Number of Billionaires in the World

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters

In case you were wondering what the number of billionaires in the world was this year… Forbes was recently able to track down an amazing 946 people that were worth over $1,000,000,000. The average net worth of all the billionaires was $3.6 Billion and the combined net worth of the 946 billionaires was $3,500,000,000,000 ($3.5 Trillion).
So who is the wealthiest billionaire you ask? Well its not very surprising that Bill Gates still holds the title of “Worlds Richest Person” for the 13th year in a row with a net worth of 56 billion. The biggest surprise however is that Carlos Slim Helu from Mexico fattened his wallet by about $19 billion in the last year to become the 3rd richest person with a new worth of $49 Billion! The list below shows the top ten billionaires and their net worth:

1 William Gates III is worth $56.0 billion dollars and currently resides in the United States
2 Warren Buffett is worth $52.0 billion dollars and also lives in the United States
3 Carlos Slim Helu is worth $49.0 billion dollars and currently resides in Mexico
4 Ingvar Kamprad & family is worth $33.0 billion dollars and currently lives in Switzerland
5 Lakshmi Mittal India is worth $32.0 billion dollars and resides in the United Kingdom
6 Sheldon Adelson is worth $26.5 billion dollars and currently resides in the United States
7 Bernard Arnault is worth $26.0 billion dollars and lives in France
8 Amancio Ortega is worth $24.0 billion dollars and resides in Spain
9 Li Ka-shing is worth $23.0 billion dollars and currently lives in Hong Kong
10 David Thomson & family is worth $22.0 billion dollars and currently resides in Canada

Invest in Costa Rica real estate

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters, Premium Real Estate, Premium Vacation destinations

I recently returned from a vacation in Costa Rica with a few friends (pictures below) and I must say, Costa Rica is an awesome country. During part of our trip we met up with a family friend of ours who is also a real agent, working in and around Playa Hermosa. Over the course of a couple days she showed us a number of properties and gave us a good feel for the Costa Rica real estate market.
Playa Hermosa is definitely one of the most beautiful areas, and one of the greatest opportunities in Costa Rica. If you are looking for a place to buy an investment property, and or a vacation home I would definitely consider buying Costa Rica real estate for a few reasons:
1) Costa Rica is a true tropical paradise with beautiful beaches, lush rainforest, natural hot springs… (I included a few pictures of my trip below)
2) Costa Rica is booming and there is a massive amount of money being poured into the country. Resorts, hotels, and massive master planned communities are being developed, so there is definitely something for everyone.
3) Costa Rica is still much more affordable than Hawaii and other popular getaways.
4) Costa Rica has extremely low property taxes (about .25% per year)
5) Costa Rica is a secure investment with escrow and title insurance
6) Prices have been steadily increasing over the past few years; however, there is still tremendous room for growth and profit potential!
7) Costa Rica is only a few hours from the US and on Dec. 15th Delta started a direct flight from LAX to Liberia international airport (which is only a 30 minute car ride to Playa Hermosa).

If anyone would like a list of the 34 high end developments that are all within a 30 mile radius of the airport, or if you would like an informational Costa Rica Real Estate DVD and some property information please feel free to contact me.

Anyway? back to my trip. While we were in Playa Hermosa we checked out a few spec homes in the hills overlooking the bay of Playa Hermosa. Prices have been steadily increasing over the past few years; however, there is still tremendous room for growth and profit potential.

The house pictured below was a 6,000+ square foot spec house overlooking Playa Hermosa with a distant view of the Four Seasons property in the distance. Within a few years this bay will have one of the world?s premier luxury yacht docs, making this a hot spot for luxury vacationers. Definitely worthy! It is also right down the street from a property that Steve Case will be turning into the Ritz Carlton and another property that Andre Agassi will be turning into the Miraval Spa.

Costa Rica Spec home
This was the new 6,000 square foot Spec. house on the market for about $1,400,000

Here are a couple other pictures from my trip:

Costa Rica Sunset
Sunset from the Beachfront restaurant in Playa Hermosa

Costa Rica Hot springs
This was one of the natural hotsprings at Tabocon resort that is heated by the nearby volcano.

Costa Rica Group
The group!

Costa Rica rainforest
Some dense rainforest.

Costa Rica Waterfall
A massive waterfall (notice the people standing at the bottom)!

Do you want to find the best in Colorado real estate? If you are moving to Colorado and need to find the best in Colorado homes, look no further. We have the best home listings for Colorado! From Denver to Colorado Springs, you will find a house that meets all of your wants and needs!

