The top posthumous earners

They say you can’t take it with you, but you can apparently keep earning big bucks after you’ve died. Forbes revealed the year’s 13 top-earning...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • November 7, 2022

Taylor Swift’s record week

Taylor Swift has accomplished many things, but this week she did something that’s never been done. After dropping her latest album, Midnights, last Friday, she...
Rob Litterst • November 4, 2022

What’s happening with Twitter?

If you’ve been following the Twitter developments since Friday, then you’re well aware the developments are very much… developing. At the center of it is...
Jacob Cohen • November 1, 2022

Serena Williams’ next chapter

With a net worth of ~$260m, Serena Williams is the highest-earning female athlete ever. After officially announcing her retirement from tennis last week, she’s planning...
Samir Javer • August 18, 2022

Is anyone the true queen of Christmas?

Superstar Mariah Carey wants to trademark her unofficial honorific, the “Queen of Christmas,” for use on merch including apparel, food, and decor. But she’s meeting...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 17, 2022

The ultra-wealthy’s private jets are under scrutiny

Here in drought-stricken California, we’re composting food scraps, running appliances on energy-saver mode, and letting it mellow if it’s yellow. Except for Kylie Jenner,...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • July 28, 2022

Khaby Lame is the king of TikTok

Instagram’s most followed accounts belong to folks like Cristiano Ronaldo, Kylie Jenner, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. TikTok’s belong to Bella Poarch, Charli D’Amelio, …
Rob Litterst • June 29, 2022

RIP to an eyewear legend

In the world of sunglasses, there is one company that rules them all: Luxottica. While you may not be familiar with that name, you’re likely...
Rob Litterst • June 28, 2022

That Tom Brady NFT might not be real

While crypto celebs may have grown quieter in the wake of falling prices, scammers hoping to cash in on them haven’t. Cybersecurity firm BrandShield recently...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • June 3, 2022

The evolution of Guy Fieri

What is it about Guy Fieri? The frosted tips? The cartoonish wardrobe that’s become a staple of Halloween? Or the ridiculous catch phrases (“that’s out...
Rob Litterst • May 24, 2022

Digits: Tom Cruise, military baby food, Uber prices

1) Tom Cruise’s Top Gun: Maverick releases in theaters this Friday. Cruise’s 44 films have earned $4.4B in box office sales in just the...
Jacob Cohen • May 23, 2022

Where’d crypto’s celebrity boosters go?

During cryptocurrency’s rocketship rise, big-name celebs joined the frenzy, appearing in numerous ads for crypto platforms. But with crypto prices falling to recent lows, …
Rob Litterst • May 19, 2022

The enormous impact of Stephen Wilhite, inventor of the GIF

Today, the looping clips known as GIFs are a cornerstone of internet expression. Their use is both an art form and everyday practice for...
Jacob Cohen • March 25, 2022

Is Brady Brand the next Jordan Brand?

Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images Tom Brady may be the winning-est athlete since Michael Jordan, and today, he’s taking a big step toward matching MJ’s...
Rob Litterst • January 12, 2022

Football legend John Madden’s legacy in tech

Boom! (Source: Focus On Sport via Getty Images) For the millions who love but will never play professional football, John Madden — who sadly passed...
Jacob Cohen • December 29, 2021

Fast-food celebrity collaborations, explained

All Canadian (Source: NYT / Tim Hortons) Canadians — like me (Trung) — rejoice. The country’s top coffee chain (Tim Hortons) collaborated with one of its...
Trung T. Phan • December 10, 2021

CAA is buying ICM, creating a super-agency to take on a changing Hollywood

Photo by David McNew/Getty Images If you’ve ever seen “Entourage,” you know agency rivalries run deep — but Creative Artists Agency’s newest deal would make...
Rob Litterst • September 30, 2021

Travis Scott continues his hot streak of brand partnerships

Travis Scott’s partnership game has officially reached “Sicko Mode.” The latest is a collab with A24, the production company behind films like “Moonlight,” “Uncut …
Rob Litterst • August 5, 2021

Why the ScarJo vs. Disney drama is just the beginning

Scarlett Johansson sued Disney last week, claiming that the company breached her contract by putting Marvel’s Black Widow on Disney+ Premier Access. For Disney, the...
Juliet Bennett Rylah • August 2, 2021

Landis is a startup you should know — with some legendary investors

Aspiring homebuyers have “99 Problems,” but Jay-Z and Will Smith are here to help. The duo joined a $165m raise for Landis, a “rent-to-own” startup...
Rob Litterst • August 2, 2021

What’s going to happen to the Gates Foundation?

Earlier this week, the tech and business world was shaken by news that Bill and Melinda Gates are getting divorced. Dollar Bill Gates is one...
Trung T. Phan • May 6, 2021

How Kim Kardashian West entered the 3-comma club

Keeping Up With the Kardashians may be ending, but Kim Kardashian West is just getting her show on the road. Forbes estimates Kardashian West is...
Jacob Cohen • April 13, 2021

The world’s youngest billionaires

This is currently the most popular Getty Image search result for “billionaire” (Source: MirrorPix / Getty Images) Forbes dropped its 2021 billionaire list. There are...
Trung T. Phan • April 8, 2021

Square spends $297m for a majority stake in Jay-Z owned streaming service, Tidal

Jay-Z is on a roll. The hip-hop legend recently sold a 50% stake in his champagne brand Armand de Brignac (“Ace of Spades”) to lux...
Trung T. Phan • March 5, 2021

This health tech startup just added 100+ celebrities to its cap table

Celebrities investing in startups is nothing new. However, health startup Therabody recently took it to extreme levels when it announced a funding round with 100+...
Trung T. Phan • February 24, 2021

How’s Rihanna’s fashion empire going?

She’s not just a pretty face. Rihanna has a whole umbrella (🎶🎵 ella, ella 🎶🎵) of product lines under her eponymous brand Fenty. Even with...
Shelley Tang • February 12, 2021

Celebrities are taking shots at the liquor market

Guy Fieri (welcome back to our email) owns Santo Tequila (Source: Santo via THR) On HBO’s “Silicon Valley,” former billionaire Russ Hanneman built a tequila...
Jacob Cohen • February 10, 2021

Why would Square buy streaming music service Tidal?

Celebrity sightings are an American pastime. One of the better ones in recent months: Hip-hop megastar Jay-Z has been spotted with Square/Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey...
Trung T. Phan • December 30, 2020

Why is the Chinese government going after Jack Ma, the country’s richest man?

For the past 2 decades, being a Chinese billionaire has been a dangerous job. Whether it was a short life expectancy or threat of...
Trung T. Phan • December 28, 2020

Ryan Reynolds is rewriting the celebrity-investor playbook

For years, my favorite Ryan Reynolds character was Van Wilder, a “7th-year senior” whose life goal is to help undergrads at Coolidge College. But per...
Trung T. Phan • December 1, 2020

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