Percentage of affluent men (incomes of $150,000 or higher) who classify themselves as happy and successful, according to a Best Life magazine and Platinum Card from American Express survey: 10
Percentage of successful and happy men who feel more successful than the people they grew up with: 66
Percentage of men who point to fulfilling personal relationships as one of the top factors of success: 84
Percentage of men who believe that personal accomplishment, such as having a happy family or being able to retire early, is a more significant cue of success than having a lot of power (16 percent), owning a large home (15 percent), having an impressive job title (8 percent) or spending a lot of money (4 percent): 64
In a survey of more than 130 countries, ranks of Denmark, New Zealand and Canada as the countries that report the highest level of well-being, according to a Gallup Poll: 1 (tie), 3
Rank of the U.S. behind Venezuela and Australia (tied for 4th): 6
Number of countries in mainland Asia or Africa that make the top 10: 0
Source: Gallup Inc.
Estimated number of trendy and hyper-brand-aware teens (ages 12 to 17) in the U.S. representing a total yearly income of $80 billion who are prime targets for plastic (debit, credit and gift cards), according to a report from Packaged Facts: 24.8 million
Percentage of teens ages 12 to 17 who have a savings account: 47.4
Percentage who have a checking account: 11.6
Percentage who have an ATM card: 15
Percentage who have a credit card in their own name: 3.5
Source: Packaged Facts.
Percentage of Chinese consumers who say fashion is less important than value and comfort, according to a survey conducted by BIGresearch: 70.9
Percentage of Americans who say the same: 37.3
Year that International Women's Day (March 8) was first observed, according to the U.S. Census Bureau: 1909
Number of females in the U.S. as of Oct. 1, 2007: 153.6 million
Median annual earnings of women 16 or older who worked year-round, full-time, in 2006: $32,649
For every $1 earned by men, amount earned by women: 77 cents
Median earnings of women working in computer and mathematical jobs, the highest for women among the 22 major occupational groups: $61,081
Source: U.S. Census Bureau.
Ranks of Johnny Depp, Will Smith, George Clooney, Matt Damon and Denzel Washington on the list of top money-making stars of 2007, according to the Quigley Publishing Co.'s 76th annual poll: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
Source: Quigley Publishing Co.
Estimated corporate research and development spending on clean energy technologies in 2006, according to Worldwatch Institute in State of the World 2008: $9.1 billion
Total estimated investment in renewable energy in 2006: $52 billion
Percentage rise from 2005: 33
Source: WorldWatch Institute.
Percentage of Americans who say they feel less secure about their financial situation compared to last year, according to the results of a Harris Poll: 38
Percentage who believe the economy will get worse in the coming year: 45
Percentage who believe the economy will improve in the coming year: 15
Source: Harris Interactive.
Percentage of U.S. senior executives who said baby boomer retirements will be the trend that most significantly alters the workforce in the next decade, according to a survey by Robert Half International: 47
Percentage who cited global business interactions as the trend that most significantly alters the workforce in the next decade: 31
Percentage who said outsourcing: 11
Source: Robert Half International.
Percentage of tour operators who say that adventure travel is on the rise, according to a survey conducted by the U.S. Tour Operators Association: 66
Percentage of operators who said that independent arrangements where a tour operator custom designs separate elements into an individual package scored the greatest gain: 80
Source: Kundell Communications.
Idle Thought"How can we expect another to keep our secret if we have been unable to keep it ourselves." Francois de La Rochefoucauld, writer
John MacIntyre has been writing Figuratively Speaking since 1989. You can contact him by e-mail at [email protected]