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Who Would Pay $300,000 for a Barbie Doll - A New One!

A new Barbie Doll recently sold at a New York auction house for an amazing $302,500. Why so much? Maybe because the Barbie was wearing a choker necklace with a one-carat square-cut pink diamond. The doll also had on a black strapless evening dress. The successful buyer was not disclosed.

Housewarming at $1 Billion Home

A housewarming event is being held at the world's most expensive home which took seven years to construct. The home was built by India billionaire Mukesh Ambani for his family of six.

The house is 400,000 square feet on 27 floors, with three helipads, and a view of the ocean. The house also has a 168 space parking lot, a movie theater, heath club, swimming pool, and yoga studio.

It cost $1,000,000,000 to build.

$430,000 for Michael Jordan's Mercedes

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Michael Jordan's 2007 Mercedes McLaren SLR 722 is up for sale for only $430,000. It has low mileage, only 962 miles. The car goes from zero to 60 mph in just 3.6 seconds. The car has a 5 1/2-liter V8 with 640 horsepower. It can speed as fast as 209 miles an hour.

In addition to all the above features of the car, the buyer will also have the benefit of owning a car that was owned and driven by Michael Jordan. Jordan paid $475,000 for the car a few years ago.

Automobile in picture is similar to the one being sold.

$1.7 Million of Teddy Bears Sold

Christie's just auctioned off over $1.7 million worth of collectible teddy bears, the largest sale of teddy bear toys ever, formerly owned by hedge fund manager Paul Greenwood, who admitted to embezzling $900 million from investors. The highest priced lot was a Harlequin bear from the 1920's, which was hammered at $74,000. All the bears were made by Steiff of Germany.

Billionaire Pays Streaker at Obama Speech

In the category of billionaire odd news, billionaire Alki David had offered to pay $1 million to anyone who would streak at a speech given by President Obama. A man from Staten Island New York took him up on his offer but was stopped by police before he could complete his run.

Since the streaker made an effort, the billionaire has agreed to pay for the streaker's annual rent, the medical bills of the streaker's sister, and additional funds.

Billionaire Books

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Billionaires Need to Protect Their Privacy

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Guest Article

by John Sileo

Facebook is a cigarette, information is the nicotine, and you are the addict. And it is time to stop blaming Facebook if you get privacy cancer.

Years ago, after a long and drawn out fight, the tobacco industry was forced to put labels on their cigarette packs warning smokers that these nicotine delivery devices caused cancer, birth defects and premature death. The warnings did little to slow down sales of cigarettes, though they might have helped the tobacco companies avoid some costly lawsuits because, after all, they had clearly warned users about the dangers.

With the latest iteration of privacy settings being introduced this week on Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg (or more likely the brilliant Chief Operating Officer Sheryl Sandberg) has discovered a similar truth - you are either too addicted to the information drug, or too indifferent to the privacy consequences, to care.

I applaud Facebook for giving users more visibility and a bit more control over how much p…

Facebook Founder Backs Legal Marijuana

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In the state of California, Proposition 19, if it passes, would legalize the use of marijuana for personal use and taxation. Dustin Moskovitz, one of the co-founders of Facebook and a billionaire, supports the proposition and has donated $70,000 to the cause.

His support is based on his opinions that it would reduce overcrowding of non-violent offenders in prisons and improve the California economy.

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$100,000 Beatle Fingerprints Confiscated by the FBI

A shop in New York City, GOTTA HAVE IT!, was in the process of auctioning off the fingerprints of Beatle John Lennon along with a lot of other celebrity memorabilia, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation confiscated the item. Even Homeland Security got involved. The prints were expected to sell for over $100,000.

The fingerprint card was consigned by an unnamed promoter. The FBI was looking into whether the card was illegally retrieved from government files. At least the other 850 celebrity lots were unaffected.