The 300 richest people on the planet are $524bn (£319bn) better off than this time last year, with the world's richest man, Microsoft founder Bill Gates, increasing his fortune by $15.8bn to $78.5bn over 2013. Research by Bloomberg's Billionaires Index showed that the world's 300 richest are now collectively worth $3.7tn – more than one and a half times Britain's GDP. Gates, who regained the title of the world's richest man in May from Mexican telecoms magnate Carlos Slim, made most of his gains from the 40% increase in the price of Microsoft shares. He owns about 4.5% of the company he founded in 1975 and is still the largest individual shareholder. He also benefited from rallies in other stocks in his portfolio, including Canadian National Railway company (up 34%) and hand sanitiser company Ecolab (up 45%). America's S&P 500 index last year made its biggest gains since 1997. Gates holds stakes in about 35 public-listed companies and many private firms, including Four … [Read more...] about Soaring Microsoft shares boosted Bill Gates’s fortune by $15.8bn in 2013
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It could be the perfect pad for a car fanatic, having once been a fully-fledged working petrol station. Today, Manor Road Garage in East Preston, West Sussex is a carefully converted block of flats with a Grade II listed façade and four Shell petrol pumps at the front. One of the flats is currently on the market for £450,000, which includes an allocated off-street parking space. ‹ Slide me › Manor Road Garage has been converted from a working petrol station into luxury flats The building dates back to the 1930s and was working as a garage until 1973, before being cleared a decade later and then converted into flats. The façade and four petrol pumps received recognition after being awarded Grade II listed status six years ago by English Heritage. Would you drive by? The two-bed flat is on the market for £450,000 and includes an allocated parking space The interior includes a stunning living area with a kitchen, vaulted ceiling … [Read more...] about Pumped full of character! Art Deco flat with a Grade II listed garage façade and four retro Shell petrol pumps could be yours for £450,000
What could have possibly lured Marie Welsh and two friends from southern Ireland to a freezing cold stadium in Queens, New York, on a Saturday afternoon in Novemberto lunch on $7.25 Nathan’s hot dogs slathered in red onion sauce? “And it’s a long way to Tipperary,” Marie said deadpan. They and 11,211 others had come to the home of Major League Baseball’s Mets to watch the first New York Hurling Classic, a tournament with the teams who made the semi-finals of the All-Ireland Hurling Championships this summer: Limerick, Wexford, Kilkenny and Tipperary. Limerick beat Wexford and Kilkenny beat Tipperary in the semi-finals at Citi Field, and Welsh and her friends stuck around for the final, won by Kilkenny, even though their side had been routed in the real All Ireland Final in September this year. They had spent $80 each for tickets, and said it was worth it. “We’re delighted we came, despite the score,” Welsh said, before adding, “but … [Read more...] about Beer, hot dogs, a New York baseball field and … hurling?
DESPITE having kept a low profile in recent months, Katy Perry was back in the headlines after being ordered to pay a whopping $2.7 million for a copyright infringement ordeal regarding her hit song, Dark Horse. But what caused her to lose the case? We have the full lowdown... How old is Katy Perry? What's her background? Katy Perry, 34, is an American musician, singer-songwriter and actress from Santa Barbara, California. Born on October 25, 1984, she was named Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson – but goes by the stage name Katy Perry to avoid confusion from the Oscar-nominated actress Kate Hudson. She was raised in a Christian environment with her parents Mary and Maurice being Pentecostal pastors. Why was Katy Perry sued and did she lose the case? On August 30, Katy Perry lost a copyright lawsuit in which it was claimed the singer had ripped off rapper Flame's 2008 track, Joyful Noise, for her 2013 hit song, Dark Horse.A judge ruled that Katy, along with her label and other producers … [Read more...] about Why does Katy Perry have to pay Christian rapper Flame £450,000 for her 2013 song Dark Horse?
CHRISTMAS shoppers beware: a fake $100 (£75) Kohl’s coupon has been circulating on social media. According to Today, the hoax coupon is falsely claiming that Kohl’s is giving away $100 vouchers in honour of the chain’s 57th anniversary. The coupon, which has been shared on Facebook, asks users to answer a few questions to redeem the promotion. The post reads: “It’s our anniversary! Answer a few questions to get a free Kohl’s coupon!” But a spokesperson for the brand told Today: “This offer did not come from Kohl's or any of our authorized partners.” These types of scams are usually intended to trick people into handing over their personal information.To redeem the $100 coupon, users are asked to complete a fake survey that extracts personal details such as email addresses, phone numbers and occasionally even credit card information. Costco was hit with a similar scam last week, which promised $75 (£58) off purchases at the … [Read more...] about Kohl’s warns shoppers about fake $100 coupon scam that could steal your details