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Angola’s capital Luanda is world’s most expensive

Luanda in Angola is the world’s most expensive city for expatriates, according to the latest Cost of Living Survey from Mercer.

For the first time, three African cities – Luanda, Ndjamena and Libreville in Gabon (7) – were among the 10 most expensive cities.

The top ten also includes three Asian cities; Tokyo (2), Osaka (6) and Hong Kong (jointly ranked 8).

Moscow (4), Geneva (5) and Zurich (joint 8) are the most expensive European cities, followed by Copenhagen (10).
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Revealed: the world’s best golf courses

Condé Nast Traveler magazine has revealed the results of its Fourteenth Readers’ Choice Survey, pinpointing the best golf resorts in the world.

The US magazine’s readers chose the Four Seasons Resort Maui at Wailea at the best golf resort of all 80 contenders, with a winning average of 96 percent.

Scores were calculated on the basis of thousands of readers’ votes for course design and access, golf staff and services, rooms, service, food/dining, location and overall design.

Sanctuary at Kiawah Island Golf Resort (pictured below) in South Carolina took second place, followed by the Four Seasons Resort Hualalai in Hawaii.
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Who Was the Richest U.S. President?

The Atlantic magazine sat down to chart out the net worth of each president, from Washington to Obama. Who was rolling in it?

The first president of the U.S. was loaded, with an estimated net worth of $525 million, once you factor in inflation.

Much of this is based on the thousands of acres of land that Washington owned, not to mention the value of his 300 slaves.
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Vienna the world’s best city to live

Vienna is the best city in the world to live, a survey said Wednesday, putting Europe at the top of the rankings with Asia and Africa trailing.

The Austrian capital “retains the top spot as the city with the world’s best quality of living,” British consultancy firm Mercer said in its 2010 Quality of Living Survey.

Swiss cities Zurich and Geneva followed in second and third places respectively, while Vancouver in Canada and Auckland in New Zealand were joint fourth.
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This Week’s Top Stories (May 3-9, 2010)

In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of LUXUO’s top posts for the week of May 3-9.

1 – Louis Vuitton IPad Cases

Adding further case options for the iPad, Louis Vuitton unveil a couple of upcoming sleeve designs, specifically created for Apple’s latest hot shot gadget.

2 – The Armani Hotel in Burj Khalifa

Designed by Giorgio Armani himself, the world famous fashion designer, every aspect of the Armani Hotel Dubai has been carefully conceived.

3 – Denmark’s Noma Named Best Restaurant in the World

Copenhagen’s two-starred Michelin restaurant Noma has been awarded the title of world’s best restaurant at the San Pelligrino Top 50 Awards.

4 – World’s Most Powerful Luxury Brands

According to this year’s BrandZ Top 100 report, French luxury conglomerate Louis Vuitton is still in the top spot.

5 – The Mercedes-Benz Style EC145 Luxury Helicopter

Mercedes-Benz and Eurocopter have joined hands to unveil the Mercedes-Benz Style EC145 luxury helicopter.

6 – Louis Vuitton wins the World Cup

The World Cup trophy will be carried in a custom-made Louis Vuitton trunk before it is presented to the winning team in South Africa in July.

7 – Will Harrods open in Shanghai?

World’s icon store Harrods, which recently changed hands to Arab royals is planning for the first time in its 150 years history to open an overseas branch.

8 – Rolls-Royce Ghost for iPhone

Rolls-Royce Motor Cars said its first app for the iPhone is now available at the App Store. The app allows you to configure your own Ghost, Rolls’ newest model.

9 – Aston Martin V12 Vantage Headed to U.S.

Aston Martin’s CEO, Dr. Ulrich Bez, has announced the V12 Vantage will finally be offered to American consumers.

10 – Anemone Barbie by Christian Louboutin

The last of the three limited edition Christian Louboutin Barbie dolls has arrived at Net-a-Porter, the third doll is styled to be at the Cannes Film Festival.

British restaurant guide enrages French critics

France’s gastronomic establishment on Wednesday reacted with outrage to an upmarket British restaurant guide that excluded French eateries from its top10 list

The list by the magazine Restaurant, published on Monday, named the 50 top tables in the world chosen by 800 international critics, and included the Parisian bistro Chateaubriand plus several other eateries of French chefs.

But there were no French restaurants in the top 10, in which the title of best in the world went to chef Rene Redzepi’s restaurant Noma in Copenhagen.
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World’s Most Powerful Luxury Brands

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According to a study compiled by market research firm Millward Brown Optimor, the most valuable brand is Louis Vuitton with a brand value of $19.8 billion.

