The businessman and investor Leonard (or Len as he is called) Blavatnik was born on the 14th of June 1957 in a Russian-Jewish family settled in Odessa, Ukraine and he was the son of two university professors. He went to the Moscow University of Railway Engineering but didn’t get to graduate since the family’s request for immigration was approved and they moved to the United States in 1978. Here he studied at Columbia University receiving a Masters degree in computer science and then an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1989. After finishing his studies he worked at the Mount
For thousands of years, people have built incredibly impressive edifices for practical purposes, like bridges, homes, or fortifications. A lot of the times, however, the scale and grandeur of these structures had nothing to do with any practical considerations, but rather for symbolic reasons, like honoring a respected figure or a significant event. This desire to invest of huge resources into building essentially “useless” things is one of humanity’s great qualities, and we’ve decided to celebrate that by showing you some of the great monuments built in this fascinating endeavor. 10. Chiang Kai-shek Memorial Hall Intended as a memorial to
If you ever get to the southernmost extreme of the Americas, the Arakur Ushuaia is a wonderful retreat located in the Cerro Alarkén natural reserve, the perfect starting point to discover Tierra del Fuego. This place is intriguing for a lot of travelers, at turns beautiful, ancient and strange, with breathtaking views and a lot of interesting stories about shipwrecks. The Arakur Ushuaia is perched high above sea level, right below a towering peak that will surely take your breath away. Right in this area the Andes meet the southern ocean in a sharp skid. The resort was designed with
If this is just the first time you’ve heard of British sports car manufacturer Ultima Sports don’t worry, you’re probably not alone. Their cars are very, very fast and the Ultima GT-R or the Can Am model might sound a little familiar for some of you. They’re now replacing these models with something even faster, called Ultima Evolution and available both as a coupe and convertible. With an aggressive design inspired from the Le Mans Group-C cars, the new models are vastly improved and modernized compared to their predecessors. The Evolution will be powered by a supercharged Chevy LS V8
Located next to a tiny lake in Chappaqua, New York, this palatial stone manor sits on a massive 86.68-acres property that’s just perfect for anyone who wants to escape the busy life from New York. This extraordinary home looks like a small palace in the middle of the nature and it was tastefully designed by the renowned architect Boris Baranovich and built back in 2004. It comes with 6 luxurious bedrooms and 10 bathrooms, a two storey library, a massive entertainment room with a theater and a bar, a bespoke chefs kitchen and several other formal rooms where you can
For over half a century, Luciano Pavarotti enchanted everyone around the world with his unique voice, becoming the most well known opera singer of his lifetime and a legend that we’ll always remember. Today, Montblanc wants to celebrate this great opera icon with the limited edition Montblanc Patron of Art Luciano Pavarotti, a tribute to his amazing life, colorful personality and incredible voice. The beautiful Luciano Pavarotti pens are built with the finest materials and will be available in three different versions. First, the Limited Edition 4810 is inspired from Pavarotti’s usual outfits on stage, a black tuxedo with a
Bell & Ross has recently unveiled the new Vintage WW1 Edición Limitada, a gorgeous limited edition watch with a design that combines the worlds of watchmaking and cigars. The color scheme of this timepiece was inspired from the iconic Cuban cigars, with the same shades of brown that make this watch perfect for cigar lovers. Even the style of the dial and the perfectly round case makes you think of the shape and color of a cigar. The watch is simple and chic, with the Arabic numerals finished in gold dust to give the watch a vintage look and feel.
We don’t write about bike concepts too often, but this Streamlined Beemer Bike looks so tantalizing that my heart skipped a beat when I’ve first laid my eyes on these photos. This electrifying bike concept is actually dubbed “BMW Apollo Streamliner” and it’s the brainchild of a talented Turkish designer named Mehmet Doruk Erdem. If the back end of the bike looks pretty aggressive, the front end is so futuristic and sleek, screaming just one thing: speed! The bike was actually designed to break speed records in Salt Lake City, and that unorthodox front end is just perfect to deflect