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Forbes rich: Bill’s back, Zuckerberg zooms, more women (with Gina)

Whatsapp, Facebook and more women were the notable inclusions on this years Forbes Rich List, writes Yolanda Redup at SmartCompany.

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Saville’s Shout: bottoms up … listen to Buffett …

Do we really need our wine to be heavy and dominated by alcohol? A New York sommelier says no and is investing in lighter wines. Plus words of wisdom from the Oracle of Omaha, and a new Sydney exhibition.

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Why Warren Buffett is investing in newspapers

Warren Buffett has changed his mind about the future of newspapers, having bought 63 papers in the last 15 months.

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Warren Buffett has a taste for Australian government debt

For the first time, one of the world’s major insurers, Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway, has revealed itself as a fan of Australian government bonds.

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Warren Buffett plays the Gina card in media play

Warren Buffett’s investment vehicle will spend $142 million to buy 63 daily and weekly newspapers from a company called Media General Inc. It has all the hallmarks of Gina Rinehart’s media play.

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Fox News stirs for America’s next class war

Barack Obama’s plan to ask the wealthy to pay their fair share of tax has sent Fox News into DEFCON 1.

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Who will be the next Warren Buffett?

US money manager Christopher Mittleman has nominated an heir to the Warren Buffett throne: billionaire hedge fund investor Phillip Falcone. But Falcone is a controversial choice, explains James Thomson.

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Buffett slams super-rich tax rates, but what about Australia?

A grab-bag of Australia’s more progressive business leaders have backed US entrepreneur Warren Buffett’s calls for the super-rich to pay more tax.

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US grabs Gupta, the big fish of insider trading

Overnight the US Securities and Exchange Commission revealed it had fingered one of the most senior people in the American business establishment on insider trading charges.

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Time right to call Xenophon’s bluff

Nick Xenophon clearly is enjoying his last few months of fame as he milks for all it’s worth the “will-he won’t-he” suspense about the planned Queensland flood tax.

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How Rupert compares himself to Warren Buffett

It will be amusing to read the Murdoch press cover all these forthcoming remuneration votes in Australia when their own top five executives trousered $US80 million in 2009-10 and actively deny News Corp shareholders a chance to reflect on this.

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Kohler: let’s hang up on old Telstra

Let’s face it, successive management teams have been transforming Telstra for 15 years, trying to get the organisation to put customers first and be more competitive, and all have failed.

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The business of giving away billions

Last year at a secret meeting in New York a group of 40 billionaires made a pact to give away the majority of their wealth to charity. Here is an account of what transpired and a photo gallery of the deep-pocketed people involved.

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Nine reasons why the rich should give more …

For Australians on the average wage it seems they allocate 2%-3% to charity … So some nice, normal Aussie is allocating three times the amount of their wealth to charity when compared to our most wealthy … Why is this so? asks Daniel Petre, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former vice-president of Microsoft

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Our wealthy getting a free ride: time to start giving back

Generally Australia’s wealthy are very poor at donating money to worthy causes, writes Daniel Petre, entrepreneur, philanthropist and former vice-president of Microsoft.

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Our rich are the most stingy

Over the past year, at a series of secret dinners held under a “cone of silence”, some of the world’s wealthiest people have been plotting a giant conspiracy that could, literally, change the world.

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Billionaires, give your money away!

Warren Buffet and Bill Gates are asking US billionaires to pledge at least half of their fortunes to charity. This has the potential to completely change philanthropy forever, says Carol Loomis.

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The all-you-can-earn Buffett

Warren Buffet is the best investor in the world, the responsible, folksy old timer outsider from Omaha, different from the slick Wall Street guys. Right? Not quite, says NY Mag.

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My dad, Warren Buffett, the tightwad

Peter Buffett’s dad, Warren Buffet, may be worth US$47 billion, but Peter sold his inheritance years ago and instead writes folk songs. He also lectures company execs on how not to raise spoilt brats.

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Oil spill cost up to $12.5b … the end nigh for Camwest

The split up and sale of the bankrupt Canwest TV and newspaper interests is heading for the end game, The UK gears for unremitting post-election gloom and other business news.

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Questions on Greece … BP oil disaster … China puts brakes on property

BP slow out of the blocks over oil spill … China still tightening the screws on property lending … What happens here if the China economy stumbles? … Mining: it’s all about geography and availability, not taking the profits.

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Retailing slows, led by Woolies, credit grows, led by the market, Greece saved?

Greece will cut its spending by 24 billion euros … Greece’s pain comes to the aid of the Germans … Unemployment falls in Europe … Warren Buffett faces a big test at the annual meeting of his Berkshire Hathaway company …

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M&As: when “merchant banker” is rhyming slang for “real estate agent”

Shareholders should be afraid. The nascent sharemarket boom is starting to encourage chatter of mergers and acquisitions: a handy way for investment bankers to charge enormous fees and for executives to increase their remuneration.

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Buffett’s No.2 gets down to basics that are relevant in Australia

Few Australians would have heard of Charlie Munger, despite him being long-term business partner of billionaire investor Warren Buffet. But Munger has some good advice for Australians on their reliance on debt.

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How Woolies kicked a big goal … a veritable buffet of Buffett … warm inner glow in the UK

The lowdown on the Woolworths’ results, Warren Buffett puts in his two bob’s worth, growth in the UK, Japan’s travelling nicely and other business news of the day.

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