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First Lady of Tanzania Visits Omaha Offices of Opportunity Education Foundation

October 07, 2013

Taking a break from her official duties at the annual meeting of world leaders at the United Nations in New York, the First Lady of Tanzania, Her Excellency Salma Kikwete, flew to Nebraska on Sept. 27 to visit the Omaha offices of Opportunity Education Foundation to express her appreciation for the organization’s work benefiting students and schools in her country.


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Ameritrade founder embraces educational opportunity with LC

October 04, 2013

Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts believes strongly in two solid pillars for a successful society - free enterprise and education. He is using his success in the first, which includes his family's ownership of the Chicago Cubs, as a way to promote success in the other in countries such as Africa, and he is calling upon Louisiana College to help him get that done.


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Rancher-philanthropist steps in to study loons

October 04, 2013

The Ricketts Conservation Foundation has stepped in with a $6.5 million grant to study why loons seem to be disappearing. Funds will go toward conducting a common loon census as well as restoring populations of the iconic, fish-eating bird.


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The Lure of the Common Loon

October 02, 2013

On Wednesday, the Ricketts Conservation Foundation awarded a $6.5 million grant to the Maine-based Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) for research projects aimed at saving the loon.


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African Gala Celebrates Global Education, Leadership

September 27, 2013

Through his work promoting education in Africa, Ricketts—the founder benefactor and CEO of the Opportunity Education Foundation and founder of TD Ameritrade—helped a half a million children in 11 African countries, including Tanzania, over the years.


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African gala celebrates global education, leadership

September 27, 2013

In a collaborative effort, the College of Education and Human Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln along with the Malaika Foundation, hosted an art gala and auction to raise scholarship money for students to study abroad and celebrate J. Joe Ricketts’ efforts with the 2013 Global Educator Award.


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Louisiana College honors 3 for distinguished service

September 26, 2013

Joe Ricketts, billionaire founder of the company now known as TD Ameritrade and owner of the Chicago Cubs, became involved with Louisiana College through the Opportunity Education Foundation.


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Joe Ricketts to Receive Malaika Foundation’s 2013 Global Educator Award for Work in Africa

September 23, 2013

Joe Ricketts, the philanthropist and entrepreneur who founded the online brokerage TD Ameritrade, will receive the Malaika Foundation's 2013 Global Educator Award at a gala event co-hosted by the Malaika Foundation and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln's College of Education and Human Sciences on Friday, Sept. 27 in Lincoln.


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The Ricketts Family Owns the Chicago Cubs: Who Are These People?

July, 2013

The four children of Omaha billionaire Joe Ricketts hold the fate of the Chicago Cubs—and of Wrigley Field—in their hands.


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Solving the Hyperlocal Puzzle

March 29, 2013

DNAinfo.com’s Web sites cover neighborhood news in New York and Chicago. Can billionaire Joe Ricketts’ venture achieve the financial success that has been elusive for similar startups?


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Kelly Clarkson to Give March 1 Benefit Concert in Dallas

Feb 1, 2013

Pop superstar Kelly Clarkson will give her first hometown concert in more than a year, performing at a very special show to benefit the Opportunity Education Foundation at the Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Texas, on March 1.


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James Badge Dale, Jackie Earle Haley, Colin Hanks, David Harbour, and Ron Livingston Join 'Parkland' All-Star Ensemble Cast

Jan 25, 2013

Joe Ricketts, a Sublette County rancher and the founder of TD Ameritrade, stepped in at the 11th hour with money to complete the buyout of 58,000 acres of gas leases in the basin. The area had been targeted for development by Plains Production and Exploration, known as PXP.


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St. Rocco starts ‘Waves of Hope’ for Ugandan students

Jan 24, 2013

This summer, St. Rocco School third grade teacher Maryann Bennett had the opportunity to spend two weeks in Africa through the Opportunity Education Foundation.


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Late cash saves Noble Basin

Jan 03, 2013

Joe Ricketts, a Sublette County rancher and the founder of TD Ameritrade, stepped in at the 11th hour with money to complete the buyout of 58,000 acres of gas leases in the basin. The area had been targeted for development by Plains Production and Exploration, known as PXP.


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Ricketts helps buy out gas leases in national forest

Jan 03, 2013

A conservation group was able to preserve part of a national forest in western Wyoming with an $8.75 million buyout of oil and gas leases secured by last-minute donations, including $750,000 from the founder of online stockbroker TD Ameritrade.


