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Sofia Vergara’s Bodacious Balance Sheet

Not so long ago, the migration to Hollywood of Spanish-speaking performers was governed by a ludicrous business conceit. Here’s how Sofia Vergara’s now very rich business partner describes it in a Forbes sidebar to the magazine’s announcement that the Modern Family star is 2012′s highest earning TV actress:

“Most talent at that time was represented by their boyfriend, or their mom or dad,” says Luis Balaguer, 44, a veteran talent manager who hails from Madrid. “They would sign deals with networks, and the contracts would be in English; nobody bothered to read, let alone understand, the fine print.”

No longer, thanks in large part to Balaguer and Vergara’s company LatinWE. As ForbesWoman writer Meghan Casserly concisely details, the firm is growing by leaps and bounds as a talent representation firm, Internet portal developer, clothing line purveyor and more.

To top it off, as Vergara has shown again and again on the red carpet, the woman who made it all possible has a delightful sense of humor. Asked by the Forbes reporter how it feels to be LatinWE’s best client, Vegara replied: ‘It’s amazing. I give me everything I want.’

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Lauren Berger Welcome to the Real WorldCareer Expert, Lauren Berger, releases her second book, Welcome to the Real World: Finding Your Place, Perfecting Your Work, and Turning Your Job Into Your Dream Career (Harper Business), on April 22nd. In this book, Berger shares everything she wishes someone told her after graduation. Her book is the essential guide to anyone starting their first, second, or third job. She encourages readers to be fearless, step outside of their comfort zones, and go after what they want.