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June 14, 2015 Kevin Kwan's novel China Rich Girlfriend is inspired by real, young Asian billionaires who live in the lap of luxury, spending fortunes on outfits and sports cars. "It's all ripe for parody," he says.
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Visitors walk past a portrait of late communist leader Mao Zedong on Tiananmen Gate in Beijing on Sept. 30, the eve of National Day.
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November 7, 2014 The U.S. thought trade and investment would eventually make China more democratic. In fact, it's had the opposite effect: creating a rich, authoritarian leadership class that remains repressive.
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Two recent tallies of the world's richest people agree on the broad points — but not on which continent has the most billionaires. Here, U.S. dollars are counted, with Chinese yuan notes in the background.
March 4, 2013 There are more than 1,400 billionaires in the world right now, according to two sources — one in the U.S., and one in China. But the tallies by Forbes and Hurun Report differ on key points, including whether there are now more billionaires in Asia than anywhere else.
December 29, 2012 They are the subject of the fiscal cliff drama, and we find that the favored phrase by NPR reporters and hosts covering the negotiations is to call them "the wealthy." Some listeners rightfully object. However, alternatives such as "job creators" are also inaccurate and political.
July 11, 2012 President Barack Obama's proposal to let the Bush tax cuts expire for wealthier Americans could add significantly to federal coffers.
John D. Rockefeller handing out Christmas presents to a group of children.
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May 1, 2012 It's not easy to generate public sympathy for the super rich. John D. Rockefeller learned that lesson the hard way.
November 17, 2010 Lawmakers' average wealth rose 16% during the recession. The Center for Responsive Politics said Rep. Darrell Issa (R) was the wealthiest with an average wealth of $303.6 million.
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