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Joe Ricketts' horses land roles in TV series, Roses parade

Dec 27, 2012

A team of Ricketts' draft horses, of the Percheron breed, will help promote the new show when they appear in the Tournament of Roses Parade in Pasadena, Calif., clip-clopping just ahead of RFD-TV's classic-tractor-themed float in the last half-hour of the two-hour parade, which begins airing at 10 a.m. on New Year's Day.


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Flooding the Dance Floor With Political Pitches

Sep 30, 2012

The ticket to the White House could be any number of things. Early voting. High turnout among the party’s base. Ohio. A one-stop destination for the latest political news — from The Times and other top sources. Plus opinion, polls, campaign data and video. But Republicans and Democrats seem to agree that their chances improve markedly if they can win over one important constituency: the audience of “Dancing With the Stars.”


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On The Record with Greta van Susteren

Sep 28, 2012

Greta van Susteren discusses the "WhyIChangedMyVote" ad campaign from Ending Spending Action Fund on her latest show.


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Claire McCaskill’s unlikely supporter: Joe Ricketts

Sep 28, 2012

Supporters of Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.) might be surprised to learn that among them is a billionaire behind a super PAC that has pledged to spend $10 million helping Mitt Romney get elected.


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Konkol leaves Sun-Times to write for DNAInfo Chicago

Sep 24, 2012

Mark Konkol, the Chicago journalism superstar who won the Pulitzer Prize for local reporting last year, is leaving the Sun-Times to join the startup of a hyperlocal digital news service covering city neighborhoods.


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Joe Ricketts: The new billionaire political activist

Sep 21, 2012

After amassing great wealth building TD Ameritrade, Joe Ricketts bought the Chicago Cubs for his family. Now he is spending millions to promote his political vision and unseat the president. Meet a big behind-the-scenes player in the newly deregulated electoral system.


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What Joe Ricketts is Doing Right with His Super PAC

Sep 19, 2012

Another super PAC contribution is drawing attention, this one via Joe Ricketts, the founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade, Inc. His family also owns the Chicago Cubs.


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Joe Ricketts ad blitz has Romney fingerprints

Sep 17, 2012

Unlike the controversial aborted pitch for a $10-million attack highlighting Rev. Jeremiah Wright, billionaire investor Joe Ricketts’s new super PAC campaign will use themes and players blessed by Mitt Romney and his allies.


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Ricketts Spending Millions to Urge Obama Voters to Switch

Sep 17, 2012

Chicago Cubs owner Joe Ricketts will spend $10 million on television ads and voter-outreach efforts to help Republican challenger Mitt Romney defeat President Barack Obama, aides to Ricketts said today.


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Investor Bankrolls Big Romney Campaign

Sep 17, 2012

A billionaire investor whose family owns the Chicago Cubs is pressing ahead with a multimillion-dollar pro-Republican political campaign, bucking a political furor that emerged when the effort first become public.


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Joe Ricketts Group Gives Congress Summer Reading Assignment on The 'Fiscal Cliff'

Aug 1, 2012

A fiscal responsibility group founded by bilionaire investor Joe Ricketts has taken it upon themselves to assign Congress a good old-fashioned summer reading assignment: a book on the "fiscal cliff."


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Inside billionaire Joe Ricketts dreams of media empire

Jul 31, 2012

Joe Ricketts, the Nebraska-born mogul, fiscally conservative political donor and founder of the online brokerage titan TD Ameritrade, spent much of his life on the plains, where everything is flat. So when he decided in 2006, at the age of 65, to get a pièd-a-terre in Manhattan, Ricketts went for altitude, buying a condo on the 78th floor of the Times Warner Center's north tower for $29.2 million.


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Who Is Joe Ricketts?

May 18, 2012

“The Conspirator,” the story of the only woman charged in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. It had been directed by Robert Redford. And it had been bankrolled by Joe Ricketts.


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TD Ameritrade to Host Annual Meeting of Stockholders

Jan 26, 2012

In October, TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts retired from the Board of Directors after more than 35 years with the Company. To commemorate his accomplishments and thank him for all of his contributions to the Company, President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Tomczyk will lead a short presentation following the business portion of this year's annual meeting.


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Colin Myler v the Murdochs: battle begins in New York

Jan 8, 2012

There is certainly a strong sense that the site's hyper-local coverage is hitting gaps left by the tabloids, digitally torn between citywide and national coverage. Run by a young woman, Leela de Kretser, who has beat reporters working from laptops dotted round the city rather than from expensive midtown offices or SoHo lofts, DNAinfo has time and cost structure on its side


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Anti-spending group launches early-state ad blitz

Dec 16, 2011

Ending Spending, a nonprofit 501(c) 4 advocacy group, has announced a $400,000 ad buy that will feature its 30-second commercial on cable news channels in Iowa starting Thursday.


