August 2007

The World’s Wealthiest Women

Some of the world’s wealthiest men are virtually household names. Just think of Microsoft’s Bill Gates, Virgin’s Richard Branson or famed investor Warren Buffett. However, few people can readily name even one female multibillionaire. We wonder: How many women are among the ten richest people in the world?

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Iran’s Minority Report

Modern-day Iran — a country much in the headlines these days — traces its roots back to the ancient Persians. Indeed, it was only in 1935 that the Iranian government called on other countries to substitute Iran for Persia as the official name of the country. We wonder: What percentage of people living in Iran today is not Persian?

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India’s Under-20 Vision

While India's economy is growing rapidly, big challenges remain — chief among them reducing illiteracy and giving today's youth a better education. But the sheer number of students makes that quite a task. We wonder: As a group, Indians under the age of 20 are about as large as the entire population of which of the following countries or regions?

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Women as Top Politicians

While the U.S. presidential elections are still over a year away, Hillary Clinton stands a solid chance of becoming the first woman president in the history of the United States. We wonder: Which two other leading industrialized countries have never had a woman as head of state or government?

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