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Glencore Prospectus Confirms IPO Will Create Six New Billionaires

Posted in industry, prominent persons, work by questionabletopic on Thursday, May 5, 2011

Glencore Prospectus Confirms IPO Will Create Six New Billionaires

The 1,600-page Glencore prospectus has finally been released (though it wasn’t easy to track down). The figures confirm what was rumored this morning–that some colossal wealth is being unleashed in this IPO.

After the float the company will be valued at roughly $60 billion, from whence we derive these seven new mega-fortunes.

1. CEO Ivan Glasenberg will have 1.09 billion shares, or 15.8% of the company, for a net worth of $9.5 billion. Glasenberg would tie for 93rd wealthiest person on Forbes list of Global Billionaires, alongside Russia’s fertilizer king Dimitry Rybolovlev and just after another Russian, German Khan. Glasenberg’s salary this year is 925,000 pounds sterling.
2. Daniel Francisco Mate Badenes: $3.6 billion (416.4 million shares, or 6%).
3. Aristotelis Mistakidis: $3.6 billion (411.8 million shares, or 6%).
4. Tor Peterson: $3.2 billion (366.3 million shares, or 5.3%).
5. Alex Beard: $2.76 billion (320.5 million shares, or 4.6%).
6. Steven Kalmin: $600 million (70.7 million shares, or 1%).
7. And then there’s the mysterious “selling shareholder” who is parting with 238.8 million shares in the IPO (or 4%), worth $2.4 billion. My suspicion is that this is former CEO and departing Chairman Willy Strotthote.

Ivan Glasenberg, aged 54 (Chief Executive Officer)
Ivan Glasenberg joined Glencore in April 1984 and has been Chief Executive Officer of Glencore since January 2002. Mr Glasenberg was appointed to the Board on 14 March 2011. Mr Glasenberg first worked in the coal/coke commodity department in South Africa for three years as a marketer, responsible for sourcing coal in South Africa and then in Australia for two years as head of the coal/coke commodity division, Asia, responsible for sourcing and marketing coal in regions including Australia, Asia and South Africa. Between 1988 and 1989, he was based in Hong Kong as manager and head of Glencore’s Hong Kong and Beijing offices, as well as head of coal marketing in Asia, where his responsibilities included overseeing the Asian coal marketing business of Glencore and managing the administrative functions of the Hong Kong and Beijing offices. In January 1990, he became director of the coal/coke commodity department, responsible for the worldwide coal business of Glencore for both marketing and industrial assets, and remained in this role until he became Chief Executive Officer in January 2002. Mr Glasenberg is a Chartered Accountant of South Africa and holds a Bachelor of Accountancy from the University of Witwatersrand. Mr Glasenberg also graduated in 1983 from the University of Southern California with an M.B.A. degree. He is currently a director of Minara as well as Xstrata and UC Rusal. Before joining Glencore, he worked for five years at Levitt Kirson Chartered Accountants in South Africa.


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Bristol Palin’s Abstinence Campaign Payday: Her Latest Teen Pregnancy Outrage – The Daily Beast

Posted in anthropology, industry, politics, PR, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Monday, April 18, 2011

Bristol Palin’s Abstinence Campaign Payday: Her Latest Teen Pregnancy Outrage – The Daily Beast.

Even before it was revealed that Candies Foundation paid Bristol Palin $262,500 to be its abstinence ambassador, her campaign against teen pregnancy was a farce. The Candies Foundation exists, in the words of its 990 form, “To educate America’s youth about the devastating consequences of teen pregnancy through celebrity PSA campaigns and initiatives.” Palin, a young woman whose unplanned pregnancy has rocketed her to reality star fame, could scarcely be a worse spokesperson. Everything about her and her celebrity telegraphs the message, already distressingly prevalent in this country, that pregnancy offers a way to trade boring high school anonymity for attention and adoration.

