Azim Premji, Shiv Nadar Among World’s 20 Richest People in Tech: Forbes

New York: Wipro Chairman Azim Premji and HCL founder Shiv Nadar are the only two Indian tycoons in the top 20 richest people in the world of technology, according to an inaugural list by Forbes that has been topped by Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates.

Mr Premji is ranked 13th on Forbes’ first ever list of ‘100 Richest People In Tech’, followed by Mr Nadar on the 14th spot.

Two Indian-origin technology czars Romesh Wadhwani and Bharat Desai are also in the list.

Forbes said Premji, 70, who has a net worth of $17.4 billion, is among Asia’s most generous tycoons, having given away more than $4 billion of his fortune.

Mr Nadar has a net worth of $14.4 billion and gets bulk of his wealth from software services outfit HCL Technologies.

Mr Wadhwani is ranked 73rd on the list with a $2.8 billion net worth. The 67-year-old IIT-alumnus is CEO and Chairman of Symphony Technology Group, a collection of 20 companies spanning big data, analytics and software with combined annual revenue of three billion dollars.

In July 2015, he announced plans to commit up to $1 billion to the Wadhwani Foundations to fund entrepreneurship in India; he did not provide a timetable for the funding. Desai and family have been ranked 82nd with a net worth of $2.5 billion. The 62-year-old and his wife Neerja founded IT consulting and outsourcing company Syntel in 1980 out of their apartment in Michigan.

American billionaires dominate the list occupying 51 slots. Tech barons from Asia made a strong showing as well, with 33 people hailing from that region.

Eight people from Europe made the cut – a minimum net worth $2 billion – as did two from the Middle East and one from Latin America. Forty of the 100 live in California.

Mr Gates, who’s the world’s richest man, ranks number one among tech tycoons, with a net worth of $79.6 billion. Number two on the list is Ellison with a net worth estimated at $50 billion.

Ellison ceded the CEO spot at Oracle last year to two co-CEOs, Safra Catz and Mark Hurd, but still serves as Oracle’s chairman and chief technology officer.

Oracle is finding it harder to grow as a company; revenues for the year that ended in May were down slightly from the previous year to $38.2 billion, Forbes said.

The third richest on the list is Jeff Bezos, whose net worth shot up dramatically in July after surprised analysts and reported a rare profit for its second quarter.

The list includes Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg at rank 4, followed by Google co-founder Larry Page at 5, Alibabachief Jack Ma (7), Google’s Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt (20), Uber CEO Travis Kalanick (35) and Square CEO Jack Dorsey (92). In total, the world’s 100 richest tech billionaires are worth $842.9 billion.

The list has only seven women, the wealthiest of whom is Laurene Powell Jobs, the widow of Apple’s late chief Steve Jobs, with an estimated net worth of 21.4 billion dollars.

The average age of the group is 53, which is a decade younger than the average age of all billionaires; 15 of the 100 are under age 40.


Jason Kenney joins Kapil Sharma in Comedy night

Yesterday I was pleased to have the opportunity to join ‘Indian King of Comedy’ Kapil Sharma on stage at the First Ontario Centre, where thousands of Canadian South Asians had gathered to watch this talented entertainer perform.

Yesterday I was pleased to have the opportunity to join 'Indian King of Comedy' Kapil Sharma on stage at the First Ontario Centre, where thousands of Canadian South Asians had gathered to watch this talented entertainer perform. I had the opportunity to share a joke or two and to thank Kapil for being a positive role model by standing up against drugs and corruption.Congratulations to Team 4 Entertainment for the successful show and I wish Trendwest Productions the best for the BC show on August 2nd.Hier, j’ai eu le privilège de rencontrer le « roi indien de la comédie » Kapil Sharma sur scène au First Ontario Centre, où des milliers de Canadiens d’origine sud-asiatique étaient rassemblés pour assister à une prestation de cet artiste talentueux.C’est ainsi que j’ai eu le plaisir d’échanger une ou deux blagues avec Kapil et de le remercier d’être un modèle positif en s’opposant à la drogue et à la corruption.Félicitations à Team 4 Entertainment pour un spectacle réussi et meilleurs vœux de succès à Trendwest Productions pour le spectacle du 2 août prochain en Colombie-Britannique.

