By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.com
Every day, amateur athletes rise at dawn, endure their coaches' abuse and train diligently in their chosen sport, all in the hope that someday they might hit the big time and turn pro. Sadly, most of these hopefuls get turned away, often for the simple reason that the supply of athletes outweighs the demand. Despite the long odds, some famous athletes not only hit the big time, but even have a sibling who's done the same.
Read ahead to see sibling athletes who have beaten the odds and made it into the big leagues at the same time.
See the full slideshow: 11 Sibling Athletes
Venus & Serena WilliamsVenus & Serena Williams
Tennis players Venus and Serena Williams are arguably the best-known sibling athletes in the world. Venus has won the Grand Slam title seven times and Serena has won it thirteen times, and on eight of these occasions they competed against one another. After all, they had knocked out everyone else. Each has been ranked number one in the world, so they make a
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By Katie Little, CNBC.comRead More »from Rainy-Day Savings Drying Up for More Americans
Americans are seeing more zeros in their bank accounts these days - and not the good kind.
Only a quarter of those surveyed have squirreled away sufficient savings for six months or more As Americans struggle to put the economic downturn behind, many appear to be going the wrong way. In one key measure of security, the number of Americans with no emergency savings rose to 28 percent of Americans, slipping from 24 percent of the year before, according to a new Bankrate.com survey.
Only a quarter of those surveyed have squirreled away sufficient savings for six months or more, the amount that financial advisors suggest to have on hand in the event of an emergency.
"We have a long and storied history in this country of spending and keeping up with the Joneses and not making savings a priority," said Greg McBride, Bankrate.com's CEO. "I mean, look, this is not confined to emergency savings. Same is true when we look at retirement savings."
Stagnant wages and creeping household expenses have not helped the savings rate, McBride told CNBC's "Closing
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By Cindy Perman, CNBC.comRead More »from Just Thinking About Having a Drink Can Help You Relax
Many people turn to the liquor cabinet during times of stress - like, say, when the stock market is gyrating in triple-digit moves. But did you know that just thinking about having a drink can help you relax?
I don't know about you but I feel better already! In a recent article in Current Directions in Psychological Science, scientists at Victoria University of Wellington, Harvard Medical School and Plymouth University explain that there is a "phenomenon of suggestion," whereby the mere suggestion of something - a lucky rabbit's foot, a glass of wine or a pill - can have an effect on the outcome of a situation. It's similar to the "placebo effect," whereby patients take a dummy pill but think it's the real thing and actually start to feel the desired effect of the real drug.
These researchers call it "response expectancies."
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For example, a normally shy person who thinks a glass of wine or two will help him relax and be more sociable at a party is more likely to
- CNBC | Work + Money – Fri, Jun 22, 2012 11:44 AM EDT
By Jane Wells, CNBC.comRead More »from You, Too, Can Wear Sue Sylvester's Green Track Suit
Wesley Tansey just wanted to surprise his girlfriend. The 27-year-old Ph.D student in machine learning at the University of Texas at Austin was searching for a pair of sunglasses seen on the TV show "Twilight."
Curvio "My girlfriend at the time really loved Bella's sunglasses," he said. He searched online for hours but couldn't find anything close to the pair Kristen Stewart wore onscreen. "Geez, I'm trying to give someone my money," he thought, "But no one would take it."
The girlfriend may be gone, but a business was born.
Tansey and his friend, Scott Werner, have created Curvio.com, a site which aggregates the clothing and accessories worn by actors in top shows and provides users with links to lookalikes they can purchase. "See it. Love it. Buy it." Curvio combs through each program episode by episode. Want that sexy black dress Megan Draper wears singing to her husband, Don, on "Mad Men"? Curvio found it. That short, black wig Kim Kardashian wore to look like
- CNBC | Work + Money – Mon, Jun 18, 2012 3:28 PM EDT
By Robert Frank, CNBC.comRead More »from Millionaire Parents Say Their Kids Are Unfit to Inherit
Remember Gina Rinehart, the Australian billionaire who was recently called the richest woman in the world? Before that, she was mostly in the news for disparaging her children.
Gina Rinehart, chairwoman of Hancock Prospecting Pty. In a battle over the family trust, Ms. Rinehart said the kids "lacked the requisite capacity or skill, knowledge, experience, judgment or responsible work ethic" to manage the business and inheritance.
It turns out, it's not just mining billionaires who doubt their kids' money skills. A new study from U.S. Trust says that only half of millionaire baby boomers think it's important to leave money to their kids. A third of them said they would rather leave the money to charity rather than their kids.
There are two explanations for their stinginess.
