Category: Millionaires & Billionaires

One Dollar Idea

dollar-signWhy pay a dollar for a bookmark?
Why not use the dollar for a bookmark?
– Steven Spielberg

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One Dollar Idea

Why not indeed! When a bookmark has ceased its usefulness, we get rid of it, whilst a dollar will always has value, which of course is subject to inflation. But a dollar is a dollar.

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big-pound-signIn the UK, the rough equivalent of a dollar is the pound. The pound has become really mighty in terms of its reputation of spendability.

Pound shops are growing exponentially. They are everywhere. Everyone goes out there to shop, the rich, the very rich, the middle classes, the working class and sometimes the down and outs.

Everything is for a pound but sometimes it is even less (especially if you shop at its sister company the 99p)

The first tine I went to a pound shop, I saw a huge Toblerone which I could not believe was only for a pound. I had to double check that it was for a pound, afterall just a few weeks before I paid £4.99 for the same size at the Duty Free. I just bought one because I know my Toblerone. I have been eating it regularly on a weekly basis for the past 29 years. I am an afficionado. 😉  Got home, unpacked the shopping. Sat down in front of the telly with my cup of tea and then slowly and rather gingerly unwrapped my Toblerone, I was rather half expecting that something untoward was about to happen. I don’t know, I thought it would be green or mouldy. But it was fresh, and delicious, and nougathy and crunchy and nutty and heavenly. It tasted like the kosher Toblerone. Result!!!

It gave food for concern thought.  Instead of Peter buying me the smallest size Toblerone weekly, I now have the full size one any day of the week? I don’t really want to get even fatter. Seriously!

Ooops I digress. Anyway in the pound shop you can almost get anything. They have even started selling milk, eggs, butter, bacon, sausages which I have to admit I would still prefer to buy from my local Sainsburys even if they could twice the price. I don’t know, it is just me.

October Goddess: Victoria Beckham

There are so many stand-outs for the month of October but we think our final choice for October goddess is the most deserving one.

She is a true inspiration to women. She works hard, she has discipline and she knows what she wants and goes for it. She was so successful in her pursuit of her ambition that she climbed to the very top of Britain’s top 100 entrepreneurs.

Victoria can really be seen busy promoting her work, her fashion career. She is not like other celebrities who just put their names to endorse a product.

GlobalGranary.Org congratulate Victoria Beckham for this new stage in her career. We wish you longevity in fashion.

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Victoria Beckham named entrepreneur of the year

Victoria Beckham has topped a list of Britain’s top 100 entrepreneurs by Management Today magazine.

They praised her “finely tuned business acumen” for expanding her fashion empire into a business with a £30m turnover and a staff of 100.

Editor Matthew Gwyther accepted that some may “scoff” at the fact that the former Spice Girl came top.

But he said she had created “a company that is both real and wildly successful”.

Gwyther admitted “some will say she’s never been taught how to cut a pattern, or iron a pleat on a fashion course… Doubters will claim she’s just the wife of the world’s most famously over-tattooed ex-footballer. It’s all come to her far too easily.”

But he pointed out that “celebrity has long been a powerful commercial tool” and called her “an adept exploiter of her own celeb value”.

And he said doubters could not argue with the figures as she has achieved – a sales growth of 2,900% and employment growth of 3,233% over the past five years, adding “her numbers are impressive”.

The former Spice Girl launched her fashion label in 2008 and by 2011, she won designer brand of the year at the British Fashion Awards.

In September, she opened her first shop in London’s Mayfair.

Her company includes a lower-priced Victoria line and she also sells luxury handbags for prices up to £18,000 each.

The magazine estimated her wealth at £210m.

Henares: Lifetime tax break for Pacquiao unfair

Pacquiao

I agree with Kim Herares!  I have to clarify what I meant about Manny Pacquiao and his tax.  I did not mean for him to get a lifetime tax-break.  That is most unfair.  Manny has enough money to last him and his family several lifetimes.

Not paying any tax is beyond a joke and an insult to you and me who have to pay from our meagre salaries.

What they should have done was to let Manny and the Filipinos basked in the glory of Manny’s winning back the title.  Let us all show our pride;  that despite Manny having been written off as getting on a bit and rather pathetic to still boxing at his age, he showed the world that age was not a hindrance.  It is always been about skill and stamina.

The BIR (Bureau of Internal Revenue) could have postponed their efficacy for money grabbing.  Though Kim Henares is right to ask Manny to pay for his income tax or demand for receipts of purported taxes which have been paid to the US.