Posted by Jason Kenney on Monday, July 27, 2015

I had the opportunity to share a joke or two and to thank Kapil for being a positive role model by standing up against drugs and corruption.

Whitney Houston’s daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown dies at 22

Bobbi Kristina Brown, daughter of late singer Whitney Houston, has died aged 22, a family representative has said.

Kristen Foster said she passed away on Sunday surrounded by her family and was “finally at peace in the arms of God”.

Brown was discovered face down and unresponsive in a bathtub on 31 January and placed in a medically induced coma. She never regained consciousness.

She was moved to a hospice in the city of Duluth, Georgia, a month ago after her condition deteriorated.

Brown was the only daughter of Houston and R&B singer Bobby Brown.

Houston was found dead in a hotel bath in Los Angeles in 2012.

Whitney Houston and Bobbi Kristina Brown

The family posted a photo of Houston with Bobbi Kristina as a baby with the following message:

“It is hard to say goodbye. On Sunday, July 26, Bobbi Kristina Brown made her transition peacefully. The family thanks everyone for their loving thoughts and prayers. As Bobbi Kristina would say: ‘The wind is behind me and the sun is in my face.'”

“Bobbi Kristina Brown passed away July 26 2015, surrounded by her family,” Ms Foster added.

“She is finally at peace in the arms of God. We want to again thank everyone for their tremendous amount of love and support during these last few months.”

Singer Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston’s cousin, described Bobbi Kristina as “a sweetheart”.

“She will be missed, that’s for sure. She was a good girl. She was a good little girl. She really was,” she told Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live.

Singer Whitney Houston and daughter Bobbi Kristina Brown arrive at an event in Beverly Hills, California. Feb 2011.
Bobbi Kristina’s mother, Whitney Houston, was found dead in a bathtub in Los Angeles in 2012

Other stars paid tribute on Twitter, including Selma director Ava DuVernay, who said: “She seemed to be caught in the web of celebrity upon arrival. Twenty two years. A sad end. May the sister have peace now.”

The BBC’s Regan Morris in Los Angeles says Brown had dreamed of carrying on her mother’s legacy as a singer and actress, and had a few small TV roles – but her career had not yet taken off.

The day before she was found in the bathtub, Brown had tweeted: “Let’s start this career up&&moving OUT to TO YOU ALLLL quick shall we !?!???!”

She began performing with her mother as early as 1999, singing duets of My Love is Your Love and recording Little Drummer Boy for a holiday album in 2003.


She was taken to hospital twice with anxiety after her mother’s death.

In January, police said Brown was found in a bathtub in the suburban Atlanta home she shared with Nick Gordon, the man she called her husband. A police report described the incident as a “drowning”.

Mr Gordon said at the time she did not appear to be breathing and lacked a pulse before emergency services arrived. Although she was found face down in her bath, the 22-year-old also had bruises on the front of her body.

Authorities later concluded that she had suffered injuries to her face and mouth in a car crash several days earlier, saying they were not the result of foul play.

Brown was placed in a medically-induced coma and had been breathing with the aid of a ventilator before she died on Sunday.

Medical examiners have since said a post-mortem will be needed to evaluate what led to her death.

Fulton County Medical Examiner’s Office said the time that had elapsed from when she was found in January will “complicate” its effort to reconstruct events.

“Interpretation of autopsy findings and other information will also be challenging,” it said in a statement. “However, an autopsy could be helpful to address questions which may arise about the cause of her unresponsiveness and eventual death.”

Frosty relations between Mr Gordon and Brown’s relatives came to a head in June, when her court-appointed representative sued Gordon, accusing him of misrepresenting his relationship with her.

He was alleged to have transferred $11,000 (£7,091) of Brown’s funds into an account controlled solely by him while she was in hospital but was never charged.

As her health deteriorated last month, US authorities said they would be reviewing the circumstances of her condition “with greater interest”.

