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The List: CNBC First 25 The beauty, and the beast, of putting together a list like CNBC’s First 25 is that you go into the process knowing that no one will be happy when you come out of it. That’s because the final product is so totally, exquisitely, infuriatingly … debatable. You just can’t win. Your spouse …

Today was the 118th running of the Boston Marathon, the first since last year’s terrorist attacks at the finish line, but this time everything went off exactly as planned. American Meb Keflezighi won for men and Rita Jeptoo of Kenya defended the women’s title she won last year. Today’s race hosted the most runners in …

You buy insurance hoping never to need it. But if you ever did have to file a claim, would you really know what your policy covers and, more importantly, what it doesn’t? Have you even looked at your insurance policy in the last year? Have you ever reviewed the policy? If you had a big …

In the world of finance, the landscape is likely to be a lot different in 25 years than it is today. Here’s a look at how things might shape up, and who the big players in banking will be, in order of importance. Tie: Google, Facebook Both Google and Facebook have made their intentions in the financial services space …

One of the most striking changes in the more than 30 years I have been involved in professional investing is the evolution of investment advice and products. It used to be that a stockbroker’s value came from having something unavailable to the average citizen: access to and knowledge about financial information. Stock prices could only …

For the first time, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway will directly own a television station. Under terms of an agreement in principle announced Wednesday, Berkshire will get ABC-affiliate WPLG in Miami from Graham Holdings. Graham holds the assets that remained after the Washington Post Co. sold its namesake newspaper to Amazon chief Jeff Bezos for $250 million last August. In the new deal, Graham would …

The world has been scrutinizing newly-appointed Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s every move. Early indicators signal a welcome departure from his predecessor Steve Ballmer. In Ballmer’s 12-year tenure, Microsoft was profitable but outpaced by competitors. While Microsoft’s market capitalization slid from $288.9 billion in 2002 to $226.8 billion in 2013, Apple‘s shot from $6.8 billion to $456 billion during …

Warren Buffett spent three hours answering questions live on CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday morning. After a Buffett marathon, we usually would look at his advice on what investors should do. This time, it’s five key lessons on what investors shouldn’t do: 1. Don’t let world events (like what’s happening in Ukraine) affect your investing decisions. Buffett …

Warren Buffett said he’s not at all discouraged that the stock market is under pressure today due to the conflict in Ukraine. In a live interview on CNBC’s “Squawk Box,” Buffett said, “When I got up this morning, I actually looked at a stock on the computer (for) the trades in London (of a stock) that …

Creating the perfect Valentine’s Day dinner may be priceless—but even the most hopeless romantic is wondering why their grocery bill for that special night can get so high. “There’s going to be a story behind all of these foods, and it’s a slightly different story,” said Richard Volpe, an economist with the Department of Agriculture. …

If you think you can be a great investor, you’d better enjoy working with one of the principal tools of the trade: the 10-K. Berkshire Hathaway’s Warren Buffett has said he loves to curl up with companies’ annual reports. When asked how to get smarter, Buffett once held up stacks of paper and said he “read 500 …

Tyler sits down with Morningstar’s Heather Brilliant to find out how they picked Canadian Pacific’s Hunter Harrison as the top CEO of 2013.

Most of America’s urban infrastructure is coastal. Of the 25 most densely populated U.S. cities, 23 are along a coast. And two of the biggest threats from climate change are increasingly intense storms and rising sea levels. The seas already rose some 7 inches during the 20th century, according to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate …

Chris Manzi, a print shop owner from New Jersey, went to work the day after winning a Mega Millions jackpot last year—at 5 a.m. no less. He had just won $3.5 million, his after-tax portion of a $14 million Mega Millions jackpot he shared with a friend. Instead of skipping town on a chartered jet, …

The big man in red should pull in a salary of just under $138,000 for his annual rounds, toymaking and elf-labor management, according to new analysis and survey data. That’s a jump from last year’s salary but still way a fraction of the almost $2 billion more than one-quarter of Americans think he deserves. The …