Kim Henares should also go for  Janet Napoles, Enrile, Estrada and Revilla and all those implicated under the pork barrel scandals and review their tax return under a fine tooth comb.

Kim Henares and the BIR posturing look like they are victimising  Manny Pacquiao by making him an example.  Manny is an easy target to them and they are making the poor guy squirmed.  Really horrendous way to treat a national fist icon.

Anyway, again, Manny should pay tax, just like everyone else who is gainfully employed.

JPJhermes, Nagpapatrol

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Henares: Lifetime tax break for Pacquiao unfair

by Jon Carlos Rodriguez, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 12/05/2013 10:12 PM | Updated as of 12/06/2013 12:10 AM

MANILA – Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) Commissioner Kim Henares criticized the proposed bill seeking to give Sarangani congressman and boxing champion Manny Pacquiao a lifetime tax exemption, calling it “unconstitutional.”

Henares said giving Pacquiao a lifetime tax break for his accomplishments as a boxer will be unfair to other taxpayers.

“There should be a valid classification and everyone who is similarly situated should be accorded the same privilege. We have other national heroes, why aren’t we giving them the same privilege?” she told ANC on Thursday.

She said honoring Pacquiao with the privilege may also expose the country’s skewed value system, which venerates icons and not the soldiers who risk life and limb to protect and defend the country.

“Ito ang magiging tanong: kung ako ay sundalo, eh bakit ako walang exemption eh ang puhunan ko ay buhay ko? Kung hindi naman public sector ang papag-usapan natin, sasabihin ng mga lineman, eh bakit ako hindi ako in-exempt eh tinataya ko ang buhay ko kapag nagre-repair ako ng electric lines. Pero ‘yung mga athlete, hindi naman nila tinataya ang buhay nila for the benefit of other people, it’s for themselves,” she said in a separate interview on dzMM.

The tax exemption for Pacquiao was proposed by Valenzuela City Rep. Magtanggol Gunigundo, who wants the bill to known as the Pacquiao Act of 2013.

Under Section 3 of the bill, it says the “state shall confer lifetime individual income tax exemption to boxing icon Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao, also known as Manny Pacquiao, who has given outstanding honor and pride to the Filipino people.”

But Henares disputed this, saying that giving honor to a country is not enough basis for a tax exemption.

“Ang karangalan ng bansa ay inaambag ng bawat mamamayan, hindi lang naman isang tao. So kung ganoon ang criteria natin, madami ding mamamayan na nagbibigay ng karangalan eh bakit hindi natin bigyan ng exemption,” she said.

Only minimum wage earners and overseas Filipino workers are exempted from paying income taxes in the Philippines.

Henares also opposed the proposal by ABAKADA partylist Rep. Jonathan dela Cruz to grant tax perks to athletes who win prizes overseas, saying that the government should give assistance to them during their training, not when they have already reaped success.

She suggested that the government should instead provide them with pension plans, healthcare or life insurance.

“May ibang panukala para sa athletes in general, pero hindi naman ‘yan ang kailangan nilang tulong eh. Ang kailangan nila ay ‘pag nag-uumpisa pa sila, ‘yung training nila para magchampion sila. At kapag nagchampion sila, may pagkakataon na sila kumita,” she said.

She also said that exempting athletes from paying taxes may mean that the government will subsidize the “lavish lifestyle” common to wealthy athletes.

“Kung nanalo sila, buti kung lahat ng gastos nila ay binibigay nila sa nation building. I’m not generalizing, but if you look at the history of athletes, they earn big money but at the end of the day, nawawala ‘yung money kasi ginastos nila pambili ng magagarang kotse, bahay, maluhong pamumuhay, ‘yung iba pa nga diyan may bisyo. Ibig sabihin, kapag in-exempt niyo, ang gobyerno ang magsu-subsidize ng standard of living na ‘yan. Parang hindi naman tama ‘yan,” she said.

IT’S NOT ILLEGAL, SAYS GUNIGUNDO

Gunigundo, meanwhile, defended the constitutionality of his bill, saying there is nothing in the Constitution that says granting tax breaks to an individual is illegal.

“There is nothing wrong with giving individual tax exemption. Why? Because we are also conferring individual Filipino citizenship to foreigners who did so much for our nation to lift up our country,” he told ANC.

He said if corporations are given “tax holidays,” Filipinos who have brought pride to the country should also be given tax perks.

“Bakit hindi natin magawa ‘yan sa isang tao na nagbigay ng napakagandang karangalan sa ating bansa,” he said.

