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Matchmaker, Find Me a Jewish Bachelor Billionaire

By Renee Ghert-Zand

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Nicolas Berggruen in Berlin in 2010

The mothers of the seven Jewish (or Jew-ish) men who make up more than half of Forbes’ list of the 12 most eligible billionaire bachelors must be kvelling. That is, they must be thrilled that their sons are so incredibly wealthy and desirable, but not necessarily that they haven’t yet blissfully settled down (some of them have been in marriages and long-term relationships — but without happy endings).

So, who are these must-have guys from the tribe, who are not currently in serious relationships and are on the lookout for life partners? If you follow banking, investing, real estate development, tech industry and all-around entrepreneurship, you’ll recognize their names immediately. They are:

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Jewish CEO Named No. 2 Most Powerful Woman in the World

By Haaretz Service

Kraft CEO Irene Rosenfeld attends a panel on finance at the Clinton Global Initiative on September 25, 2009, in New York City. Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images.

Crossposted from Haaretz

Irene Rosenfeld, CEO and Chairman of Kraft Foods Inc., was named by Forbes magazine the second most powerful woman in the world for 2010, one place after First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama and one place ahead of media mogul Oprah Winfrey.

Rosenfeld, 57, was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, New York, and spent her later childhood in Long Island. Her father’s parents immigrated to the United States from Romania, while her mother’s parents were German Jews.

Rosenfeld, who now lives in Illinois, has been in the food industry for over 25-years, and has served as the CEO and Chairman of the Kraft Foods since 2006. The company markets popular products such as Philadelphia Cream Cheese, Kraft Singles, Oreos and Mac & Cheese.

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Jews Dominate Forbes Rich List

By Karen Granit

Forbes.com

Forbes released its annual list of 400 richest Americans on Wednesday and Jews took 30 of the top 100 spots (thanks Gawker, for doing the demographic breakdown for us).

The price of admission onto the 29th Rich List was a staggering $1 billion, and, not surprisingly — as far as minorities go, at least — Jews took excelled. The breakdown, according to Gawker’s research, included one black woman (No. 130, Oprah Winfrey), three gay men (No. 54, David Geffen; No. 332, Barry Diller; and No. 365, Peter Thiel), four Indians, six (non-Indian) Asians, 34 women, and, of course, 30 Jews in the top 100 (see below). They must have stopped counting after the 100 mark.

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Israel is 8th Happiest Country on the Globe

By Nathan Jeffay

Want to be happier? Move to Israel.

And no, this isn’t Jewish Agency propaganda. It’s the results of a recently announced Forbes mega-study on happiness around the glob.

Gallup surveyed thousands of people in 155 countries, between 2005 and 2009, to find out how happy they were. It asked participants about overall satisfaction with their lives and how they felt the previous day. Statisticians then crunched the numbers to come up with a percentage of people thriving, struggling and suffering.

Israel ranks a remarkable eighth, with 62% of the population thriving, only 3% suffering and 35% struggling. America only ranks 14th, with 57% of the population thriving, 40% struggling and, like Israel, 3% suffering.

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Is Judge Judy the New Oprah?

By Josh Tapper

She might not have the media empire or the political clout, but Judge Judith Sheindlin, the obstreperous host judge of the syndicated courtroom reality show Judge Judy, has trounced Oprah Winfrey in daytime television ratings for the sixth week in a row.

For the week ending April 25, “Judge Judy” averaged just over 6 million viewers and placed fourth in the rankings, two spots ahead of “The Oprah Winfrey Show”.

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Shekel Shekel Bills Y'all: World’s Richest Israelis

By Jordana Horn

Ten of the world’s wealthiest people are Israeli, according to this year’s Forbes’ Rich List. The ten billionaires join the company of the prince of Saudia Arabia, Itlay’s Prime Minister, Oprah and Mark Zuckerberg, and about 1,000 other people around the globe who have 10 digits in the bank. (Yeah you heard us right.)

Here’s the countdown:

1) Sammy Ofer, who’s nearly 90, is Israel’s richest man (even though he lives in Monte Carlo) with $4 billion. If you’ve ever sailed Royal Caribbean cruise line: say thank you. He owns it.

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