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Anti-Spending Group Launches Early-State Ad Blitz

Dec 15, 2011

The already saturated Iowa airwaves are about to be flooded with another major political advertising barrage as a well-funded anti-spending group launches a TV campaign ahead of the Jan. 3 caucuses.


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DNAinfo Expands — As Does NYC's Rep as Hyperlocal Incubator

Nov 21, 2011

DNAinfo, the hyperlocal news start-up that provides hard-hitting community reporting for Manhattan's densely packed and notoriously amorphous neighborhoods, is in the process of expanding into the city's outer boroughs and, in time, Chicago.


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Local Hero: News Futurists DNAinfo Replicate Across the Outer
Boroughs and Chicago

November 9, 2011

According to Ms. de Kretser, DNAinfo's locally embedded reporters are its best marketing tool. It's often after interfacing with a DNAinfo reporter that a local business inquires about advertising opportunities.


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Double T Bison Ranch To Raise Bison In Montana For Burgers At
Wrigley Field

October 25, 2011

Double T Bison Ranch will be situated on private land on the Blackfeet Indian Reservation on both sides of U.S. Highway 89 north of Babb. It will be operated by a parent company called Golden Bison, which is owned by businessman Joe Ricketts, the founder of Omaha, Neb.-based TD Ameritrade.


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TD Ameritrade Says "Thank You" to Joe Ricketts

Sep 16, 2011

TD Ameritrade Holding Corporation (NASDAQ: AMTD), its board of directors, management team and more than 5,000 associates nationwide would today like to say, “Thank you,” to Joe Ricketts, who after more than 35 years with the Company he founded and built has decided to retire from its Board of Directors next month.


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TD Ameritrade Founder Joe Ricketts to Retire From Board to Concentrate on Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy

Sep 16, 2011

Joe Ricketts announced today that he would retire from the TD Ameritrade board of directors to concentrate fully on entrepreneurship and philanthropy.


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Opportunity knocks in Third World

August 28, 2011

It started with a casual conversation on another continent. And as with many of Joe Ricketts' ventures, an idea, a dream. In 2004, Ricketts, the founder of TD Ameritrade, traveled to Africa with a group of family and friends.


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Investing in a Conspiracy of a Past Century

April 8, 2011

Joe Ricketts has a simple objective for his new production company: He wants you to go to his movies and then talk about them. “I really like the idea of people seeing a movie and then visiting about it, having cocktails or dinner and talking about the movie,” he said.


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Billionaire puts wager on really local online news

Dec 5, 2010

Some people look at Manhattan and see the world's most crowded media market. Not J. Joseph Ricketts. The founder of online brokerage TD Ameritrade and new owner of the Chicago Cubs perceives an opportunity as wide as the Hudson River for his year-old local news operation, DNAinfo.com.


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How conservatives beat the establishment on earmarks

Nov 16, 2010

Just one month after Cantor declared war on earmarks, Republicans in the House and Senate will swear off earmarks for the next two years. It wouldn’t have happened without the help of the newly formed group Taxpayers Against Earmarks.


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Ending earmarks: It's not complicated

Nov 16, 2010

The voters sent a clear message to stop reckless spending. Yet the earmarking system that perpetuates the power of incumbency, fosters a culture of dependency on the government, and produced the infamous “Bridge to Nowhere” and influence-peddling scandals that sent many to prison, still exists.


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Redford’s Film Is Picked Up in Toronto

Sep 15, 2010

“The Conspirator,” Robert Redford’s independently produced picture about the hanging of Mary Surratt in the wake of Abraham Lincoln’s assassination, has a home. Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions said they acquired rights to distribute the film in the United States and plan to release it next spring.


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Toronto Film Festival: Robert Redford on ‘The Conspirator’

Sep 12, 2010

On Saturday night, at the Gala presentation of his latest directorial effort “The Conspirator,” Robert Redford gave his biggest thanks of the evening to Joe Ricketts, the Ameritrade founder, who backed the film.


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Wrigley has 'em buffaloed

May 6, 2010

Turns out the Ricketts family brought more to the Cubs than fresh faces and a remodeled players' locker room. The family's ranch in Little Jackson Hole, Wyo., produces humanely raised, all-natural bison meat, which goes into the High Plains Bison hot dog, available at the Chicago Dogs carts at various points in the park.


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Cowboy Up! Rugged Western Trips for Office Drones

June 15, 2009

Calling all Anglers. The remote Lodge at Jackson Fork Ranch, which occupies six miles along the Upper Hoback River in Wyoming, challenges anglers to come catch four native species of the Wyoming cutthroat trout.


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