Pacquiao is currently in a legal battle with the BIR for back taxes from 2008 to 2009 worth over P2.2 billion.

He has filed a civil case against the BIR before the Court of Tax Appeals (CTA) questioning the tax liability. The next hearing is scheduled on January 16.

The CTA has issued a gag order against Pacquiao and the BIR on the tax case.

Philippines’ Top 50 Tax-payers

vivian queIt seems strange  that the richest billionaires of the Philippines pay tax lesser than Philippine celebrities.  These billionaires who feature in Forbes.

Really strange.

Perhaps the BIR really look into this.

Who dethroned Kris as PH’s top taxpayer?

by Cathy Rose A. Garcia, ABS-CBNnews.com
Posted at 10/14/2013 4:26 PM | Updated as of 10/15/2013 9:10 AM

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) – The Philippines’ top individual taxpayer for 2012 is not a popular celebrity or a prominent business personality.

Topping the Bureau of Internal Revenue (BIR) list of top taxpayers of 2012 is Vivian Que-Azcona, owner of the country’s biggest drugstore chain Mercury Drug.

Que-Azcona, who is the 19th richest in the country according to Forbes magazine, paid P131.4 million in income taxes in 2012. Forbes estimates her net worth at $840 million.

She unseated Kris Aquino, who topped the BIR’s list of top taxpayers in 2011. Aquino, the youngest sister of President Aquino and a popular television personality, ranked sixth (P44.9 million) in the BIR’s 2012 list of top taxpayers.

Controversial TV host Willie Revillame paid the second highest individual income taxes in the country in 2012, with P63.9 million.

Third on the list was top corporate lawyer and San Miguel Corp. director Estelito P. Mendoza (P53.59 million) and fourth was Insular Life Chairman Vicente Rafael M. Ayllon (P52.3 million).

A certain Gerardo Sebastian Baes (P47.9 million) was the fifth largest taxpayer. Ranked seventh was a certain Ronaldo R. Soliman, who paid P43.3 million.

Celebrities John Lloyd Cruz (P42.79 million) and Sharon Cuneta-Pangilian (P42.02 million) ranked 8th and 9th respectively.

On 10th place was businessman Fernando Zobel de Ayala with (P40.8 million). His older brother Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala ranked 11th with P40.77 million in taxes.

Other prominent businessmen were also in the top 100 of the taxpayers’ list. Megaworld founder Andrew Tan ranked 12th, after paying P39.6 million in taxes in 2012.

Oscar Lopez, chairman emeritus of the Lopez Group, ranked 17th, paying P33.47 million in income taxes. Eugenio Lopez III, chairman of ABS-CBN, ranked 43rd paying P20.75 million.

RCBC president Lorenzo Tan ranked 18th (P33.16 million), while Ayala Land president Antonino Aquino ranked 19th (P32.9 million) and BPI chief Aurelio Montinola ranked 20th (P30 million).

PLDT chairman Manuel V. Pangilinan ranked 30th, paying P24.67 million in taxes.

San Miguel Corp. president and COO Ramon S. Ang ranked 160th with P10.9 million.

ABS-CBN president Charo Santos-Concio paid P10.07 million in income taxes in 2012.

Top tycoons on the list?

However, the country’s richest tycoons weren’t in the top spots of the BIR’s list. Henry Sy Sr., Philippines’ richest man according to Forbes, paid P16.4 million in income taxes to land at 74th on BIR’s list.

Tobacco king Lucio Tan, the country’s second richest man, paid P12 million in income taxes, landing him on 138th place.

Celebrities

Numerous celebrities were in the BIR’s list. Among them were Judy Ann Santos-Agoncillo (32nd, P24.08 million); Piolo Pascual (34th, P23.83 million); Anne Curtis (50th, P19.16 million); Sarah Geronimo (59, P18.31 million); and Robin Padilla (60th, P18.26 million).

Actor Derek Ramsay ranked 68th with P16.7 million, while Vic Sotto ranked 89th with P14.6 million.

