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Ryan Seacrest has been in the broadcasting industry for over two decades and has held a number of jobs in that field. Probably most popular for hosting the reality talent show American Idol, he also acts as the emcee of several other TV and radio shows, such as On Air with Ryan Seacrest, which airs on iHeart Media’s 102.7 KIIS-FM, and a nationally syndicated Top 40 music show. He is also the co-host of the daytime talk show Live with Kelly and Ryan, and he can be seen doing celebrity interviews on E! Live from the Red Carpet and hosting Dick Clark’s New Year’s Rocking Eve at the end of each year.

In addition to all of his broadcasting duties, Ryan Seacrest also has his own production company aptly called Ryan Seacrest Productions, which produces popular reality shows like Keeping up with the Kardashians, Shahs of Sunset and E! Live from the Red Carpet. His entrepreneurial ventures include inventing a line of skincare with dermatologist Harold Lancer called Polished, and starting a menswear collection called Ryan Seacrest Distinction, which is only available at Macy’s. The well-known broadcaster also opened 10 media centers in pediatric hospitals across the nation as a way to support children who are suffering from serious illnesses.

The busy host started his career in broadcasting when he was 16 years old and won an internship with a local radio station in his home state of Georgia. This encouraged him to pursue a full-time position in the industry, so he decided to move to California to advance his talents and attain longevity in the business. According to, when he was brought on as one of the hosts of American Idol, along with comedian Brian Dunkleman, he became a household name because of the high-rated reality show. After Dunkleman left the show, Ryan Seacrest hosted it on his own, and was very adequate at doing the job alone. The show first aired on Fox but is now on ABC.

Ryan Seacrest (@ryanseacrest) is also involved with the LA County Museum of Art, where he serves as a member on the board, and he is an honorary member of the Grammy Foundation.


Anil Chaturvedi is currently the Managing Director of Hinduja Bank in Switzerland. He was appointed to this position in 2011. Due to his experience in the financial industry, he is one of the people who can be relied upon to help banking institutions meet their goals. At Hinduja Bank, he is tasked with the role of the corporate advisory. He has experience in a wide range of services offered in the banking industry. He has dealt with issues such as acquisitions, restructuring, mergers as well as inviting investors. He has a good reputation in the industry and the fact that he is the MD of the bank of good enough to influence business for this bank. Four the past four decades, he has been working in the banking sector. He has experience working in the private, commercial and investment banking sector.


Anil Chaturvedi is a holder of Bachelor of Arts Degree in Economics from Meerut University. He then enrolled for MBA at the Delhi University School of Economics. With this education, he was ready to fight for his space in the corporate sector. Since he had the passion for this work, he did not struggle to fit into the industry. He wanted to make it in the industry and grow his career, and therefore when he got a chance, he did in the best way he can. Over time he impressed various employees, and that is how he managed to move from one institution to the other.


Anil Chaturvedi started his career at State Bank of India. His role was to work on development and planning of the bank’s operations. He worked with this bank for four years before he left for another institution. However, he left after helping State Bank of India make over $500 million in four years. His record was great, and definitely, when he left, he was headed for greener pastures.


Anil Chaturvedi earned a position at ANZ Grindlays Bank and later moved to Merrill Lynch. It is at Merrill where his career became recognized. He spent 17 years in this investment bank helping it make huge profits through his brilliance in attracting investors.

Vinod Gupta is a successful businessman who originated from India. His success has been inspired by the lessons he was taught as he grew up back in India. Gupta is currently a multi-millionaire; a self-made millionaire who started from humble beginnings and worked his way up. He attended a public school for his education and later joined the Indian Institute of Technology. His area of specialization was agricultural engineering. After finishing his studies, he moved to the United States where he earned a master’s degree in Agricultural Engineering and business from the University of Nebraska. After finishing his studies, just like many other ambitious young graduates, he looked for a job and found one under Commodore Corporation post matriculations. His job was that of the marketing analyst. This was a mobile home manufacturer dealer in America.