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Conan O’Brien Kinetic Typography

Posted in amazing, culture, design, lifehack, prominent persons, quotations by questionabletopic on Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Conan’s farewell speech from his brief stint on The Tonight Show, as presented by Oklahoma State University student Jacob Gilbreath:

The concept behind this video is to show Conan O’Brien as a solid wall and a monumental entertainer. Also portrayed is the relationship between old and new. This comparison shows the idea of a span of time. Conan O’Brien is and will continue to be seasoned television entertainer. This concept was achieved by creating a literal wall out of over 60 individual typographic layouts. These layouts reference a variety of vintage type designs. The combination of vintage styled type layouts and the sleek 3d look achieved in Cinema 4D allow the wall to seem both old and new. This contrast emphasizes time and creates a sturdy and timeless object which is the perfect metaphor for Conan O’Brien.

Come on, George. Loosen up. Swing, man.

Posted in culture, entertainment, motivation, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Monday, March 14, 2011
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Charlie Sheen is a man with zero regrets.

Posted in alcohol, amazing, anthropology, culture, debate, entertainment, health, lifehack, motivation, opinions, PR, prominent persons, self improvement, story by questionabletopic on Thursday, March 3, 2011

охуенная статья о том, почему Чарли Шин важен и клев.
His appeal is that, while most guys — especially post–college — must reign in their ids and demure to society’s expectations to advance rung by rung up the soul–crushing ladder of corporate mediocrity, Sheen has reached the ultimate apex of manhood eternal: doing whatever he wants and speaking the complete truth, consequences be damned. (Even if the complete truth, as he perceives it, is “I got tiger blood,” “I have a 10,000–year–old brain,” and “I’m an F–18, bro.”)

сопливая статья о том, почему Чарли Шин шовинист и женоненависник (as if there was anything wrong with it)
Sheen’s m.o. seems to be to invalidate these women’s claims by accusing them of being money hungry or fame hungry. It’s interesting for him to consider women looking for money, particularly at the end of a relationship with him, as some kind of character flaw, considering his well–known practice of paying women to party with him, as well as his penchant for hookers. According to a recent GQ article, Sheen lost his virginity at 15 to a hooker in Las Vegas whom he paid for with his father’s stolen credit card. Kacey Jordan tells GQ of Sheen’s obsession with sex workers, “He is unhappy, and he probably relates to the porn girls, thinking they’re unhappy, too.”

вдумчивая статья о о том, почему Чарли Шин важнее Джастина Бибера в медиа–мире
If you didn’t hear, yesterday Charlie Sheen joined Twitter. Today he very well may reach 1 million followers (as I type he’s already passed the 900K mark).
How did it happen? Why all of a sudden did he wake up and decide it’s Twitter time? And how was it that Charlie Sheen went from non–twitterer to hardcore twitterer overnight? Short answer: he got a lot of help from a team of experts at, a small Beverly Hills start–up that focuses on celebrity endorsements via Facebook and Twitter.

Пустой сейф

Posted in anthropology, experiment, government, health, industry, prominent persons, science by questionabletopic on Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Craig Venter, человек, о котором несколько лет назад говорили, что ему под силу нарушить небесную монополию на создание организмов, дал интервью, в котором рассказал почему священная корова биофармакологов и генетиков всего мира — расшифровка человеческого генома — оказалась скорее коровьим навозом. 

Уж лучше заниматься судоку” — такой была его неформальная резолюция.

Randy Pausch

Posted in amazing, anthropology, lifehack, prominent persons, story, survival by questionabletopic on Sunday, February 20, 2011

Crème de la Crème

Posted in anthropology, culture, entertainment, motivation, prominent persons, story by questionabletopic on Sunday, February 20, 2011


Posted in amazing, anthropology, culture, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Это не порно, это чистый офигенчик” – сайт, посвященный нетривиальным фотографиям знаменитых людей.