RANK TIN TAXPAYER NAME REGULAR INCOME TAXES PAID 
1 134757767-000 AZCONA VIVIAN QUE        131,434,036.34
2 118285820-000 REVILLAME WILFREDO BUENDIA           63,901,751.38
3 106190582-000 MENDOZA ESTELITO P           56,594,822.00
4 123034938-000 AYLLON VICENTE RAFAEL MUNOZ           52,307,151.79
5 902938421-000 BAES GERARDO SEBASTIAN           47,900,143.00
6 101717443-000 AQUINO KRISTINA BERNADETTE COJUANGCO           44,933,335.05
7 103930126-000 SOLIMAN RONALDO ROMERO           43,304,744.29
8 904905084-000 CRUZ JOHN LLOYD ESPIDOL           42,791,354.17
9 206489540-000 PANGILINAN SHARON CUNETA           42,025,524.05
10 104104067-000 ZOBEL DE AYALA FERNANDO MIRANDA           40,846,038.15
11 104145637-000 ZOBEL DE AYALA JAIME AUGUSTO II MIRANDA           40,777,882.37
12 125960003-000 TAN ANDREW LIM           39,605,000.00
13 205575633-000 NELSON CHRISTOPHER T           39,209,327.39
14 247544114-000 TRAN TUAN PHUOC           38,407,634.34
15 102210047-000 ANGELES VICTOR MANGUERA           38,309,545.38
16 106905603-000 ORTIZ JUSTO ABOITIZ           33,675,230.78
17 102829530-000 LOPEZ OSCAR MORENO           33,473,846.21
18 900036442-000 TAN LORENZO VILLANUEVA           33,161,541.53
19 108727097-000 AQUINO ANTONINO T           32,939,539.88
20 135558086-000 MONTINOLA III AURELIO REYES           30,053,432.31
21 104113818-000 LHUILLIER PHILIPPE JONES           29,565,000.00
22 106906639-000 VALDEPENAS VICTOR BUNUAN           28,095,895.62
23 146555136-000 CASAS CARMELOP TOPACIO           27,558,792.55
24 243675682-000 NGUYEN VINCENT THONG           26,681,133.20
25 102829522-000 LOPEZ FEDERICO RUFINO           26,678,793.31
26 232707824-000 BAJA LAURO III CASTRO           26,273,234.56
27 107169884-000 ABLAZA GERARDO JR CINCO           26,111,072.69
28 104006074-000 LAO VICENTE TAN           25,076,234.69
29 253047380-000 CABALUNA PATRICIA B           25,027,614.94
30 914481801-000 PANGILINAN MANUEL VELEZ           24,671,703.10
31 103715862-000 ABOITIZ ERRAMON ISIDRO MENDIETA           24,310,365.49
32 200783355-000 AGONCILLO JUDY ANNE SANTOS           24,086,982.57
33 126715389-000 LHUILLIER JEAN HENRI DIAGO           23,831,656.00
34 153950198-000 PASCUAL PIOLO JOSE NONATO           23,356,976.00
35 294346776-000 CORDOVA RODRIGO CAL           22,458,999.28
36 915676235-000 PACQUIAO EMMANUEL DAPIDRAN           22,381,304.91
37 279718146-000 SCHULTZ WILLIAM           22,183,137.00
38 126818103-000 UNGSON RAFAEL EDMUN ANDRADE           21,921,278.58
39 106968932-000 CRUZ ENRICO SALONGA           21,861,413.60
40 289723471-000 JANSEN ANTHONIE           21,503,909.93
41 106174605-000 GOZON FELIPE LAPUS           20,905,147.92
42 910435875-000 PUNO FRANCIS GILES BLANCO           20,817,833.18
43 102871235-000 LOPEZ III EUGENIO LAO           20,758,950.80
44 222762676-000 RANOLLO PHYLBERT ANGELIE ESCALANTE           20,746,366.45
45 147752164-000 MACALE MICHAEL ANGELO BADURIA           20,617,256.00
46 233145368-000 GAULT JOSEPH MITCHELL           20,364,846.24
47 108975971-000 CO LUCIO LAO           19,763,899.00
48 116222836-000 CU ERNEST LAWRENCE LIM           19,549,777.00
49 110863960-000 BATE CONRADO FABELLA           19,318,551.57
50 222881683-000 CURTIS-SMITH ANNE OJALES           19,166,758.64

 

Treated Worse Than Filipino Slaves!!!

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The two above alleged fraudsters who apparently spent £8000  (P571,854.69 Philippine pesos) a day on designer clothing or £75,000 a month  on luxury living totalling to £685,000 have been giving testimony regarding the case of  fraudulent use of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi company credit cards.

These two took advantage of Nigella and her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi.

They were unrepentant and have now made racist comments against Filipinos!  Why for goodness’ sakes?  Why bring Filipinos to your alleged fraudulent activities? More racial ignorance like Devina Sharma (Devina DeDiva) we DON’T need!

Now you are not only alleged fraudsters but have shown yourselves as racists.

