Benedict Cumberbatch is winning. The Oscar-nominated actor who stars in the upcoming movie, Doctor Strange, recently announced that he and wife, Sophie Hunter, are expecting baby number two. In addition to that exciting news, Cumberbatch was honored in an intimate gathering at the Pacific Design Center for his humanitarian efforts. MillionaireMatch was able to speak to Cumberbatch about the award. Levi Meaden (Pacific Rim 2), Lala Kent (Vanderpump Rules) Megalyn Echikunwoke (White Famous), and Yvonne Orji (HBO’s Insecure) also attended the event to support the cause.
Cumberbatch has supported many organizations focused on children, education, poverty, mental and physical challenges. Afam Onyema, Co-Founder and COO of The GEANCO Foundation, chose Cumberbatch to be honored.
GEANCO, was created in 2005. The mission of the foundation is to save and transform lives in Africa. It is the only group to lead regular hip and knee replacement surgical missions for vulnerable citizens in Nigeria. GEANCO also supports education, partnering with the David Oyelowo Leadership Scholarship for Girls, which was majorly funded by Oprah Winfrey. The foundation also supports Brightland Academy, a school for the underprivileged founded by Chiwetel Ejiofor’s family in Nigeria. Ejiofor (12 Years a Slave, Doctor Strange) is a past honoree along with David Oyelowo (Queen of Katwe).
Cumberbatch was also recently asked to host Saturday Night Live on November 5th. You can catch Cumberbatch in the movie Doctor Strange on November 4th. He plays the famed neurosurgeon, Dr. Stephen Strange, and if that isn’t enough he soon will play Thomas Edison in the film The Current War.
The English actor married Hunter on February 14, 2015 and has one son, Christopher Carlton.
The quarterly magazine, LaPalme, celebrated their fall issue with cover stars Jerry O’Connell and Olivia Culpo at Le Petit Paris in Downtown Los Angeles. Tahj Mowry, Ariane Andrew, Jessica Hall, Kareem Rush and Ricky Rebel attended the red carpet event making a fashionable statement.
The magazine, which launched in July 2013, covers all things fashion and beauty with “deep rich color photography”. Co-Founder and Creative Director, Derek Warburton, has worked as a celebrity stylist for television shows including The Real Housewives of New York City. The magazine is named after Co-Founder, Kevin LaPalme.
MillionaireMatch was curious to know what was everyone’s go-to item for the fall. “I love things that shimmer and shine,” said Ricky Rebel as he wore a peep-hole metallic jumpsuit that complimented his royal blue hair. He described his personal style to be “larger than life. Glamorous.”
We weren’t surprised when the WWE Star, Ariane Andrews said, “I make my own trends. I don’t really follow them.” She also said she likes the colors black and white. For fall, she looks forward to wearing a nice leather jacket.
Tahj Mowry, who stars in the hit show Baby Daddy, said that even though it doesn’t really get cold in Los Angeles he was happy to break out his leather motorcyle jacket. “Trenches, boots and a t-shirt,” said Mowry regarding his go to look for the fall. He also loves to mix vintage pieces with a few popular fashion labels. Mowry is the brother to Tia and Tamera Mowry.
Recording artist, Kristine Elezaj, shared with us her fall fashion must-have. “I like to layer. I always go for a good coat. A nice light, fun, sexy coat,” she said. Meanwhile TV personality, Jessica Hall, said she stays pretty comfortable and conservative since having a baby.
Kearran Giovanni (TNT, Major Crimes) said she was just changing up her style for the cool weather, but her make-up too. “You’ve got to winterize your eyewear. Get deeper, darker with it. Maybe a little bit chunkier,” she said. We also asked about her personal style and if she leaned towards a Kim K. or Michelle O. look. “Is it Thursday night or Saturday night? I think it depends on the occasion. You want to go classy, but sometimes you want to go sassy,” added Giovanni.
Cover star, Olivia, talked to Warburton about her upcoming NFL fashion collaboration. She said, “I was excited to put my personal flair on sportswear!” Not only is she starting her own fashion sports line, but she soon will be opening an Italian restaurant.
Jerry, on the other hand, has been busy co-hosting with Kelly Ripa on “Live with Kelly”. There may be a possibility of him being a permanent face on the show.
