people & business top 10 lists

Top 10 countries by annual working hours

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The average person is spending about one third of his or her life on work. It looks like a fair deal: you give time to deliver or to produce something and in return you get paid to do things you like to do with the rest of your life. The trick is to find a job that you love to do or one that is making so much money that you can resign from it easily, once you’ve reached your personal financial targets. Or just accept the fact that working is a part of life. If you love to work, then you’ll probably love to work in the countries in the next list. How many hours are spent on work on an annual basis? Check these countries by annual working hours!

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Top 10 largest flag states (shipping)

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At any given moment about 100,000 commercial ships are sailing the seas, carrying 90% of the world’s cargo. Transportation over sea is by far the most efficient way to bring large quantities of products (containers, crude oil, coal) from A to B. If you take a quick look at the global production, one would expect countries such as China or the United States ranked high in the top 10 largest flag states. This isn’t the case.

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Top 10 world’s largest banks (2012)

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It is still very well possible to stash your savings under your mattress or in an old sock. As a matter of fact many people do. Maybe because the money isn’t earned legally, maybe because people don’t trust the banking system. Trust is fundamental when it comes to banking. And despite the fact that banks have been criticized a lot for their bonus structures and risky investments, people still go to the bank for their mortgages, their credit cards, their savings or the daily cash withdrawal. What are the largest banks of the world in terms of assets? Here’s a top 10 list of world’s largest banks!

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Top 10 most common mental disorders

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Last week we’ve seen one of the most tragic events of the year, when Adam Raza killed 28 people, including 20 kids in Newtown, Connecticut. According to many media, the murderer was suffering from a mild form of autism. Experts however say there is no connection between the disorder and violence. But how about the numbers of common mental disorders? It is estimated that about 25% of the Americans suffer from one or more disorders. Here’s a list of most common mental disorders in the USA.

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Top 10 countries by public debt

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In October, Italy’s public debt rose over 2 trillion euros. Public debt is also known as national debt and it is the sum of all debts of a government. Governments therefore borrow by issuing securities and bonds. However, if the debt as a percentage of the gross domestic product (GDP) is regarded as risky, the less likely that investors will invest in these government bonds. So which countries have a huge public debt as a percentage of the GDP? Check out our next list of countries by public debt!

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Top 10 black market crime value per country

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Drugs, counterfeiting, smuggling, software piracy and prostitution. Just a few examples of goods and services that aren’t stored on the shelves of an average store. In order to buy them you’ve got to go underground. In almost any country there is a vivid black market where money is withdrawn from the official economy, leaving governments with less tax revenues and a destabilized society. Below is a list of the black market crime value per country in dollars!

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Top 10 best selling cars of all time

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The majority of cars isn’t great, but just functional. The average car brings you from A to B in a relatively easy way, it’s not slurping gasoline, but it isn’t really economic either. It’s not really exciting, unless you do exciting things in your car, and even then things could have gone more exciting. Average cars are for average people. That’s why there are so many of them. They are affordable, reliable, mainstream, yet inconspicuous. Here’s a list of best selling cars of all time!

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Top 10 largest container shipping companies

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When you’re in a shop, do you ever wonder where all those products are made and how they were transported? Be it toys from China, your Iphone or bananas from Equador. At a certain stage these products were put in a container. One might say that containerization is one of the pillars of globalization, as virtually everything is shipped from A to B. Some companies make a big living out of container shipping. We’ve found out which companies are the largest container shipping companies in the world! Measured in Twenty Foot Equivalent (TEU) or the size of a standardized container.
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Top 10 biggest online shops

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Online shopping is big business. More and more people around the world prefer shopping online instead of waiting in a stinky row with sweaty people having difficulties to check out. And when you have finally put together your groceries, you’ve got to carry your stuff to your car to find out that you will get stuck in a traffic jam. Online shopping is easy and reliable, as one can expect from a mature market. But which companies are the biggest online shops in terms of annual revenue? Check out our next top 10 list!
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Top 10 most popular Twitter users

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There used to be a time when all that you read about your favorite actor, athlete or politician came from the tabloids. Not anymore! Thanks to social media like Facebook and Twitter we can get timely updates on the lives of those we admire or hate, at any moment and almost realtime. Especially Twitter has proven to be the channel of choice for most celebrities. Here are the top 10 twitter users and services with the biggest online following.

