BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
OMAHA, NEBRASKA - Warren Edward Buffett was born on August 30, 1930 in Omaha, Nebraska to Howard Buffett, a four-term Republican United States Representative, not to mention a stockbroker, and Leila Stahl Buffett, a committed christian, and mother of three; Dorris Buffett, Roberta Buffett, and one of the world's most influential investors in human evolution, Warren Buffett. Before reaching puberty, Warren stepped into business, purchasing Coca-Cola bottles from his grandfather's grocery store, and reselling them. Warren had an eye for numbers, and kicked it at his father's brokerage firm to learn the tricks of the trade. The 11-year-old poster child made his first investment in 1942, buying three shares of Cities Service Company, an oil and natural gas holding company, which Occidental Petroleum acquired on December 3, 1982.
Warren Buffett, Walt Disney, Wayne Gretzky, Bob Hope, Jackie Robinson, John Wayne, and Tom Cruise have one thing in common; they had paper routes, serving as paper boys. At 13 years of age, Buffett delivered the Washington newspaper, yielding $409.00 at the end of the year, not to mention, $228.00 for the total amount of dividends, and interest he received from stock trading. In 1944, he filed his own income tax return, claiming $10.00 for a watch repair, an expense, and $35.00 as a miscellaneous deduction, for a bicycle. Mathematically, paying $7.00 in taxes on $592.50 of income.
Buffett bought a 40-acre farm in Nebraska while attending Woodrow Wilson High School in Washington D.C, and employed a Nebraskan farmer to till the land under a profit-sharing agreement. At 19 years of age, he graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration, and applied to Harvard University, but, was rejected. Eventually, he found himself at Columbia University, studying under his hero, and mentor, Benjamin Graham, the author of The Intelligent Investor. Buffett received a sufficient education. As his license plate suggests, THRIFTY, he was destined to be a billionaire. As the face of American business, Buffett, serves as the Chairman at Berkshire Hathaway Inc., a multinational conglomerate company, with Charles Thomas Munger (Charlie Munger), vice chairman, and longtime friend.
As of this writing, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. has well over $86 billion dollars on its balance sheet, and a market capitalization of $212.19 billion dollars. Buffett has a net worth of $75.6 billion, and still manages to get out of bed every morning to head to his office in Omaha, Nebraska. If there is anything we can learn from Warren Buffett, its probably, from his own words, "I say the luckiest person in the history of the world is a baby being born today in this country. I bought my first stock when I was 11 in April of 1942. The DOW was 100. If you haven’t looked it’s 20,000. Something good must have happened between then and it’s going to keep happening, folks."
Not only is Warren Buffett one of the greatest investors, and wealthiest persons in the world, but he is also one of the most generous. Some people may disagree, because the amount of money he has gifted in charitable donations is small compered to the size of his fortune. Yet, remains to be one of America's most notable philanthropists, donating billions of dollars of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc. shares on an annual basis, and never appears to be disconcerted about giving back to the world that made him one the richest persons to walk our planet. In 2016, Warren donated nearly $2.14 billion to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and to the Susan Thompson Buffett Foundation.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - Bill Gates was born October 28, 1955 in Seattle, Washington. The son of a prominent lawyer, and businesswoman who served on the boards of a considerable number of large-scale corporations. At the tender age of thirteen he became fascinated with computers, and developed his first Tic-Tac-Toe game. In late January of 1975, Paul Allen was flipping through the pages of Popular Electronics, a consumer electronics magazine started by Ziff-Davis, LLC, and showed Bill Gates, a Harvard University undergraduate, something that would change his life forever - an Altair 8800 kit.
Bill Gates, and Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft, one of the world's largest publicly traded company, and software maker, headquartered in Richmond, Washington, on April 4, 1975. Allen left Microsoft in December of 1982, and eventually became one of the world's richest men by holding onto his shares years after his resignation. The now, 61-year-old, however, continued to excel without a minute to spare, and on March 13, 1986, Microsoft, had its initial public offering, which, made him close to $350 million dollars. If, one hundred shares were purchased on March 13, 1986, and held until October 13, 2017, would be valued at an estimated $2,221, 056.00 with a 79,223% return on investment. On May 22, 1990, Windows 3.0 appeared on dealer shelves, and competed with Steve Job's Apple Macintosh. Sales of Windows 3.0 reached a total of $1,183,446,000 at the end of the year, and made Microsoft a household name.
In 1995, Microsoft hired Wieden+Kennedy, an advertising agency, and began running television commercials featuring The Rolling Stones, an English Rock band formed in London, to promote Windows 95 with a $200 million television advertising budget. It was the first time Mick Jagger, an English singer-songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist had sold rights to, "Start Me Up," or any song to advertisers. On November 15, 2001, Xbox, a video game console, appeared on store shelves, and competed with Sony's PlayStation, and Nintendo's consumer electronics. Since, 1994, Microsoft has made investments, and acquisition announcements. For example, Black Entertainment Television, Comcast, CareerBuilder, TelMex, Expedia.com, Corel, Immersion Corp., and Facebook to name a few.
