphins for $1.1 billion three years ago.

Please read more here.

WAIPA World Investment Conference: Evident Shifts in Global Economic Power

Global foreign direct investments have decreased from US $ 1.97 trillion in 2007 to 1.19 trillion in 2009. The forecasts for 2012 are optimistic (1.46 trillion) and one expects to get back to the record level of 2007 around 2014. But most participants at the World Association of Investment Promotion Agencies (WAIPA) Conference agreed that the crisis will again limit overseas investments from mature countries.

In fact, except for Japan, this crisis is regional, limited to the western world. Europe is now clearly hoping to do better thanks to the growth of the BRICs and other fast emerging countries. But Europeans have been warned that hungry new competitors appear, notably in South East Asia, where a tremendous growth is generated by their strong regional integration capability.

Please read more here.

Co-Investment: Good Money Managers And Advisors Eat Their Own Cooking

A recent study by research firm Morningstar Inc. found that just 40% of mutual fund managers were doing with their own money what they want you to do with yours: invest in their funds. After the report came out,the digital ink flowed on the question of whether mutual fund managers should “eat their own cooking.”

Please read more here.

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