When Universal Studios Florida in Orlando first opened in 1990, it was seen as a day-long distraction from the thrills of Disney World. Not so much anymore. The theme park has swelled to a massive, immersive experience, with two main parks: the titular original and Islands of Adventure, both now attracting close to 10 million visitors per year, up from roughly 5.5 million in 2009. Why the increase? Blame the Muggles.
There’s nothing complicated about the results of a new study: Consumers prefer brands featuring products, services, pricing, and other policies that they can actually understand. Understandably enough, consumers like good prices and quality products and services.
The richest self-made woman in America invested her life savings in a pizza store in Michigan in 1954. Her name is Marian Ilitch, and the restaurant that she and her husband Mike opened turned into the Little Caesars pizza chain—which now generates over $3 billion in sales annually. Today, Ilitch has a net worth of $5.1 billion, putting her at the top of the third-annual "America's Richest Self-Made Women" list from Forbes , which was released this week.