Monthly Archives: April 2010

“Rich List” of the U.K.’s top 20 music millionaires

Below is the Sunday Times’ full “Rich List”:

1. Edgar Bronfman & family (1.64 billion pounds)
2. Clive Calder (1.3 billion pounds)
3. Andrew Lloyd-Webber (700 million pounds)
4. Cameron Mackintosh (635 million pounds)
5. Paul McCartney (475 million pounds)
6. Simon Fuller (350 million pounds)
7. Mick Jagger (190 million pounds)
8. Elton John (185 million pounds)
9. Sting (180 million pounds)
10. Keith Richards (175 million pounds)
11. Simon Cowell (165 million pounds)
12. Olivia & Dhani Harrison (160 million pounds)
13. Jamie Palumbo (150 million pounds)
14. David & Victoria Beckham (145 million pounds)
15. Tim Rice (140 million pounds)
16. Ringo Starr (140 million pounds)
17. Tom Jones (135 million pounds)
18. Eric Clapton (125 million pounds)
19. Roger Ames (120 million pounds)
20. Barry & Robin Gibb (110 million pounds)

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Google accused of YouTube ‘free ride’

By Andrew Parker in London and Richard Waters in San Francisco
Some of Europe’s leading telecoms groups are squaring up for a fight with Google over what they claim is the free ride enjoyed by the technology company’s YouTube video-sharing service.

Telefónica, France Telecom and Deutsche Telekom all said Google should start paying them for carrying bandwidth-hungry content such as YouTube video over their networks.

It underlines how Google’s relationship with leading telecoms groups is becoming increasingly fractious, partly because YouTube video is fuelling an explosion of data traffic on their networks.

Some European telecoms groups fear Google will reduce them to “dumb pipes” because the internet search and advertising company pays the network operators little or nothing for carrying its content.

Telecoms groups are spending billions of euros on fixed-line and mobile infrastructure to increase broadband download speeds and network capacity, but some fear they may struggle to secure a return on their investments.

César Alierta, chairman of Telefónica, said Google should share some of its online advertising revenue with the telecoms groups, so as to compensate the network operators for carrying the technology company’s bandwidth-hungry content over their infrastructure.

“These guys [Google] are using the networks and they don’t pay anybody,” he said.

Mr Alierta said that if no revenue sharing agreement was possible between the internet search engines led by Google and the network operators, regulators should supervise a settlement.

To increase the pressure on Google, the telecoms groups are interested in finding common cause with content owners such as media companies, which get little or no money from the technology company when it aggregates their content on Google News.

Stéphane Richard, France Telecom’s new chief executive, said: “Let’s see the development of digital society in terms of the winners and the victims. And today, there is a winner who is Google. There are victims that are content providers, and to a certain extent, network operators. We cannot accept this.”

René Obermann, Deutsche Telekom’s chief executive, said Google and others should pay telecoms groups for carrying content on their networks.

“There is not a single Google service that is not reliant on network service,” he said. “We cannot offer our networks for free.”

Rick Whitt, a senior policy director at Google in Washington, denied that the internet company was hitching a free ride.

He said Google was spending large amounts on its own data networks to carry its traffic to the point where it is handed over to telecoms companies round the world.

source: FT.com

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Handelstekort voor China

China heeft in maart voor het eerst in zes jaar een handelstekort geregistreerd. De importen van het land met de meeste inwoners ter wereld liepen vorige maand sterk op en overtroffen de groei van de uitvoer.

Dat hebben de Chinese douaneautoriteiten zaterdag gemeld.

Het tekort komt niet als een verrassing. Minister Chen Deming van Handel waarschuwde in maart al dat een tekort waarschijnlijk was. Hij voorspelde dat het tekort op korte termijn in een overschot zal omslaan. Volgens de douane steeg de invoer in maart met 66 procent tot 119,3 miljard dollar. Daartegenover stond een toename van de uitvoer met 24,3 procent tot 112,1 miljard dollar.

Source: Z24.nl

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Carla V. overleden

Carla overleden door Georgette Koning
Iedereen boven de veertig herinnert zich het een sensueel bewegende Jerney Kaagman in loeistrak leer. Het metallic blauwe broekpak – met spannend decolleté – waarin ze in 1978 met Earth and Fire de hit Weekend in Toppop vertolkte zat als gegoten. Maatwerk was de specialiteit van de dinsdag overleden Carla van der Vorst (1947-2010), ontwerper van leren kleding onder het label Carla V. Ze was al enige tijd ziek.

Carla van der Vorst kleedde in de jaren zeventig en tachtig meer Nederlandse hitartiesten en popbands waaronder Shocking Blue, Golden Earring, Rainbow Train en de mooie meiden van bubblegumpopgroepjes als Luv, Babe en Dolly Dots. Ze stak ook Anouk en Candy Dulfer en talloze andere klanten in het leer. Internationale sterren als Diana Ross ontdekten dikwijls haar ontwerpen via Carla van der Vorsts toenmalige partner modefotograaf Claude Vanheye die in zijn fotostudio in de Jordaan alle grote wereldsterren fotografeerde en kleedde in Carla V, of van tijdgenoten zoals Fong Leng, Frank Govers, Kansai Yamamoto en Thierry Mugler.

