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10 Most-Searched People On Google In 2023

Once again, it’s clear that stories but also their protagonists captivated us in 2023. They also made us ask Google a lot of questions. The search engine has published its ranking of the most-searched questions on the internet in 2023. Based on the data, it’s clear that what’s important to us — beyond the mere who — is, above all, the what.

Google divides its search report of the year into categories: the most-searched news (led by the war in Gaza), deaths (Matthew Perry is the first in that section), actors (Jeremy Renner), athletes (Damar Hamlin), video games (Hogwarts Legacy), movies (Barbie), singers (Shakira), recipes (bibimbap), songs (Yoasobi, a Japanese superduo), sports teams (Inter Miami), TV series (The Last of Us) and museums (the Louvre in Paris).

In this report, we look at the 10 most-searched people on Google over the last 12 months… a classification in which only two women appear. The list is headed by the American football player Damar Hamlin, while it also reflects that the top 10 have little in common with each other (beyond being world-famous stars).

Damar Hamlin

Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio on November 5, 2023.Damar Hamlin of the Buffalo Bills in a game against the Cincinnati Bengals in Ohio on November 5, 2023. Dylan Buell (Getty Images)

Damar Hamlin, 25, isn’t the most-searched person of the year because of his love life, which perhaps makes his story particularly fascinating. Last January, the Pennsylvanian NFL player suffered a cardiac arrest in the middle of a game that his team, the Buffalo Bills, was playing against the Cincinnati Bengals. Hamlin received CPR on the field until he was stabilized. He was then taken to a hospital, where he was in critical condition for a week.

In August, his team’s coach, Sean McDermott, announced the player’s return, just seven months after his “resurrection.”

“I’m blessed to have the opportunity to get back to doing what I love most,” Hamlin said, upon his return to an official match last October, just nine months after the incident that hit the sports world and forced America’s most popular league to review its safety policies.

Jeremy Renner

Actor Jeremy Renner at the Cinematheque Awards gala, on November 18, 2023.Actor Jeremy Renner at the Cinematheque Awards gala, on November 18, 2023. Vivien Killilea (Getty Images for American Cinema)

52-year-old Jeremy Renner, known for his role as Hawkeye in Marvel’s Avengers films, has a similar story to Hamlin. He was the second-most Googled person over the last 12 months due to a terrible accident that almost cost him his life. It also happened last January, when the actor was cleaning the entrance to his house with a snow plow. He lost control of the machine and crashed into his nephew’s truck. Renner suffered a collision that caused multiple fractures throughout his body. His millions of worried followers have been monitoring his recovery every month through social media. His first appearance after the accident was in Los Angeles, during the red carpet at the premiere of his new series, Rennervations. Supported by a cane, he spoke to the media: “These 30-plus broken bones will mend, grow stronger, just like the love and bond with family and friends deepens.”

Andrew Tate

Andrew Tate, followed by his brother Tristan Tate, photographed at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on December 22, 2023.Andrew Tate, followed by his brother Tristan Tate, photographed at the Court of Appeal in Bucharest, Romania, on December 22, 2023. DANIEL MIHAILESCU (AFP)

Andrew Tate, 37, is an atypical influencer. He’s been canceled on social media on multiple occasions for homophobic, sexist, anti-vax and misogynistic comments. In 2022, he was arrested in Romania, accused of having committed acts of sex-trafficking.

The former kickboxing champion made multiple headlines in 2023. At the beginning of the year, Elon Musk allowed Tate to return to Twitter. This led to a wave of criticism and demands that he be expelled again. Furthermore, last August, the Romanian justice system granted the influencer conditional release before his trial begins. This has caused several social media users to become even more agitated.

Kylian Mbappé

Kylian Mbappé, during a match with PSG in Paris, on December 20, 2023.Kylian Mbappé, during a match with PSG in Paris, on December 20, 2023. FRANCK FIFE (AFP)

Kylian Mbappé, at only 25, became one of the most viral people in 2023. The Paris-born soccer player’s professional future remains a mystery. In 2024, a new trade window opens in Europe… as does a new chapter in the frustrated romance between Mbappé and Real Madrid, which has become one of the most talked-about topics in sports journalism. Even the president of the French Republic himself, Emmanuel Macron, reiterated by telephone to the soccer player that he was an example for the French and that he should stay with his Parisian team. However, it became known in December that Florentino Pérez, the president of Real Madrid, has prepared a contract for Mbappé that will be impossible for him to reject.

