While many of us live our lives in a small hovel we call home, there are plenty of others at the opposite end of the spectrum, living in some of the world’s most fantastically expensive houses. Some of these properties are available on the open market—if you have enough money. Some are not. But all of them join a unique club of some of the world’s costliest places to live.
7. The Penthouse, One Hyde Park, London – $220,000,000
A two-floor, six bedroom apartment overlooking Hyde Park may well be, per square foot, the most expensive property in the world. Those living in The Penthouse (as it’s often called) at One Hyde Park are presumed to be keen to protect themselves: One of the notable elements of the apartment is that every window is fitted with bulletproof glass.
6. No. 6 Palace Green, Kensington Palace Gardens, London – $222,000,000
This property, bought by steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, one of the world’s richest men, set him back $222 million in 2008. Mittal knew what he was buying: He also purchased two other houses on the street known to locals as Billionaire’s Row. No. 6 Palace Green went back on the market in 2012.
5. Fairfield, Sagaponack, NY – $248,000,000
The Hamptons is known as an expensive neighborhood at the best of times. The estimated value of Fairfield, Ira Rennert’s 29 bedroom beachfront property, proves that. The place is so big that it has its own power supply on site.
4. The White House – $320,364,354
According to real estate website Zillow, that’s how much 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington DC 20500, would be worth on the open market. Of course, having been the official residence of every President of the United States since 1800, it’s unlikely to come up at auction any time soon.
3. Villa Leopolda, French Riviera – $506,000,000
The Villa Leopolda is Europe’s most expensive house (that you can possibly hope to buy; some properties, like Buckingham Palace, will likely never reach the market). Mikhail Prokhorov, owner of the Brooklyn Nets, now owns the French Riviera property, which sprawls across 20 acres.
2. Antilla Mumbai – $1,000,000,000
Another 27-floor tower in Mumbai is—believe it or not—one single home, built by Indian billionaire Mukesh Ambani. Ambani spent around 5 percent of his fortune to build the house, which has garage space for 168 cars. Six hundred people are employed to keep it running on a day-to-day basis, including preserving Ambani’s collection of antique sewing machines, the largest such collection on the planet.
1. Buckingham Palace – $1,560,000,000
That’s right—$1.56 billion. Buckingham Palace was estimated to be worth that by the Nationwide Building Society in 2012, a significant increase from its worth of $17 million in 1953, when Queen Elizabeth II first ascended the throne. Likewise, as the official residence of every monarch since Queen Victoria in 1837, it would take a revolution to ever see this property up for sale.
Cash rules everything around me, C.R.E.A.M. get the money. Dolla, dolla bill y’all! It’s that time of year again when we here at Celebrity Net Worth break down the richest rappers on the planet. It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since we released our last list and, as you can imagine, the last 12 months have been very good to hip-hop’s royalty. Apparently no one told these rappers that the music industry is dying because these hip-hop Kings (and one Queen) of cash are raking it in like never before. Hip-hop artists have proven to be particularly skilled at adapting to an ever-changing musical landscape. As physical album sales become less and less relevant to an artist’s bottom line, rappers are branching out faster and further than any other musical genre. Rappers simply cannot rely on record company advances and future album sales to boost their bank accounts anymore. Successful rappers today have discovered that they need to be selling merchandise, signing product endorsements, producing albums, and most importantly TOURING nonstop. It’s a lot of hard work, but as the list below proves, the hard work can definitely pay off. Big time.
Richest Rappers in the World 2014
Not surprisingly, the upper echelon of rap moguls are crushing it like never before today. As Diddy, Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Birdman prove, once you attain mogul status two incredible things happen:1) Your money starts to grow exponentially. And 2) Your money grows exponentially without requiring you to lift a finger. Rap moguls hardly even need to release albums anymore. They definitely don’t need to live on a bus touring the world 200 days a year (unless they want to). Today’s hip-hop cash kings aren’t merely rappers. They are empire builders. They have the ability to watch their money pile up from the comfort and luxury of their very own private jet/island/yacht. Ok enough, delaying. Let’s get into the numbers.
1. Diddy – Net Worth: $650 million (up $70 million)
Not only is Diddy still dominating the #1, but he is officially the first rapper in history to crack the $600 million net worth mark. Diddy’s net worth increased $70 million in the last year alone thanks in large part to his 8 figure endorsement deal with Ciroc Vodka. He also continues to benefit from his long-established fashion and media empire. Diddy actually owns a significant piece of equity in Ciroc, which was recently valued at $1 billion. If Ciroc sold today, Diddy would reportedly earn $150 million. But it doesn’t stop at vodka. Recently it was revealed that Diddy and a group of investors bid $200 million to purchase Fuse TV from the Madison Square Garden Company. Diddy wants to combine Fuse TV with a cable channel he already owns called, Revolt TV. The combined new network would be a home for music, news, interviews and live music.
Jay-Z – Net Worth: $550 million (up $50 million)
Jay-Z continues to cash in on his 10-year, $150 million Live Nation deal which last another four years. His Magna Carter tour put $10 million in his pocket and he also earned $5 million from digital sales. In the last 12 months Jay sold his stake in the Brooklyn Nets and launched Roc Nation Sports, a sports agency in partnership with Hollywood powerhouse CAA. Roc Nation Sports has already cut deals for superstar athletes like Robinson Cano, Victor Cruz and Kevin Durant.
