We’re taking a look at some of the top stories that are making the news across your Caribbean-American community here in South Florida. Today is Friday, January 6th and for CNW90, I’m Jahlisa HarveyThe news today is brought to you by Grace Aloe, Aloe Vera Drink, Refreshingly Delicious.Here are today’s top stories:Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley said Wednesday that he expected “reason and common sense” to prevail as the Oilfield Workers Trade Union announced plans to stage a 90-day strike within the energy sector. The OWTU, which is seeking a 10 per cent wage hike for the workers, has rejected the company’s offer of a zero per cent hike over the period 2014 to 2017.Join The City of Miramar on Thursday, January 12, as they host a candlelight vigil in remembrance of the 7th anniversary of the 2010 Earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Matthew. The event will include a free concert and everyone is encouraged to bring a monetary donation along with any other items you may want to donate such as rubbing alcohol, antibiotic ointment and baby formula. The event will be held at the Miramar Regional Park from 6pm-9pm.Jamaican reggae artist, Buju Banton may be released a year earlier than his 10-year mandatory sentence. The Federal Bureau of Prisons’ website is reporting the artist’s new release date from the McRae Correctional Facility is December 8, 2018.In Sports:In the Scotiabank CFU Men’s Caribbean Cup 5th Place Playoff match, suriname beat Trinidad and Tobago 2-1 at the Ato Boldon Stadium on Wednesday night and will kick off against Haiti this evening at 6 p.m. Sunday will have Haiti versus Trinidad and Tobago at 5 p.m. The winner of the playoff will face the winner from the Central America 5th Place Playoff, to vie for a spot in the 2017 CONCACAF Gold Cup.Now, here’s what’s trending:New York Times has designated Kingston, Jamaica as one of the top 52 Best Places to Go in 2017 naming Kingston as number 24.For TODAYS weather forecast:Partly cloudy in Broward County with a high of 83 and a low of 71. Partly cloudy in Miami-Dade, with a high of 83 and a low of 73.For more information on these and other stories, visit us online atCaribbean national weekly.com.Today’s news is brought to you by Grace Aloe. Aloe Vera drink, Refreshingly Delicious.”This has been CNW90, I’m Jahlisa Harvey
Share Share Tweet BusinessNewsRegional World’s largest cruise ship to call on Jamaica in November by: Jamaica Observer – June 14, 2016 Sharing is caring! 83 Views no discussions Share A view of the Harmony of the Seas cruise ship docked in Barcelona, Spain, on June 5.Photo: AP(Jamaica Observer) HARMONY of the Seas, the world’s largest cruise ship, is slated to make its inaugural call to Jamaica in November.The vessel, owned by Royal Caribbean, is scheduled to dock at the Falmouth Pier in Trelawny.Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett said the visit will provide a major boost for Jamaica’s growing cruise-ship sector, which is still celebrating a 13.6 per cent growth for the 2015/16 winter season.Bartlett made the disclosure during an interview with JIS at the annual general meeting of the Jamaica Hotel and Tourist Association held Saturday at the Sandals Ochi Beach Resort in St Ann.“In addition to Royal Caribbean’s other vessels — Oasis of the Seas and Allure of the Seas — Jamaica will now have the three largest ships in the world calling on our ports,” Bartlett pointed out.He said that Harmony of the Seas is on its inaugural voyage in Barcelona, Spain, and will remain in Europe for the summer before going to Fort Lauderdale in the fall for its Caribbean cruise, when it will make its Jamaica stop.Bartlett said that Royal Caribbean has had a long relationship with the local cruise industry, with the Falmouth Pier accommodating most of the cruise line’s flagship vessels.“As a matter of fact, it’s not just Royal Caribbean,” the minister pointed out.“It is no secret that all the cruise lines that ply the western Caribbean route continue to see Jamaica as a marquee destination, boasting some of the Caribbean’s finest attractions,” he said “When itineraries are being put together, the quality attractions we have here in Jamaica have to be taken into consideration. Where else in the Caribbean or in this hemisphere will you find a natural gem like Dunn’s River?” he asked.Meanwhile, the tourism minister said that the cruise sector is poised for further growth.“I am actually going to Miami next week to meet with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association to discuss additional ships for Jamaica. We see Kingston coming into the picture now as a cruise destination… these are really exciting times,” he said.At 226,963 tons, Harmony of the Seas has been described as a “floating mega resort”. It boasts three main pool areas, a water slide complex, adults-only solarium, an ice skating rink, two rock climbing walls, a basketball court and a mall-like indoor promenade with shops, bars and eateries.Wider than Oasis and Allure by about 2.5 feet, Harmony holds nearly 100 more passengers than its sisters at double occupancy. Its total capacity is 6,780 people, not including crew, which is a record for the cruise industry.
