Saturday, November 10, 2012

Lily Beach Resort & Spa Maldives

The beautiful Lily Beach Resort & Spa in the Maldives is the birth place of the “affordable luxury” concept          , an oasis of wellness, comfort and high standards. It is also the first 5-star All-Inclusive Platinum Plan Resort in the area, making it that much more alluring for high-standard seekers.

The first excellent thing about this resort is its prime location, on a small tropical island and surrounded by shimmering turquoise waters.  An exotic reef waits to be admired only a few meters away from the shore, while the perfect sand beaches gradually blend into the lush vegetation of the island.

All this beauty is even better when you can enjoy it combined with irreproachable services and high-end facilities. The villas and public areas were built using only natural materials, beautifully blending local architecture with high-end contemporary design.

Relaxation is never a problem here, whether you choose to enjoy it on your private terrace, on the beach, in the water, or at the resort’s high-end Spa. Described as “a sanctuary for the inner self”, the facility flaunts natural materials, alluring exotic fragrances, and over-water pavilions with glass floors. 

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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Top 10 Wealthiest People in the World by Forbes

Forbes has unveiled the updated list of the world’s richest people, showing us again who’s making money around the globe. We’ve extracted the top ten entries of the incredibly long list of 1153 billionaires of the world, and we are ready to share the news with you.

The 2012 top ten list is not that different from that of 2011, with only three new names  marking  the difference between the two. Together, the Earth’s billionaires sum up a whopping $4.6 trillion in personal wealth, which is considerably more than the Gross Domestic Products (GDPs) of the 127 poorest countries in the world, and a little higher than India’s GDP.

New in the top ten are Li Ka-Shing, who is the richest person in all of Asia, Stefan Persson of H&M, who last year occupied the 13th position, and Karl Albrecht, who this year made it to the 10th position on the list.
   1.Carlos Slim Helu: $69 Billion
 This is the third year of “reign” for Carlos Slim Helu. Half of his entire wealth comes from American Movil shares, which have dropped lately, resulting in a $5 billion reduction in his fortune, as compared to the year 2010. At 72 years of age, the magnate doesn’t want for anything. Even though the Mexican regulators fined one of his brands for monopolistic prices with a mind-boggling sum of $1 billion, Slim’s fortune is too large for such an event to affect him personally. Furthermore, the company is appealing the fine, so the money will probably not even leave his accounts.
 2. Bill Gates: $61 Billion
 One of the mot generous wealthy people in the world, Bill Gates has played a huge role in the eradication of poliomyelitis in India, and he still keeps donating staggering amounts of money to different causes around the world. As he keeps receiving huge amounts of money from Microsoft shares, stocks, bonds, and private equity, Gates continues to pour out his generosity on millions of people. He also invested a couple of billions in small farmers as he wants to help reestablish agricultural traditionalism. Not only does he himself give away generously, but by creating the Giving Pledge, he also encourages other magnates to do the same.
 3.Warren Buffett: $44 Billion
 Another generous soul is Warren Buffett, a man who believes that the wealthy should give away more than the average people. He is 81 years old now, and a great example for the rest of the world. According to his “Buffett Rule”, the wealthy should pay at least 30% tax rate, thus contributing more than the less fortunate people. In one year he lost $6 billion, after taking some bad decisions – as he himself has admitted – that led to a 7% decrease in Berkshire stock value.
 4.Bernard Arnault: $41 Billion
 His ever blooming business – the famous LVMH group and world leader in luxury – has helped the wealthy Frenchman to considerably increase his fortune this year. Even though he lost some cash due to the lower turnover of the Carrefour supermarket chain, Arnault still made a lot of money this past year, especially since LVMH’s profits went up by 22 percent. Aged 63, the magnate owns the superb Indigo Island in the Bahamas, and Cheval Blanc ski chalet in Courchevel. His island is available for rent at $300,000 per week.
 5. Amancio Ortega: $37.5 Billion