I don’t know why you picked on the Filipinos, if you know of any Filipinos who are enslaved it is your duty to report it to the proper authority and not use them to exaggerate your condition!

Filipinos are hardworking and very faithful and trustworthy to their employers, especially the kind-hearted ones.

I hope the court will take your blatant racism into consideration.

 

 

JPJhermes, On Patrol

Nigella PA’s ‘slave’ outburst

Press AssociationPress Association – 4 hours ago

 
Nigella Lawson was married to her husband Charles Saatchi for 10 yearsNigella Lawson was married to her husband Charles Saatchi for 10 years

Two personal assistants to Charles Saatchi and his ex-wife Nigella Lawson complained that they were “being treated worse than Filipino slaves” when they were confronted over their alleged spending sprees on the couple’s credit cards, a court has heard.

Rahul Gajjar, finance director for wealthy art dealer Mr Saatchi, told jurors that Elisabetta Grillo, 41, made the claim after he wrote to her and her sister about their alleged use of the celebrity couple’s credit cards to buy £685,000-worth of luxury goods for themselves.

Mr Gajjar told jurors that at first Elisabetta, referred to in court as Lisa, and co-defendant Francesca, 35, were open and apologetic about their spending spree.

But he said that after he wrote them each a letter outlining how the sisters would pay off their debt which they were expected to sign, they became “agitated”.

“Lisa was against the proposal and I remember a reference to ‘We’re being treated worse than Filipino slaves’,” Mr Gajjar, 44, told jurors at Isleworth Crown Court in west London.

Mr Gajjar said Mr Saatchi and Ms Lawson, who divorced earlier this year, agreed that the sisters should continue working for them when the alleged offences came to light early last year.

He told jurors that he suggested that they continue on their current salaries with Francesca, who is alleged to have spent the largest amount on herself – £580,000 – expected to pay back £1,000 a month, and Elisabetta £250 per month.

They would also be able to live rent-free at a flat owned by Ms Lawson in Battersea, central London, the court heard.

But Mr Gajjar said the defendants reacted angrily to this.

“They were absolutely in disagreement,” he said.

“They felt it tied them to the company for the rest of their lives.”

The court heard a series of text messages exchanged by Mr Gajjar and Francesca, including one where she complained her membership at private club Soho House had been cancelled.

“If they carry on doing stuff like this, I won’t have any choice but to go to court,” she wrote.

In another she said: “If one more small thing happens before we meet, they leave me no choice but going legal.”

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London Evening Standard

Published: 28 November 2013

Updated: 17:43, 28 November 2013

The astonishing life of luxury enjoyed by Nigella Lawson’s two personal assistants at the expense of Charles Saatchi’s company credit cards was revealed in court today.

In just one day Francesca Grillo spent more than £8,000 on clothes from Prada and Miu Miu, the jury was told.

In the same month she stayed in top hotels in New York and Palma de Mallorca and spent more than £1,000 on a visit to the Ritz Hotel in Paris.

She also bought luxury goods from Louis Vuitton, Chanel and Chloé and spent £500 on shoes from Nicholas Kirkwood. In that month, June 2012, she spent £64,336 on the company credit card of which £34,168 was on luxuries for herself. In the same month her sister Elisabetta spent £4,850 on shopping sprees.

The sisters, of Bayswater, have pleaded not guilty to fraud using credit cards on Mr Saatchi’s Conarco Partnership account with Coutts Bank between January 2008 and December last year.

Isleworth crown court had heard that the sisters allege the TV cook allowed them to spend so hugely on themselves in exchange for keeping silent about her alleged heavy cocaine use.

Their lawyers say Mr Saatchi believed his then wife was taking drugs on a daily basis throughout their 10-year marriage and had nicknamed her  “Hi-gella”.

Francesca, 34, and Elisabetta Grillo, 41 deny fraud chargesFrancesca, 35, and Elisabetta, 41, were confronted about their spending in July 2012 by the Saatchi company accountant Rahul Gajjar.

He told the court that he had first become suspicious about their spending at the  beginning of 2012 but had decided not to raise it with either Mr Saatchi or Ms Lawson.

“We were dealing with more corporate matters and they normally didn’t have time for what we thought were  trivial matters,” he said.

In the summer of 2012 Mr Gajjar discovered that in the previous month Francesca had spent £48,000 and her sister £28,000 while two other PAs had spent no more than £8,000 each and Ms Lawson had spent only £7,000.