“An announcement regarding a charging decision, if any, will be made at the appropriate time,” Fulton County District Attorney Paul L Howard Jr told People magazine.

Priyanka Chopra to star in pilot of ABC’s ‘Quantico’

Washington: Bollywood star Priyanka Chopra has been cast in ABC’s drama pilot ‘Quantico.’

Eexecutive produced by Mark Gordon, Josh Safran and Nick Pepper, the show centers on a group of young FBI recruits, all with specific reasons for joining, who battle their way through training at the Quantico base in Virginia, reported.

The 32-year-old actress-singer and former Miss World will play the role of a brilliant but haunted FBI trainee named Alex Weaver, whose past resurfaces soon after her arrival at Quantico. (ANI)

A one-hit star in 2009, By 2014, Deepika outshines all


A cheesy line of dialogue in the Diwali blockbuster Happy New Year proffering a rather simplistic piece of wisdom can be paraphrased thus: “There are two types of people in the world—winners and losers”. Few people these days can be tagged with a rare degree of sanguineness than the film’s leading lady, Deepika Padukone, and she is undeniably a winner. Her seemingly obvious  triumph is unique for the surprising fact that a few years back she was a hair’s breadth away from being labelled a loser, headed for a plateau peopled by inter changeable B-town beauties.
Yet, look at Deepika today! The 28-year-old has racked up five money-spinners and a clutch of acting trophies in two years, with HNY opening to a staggering Rs 100-crore weekend. What’s more, the dimpled Deepika’s cartilage-defying moves and glib Marathi accent provide perk and passion to the testosterone-heavy film. Shahrukh Khan, her co-star in a trio of hits now (Om Shanti Om, Chennai Expressand Happy New Year), reflects, “I think Deepika was always a star. We had shown the OSO song Aankhonmeinteri to Amitji (Bachchan) and he had prophesied, ‘She will be a huge star!’” About his protegee’s remarkable trajectory, Shahrukh observes, “I have nothing to do with her success. She has earned it…. She has made great choices. Besides Cocktail and Finding Fanny, she has wisely chosen commercial films.”
Yet, on hindsight, Deepika’s initial choices after Om Shanti Om appear to be a series of catastrophic missteps. Indeed, her ascent has been pockmarked with pitfalls. Deepika received a lavish launch in Om Shanti Om (2007), which pitched her as a wispy, willowy vision. Subsequently, Deepika played by the starlet rules and signed on for a string of forgettable roles in which her acting calibre and potential was untapped, running the very real risk of being dismissed as another glamour doll. But she had the discipline to look beyond temporary setbacks; she had the keen nose and big heart for the big game. Each time she fell like a limp shuttlecock (a perfect metaphor for a badminton player),Deepika picked herself up for the next serve.
The accretion of many minor leaps led to the gradual blooming of Deepika’s talent a perceptively acted scene in Love Aaj Kal, an exhilarating dance move in Karthik Calling Karthik, a calibrated half-glance in Aakarshan…. Her alleged beau Ranveer Singh says, “A lot of people started noticing Deepika’s performances after Cocktail because it was a success, but I had noticed it earlier, in Love Aaj Kal, Break KeBaad and Lafange Parindey.” Deepika’s tenacity and Zen like temperament paid off when Homi Adjania’s Cocktail (2012) made her the toast of tinseltown. Her uninhibited performance as the free-spirited Veronica, grappling with love and jealousy, drew as much notice as her blood-red bikini.
But 2013 proved to be the annus mirabilis fate’s capricious wheel spun repeatedly in her favour, and four of her films raced past the Rs 100-crore benchmark. By the time Race 2 and Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani came on the heels of Cocktail, Deepika was walking tall even without stilettos. As a bespectacled plain Jane transformed by her love for a commitment-phobic travel photographer, Deepika’s chemistry with Ranbir Kapoor in YJHD impressed beyond the screen. Showing maturity few then would credit her for, she had let her head rule her heart and worked with Ranbir despite their real-life break-up. I have seen Ranbir and Deepika together at Indigo restaurant when they were dating—she was sniffling daintily into a kerchief while he thoughtfully ordered hot tea for her. They had an unmistakable connect that was captured on screen.
With the blockbuster Chennai Express came a meaty role a rare prize for leading ladies beside superstar Shahrukh Khan. Deepika’s Hindi-challenged shenanigans provided a formidable foil to Shahrukh’s comedic chops. Sanjay Bhansali’s high-octane drama Goliyon Ki Rasleela Ram Leela was like the wind beneath her wings. Resplendent in the earthy songs, Deepika also projected fiery defiance as a strong-willed Juliet who defies her gangster mother even as she amputates her finger.
Deepika finally bagged the last star on her coronation diadema best actress award for Ram Leela. She also collected trophies for Chennai Express. “Awards matter; they are a sign of appreciation,” an elated Deepika admitted. Seldom has recent Bollywood success been so well-earned she has the hard-nosed discipline to take on a gruelling work-schedule. You can’t feature in major roles in four films a year without missing several Kodak holiday moments.
Happily for Deepika, she is placed at the cusp of several staples demanded of Bollywood heroines. She can look strikingly modern, with her rangy body, interminable legs and washboard abs, but can also exude a turmeric-soaked, earthily heady glamour with her ethnic appeal. Crucially, she is also willing to chance her hand at edgy ventures. Deepika pushed the envelope with another Adjania adventure, Finding Fanny (2014), and discovered a streak for black comedy. She wrought a fine balance with her goofy chirpiness in HNY. Farah Khan’s film was no barometer for subtlety, but Deepika was fetchingly tongue-in-cheek as the no-hold-barred bar dancer.
More chapters would be added to Deepika’s story. She has three interesting films in store for 2015 Shoojit Sircar’s Piku with Amitabh Bachchan, Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha with Ranbir Kapoor and Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s Bajirao Mastani with Ranveer Singh. “I have pivotal roles in all these films,” she says. Deepika has a fetish for shoes, but admits, “Getting my shoe size is a difficult task.” Big feet or not, she seems destined to leave a large footprint.

