Wealth

Former Homeland Security chief Tom Ridge is now at the center of growing concerns over security and passenger screening at JetSmarter. Following a CNBC investigation into the company last month, JetSmarter, the Florida-based private jet start-up, sent an email to members highlighting its security policies, saying its “proprietary safety and security infrastructure on the ground
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Virgin Group founder Richard Branson is part of the growing circle of elite business players questioning wealth disparity in the world today. Amid heated debate about whether the rich should be more highly taxed, the billionaire philanthropist weighed in with his own view during the Milken Institute Summit in Abu Dhabi this week. “We have
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Chris Hughes, co-founder of Facebook and an advocate for wealth equality, told CNBC on Monday that he and other ultrawealthy Americans should be paying higher taxes to help make life better for everyone in society. “We have a free-rider problem. The top 1-percent — and even more specifically the top 0.1-percent, those with household wealth
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In a blog headlined “No thank you, Mr. Pecker,” Jeff Bezos claims David Pecker’s National Enquirer threatened to post sexual pictures that the Amazon CEO had texted to his mistress, Lauren Sanchez, including a “below the belt selfie.” In the blog post published Thursday, Bezos CEO accused AMI, the tabloid’s publisher, of blackmail and extortion.
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An estate on Indian Creek Island sold for $50 million, making it the most expensive single-family home ever sold in the Miami area, according to people familiar with the deal. The property, at 3 Indian Creek Island Road, was not officially listed, but had sold in 2012 for $47 million. At the time, that marked
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Apple this week pulled a Facebook app from the App Store. It’s called Facebook Research, and its purpose was to let Facebook watch everything that its users did on the phone. Apple says the snooping app is too invasive, even if users consented to letting Facebook watch their every move. That raises some questions. How
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Super-wealthy investors are making some changes to their portfolios for 2019. They are increasing their cash holdings and reducing their equity exposure. They are also cutting back on some of their real estate investments and finding a “short-term solution” in fixed income, according to Michael Sonnenfeldt, founder of investment club Tiger 21. “There’s a lot
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Economist Larry Summers has advised Democratic presidents, but he’s not ready to jump behind Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s proposed wealth tax. Warren, of Massachusetts, is a prominent voice in the party’s liberal wing and is exploring a run for president. Her proposal, which she is calling an ultra-millionaire tax, would apply to Americans with more
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Wheels Up has hired bankers for “strategic initiatives” that could include acquisitions, the company’s CEO told CNBC. “We have hired advisors to assist us with our pursuit of strategic initiatives that include exploring acquisition opportunities and expansion of our digital platform,” Wheels Up CEO Kenny Dichter told CNBC in a statement Wednesday evening. “Our plan
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A collection of skateboard decks sold at Sotheby’s Friday to a Vancouver collector for $800,000. Sotheby’s announced Friday morning that a young Vancouver collector, named Carson Guo, bought the set of 248 skate decks made by Supreme. The collection included all of the decks produced by Supreme between 1998 and 2018. It is the highest
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Investing in global health organizations aimed at increasing access to vaccines creates a 20-to-1 return in economic benefit, billionaire Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates told CNBC on Wednesday. Over the past two decades, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has donated “a bit more than $10 billion” into mainly three groups: The Global Alliance
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