Jewel Kilcher is having fun in her spectacular 2,200 acre Texas ranch estate:Jewel’s house in Texas is actually a 2,200 acre cattle ranch, where she and her husband both work and relax. Their home features hardwood walls and floors, lots of funky knicks-knacks and personal touches, a home recording studio for her, and a massive paddock for livestock. A river criss-crosses their property, and they also have a 230-acre lake, and nine ponds. Jewel’s house is, in many ways, the antithesis of the lifestyle she and her husband lead while on the road in their prospective careers. With ample indoor plumbing, and literally miles of land for horseback riding and exploring, Jewel’s house is as far from her childhood home as can be. Jewel Kilcher’s rags-to-riches tale has been told time and time again. After growing up in the Alaskan wilderness with no indoor plumbing, she was accepted to the prestigious Interlochen Arts Academy, where she studied voice and learned to play guitar. From there, she began playing and singing at coffee houses and street fairs, traveling and living in her van. She began to gain a following while playing at a coffee shop on Thursday nights in San Diego, and after an executive from Atlantic Records heard her in the summer of 1994, her entire career changed. Her first album, “Pieces of You”, was released in 1995, and became one of the best-selling albums ever. It sold 15 million copies and remained on the Billboard 200 for two years. She has since released six more albums, all of which have been moderately successful. She also met, and married, pro rodeo cowboy, Ty Murray, and the pair gave birth to a son in the summer of 2011. She recently resurfaced after a period away from the spotlight, when it was announced that she would portray June Carter Cash in a new biopic that is being produced by the Lifetime Network. Back in January of 2011, when she and her husband were planning for the arrival of their firstborn, the couple purchased a stunning ranch in Texas.
Arnold Schwarzenegger made a $65000 down payment on a house for his ex-housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena:Arnold Schwarzenegger made a $65,000 down payment on a house for his ex-housekeeper Mildred Patricia Baena less than a year before he admitted to fathering her child. According to loan doents, Arnold made the "gift" payments in two installments from his own personal bank account one for $5,000 in April 2010 and one for $60,000 in May 2010. According to the docs, the money was used to secure a loan for Patty's house in Bakersfield, CA -- where she currently lives with Arnold's 13-year-old love child. The purchase price of the house was $268,000 -- so Arnold's down payment covered nearly a quarter of the total cost.
LeBron James kisses The Larry O'Brien NBA championship trophy and the Russell MVP award:LeBron James had won his championship at 27 years old on Thursday night, just as Michael Jordan had won his first championship at 27. James didn't have three years at North Carolina under Dean Smith, nor did he have a childhood as traditional – perhaps even functional – as Jordan's. When James had a chance to frame his championship chase into the context of those before him, including M.J., James resisted. "It was a journey for myself," he said. "I don't want to compare it to any other player. Everything that went with me being a high school prodigy when I was 16 and on the cover of Sports Illustrated to being drafted and having to be the face of a franchise; everything that came with it. I had to deal with it, and I had to learn through it. "No one had [gone] through that journey, so I had to learn on my own. Everything that came with it, I had to basically figure it out on my own." And then, James would say: "I'm a champion, and I did it the right way. I didn't shortcut anything." The words of Cleveland owner Dan Gilbert still were on his mind, almost a flinching out of James for the next wave of criticism that perhaps he feared would be thrust his way. Over and over, wherever his thoughts would go in the aftermath of this spectacular NBA Finals performance of 28.6 points, 10.2 rebounds and 7.2 assists, James punctuated his sentences with, "I'm a champion now." For him, it is the kicker to every answer now, and that Finals failure a season ago makes it harder for people to completely dismiss James and the Heat as the big, bad bully who ganged up on everyone else. James needed Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, but they needed him a lot more for a championship. As it turned out, Wade wasn't a co-chair on this partnership, but a sidekick. In this NBA, no one wins a title without a superstar, and All-Stars in the supporting cast. That's been true for the Los Angeles Lakers and Boston Celtics and Dallas Mavericks in these past several years, and that was true for the Heat, too. NBA championship team paid for winning the championship According to the Wages of Win Journal, the payout for a championship win is a little trickier to calculate. Player salaries are all paid out in the regular season and bonuses are paid to each team during the post-season. The winning team of the NBA Finals takes home $1.77M split amongst all the players and coaching staff. WOW did the math and found that, assuming the winner sweeps every series and plays only 16 games, they get only $9,342 (versus around $50k in the regular season on average) if it was split across the players alone.