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A stunning a very interesting fact was recently revealed from the “Simultaneously Media Usage Survey” Prosper Mobile Insights recently conducted: Rich Men Prefer BlackBerry Over iPhone. Yeah, that’s right. Even though they can easily afford the more expensive iPhone, the majority of rich men preferred to have a BlackBerry in their hand. When it came to smartphones, the study revealed that top earners making between $100,000 to $149,000 comparatively owned 21.2% BlackBerry over the 19.1% iPhoners and 7.2% Droids.
Interestingly enough, the income group that preferred iPhone to BlackBerry was highest among middle-income earners ($75,000 to $99,000), which comparatively owned 20% iPhone over Blackberries at 18.7%. And without much of a surprise lower earners in the $35,000 to $49,000 range preferred the most thrifty Android phones over any others. Well, there you have it. Rich Men Prefer BlackBerry Over iPhone, so buy them one if they don’t have one already, or get them a really cool and useful phone accessory for Xmas.
When it comes to beds, nothing but the best will do for the rich. I take that back. Nothing but the most expensive will do for wealthy men. You spend nearly 1/3 of your life in your bed, so you shouldn’t feel bad about spending big on one. But just how big of price tags can beds have? Well the one pictured above is the Baldacchino Supreme, and with a price tag of $6.3 million, it is easily the world’s most expensive bed. Fit for a king, the Baldacchino Supreme is decorated with 235 lbs of pure 24k gold and adorned with only the finest Italian silk and cotton.
So what can follow the Baldacchino Supreme? Well, don’t close the book yet. There are some other very cool and expensive beds. Probably the coolest of all is the Magnetic Floating Bed, which comes in at a whooping $1.6 million. Dutch architect Janjaap Ruijssenaars worked 6 years with a magnetics company to come up with a nearly 2000 lb bed that can float 1.3 feet above the floor.
Next in line is the Jado Steel Style Gold Bed, which costs $676,550. This bed isn’t just about the bling, though it is coated in 24k gold and encrusted with Swarovski crystals, it is also supremely technological and is equipped with a DVD player, Bose sound system, Blu-ray player, Playstation 3, and a foldaway plasma television. It can also be connected to the internet. For these simple facts, it may not look the coolest or be the most expensive, but it’s every man’s dream come true.
Finally we come to the Parnian Furniture bed at $210,000. It was designed by Abdolhay Parnian over the course of 2 years and considered by all to truly be a piece of art. It is constructed by quality materials like ebony, sapele and curly maple. And while it is probably the most beautiful of the bunch, it also keeps it real with iPad holders and charging stations and hidden spaces for pop-up, swiveling TVs and computer monitors.
Rich People on September 21, 2011
The Forbes 400 is back. And there are some interesting developments. For 1, the rich got richer. How much? Well, 12% more than last year for a combined total of $1.53 trillion, which is more than Canada’s GDP, and that was just the Top 400 on Forbes list. For the 18th straight year, Bill Gates was the richest man in America with a net worth of $59 billion. And while Warren Buffett was still #2, the gap between Buffett and Gates widened after losing pretty badly in Berkshire Hathaway stock.
Others on Forbes Top 10 included: Oracle founder Larry Ellison at $33 billion, industrialists Charles and David Koch at $25 billion each, Walmart heirs Christy Walton, Jim C Walton and Alice Walton at $24.5 billion, $21.1 billion and $20.9 billion, investor George Soros at $22 billion, and casino mogul Sheldon Adelson at $21.5 billion. Some of the younger faces on the list included Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg, who made $10.6 billion last year to bring his total net worth to $17.5 billion and landed him the #14 sot on this year’s overall list. While Dustin Moskovitz, Facebook’s co-founder, became America’s youngest billionaire.
Some newcomers to the Forbes 400 include: Bob Stiller owner of Green Mountain Coffee, Go Daddy’s Bob Parsons, and energy big guns Farris and Dan Wilks. Not surprisingly, some old names showed up again on this year’s list like Starbucks’ founder Howard Schultz and Quicken’s Dan Gilbert who made a major comeback in 2011 to rank in the Top 400 after having slipped away last year.
Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban is not best known as a humble man. As a matter of fact, what most expect from him are fines for acting out and throwing cursing fits from his court side seat. That’s why it was quite a shock when Mark Cuban recently made a very humble comment about Obama’s Jobs Plan that calls for a more balanced tax bracket for all Americans rich or poor. And while many millionaires are calling it “class warfare,” Mark Cuban is calling it patriotic.
So what exactly did Mark Cuban say that has everyone double-taking? Well, on the Mavericks blog, an article was posted titled, “Bust your ass and get rich,” in which Mark Cuban was quoted saying: “Make a boatload of money. Pay your taxes. Lots of taxes. Hire people. Train people. Pay people. Spend money on rent, equipment, services. Pay more taxes.” Clearly, Cuban is a rich man that has no qualms with the government or paying more taxes.
But if that previous quote didn’t exactly make paying taxes sound patriotic, then maybe this later quote from Cuban may paint it in a more patriotic light: “get so obnoxiously rich that when that tax bill comes, your first thought will be to choke on how big a check you have to write. Your 2nd thought will be ‘what a great problem to have’, and your 3rd should be a recognition that in paying your taxes you are helping to support millions of Americans that are not as fortunate as you.”
Wow, truly humble words spoken from a man we are surely now seeing in a more humble light. Maybe that Mavericks championship put it all into perspective for him?
Rich People on September 19, 2011
In a recent AP-CNBC poll, it was revealed that only 20% of Americans believe they will reach millionaire status in the next 10 years. To put it in different terms, 8 of 10 Americans can’t see themselves being rich over the next decade. Interestingly enough, the survey was also done in Australia and England and produced very different results. About 30% of Aussies believed they’d be millionaires in the next 10 years, as opposed to Brits that were just 8% believers.
But if you look at the current psychic state of the each country’s economy, within the bigger scope of the current global recession, the responses and poll results make perfect sense. Poverty is over 15% in the US and unemployment is currently 9.1%, while in England, unemployment is 8%. However, in comparison, Australia is growing its economy at a much higher rate compared to the US and UK. Due to a natural resources boom, Australia is growing at 3% this year, while the US is at 2.8%, and the UK is just 1.7%
Funny enough though, the US still remains as the country with the most millionaires in the world. How many does the US have? How about a cool 5.2 million were counted in 2010. That’s about 1 in 20 households or 5% of all Americans. Great Britain had significantly less at 570,000 total millionaires, or 1 in every 45 households. And Australia trailed way back at the end of the pack with a total of 133,000 millionaires, or just 1 of every 60 households. But it’s still an increase of 35,000 from 2009. So, what should we take from this? Sometimes the figures add up, and sometimes they don’t.
Forbes just published their “Entertainment’s Highest-Paid Men” list and christened Tyler Perry as the richest man in Hollywood. So, who did he top in terms of money? How about celebs the likes of Brad Pitt, Steven Spielberg, Leonardo DiCaprio, and X Factor’s Simon Cowell.
Perry’s “Medea” is more than a character. She’s a brand. And one that has made him lots and lots of money. Even though Perry hasn’t made wildly successful movies and shows, he has made tons of them on very low budgets, which equals a mint when you consider how popular they have all become. Not to mention, he takes the biggest cuts of the profits.
In just one year, from May 2010 to May 2011, it was reported by Forbes that Tyler Perry made $130 million. That is amazing when you consider that Jerry Bruckheimer came in second with $116 million, and Steven Spielberg earned $107 million.
But let’s see how he shapes up next year…
Just last week Cristiano Ronaldo made the following remarks when he was asked about fans booing and cursing him, “I think that because I am rich, handsome and a great player people are envious of me. I don’t have any other explanation.” While it may seem pompous, we give Cristiano Ronaldo points for defending his wealth. Anyone with large sums of money and success knows haters are plentiful that will try and take you down. Let’s face it, Cristiano Ronaldo is considered one of the best in the world. And he went on to say that this happens to him everywhere, not just in rival stadiums.
But these particular comments came after a 1-0 Champions League win during the Group D opener in Croatia’s Dinamo Zagreb Stadium. And even though Real Madrid won, Cristiano Ronaldo had no problem expressing his lack of confidence in the overseeing referees, “I’m not so satisfied with the refereeing.” And later said, “I hope we never have this referee again.” This year’s run for Madrid towards Europe’s elite club competition would be their 10th title if they are successful.