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    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.

  • How You Can Pay Romney's 13 Percent Tax Rate     Friday, 17 Aug 2012 | 2:12 PM ET

    If you want to get your tax rate down to an effective level federally of just 13 percent, like Romney, you're going to have to stretch to make that happen, reports CNBC's Eamon Javers. J.D. Foster, The Heritage Foundation, and David Callahan, Demos Public Policy Center, discuss whether it's time for more tax reform.

  • 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.

  • Mezrich 's Next New Project: Online Poker     Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 8:57 AM ET

    Ben Mezrich, best-selling author, shares his final thoughts on writing books based on true stories, and his next new story.

  • Mezrich: The 'New' American Dream     Wednesday, 15 Aug 2012 | 7:13 AM ET

    Ben Mezrich, "The Accidental Billionaires" author, discusses life inside Silicon Valley and how young millionaires are making money and spending their free time.

  • Tomorrow's Silicon Valley Stars     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 4:52 PM ET

    Anand Gupta, Thiel Fellow, discusses his opportunity in the Thiel Fellowship to develop a technology that could help detect cancer in patients at an earlier stage.

  • The Next Silicon Valley Visionary?     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 2:33 PM ET

    Dylan Field, Thiel Fellow, discusses his decision to drop out of Brown University to pursue the Thiel Fellowship in Silicon Valley.

  • Peter Thiel's Radical Vision     Monday, 13 Aug 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    20 Under 20: Transforming Tomorrow will air tonight on CNBC at 10ET, highlighting billionaire investor Peter Thiel's vision for the next hot start-up.

  • 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.

  • What is President Obama doing to make the wealthy feel as though they rightfully owe taxes to the government? CNBC's Robert Frank has the details. Tony Fratto of Hamilton Place Strategies, and Keith Boykin, former Clinton White House aide, weigh in.

  • Wealth Gone Wild?     Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 2:40 PM ET

    Lauren Greenfield, director of "Queen of Versailles" and CNBC's Robert Frank offer insight on the lives of David and Jackie Siegel.

  • Luxury Real Estate's Fiscal Cliff?     Monday, 16 Jul 2012 | 1:47 PM ET

    CNBC's Robert Frank reports on an increasing number of wealthy who are looking to sell their homes quickly in case taxes go up next year.

  • 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."

  • Taxes Driving the Wealthy Away?     Tuesday, 10 Jul 2012 | 7:52 PM ET

    NBC's Andrea Mitchell has the story on Denise Rich renouncing American citizenship as a way around the IRS. Representative Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-WA), shares her opinions. "This is human behavior, if you raise taxes, people are going to try to find areas and locations to relocate themselves and their businesses where the tax burden is a lot less," she says.

  • 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.

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