Keysight Technologies has announced the availability of real-time spectrum analysis (RTSA) as an option for its standards-compliant MXE EMI receiver. Adding RTSA to an MXE enables test labs to observe and diagnose transient and wideband emissions during electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) compliance and precompliance testing.With RTSA, engineers can more easily see and understand high-speed transient signals that are difficult to capture with traditional spectrum or signal analyzers. This is especially useful in applications such as radar, automotive and wireless communications that often experience fast-moving, short-duration emissions.In RTSA mode, the MXE can provide real-time analysis bandwidth up to 85 MHz below 3.6 GHz and up to 40 MHz above 3.6 GHz, ensuring image-free, over-the-air diagnostics that enable faster, easier analysis of emissions. RTSA offers 100 percent probability of capture for signals with durations greater than 3.7 µs when viewing with an 85 MHz span.The Keysight MXE EMI receiver now offers real-time signal analysis (RTSA) for diagnostics of high-speed transient signals that are difficult to capture.Frequency mask trigger (FMT) capability is also included with RTSA, allowing users to confidently trigger on signals with durations as short as 17.4 µs. In addition, time-qualified triggering capability further enhances FMT by simplifying the task of finding pulse outliers or triggering on specific communications bursts.RTSA is an upgradeable option on new and existing MXE EMI receivers as well as UXA, PXA and MXA X-Series signal analyzers. Adding RTSA enables engineers to see, capture and understand the most elusive signals, known or unknown. For deeper analysis, engineers can combine a real-time X-Series signal analyzer with Keysight 89600 VSA software to create a solution that enables thorough characterization of today’s most complex signals.U.S. Pricing and AvailabilityThe RTSA option for MXE (N9038A-RT1) is available for order and has a list price of $22,500.
The Indians will induct four franchise legends into the club’s Hall of Fame in a ceremony on July 30 at Progressive Field.Jim Thome, the Indians all-time home run king; Albert Belle, still the only 50-50 man in baseball history; Frank Robinson, the first African-American manager in baseball history; and Charlie Jamieson, who hit .316 over 14 seasons with the Indians and was a member of the 1920 World Series team, will be inducted before the Indians game against the Oakland A’s. A Jim Thome HOF Bobblehead, courtesy of Medical Mutual, will be distributed to 15,000 fans that evening.The quartet’s induction now makes the Indians Hall of Fame 44 members strong after Omar Vizquel’s induction in 2014.”These are four of the all-time great players in our franchise’s storied history, and through their individual personalities and achievements, each has created his own special memories for generations of Indians fans,” said Indians Senior Vice President of Public Affairs Bob DiBiasio. “We’re excited to officially recognize their contributions to our franchise and the game of baseball by inducting them into the Indians Hall of Fame.”Thome played 13 seasons in all for the Indians, and his 337 homers and 1,008 walks in a Tribe uniform are the most in club history. He was a three-time All-Star as a member of the Indians, and four times finished in the top 10 in American League MVP voting.He ranks second in club history in RBI (937), third in on-base percentage (.414), slugging percentage (.592) and OPS (.980), and 10th in doubles (263). Thome is first-time eligible for the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2018.Belle, too, was