Travis Kelce

Travis Kelce in a game with the Kansas City Chiefs, on December 5, 2023.Travis Kelce in a game with the Kansas City Chiefs, on December 5, 2023. Jay Biggerstaff (USA TODAY Sports via Reuters Con)

At the beginning of 2023, Travis Kelce, 34, probably didn’t imagine that he was about to end up becoming one of the most-Googled people on the internet. His career as an NFL player for the Kansas City Chiefs hasn’t resulted in as many headlines in the media (or as many comments on social media) as his recent relationship with singer Taylor Swift.

Travis Kelce had a crush on the singer. When she came to sing at Arrowhead Stadium where he was playing, he wanted to give her one of the bracelets that fans make for her concerts. The bracelet — instead of a song title — had his phone number.

Now, five months later, they’ve become one of the couples of the year, holding hands and being seen in public on a regular basis… something very different from how the artist has handled her past relationships. Lots of Swifties were online, trying to find out more information about their idol’s new partner.

Jenna Ortega

Jenna Ortega poses on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York, May 1, 2023.Jenna Ortega poses on the red carpet at the Met Gala in New York, May 1, 2023.
Taylor Hill (Getty Images)

Jenna Ortega, 21, is an American actress of Latin origin who rose to global stardom after the premiere of the Netflix series Wednesday, in November of 2022. But this young actress continued to make people talk well into 2023.

Following her success in the supernatural comedy horror TV series directed by Tim Burton, in March, she sat down with the Armchair Expert podcast to talk about how she felt working on a project by the man who created classics such as The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993). And the Californian took advantage of the moment, holding nothing back: “I don’t think I’ve ever had to put my foot down on a set in a way that I had to on Wednesday. Everything that [my character] does, everything that I had to play, did not make sense for her character at all.”

“Her being in a love triangle made no sense,” Ortega explained. “There was a line about a dress she has to wear for a school dance, and she said, ‘Oh my God, I love it.’ And I had to go, ‘No.’” After this attack on the series, social media caught fire with different arguments for and against the actress.

Last November, she abandoned her role as the protagonist of Scream 7 due to scheduling issues with the filming of the second season of Wednesday. Still, her film career continues its course. This past December 15, Finestkind premiered, a film in which the actress co-stars with Tommy Lee Jones. And over the course of 2023, she also participated in several advertising campaigns. In April, she became an ambassador for Dior’s Gris perfume.

Lil Tay

Lil Tay, in a photo from her Instagram account.
Lil Tay, in a photo from her Instagram account.

Lil Tay is a Canadian rapper and influencer who has more than 5.5 million followers on social media. Her real name is Claire Hope. She became famous five years ago, with a viral video in which she publicly accused her father of physically and mentally abusing her.

In 2023, the musician, aged only 16, faced her own death on social media. On August 10, several online tabloids announced that Tay had died of unknown causes and that her death had occurred on the same day that her 21-year-old brother had also lost his life. No media outlets could confirm the news (even though many published it). Such was the confusion that the young woman had to come out and deny the rumors.

The influencer wanted to explain herself through a statement provided by the family to TMZ: “I want to make it clear that my brother and I are safe and alive, but I’m completely heartbroken, and struggling to even find the right words… it’s been a very traumatizing 24 hours. All day yesterday, I was bombarded with endless heartbreaking and tearful phone calls from loved ones all while trying to sort out this mess.”

The young woman claimed that her Instagram account had been hacked by someone who had been spreading misinformation. In the end, the rapper was able to recover her social media accounts and the statement about her death was deleted. However, many still wonder why it took her 24 hours to deny her own death. Some have asked if it was simply a joke that got out of hand, or a publicity stunt to gain followers.

Danny Masterson

Mugshot of Danny Masterson, provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, on December 27, 2023.Mugshot of Danny Masterson, provided by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, on December 27, 2023.– (AFP)

Danny Masterson, 47, is an American actor known for his leading role in the series That ‘70s Show. In 2023, the actor appeared in court several times, until, last September, he was found guilty of two counts of rape. Two trials had to be held for jurors to side with the prosecution and the victims, who claimed to have been sexually abused by the television star 20 years ago. Apparently, Masterson used his standing in the Church of Scientology to evade justice.