Van der Vorst volgde in Den Bosch een tijdje de modeacademie en ging daarna naar de Vrije Academie in Den Haag. In de hippiejaren zestig verwerkte ze lapjes zeemleer tot hippe patchwork jassen. Leer was haar passie en zou dat altijd blijven.

Na een zaak in Den Haag en Voorburg opende in 1987 een inmiddels verdwenen Carla V winkel op het Amsterdamse Rokin. Tot twee jaar geleden verkocht ze met compagnon Marian Janssen haar ontwerpen in een winkel in de Cornelis Schuytstraat in Amsterdam. Op de tentoonstelling Mode op de planken in 2003 exposeerde Het Haags Gemeentemuseum enkele sexy en stoere artiestenkostuums van Carla V.

Carla van der Vorst wordt zaterdag gecremeerd in Uithoorn, na afloop is er een samenkomst in het Amsterdamse Hilton.

BC P.S. Carla zal je nooit vergeten, geweldig daar aan het Rokin.
Carla, wat niemand kon dat kon jij alleen, met leer modieuze heel stijlvol trendy kleding maken geweldig. Aan het Rokin passen, glaasje wijn erbij en later na het sluiten van de winkel aan het Rokin, met Alfred Lagarde. Geweldig die twee, Carla bloeide weer helemaal op.

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Five Billionaires Who Live Below Their Means

by Katie Adams
Thursday, April 1, 2010
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At least once in your life – maybe even once a week or once a day for that matter – you have fantasized about coming into a lot of money. What would you do if you were worth millions or even billions? Believe it or not there are millionaires and billionaires among us who masquerade as relatively normal, run-of-the-mill people. Take a peek at some of the most frugal wealthy people in the world.

Warren Buffett
Millions of people read Buffett’s books and follow his firm, Berkshire Hathaway’s, every move. But the real secret to Buffett’s personal fortune may be his penchant for frugality. Buffett, who is worth an estimated $47 billion, eschews opulent homes and luxury items. He and his wife still live in their modest home in Omaha, Nebraska which they purchased for just $31,500 more than 50 years ago.

Although he’s dined in the best restaurants around the globe, given the choice he would opt for a good burger and fries accompanied by a cold cherry Coke. When asked why he doesn’t own a yacht he responded “Most toys are just a pain in the neck.” (Find out how he went from selling soft drinks to buying up companies and making billions of dollars.

Carlos Slim
While most of the world is very familiar with Bill Gates, the name Carlos Slim rarely rings a bell. But it’s a name worth knowing. Slim, who is a native of Mexico, was just named the world’s richest billionaire – that’s right, richer than the uber-famous Microsoft founder. Slim is worth more than $53 billion and while he could afford the world’s most extravagant luxuries he rarely indulges. He, like Buffett, doesn’t own a yacht or plane and he has lived in the same home for over 40 years.

Ingvar Kamprad
The founder of the Swedish furniture phenomenon Ikea struck success with affordable, assemble-it-yourself furniture. For Kamprad, figuring out how to save money isn’t just for his customers, it’s a high personal value. He’s been quoted as saying “Ikea people do not drive flashy cars or stay at luxury hotels.” That goes for the founder as well. He flies coach for business and when he needs to get around town locally he either takes the bus or will head out in his 15-year-old Volvo 240 GL.

Chuck Feeney
Growing up in the wake of The Depression as an Irish-American probably has something to do with Feeney’s frugality. With a personal motto of “I set out to work hard, not get rich,” the cofounder of Duty Free Shoppers has quietly become a billionaire but even more secretively given almost all of it away through his foundation, Atlantic Philanthropies. In addition to giving more than $600 million to his alma mater Cornell University, he has given billions to schools, research departments and hospitals.

Loath to spend if he doesn’t have to, Feeney beats both Buffett and Kamprad in the donation category, giving out less grants than only Ford and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations. A frequent user of public transportation, Mr. Feeney flies economy class, buys clothes from retail stores, and does not wast money on an extensive shoes closet, stating “you can only wear one pair of shoes at a time”. He raised his children in the same way; making them work the same normal summer jobs as most teens.

Frederik Meijer
If you live in the Midwest chances are good that you shop at Meijer’s chain of grocery stores. Meijer is worth more than $5 billion and nearly half of that was amassed when everyone else was watching their net worth drop in 2009. Like Buffett he buys reasonably-priced cars and drives them until they die, and like Kamprad he chooses affordable motels when on travel for work. Also, like Chuck Feeney, rather than carelessly spending his wealth Mr. Meijer is focused on the good that it can provide to the community.

The Bottom Line
The dirty little secret of some of the world’s wealthiest people is that they rarely act like it. Instead of over-the-top spending, they’re busy figuring out how to save and invest to have that much more in the future. It’s a habit you might want to consider in order to build up your own little storehouse of cash.

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