one of the most feared hitters in baseball during his prime; he hit 50 homers and 52 doubles in 1995, and remains the only Major League player in history to accomplish that feat. He was a four-time All-Star and Silver Slugger Award winner with the Tribe, and three times finished in the top three in AL MVP voting.He ranks second in club history in homers, with 242, second in slugging percentage (.580), fifth in OPS (.949) and 10th in RBI (751).Robinson played the final three years of his stellar career in Cleveland, but is far better remembered for being a pioneer: He became the first African-American manager in baseball history, and served as player-manager from 1975-1976.After hitting 586 career homers for five teams, Robinson managed the Indians for parts of three seasons, and eventually managed four teams. He won 1,065 games over 16 seasons, and was the 1989 AL Manager of the Year.Jamieson played the final 14 years of his career (12 full seasons) with the Indians, hitting .316 and scoring 942 runs over those seasons. He also was a member of the 1920 World Series champions.He ranks fifth in club history in hits (1,753), seventh in doubles (296), ninth in average and walks (627), 10th in triples (74) and 11th in on-base percentage (.388).CLEVELAND INDIANS HALL OF FAME MEMBERS (44)CA SANDY ALOMAR- Inducted 2009OF EARL AVERILL- Inducted 19512B CARLOS BAERGA- Inducted 2013P JIM BAGBY, SR.-Inducted 2007OF ALBERT BELLE – Inducted 2016SS LOU BOUDREAU- Inducted 19543B BILL BRADLEY- Inducted 1957SS RAY CHAPMAN- Inducted 2006OF ROCKY COLAVITO- Inducted 2006P STAN COVELESKI- Inducted 1966OF LARRY DOBY- Inducted 1966P BOB FELLER- Inducted 1957P WES FERRELL- Inducted 2009OF ELMER FLICK- Inducted 1963P MIKE GARCIA- Inducted 2007MGR/2B JOE GORDON- Inducted 2008P MEL HARDER- Inducted 1951MGR/1B MIKE HARGROVE- Inducted 2008CA JIM HEGAN- Inducted 1966OF JOE JACKSON- Inducted 1951P ADDIE JOSS- Inducted 20063B KEN KELTNER- Inducted 1951OF CHARLIE JAMIESON – Inducted 20162B NAP LAJOIE- Inducted 1951P BOB LEMON- Inducted 1960OF KENNY LOFTON- Inducted 2010MGR. AL LOPEZ- Inducted 2006P SAM McDOWELL- Inducted 2006P CHARLES NAGY- Inducted 2007CA STEVE O’NEILL- Inducted 1951P SATCHEL PAIGE- Inducted 1965RHP GAYLORD PERRY-Inducted 2012MRG. FRANK ROBINSON – Inducted 20163B AL ROSEN- Inducted 2006P HERB SCORE- Inducted 2006SS JOE SEWELL- Inducted 1951OF LOUIS FRANCIS SOCKALEXIS-Inducted 2006OF TRIS SPEAKER- Inducted 19513B JIM THOME – Inducted 20161B/DH ANDRE THORNTON- Inducted 20071B HAL TROSKY- Inducted 1951SS OMAR VIZQUEL – Inducted 2014P EARLY WYNN- Inducted 1972P CY YOUNG- Inducted 1951 Related TopicsAlbert BelleIndiansJim Thome Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. Matt Loede
Tigers win seventh game in a rowBy Paul LeckerSports ReporterPITTSVILLE — The Stratford football team clinched at least a tie for the Marawood Conference championship with a 43-0 shutout of Pittsville on Friday night at Pittsville High School.The Tigers are now 7-1 overall and 7-0 in the Marawood Conference after winning their seventh game in a row. The victory assures Stratford of at least a share of the conference title for the first time since finishing in a three-way tie with Edgar and Marathon in 2013.Stratford’s season finale is next Friday at home against winless Phillips. A victory would give the Tigers their first outright title since 2007.Pittsville drops to 3-5 overall and 3-4 in the Marawood. The Panthers must win at Marathon (7-1, 6-1 Marawood) next Friday to qualify for the WIAA playoffs.(Hub City Times Sports Reporter Paul Lecker is also the publisher of MarshfieldAreaSports.com.)
Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… tim devaney and tom stein Tags:#How To#start#StartUp 101#tips LinkedIn employees get a 24-hour gym. Twitter workers get free laundry service. Googlers get Japanese toilets with a cool “rear-cleansing” function. How can your startup compete with that? It’s not easy.When tech giants such as Facebook give their workers six-figure packages and everything up to and including free leather repair (leather repair?), a salary in the low 80s isn’t going to land you any elite tech talent. But you can still reel in good people – if you’re generous with your equity.“Pinterest can hire, Square can hire, Dropbox can hire – these companies have a clear demand for their products and are becoming market leaders,” explains Naval Ravikant, founder of startup advice site Venture Hacks. “Every other company must now give up 10% to their first key employees.”Ouch.That’s a large piece to break off to someone who wasn’t there back when your company didn’t have two iPhones to rub together. But you don’t have a choice if you want top-flight people. Offer them a big chunk of equity, or they’ll go to a company that’s actually selling its products – and where half of 1% is more likely to one day be worth some real money.“You must treat early hires like late founders, or you won’t be able to hire until you get market traction,” Ravikant warns. “If a company has no clear evidence of customer demand and the founders own 30%, 40%, 50% apiece, and they want to offer their first employees half a percent, that’s ludicrous, because they don’t have anything yet of any great value. Potential employees, at least the good ones, aren’t interested. They’d rather start their own companies.”Which is now fairly easy to do. If you have a good idea, money is there for the taking. Need $25,000 for product development? No problem. Join an incubator. Need the next $100,000? Easy. Investors now follow incubators with automatic notes.“That means everyone and their brother who you would normally hire is now starting a company,” says Ravikant (who himself founded Epinions and Vast.com).You’d think entrepreneurs would get the message. But many are not. The industry clings to its old rules: VCs get about 30% of equity, founders get 60% and the entire employee pool gets maybe 10%. And a chair massage.Ravikant also runs AngelList, which pairs entrepreneurs with angel investors. The site just launched a recruiting service for startups, where it asks companies to state how much salary and equity they’re offering to employees – and Ravikant says he still sees a “huge disparity” in the range.“Some companies are offering $80,000 and 0.1%, and others are offering $80,000 and 10%. The pricing is all over the place. But when push comes to shove, the company offering 10% equity will absolutely get the better hire. Close the equity gap, and hiring will get a lot easier,” Ravikant suggests. Image courtesy of Shutterstock. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting
A bizarre microbe found deep in a gold mine in South Africa could provide a model for how life might survive in seemingly uninhabitable environments through the cosmos. Known as Desulforudis audaxviator, the rod-shaped bacterium thrives 2.8 kilometers underground in a habitat devoid of the things that power the vast majority of life on Earth—light, oxygen, and carbon. Instead, this “gold mine bug” gets energy from radioactive uranium in the depths of the mine. Now, scientists predict that life elsewhere in the universe might also feed off of radiation, especially radiation raining down from space.“It really grabbed my attention because it’s completely powered by radioactive substances,” says Dimitra Atri, an astrobiologist and computational physicist who works for the Blue Marble Space Institute of Science in Seattle, Washington. “Who’s to say life on other worlds doesn’t do the same thing?”Most life on Earth’s surface takes in the energy it needs through one of two processes. Plants, some bacteria, and certain other organisms collect energy from sunlight through a process called photosynthesis. In it, they use the energy from light to convert water and carbon dioxide into more complex and energetic molecules called hydrocarbons, thus storing the energy so that it can be recovered later by breaking down the molecules through a process called oxidation. 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The radiation from decaying uranium nuclei breaks apart sulfur and water molecules in the stone, producing molecular fragments such as sulfate and hydrogen peroxide that are excited with internal energy. The microbe then takes in these molecules, siphons off their energy, and spits them back out. Most of the energy produced from this process powers the bacterium’s reproduction and internal processes, but a portion of it also goes to repairing damage from the radiation.Atri thinks an extraterrestrial life form could easily make use of a similar system. The radiation might not come from radioactive materials on the planet itself, but rather from galactic cosmic rays (GCRs)—high-energy particles that careen through the universe after being flung out of a supernova. They’re everywhere, even on Earth, but our planet’s magnetic field and atmosphere shields us from most GCRs. The surfaces of other planets like