The history of the Russian oligarchy began a long time ago. Merchants played an important role in the Novgorod Republic as early as the 12th to 15th centuries. During the reign of Ivan the Terrible (16th century), a man named Anika Stroganov, closely associated with the government, was the richest entrepreneur. He received millions of hectares of land from the tsar, built his enterprises there, and used the money to send scouts and colonists to the Urals. The merging of capital and power peaked under Catherine II (the Great). Her favorites paraded millions given by the tsarina, while less fortunate courtiers were engaged in real games of thrones for the title of the empress's pet. Wealthy people in those years owned thousands of serfs and enormous areas of land. By the 19th century, feudal relations started to break down, and a class of "classical" capitalist industrialists emerged in Russia. By 1914 some of them had already surpassed the wealth of many ancient noble families. … [Read more...] about Rich man’s world: Who was on the ‘Forbes List’ of tsarist Russia?
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Ken Fisher Special to USA TODAY Published 7:11 AM EDT Apr 7, 2019 There is magic in the air. With so many vying to challenge President Trump in 2020, and more coming, who finally wins? You — if you follow this simple stock market advice. Stocks will benefit from big but little known political impacts. The S&P 500 rose in 91% of the third years of all presidents’ terms — ever since the index's 1925 inception — averaging 18% per year, way above average. There hasn’t been a negative third year since World War II began in 1939. Year four was also positive 83% of the time going back to 1925 — averaging 11%. Both years rose much more consistently than years one and two. Coincidence? No. Home buying: Listing your home? Here's where median asking prices are falling Boeing:Boeing faces liabilities as CEO Dennis Muilenburg acknowledges 'apparent' 737 Max problem Why does this work? The magic of gridlock! Almost all big, scary legislation … [Read more...] about 401(k) retirement: A presidential secret all stock investors must know
Harry Styles rose to fame as a member of boy band One Direction, but in recent years the 25-year-old has broken away from his teen roots to forge a successful career of his own. In 2017, Styles' hotly anticipated self-titled album debuted at the top of the Billboard 200 chart, featuring the hit singles “Sign Of Times” and “Kiwi.” Trading in polished pop songs for ones more reminiscent of ’70s British arena and classic rock, Styles’ newfound sound won over critics and fans as his supporting solo tour went on to sell nearly one million tickets. Styles also made his film debut in Christopher Nolan’s 2017 World War II drama Dunkirk and, most recently, landed his second Gucci campaign for the Cruise 2019 Men’s Tailoring collection. His fans are so devoted that one pretended to get a tattoo of the former boy bander on her face - while it was fake, a pop-up tattoo shop is now offering temporary designs of the … [Read more...] about Harry Styles net worth: How wealthy is the former One Direction star in comparison to Zayn, Louis, Liam and Niall?
John Hume is the world's most successful private rhino breeder. But the burly South African farmer now fears his vast herd of endangered animals could be culled if he does not find the funds he needs to keep his ranch open. Last week, the retired businessman wrote to MacKensie Bezos - the wife of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos - to ask for cash as he has run out of money to continue caring for his herd of over 1,500 animals. “Her husband is the richest man in the world and when she is divorced she will have plenty, and she seems to be a decent person. Maybe she will help save our rhino," said Mr Hume, 77. After a successful career running a holiday time-share business, Mr Hume retired to the Bushveld of South Africa in 1992 where he purchased the 20,000-acre Buffalo Dream Ranch estate. Starting with just the two rhinos that came with the land, Mr Hume began breeding the animal. “They were the wildlife underdogs and I fell for … [Read more...] about The world’s largest private rhino farm faces closure due to a lack of funding
A charity run by Prince Charles received donations from an offshore company that was used to funnel vast amounts of cash from Russia in a scheme that is under investigation by prosecutors, the Guardian can reveal. Money flowing through the network included cash that can be linked to some of the most notorious frauds committed during Vladimir Putin’s presidency. In all, it is estimated that $4.6bn (£3.5bn) was sent to Europe and the US from a Russian-operated network of 70 offshore companies with accounts in Lithuania. The details have emerged from 1.3m banking transactions obtained by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project and the Lithuanian website 15min.lt. Shared with media partners including the Guardian, the data represents one of the largest ever banking leaks. There is no suggestion that end recipients of funds were aware of the original source of the money, which arrived via a disguised route. However, the documents indicate that criminal and legitimate … [Read more...] about Banking leak exposes Russian network with link to Prince Charles