Masterson left the court handcuffed and in front of his wife — actress and model Bijou Phillips — who filed for divorce weeks later. The actor received a sentence of 30 years to life in prison. His name spread like wildfire on the internet again when it was learned that Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher supported their former co-star through letters they sent to the judge before the sentence was handed down. After learning of his sentence, the couple released a video asking for forgiveness from the victims and regretting the pain caused by the words they sent to the judge.

David Beckham

David Beckham poses during the premiere of his documentary, 'Beckham,' in London, on October 3, 2023.David Beckham poses during the premiere of his documentary, ‘Beckham,’ in London, on October 3, 2023. Gareth Cattermole (Gareth Cattermole/Getty Images)

In 2023, David Beckham, 48, decided to star in a documentary made up of four one-hour-long episodes that premiered on Netflix last October. The former soccer player already offered a preview of the series’ content in April, revealing that he suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). But this was only the beginning of many other details.

The revelations about his life that are revealed in the documentary are made alongside his wife, Victoria Beckham, who has been essential to the story of the former captain of the English national soccer team. The four chapters talk about almost everything: his childhood, his beginnings at Manchester United, his love story with the former Spice Girl, the headlines about infidelities and his efforts to turn Inter Miami into a winning soccer club thanks to the help of Lionel Messi, who joined the team last summer. All of this has, understandably, earned him a good number of Google searches.

Pedro Pascal

Pedro Pascal poses at the Oscars, on March 12, 2023.Pedro Pascal poses at the Oscars, on March 12, 2023. Jeff Kravitz (FilmMagic)

Although the 48-year-old Chilean has been in the world of acting for a long time, his global stardom grew even more in 2023, with his role as the protagonist in the HBO series The Last of Us, viewership for which reached the levels of Game of Thrones and House of the Dragon.

Pascal — who has become one of the most desired men on the internet over the past 12 months — has seen the job offers pour in. In addition to continuing with The Mandalorian on Disney+, the actor hosted SNL in February. And, in May – in the middle of the Cannes Film Festival – Pedro Almodóvar premiered his new short, Strange Way of Life, with Pascal and Ethan Hawke as the protagonists. The director described the characters of Sheriff Jake (Hawke) and Silva (Pascal) as portraits of these two talented actors. He also expressed his joy at the fact that they participated, since he needed two actors who were the complete opposites of each other, even in physical terms, and who represented two different cultures. “One is cold, hermetic Anglo-Saxon, while the other is the opposite: warm, truculent… unafraid of talking about his desires.” For the Spanish director, Pascal and Hawke were the perfect choices.


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Assessing Property Size: What Square Footage Can You Get With The Average UK House Price In Your Area?

Assessing Property Size In The UK

In the United Kingdom, there is a prevailing tendency to gauge the size of residences based on the number of bedrooms rather than square footage. In fact, research indicates that three out of five individuals are unaware of the square footage of their property.

However, a comprehensive analysis conducted by Savills reveals significant variations in property sizes throughout the country. For instance, with the average property price standing at £340,837, this amount would typically afford a studio flat spanning 551 square feet in London, according to the prominent estate agency.

Conversely, in the North East region, the same sum would secure a spacious five-bedroom house measuring 1,955 square feet, nearly four times the size of a comparable property in London.

Best value: Heading to the North East of England is where buyers will get the most from their money

In Scotland, the median house price equates to a sizable investment capable of procuring a generous four-bedroom residence spanning 1,743 square feet. Conversely, in Wales, Yorkshire & The Humber, and the North West, this sum affords a slightly smaller four-bedroom dwelling of approximately 1,500 square feet, while in the East and West Midlands, it accommodates a 1,300 square foot home. In stark contrast, within the South West, £340,837 secures a modest 1,000 square foot property, and in the East, an even more confined 928 square feet.

London presents the most challenging market, where this budget offers the least purchasing power. Following closely, the South East allows for 825 square feet of space or a medium-sized two-bedroom dwelling. Lucian Cook, head of residential research at Savills, emphasizes the profound disparity in purchasing potential across Britain, ranging from compact studio flats in London to spacious four or five-bedroom residences in parts of North East England.

