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  • Bad Fortune: Five Bizarre Billionaire Murders Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 2:13 PM ET
    Mourners attend the funeral of Egyptian billionaire Ashraf Marwan in Cairo 01 July 2007. The controversial celebrity allegedly acted as a secret agent for the Israeli secret service during the 1973 Arab-Israeli war, reportedly with the code name 'Babel'. Ashraf Marwan was found dead in London on 27 June 2007 and was a son-in-law of former Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Nasser.

    The world's wealthiest people can, and often do, surround themselves with bodyguards, travel in armored cars with bullet-proof glass and live within well-guarded fortresses. Still, no one is completely immune to murderous plots — not even billionaires.

  • Debit Card Raises the Cash-Back Reward Wednesday, 23 Jun 2010 | 12:23 PM ET
    credit cards

    At a time when many banks have become notorious for taking money away from checking account customers, a start-up is planning to double what it’s putting back in account holders’ wallets.

  • Dividends Like BP’s Look Safe, Until They’re Not Thursday, 17 Jun 2010 | 12:35 PM ET
    BP sign

    If you’re an investor in BP and rely on dividend income to pay your daily expenses, rememeber that relying on one stock or even a handful of stocks is incredibly risky.

  • Legacy for One Billionaire: Death, but No Taxes Wednesday, 9 Jun 2010 | 10:35 AM ET

    A Texas pipeline tycoon who died two months ago may become the first American billionaire allowed to pass his fortune to his children and grandchildren tax-free. The NYT reports.

  • That Nagging Question of Mutual Fund Fees Monday, 10 May 2010 | 12:01 PM ET
    1978 portrait of American economist Paul Anthony Samuelson, winner of the Nobel prize for Economics in 1970.

    Mutual fund management companies receive handsome fees from people who often have no idea whether they are getting a good deal. For the most part, they're not, says the NYT.

  • Rich People Are Worried Wednesday, 5 May 2010 | 11:41 AM ET

    Nine out of ten rich people are concerned they may not be able to get richer. Two out of three are “very” concerned. And over half are worried they may not be able to stay as rich as they are now.

  • An excerpt from Peter Buffett's new book, Life is What You Make It: Find Your Own Path to Fulfillment, in which he explains why he has no regrets about his decision years ago to sell his inheritance, Berkshire Hathaway stock that would be worth $72 million today.

  • Gamble Sours for Many Kentucky Horse Breeders Wednesday, 28 Apr 2010 | 12:17 PM ET
    Horse farm

    Kentucky is the heart and soul of the nation’s thoroughbred industry, and when it hurts, so do farms across the country. The NYT reports.

  • Learning How to Fight Back Against Debt Collectors Saturday, 24 Apr 2010 | 12:04 PM ET

    Among debt collectors, Steven Katz is known as a “credit terrorist.” For years, he has run what he calls the Steven Katz School of Bill Collector Education, otherwise known as the “credit terrorist training camp.”

  • In the scramble to find anything to generate more revenue, states are considering new taxes on virtually everything: garbage pickup, dating services, bowling night, haircuts, even clowns, reports the New York Times.

  • Carlos Slim Tops Gates, Buffett as World's Richest Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 6:40 PM ET
    Carlos Slim

    In its annual ranking of the world's richest people, Forbes lists the 70 year old Slim as number one with a net worth of $53.5 billion after adding $18.5 billion over the last year to his wealth.

  • For the first time in a decade, Warren Buffett is not one of the two richest billionaires in the world, as ranked by Forbes magazine.

  • Forbes 'World's Richest' List Reveals Billionaire Rebound Wednesday, 10 Mar 2010 | 1:22 PM ET
    Forbes magazine

    The annual Forbes billionaire face-off is back. And this year the billionaires are back, too.  In 2009, a financial bloodbath slashed the assets of the world's wealthiest in half.  In 2010? A revival.

  • Warren Buffett and Forbes

    When Forbes releases its annual ranking of the world's richest billionaires tomorrow (Wednesday), it appears likely Warren Buffett will once again come in behind his friend and online bridge partner, Bill Gates.

  • As retiring Baby Boomers flee to safer investments, some analysts fear there will be too many stocks and too few investors. But a lot depends on how much Boomers can really afford a conservative investing style as they try to recover from a lost decade for the stock market.

  • Get Ready for the 'Twitter Oscars' Friday, 29 Jan 2010 | 2:34 PM ET

    Get ready because it's "Twitter Oscars" season, the time of year when we all stop to recognize outstanding achievement in brevity.

  • The winter Olympics in Vancouver, Canada, are supposed to be a distraction from harsh economic realities and lift our spirits. Instead, it may itself be a victim of these brutal times.

  • Value of White House Drops by More Than $15 Million Wednesday, 20 Jan 2010 | 1:19 PM ET

    It just goes to show you, not even the president is immune to the real-estate slump: The value of the White House is down more than $15 million in the past year, despite improvements the Obamas made such as a vegetable garden and fancy swing set.

  • Hey Buddy, Can You Spare $12 Trillion? Tuesday, 19 Jan 2010 | 1:53 PM ET

    Times Square was hit by a flash mob of "homeless" Uncle Sams today, who were there giving the Naked Cowboy a run for his money, asking passerbys if they could spare some change —$12 trillion, to be exact.

  • The gap between short- and long-term interest rates poses some tricky problems for savers, investors and home buyers this year, says the New York Times.

 

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