When he confronted the sisters Francesca seemed “concerned, apologetic and offered to reimburse the company and Mr Saatchi”. The court heard that Mr Saatchi and Ms Lawson offered to allow the sisters to work on and pay the money back rather than report the alleged fraud to police. They suggested that Francesca pay £1,000 a month and her sister £250 while staying rent free at Ms Lawson’s flat in Battersea.

But at a meeting with Mr Gajjar in July last year the sisters were furious at what they saw as being tied to the company “for the rest of their lives”. Elisabetta said they were “being treated worse than Filipino slaves”.

The sisters are alleged to have stolen almost £700,000. Francesca was paid £28,000 a year and her sister £25,000.

The case continues.

Gems from the House of Faberge’

The House of Faberge’ produced sumptuous jewels, arts and designs.  It is most famous for its Faberge eggs which were made from 1885 to 1917.  The Faberge are jeweled eggs, which have ornate desigs on them.  They became a popular gift during Easter.  Larger version were made for the Russian royal family but most eggs though were smaller and worn as a pendant.

Faberge’s are very collectible not only for the design but its cloud of mystery.  Plenty of the pieces made were still unaccounted.  Out of 50 eggs made only 42 exist today.

Perhaps it is a good weekend job to go into your attics and hunt for a Faberge or two. LOL

Anyway the Faberge eggs were created for the Romanov family of Russia.

Before Russia descended into communism, it was ruled by the powerful and Romanov who were as”rich as Croesus”.  They were in power for almost 300 years.

Around 1882 the Tsar Alexander III became acquainted with the works of the House of Faberge’, he was so impressed that he appointed them as the official supplier to the imperial court.

In 1885, the Tsar had a brilliant idea of commissioning Faberge to create a brilliant Easter surprise worthy of an empress for the Tsarina Maria Feodorovna.

Faberge came up with the First Imperial Egg.  It was like a chicken egg which was enameled in white.  Inside is a golden ball which represent the yolk.  Still inside was another surprise, it was a miniature golden chicken. The Tsarina was suitably dazzled by this golden gift. The Tsarina probably showed the Csar her appreciation ;). The Csar commissioned more eggs for every Easter.
The ultimate Kinder surprise 🙂
To be continued

Faberge-Eggs-1

First Imperial Egg

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Danish Jubilee Egg

Danish Jubilee Egg

Royal Danish Faberge Egg, Dimensions: 9.5in (H) X 3.25in (W), Weight: 3 lbs 12 oz, Material: Pewter, Enamel, Crystals, Plays ~For Elise~ by Ludwig van Beethoven. Russian Imperial Royal Danish Jubilee Egg is surmounted by a Danish Royal Elephant and supported by 3 danish heraldic lions, the white enameled egg is marked by diamond-set imperial crown. At the center it has the crowned monogram of Tsarina Mariya name, emblazoned in rose-cut crystals. The double-sided miniature photo frame surmounted by a crystal crown is fitted inside.  

Winter Egg 1913

Winter Egg 1913

The exterior of the egg is studded with 1,660 diamonds and made from quartz, platinum and orthoclase. The miniature surprise basket is studded with 1,378 diamonds and is made from platinum and gold, while the flowers are made of white quartz and the leaves are made of demantoid.  The flowers lie in gold moss. The egg is 102 millimeters high.

The egg was given by Czar Nicholas II to his mother, Dowager Empress Maria Feodorovna, on Easter 1913.

It was auctioned in by Christie’s on 20 April 2002 and it was bought by an anonymous telephone bidder for almost $9.6 million.

Spring Flower Egg by Perchin

Spring Flower Egg by Perchin

 

Spring Flowers Egg

Spring Flowers Egg

 

The Spring Flowers Egg, hallmarked with head workmaster Michael Perchin’s “early” mark, is struck with the St. Petersburg’s assay mark for before 1899 and appears to bear a scratched number 443 (or 4) 74, which may or may not be Fabergé’s inventory number. Its original fitted case is stamped with Fabergé’s Imperial Warrant and the addresses of St. Petersburg, Moscow and London. These facts seem to be in apparent contradiction. The hallmark dates the egg to before 1899, the original case to after 1903, after the opening of the London Branch. Inventory numbers do not generally appear on Imperial eggs.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg

Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg

Blue Enamel Ribbed Egg

History:

As the name implies, it is of three colors of gold with translucent sapphire blue enamel in a simplified Renaissance style. It is surmounted with an Imperial crown of gold set with sapphires and diamonds.

ca. 1885 – 1891

 

Made in St Petersburg, Russia
Owner: Estate of the late Stavros S. Niarchos, Paris

 

 

 

Memory of the Azova Egg

Memory of the Azova Egg

The Memory of Azov Egg (or the Azova Egg) is a jewelled Easter egg made under the supervision of the Russian jeweller Peter Carl Faberge in 1891 for Tsar Alexander III of Russia. It was presented by Alexander III as an Easter gift to his wife, the Czarina Maria Feodorovna. It is currently held in the Kremlin Armoury Museum in Moscow.