Hermes, with a brand value of $8.45 billion, landed in the second spot, followed by Gucci ($7.58 billion), Chanel ($5.54 billion) and Hennessy ($5.36 billion).

Brands that focused on heritage and history instead of high fashion did better.
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This Week’s Top Stories (Apr. 19-25, 2010)

In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of LUXUO’s top posts for the week of April 19-25.

1 – Louis Vuitton: Maradona – Pelé – Zidane

Annie Leibovitz was called to take this photograph for the Louis Vuitton World Cup Campaign featuring Maradona, Pelé and Zinedine Zidane.

2 – Lamborghini Yacht by Mauro Lecchi

Italian designer mauro lecchi created this conceptual luxury yacht using design cues and styling from the sports car maker lamborghini.

3 – Is This Christian Louboutin’s First Ad Campaign?

Christian Louboutin’s Fall Winter 2010 collection is now officially campaigned with the courtesy of Khuong Nguyen under the title “Winter Tales”

4 – Armani Hotel launch postponed

After weeks of postponement Armani’s press office has finally confirmed the opening of the fashion label’s first hotel for April 27.

5 – Jimmy Choo Trainers Collection – Full Look

Jimmy Choo are now making trainers…and to launch them have created a quirky interactive campaign…

6 – Encore at Wynn Macau is now open

Adjacent to sister resort Wynn Macau, Encore is a unique destination with its own repertoire of suites, dining and shopping.

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7 – Shanghai’s new luxury hotels

2010 has seen a flurry of new hotels opening in Shanghai ahead of the start of the World Expo, which runs for six months from May 1.

8 – Madonna Filming New D&G Ad Campaign

Madonna was spotted on the streets of Harlem this week with a very young male model posing for famed photographer Steven Klein.

9 – Maybach Range Facelifted for the Beijing Auto Show

Daimler, the owner of the luxury brand Maybach, has given its entire range a facelift. Unfortunately, it will not be developing all-new models.

10 – Mercedes-Benz CLS Shooting Break Concept

At the Beijing Motor Show, Mercedes-Benz just unveiled a CLS Shooting Break concept that looks to us like a frontal attack on BMW’s 5-Series GT.

Top 10 Posts – Week In Review: April 12-18

In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of LUXUO’s top posts for the week of April 12-18.

1 – Veuve Clicquot Unveils its Latest Artist Collabs in Milan

Veuve Clicquot’s latest design collaborations have been revealed at the Milan Design Week.

2 – Mercedes-Benz Financial tops $2.5M in mobile payments

Since it has fist launched the iPhone app last October, Mercedes has received approximately $2.5 million in payments from customers via their mobile devices

3 – Istanbul to get “seven-star” Shangri-La hotel

The 200 room Shangri La Istanbul will be built in the central district of Besiktas and will aim at being listed among the top ten luxury hotels worldwide.

4 – Chef recreates Titanic’s last menu

Individuals will be able to taste the final menu enjoyed by the passengers of the ill-fated maiden Titanic voyage.

5 – Wealth Bulletin’s Top Ten Most Expensive Marinas

Italy is the most expensive place in the world to berth a super-yacht, where it can cost up to €2900 a night to moor a 24 metre-plus boat.

6 – Visa Black Card Ad Campaign

Visa Black Card recently released their newest national TV ad campaign featuring a female “James Bond” type character and the finest in luxury props.

7 – Abramovich buys the world’s largest expedition yacht

The world’s largest expedition yacht 115m Luna has been delivered to its new owner Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich.

8 – Saudi hotel expected to clock in as second-highest tower

Fairmont Hotels will manage the Makkah Clock Tower Royal Hotel, regarded as the most luxurious hotel in the Holy City.

9 – Noé Duchaufour creates the Flower Table for Perrier-Jouët

Perrier-Jouët have released a table designed by designer Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance who is known for his unique furniture designs.

10 – New Versace Home Collection Unveiled in Milan

To celebrate the opening of Milan Design Week, Versace have hosted a cocktail party at the Versace historical HQ in Via Gesù 12.

World’s top 10 most expensive marinas

Italy is the most expensive place in the world to berth a super-yacht, where it can cost up to €2,900 a night to moor a 24 metre-plus boat.

The Italian resorts of Capri, Porto Cervo and Portofino topped Wealth Bulletin’s annual survey of the most expensive resorts in the world to berth a super-yacht.

