• The videogame industry might have lost some of its retail strength, but come holiday season, games still regularly top people's gift lists. There's no better place to get a look at what's coming down the road than E3 – but too often, the games that get the bulk of the spotlight won't be out until the following year (or two, or sometimes three). Selecting a "best of show” game is a fool's mission, given the number of titles on display and the limited time to see them all. But it is possible to ge

    We've compiled a list of the games you can expect to be in demand this coming holiday season. Click through to see the hottest games.

  • Take a finely crafted object, add exceptional provenance and the passion of collectors with means and passion—the likes of Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and actors Richard Gere and Steven Seagal. What do you get? Some of the world’s most expensive electric guitars.Like most collectibles, vintage guitars have lost value since the financial crisis. At an auction this weekend of guitars and equipment that belonged to late legendary guitar innovator Les Paul, the top estimate for a signed 1968 Gib

    Click ahead to see the vintage guitar with the deepest cred —and some of the highest prices paid by enthusiasts.

  • On March 14, a 12-year veteran of Goldman Sachs named Greg Smith quit his job. When he did, he took the extra step of submitting  to The New York Times that detailed his reasons. Titled “Why I Am Leaving Goldman Sachs,” the article pulled no punches in its description of the company’s environment as “toxic and destructive.”Goldman Sachs Chief Executive Officer Lloyd C. Blankfein  and Chief Operating Officer Gary D. Cohn responded via  which said that “the assertions made by this individual… do n

    Many people have left careers in finance and found fulfillment with others, and many say their background gave them an edge in a new venture.

  • For the average American, a home alarm system may be the extent of his or her security detail. But for many of the super-rich, it’s another story. They’re taking security to a new high in technology and price.With billionaires worried about protestors, pirates and kidnappers, they’re fortifying their homes, yachts and even private jets with high-tech security. The price tag to equip homes of the super-rich can be as cutting edge as the technology. Entry-level protection for such homes routinely

    For the average American, a home alarm system may be the extent of his or her security detail. But the super-rich are taking security to a new high in technology and price.

  • Lots of professional athletes go on to become team owners, such as Michael Jordan with the Charlotte Bobcats basketball team, and not all of them buy stakes in teams in the sport in which they made their name, like Magic Johnson, who is part owner in the  of the L.A. Dodgers baseball team,  and LeBron James, part owner of Liverpool football club. However, it’s more unexpected when a celebrity who is best known for dazzling on stage or screen rather than for possessing any athletic inclinations b

    Actors, comics and musicians own stakes in athletic teams ranging from football to soccer to soccer that’s called football, and in numerous other sports!

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    Sales in the videogame industry have been declining for more than three years, but it's still a field that's creating high-net-worth individuals at a rapid clip.

  • Queen Elizabeth II marked her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years on the throne, with a four-day weekend of events, between Saturday 2 and Tuesday 5 June 2012. On Sunday the 3rd of June the Thames Diamond Jubilee Pageant, saw more than 1,000 boats traditional and modern escort the Queen and Royal Family aboard a specially decorated royal barge down the River Thames.On Monday evening a host of stars performed at The Queen's Diamond Jubilee concert outside Buckingham Palace in London. The event

    Queen Elizabeth II marked her Diamond Jubilee, celebrating 60 years on the throne, with a four-day weekend of events, between Saturday 2 and Tuesday 5 June 2012.

  • Drive-in movie theaters are so often associated with times gone by, a fading industry where the real estate is more valuable than the business, that it might surprise you to learn that not only are many theaters hanging tough, there are some new theaters that have been built in the past decade.Make no mistake, though. The industry, like many small businesses, faces challenges. It has seen the number of screens decline from more than 4,000 in the 1960s to 366 today. Skyrocketing real estate value

    While it's true that the real estate drive-ins occupy are often more valuable than the business, many theaters are hanging tough.

  • If you’re serious about investing, chances are you’ve followed a Wall Street whale or two. That’s Street slang for monitoring the buys and sells made by billionaire investors (aka Wall Street Whales) as they disclose quarterly 13F filings.But in addition to tracking stocks or sectors, pro trader Stephen Weiss believes that there’s also something worthwhile to learn from tracking themes and big picture ideas that made these pros, the whales that they are today.For his new book, “The Big Win” Weis

    As a student of the very best investors, pro-trader Stephen Weiss identified nearly 50 takeaways behind their supersized successes. Check out a handful of those lessons.

  • For the past several years, Activision's Call of Duty franchise has been the videogame industry powerhouse – dominating the sales charts not only during the critical holiday sales period, but also carrying that momentum well into the following year. In 2012, though, the franchise is showing signs of weakness. While it's still a powerhouse that any publisher would love to have on its books, the latest installment in the series – "Modern Warfare 3" – isn't leading the sales charts in the days lead

    There are several surprises in this year's list of the top-selling games at retail outlets, as ranked by The NPD Group.