Carved from a solid piece of heliotrope jasper, also known as bloodstone, the Memory of Azov Egg is decorated in the Louis XV style with a superimposed gold pattern of rococoscrolls with brilliant diamonds and chased gold flowers. The broad flute gold bezel is set with a drop ruby and two diamonds that complete the clasp. The egg’s interior is lined with greenvelvet.

The surprise contained within is a miniature replica of the Imperial Russian Navy cruiserPamiat Azova (Memory of Azov), executed in red and yellow gold and platinum with small diamonds for windows, set on a piece of aquamarine representing the water. The name “Azov” appears on the ship’s stern. The plate has a golden frame with a loop enabling the model to be removed from the egg.

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Ultra-rare faberge egg found Faberge

The £20m Faberge Easter egg that was nearly melted for scrap

4 April 2014 Last updated at 21:21 BST

A Faberge Easter egg which once belonged to Russian royalty but was feared lost or destroyed is to go on display for the first time in more than 100 years.

A scrap metal dealer in the United States bought the egg for about £8,000 ($14,000) thinking he could melt it down for gold.

It was only after reading a newspaper article that he realised its value; one of just 50 made for the Russian Royal family, it has recently been sold for around £20m.

That article was written by BBC reporter Roya Nikkhah who has taken a close-up look at the egg with Kieran McCarthy, director of Wartski.

The top 40 richest in the Philippines

Is it true that Kris Aquino paid the most tax, more than any of the billionaires and millionaires on the list below?

1) Henry Sy – $9.1 billion (SM Prime)
2) Lucio Tan – $4.5 billion (Phillip Morris Fortune Tobacco)
3) Enrique Razon Jr. – $3.6 billion (International Container Terminal Services)
4) John Gokongwei Jr. – $3.2 billion (JG Summit)
5) David Consunji – $2.7 billion (DMCI)

6) Andrew Tan – $2.3 billion (Alliance Global)
7) Jaime Zobel de Ayala – $2.2 billion (Ayala Corp.)
8) George Ty – $1.7 billion (Metropolitan Bank)
9) Roberto Ongpin – $1.5 billion (Atok-Big Wedge)
10) Eduardo Cojuangco Jr. – $1.4 billion (San Miguel)

11) Roberto Coyiuto Jr. – $1.3 billion (National Grid)
12) Tony Tan Caktiong – $1.25 billion (Jollibee Foods)
13) Lucio and Susan Co – $1.2 billion (Puregold Price Club)
14) Iñigo and Mercedes Zobel – $1.15 billion (Ayala Corp.)
15) Emilio Yap – $1.1 billion (Philtrust Bank)

16) Jon Ramon Aboitiz – $955 million (Aboitiz Equity Ventures)
17) Andrew Gotianun – $825 million (Filinvest Development)
18) Manuel Villar – $720 million (Vista Land and Lifescapes)
19) Beatrice Campos – $700 million (Unilab)
20) Vivian Que Azcona – $690 million (Mercury Drug)

21) Alfonso Yuchengco – $570 million (Rizal Commercial Bank)
22) Mariano Tan Jr. – $420 million (Unilab)
23) Enrique Aboitiz – $400 million (Aboitiz & Co.)
24) Eric Recto – $365 million (Alphaland)
25) Jose Antonio – $300 million (Century Properties Group)

26) Gilberto Duavit – $270 million (GMA Network)
27) Menardo Jimenez – $265 million (GMA Network)
28) Frederick Dy – $260 million (Security Bank)
29) Manuel Zamora Jr. – $255 million (Nickel Asia)
30) Alfredo Ramos – $$250 million (Atlas Consolidated Mining and Development)

31) Oscar Lopez – $245 million (ABS-CBN)
32) Felipe Gozon – $240 million (GMA Network)
33) Betty Ang – $235 million (Monde Nissin)
34) Wilfred Uytengsu Jr. – $230 million (Alaska Milk)
35) Juliette Romualdez – $200 million (Banco de Oro)

36) Bienvenido Tantoco Sr. – $195 million (Rustan Commercial)
37) Jacinto Ng Sr. – $190 million (Rebisco)
38) Tomas Alcantara – $160 million (Alsons Consolidated Resources)
39) Michael Cosiquien – $150 million (Megawide Construction)
40) Edgar Sia II – $140 million (Mang Inasal)

Henry Ford

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Henry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

Often, it is assumed that Henry Ford invented the automobile.