Experts say Italy has retained its allure as one of the most-visited superyacht communities in the world – underlining the price paid at luxury marinas like Porto Cervo in Sardinia.

However, prices can fluctuate wildly during peak times, especially in the famed South of France marinas of Monaco, St Tropez and Cannes.
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Top 10 Posts – Week In Review: April 5-12

In case you missed them the first time around, here are some of LUXUO’s top posts for the week of April 5-12.

1 – Louis Vuitton Parent LVMH to Launch Luxury Hotels

Luxury goods giant LVMH Moet Hennessy Louis Vuitton Thursday said it is creating a high-end hotel management business that will be branded Cheval Blanc.

2 РHerm̬s Launches Fine Jewelry Collection

Hermès has now made a striking entry into the world of fine jewelry with an exclusive collection designed by famous accessories designer Pierre Hardy.

3 – Ferrari takes wraps off new 599 GTO

According to Ferrari, the new 599 GTO, which will be introduced to the world at the 2010 Beijing Motor Show, is the fastest Ferrari street car ever.

4 – Cartier And America Exhibition

The Cartier and America exhibition, organized by the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco and Cartier, has been extended until May 9.

5 – Hullett House celebrates Hong Kong’s heritage

Surrounded by some of Hong Kong’s swankiest shops, Hullett House is one of Hong Kong’s most exclusive hotels.

6 – Rare blue diamond auctioned in Hong Kong for $6.4 mn

A rare and flawless blue 5.16 carat diamond has been sold for $6.4m at an auction in Hong Kong.

7 – New York City’s Trump SoHo Hotel to open April 2010

When Trump SoHo New York opens in February of 2010, the 46-story glass tower will lend a new perspective on luxury hotels in downtown Manhattan and SoHo.

8 – Atreides Luxury Yacht With Retractable Pool

The Atreides Luxury Yacht, designed by Serbian designer Vuk Dragovic, has a retractable pool to safely enjoy water sports while boating.

9 – Montblanc Releases Bespoke Anti-Signature Fraud Ink

Earlier this week, Montblanc launched the groundbreaking personal code ink, which features a botanical ingredient that prevents the falsification of signatures.

10 – Karl Lagerfeld dresses the Coca-Cola Light bottle

Coca-Cola Light has teamed up with Karl Lagerfeld to design a limited edition box set.

Paris is the most expensive city in the world

Paris is the most expensive city to live in according to the latest survey from Economist Intelligence Unit, a sister company to The Economist.

The survey assesses the cost of living by comparing housing, food, clothing, transport and utility bills and the like in 132 cities around the world.

The study is aimed at helping companies calculate allowances for executives and their families being sent overseas.

Tokyo comes second, up from sixth place a year ago. The fall in Russia’s currency against the dollar has made Moscow cheaper than it once was.
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The Most Expensive Books Ever Sold

In an evermore digitized world, the printed word takes on special value–especially if it happens to be enshrined in a rare, beautiful and historically significant book.

People are willing to pay incredible sums of money just to own and hold a copy of one of these rare, antiquated gems.

From the first book ever printed to the most valuable comic book, check out our TOP 10 most expensive books in the world.

1. The Gutenberg Bible – $25-35 million

In 1456, the Gutenberg Bible was the first book ever printed with moveable type. About 180 versions are believed to have been printed originally.
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Most expensive domain names: List of the priciest website names on the internet

Sex.com, one of the most expensive domain names in history, is up for auction, with bidding starting at $1 million, the Telegraph reports. The domain name was last bought in 2006 for a reported $14 million, and it’s not even the most expensive URL out there!

While the current market for internet domains is nowhere as solid as it was during the dot-com peak, the market remains strong and is experiencing solid growth.

Each year tens of millions of dollars are exchanged during the resale of domains. So what are the others in the top 10?
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Mexican Carlos Slim world’s richest in new ranking

The world’s new richest man, Mexican Carlos Slim, and a fresh crop of billionaires in Asia helped lead a comeback for the wealthiest few on the planet in 2010, Forbes magazine said Wednesday.

The publication’s annual rich list reflected a resurgence of wealth after the financial turmoil of 2009, with the top 10 wealthiest worth a combined 342 billion dollars, compared to 254 billion dollars in the previous year.

“The global economy is recovering. The financial markets came back, especially emerging markets,” said magazine editor-in-chief Steve Forbes.

“There’s a 50 percent increase in general global wealth compared to last year,” Forbes said.

Certainly the economy recovered for the super rich, who took a beating during last year’s stock and commodity market collapses, but saw across-the-board gains this year.