The kind explanation is that today's boomers want their kids to grow up with the same middle-class values they had. They want their offspring to learn struggle and hard work and failure and the joys of earned success and all the other
- CNBC | secrets-to-your-success – Fri, Jun 15, 2012 11:10 AM EDT
By Michelle Fox, CNBC.comRead More »from 10 Ideas that Made $100 Million
Chances are, just about anyone you talk with will have an idea for a business that they think can make millions. Although business pitches may be easy to come by, turning those ideas into wins is a whole new ballgame. However, many entrepreneurs with simple ideas and humble beginnings have been able to effectively turn the ideas into winning businesses.
Names like Bill Gates, Larry Ellison, and Mark Zuckerberg usually come to mind when people think about those lucky few who have cashed in on their ideas, but you don't have to live in Silicon Valley or Seattle to turn your idea into millions.
So what does it take to make $100 million? You may be surprised. Read ahead to see 10 people and the ideas that made $100 million or more!
See the full slideshow: 10 Ideas That Made $100 Million
Sara Blakely — SpanxSara Blakely - Spanx
One night, Sara Blakely cut off the bottom of her pantyhose and the idea of Spanx was born. Armed with $5,000 in savings, Blakely researched and wrote her
By Colleen Kane, CNBC.com
The go-to mental image for summer camps is a group of kids and counselors toasting marshmallows around a campfire in the woods. The rustic, woodsy tradition depicted in "Meatballs" and "Salute Your Shorts" is still a part of many summer camps.
But summer camp is no longer just about lakes and lanyards. If your kids are more about art than Color Wars, there's a place for them. From science to snowboarding to magic, there's a camp for almost any kid with an itch to explore a favorite topic.
The American Camp Association - think "Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval" for camps - compiled this list of unusual programs where campers can learn about the deepest seas, the stars and everything in between. Many of these are so popular that they have wait lists long before the season begins.
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By Katie Little, CNBC.comRead More »from What’s in Your Closet? EBay Wants a Peek
Each month, Kristina Bauer estimates that she sells about 20 items, ranging from Louis Vuitton handbags to Christian Louboutin heels, through her eBay boutique, GramercyGrl.
Not every user will achieve Bauer's ecommerce success, but eBay wants you to give it a shot.
eBay On Friday, the company begins a four-city tour of the U.S. to introduce online auction mavens-to-be to its new simplified selling experience. This summer, the company's "Chic Squad," which consists of two fashion stylists and a quartet of top sellers, will share listing tips with consumers and assist them in posting items.
"We have 25 million sellers out there who are contributing to the inventory on eBay," said Jeff Somers, general manager at eBay Fashion. "By making it a more simple process, it's a tremendous opportunity for us to increase the selection for buyers."
In March, the company launched a new version of the iPad app, which allows users to list items on-the-go, at any time. Users
By Daniel Bukszpan, CNBC.comRead More »from 5 Signs You May Get Laid Off
Five Signs You May Get Laid OffAnyone who thought the job market was getting back to normal received a nasty shock on Monday when Goldman Sachs laid off approximately 50 people, many of them managing directors. These and other layoffs may have caused some people to wonder if they might be the next ones on the chopping block.
CNBC.com spoke with human resource experts to find out the five tell-tale signs that you may need to update your resume.
1. Mergers. According to career coach Cheryl Palmer, mergers that result in duplicated job functions can spell trouble. "If you have a position that has a counterpart in the acquiring company, your job could be very much in danger," she told CNBC.com in an e-mail. "Generally speaking, the acquiring company will eliminate duplicate positions."
2. Passed Over for Promotion. Fred Cooper of Compass HR Consulting told CNBC.com that if "you are passed over for an internal promotion where your qualifications (not just seniority and longevity) are in fact
By Cindy Perman, CNBC.comRead More »from Have a Bad Boss? Treat Him like a Toddler
Think you have a bad boss? Join the club: Nearly one in two employees say they have a bad boss, according to administrative-staffing firm OfficeTeam. Do an Internet search for "My boss is killing me" and it turns up more than 20 MILLION results.
Wow, that escalated quickly. People waste A LOT of time stressing out about bad bosses - and it doesn't end at the front door. On average, employees spend about 19.2 hours a week worrying about "what a boss says or does" - including a whopping 13 hours during the workweek and 6.2 of their weekend hours - according to a survey by Lynn Taylor, a workplace expert and author of "Tame Your Terrible Office Tyrant (TOT)."
What's more, they can cost the company money: 77 percent of employees experience physical symptoms from stress such as heart problems, according to a study from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. Stressed employees cost employers nearly twice as much in health-care costs - roughly $600 more per person per