Mars are much more susceptible to cosmic rays because of their thin atmospheres and, in the case of Mars, its lack of a magnetic field. Atri argues GCRs could reach the Red Planet’s surface with enough energy left to power a tiny organism. This could also be the case on any world with a negligible atmosphere: Pluto, Earth’s moon, Jupiter’s moon Europa, Saturn’s moon Enceladus, and, theoretically, countless more outside our solar system. He does note, though, that because GCRs don’t deliver nearly as much energy as the sun, GCR-powered life would be very small, and simple, just like D. audaxviator.To figure out how this might work, Atri ran simulations using existing data about GCRs to see how much energy they’d provide on some of these other worlds. The numbers were clear: The small, steady shower of cosmic rays would supply enough energy to power a simple organism on all of the planets he simulated except Earth, Atri reports this week in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. “It can’t be ruled out that life like this could exist,” he says.Atri thinks Mars is the best candidate to host GCR-powered life. The planet’s composition is rocky like Earth’s with plenty of minerals, and it might even have some water tucked away. Both would offer excellent mediums to be broken down by cosmic rays and gobbled up by a life form. The most essential part of the equation, though, is the thin atmosphere. “It’s funny,” Atri says, “because when we look for planets that contain life currently, we look for a very thick atmosphere. With these life forms, we’re looking for the opposite.”Duncan Forgan, an astrobiologist at the University of St Andrews in the United Kingdom who was not involved with the work, agrees that Mars might be harboring D. audaxviator-like life because its stable temperatures and physical makeup are similar to that of the South African gold mine. He does worry that on other planets that don’t receive light energy from a sun but still get bombarded with GCRs—such as free floating rogue planets not tied to any solar system—temperatures would dip too low and freeze life in its tracks. He also cautions that too many cosmic rays could wipe life out altogether: “Life forms like this want a steady flux of energy from cosmic rays, but not so much that it’s damaging,” he says. “They might not be able to cope with a huge bout of radiation that pops in.”In the future, Atri wants to bring the gold mine bug into the lab and see how it responds to cosmic radiation levels equivalent to those on Mars, Europa, and others. That data would give him more clues to whether this kind of organism could survive beyond Earth. “Desulforudis audaxviator is proof that life can thrive using almost any energy source available,” he says. “I always think of Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park—life finds a way.”*Correction, 3 January, 2:45 p.m.: This article has been modified to reflect the fact that not all life on Earth gets its energy from either photosynthesis or by eating other life forms. Desulforudis audaxviator thrive using radiation from uranium as an energy source deep in the gold mine they call home. NASA
Calcutta’s superstars in action: large-scale desertionsMass defection is no longer a monopoly of politicians. Last months, Calcutta’s East Bengal Club, second best in national football after Mohun Bagan Club, lost its star players as fast as a tree shedding autumn leaves. The East Bengal players were making a beeline for,Calcutta’s superstars in action: large-scale desertionsMass defection is no longer a monopoly of politicians. Last months, Calcutta’s East Bengal Club, second best in national football after Mohun Bagan Club, lost its star players as fast as a tree shedding autumn leaves. The East Bengal players were making a beeline for Mohammedan Sporting Club which, despite a glorious past, had been relegated to the number three position since a decade ago. The desertions sent a shock wave down the ranks of East Bengal’s millions of supporters, most of whom have emotional roots in the eastern parts of undivided Bengal.The man who turned out to be the Calcutta maidan’s (the complex of playgrounds in the heart of the city) Pied Piper of Hamelin this year is lean and wiry Surajit Sengupta, 27, the football equivalent of Amitabh Bachchan who was East Bengal’s ace forward till last year.Stung by criticism in his former club that he was off-colour last season, and hired by big money apparently offered by former smuggling-king Haji Mastan, the Mohammedan club’s newest patron. Surajit led altogether nine A-class players, five of whom are superstars, to don this season the Mohammedan club’s blue-and-white jersey. To give the deal a final Ian Fleming touch, it was signed in the cool shade by the swimming pool of Singapore’s Sea Lion Hotel.Salvage Operation: The players who have deserted East Bengal to join Mohammedan club are, apart from Surajit, Bhaskar Ganguly, 22, custodian and international player, stocky stopper-back Manoranjan Bhattacharya, wily striker Shabbir Ali, standby stopper Shyamal Ghosh, full-back Chinmoy Chatterjee, linkman and last year’s captain Prasanto Banerjee, powerful Nigerian striker David Williams and flank-man Mir Sajjad Ali. Remarked an East Bengal supporter: ‘”They’ve taken away the kernel and left the skin.”East Bengal’s