Dr. Dre – Net Worth: $450 million (up $90 million)
Not only is the doctor in the house, he’s also in the bank vault stacking up gold bars. In the last 12 months, no rapper earned as much money as Dr. Dre. As you might have guessed, the vast majority of Dre’s $90 million net worth jump is related to a little company called Beats By Dre. Dre founded the company in 2008 with Interscope chairman Jimmy Iovine. They sold half the company to HTC in 2011 for $309 million. In 2012, Dre and Jimmy bought a quarter of that stake back for $150 million. In September 2013, private equity firm Carlyle Group purchased HTC’s remaining 25% stake plus another 25% stake (again leaving Jimmy and Dre with 50%) for $500 million. That valued the company as a whole at $1 billion which meant Dre’s stake was worth $250 million. And the business is growing! Beats by Dre is rumored to have generated $1.4 billion in revenue in 2013. If the company ever decides to go public, Dr. Dre could easily shoot to the top of the hip-hop money mountain. He’d likely be the very first rapper to break a billion dollar net worth.
The Richest Rappers In The World 2014:
- 1. Diddy – Net Worth: $650 million (up $70 million)
- 2. Jay-Z – Net Worth: $550 million (up $50 million)
- 3. Dr. Dre – Net Worth: $450 million (up $90 million)
- 4. Master P – Net Worth: $350 million (no change)
- 5. 50 Cent – Net Worth: $270 million (up $10 million)
- 6. Birdman – Net Worth: $170 million (up $20 million)
- 7. Eminem – Net Worth: $160 million (up $20 million)
- 8. Ice Cube – Net Worth: $140 million (up $20 million)
- 9. Lil Wayne – Net Worth: $135 million (up $25 million)
- 10. Snoop Dogg – Net Worth: $135 million (up $10 million)
- 11. Kanye West – Net Worth: $120 million (up $20 million)
- 12. Pharrell Williams – Net Worth: $110 million (up $30 million)
- 13. LL Cool J – Net Worth: $100 million (up $15 million)
- 14. Timbaland – Net Worth: $85 million (up $5 million)
- 15. Akon – Net Worth: $80 million (no change)
- 16. Beastie Boys – $75 million each (no change)
- 17. Nelly – Net Worth: $60 million (no change)
- 18. T.I. – Net Worth: $50 million (up $10 million)
- 19. Pitbull – Net Woryth: $50 million (up $30 million)
- 20. Nicki Minaj – Net Worth: $45 million (up $20 million)
- 21. Andre 3000 – Net Worth: $45m (no change)
- 22. Drake – Net Worth: $40 million (up $10 million)
- 23. Ice-T – Net Worth: $40 million (up $5 million)
- 24. Big Boi – Net Worth: $40 million (no change)
- 25. T-Pain – Net Worth: $35 million (no change)
- 26. Rick Ross – Net Worth: $35 million (up $7 million)
- 27. Busta Rhymes – Net Worth: $30 million
- 28. Flo Rida – Net Worth: $30 million (up $10 million)
- 29. Ludacris – Net Worth: $25 million
- 30. Chris Brown – Net Worth: $24 million
Google(s goog)’s Android tablets have overtaken Apple’s(s aapl) iPad in at least one statistic: market share. Tablets running Android accounted for 61.9 percent of sales in 2013, research firm Gartner announced on Monday, making this the first year that Android slates outsold iPads. Don’t shed too many tears for Apple though: It sold 70.4 million iPads during the year which is nearly double that of Samsung’s tablet sales.
Source: Gartner (February 2014)
The overall tablet market has continued to grow as expected: Garter says a total of 195.4 million tablets were bought last year. That’s up from 116.3 million in 2012 and getting closer to total PC sales, which the research firm estimates to be 315.9 million. (Note: The figure represents PC shipments, not sales.)
Microsoft(s msft) made strides in 2013, more than doubling its tablet sales from the prior year but still only accounted for…
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Some siblings just don’t know how to share. In New Jersey, police say a man brutally stabbed his brother over the last can of Pepsi. You know you can get another can from the store for, like, a dollar, right? The report alleges that the 50-year-old victim and his brother, Michael Charles, were watching the NFC Championship game with their mother. Both brothers were supposedly highly intoxicated, and Charles was upset that the 49ers were losing. Then, according to NJ.com, “When the 50-year-old asked his brother not to take the last can of Pepsi, his brother told him ‘to go f— yourself’ and then picked up a pipe and struck him in the head, the report said.” Just for the record, it’s kind of tough for someone to go f— himself when you’re in the middle of beating him half to death. The brother allegedly then also proceeded to stab the victim with a small knife. The victim was then able to grab a knife and attempted to fight back, stabbing his brother in the arm, according to police. By the time authorities arrived, they claim the crime scene was covered in blood. That would be great for Pepsi product placement in a horror film, but not so much in a random house in New Jersey. Charles now faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, unlawful possession of a weapon and possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose. Hope it was all worth it for a soda — it might be the last one he gets for a while. Behold, the new Pepsi slogan: “So good, it’s worth serious jail time!”
[Source: Jersey City man stabbed multiple times by brother in fight over last can of Pepsi: cops]