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Valerie Moran, Head of Operations & Client Relations at top FinTech Prepaid Financial Services (PFS), has been accepted into the Forbes Business Development Council, an invitation-only community for senior-level sales and business development executives.

Valerie Moran was vetted and selected by a review committee based on the depth and diversity of her experience. Criteria for acceptance include a track record of successfully impacting business growth metrics, as well as personal and professional achievements and honours.

“We are honoured to welcome Valerie Moran of PFS into the community,” said Scott Gerber, Founder of Forbes Councils, the collective that includes Forbes Business Development Council. “Our mission with Forbes Councils is to bring together proven leaders from every industry, creating a curated, social capital-driven network that helps every member grow professionally and make an even greater impact on the business world.”

As an accepted member of the Council, Valerie has access to a variety of exclusive opportunities designed to help her reach peak professional influence. She will connect and collaborate with other respected local leaders in a private forum. Valerie will also be invited to work with a professional editorial team to share her expert insights in original business articles on Forbes.com, and to contribute to published Q&A panels alongside other experts.

Valerie will also benefit from exclusive access to vetted business service partners, membership-branded marketing collateral and the high-touch support of the Forbes Councils member concierge team.

"I received the news with pleasure, and I am honoured to be a member of the Forbes Business Development Council. I admire how participation helps organisations around the world to further cement their leadership ambitions in a wide selection of industries, including FinTech. I hope to add value via this close-knit community and that involvement as a company and personally, will give inspiration to various enterprises and business owners that read about this exciting journey across the globe," stated Valerie Moran.

PFS is an agile and Dual Regulated FinTech, which delivers robust payment technology solutions and offers world-class innovation in electronic money. A pioneer in the evolution of the FinTech ecosystem, PFS’ multi-award-winning solutions include eWallets, physical and virtual prepaid cards and IBAN accounts in the UK and Eurozone. 

Here at SHEmazing we enjoy celebrating female leaders and their success so we wish Valerie well on this great honour.  



Izzy Wheels has teamed up with Barbie to create four-limited edition wheelchair covers to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the global doll brand.

The company was created by Irish sisters Ailbhe and Izzy Keane in order to provide customised wheelchair spoke guards, and has gone from strength to strength since it's origin.

The sisters have said their new collaboration with Barbie is "a dream come true", according to RTE. The doll manufacturer launched a new range featuring dolls with disabilities.

Four UK-based fashion designers and artists created the wheel covers, which are available in sizing for any manual wheelchair and in a special Barbie-scale edition for the Barbie wheelchair doll.

Ailbhe said: "Our mission with Izzy Wheels is to challenge negative associations with wheelchairs and let users celebrate their individuality by personalising their source of independence.

"We want to show the world that wheelchairs can be so much more than a medical device, they can be a piece of artistic self-expression."


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Ailbhe added;

"Fashion and fun are at the heart of what we do, and we're thrilled to work with talented designers to pay homage to Barbie in her 60th year and celebrate dolls with even more diversity.

"This is a dream collaboration for us because Izzy and I were huge Barbie fans as little girls."

Izzy was born with Spina Bifida and is paralysed from her waist down, and the company began when Ailbhe designed wheelchair covers for her sister for an NCAD project.


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Izzy told RTE that she was over the moon at the idea of little girls and boys with disabilities having a realistic doll to play with;

"Having a Barbie in a wheelchair meant so much to me as a little girl, and I love that a whole new generation of kids with disabilities can play with a Barbie that represents them."

Izzy Wheels has been featured in some of the world's most noteworthy publications, including Vogue, Cosmopolitan and TechCrunch. 

Izzy and Ailbhe were also the first Irish people to be asked to take over Instagram's official account and were named in the Forbes '30 under 30' list of rising entrepreneurs.

The Barbie-inspired wheel covers are available on the Izzy Wheels website, whilst the Barbie with Wheelchair dolls are available from Irish and UK toy stores.

The covers are €139, with Annu Kilpeläinen, Hattie Stewart, Malika Favre and Art School designing the range. "If you can't stand up, stand out!", as the gals themselves say.

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We could only imagine what Kendall Jenner's bank account must look like.

Particularly, as the 23-year-old was announced as the highest paid model in the world by Forbes.

The publication stated that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians' gal made a MASSIVE $22.5m in the 12 months to June.

Can you imagine all those zeros in her account? – It's wealth that we could only dream of.


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Amassing the fortune was allegedly down to contracts with brand names like Estee Lauder, Adidas and Calvin Klein.

And Kendall had some stiff competition for the top spot, she bet fellow supermodel Karlie Kloss.

According to Forbes, Karlie's earnings from June to June came in at $13m. 


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Chrissy Teigen and British model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley were a joint third, raking in $11.5m each. 

Cara Delevingne also made the top ten highest paid models. 

Cara made a cool $10m and was joint in fifth with Gisele Bundchen, who also pulled in the same amount. 