Fashion wasn’t the only thing talked about on the red carpet. Many had quite a few opinions about the upcoming election. “I’m excited for the election. I’ve become more political than I’ve ever been,” Ricky Rebel said. Mixed feelings and the hope that the right choice will be made come November 8th was the overall expression. “I honestly can’t wait until it’s over,” Giovanni said.
LaPalme magazine can be purchased both in print or digitally.
New companies open their doors everyday and hope that they can survive and beat the competition. There’s also a small group of entrepreneurs who not only survive, but they create a category just for themselves. That’s exactly what Rosie O’Neill did when she decided to start Sugarfina. MillionaireMatch got the scoop on how O’Neill created the sweetest success story.
O’Neill was living the good life as the director of marketing for the popular Mattel brand, Barbie. O’Neill , a graduate of UCLA, started as an intern at Barbie before working her way up. After finding the love of her life, Josh Resnick, through an online dating site, she decided that a new challenge with her new love was the direction she wanted to go.
To start Sugarfina, O’Neill made some immediate changes. She left her amazing job at Barbie, cut down on her expenses and took $30k of her own money to get Sugarfina started. Resnick, who sold his video game design firm, Pandemic, for $860 million, also put in $30k.
The company has opened 22 retail boutiques in less than 3 years in the largest cities in North America in prime retail locations. They have also partnered with Nordstrom and can be found in Bergdorf Goodman, Barney’s, Sak’s, Neiman’s and Bloomingdales. So how did Sugarfina rise to the top so quickly, disrupting a $35 billion industry without spending any money on marketing? Well here is what O’Neill had to say.
“Be dramatically different,” O’Neill said. Sugarfina is unlike any other candy store targeting Millennial women and their mothers, the design is clean and chic. They decided to present their products like jewelry, focusing on beautiful packaging. She also says, “Nail your brand. We are obsessive about every detail of the brand. You have to really focus on branding. Not just as a logo. Not just as a website, but the whole experience of your brand in every single way people interact with it. Be consistent, different, and be bold.”
It’s impressive that not only do they not spend money on marketing, but they also pay their employees 30% below market. This does not keep them from attracting great talent. “Growing fast is really hard. You are only as good as the people you bring on to your team,” O’Neill said. Instead she offers stock options, a learning environment, and opportunities for her staff, which is 80% Millennial women, to create friendships. The culture of Sugarfina is an environment where you get to work with your friends. The result? Retention.
On funding, O’Neill has finished Series A of funding with all individual investors verses venture capitalists or private equity. “I didn’t want to give up too much equity or control, “ she said. “Try to find investors that are strategic. These types of investors are not transactional. They are thinking of growing the business the same way we are,” she continued. Sugarfina now has a revenue of over $3 million.
One last tip from O’Neill was to put your twist on a trend. She quickly noticed the trend of Rosè wine, which led to one of their best-selling candies, the Rosè infused gummy bears. This product sold out in two hours after it was announced. She couldn’t get the new item into the stores, and had a waitlist of 18,000 to get the item. They had four billion impressions on social media and the press was crazy. “It was absolutely insane,” she said. Well, it looks like sweet success to us.
There are lots of perks of being a celebrity, and one of them would be the free gifts. Hollywood’s top celebrities headed to the glamorous rooftop of the Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills hotel for complimentary massages, cocktails, gadgets, and even luxurious chocolate hosted by GBK, a lifestyle gift lounge and special event company. Pilot Pen was the event’s title sponsor.
MillionaireMatch caught a few celebs enjoying their time including Maisie Williams (Game of Thrones), Anthony Anderson (Black-ish), Sherri Saum (The Fosters), Alan Cumming (The Good Wife), Lotte Verbeek (The Blacklist), Peyton Meyer (Girl Meets World), Michael Kelly (House of Cards), Patrika Darbo (The Bay), and Jaina Lee Ortiz (Rosewood).
Guests were able to sip on delicious cocktails sponsored by Voo Vodka and nibble on bites created by Chef Mauro Scaglia of Il Palato Italiano, before grabbing a relaxing massage by the Burke Williams Spa staff. Each celeb walked away with a 2013 Williams Selyem Russian River Valley Pinot Noir, essential oils and body treatments, and a complimentary Italian dinner for 15 people at their home. And this was just the start of a day of collecting fabulous gifts. They even got to enjoy music from popular singer-songwriter, Adam Gomez of Adams Live Music. This is the life.
