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The World’s Billionaires – top10 Richest People 2011

by Forbes

Net Worth Calculated  March 2011

Rank Name  Net  Worth  Age Source Country of

Citizenship

1 Carlos Slim Helu

Carlos Slim Helu & family

$74 B 71 telecom Mexico
2 Bill Gates

Bill Gates

$56 B 55 Microsoft United States
3 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett

$50 B 80 Berkshire Hathaway United States
4 Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault

$41 B  62 LVMH France
5 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

$39.5 B 67 Oracle United States
6 Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal

$31.1 B 61 Steel India
7 Amancio Ortega

Amancio Ortega

$31 B  75 Zara Spain
8 Eike Batista

Eike Batista

$30 B  54 mining, oil Brazil
9 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani

$27 B  54 petrochemicals, oil & gas India
10 Christy Walton

Christy Walton & family

$26.5 B 56 Walmart United States

Maserati GranCabrio Fendi special edition

By Josh Timlin at EVO

Maserati GranCabrio Fendi special editionMaserati has joined forces with Italian fashion house Fendi to create a special edition GranCabrio. Debuting at the 2011 Frankfurt motor show in September, the exclusive Fendi edition promises to combine thecraftsmanship and tradition of both brands.Built at Maserati’s Modena headquarters, the GranCabrio Fendi comes in just one colour option – Grigio Fiamma Fendi. It’s a three-layered grey body colour, but in reality it looks rather brown.

The Pergamena Fendi yellow-tinted wood finish features heavily in the Fendi’s interior and runs along its dashboard, door trims and on top of its gear lever. The seats are particularly nice, with a double ‘F’ Fendi logo stitched in, and the yellow Maserati trident in their headrests.

Continuing the colour scheme on the exterior, the dubiously named paint contrasts well with the yellow brake callipers that are housed behind 20in Trident design alloy wheels.

Power comes from an unchanged 4.7-litre V8, which is coupled to a six-speed semi-automatic gearbox. Producing 433bhp and 361lb ft of torque, it sprints from 0-60mph in 5.1sec and a top speed of 175mph. Dynamically it’s not going to move the game on, but if you’re after yet more exclusivity the Maserati GranCabrio Fendi offers exactly that.

bonus video : 2012 Maserati GranCabrio Fendi 

 

Super rich still making money in crisis

A man sits with his computer at a furniture and chinaware booth during the Summer Fair in Moscow July 4, 2010. The fair,a spin-off of the Millionaire Fair, showcases luxury goods and services. REUTERS/Sergei KarpukhinBy Christopher Vellacott at Reuters

Financial advisers to the world’s richest people report some of their top clients have continued to make money throughout recent market turmoil by harnessing sophisticated investments out of reach to mainstream punters.

With equity markets plunging, most investors have suffered losses to their pension funds and portfolios, but those able to meet the multi-million dollar investment thresholds of private equity and some hedge funds are coming out ahead.

“You’ve got so many investment opportunities that are open only to very rich people,” said one London-based financial adviser specialising in ultra rich investors.

“The super rich are doing very well. They’re getting good advice, they’re getting access to stuff that other people don’t have access to,” he said.

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LVMH/Louis Vuitton Is Redefining Luxury Marketing With NOWNESS.com

Daphne Guinness
LVMH featured Daphne Guinness in a short film on NOWNESS.com

by Aimee Groth at Business Insider

Earlier this summer, LVMH Moët Hennessy Louis Vuitton won a Webby Award for its digital magazine, NOWNESS.com, which it launched in early 2010.

The French fashion house — and the world’s largest luxury company, run by billionaire Bernard Arnault — says its content is editorially independent, and calls the site an “information reference.” It’s reminscent of French or Italian Vogue, with multimedia (e.g., the short film “Daphne Guinness: Undressed” was popular in fashion circles).

No matter how it’s packaged, it’s a marketing win for LVMH, and follows a new wave of advertising for luxury brands (in 2009, Burberry launched a similar site, the Art of the Trench).

McKinsey Quarterly reports that:

Many luxury-goods companies, for example, have built editorial teams to “socialize” their brands: they are transforming the customer relationship by producing blogs, digital magazines, and other content that can dramatically intensify both the frequency and depth of interactions.

Women’s Wear Daily also reported on the trend earlier this year, and spoke with Miki Berardelli, chief marketing officer for Tory Burch, about how luxury advertising is changing:

“We’re publishing content in an authentic way, and if it’s increasing our brand awareness, then it could be defined as advertising. It’s a new way of communicating with consumers. It’s taking an editorial approach to telling your brand story, and the social media space just lends itself so beautifully to that combination.”

Sites like NOWNESS blur the line between fashion and editorial, but those lines have been blurred since the inception of Vogue (1892) — just a few decades after Louis Vuitton was born (1854).

bonus video : Daphne Guinness: Undressed – Director Brennan Stasiewicz Captures Fashion’s Enigma At Home and On Display

Daphne Guinness: Undressed on Nowness.com.

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Bugatti L’Or Blanc – the first Car in Porcelain

My other car's a Bugatti: The one-off L'Or Blanc is worth £1.4 million and was unveiled in BerlinYou may know several applications of porcelain, but this is probably the most unexpected! On June 30, 2011 the Bugatti introduced the Veyron Grand Sport L’Or Blanc, the first car in the world lined with porcelain in interior but exterior too! This model emerged through the collaboration with the company Königliche Porzellan-Manufatur Berlin (KPM). As announced, this car is unique, but the two companies intend to continue their cooperation in the future.

The porcelain interior of the luxury supercar is shown in this shotBugatti people admit that impressive version L’Or Blanc «seems somewhat unusual,” but “continues the legacy of Ettore Bougkati, who liked to experiment with new materials.”
This very special car is sold at a price of 1.65 million dollars!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NaqKyo0SYL8&feature=player_embedded

FERRAGAMO launch high end Jewellery

 

Salvatore Ferragamo Summer 2011
Salvatore Ferragamo Summer 2011

at CPP-Luxury

With the occasion of the Parisian Haute Couture fashion week, Italian luxury maison SALVATORE FERRAGAMO is launching its first high end jewellery collection.

The event will be marked July 5th with a lunch hosted by Feruccio Ferragamo at the Italian Embassy in Paris.

The Ferragamo jewellery collection has been created in collaboration with Italian jeweller Gianni Bulgari, founder of Enigma jewellery house.

Prince Albert Marries Charlene Wittstock – Royal Wedding 2011 – Religious Ceremony | FashionTV – FTV

by FTV

Prince Albert of Monaco and his bride Charlene Wittstock continued the Royal Wedding festivities Saturday, July 2, 2011 with a religious ceremony, one day after they were officially wed in a civil ceremony – FashionTV brings you the exclusive!

Charlene wore an off-the-shoulder Giorgio Armani gown paired with a long long veil for the Catholic ceremony, which was held in the throne room at the princely palace. The star-studded event came amidst continued rumors about the couple, the prince’s possible indescritions, and a re-scheduled wedding date.

Celebs Attending: Giorgio Armani, Karl Lagerfeld, Jean Michelle Jarre, Bernadette Chirac, Roger Moore, Karolina Kurkova, Nicolas Sarkozy, Nadia Comaneci,  Renee Fleming, Alain Ducasse, Princesses Caroline and Stephanie of Monaco

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vnr9m5KDf7s

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8. Sani Resort – Sani Asterias Suites

 

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Top – 10 Best Greek Hotel Suites & Villas : 7. La Marquise Hotel Rodos – The Presidential Suite

7. La Marquise Hotel Rodos – The Presidential Suite

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