What he actually did was to ensure that many of middle-income Americans would be able to afford to buy an automobile.  Ford developed and manufactured reasonably priced cars for the masses, thereby revolutionising transportation and ultimately the American industry.

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“Any customer can have a car painted any colour that he wants so long as it is black.”
– Henry Ford
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“Coming together is a beginning; keeping together is progress; working together is success.”
―Henry Ford

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Don’t find fault.  Find a remedy.
~Henry Ford

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“History is more or less bunk. It’s tradition. We don’t want tradition. We want to live in the present, and the only history that is worth a tinker’s damn is the history that we make today.”
– Henry Ford (Chicago Tribune, 1916).

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It is well enough that people of the nation do not understand our banking and money system, for if they did, I believe there would be a revolution before tomorrow morning.
– Henry Ford
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Luck and destiny are the excuses of the world’s failures.
– Henry Ford

Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it not small jobs.
– Henry Ford
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”Whether you think you can or think you can’t, you’re right.”
– Henry Ford

Most expensive house for sale sheds £35 million from its asking price to a ‘more realistic’ £65 million

Wow, I wish I have got £65Million. I’d like to live in that house. Simply beautiful, no not simple really more like extravagantly beautiful. Perhaps in my next lifetime! 😉

We often pass the huge houses at Bishop’s Avenue when we go to Golder’s Hill Park

JXXX
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Yahoo! Finance UKYahoo! Finance UK – 18 hours ago
 
  • The most expensive home on the market has dropped its asking price

    SWNS – The most expensive home on the market has dropped its asking price

The most expensive home on the market in Britain has been forced to slash its asking price by a staggering £35 million.

Heath Hall, a 14-bedroom mansion in north London, was put on the market in 2011 with a guide price of £100 million.

But a lack of interest in the Grade II listed home has seen the owner, property tycoon Andreas Panayiotou, drop it to a “more realistic” £65 million.

Heath Hall was initially built in 1910, but fell into disrepair before the current owner bought it. (Photo: SW …

The £35 million difference is enough to buy a six-bedroom Georgian terrace in upmarket Belgravia or 215 ‘average’ UK homes priced at £162,000.

Mr Panayiotou bought Heath Hall, which was built in 1910 for sugar magnate William Park Lyle, in 2006 after it had fallen into disrepair.

He then spent £40 million transforming it into one of the most impressive homes on The Bishops Avenue, an exclusive road in Hampstead known as Billionaires’ Row.

The home – the most expensive currently for sale on the open market- is now being marketed by high end estate agency Knight Frank.

The mansion has six reception rooms. (Photo: SWNS)

Grant Alexson, head of Knight Frank’s Hampstead office, said: “The £65 million price is more realistic. It is not a bargain, but there is no house like it.

“It is beyond ambassadorial, it is the sort of home which is perfect for kings or princes.

“It has a terrific plot and is one of the largest houses in the area. It has the largest front of any home on The Bishops Avenue and this is important.”

12 types of marble were used for the bathrooms. (Photo: SWNS)

The Bank of China took over Heath Hall in the 1950s and housed their staff in communist conditions, almost turning the mansion into a hostel with workers sleeping on bunk beds.

When Mr Panayiotou bought it in 2006, he set about transforming it into one of the capital’s finest homes.

There’s a tennis court within the 2.5 acres of land that comes with the home. (Photo: SWNS)

The East London-based businessman employed a team of 120 tradesmen for the renovation, adding a further 8,000sq/ft to the already substantial 19,000sq/ft.

The home, set in 2.5-acres of manicured gardens, boasts 14 bedroom suites, six reception rooms, a drawing room, dining room, family room, sun room and snooker room.

One the mansion’s many bedrooms. (Photo: SWNS)

There is also a library, home cinema, steam room with sauna, fully fitted home gym and wine cellar with climate controlled temperature.

The mansion has a cinema, as well as a gym, snooker room and library. (Photo: SWNS)

Twelve types of Italian marble and seven types of wood were used for the bathrooms while the snooker room, office, bar, library and grand staircase are all clad in Oak.

All of the carpentry and hand-carved marble basins were prepared in Italy before being transported to the property.

Bishops Avenue is now known as Billionaires’ Row because of the incredible wealth of the residents which include the Saudi Royal Family.