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Posted in How much???, Top Dollar Heroes by Jim McMillan on July 26, 2008

Trust billionaire developer Donald Trump to know how to cut a sweet deal on his luxury penthouses. The Donald has been secretly selling off suites in his eagerly-anticipated $800 million Trump Soho Hotel, exclusively in the United Arab Emirates.

Penthouses in his 46-storey Trump hotel condominium in downtown New York are being snapped up by Arab buyers even before they had been built – at an estimated cost of $15 million each. A highly satisfied Trump crowed to via satellite link, “The Trump Organisation has amazing support from people in the Middle East and Dubai. The Trump brand is perfect for the Dubai real estate buyer.”

That’s probably because they are the only ones who can afford the Trump brand…

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I Am Rich Legend – Smith tops Forbes poll

Posted in How much???, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on July 25, 2008

He played a penniless salesman in The Pursuit of Happyness, but Will Smith is the highest paid actor in Hollywood, according to a new study. US business bible Forbes reveals Smith earned $80 million between June 1st 2007 and June 1st this year to head the poll, with Johnny Depp in second with a $72 million haul.

Smith’s recent science-fiction film I Am Legend took $76.5 million in its opening weekend, recording the biggest December opening of all time, bettering the $72.6 million start recorded by The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King.

That means, with the success of the recent Hancock, he has become the first actor ever to have eight consecutive films earn more than $100 million (£50 million) at the box office. Shrek co-stars Eddie Murphy and Mike Myers were ranked in third, with $55 million, while another Shreker, Cameron Diaz, was judged to be the best paid actress, having earned $50 million in the 12-month period.

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Roo cannot be serious – millionaire in kanga cruelty claim

Posted in Top Dollar News, Twits by Jim McMillan on July 25, 2008

Aussie tycoon Lloyd Williams could be facing jail time after his stick-wielding staff chased 20 kangaroos off his Victoria horse stud farm. Dozens of men on quad bikes tried to herd the ‘roos off Williams’ property and now, says the Victoria Herald Sun, the multi-millionaire and his goons will be investigated for breaches under both the Wildlife and Cruelty to Animals Acts.

Reports the Herald Sun, “Panicked animals crashed into fences and got caught on wiring, many tripping over as they fled in all directions. Six large roos driven through an open gate and on to a road took off up a crest – potentially into the path of traffic.” The ‘roo eviction followed an undertaking to the Victorian Department of Sustainability and Environment heads that no action would be taken before a meeting with the department next Monday.

Incensed wildlife volunteers who tried to help the animals described the eviction as “ignorant, reckless, irresponsible, illegal and futile.” Williams’ son Nick, who manages the property, was present at the kangaroo drive but declined to comment. Even though it looks like his dad could be kangaroo meat when the investigation concludes.

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That’s Narnia business, say CS Lewis lawyers

Posted in How much???, Lawyers, Pot&Kettle, Twits by Jim McMillan on July 25, 2008

Big shot lawyers working for the estate of the late writer CS Lewis have successfully prevented an 11-year-old boy from having a “Narnia” web address. According to the BBC, Comrie Saville Smith wanted the ‘‘ domain name for £70 so he could send emails to his pals but the hardnosed attorneys for legendary children’s book author Lewis put a stop to that and won a ruling at with the UN’s World International Property Organisation.

At least that’s the sob story Cromie’s dad Richard is telling. We tend to doubt that, particularly in the light of new information that Richard also registered a bunch of other domain names like “” Presumably, those were all for little Comrie too… We think the headline used by the cynics at is more accurate: “C.S. Lewis Beats off .Mobi Cybersquatter.”

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Big Apple is big bargain

Posted in How much???, Top Dollar News by Jim McMillan on July 24, 2008

So you thought it was expensive to live in Manhattan? Nyet! The weak-as-water Dollar means that New York has fallen seven places to number 22, in a world cost-of-living survey from Manhattan human resources consulting firm Mercer.

Moscow is currently the priciest city to live in, reports Crain’s New York, followed by Tokyo and London.

On average, a cup of coffee, including service, sets you back about $3.75 in Manhattan, compared with Vancouver ($3.88), London ($4.32), Dublin ($4.42), Amsterdam ($4.05), and Paris ($6.77). Merde!

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