  • Most economists now agree that the worst part of the recession is over, and we’re officially in sluggish recovery mode. No one can say for sure when things will finally return to normal, but enough time has passed that an analysis of the data from the downturn’s lowest point is possible.For many industries, that point took place in 2009 and 2010. It was a brutal period for most businesses, and many struggled simply to tread water. But others were hit hard, and they offer a unique view into what

    Using data provided by the financial information firm Sageworks, CNBC.com shows which industries took the worst beating in 2009 and 2010.

  • When Mark Zuckerberg  for a meal or two in Rome on his honeymoon, it set the media abuzz. Although tipping is not required or expected in Italy, Americans are known to tip. Furthermore, Zuckerberg is known to be worth quite a bit of money, although not as much as he was a few weeks ago.  Did Zuckerberg goof by not tipping? That’s hard to say, according to Daniel Post Senning, the great-great grandson of Emily Post and co-author of “The 18th Edition of Emily Post’s Etiquette.”“It’s literally a cl

    Here are some of the major ways American travelers can avoid unintentionally offending the locals.

  • A recent proposal by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg looks to ban the sale of sodas and other sugary drinks over 16 ounces at city food establishments. The proposal has many questioning whether New York has gone too far with so-called ‘Nanny State’ laws that are thought by some to be overprotective or interfere too much with individual choice. “Obesity is a nationwide problem, and all over the United States, public health officials are wringing their hands saying, "Oh, this is terrible"' Mayor

    The following are a collection of laws that have had residents wondering whether the government is going too far. Click ahead for the list.

  • Beach homes conjure visions of serenity and relaxation:  the lull of the waves, the exhaustion of a day spent in the sun, the promise of a lazy evening on the deck with an ocean view. In the interest of pure escapism, we’ve assembled a collection of some of the most beautiful beach homes in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from the Caribbean to the Iberian peninsula to Southeast Asia.  And while it’s not exactly tropical in the U.K., they did set an historic beach resort preceden

    We’ve assembled a collection of some the most beautiful beach homes in some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, from the Caribbean to the Iberian peninsula to Southeast Asia.

  • Exchange Traded Funds (ETFs) offer investors instant diversification at low cost - tracking indexes, commodities, currencies or a basket of managed assets – with the ability to trade like stocks. Investors have been increasing their positions in these instruments, with assets in U.S.-listed ETFs and ETNs (Exchange-Traded Notes) totaling $1.2 trillion as of April 2012, a 6 percent increase compared to April 2011, according to the ETF Industry Association. According to the association, ETF net cas

    The following is a list of the ETFs that have seen the largest absolute net inflows and outflows year-to-date through the market close on May 29, according to data from IndexUniverse.com.

  • The U.S. housing market recovery is gaining some traction, “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer says, at least if recent data are any indicators.New home sales increased 3.3 percent to a seasonally adjusted 343,000-unit annual rate, the Commerce Department said last week. Compared to April last year, sales were up 9.9 percent.Meanwhile, existing home sales rose 3.4 percent to an annual rate of 4.62 million units in April to their highest in almost two years, the National Association of Realtors reported

    To play the potential housing turnaround, Cramer doesn’t recommend buying homebuilder stocks. Read on for his preferred plays.

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    Fantasy is a movie genre that requires huge budgets but sometimes it's worth the investment. Which are the highest grossing fantasy movies of all time? Find out!

  • The stereotype about professional athletes’ wives is they’re not much more than gold-digging arm candy, with few accomplishments of their own. The stereotype no longer applies today, thanks to the efforts of some high-profile women who established themselves well before they married their famous husbands.Many of the wives of today’s professional athletes are entrepreneurs and business professionals. Some of them have been so successful in their chosen fields they are as famous as their husbands.

    What follows is a list of the wives of 10 athletes who’ve made names for themselves as columnists, models, designers and more.

  • The superhero contest – at least at the box office – continues to up the ante with new installments of comic-book adaptations for the big screen, as well as adding new franchises to the mix. In the past year, moviegoers saw “Thor,” “Captain America,” “Cowboys & Aliens,” “The Green Hornet” and “Green Lantern” hit theaters. The sequels “Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance” and “X-Men: First Class” expanded their respective franchises – and their box-office gross receipts.With several more sequels pla

    Following are the top 10 comic book movie franchises of all time, with data compiled by BoxOfficeMojo.com.

  • How much can you get for $1 million in today’s real estate market? The answer, of course, varies depending on where you’re looking to buy. In the wake of the U.S. housing crisis, consumer confidence and home values fell sharply, while prices in some cities are less than half of what they were in 2007. In many local markets, however, such as in New York, San Francisco, Anchorage, Alaska, and Omaha, Neb., people on the front lines are optimistic about a recovery in sales volumes, prices and buyer

    CNBC.com surveyed real estate agents in 18 U.S. cities to gain individual perspectives on the health of America’s local real estate markets. Check out the list!

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