Stewart & Colbert Rally

Posted in amazing, anthropology, contest, government, motivation, opinions, politics, PR, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Sunday, September 19, 2010
The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c
Rally to Restore Sanity

Недавно, сайт Reddit решил обратится к политобозревателю Стивену Колберу с просьбой провести акцию “Restoring Truthiness” (“Восстановление Праведливости”), пародирующую акцию “Restoring Honor” (“Восстановление Гордости”), которая проводится Гленном Беком (одиозным политобозревателем республиканских взглядов и финансовым консультантом).

В этот раз, вместо малоэффективного создания групп в Фэйсбуке и тематических сайтов, пользователей Реддита попросили поучаствовать в проекте сбора средств, где Стивен Колбер числится в комитете основателей. Расчет был таков: если они побьют действующий рекорд по сборам Хиллири Клинтон ($29,945), то Стивен обратит внимание на петицию. Не прошло и 8 часов (!), как рекорд был побит суммой $100,000 (конечная — $194,000). Для начала, в качестве выражения своей благодарности, виновник акции ответил лично аудитории Реддита.

А дальше случилось еще большее чудо (в глазах фанатов этого Человека) — Стивен Колбер и Джон Стьюарт (друг и ведущий партнерского шоу “The Daily Show”) огласили о том, что проведут совместный крестный поход на Вашингтон, каждый под своими знаменами: “March to Keep Fear Alive“™ и “Rally to Restore Sanity.“.

Что тут скажешь, кроме УИИИИИИ!


Увлекательный способ сэкономить около 50 млн фунтов

Posted in amazing, consumerism, culture, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Все мы тут приличное общество, поэтому не буду утомлять вас банальностями: кто такой Дэмиен Хирст, чем знаменит, и что веселого сделал. Вы это и сами, наверно, знаете.

Но есть у него центровая работа, “For the Love of God” (приблизительно, возглас от удивления “Ради всего святого!”), которая изменила восприятие современного искусства навеки. Если быть до конца объективным, это и не искусство в чистом виде, а тонкий арт-терроризм: четкий расчет действий, плановое исполнение, интенсивное медиа-покрытие, широкая огласка, и успех акции (достижение поставленных целей).

Цена лота – всего ничего: £50 миллионов. Обуздав свое желание мгновенно приобщится к искусству (поскольку многие из нас и так ввязались в кредитно-ипотечную каббалу), я представляю вам решение времен рациональности и бережливости – IHIRST. Цена – £49.99, вот и получим сумму экономии, вынесенную в заголовок, не утратив практически ничего. Сэкономить – почти что заработать.

Если кто не приветствует холодный расчет в теплом, чувственном сердце искусства – вы не одни.

the joy of not being sold anything

Posted in amazing, consumerism, culture, prints, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Бэнкси – гений. Это, конечно, факт не требующий подтверждения.
Но антиреклама рекламы в роли рекламы своей экспозиции – это чемпионство и .


Jimmy Wales on FAIL

Posted in anthropology, industry, internet, lifehack, prominent persons by questionabletopic on Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Jimmy Wales (соучредитель Википедии, объекта благодарности постов АНН), в рамках конференции TEDxTampaBay дает презентацию по поводу своих теорий поражений.

70 лет и 1 день (прости, мы опоздали..)

Posted in culture, entertainment, prominent persons, story by questionabletopic on Thursday, March 11, 2010

Чуть не пропустил знаменательное событие:
Чаку Норрису стукнуло* 70 лет. Юбиляр принимает поздравления по адресу:
* не то что бы стукнуло (такого он бы не простил даже времени), просто прошло 70 лет со времен установления
чактаторства как единственной формы государственного устроя на планете Земля.


Posted in debate, internet, prominent persons, quotations, story by questionabletopic on Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Тот, о ком не говорят, завел себе твиттер (официально), в котором написал о своем повторном визите на Daily Show. Довольно необычно.
(новый визит | старый визит)

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