Today, Bill Gates is the Chairman of the Board at Microsoft, and remains one of the company's major shareholders. He is the richest man in would world, and has a net worth of approximately $89.2 billion. Not not only does Gates focus on technological advancements, but, fighting global poverty, global health, global development, advanceing philanthropy, and U.S education through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (GF). The GF was launched 17 years ago as of this writing, and has become one of the biggest charitable foundations in the world. The foundation employees 1,453 people, has a trust endowment of $40.3 billion, and supports work in more than 95 countries.
On June 26, 2006, Warren Buffett, fiancial genius, and founder of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., made headlines when he signed a legal document detailing his pledge to the foundation. A whopping 10 million shares of Berkshire Hathaway, Inc., worth roughly $31 billion dollars in annual installments among grants, and donations from some of the world's wealthiest business leaders. The impact of Warren’s generosity will not be fully understood for decades. As we move forward with the work, we do so with a profound sense of responsibility. Working with Warren and with our partners around the world, we have a tremendous opportunity to make a positive difference in people’s lives.” Bill, and Melinda Gates commented.
"Here’s one of our favorite charts. It shows that the number of childhood deaths per year has been cut in half since 1990," Melinda Gates shared.
"More children survived in 2015 than in 2014. More survived in 2014 than in 2013, and so on. If you add it all up, 122 million children under age five have been saved over the past 25 years. These are children who would have died if mortality rates had stayed where they were in 1990," Bill Gates explained.
"Saving children’s lives is the goal that launched our global work. It’s an end in itself. But then we learned it has all these other benefits as well. If parents believe their children will survive—and if they have the power to time and space their pregnancies—they choose to have fewer children," Melinda Gates added.
"Remember the laugh we had when we traveled together to Hong Kong and decided to get lunch at McDonald’s?" Bill asked Melinda Gates. "You offered to pay, dug into your pocket, and pulled out…coupons!Melinda just found this photo of me and “the big spender.” It reminded us how much you value a good deal. That’s why we want to point you to this number, 122 million. Saving children’s lives is the best deal in philanthropy."
The main objective of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is to lower inequities, and boost the lives around the globe. In order to meet these targets, the foundation concentrates on three key areas. One; global health. Two; global development. Three; programs in the United States that include access to technology, and education for low-income families residing in the U.S.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - By 2040, Hispanics are expected to make up 24% of the U.S population, and consumer spending projections are anticipated to continue skyrocketing in the billions even in the Trump era. As of this writing, there are roughly 57 million Hispanics in the U.S, and Univision Communications Inc. (UCI), a media company, has its eyes set on future growth. The Company has stretched its Company’s employment agreement with Randy Falco, President and Chief Executive Officer, for two more years, until January 31, 2020.
“Randy has been the architect of UCI’s evolution since 2011, guiding the Company’s tremendous expansion, steadily improving Univision’s financial performance and significantly improving the balance sheet by paying down debt,” commented Haim Saban, Chairman of the Board of Directors of UCI. “With Randy’s vision, UCI has remained the undisputed leader in Spanish-language media and at the same time successfully diversified into English-language media to provide young, diverse Americans with the content they crave in the formats they seek. Our portfolio now includes a powerful collection of Spanish-language and English-language digital offerings that provide even more exciting opportunities for distributors, partners and our employees. But perhaps most important is Randy’s authentic and unwavering commitment to the U.S. Hispanic community, which has amplified UCI’s voice and purpose as an advocate for Hispanic America, especially during difficult times for our nation. The Board is delighted that Randy will continue to lead Univision to new levels of success in the future.”
MIAMI, FLORIDA - The legendary mega-burger chain with the blue covered roofs, and two orange semi-circular buns enclosing its name was founded in 1953. A businessman named Keith G. Cramer, who owned a carhop restaurant, and his father-in-law, Mathew Burns, from Long Beach, California, opened Insta-Burger King on July 28, 1953 in Jacksonville, Florida. The duo acquired rights to George Read's Insta-Broiler, hence the name, Insta-Burger, and began selling their mouthwatering burgers for $0.18 apiece. David Edgerton, and James McLamore, two highly-educated men from Cornell University with School of Hotel Administration degrees, became franchisees, opening a number of Insta-Burger King restaurants, and innovated the American retail food industry by flame-broiling their beef patties.
