They used to be called “nerds” or “computer geeks,” but now you can call them multibillionaires.» Read more
It may be a little late for some, but the No. 1 way for the average person to retire rich is to become a hoarder while you’re young.» Read more
Presidential candidate Mitt Romney is finding himself in an awkward spot: He’s defending his net worth and at the same time trying to keep it private.» Read more
As China’s economy booms, its leaders are looking to the U.S. for guidance on both corporate and individual philanthropy.» Read more
If you could experience life as a billionaire for one day, what would you most look forward to: the VIP treatment, the opportunity to spend as much as you want on luxury, or would you seek opportunities to help others and make a difference?
From the Occupy Wall Street movement to reality TV to Bloomberg’s daily ranking of billionaires, fascination with the uber-rich has only increased, even as the effects of the Great Recession are still being felt.
So with a desire to “walk a mile in their Ferragamo loafers,” New York Times reporter Kevin Roose wondered what it would be like to be a billionaire for a day.» Read more
Predicting a rise in inflation or a drop in the stock market at some point in the future reminds me of the saying, “Nobody gets out of life alive.” The inevitability simply reinforces the fact that there is no avoidance; we can only prepare and plan.
This week on CNBC, Marc Faber lived up to his nickname, “Dr. Doom,” by predicting a catastrophic investment loss for investors, particularly the wealthy.
Faber, editor of the “Gloom, Boom & Doom Report,” says within the next few years, high inflation will wipe out up to half the wealth of the affluent because the government has been printing money in response to its inability to control debt.» Read more
You wouldn’t want to put this baseball card in your bicycle spokes: A 1909 card of Pittsburgh Pirates shortstop Honus Wagner, whose nickname was “The Flying Dutchman,” will probably sell at auction for between $1.2 million and $1.5 million. The card is owned by a Texas businessman who wishes to remain anonymous.
In his 21-year career with the Pirates, Wagner hit a career batting average of .327 and was known as one of the greatest players of the time. If you’re thinking anyone would be crazy to buy a baseball card for $1 million plus, it’s actually less than half the price of another Wagner baseball card.» Read more
For three years, the Internal Revenue Service has been stepping up its oversight of taxpayers who report more than $10 million in income. In 2011, the IRS audited almost 30 percent of them.
While the percentage of individuals audited overall has held steady at 1.1 percent for the past few years, the rate has been climbing for the ultrarich. In 2010, 18 percent were audited, up from 10.6 percent in 2009, according to an IRS report.
The IRS created a special unit in 2009 to examine the tax returns of the wealthy after nearly 15,000 Americans with offshore bank accounts voluntarily came forward to avoid prosecution for tax evasion.» Read more
One Texas billionaire really wants President Obama to lose the election. And he’s putting part of his considerable fortune to work to try to make that happen by donating millions to super political action committees, or PACs.
Harold Clark Simmons, whose net worth is estimated at $10 billion, doesn’t state a preference for a particular Republican candidate. He just wants a Republican president and a GOP majority in the House and Senate. In a profile in the Wall Street Journal, he called Obama a socialist and says Republicans will rescue the economy from the current president’s agenda. He’s in favor of business deregulation and tax reform.» Read more
The House Republican budget proposal for 2013 calls for reducing the current top income tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent, resulting in Democrats accusing the Republicans of protecting rich taxpayers at the expense of the middle class.
Uncle Sam wants your income.Under the new budget, introduced by Wisconsin Republican Rep. Paul Ryan, there would be two individual tax brackets, 15 percent and 25 percent. The alternative minimum tax, which was designed to eliminate deductions that favor the wealthy, would be eliminated. It’s not the first time the AMT has come under fire since it began sweeping in more middle-class taxpayers instead of targeting only the wealthy.» Read more