Legendary skateboarder Tony Hawk has broken his pelvis and elbow, fractured his skull and had more than 20 concussions — but still won’t walk away from the sport.
In fact, the 51-year-old sports star says that building a career out of skateboarding has been his most courageous move.
“I think that the bravest thing that I’ve ever done is to chase a skateboard career into my adult life. I have no breakup plan, so I hope it keeps working,” he told CNBC’s “The Brave Ones. “
Hawk’s older brother Steve got him into the sport in the 1970s, handing him an old skateboard at age nine and taking him to skate parks. “I literally saw people flying. Like, I saw these guys flying out of into swimming pools. And that was my ‘wow’ moment. Where I was like, I want to do whatever they’re doing,” Hawk said.
Within five years at age 14, Hawk turned pro, and by 16 he was regarded by many as the best skateboarder in the world. According to his website, by the age of 25 he’d won 73 contests and was attracting a range of sponsorship deals. It’s not the kind of activity that translates easily into a career — but Hawk made it so.
But by 1991, when Hawk was in his early twenties, the sport’s popularity was starting to wane, mainly due to skate parks being no longer able to afford liability insurance. Hawk’s income was largely based on royalties. “I was left with two mortgages, a son on the way, and everything felt very scary. And my income was literally dropping by half every month,” he told “The Brave Ones.”
Hawk sold his home, reorganized his finances and stuck with skating. “It wasn’t me going out looking for another occupation. It was more like, what can I do to rearrange my life so that I can continue to skate? It was more just cutting living expenses and taking every single job that came along.” Hawk was earning $100 a day for three skate shows.
“If nothing else, I learned the value of perseverance through my years of skating,” Hawk told “The Brave Ones.”
Hawk’s businesses now include Birdhouse, which he founded in 1992, a children’s clothing line sold in Walmart and video production company 900 Films, as well as the Ride Channel on YouTube, which has 1.5 million subscribers. He’s still active in the skating community.
“My heart and soul is still in skateboarding. And so, I go to a lot of skate events, skate exhibitions, skate park openings … I love that skateboarding has come that far, and that people enjoy what we do, that they still see me as relevant in that respect, too.”
David A. Grogan | CNBC
Forbes 100 most powerful women of 2019
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has been named the world’s most powerful woman for the ninth year running in a wide-ranging list intended to celebrate the 100 most influential females of this year.
Forbes’ 2019 edition of its World’s Most Powerful Women, released Thursday, marked a return for the German leader, who has made 14 appearances in the list’s 16-year history.
Merkel was joined in the top spots by fellow prominent female political leaders.
Christine Lagarde moved up one place this year to second position after taking over a president of the European Central Bank. Speaker of the U.S. House of Representative, Nancy Pelosi, took third place and Ursula Von Der Leyen, president of the European Commission, fourth. The top five was rounded out by General Motors CEO Mary Barra.
This year’s top 100 females list featured women from six categories — business (31), technology (17), finance (12), media & entertainment (14), politics & policy (22) and philanthropy (4). Together, they control or influence more than $2.3 trillion in revenue and oversee nearly 6.5 million employees.
To determine the women’s rank within each category, as well as overall, Forbes applied four metrics: money, media, impact and spheres of influence. The publisher defined power as hard power (currencies and constitutions), dynamic power (audiences, communities and creative influence) and soft power (what leaders do with their influence).
Forbes’ executive vice president and president of ForbesWomen, Moira Forbes, said the list highlights the impressive strides women have made to upend traditional gender stereotypes over the past decade.
“This year’s list of World’s Most Powerful Women is a collection of innovators and instigators who are leading on the world stage to redefine traditional power structures and forge lasting impact in every industry and sphere of influence,” she said.
“As we come to the close of the current decade, our 2019 listees remind us of the huge strides that have been made by women, and the great opportunity they have to define the decade ahead,” Forbes added.
The 2019 list spans seven generations and 32 countries and territories.
Environmental activist and Time’s 2019 Person of the Year, Greta Thunberg, who ranked in 100th place, became the youngest person in the list’s history at the age of 16. She was ranked in 100th place. Queen Elizabeth (40th) was among the eldest.
Other list debuts were made by Kristalina Georgieva, managing director of the IMF (15th); Jessica Tan, co-CEO, CIO and COO of Ping An Group (22nd); Nirmala Sitharaman, India’s finance minister (34th); and singer/songwriter and entrepreneur Rihanna (61).
Overall, North America accounted for the greatest number of honorees at 50. It was followed by Asia Pacific (21), Europe (23), the Middle East (3), Latin America (2), and Africa (1).
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UK Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn says he will not lead the party in future elections
Labour party leader Jeremy Corbyn gives a speech at the County Hotel on June 4, 2017 in Carlisle, England. C
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Jeremy Corbyn announced he will not be leading the U.K.’s opposition Labour party in future elections, following what he called a “disappointing night.”