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Top 10 billionaires who never graduated

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Billionaires in spe don’t feel the necessity to graduate. They don’t want to spend time on useless high school projects. They have a vision to work on. And when the big job is done and the cash is flowing in, they hire Ivy League graduates to manage their operations. After they dropped out…perfectly ironic, isn’t it? So here’s our top 10 billionairs who never graduated!
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Top 10 busiest airports

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The Wright Brothers not only were responsible for world’s first successfull flight, but also established the first airport of the world. In 1909 Wilbur Wright built College Park Airport in Maryland. There were so many to follow. Nowadays flying has become one of the most normal things to do and airports have turned into big businesses, that have to satisfy the needs of millions of travelers. Where can you find world’s busiest airports in terms of annual travelers? Here’s a top 10!
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Top 10 best offshore opportunities

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Many firms are cutting costs by moving their operations offshore. In a constant globalizing world this is not a sinecure. For some types of businesses however, such as information technology, business process outsourcing and voice services, it can be highly profitable. A.T. Kearney has developed the Global Services Location Index to determine what countries are best for ‘offshoring’. A total score is based upon a number of factors: financial attractiveness, people skills and business environment. Here’s the top 10 best offshore opportunities!
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Top 10 best paid athletes (2012)

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Sport is big business. Millions of people worldwide tune in on their favorite match. Billions of dollars are spent on advertising during these games, be it boxing, hockey, football, baseball, soccer or golf. The difference is made by the winner. Winners earn honour, but more important, dollars, hard dollars. Every year, Forbes Magazine finds out who earns the most. So here’s the top 10 best paid athletes of 2012!
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Top 10 dairy producing companies

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Dairy products are defined as milk from mammals. We all had our share in babyhood. And if you weren’t breasted, chances are high that your first food was powdered milk, made from cow milk. The same cows delivered the milk that was turned into cheddar topping your cheeseburger. And think of quark, gouda cheese or parmesan on top of your pizza. Or even your daily chocolate bar. All partly made from dairy products. And some companies make big money with milk. Here’s a top 10 dairy producing companies!
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Top 10 most expensive cities for expats

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What are the most expensive cities for expats to live in? A relevant question for governants, multinationals and companies such as Mercer that presented its annual Cost of Living survey. In this survey comparative costs like housing, transport, food en many more items are measured and compared to New York, that functions as a benchmark. Here’s the top 10 most expensive cities for expats!
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Top 10 minimum wages by country

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Outsourcing offers businesses worldwide many possibilities to reduce costs. It has become quite common practice for American and British companies to set up a helpdesk abroad to satisfy the needs of their local customers. Does it matter that someone in Calcutta takes you by the hand to solve your problem? Do you have other question? Okay, good evening, ehhm, I mean good morning… But purchase managers of multinationals should take a quick look at the following list to reduce even more costs: here’s a top 10 minimum wages by country!
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Top 10 most expensive domain names

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We can all agree that a good domain name is essential for your business. If McDonald’s were to run its site at McCheapFood.com, that wouldn’t really be a trusted name, would it. So, getting the right domain name will make people pay good money. How good? Here’s our list of the top-10 most expensive domain names so far. Did you guess the number 1? We don’t think you did.

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Top 10 best global brands

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Everybody loves brands. Brands and their respective products and services define us, help us to be who we are. Or who we want to be. Interbrand values global brands every year. They don’t calculate the company value, we’re talking about the value of the brand itself. Here are the 10 best brands according to Interbrand’s list.

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Top 10 most expensive cities to live in

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Living in a city is not that difficult. You just go around the corner for a bread and a beer. If you want to go out you take a cab to a club of your selection. If want to stay fit, visit the gym or take a walk in the park. It’s getting problematic when you just don’t earn enough, especially in the cities that make up our next top 10 list of most expensive cities to live in….

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Top 10 most influential spiritual people

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What’s the meaning of life? How does my life fit into the greater scheme of things? These are typical questions for many people at a certain stage of their life. And that’s where spiritual leaders come in. They inspire people to find the right path by meditating and contemplating in order to reach a higher state of awareness or spiritual wisdom. London based Watkins Magazine assembled a list of most influential spiritual people. Here’s the top 10 of most influential spiritual people. Ohm……
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Top 10 biggest IPO’s of all time

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In May 2012, Facebook will probably enter NASDAQ under the ticker symbol FB. Like it or not, but Facebook is very likely to be one of the greatest Initial Public Offerings (IPO) the tech world has ever seen. The money collected during this IPO goes directly to the company, of which founder Mark Zuckerberg has a 30% share. Still, it’s very unlikely that Facebook will enter our next top 10 list of biggest IPO’s of all time!
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Top 10 highest paid CEO’s of America

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Okay. Let’s assume you make 20 dollars an hour. In order to earn enough to buy luxury yachts, drink the most expensive wines on a daily basis you’ve got to quadriple time somehow, don’t sleep, but instead work 24 hours a day and then multiply the sum by thousand. In that case you might be ranked in the next top 10 list of highest paid CEO’s of America.
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Top 10 fastest growing economies

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Greece, Italy, Spain and Portugal might be on the edge of a bankruptcy. European politicians aren’t able to reach an agreement on how to deal with the problems. ┬áRepublicans and Democrats disagree on how to solve the recordbreaking depth. Financial crisis all over. All over? No, there are countries that thrive marvellously well in economic perspective. Here’s a top 10 of countries that grow fast, measured in GDP (gross domestic product), and what stimulates their growth:
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Top 10 most expensive hotels

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Hotels. hey can be dreadful, they can be brilliant. Usually a hotel won’t make you feel really comfortable, you’d rather just spend the night in your own home. But some hotels have something extra. And so does the bill when you check out. Here’s our list of most expensive hotel rooms:

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