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  • SEC Targets High-Speed Trading  Thursday, 27 Sep 2012 | 1:15 PM ET

    U.S. regulators are launching an all-out review into how Wall Street uses high-speed trading and how it's impacting the markets and the individual investor, with CNBC's Eamon Javers.

  • Hong Kong Tycoon Seeks Husband for Lesbian Daughter Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 1:28 PM ET
    Gigi Chao

    Hong Kong's "playboy tycoon" Cecil Chao has put up a $65 million "marriage bounty" to find a husband for lesbian daughter Gigi, who is already married to her long-time female partner.

  • Countries With the Most Billionaires Wednesday, 26 Sep 2012 | 6:28 AM ET
    Billionaire count: 140Total wealth: $430 billionThe United Kingdom has the largest number of billionaires in Europe, beating Germany by three, but it still lags Germany in terms of total wealth of the group by $120 billion.The U.K.'s billionaires account for 1.3 percent of the population that is worth $30 million and more. They also hold nearly 33 percent of the total fortune of this group of ultra-rich. On average, these billionaires are worth $3.1 billion each. The ultra-rich group's wealth gr

    Here is a list of the top 10 countries with the most billionaires for the period between August 2011 and July 31, 2012 compiled by Wealth-X. Click to find out where the mega-rich live.

  • Did the Forbes 400 Billionaires Really 'Build That'? Tuesday, 25 Sep 2012 | 3:41 PM ET
    Larry Ellison

    A new report raises doubts about how many billionaires among the Forbes 400 are truly "self-made rich."

  • China’s Ultra-Rich See Shrinking Personal Fortunes Monday, 24 Sep 2012 | 10:41 PM ET
    Zong Qinghou, chairman of Hangzhou Wahaha Group Co.

    Almost half of China’s ultra-rich saw their wealth shrink in the past year as the Chinese stock markets slumped, according to an annual survey of the country’s 1000 richest individuals, with those in the solar and textile sectors the hardest hit.

  • Tax Hikes a Threat to Charitable Giving, Say Billionaires Wednesday, 19 Sep 2012 | 11:26 AM ET
    Stephen Ross, founder and chief executive officer of Related Cos LP.

    A poll of charitable billionaires found that a majority say taxes impact their giving.

  • Chinese billionaires lost almost a third of their combined wealth in the past year as Asia’s mega rich experienced the biggest drop in their total net worth compared to anywhere else in the world, a new study shows.

  • 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

    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."

  • 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

    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

    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

    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

    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

    Traditionally it was poverty that caused social ills. But the evidence that wealth makes people callous is starting to mount.