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Sister duo Gigi and Bella Hadid also graced the list in seventh and eighth place, respectively.

Gigi made a staggering $9.5m, whilst younger sister, Bella earned $8.5 m. 

Despite Kendall owning the top spot, her fortune is a drop in the ocean compared to Kylie.


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Get ready to weep, because what the 21-year-old made in the same period is just insane.

Kylie before tax, according to Forbes made an enormous $166.5m. 

The paycheck has been largely credited to Kylie's Cosmetics make up brand.

We just can't get our heads around just how much money she has made. 


Irish YouTuber Seán McLoughlin, who has almost 21 MILLION subscribers, has now become one of the video platform's highest paid stars, according to Forbes.

The 28-year-old, who is known to his many followers as Jacksepticeye, earned a whopping €14 million from mid-2017 until May 2018. 

This means that the star is number eight in the publication's top 10 highest earners.


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Hailing from Athlone, Seán McLoughlin has been uploading reviews and commentaries on video games for nearly seven years, and in total his videos have been viewed over 10 billion times.

He refers to his own videos as  an “assault on the senses” that people “either love or hate”, and says using curse words is a major key to his success, weirdly enough.

“The more you swear the better. People react very positively to that, apparently.” Strange… but very Irish.

McLoughlin has made a Disney series despite the dodgy bad language, and is developing content for the live-streaming platform Twitch.

He has also launched Cloak, a a “high-end athleisure and lifestyle line for gamers”, with Mark Fischbach (YouTube name Markiplier), who is number six on Forbes' list.

Pre-sale items in the range sold out in 48 hours, but our question is why do gamers need sporty clothing?


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The tob earning Youtube channels currently are Ryan ToysReview, Jake Paul, Dude Perfect, DanTDM, Jeffree Star, VanossGaming, VanossGaming and Logan Paul. Yep, the one who filmed a dead body.

Ryan, of Ryan ToysReview, has over 17 million followers and almost 26 billion views. Oh, and he’s also seven years old. The child millionaire earned most of his money from adverts shown before his videos.

Wow…2018 is a wild ride. Baby millionaires, people who film dead bodies earning a fortune and video-gamers forking in €14 million from their laptops. 



Two Irish sister's have been named in Forbes' prestigious '30 Under 30' list thanks to the incredible business venture.

Izzy's Wheels, a company selling colourful wheelchair covers, is the brainchild Izzy and Ailbhe Keane.

Inspired by younger sister Izzy, who has spina bifida and is paralysed from the waist down, the business began its life as Ailbhe's final year college project in the National College of Art and Design before it's national launch in 2016.

The 25-year-old, says the idea struck when she noticed that her sister's chair was the first thing people noticed about her, despite it not reflecting her beaming personality.

Determined to change people's first impressions, Ailbhe created a range of stylish wheelchair covers designed to express a wheelchair user's individuality.

According to the company's website, Izzy Wheels transforms a medical device into a piece of fashion and self expression.

The cover are waterproof and are available in three different sizes, fitting neatly onto any manual wheelchair.

The sisters have also collaborated with a host of award-winning Illustrators and artists including Maser, Steve Simpson, Paula McGloin, Fuchsia MacAree, Chris Judge and Marylou Faure.

It's a huge Irish success story, and their inclusion in Forbes' '30 Under 30' cements their position at the top of the business world.

Writing on Twitter, Izzy Wheels said it was "thrilled and incredibly honoured to have been named".

Well done girls – such an amazing achievement.


For the first time in years, Gisele Bundchen is not Forbes highest-earning model in the world. 

Swooping in to take the top spot is reality TV star turned model Kendall Jenner.

Kendall reportedly earned a staggering €18.7 million in 2017 thanks to her campaign coups and her social media endorsement deals.


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This year, Kendall starred alongside her social-media savvy pals Bella and Gigi Hadid in campaigns for the likes of Fendi, Alexander Wang, La Perla and Estee Lauder.

She walked the runways for Alexandre Vautheir, Dior and Chanel to name but a few. 

She also promoted the likes of Addidas, DIFF Eyewear and dating app Bumble on her social media pages. 


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Gisele, who usually takes the crown, is in at number 2, earning a whopping €14.9 million from her editorial shoots and campaigns. 

Right after her is mum-to-be Chrissy Teigen, who earned €11.4million in 2017.

Victoria's Secret model Adriana Lima came fourth on the list, with Gigi Hadid and Rosie Huntington-Whitely taking the fifth spot together. 


Irish man, John Collison has been named as the world's youngest self-made billionaire by Forbes magazine – an we're seriously questioning our life choices right about now.

Hailing from Limerick, the 27-year-old has earned his place among the 2,043 wealthiest entrepreneurs around the world, and with a net worth of $1.1 billion, he makes up one of just four self-made billionaires under 30.

John began to build his fortune when he was just 17-years-old, after Auctomatic, an online auction-management system he co-founded, sold for a profitable $5 million.