Eventually, David, and James, respectfully, renamed the company, Burger King, and franchised the fast food restaurant mercilessly throughout the Sunshine State in 1959. The WHOPPER® was a huge success, and quickly became their signature sandwich. To improve customer relations, they started Whopper College in 1963, and established a golden-crowned brown-bearded robe-wearing character to symbolize the company's strength in the fast food business. In 1967, the Pillsbury Company, a food processing business, purchased Burger King, and in 1989, Grand Metropolitan, a British manufacturing, and property conglomerate, acquired the Pillsbury Company. Later, the Grand Metropolitan merged with Guinness Nigeria PLC to become Diageo. In 2002, TPG International, a leading globe private investment firm, purchased Burger King for $1.5 billion dollars. Not long after, TPG took Burger King Corp. public., and in 2012, 3G Capital, a multi-billion dollar global investment firm took a big bite to become a major shareholder of the fast food chain.
Halloween is around the corner, and spending forecasts on costumes, especially candies, and decorations, is expected to reach as high as $9.1 billion dollars. With that in mind, BURGER KING® will host "Scary Clown Night" at select locations. Those being, Los Angeles, California; Miami, Florida; Boston, Massachusetts; Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah. Those wishing to participate in "Scary Clown Night" should arrive visit the select BURGER KING® restaurants listed below dressed as a clown from 7 p.m. till closing time on October 31 to claim their free WHOPPER® sandwich. “We don’t usually talk about clowns,” said Alex Macedo, President, North America, for the BURGER KING® brand. “But for this Halloween, come dressed as a clown to eat like a king.”
OFFER DETAILS: Valid for the first 500 guests wearing a clown costume. Offer valid for one WHOPPER® Sandwich, no substitutions. One per guest. Not valid with any other coupon, discount or offer. Not valid on drive-thru. This offer redeemable only at the limited restaurants in Boston, Massachusetts; Miami, Florida; Los Angeles, California; Austin, Texas and Salt Lake City, Utah listed below. Validity of clown costume to be determined by BURGER KING® restaurant personnel in their sole discretion. Participation may vary by restaurant. Void where prohibited. No cash value. Not valid on BURGER KING® App mobile orders. TM & © 2017 Burger King Corporation. All rights reserved. Valid 7PM to close on 10/31/17.
*Participating Miami, Boston, Los Angeles, Austin and Salt Lake City Restaurant locations: 1101 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL; 259 Cochituate Rd, Framingham, MA; 545 N Victory Blvd, Burbank, CA; 3001 Montopolis Drive, Austin, TX; 3975 W 4700 S, Salt Lake City, UT
Guests are encouraged to post their scary clown costume and tag @BurgerKing with #ScaryClownNight.
BY ROY ALBERT ANDRADE, K1LLER, Inc.
The French Bulldog, commonly referred to as a Frenchie, is the perfect companion for any household size. The bat-eared playful dogs need minimal exercise, and grooming to bring out the natural oils in their fur. For the sake of argument, the origin of the Frenchie is almost impossible to determine, but, an ancestor undoubtedly was the English bulldog. The cuddly-looking dogs are excellent at alerting their masters of potential dangers, and are effortlessly trainable with the appropriate dog treat. "I highly recommend our line of products, because we offer protein, fibers, fats, carbohydrates, vitamins, and minerals in every bite." Martin Gomez, Operations Manager, of Lucy Pet Foundation confidently stated regarding Lucy Pet Products.
Bullseye French Bulldogs (BFB) is a Los Angeles, CA based company that specializes in the highest quality, and most exotic rare Bulldogs. "Our slogan is, 'We don't FRENCH around!' We are all about health, breeding to improve the health, and bring back quality, and structure of a true French Bulldog. All of our dogs are well socialized with children, domestic cats, and dogs," said Jesse, founder, of BFB. The business firm ensures that the Frenchies go to pet friendly homes. Their is a background check application, and process to guarantee the Frenchies are placed in a safe environment.
Animal abuse, and neglect are circumstances that BFB would like to avoid by conducting background checks to prospective clients. "Sure, we want to make money, who doesn't? But, we also want to ensure our dogs go to a lovable household, and end up in a backyard with backyard breeders," said Jesse. "There are leaders, and there are followers. At BFB, we take pride and passion in driving industry standards to a whole other level. We hold ourselves to the highest of standards. In fact, we set daily goals that would normally exceed day to day operations to produce ground breaking training. Besides loyalty, pride is without a doubt, is what we consider to be our bread and butter. We take love, and apply it to every faction of the business. We don't FRENCH around."
To find out more about BFB, log onto their website at www.bullseyefrenchbulldogs.com, and on social media, Instagram, @bullseyefrenchbulldogs. BFB dogs can be shipped internationally, and can range from $7,000 dollars to $20,000. Call for prices. BFB can be contacted by phone at 1-844-FRNCHYS, or, email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roy Albert Andrade