stars sign a new contract: more moneyEast Bengal Club, who won the coveted Indian Football Association (IFA) Shield 15 times, had goose-pimples as it saw its cream crossing over. The club’s salvage operation began on a melodramatic note. It sent its 1980 captain, Satyajit Mitra, to Madras to intercept Manoranjan Bhattacharya on his return journey from Singapore. Mitra was accompanied by Bhattacharya’s father. The 70-year-old man wept, but still could not prevail on his son.Anticipating the transfer-spree a few months earlier. East Bengal had hired the Mohun Bagan coach and former international player P. K. Bannerjee to take the charge of their team, or whatever was left of it. The money involved in the deal here was reported to be astronomical.No Amateurs: Barring Bannerjee, Mohun retained more or less the same team as in 1979. It was even reinforced with the induction of Francis D’Souza, an international forward from Goa. With a few small changes here and there, it is the same team that has, over the past four years, won almost all the major tournaments in the country.East Bengal, who retained only the crumbs, was labouring to recruit second-liners and the erstwhile greats who had peaked out. But this is not likely to alter the new pattern of football rivalry that is bound to emerge in India. It looks certain now that Mohun Bagan will have to take on Mohammedan Sporting Club rather than East Bengal in its contest for supremacy.The Mohammedan Sporting Club deal exposes the hypocrisy involved in the smug assertion that football in India is an amateur game. The fact is, the game is now played for money and big money-just as it is played in Brazil or Argentina.Under the facade of amateurism, players get paid under the head of “facilities and perquisites”. And the colour of the money, needless to say, is a deep-hued black. With a dearth of world class players, the price for the player’s allegiance to a club rises. The player who got Rs 25,000 for a season in the “70s now demands and gets – Rs 50,000 plus many other facilities.Haji Mastan: a game of high stakesBig Money: The modus operandi is like this: the club officials rope in moneybags to finance players’ recruitment. The budget for an individual club has risen from Rs 5 lakh a few years ago to Rs 14 lakh this year. Haji Mastan, who made repeated hurricane trips to Calcutta recently, is this year’s sponsor for Mohammedan club.The football business in Calcutta, which involves a gate collection of Rs 2.5 crore every season, is wrapped up in a make-belief cloak of amateur football.With the kind of money invested this year, there is no reason why limited companies cannot be floated, in line with Manchester United of the UK, to sponsor official professional footballers.advertisementadvertisement
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife Melinda Gates are the world’s richest couple holding a net worth of $85.7 billion together, according to a report.Bill Gates, who continues to be the world’s richest person for 16th time this year, had married Melinda in 1994, when she was a Microsoft employee.Net worth of Bill Gates, who was one of the co-founders of Microsoft in 1975, stood at $79.2 billion in 2015, up from $76 billion last year, according to Forbes.The couple had started Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, which primarily aims at improving healthcare and reducing poverty across many countries.”In 2010, the couple joined billionaire investor Warren Buffett to form the Giving Pledge — a campaign to spur the world’s wealthiest individuals to commit the majority of their wealth to philanthropy,” The Economic Times quoted Wealth-X, the global wealth intelligence firm, as saying.Spanish retail business magnate Amancio Ortega Gaona and his second wife, Flora Perez, occupied the second spot in a list of world’s wealthiest couples. Their combined net worth stood at $70.7 billion.The couple got married in 2001 and Flora is now working as the vice president of the Amancio Ortega Foundation.The “Oracle of Omaha” Warren Buffett of Berkshire Hathaway and his wife Astrid Menks were ranked at the third position.Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg and his 30-year old wife Priscilla Chan are currently the youngest couple on the Wealth-X list, standing at ninth position. “They boast a combined net worth of $38.5 billion. The couple met at Harvard in 2004 and were married in a low-key, simple wedding ceremony in their Palo Alto home in 2012,” the report said.Other Wealthiest Couples in the List:RankRankWealthiest CoupleWealthiest CoupleNet WorthNet WorthRankFourthWealthiest CoupleDavid and Julia KochNet Worth$47.5 billionRankFifthWealthiest CoupleCharles and Elizabeth KochNet Worth$47.4 billionRankSixthWealthiest CoupleWang Jianlin and Lin NingNet Worth$40.7 billionRankSeventhWealthiest CoupleJeff and Mackenzie BezosNet Worth$39.8 billionRankEighthWealthiest CoupleBernard Arnault and Helene MercierNet Worth$38.7 billionRankTenthWealthiest CoupleJames and Lynne WaltonNet Worth$36.2 billion SixthWang Jianlin and Lin Ning$40.7 billion EighthBernard Arnault and Helene Mercier$38.7 billion SeventhJeff and Mackenzie Bezos$39.8 billion RankWealthiest CoupleNet Worth FourthDavid and Julia Koch$47.5 billion FifthCharles and Elizabeth Koch$47.4 billion TenthJames and Lynne Walton$36.2 billion