A Conversation with President Clinton

Clinton Global Initiative Meeting on Boosting U.S. Economy

By Trish Regan

I was in Chicago for the third annual Clinton Global Initiative meeting where the focus was on restoring growth to our economy. Bloomberg TV was the exclusive broadcaster from the event and, while there, I had the opportunity to speak with the creator of the event himself, Former President of the United States Bill Clinton.  Bloomberg viewers heard his views on everything from repatriating offshore profits (he’d like to bring money back for use in an infrastructure bank) to the NSA, to Syria and energy independence in the US.  When I asked him if we’d see a Clinton in the White House in 2016, he delivered a line that drew both laughter and applause from the audience. “Chelsea’s still too young,” he joked.  He then went on to stress the importance of looking beyond politics and beyond elections. You can read an excerpt from my interview with the President here.

Jill Rappaport: A Voice for the Animals

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By Gunjan Sewhani and Anna Ryan
Photography by Getty Images/Andrew Walker

Jill Rappaport, the award-winning Animal Advocate and Correspondent at NBC’s The Today Show and Nightly News, started her luminous career in journalism over two decades ago on the West Coast as an “entertainment reporter.” She says (only half-jokingly) “I went from the red carpet to the wee wee pad.”

Luis D. Ortiz: A Newfound Love

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By Anna Ryan

Co-starring in the Bravo television series, Million Dollar Listing, 26-year-old Luis D. Ortiz truly climbed the ladder of success when he got into the business of real estate. While real estate may not have been his first passion, Luis demonstrates that there may be something better out there to fall in love with.

Shohreh Aghdashloo’s Road to Success

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By Christopher A. Pape & Anna Ryan

With a voice reminiscent of Kathleen Turner and as beautiful as a Persian queen, Shohreh Aghdashloo has roared onto the Hollywood scene. If you think she did so by a fluke, you would be wrong. It was only through hard work and perseverance that she honed her skills in Tehran and fled the country during its Islamic Revolution in 1979 to become one of the most beloved actresses on screen today.

Le Sereno: The Supermodel Hotel of St. Barths

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By George Wayne

If you are the astute jetrosexual on the prowl for a supermodel binge, have we got the destination point for you! It turns out that this is one of the best kept secrets of St. Barthelemy - that 25 square kilometers of rugged terrain in the French West Indies which the glamour set have been haunting for years. Well, it turns out that there is one chic resort property where, on any given week on any given month, not only in high season from November to May, you are more likely than not to check into a villa or bungalow at Le Serneno only to catch sight of a willowy beauty such as Doutzen Kroes or Alessandra Abrosio checking in right behind you. For Le Sereno is the St. Barths home away from home for the contingent of Victoria’s Secrets supermodels and the accompanying photographers, make-up artists, wardrobe stylists and other assorted hangers-on when they are on location in beautiful St. Barths, which is all the time.

Picturesque Provence

Landscape in Provence, France

By Travelin’ Gal Maxine Albert

Have high airfares and complicated connections put the kibosh on your jaunt to the south of France? If only it were possible to wake up in New York and have dinner in Provence without breaking the bank. XL Airways France must have heard our prayers. It’s the only carrier offering nonstop service to the region, and through the end of October, it’s providing direct service from JFK to Marseille for a fraction of the price of other airlines with connecting flights.

Glamour in the South of France

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By Hillary Latos

Every year the Cannes Film Festival and the Monaco Grand Prix are the unofficial rites of passage for the international jet set; the festival serves as a transition from spring to summer and attracts Hollywood royalty and actual royalty alike, movie moguls and titans of industry, and playboys and aspiring starlets. They all converge in the South of France for a 10-day whirlwind glamourfest.  Though the heavy rains literally put a damper on the festivities, even gusty storms couldn’t keep the glamour at bay.

Captivating Cartagena

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By Travelin’ Gal Maxine Albert

The recent launch of Jet Blue’s direct flights from JFK to Cartagena is great news for New Yorkers. Now jetsetters and all aficionados of vibrant, romantic locales can travel seamlessly to this favorite haunt of well-heeled Latin Americans in just over four hours. Colombia’s most popular vacation destination boasts a magical ancient walled city, an open-air museum of the best of Spanish colonial architecture. If you like charming historic sites, gastronomic cuisine, Latin music, sizzling nightlife and the warm Caribbean - you will love Cartagena.

Hotel Chinzanso: An Oasis in Tokyo

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By Gunjan Sewhani

Honor Dargan of the U.K. Telegraph puts it perfectly when he states: “Tokyo has an energy that’s hard to put your finger on. It’s not overt. It’s not in your face. But there’s an intangible fizzle and crackle in the air that makes this place breathe.” As a New Yorker, I crave this sort of energy—the hustle and bustle of metropolitan life fulfills, uplifts, and drives me every day.