March 31st, 2010

Surrounding Yourself with Entrepreneurial Minds

Entrepreneurs come from many fields of endeavor and in many forms. Alicia Keys is a personal friend and an amazing artist, but she is also a brilliant entrepreneur, marketer and humanitarian. Her work ethic is relentless and she enjoys the journey. She and Swizz Beatz both love Market America and we brainstorm together all the time. As I have said before, it is important to keep positive, forward-looking geniuses around you.


Alicia stopped by the boat after her concert on March 27 to visit, celebrate and give some love. Remember, she and Alejandro Sanz (another wonderful friend and supporter of Market America) created “Looking for Paradise” while collaborating on Utopia II and III. Sitting with us is another entrepreneur, Kim Kardashian. She is another workaholic –she never stops. But for her, work is really play, making the workaholic into a fun-aholic! The entire Kardashian family is smart; they are brilliant marketers and branders, not to mention social networking geniuses (3 million followers on Twitter and 300,000 visitors to their blogs weekly).

Not only do they have the best reality TV show, they also have their own product brand and an incredible clothing store chain. Like Loren, they are fashion icons – the entire family! Khloe appears on The Fashion Patrol for Hollywood awards events and has her own radio show. Kourtney is on the cutting edge of fashion. Kris is the mastermind and manager, coordinating everything as the whole family runs in separate directions – including Bruce Jenner and his brother Rob. Kris will be coming in tonight and we can’t wait to see her!

The Kardashians all have a celebrity event appearance business. We are talking about doing several projects together and collaborating on different marketing and media projects and events. I love entrepreneurs and beautiful ones inside and out, like this bunch, are very special.


Surrounding yourself with entrepreneurial minds and success makes things happen and attracts the right circumstances. Some people collect money; others collect antiques; others collect art; and still others collect coins. We like to collect the best people! These are some of our favorites in our personal collection of successful friends. We enjoy their passion and friendship. We all can learn from each other and support each other.

Keep Growing!

-JR Ridinger

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