January 11, 2007 |
TYCOONS trying to impress will pay millions for a Picasso or Pollock, so why not splurge on a living, breathing Jagger? Or hire rapper 50 Cent to drop by the mansion and perform "Get Rich or Die Tryin' "? Now that will get them talking down at the country club. That's the loud and lavish sensibility behind the hottest party accessory around -- the rentable rock star.
October 13, 1987 |
America's 400 richest people are worth $220 billion--a whopping 41% jump from last year and enough money to wipe out the 1986 U.S. budget deficit, Forbes magazine reports. No. 1 on the list for the third year is retail king Sam M. Walton, whose assets from his Wal-Mart discount stores nearly doubled to $8.5 billion. That is more than the gross national product of many Third World countries. Walton is one of 49 billionaires to top the list, nearly twice as many as appeared there last year.
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October 30, 2005 |
Donald L. Bren, the billionaire owner of the Irvine Co. who is ranked among the nation's wealthiest individuals, is challenging a court order that would compel him to reveal details of his personal wealth. The intensely private Bren, 73, of Newport Beach, is locked in a child support battle with the mother of two of his children, and is fighting their attempts to determine just how rich he is. But a state appeals court ruled that he must be more forthcoming.
June 21, 1999 |
A booming stock market and newly created Internet wealth has expanded the world's billionaires club and pushed the collective net worth of the richest 200 working people beyond $1 trillion, Forbes magazine says in its latest ranking of billionaires around the globe. Just as the Internet has sped the pace of life today, hastening everything from stock trading to travel planning, it also has accelerated the creation of wealth--particularly among the richest individuals.
December 2, 1995 |
Tooling around in her Jaguar convertible, dishing the inside story on Burt and Loni and wearing fur stoles and diamonds, Jacqueline Levitz cut quite a figure in this unpretentious Mississippi River town of antebellum mansions and shotgun shacks. Even so, friends say, not many people here knew her.
November 30, 1989
No one says, "Hi, I'm Wendy and I'll be your server today." No one asks you how you like your steak done. No one hovers, waiting for you to leave so they can seat another party at your table. No one angles for a tip. No one keeps you waiting in the bar. They just do it. Automatically, immediately. They know your name, and that you'll need the table in the corner for at least two hours, and that you'd like a copy of the Wall Street Journal next to your plate. You want privacy, you've got privacy.
October 2, 1995 |
Bill Gates may be on the brink of middle age, but he can take comfort in being nearly $2 billion richer than he was in July. Gates, who turns 40 this month, outdid his friend Warren Buffett to take the title of the richest American again in the annual list of the nation's 400 wealthiest individuals published by Forbes magazine. According to the Forbes list released Sunday, the Microsoft Corp. chairman is worth an estimated $14.8 billion, or about $370 million for every year he's been alive.
February 9, 1990 |
For much of her 66 years, Caroline Rose Hunt, one of the nation's wealthiest women, focused her attention on doing good works and raising five children. More often than not, she shunned the spotlight that was hers for the asking, merely by virtue of being one of the Hunt dynasty of Dallas.
November 27, 2005 |
Ruth Parasol has made a fortune selling vice to the masses. Through phone sex, then Web porn and most recently online poker, the 38-year-old lawyer has leveraged a succession of new technologies to become a self-made billionaire whose net worth rivals those of Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban and Las Vegas mogul Steve Wynn. Like Cuban, Parasol was quick to recognize the Internet's power to transform daily life.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 20, 2008 |
A gated domain of sports stars, A-list actors, media billionaires and nouveau riche Angelenos -- where 11,000 square feet constitutes a "cozy" house and a developer once built a $20-million manse on spec -- is embroiled in a legal fracas that shows once and for all that money can't buy happiness. The court battle began in May, when residents of South Beverly Park sued their confreres in North Beverly Park. These aren't just any residents.