The U.S. government's debt ceiling has been raised 11 times since the beginning of 2001
2008 was Berkshire's worst year in the 44 years that Buffett's been its Chairman. Net worth fell by $11.5 billion that year
The first self-made female millionaire was Madam C.J. Walker. In the early 1900s, Walker developed and operated a cosmetics empire focused on African-American women.
In 2006, after tough new bankruptcy laws were passed, bankruptcy filings hit an 18-year low with only 617,660 bankruptcies filed that year.
In early 2012, Tennessee surpassed Nevada as having the highest per capita bankruptcy rate, with more than 7 bankruptcies filed for every 1,000 residents.
Americans 34 and younger decreased their rate of filing bankruptcy by more than 30% since 2006.
Approximately 147.3 million ounces of gold are being held at The United States Bullion Depository in Fort Knox.