KimK’s trainer says Kanye West doesn’t come to gym out of jealousy

London, Oct 17 (ANI): Kim Kardashian’s trainer has revealed that Kanye West doesn’t visit his wife in gym out of jealousy.


Gunnar Peterson, who has worked with A-celebs like Angelina Jolie, Matthew McConaughey, Penelope Cruz, said that he doesn’t think the couple worry about getting jealous, the Mirror reported.


He said that what happens is their training becomes so much a part of their daily speech they want to check it out and one can’t help talking about a good session.

Peterson added that Kim just trains and is one of the hardest working people inside and outside the gym and that the work she puts in, she knows it pays off.

Busy Brad Pitt owes buddy George Clooney wedding present

London, Oct 17 (ANI): Brad Pitt had been so busy filming ‘By The Sea’ with wife Angelina Jolie that he missed the nuptials of his best friend George Clooney, but the actor admits he owes Clooney a wedding gift.


The 50-year-old actor, who’s also a father-of-six, explained that he and Jolie were shooting in Malta when the lavish celebrations took place in Venice last month, the Mirror reported.


Pitt would also be seen in the upcoming flick ‘Fury,’ where he plays the role of Wardaddy alongside Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Pena.

Nicole Scherzinger reveals new album was like `therapy`

Washington, Oct 17 (ANI): Nicole Scherzinger has revealed that her new album ‘Big Fat Lie’ was like “therapy.”


The 36-year-old singer said that it’s a very personal album to her and it’s a transitional album as it is very honest and authentic, People Magazine reported.


The former ‘X Factor’ judge, who for eight years felt like she wasn’t enough, wasn’t pretty, was fat and wasn’t worthy of more, added that she is in a different place in her life now and she feels a bit more confident and comfortable in her own skin to be able to talk about things that she hadn’t talked about before.


Scherzinger continued that it feels good to be truthful, because not everyone’s perfect and everyone always has these pre-conceived notions that unlike celebrities, who are supposedly glamorous and don’t have any problems and any issues, they battle with their own issues.