He then went on to study physics at Harvard University (though he did not graduate), before he and older brother, Patrick, co-founded Stripe, an online payment platform, in 2010.

So, where how did the the brothers conjure up their billion dollar idea?

According to Forbes, the brother's light bulb moment came while they were travelling in South Africa – cause y'know, you come up with all your best idea when you're on holidays.

The tech company is today worth a whopping $9.2 billion – not bad for a college drop-out, eh?


Move over Jennifer Lawrence, there's a new queen bee in town.

Emma Stone has just been named as Hollywood's highest-paid actress.

After raking in an eye-watering $26,000,000 over the last 12 months, Emma Stone has secured her place at the top of Forbes' annual 'rich list.'

Following her award-winning performances in La La Land and Birdman, Emma's earnings rose by a whopping 160 per cent last year, making her 2016's highest-paid actress. 

The news comes after the star recently spoke out against Hollywood's gender pay gap, revealing that some of her male co-stars would take pay cuts in the interest of equality.

“In my career so far, I’ve needed my male co-stars to take a pay cut so that I may have parity with them,” she said.

“And that’s something they do for me because they feel it’s what’s right and fair. That’s something that’s also not discussed, necessarily: that our getting equal pay is going to require people to selflessly say, ‘That’s what’s fair.’”

Jennifer Lawrence, who topped the list in 2016, came in at third place, while Jennifer Aniston came second (largely due to endorsement deals).

Coming in sixth place was Emma Watson, who was the only British born actress to make the top 10.



They may have decided to momentarily press pause on the One Direction journey, but that doesn't mean the lads from the biggest boy band in the world didn't absolutely rake it in over the last 12 months.

According to Forbes, who provides the public with an annual list of the world's highest-earning celebrities, Niall, Louis, Liam and Harry, who rose to fame on The X Factor in 2010, were Europe's highest paid celebrities in 2016.

Yep, that's right – despite going on hiatus, the four lads raked in a staggering $110 million last year.

The earnings, which came from endorsements with Colgate and Pepsi in addition to the last leg of their On The Road Again tour, meant that they pipped footballer, Cristiano Ronaldo, and our beloved Adele to the post when it came to bank balances.

The calculations are based on a number of rankings from organisations such as Nielsen, Pollstar, Box Office Mojo, Songkick and IMDB.


His death – in June 2009 – shocked the world. And now, seven years on, Michael Jackson is still raking in the mega-bucks.

In fact, the iconic pop superstar is this year's biggest earning celebrity – dead or alive. 

According to Forbes, the King Of Pop topped raked in $825m (€752m) in pretax earnings.

Boosting Jackson’s estate for 2016  was the sale of his half of the Sony/ATV music-publishing catalogue, which included a library of Beatles songs; that alone fetched $750m (€684m) in March.

He originally purchased the catalogue in 1985 for $47.5m (€43.3m) and sold a 50 percent stake to Sony for $115m (€105m) in 1995, according to Forbes.

Living celebrities such as Dr Phil ($88m), Diddy ($62m) and Sofía Vegara ($43m) all pale in comparison.

Also joining Jackson on the Forbes list of richest dead celebrities were Peanuts creator Charles Schultz at No. 2 ($48m/€43.75m), golf legend Arnold Palmer ($40m/€36.5m) and Elvis Presley ($27m/€24.5m).



Well, Amy Schumer is officially the QUEEN of comedy.

The comedian has not only landed herself on Forbes' highest-paid comedians list, but she also came in 4th place which we think is pretty great in its own right.

Oh yeah, and she's the only woman EVER to make the list, too. 


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Amy made a huge $17 million in the last year, but we're not surprised since she's had a very successful worldwide tour, worked on her Emmy-nominated show Inside Amy Schumer, made a movie Trainwreck and released a book.

Talk about successful!


She’s outspoken, funny, stunning and – as the latest Forbes rich list has revealed – absolutely minted.  Yes, it seems Jennifer Lawrence really does have it all.

The Joy star has been named Hollywood’s highest earning female actress for the second year running, despite being the youngest lady on the star studded list which includes the likes of Jennifer Aniston, Charlize Theron and Julia Roberts.

According to The Telegraph, the 26-year-old Oscar winner will rake in a cool $46 million this year as she receives payment for her work on the Hunger Games and X-Men Apocalypse movies, as well as for her role as a Dior brand ambassador.

Melissa McCarthy took second place on the list with her $33 million income – that’s $10 million more than what she made last year – and Scarlett Johansson occupies the third spot with $25 million.

Former Friends star Jennifer Aniston is expected to make $21 million, while Mila Kunis took ninth place with $11 million.  

Angelina Jolie, Anne Hathaway, Reese Witherspoon and Kristen Stewart failed to make this year’s list, despite all having featured on the 2015 version.

While we wouldn’t say no to J Law’s salary, it is still worth noting that the actress’ $46 million income is still only half of what Hollywood’s leading man Robert Downey Jr made last year.

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