MillionaireMatch tried out a few products as well, and had a few favorites. The Power Cube by Allocacoc is a great device for anyone who travels often. The Power Cube is a space saving solution for power supply for both home and office. A great gift for anyone. To wrap it up, we loved Gift Wrap My Face, a personalized gift wrapping paper company that lets you put your photo on the wrapping paper.
Anthony Anderson enjoyed wrapping up a luxurious robe by Wrapped in a Cloud which offers plush robes and blankets. Jaina Lee Ortiz took home candles by For the Love of Baths that smelled so delightful we wished we had one. Maisie Williams took home a huge bag of goodies that made us jealous.
Other products included high end gowns for the red carpet by Zoan Ash, chocolates by Bread Basket Cake Co., a comfy pair of down boots by Hastens Los Angeles, fashionable footwear by GuiltySoles, handcrafted jewelry by The Artisan Group, fashion accessories from 7 Charming Sisters, free dog training from LA’s Dog Trainer, organic soaps by Beauty Kitchen, and a complimentary stay with ocean view at Belmond La Samanna St. Martin. I’ll say this was a win win for everyone that came.
GBK was founded in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, who is also the CEO. The company also produces weddings and offers marketing, consulting, and public relations.
Miguel McKelvey is what you can call the American dream when it comes to success. Most entrepreneurs have several attempts at success before it actually happens. The mind of an entrepreneur is highly creative, seeking different avenues to overcome roadblocks, to rebound, or to just fix the last faux pas. McKelvey, too, has had an interesting entrepreneurial journey to the top. MillionaireMatch was interested to know how he went from stumbling to a billion dollar success.
McKelvey is the Chief Creative Officer for WeWork, a communal workspace company. As CCO, McKelvey oversees construction, architecture, and web design for WeWork and their new brand, WeLive. WeWork currently has a valuation of $16 billion and has raised $1.5 billion.
WeWork wasn’t McKelvey’s first business venture. He launched a website called English Baby! The site helped students globally link with others to practice different languages. McKelvey had some success, but decided to pivot. He took his degree in architecture that he earned from the University of Oregon and moved to New York City. He later landed a job as a store designer for American Apparel and part of a three-person architectural firm, which resulted in him being very hands on with the everyday problems of a start-up.
It all started in Brooklyn. In 2010, McKelvey co-founded WeWork with friend, Adam Neumann. “We were one of the first people to look around. We thought wouldn’t it be amazing to pull them [residents of Brooklyn] all in, to bring them all together and create a rich, diverse environment,” he said when thinking of building the first location. By the end of 2016, WeWork will have approximately 100 locations including offices in Europe, Asia, and India. Did McKelvey know this would be as big as it is? “We didn’t really have a business plan, but we did have a couple of pieces of papers that we sketched on. One of the first premises was that it was going to be global,” McKelvey said. He further explained that he had a handwritten map where he put down all the cities he wanted WeWork to exist.
The chic design of the co-working offices is just one benefit to being part of the community at WeWork. Memberships offer plenty of opportunities to network with other members, free refreshments, super-fast internet, and weekly happy hours. The business model has become so popular that membership space sells out before doors are even open at some new locations. “In some cases when you are new to a market, and you able to generate a lot of attention and interest, it [success] happens really quickly,” said McKelvey. “When we started, we were really interested in speed and sustainability. We wanted to be able to grow fast and to build physical space quickly. We had to do it in-house. We built a team of approximately 200, which are from the front end in real estate through architecture to the interior design process. We own that from end to end,” he continued.
Regarding the future of WeWork, McKelvey feels they will be around for the long haul continuing to solve the problem of bringing more creative minds together. “What we really want is not just a mechanical, engineered solution. More so, what creates community, that bond people together and that allow people to be more responsive and interested in each other. That’s what the world needs,” he explained.
After hitting his last round of funding, a couple of his friends suggested he sell. He says that he doesn’t see himself selling as this opportunity wouldn’t come around again. In addition, the company has actually begun to expand their brand with WeLive, which are furnished apartments that offer a community for its residents and the flexibility to stay for months or a few nights. Included in these awesome communities are a chef’s kitchen, laundry/arcade, and a yoga studio.
“We want to build a great company. We want to be a company everyone knows about, respects and believes in,” McKelvey said.
Be sure to check out their new living spaces at www.welive.com