Mr. Ortega started out as an employee in his father’s store, and now he is the fifth richest person in the world. Aged 75, he resigned from the position of Inditex Chairman a year ago, but is still earning pots of money through his blooming company. Inditex shares went up by a quarter this year, raising Amancio Ortega’s wealth by a whopping $6.5 billion.
The Spanish magnate owns stakes in a soccer league, a horse-jumping track, the luxurious Epic Residences & Hotel  in Miami, and the Torre Picasso skyscraper in Madrid.
 6.Larry Ellison: $36 Billion
 The Oracle Corporation has been facing serious difficulties during the past months, due to significant fluctuations that affected its profits. As the company’s sales decreased, Mr. Ellison’s fortune dropped down by $3.5 billion. In an attempt to solve this issue, the Oracle CEO purchased Taleo and RightNow for $1.9 billion and $1.5 billion, respectively. Oracle also recently bought social marketing platform Vitrue and Collective Intelligence.
 7. Eike Batista: $30 Billion
 ike Batista is the richest man in Brazil, and the owner of OGX Petroleo e Gas gas and oil driller. Two thirds of his immense fortune comes from the 61 percentages that he owns in the aforementioned company. This translates to a whopping $19.8 billion.
Currently living in Rio de Janeiro, Mr. Batista has two children and is divorced. Last year he invested $1.5 billion in what can be described as a very promising opportunity. He used the money to buy a private gold mine in Colombia, Canada, called Ventana Gold. And we all know the price of gold can only go higher with every passing year!
 8.Stefan Persson: $26 Billion
The main shareholder and chairman of H&M, Stefan Persson, also purchased Versace and Marni last year, and had its first stores opened in Croatia, Romania and Singapore. He now owns an impressive 2,500 stores in 43 countries!
The company was founded by Stefan Persson’s father, Erling, back in 1947, and he took over H&M in 1982. He resigned from the position of CEO in 1998, and later promoted his son, Karl-Johan, to the position, in 2009. One interesting move that he made for his company was that he bought  5 million additional shares only to give 4 million of them (worth roughly $150 million) to an employee stimulating program.
 9.Li Ka-Shing: $25.5 Billion
The 83 year old Chinese magnate was first named the richest person in Asia back in 2004. This year, however, it is the first time since 2007 that he made it to the top ten list of wealthiest people in the world. His main business is Hutchison Whampoa Limited (HWL), a company that has 270,000 employees all around the world, covering 53 countries.
Interestingly, one of every seven residences in Hong Kong was built by his company, and approximately 13 percent of all container traffic in the world is dealt with by Hutchison Port Holdings. One of his most recent purchases was Northumbrian Water, the group providing sewage services and supplies drinking water to millions of people. It’s a wonder, really, how he needed so much time to make it on the list.
 10.Karl Albrecht: $25.4 billion
Karl Albrecht’s story of success began in his mother’s corner grocery store, after World War II. He and his brother Theo began their small venture there, and expanded their business in the years that followed. The huge company – Aldi Sud – is now a successful retail chain, with 4,500 stores around the world, of which 1,200 are spread across the U.S.
Karl and his brother split the brand, with the former taking the rights for UK, US, and Australia, plus the more profitable stores in Southern Germany.  In order to keep costs as low as possible, the stores have a strict no-bling policy, and it doesn’t accept credit card payments for the same reason.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Naomi Campbell’s Amazing Home In Rublyovka, Moscow

Supermodel Naomi Campbell is a lucky girl in many ways, and the fact that her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, real estate entrepreneur aka the Donald Trump of Russia, is reportedly building a new home for her is just another cherry on the cake! Miss Campbell is being treated to a futuristic mansion that looks like a docked spaceship in Moscow’s A-List suburban area Rublyovka, designed by accomplished architect Zaha Hadid who is famous for the opera house in Guangzhou, Roca Gallery, and the Aquatics Center in London amongst many others.

The extraordinary 2,650 square meter home is named Capital Hill Residence, and centers around two 22-meter-high towers that resemble the mechanical alien invaders from the War of the Worlds.
 Using a mixture of modern technologies and organic form, the eco-style abode appears as a cluster of shiny pods nestled amidst a private surrounding of mature pine and birch trees, located on the north-face hillside in Barvikha.
 The lower quarters of the dwelling enjoys the cozy naturalistic feeling of merging with the hillside, whilst the upper sections float higher than the treetops to offer dynamic views across the forest.
 The design aesthetic of this space-age dwelling was influenced by the legendary work of Antonio Gaudi, who is known for his rejection of straight lines in his architecture, and who prolifically used glass and wood for interior decoration.
The inner part of the house is planned in Eco-style. The creator was roused by the work of unbelievable Barcelona draftsman Antonio Gaudi, who did not affirm straight lines and would give anything to utilize wood and glass within inner part embellishment. The inside is as advanced as the outside, with immense glass boards, smooth bends all over and to great degree tall top sides. It appears as though it might be an instrument to take over the universe, both on the outer surface and the inner part.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Baros Resort, Maldives

Named by travel agents around the world “The Indian Ocean’s Leading Villa”, this gorgeous luxury resort from the Maldives is situated a throw-of-a-stick distance away from Male International Airport. It’s a private spot that offers luxury and pleasure to its every guest, in a superb ambiance, surrounded by tropical gardens.

Five years ago, Baros resort, Maldives entered a new stage of existence, a superior one in every aspect. After a complete modernization with the help of the same talented architect that created the beautiful Four Seasons , the Huvafen Fushi and other resorts, Baros is now a place of unparalleled comfort, luxury and relaxation.

Seventy-five modern villas await their visitors with luxe amenities and lovely ambiances. Both the lagoon villas (on stilts) and the oceanfront ones are perfect for a romantic stay or just for a relaxing vacation. Dining options at Baros are very many and very diverse. But while the restaurant and the bars on the island are all great, nothing compares to a private dinner on the beach or inside your villa.

At Aquum Baros Maldives your every sense will be pampered by spa professionals. Manicure, pedicure and body treatments are all available here. And when you feel like getting active, the list of available recreational activities will really impress you. Whether on land, on water or under water, your body will have the chance to feel fresh and active every day at Baros.

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