While square footage serves as a critical metric, with a significant portion of Britons unfamiliar with their property’s dimensions, the number of bedrooms remains a traditional indicator of size. Personal preferences, such as a preference for larger kitchens, may influence property selection. For those prioritizing ample space, Easington, County Durham, offers a substantial 2,858 square foot, five-bedroom home, while Rhondda, Wales, and Na h-Eileanan an Iar, Scotland, provide 2,625 and 2,551 square feet, respectively. Conversely, in St Albans, Hertfordshire, £340,837 secures a mere 547 square feet, equivalent to a one-bedroom flat.

The disparity continues in central London, where purchasing power diminishes considerably. In Kensington, the budget accommodates a mere 220 square feet, contrasting with the slightly more spacious 236 square feet in Westminster. Conversely, in Dagenham, the same investment translates to 770 square feet. Three properties currently listed on Rightmove exemplify the diversity within this price range across the UK market.

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

South of the river: This semi-detached house is located near to three different train stations

2. Lewisham: One-bed house, £345,000

This one-bedroom property in Lewisham, South London, is on the market for £345,000.

The semi-detached house is set over two floors, and has a private patio.

The property is located near to bus links and amenities, as well as Catford train station.

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

Edinburgh fringe: This three-bed property is located on the edge of the city, near to the town of Musselburgh

3. Edinburgh: Three-bed house, £350,000

This three-bedroom detached house in Edinburgh could be yours for £350,000.

The house, which has a two-car driveway, boasts a large kitchen diner, and is within easy reach of Newcriaghall train station.


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Top 10 Florida Cities Dominate The Business Startup Landscape In The U.S.

Top 10 Florida Cities And Business Startup Landscape In The U.S.

The Voice Of EU | Florida emerges as a hub for entrepreneurial endeavors, with its vibrant business landscape and conducive environment for startups. Renowned for its low corporate tax rates and a high concentration of investors, the Sunshine State beckons aspiring entrepreneurs seeking fertile grounds to launch and grow their businesses.

In a recent report by WalletHub, Florida cities dominate the list of the top 10 best destinations for business startups, showcasing their resilience and economic vitality amidst challenging times.

From Orlando’s thriving market to Miami’s dynamic ecosystem, each city offers unique advantages and opportunities for entrepreneurial success. Let’s delve into the chronologically listed cities that exemplify Florida’s prominence in the business startup arena.

1. Orlando Leads the Way: Orlando emerges as the most attractive market in the U.S. for business startups, with a remarkable surge in small business establishments. WalletHub’s latest report highlights Orlando’s robust ecosystem, fostering the survival and growth of startups, buoyed by a high concentration of investors per capita.

2. Tampa Takes Second Place: Securing the second spot among large cities for business startups, Tampa boasts a favorable business environment attributed to its low corporate tax rates. The city’s ample investor presence further fortifies startups, providing essential resources for navigating the initial years of business operations.

3. Charlotte’s Diverse Industries: Claiming the third position, Charlotte stands out for its diverse industrial landscape and exceptionally low corporate taxes, enticing companies to reinvest capital. This conducive environment propels entrepreneurial endeavors, contributing to sustained economic growth.

4. Jacksonville’s Rising Profile: Jacksonville emerges as a promising destination for startups, bolstered by its favorable business climate. The city’s strategic positioning fosters entrepreneurial ventures, attracting aspiring business owners seeking growth opportunities.

5. Miami’s Entrepreneurial Hub: Miami solidifies its position as a thriving entrepreneurial hub, attracting businesses with its dynamic ecosystem and strategic location. The city’s vibrant startup culture and supportive infrastructure make it an appealing destination for ventures of all sizes.

6. Atlanta’s Economic Momentum: Atlanta’s ascent in the business startup landscape underscores its economic momentum and favorable business conditions. The city’s strategic advantages and conducive policies provide a fertile ground for entrepreneurial ventures to flourish.

7. Fort Worth’s Business-Friendly Environment: Fort Worth emerges as a prime destination for startups, offering a business-friendly environment characterized by low corporate taxes. The city’s supportive ecosystem and strategic initiatives facilitate the growth and success of new ventures.

8. Austin’s Innovation Hub: Austin cements its status as an innovation hub, attracting startups with its vibrant entrepreneurial community and progressive policies. The city’s robust infrastructure and access to capital foster a conducive environment for business growth and innovation.

9. Durham’s Emerging Entrepreneurship Scene: Durham’s burgeoning entrepreneurship scene positions it as a promising destination for startups, fueled by its supportive ecosystem and strategic initiatives. The city’s collaborative culture and access to resources contribute to the success of new ventures.