Forbes counted 1,011 billionaires from 55 countries, up from 793 last year, though still shy of the pre-crisis 1,125 listed in 2008.
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World’s 20 richest people: Forbes

The top 10 richest people in the world have a combined worth of 342 billion dollars in 2010, up from 254 billion a year ago.

Below are the 20 wealthiest in 2010, as reported by Forbes magazine in its annual list of the world’s billionaires. Check out our current update to this story, with the top 10 richest people in 2016 (so far). You’ll note that Ambani and Mittal are completely absent while Ortega is now number 2.

1. Carlos Slim Helu and family. Mexico. Telecoms. 53.5 billion dollars.

2. Bill Gates. US. Microsoft. 53 billion dollars.

3. Warren Buffett. US. Berkshire Hathaway. 47 billion dollars.

4. Mukesh Ambani. India. Oil, gas. 29 billion dollars.

5. Lakshmi Mittal. India. Steel. 28.7 billion dollars.


6. Lawrence Ellison. US. Oracle. 28 billion dollars.

7. Bernard Arnault. France. LVMH luxury goods. 27.5 billion dollars.

8. Eike Batista. Brazil. Mining, oil. 27 billion dollars.

9. Amancio Ortega. Spain. Clothing retail. 25 billion dollars.

10. Karl Albrecht. Germany. Supermarkets. 23.5 billion dollars.

11. Ingvar Kamprad and family. Sweden. Ikea. 23 billion dollars.

12. Christy Walton and family. US. Walmart. 22.5 billion dollars.

13. Stefan Persson. Sweden. Hennes and Mauritz. 22.4 billion dollars.

14. Li Ka-shing. Hong Kong. Diversified. 21 billion dollars.

15. Jim Walton. US. Walmart. 20.7 billion dollars.

16. Alice Walton. US. Walmart. 20.6 billion dollars.

17. Liliane Bettencourt. France. L’Oreal. 20 billion dollars.

18. S. Robson Walton. Walmart. 19.8 billion dollars.

19. Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Alsaud. Saudi Arabia. Investments. 19.4 billion dollars.

20. David Thomson and family. Canada. Inheritance. 19 billion dollars.


Moscow hotels remains world’s most expensive

Hotels in Moscow have been revealed as the world’s most expensive for a fifth consecutive year.

According to the survey by the Hogg Robinson Group, average room rates in the Russian capital were $420 a night, down by $60 on 2008,

However they were still more than $70 dearer than the second most expensive destination, Abu Dhabi, which averaged $350 per room.
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Most expensive cars in the world: 10 luxury drives according to Forbes

What is the highest-priced car in the world? The 1931 Bugatti Royale Kellner Coupe was sold for $8,700,000 in 1987. However, that fancy car and many alike will not be included in this list because it is not available on the market today.


US financial magazine Forbes published February 1 its annual list of the world’s most expensive cars, proving that exclusivity really does equal value. Forbes reviewed prices from all of the top end car makers and included only street-legal models that are currently in production.

The Koenigsegg Trevita took number one spot, clocking in at an eye-watering $2.21 million.

Only three of these exclusive models will be made by Sweden-based Koenigsegg, hence the name; “Trevita” means “three Whites” in Swedish.

The Trevita is a white, diamond-coated version of the Koenigsegg CCXR, meaning that for the first time, the world’s most expensive car runs on biofuel.

The regular CCXR appeared in seventh place on the list, with the CCX appearing eighth — an impressive three top-ten spots for Koenigsegg.

Millionaires’ favorite the Bugatti Veyron came in second place with its Grand Sport model.

Production of the softtop began in spring 2009 and with a top speed of 406 km/h, it is the second fastest car in the world.

Number ten on the list, the SSC Ultimate Aero, pipped it to the post as world’s fastest in 2007 at 414.31 km/h (257.44mph).

Both cars had limited production runs — only 150 Grand Sports were made, and 25 SSC Ultimate Aeros.

The World’s Most Expensive Cars
Data from Forbes

1. Koenigsegg Trevita – $2.21 million
2. Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Grand Sport – $2 million
3. Pagani Zonda Cinque Roadster – $1.8 million
4. Lamborghini Reventón Roadster – $1.56 million
5. Lamborghini Reventón – $1.42 million
6. Maybach Landaulet – $1.4 million
7. Koenigsegg CCXR – $1.3 million
8. Koenigsegg CCX – $1.1 million
9. Leblanc Mirabeau – $765,000
10. SSC Ultimate Aero – $740,000