Articles Written by Mark Kurlyandchik
A Soviet-born, Detroit-bred journalist and writer, Mark is currently a student at UC-Berkeley's Graduate School of Journalism, where he reports on the food and businesses of San Francisco's Mission District. Before furthering his studies, he was a senior editor at a monthly general-interest magazine in the Motor City. He lives in the Bay Area with his wife and their Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Penelope. Follow him on Google+.
The rags to riches story of Roustam Tariko, the founder of Russian Standard Vodka and Russian Standard Bank.
The only thing more incredible than Oprah Winfrey's spectacular wealth and annual income, is the fact that it all came from nothing. A literal rags to riches story.
He is a self-made multi-billionaire whose $7.7 billion personal fortune has increased more than 200% in the last 12 months alone! This is the absolutely fascinating life story of Elon Musk.
In 2001, Virgin Records signed Mariah Carey to one of the biggest contracts in record-industry history. A few years later, they essentially paid her to go away. Was that the right call? You be the judge.
Shaquille O'Neal earned $300 million in salary alone during his career in the NBA. Today, he is on pace to earn much more than that off the court thanks to a burgeoning business empire.
Despite Earning $25+ Million Per Year, George R.R. Martin Still Lives A Surprisingly Simple And Frugal Lifestyle
Despite earning $15 million per year from HBO alone, George R.R. Martin still drives a beat up old Mazda. Other celebrities may want to pay attention and follow Mr. Martin. I'm looking at you Floyd Mayweather…
ISIS has looted between $500 million and $1 billion from banks in Iraq and Syria, and now wants to return to gold currency.