Stock Market Research

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters, Premium resources

I know stock market research can sometimes be overwhelming but it definitely pays to do your research. One of the best sites to track stocks, get detailed stock charts and company news is Google Finance. You can click here to check out Google finance for yourself. However if you are lazy or have become too busy (like me) to do your own research I have found that Forbes has some great independant stock market research available so you can sit back and let the stock market experts do the work. I actually just signed up for the Stock Market Research newsletter and saved a few hundred dollars off the initial price so I thought I would pass it along if anyone is interested. Get independent research from Forbes Special Situation Survey.
12 issues — Save $400 and get a FREE 16 page report. click here!

For Forbes Special Situation Survey Click Here!

If you prefer to do your own stock market research here is a little more information about “Google Finance”. Google finance is Read more…

Swiss Bank Accounts

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters

If you’re looking for a way to protect your assets than look into opening a Swiss bank account. You won’t find a more secure account than a Swiss bank account. If you need to protect your assets from snoopy investigators, or if you want to keep your financial status a secret a Swiss account can be the ideal place. The Swiss have some of the tightest regulations and privacy policies in the entire world as far as who can gain access to your account.

swiss account

So… who exactly would be interested in a Swiss bank account?
A Swiss bank account is most useful for people looking to keep their financial status a secret, and protect their assets from “attack.”

Under American law, law enforcement agencies, the judicial system, and private citizens can gain access to all kinds of financial information under. However, under Swiss law, except for extraordinary circumstances neither the bank’s officers or the bank’s employees are allowed to reveal any information, relative to any account to anyone, including the Swiss government.

No private citizen, or their legal representative can ever receive any type of information about any one’s Swiss bank account under any set of conditions. That includes all types of legal proceedings that the Swiss classify as “non-criminal behavior.”

The Swiss consider tax evasion and many other “crimes” under US law as “political offences.” Things like divorce, inheritance disputes and bankruptcy cases are examples of “private matters,” and as such the secrecy of the account is protected from any legal action to verify the presence of, or attempts to seize any assets.

Below is a list of the 5 biggest Swiss banks. All are familiar with foreign accounts:

– The Swiss Credit Bank in Zurich
– The Union Bank of Switzerland
– The Bank Leu (AG) in Zurich
– The Swiss Bank Corporation in Basel
– The Swiss Volksbank in Berne

Swiss banks offer Read more…

Info on the Amex “Black Card” (now made of Titanium)

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters, Premium Food and Dining, Premium Fun and Entertainment

About 7 years ago American Express announced the introduction of the Centurion Card. The Centurion Card (AKA ?The Black Card?) is offered by invitation only to selected American Express Platinum Card members. The Black Card carries an annual fee of about $2,500 but offers a number of great perks and benefits and an unlimited spending limit. Starting in the first quarter of this year American Express now makes the Centurion card out of pure Titanium!

balck card
According to one of the Black card members, the Centurion ?arrives at your house with a security guard. You get this big, black, velvet-lined box, with a special mini-computer and two black cards in it, one for business, one for pleasure.? If you put your card in the mini-computer, it tells you how much you?ve spent.

So? what exactly do you get for this highly exclusive and coveted card (besides a $2,500 bill)? Below I have outlined a few of the coolest features of the Black Card:
1) Each card member is assigned a personal travel counselor and their own concierge to help with anything from special occasion planning, dinner reservations, tickets to sold out shows, help with gift ideas, and help locating unusual items.
2) Complimentary upgrades on airlines, hotels Read more…

The $10,000 dollar bill does exist

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters, Premium Gifts

So… I often wondered, what is the largest bill? Lets do some digging.

10k bill frontI remember always hearing about the $10,000 dollar bill but I never really knew if they were real or just a rumor. As is turns out they are real and are a very valuable collectors item. In addition they also printed a a $500 dollar bill, a $1,000 dollar bill, and a $5,000 dollar bill. Below you will find some more pictures and information (including their approximate value). Read more…

Best CD rates

Author: Julien  //  Category: Premium finance and money matters

I Did some research to try and find the best CD rates for those looking to invest in CD’s. As of yesterday the average rate for a 6 month cd was 4.23% and the average rate for a 1yr cd was 4.64%. After doing some digging to I found a few banks that were offering rates that were well over the average! Below you will find a list of some of the best cd rates I could find:

– Countrywide Bank offers a 5.20% APY on a 12 month CD (with a $10,000 min. balance)
– World Savings offers a 5 month internet cd that pays 5.16% (with a $10,000 min. balance)
– Millennium Bank is offering Read more…