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  • Gina Rinehart

    Australian billionaire Gina Rinehart, the world's richest woman, has told Australians envious of rich people that they should stop complaining, work harder, and cut down on drinking, smoking and socializing.

  • World Financial Center, New York City

    A new study shows the wealthy give a smaller percentage of their income to charity than the middle class.

  • Billionaire Private Islands Sunday, 19 Aug 2012 | 10:29 PM ET
    Owning a private island is something very few people can even dream of. But some of the super-rich not only own a slice of paradise, they’ve also managed to turn these exotic destinations into a lucrative business opportunity.L’Oreal billionaire heiress Liliane Bettencourt, for example, recently made headlines after selling her private island in the Seychelles for $60 million. While Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison’s half a billion dollar purchase of Hawaii’s sixth largest island in June is consi

    So, which billionaires own some of the world’s most expensive private islands? Click ahead to find out.

  • Singapore: World’s Richest Country by 2050? Thursday, 16 Aug 2012 | 10:40 AM ET
    Louis Vuitton at North Pavilion, Marina Bay. Further in distant is business district of Singapore.

    The study predicts that Singapore — that little Southeast Asian city-state with loads of Type A zeal — will be the world's richest nation by 2050.

  • Who, Me? A One Percenter? Thursday, 26 Jul 2012 | 1:22 PM ET
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    Those earning incomes in the top one percent (like many Americans) rank themselves much lower than their actual position, and worry that the wealthy have "too much influence."

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    It turns out, Mitt Romney may not have been the only American political figure to have a Swiss bank account. The difference is — he paid his taxes but some of the others may not have.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

    The new mortgage granted to Facebook's maximum leader is symptomatic of how inequality is a slippery slope.

  • Poll: It's 'OK' to be Rich Thursday, 12 Jul 2012 | 7:45 PM ET
    Poll: It's 'OK' to be Rich

    A survey from GlobeScan found that 58 percent of Americans say the rich deserve their wealth, and also the number of people who think the wealthy should pay more taxes has fallen in recent years.

  • Britain's Tetrapak Heir Arrested in Wife's Death Wednesday, 11 Jul 2012 | 11:31 AM ET
    Hans and Eva Rausing

    Hans Kristian Rausing, who inherited a fortune made from drink containers, is being held in a death called "unexplained."

  • Obama's War on Romney Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 7:34 PM ET
    Obama's War on Romney

    Discussing whether the middle class worries they will be taxed next, if the rich are taxed, with Scott Rasmussen, Rasmussen Reports founder & president. Marc Lamont Hill, "Our World" host, and Monica Crowley, "What the (Bleep) Just Happened," author, weigh in.

  • Are You Upwardly Mobile? Probably Not Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 2:45 PM ET
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    The majority of Americans have higher incomes than their parents, but it is still not enough to move most of them into a higher bracket — especially those at the bottom, USA Today reports.

  • Hamptons Helicopter Showdown Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 1:51 PM ET
    Hamptons Helicopter Showdown

    There's a battle underway in the surf-side playground of the rich and famous, reports CNBC's Robert Frank.

  • Does Money Really Make You Meaner? Friday, 6 Jul 2012 | 3:28 PM ET
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    Traditionally it was poverty that caused social ills. But the evidence that wealth makes people callous is starting to mount.

  • Icahn Expects 'Much Higher Price' for This Stock Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 5:15 PM ET
    Icahn Expects 'Much Higher Price' for This Stock

    Investor Carl Icahn updates "Fast Money" on what he wants to see happen to a company he calls a "very undervalued asset."

  • Icahn Takes Aim at Forest Labs Monday, 2 Jul 2012 | 5:11 PM ET
    Icahn Takes Aim at Forest Labs

    Billionaire investor Carl Icahn questioned the timing of certain stock sales by Forest Laboratories' CEO Howard Soloman today, and discusses his concerns over its corporate governance.

  • Can a Country Have Too Many Billionaires? Thursday, 28 Jun 2012 | 3:21 PM ET
    Carlos Slim

    A Morgan Stanley strategist has come up with a new yard-stick for national competitiveness: the billionaire indicator.

  • How Are the Rich Voting? Tuesday, 26 Jun 2012 | 1:45 PM ET
    How Are the Rich Voting?

    Affluent women are more likely to vote for Obama, but on the whole, affluent and wealthy voters are leaning toward Romney, reports CNBC's Robert Frank.

  • UK Company Promises Moon Tourism by 2015 Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 12:31 PM ET
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    Excalibur Almaz will charge wannabe astronauts an average of £100 million for a six to eight month journey exploring deep space

  • Up-Armored Cars: Under the Hood Monday, 11 Jun 2012 | 11:58 AM ET
    When most people think of car safety features, what comes to mind is likely airbags, seatbelts, or anti-lock brakes. For the extremely wealthy, government officials, or expatriates living in high-risk areas overseas, something more secure is often needed to ensure their safety. To meet the demand, companies have sprung up around the world to customize vehicles for clientele of this nature, reinforcing and bulletproofing cars and trucks in a practice known as “up-armoring.” One such company is Ho

    To meet the demand, companies have sprung up around the world to  reinforce and bulletproof cars and trucks — a practice known as “up-armoring.”

  • Manhattan's Five Best $30 Million-Plus Apartments Friday, 8 Jun 2012 | 1:00 PM ET
    One 57 Manhattan

    High-end New York brokers were asked: If your client were spending $30 million or more, what five apartments would you show them?