An exit poll by Ipsos Mori — commissioned by Sky News, the BBC and ITV — released shortly after the polls closed, projected that the Conservatives would win 368 seats in Parliament, a gain of 50 seats from the 2017 election. The U.K. pound quickly jumped more than 2% on the news.
Speaking on ITV on Friday, Corbyn said Labour will go through a reflection process and that he will lead the party during this period. However, he confirmed that he will not be leading the opposition party in any future election.
“This is obviously a very disappointing night for the Labour Party with the result that we’ve got,” Corbyn said.
The veteran left-winger was a surprise pick for his party back in 2015 and had spent 32 years on the backbenches of the House of Commons. However, he rose in popularity with the general public and stopped former Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Party from gaining an outright majority in the 2017 election.
But he has been accused of pushing his party too far to the left. The party’s image has also been hit by claims of anti-Semitism, something that is being investigated by Britain’s human rights watchdog after a surge in complaints since Corbyn took office.
On Brexit, Corbyn was criticized for not fully backing the remain campaign during the 2016 referendum. More recently, the party had pledged to renegotiate a Brexit deal with the EU and to then put this to a public vote. But this proved to be fodder for attacks from the rival Conservative Party. Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s party claimed that Labour would “dither and delay for months and months” and then force the country though more referendums.
Sterling traded 2.4% higher against the dollar, at $1.3471, driven by exit poll results that predicted a Conservative win.
Japan manufacturers’ business mood gloomiest in nearly 7 years
Mount Fuji and buildings in the Shinjuku district are reflected on a table at an observation deck in Tokyo, Japan, on December 24, 2013.
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Japanese big manufacturers’ business mood sank to a near seven year low in the fourth quarter, a closely watched central bank survey showed, as the U.S.-China trade war and soft global demand weighed on the export-reliant economy.
Companies expect conditions to remain unchanged or even worsen three months ahead, the Bank of Japan‘s “tankan” quarterly survey showed, suggesting that the fallout from the trade conflict could hurt broader sectors of the economy.
But there were some bright signs. Non-manufacturers’ sentiment appeared to weather the hit from October’s sales tax hike with companies maintaining robust capital expenditure plans, reinforcing market expectations the BOJ will hold off on expanding stimulus at next week’s rate review.
“The tankan suggests that the economy is slowing rather than collapsing so the BOJ is unlikely to cut interest rates at next week’s meeting,” said Marcel Thieliant, senior Japan economist at Capital Economics.
The headline index for big manufacturers’ sentiment stood at 0 in December, down from plus 5 in September and worse than a median market forecast of plus 2, the tankan showed on Friday.
It marked the fourth straight quarter of decline and hit the lowest reading since March 2013, a month before BOJ Governor Haruhiko Kuroda deployed his “bazooka” monetary stimulus to pull Japan out of deflation.
Underscoring the pain from the trade war, an index gauging big automakers’ sentiment turned negative for the first time in more than three years.
Some steel and cement makers also saw demand ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games peak, a BOJ official told reporters.
“The weakness in automakers’ sentiment is noteworthy. The global economy is taking longer to recover and that uncertainty is affecting Japanese companies,” said Tsuyoshi Ueno, senior economist at NLI Research Institute.
A sales tax hike that rolled out in October weighed on Japan’s service sector, with the index for big non-manufacturers sliding to plus 20 from plus 21 in September. But the reading exceeded a Refinitiv estimate of plus 17.
“Domestic demand wasn’t hurt much by the sales tax hike so far. Public works projects to be earmarked under the government’s spending package will underpin growth,” said Mari Iwashita, chief market economist at Daiwa Securities.
Big firms plan to increase capital expenditure by 6.8% in the current business year ending in March 2020, up slightly from their plan made three months ago, the survey showed. It compared with a median market forecast of a 6.0% gain.
The reading backs the BOJ’s view that robust corporate spending plans will keep domestic demand firm and help the economy weather heightening overseas risks, analysts say.
“Domestic demand may slow temporarily … though in the long-term, it will stay resilient,” BOJ Deputy Governor Masayoshi Amamiya said on Thursday, adding that now was the time to stand pat and carefully watch upcoming data.
Capital expenditure has been among the few bright spots in Japan’s economy as companies continue to invest in high-tech and labor-saving technology to cope with a labor crunch.
Japan’s economy expanded at a much faster pace than initially reported in the third quarter, as solid domestic demand and business spending offset the pain from weak exports and output.
But many analysts anticipate a slowdown this quarter as the October sales tax hike weighs on consumption.
The tankan’s sentiment indexes are derived by subtracting the number of respondents who say conditions are poor from those who say they are good. A positive reading means optimists outnumber pessimists.
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