Vinod Gupta currently owns a number of companies and is making billions of dollars every year. The factors that have played a role in developing of the business empire he has are innovation, setbacks, success, passion, and inspiration. He inspires many people who look up to him. The young people look up to him for inspiration on how they can grow their businesses. He did not let the humble beginning he had to affect his dreams. Vinod was determined to change the narrative and make the world a better place than he found it.

Vinod Gupta is today supporting the growth of many other innovators like him. Vinod has schools named after him that are mentoring young people in business management and engineering. He is also dealing with investments. He is currently managing Everest Group. Everest Group is committed to helping service companies’ deal with the tasks that they have to face in day-day operations of the firm. He helps them connect with the clients. Apart from his professional obligations, he engages in charitable work.

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Louis Chênevert is a learned person with a degree in Bachelor of Commerce Production management, and also a Doctorate from the University of Montreal which he was honored in 2011. Louis Chênevert was the previous Chief Executive Officer at United Technologies Corporation (UTC) a position he held from April 2008. Louis had served this company for quite some time holding different positions during different time periods. In 2010, he was the Chairman a position he held till his retirement in November 2014. Before joining UTC, Louis had served as the president at Pratt and Whitney from 1999 to 2006. Louis Chênevert skills had also been manifested at General Motors where he served as the production General Manager for 14 years. During his interview, Chênevert acknowledged that the idea for UTC was born from the combination of minds of executives and people from small teams. He added that this idea became a success because these people had a good understanding of Customer preferences. Chênevert success was attributed to his passion, focus and being positive.

He added that to improve his productivity, he ignores all internal politics and makes sure that the key executives involved in the execution of ideas do not lack anything they would require for them to deliver required results. Ideas are not helpful if they are not actualized, and for Chênevert, to actualize the idea of bringing UTC to life, he made sure that talent was taken into consideration. He ensured that the ideas taken were those that would benefit the company; delivering more than customers expected and enabling the company makes good profits. Louis acknowledged that the way technology is rapidly changing enables the company to grow at a faster rate towards achieving their future goals. Louis also advised aspiring entrepreneurs by giving his life secrets to success. He said that he had gained much from having the right people to work with, and making sure that whatever risk he is engaged in is profitable. He never forgot to mention that for the growth of his business, he maintained an open mind and maintained a close association with winners.

Have you ever wondered how CEO’s made it to where they are? What kind of lifestyle did they live prior to becoming a successful CEO or President of a company or establishment? What kind of parents raised such an individual to become the most successful? Well, I believe it does take quite a bit to raise an individual to become most successful. It takes parents who are dedicated to their children and parents who want nothing more than the best for their children. When children grow up, they are highly influenced by the adults around them, specifically their parents or people who have raised them. The positive influence that the children gains is then instilled in them and makes them who they are; the outcome is success.

Milan Kordestani is a clear example of an individual who started his journey of success and a very young age. In fact, he is still considered to be very young for the responsibilities that he currently carries. Milan Kordestani is the CEO and Founder of Milan Farms. Milan is also known for his well known accomplishments as a journalists, equestrian competition winnings, and article publishing with Huffington Post.

Milan was born in the year of 1999, which today, makes him only nineteen years old. Milan has started his journey as young as ten years old riding horses, which was one of his true passions at that age, and still continues to be one of his greatest passions. This time frame in his life was where he began to develop a true passion and appreciation for animals and their well-being. Milan also experienced some incidents that occurred when he was very young with riding horses that made him stronger mentally and physically. Milan actually fell off a horse at the age of ten years old, but immediately got back on the horse and decided to continue riding. In addition to his ambition for animals, Milan became a well known journalist and an excellent equestrian. Milan has also accepted many different awards and recognition for his accomplishments over the years; world’s champion with Supreme Kiss, Junior Exhibitor Three-Gated Park Winner, etc. Milan is definitely one of the most successful young CEO today that has accomplished a significant amount in such a short time period.


Dr. Mark McKenna is a doctor and entrepreneur from New Orleans, Louisiana and earned his degree at Tulane Medical School, graduating in 1999. He established his real estate business after graduation Medical School, hurricane Katrina affected his hard work and devotion and costed him millions of dollars in damages. It was before long he decided to relocate to Atlanta in 2007 with aspirations to one day be able to help the people of New Orleans.