10. St. Petersburg’s Thriving Business Community: St. Petersburg rounds off the top 10 with its thriving business community and supportive ecosystem for startups. The city’s strategic advantages and favorable business climate make it an attractive destination for entrepreneurial endeavors.

Despite unprecedented challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Great Resignation, and high inflation, these top Florida cities remain resilient and well-equipped to overcome obstacles, offering promising opportunities for business owners and entrepreneurs alike.


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European Startup Ecosystems Awash With Gulf Investment – Here Are Some Of The Top Investors

European Startup Ecosystem Getting Flooded With Gulf Investments

The Voice Of EU | In recent years, European entrepreneurs seeking capital infusion have widened their horizons beyond the traditional American investors, increasingly turning their gaze towards the lucrative investment landscape of the Gulf region. With substantial capital reservoirs nestled within sovereign wealth funds and corporate venture capital entities, Gulf nations have emerged as compelling investors for European startups and scaleups.

According to comprehensive data from Dealroom, the influx of investment from Gulf countries into European startups soared to a staggering $3 billion in 2023, marking a remarkable 5x surge from the $627 million recorded in 2018.

This substantial injection of capital, accounting for approximately 5% of the total funding raised in the region, underscores the growing prominence of Gulf investors in European markets.

Particularly noteworthy is the significant support extended to growth-stage companies, with over two-thirds of Gulf investments in 2023 being directed towards funding rounds exceeding $100 million. This influx of capital provides a welcome boost to European companies grappling with the challenge of securing well-capitalized investors locally.

Delving deeper into the landscape, Sifted has identified the most active Gulf investors in European startups over the past two years.

Leading the pack is Aramco Ventures, headquartered in Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. Bolstered by a substantial commitment, Aramco Ventures boasts a $1.5 billion sustainability fund, alongside an additional $4 billion allocated to its venture capital arm, positioning it as a formidable player with a total investment capacity of $7 billion by 2027. With a notable presence in 17 funding rounds, Aramco Ventures has strategically invested in ventures such as Carbon Clean Solutions and ANYbotics, aligning with its focus on businesses that offer strategic value.

Following closely is Mubadala Capital, headquartered in Abu Dhabi, UAE, with an impressive tally of 13 investments in European startups over the past two years. Backed by the sovereign wealth fund Mubadala Investment Company, Mubadala Capital’s diverse investment portfolio spans private equity, venture capital, and alternative solutions. Notable investments include Klarna, TIER, and Juni, reflecting its global investment strategy across various sectors.

Ventura Capital, based in Dubai, UAE, secured its position as a key player with nine investments in European startups. With a presence in Dubai, London, and Tokyo, Ventura Capital boasts an international network of limited partners and a sector-agnostic investment approach, contributing to its noteworthy investments in companies such as Coursera and Spotify.

Qatar Investment Authority, headquartered in Doha, Qatar, has made significant inroads into the European startup ecosystem with six notable investments. As the sovereign wealth fund of Qatar, QIA’s diversified portfolio spans private and public equity, infrastructure, and real estate, with strategic investments in tech startups across healthcare, consumer, and industrial sectors.

MetaVision Dubai, a newcomer to the scene, has swiftly garnered attention with six investments in European startups. Focusing on seed to Series A startups in the metaverse and Web3 space, MetaVision raised an undisclosed fund in 2022, affirming its commitment to emerging technologies and innovative ventures.

Investcorp, headquartered in Manama, Bahrain, has solidified its presence with six investments in European startups. With a focus on mid-sized B2B businesses, Investcorp’s diverse investment strategies encompass private equity, real estate, infrastructure, and credit management, contributing to its notable investments in companies such as Terra Quantum and TruKKer.

Chimera Capital, based in Abu Dhabi, UAE, rounds off the list with four strategic investments in European startups. As part of a prominent business conglomerate, Chimera Capital leverages its global reach and sector-agnostic approach to drive investments in ventures such as CMR Surgical and Neat Burger.

In conclusion, the burgeoning influx of capital from Gulf investors into European startups underscores the region’s growing appeal as a vibrant hub for innovation and entrepreneurship. With key players such as Aramco Ventures, Mubadala Capital, and Ventura Capital leading the charge, European startups are poised to benefit from the strategic investments and partnerships forged with Gulf investors, propelling them towards sustained growth and success in the global market landscape.


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