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Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud and wife Princess Amira

Forbes has described the Saudi billionaire Alwaleed Bin Talal's valuation estimates of his fortunes as an "alternate reality".

A German travel agency is selling tickets for a flight to give 88 astronomy buffs a close-up view of one of two rare comets expected to pass Earth this year.

Geneva, Switzerland

The zeal with which Swiss citizens backed the curbs on executive pay is just the latest sign that Switzerland's relationship with the ultra-wealthy is beginning to change.

Lamborghini, McLaren Launch New Super Cars Tue, 5 Mar '13 | 8:34 AM ET
A McLaren P1 automobile, produced by McLaren Automotive Ltd., is seen on the company's stand ahead of the opening day of the 83rd Geneva International Motor Show in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, March 4, 2013.

The world's major luxury auto manufacturers have been bucking the trend, rolling out new models for the super luxury market at the 83rd Geneva motor show, against a backdrop of slumping sales in the mass market in Europe.

Good Year Racing

The Dunlop and Goodyear plants near Amiens in northern France chose different destinies four years ago when Dunlop's unions accepted tougher labor conditions.

Swiss Prison Sentences for Golden Parachutes Mon, 4 Mar '13 | 5:26 AM ET

Swiss voters on Sunday approved what has been dubbed the toughest executive pay rules in the world. Sixty eight percent of voters were in favor of forcing Swiss companies to give shareholders sweeping powers in deciding on executive pay.

Greece Reclassified as an 'Emerging Market' Mon, 4 Mar '13 | 2:08 AM ET
A man eats food donated  by the Greek church in central Athens.

Greece has been reclassified from a "developed" to an "emerging market" by a major U.S.-based fund manager.

Risks Too High to Focus on Middle East: CEO Sun, 3 Mar '13 | 9:14 AM ET
Egyptian anti-Morsi protesters hold up their shoes near a burning police vehicle in Tahrir Square during a march against a visit by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry.

One of the world's largest contractors is actively diversifying away from its home turf in the Middle East in light of rising political risks, opting instead to win exposure to territories such as Africa, former Soviet Republics and Australia.

Britain's government is selling vintage French wine at around 5,000 pounds a bottle in a bid to make its wine cellar self-funding as part of a national austerity drive and clamp-down on extravagant expenditure.

Investor: British Basketball Wants Your Money Fri, 1 Mar '13 | 8:51 AM ET
Dan Clark of the Standard Life Great Britain Basketball team.

Basketball in Great Britain is apparently growing. The British Basketball Association is putting on a full court press to entice investors for a new pro league.

Time for an Asian Pope? Fri, 1 Mar '13 | 1:40 AM ET

Three Italians, three North Americans, and Luis Antonio Tagle, the archbishop of Manila, capital of the Philippines, Asia's only majority-Catholic nation, are among candidates to succeed Pope Benedict XVI. The New York Times reports.

Million Dollar Idea? Battling Dog Breath Thu, 28 Feb '13 | 8:30 AM ET

Here's a story about a personal hygiene startup with a sense of humor, which may have figured out the way to big profits is through a dog's mouth.

Pope Benedict XVI, on his retirement day Thursday.

Pope Benedict XVI's retirement package – the first the Vatican has offered in almost 600 years – is a sweet deal by the average American senior's standards.

Ireland’s Celtic Tiger Rising From the Ashes Thu, 28 Feb '13 | 4:07 AM ET

Ireland deserves the mantle of the euro zone's poster child for its remarkable economic recovery via austerity, CEOs told CNBC at the Irish Business and Employers Confederation.

A colossal savings glut in China, the world's second largest economy, means British workers in their twenties will only be able to retire at 75.

McAfee Senior Vice President, Pat Calhoun, advises to create a whole new security 'ecosystem' to combat the cyber war we are currently, but perhaps unknowingly, submerged in.

A graffiti reading "Berlin" has been sprayed on a metal sheet near the main station

They find the language difficult and the locals as chilly as the weather but for young Spaniards Berlin has become a popular spot to sit out the economic crisis at home.

How Should Investors Play the Italian Panic? Wed, 27 Feb '13 | 2:47 AM ET

Over the past week, risk appetite has soured following a political stalemate in Rome and anxiety over the upcoming U.S. "sequester" spending cuts, but strategists told CNBC that there is a way to trade this panic.

Dennis Rodman

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman appears to have mixed up his Koreas on a visit to Pyongyang, tweeting that he expected to run into South Korean rapper Psy on his trip to the North.

New Releases at the Mobile World Congress Tue, 26 Feb '13 | 9:03 AM ET
Stephen Elop, chief executive officer of Nokia Oyj, poses for a photograph with a Lumia smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain.

Mobile wars came to Barcelona on Monday as the world's largest technology giants unveiled their latest products.

As the Apples and Samsungs of the tech world dominate smart phone markets in the developed world, Finland-based mobile maker Nokia has set its sights elsewhere: the rural and isolated populations of the developing world. The Global Post reports.

Italy 'Hung, Drawn and Quartered' by Deadlock Tue, 26 Feb '13 | 1:20 AM ET

European markets are braced for a sell off on Tuesday as Italy's election results could result in a political deadlock, causing economic chaos and further damage to the euro zone.

Furniture retailer Ikea says it has halted all sales of meatballs in Sweden after Czech authorities detected horse meat.

Is the UK the New 'Problem Child' of Europe? Mon, 25 Feb '13 | 3:56 AM ET

France has been called the euro zone's 'problem child' but on several key economic metrics the U.K. isn't performing much better.

Top 10 Universities for Billionaire Alumni Sat, 23 Feb '13 | 2:56 PM ET

Looking for the best return on your college investment? Here's a fun list: The top 10 universities for producing billionaires -- and some of their famous alum.

A man takes a phone photo of an artwork attributed to Banksy on May 17, 2012 in London, England.

A stencil by British artist Banksy is up for auction for an estimated $500,000. One problem: the neighborhood where Banksy sprayed the work wants its graffiti back.

Merkel Ally Says France Is 'Problem Child' Fri, 22 Feb '13 | 8:05 AM ET

France is a "problem child" in the euro zone and needs to implement more austerity measures and labor market reforms to regain competitiveness, a senior ally of German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday.

Karl Lagerfeld on the Crisis: I Don't Care  Fri, 22 Feb '13 | 2:13 AM ET

Designer Karl Lagerfeld says he doesn't pay too much attention to the impact of the crisis on fashion.

Italy Chooses: Tycoon, Clown or Professor Thu, 21 Feb '13 | 11:47 AM ET

After a year under Mario Monti's technocratic government, Italians return to the polls on Sunday February 24.

Hottest Mobile Trends Thu, 21 Feb '13 | 4:43 AM ET

The biggest mobile trade show in the calendar kicks off on February 25 in Barcelona, Spain. Industry watchers expect new products to be unveiled by a host of players including Google, Samsung, HTC and Sony at the Mobile World Congress.