Dr. Mark McKenna and his most recent endeavor he is working on is called OVME, pronounced “of me” to signify attention towards yourself. This company is similar to Uber but makes house calls to patients wanting Botox, while also having cosmetic medical offices nationally. There is not any national competitors so Dr. Mark McKenna us projecting to grow 25 million dollars over the next five years.

Since Botox is so popular, yet there are no major brands or outlets, Dr. Mark McKenna wants to provide the service across the country with a brand that people can recognize and trust. In his offices, the patients will get their forms via email to bring into the office that way when they come in they are able to go right out back with much less hassle. OVME also offers membership pricing and packages to clients who will receive discounts, special event access and early news, free monthly treatment, and even same day Botox appointments.

With OVME’s first successful location in Buckhead, Atlanta, Dr. Mark McKenna has many aspirations to give back to his patients and communities that have helped him grow. Being raised in New Orleans and seeing so many homes, families, and businesses tragically taken by storm, he takes part in the construction of low and middle class income housing to help relocate families. OVME is also now partnered with Make-a-Wish Foundation, and foundation that grants children’s wishes who have life-threatening illnesses. A ration of the sales from products and procedures at OVME will be donated to Make-a-Wish Foundation. He is always staying true to his core in helping people in every way that he can.

Dr. Mark Mofid is one of the most popular plastic surgeons in the Greater San Diego area. He trained at both Harvard and Johns Hopkins. His practice in the La Jolla neighborhood features a plastic surgeon (him), a dermatologist (his wife) and a nurse. There’s an accredited surgery center attached to the office, too.

Dr. Mofid’s practice sees thousands of patients per year. But in addition to standard customer care, Mofid also does research to make plastic surgery safer. Several generations of surgical implants, particularly breast implants, were leaky or otherwise defective. This not only gave plastic surgery a bad reputation, it also took a terrible toll on patients.

Gluteal implants were on their way to developing a similar reputation. People often went too big for their frame. Implants were not well-designed to fit in intramuscular spaces. Many patients were risking complications that Mofid thought were just unnecessary.

Mark Mofid has long been a stickler for safety. His reputation is that of someone who puts patient health before aesthetics. For example, many patients want the largest implants possible. Dr. Mofid will not exceed the limits of what he knows is safe.

Because of dissatisfaction with existing gluteal implants, Dr. Mark Mofid eventually developed his own. While this may seem extreme, he wasn’t content to continue working with an inferior product. The implants he created are easier to position and they look more natural. Doctors, patients and the public at large see it as a big improvement.

Dr. Mark Mofid has long held that doing good work is more important than advertising. In his case, it seems to be true. Mofid admires his workers, even the admin staff. He looks for motivated people who are eager to move on after two to four years. In part because of the way he develops staff, he’s become a respected member of the community in general. Positions in his office are highly sought after.

Dr. Shafik Sachedina has established his name as a successful doctor and entrepreneur. Dr. Shafik has been working in the medical field for a long time which has enabled him to gain extensive experience on the same. Shafik has managed to establish connections with notable people in the healthcare industry. Mr. Shafik is considered as one of the top dentists. Dr. Sachedina’s working principles are based on his strong religious beliefs as well as his character.

Dr. Shafik is a competent dental surgeon who has successfully treated thousands of patients. Sachedina graduated in 1975 from the University of London. Shafik currently serves at Sussex Health Care Company as a chairman. The company offers service and homes to the residents of South England. Surprisingly, Shafik was born in an East Africa, Tanzania. With time, Sachedina moved to the UK where he became a citizen. Sachedina held numerous executive positions in England which greatly helped increase his work experience.

While still working in the United Kingdom, Shafik developed a special interest in improving healthcare services. Shafik has played significant roles to help communities at Aga Khan and Jamati Institutions as head of the department. Additionally, Sachedina has worked in notable firms such as Aiglemont and Aga Khan Development Network others. Shafik Sachedina has volunteered to work in several organizations. For two terms, Shafik served at the Ismaili Council of UK as the president.

Sachedina is the founder of Sussex Healthcare which brings various resources together. Sussex Healthcare offers excellent housing solutions. The company assists individuals who have Alzheimer’s disease among other illnesses. Sussex Healthcare offers medical assistance to people suffering from mental disorders.

Sussex Healthcare is known to offer employment opportunities to highly competent, trustworthy, and experienced people who can significantly contribute the company’s mission of improving the lives of people. According to, Sussex Healthcare is different from other firms because it rehabilitates and provides homes to old people. The activities that take place in the company are aimed at ensuring the comfort of all members. Most importantly, Sussex ensures that the firm remains appealing to members throughout. For example, Sussex Healthcare preserves people’s privacy, has cozy rooms, beautiful interior decorations, and a fantastic garden.

Before establishing Sussex Healthcare, Shafik Sachedina had gained extensive experience in matters dealing with the healthcare industry. Shafik pursued his academic goals at a well-recognized institution in Canada, University of the King’s College. Upon completion of his studies, Sachedina applied his knowledge to help the people of Sussex.

One of the common divides in life is between business and spirituality. As a matter of fact, business and spirituality seem to be treated as if they are mutually exclusive and yet they don’t have to be. There are people who build their finances while being spiritual. The people that try to separate the two often stifle their growth considering that they are interested in growing spiritually in the first place. Fortunately, the people who have grown spiritually with their business can offer advice to people who are willing to do the same. Among the people that have managed this is Vijay Eswaran, the owner of QI Group.

Vijay has plenty of methods for growing spiritually while growing professionally. One way that he has done it was by looking for a way to make money doing what he enjoys. Given that he has taken an interest in spiritual activities, this has become the one method for spiritual growth to him. He has taken the time to start his company and handle the marketing in a way that is best suited to his spirituality. He has promoted concepts like service, mindfulness and fulfillment as a part of his business. He has promoted them in a way to bring about growth in his company.

Vijay Eswaran has run plenty of promotions in his business that is geared towards improving the lives of others. Among the promotions he has run was getting people to help with the distribution of clean water to different communities that are struggling. He has also reached out to women entrepreneurs with an opportunity that they can take part in. One thing that has inspired him about women who became entrepreneurs is that they have taken it upon themselves in order to try to improve their own lives and not wait on someone to rescue them.

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Bitcoin became a hot investment in 2017 and many analysts told people to get in on it as it took off. One investor, Paul Mampilly the author of the “Profits Unlimited” newsletter has other thoughts. Mampilly has been investing in stocks for many years without even going through a wealth manager, and now he’s instructing middle class people who are generally new to investing on how they can start their own portfolio and buy inexpensive stocks. Mampilly has been paying particular attention to Internet of Things stocks, and he did say that he would have recommended buying Bitcoin stocks early in 2017 prior to its surge, but he has a reason for avoiding it right now. The reason is because its price has gone much higher than it should due to demand that shouldn’t be as high as it is, and as a result it’s formed a bubble just like the dot-com industry did in the late 1990s. While Mampilly doesn’t recommend Bitcoin, he does say there are other stocks to look at.

Paul Mampilly spent many years in professional financial advisory services with big banks and alternative investment firms, and he earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting and finance from Montclair State University and an MBA from Fordham. He entered investment banking as a young assistant in the research department of Deutsche Bank, and his acumen move him up the ladder quickly to fund management positions, and he continued in high management positions when he joined ING and Banker’s Trust. Mampilly took a brief hiatus from banking in 2003 when he did consulting for a boutique firm, but he returned to Wall Street in 2006 when he became a director at Kinetics International Fund, the most prominent new hedge fund declared by Barron’s. Many new investors came to Kinetics International when word spread that the firm was managing as much as 40% annual returns, and their AUM grew from $6 billion to $25 billion in just a year. To see more, visit here.

Paul Mampilly had a lot of accomplishments on Wall Street including winning the investment competition at the Templeton Foundation in which he succeeded while the markets were down in 2008. But he became much happier when he left that life behind because he now had more time to spend with his family, and he could share financial insights with people who genuinely needed them. Mampilly’s newsletters were taken with skepticism at first, but as people started taking his advice they saw that it truly did work, and thus far hundreds of thousands have subscribed to his newsletters.

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