The exclusive billionaire’s league has less than 2,000 members worldwide and we want in. So what does it take to get into the lucky elite who enjoy making it rain on a daily basis? The stats boffins at Gocompare.com have come up trumps, allowing us to delve into the deep pockets of the billionaire’s club to find out what they have in common, with this new luxury billionaires interactive1.
We’ve carefully selected a few highlights for you…
Age is but a number
To all our fresh-faced would-be billionaires, we come bearing bad news: like a young cheese on its way to stinky ripeness, you have some maturing to do. Let’s put it this way, it’s likely you’ll be picking up your senior citizen’s bus pass with your fat pay check, because the majority of billionaires are past 50 years of age!
Put a ring on it
It would seem having a ‘ball and chain’ is pretty much essential to being a billionaire, with 88% sharing their love shack with a spouse. Time to stop being so picky on Tinder.
Children are the future
Perhaps splashing the cash makes you hungry for some loving, as the majority of amorous billionaires have four children on average… and a couple of cheeky au pairs too, we would wager.
We don’t need no education
It would appear we actually do, as over 50% have a doctorate or bachelors. But if you hated school, fear not 24% of billionaires were drop-outs or had no higher education. Take that, school system.
What’s your sign?
It really is the dawning of the age of Aquarius, as it’s the star sign of choice for the financially well-endowed. This is followed closely by Taurus, because when you mess with the bull, you get the horns.
Through the looking glass
Many people associate having glasses with being intelligent, but is it true? It has fluctuated over the years but currently just over 40% of the top 100 billionaires wear specs. Could it be completely random or a result of laser eye surgery hitting the big time?
Now you’ve had a cheeky peek, why not feast your eyes on our incredible billionaires infographic in its entirety2?
What talents do you think makes a billionaire?
News in brief
‘Facebook Reactions’ were introduced this week and everyone lost their mind. Now you can really show your friends and family how you feel without having to see or talk to them. The UK has been deemed a hotbed of economic crime, with accountancy giant PwC warning that companies aren’t preparing themselves adequately against the threat of cybercrime – In particular, the rise of ‘silver fraudsters’ bitter former staff, hell-bent on revenge against their former employers. In dinosaur news, a recent study of 12,000-year old DNA (no, it’s not Bruce Forsyth’s) has uncovered a beast named a glyptodon that lived up until the last ice age and is in fact related to the armadillo. It also could grow to the size of a car.
On Covered mag this week
He’s back to spice up your comparison life! Dr. Moore-Money’s clinic opens it’s doors once more5. When it comes to broadband we like it fast and furious, but are we actually getting a high speed connection?6
Money Shot letters
I very much enjoyed last week’s Kanye West edition of the Money Shot8. I imagine Yeezy has produced enough fodder to produce a bi-weekly series of articles by now. In fact, this is exactly what I propose: that you begin a ‘Kanye watch’ segment on the glorious pages Covered mag, keeping us up to date with the comings and goings of the self-anointed god.
What do you think?
TJ Blake, Crewe
Thank you for writing in, we’re glad you enjoyed our latest instalment.
Unfortunately we feel that ‘Kanye watch’ may be slight overkill.
Join us next week for another wallet-bulging edition of the Money Shot, until then
- ^ Billionaire league (www.gocompare.com)
- ^ Billionaire league (www.gocompare.com)
- ^ Twitter (twitter.com)
- ^ Facebook (www.facebook.com)
- ^ Comparison clinic: cottages and cruising (www.gocompare.com)
- ^ How fast is Britain s broadband? (www.gocompare.com)
- ^ Expert view: the long game (www.gocompare.com)
- ^ The Money Shot: the life of Kanye (www.gocompare.com)
- ^ Animal house: ferret racing (www.gocompare.com)
You might have spotted new BT green cabinets in various places around the village, often right next to existing cabinets. These are the upgrade that s going on to bring Fibre Broadband to everyone! Update information follows here! If you had broadband before now it will have been ADSL . The internet connection came to the BT Exchange on Furnace lane, and your phone line may be several kilometres of wire to connect back to that. The longer the wire, the lower the speed you get. At best you might get 24Mbps (megabits per second) but realistically you might get 5-10Mbps, which is enough to watch a youtube video or have a skype call, but not enough for everyone in a home to use at the same time.
The latest broadband is called Fibre To The Cabinet (FTTC) which means that an optic fibre brings the data connection right to the cabinet that is hopefully much nearer your home, and so the very last bit over wires might be only a few hundred metres, which means much higher data speeds. If you re reasonably close to the cabinet, you could get speeds up to 80Mbps, though more likely 50Mbps, but that s more than enough for everyone to be using the internet at the same time, and even better the optic fibre is effectively unlimited in how much it can carry, so you re not having to share the total with everyone else in the same area. There are 8 cabinets serving Madeley, their statuses are :
Madeley Cabinet 1: (The Coach House, The Holborn) : Live!
Madeley Cabinet 2: (Moss Lane): Live!
Madeley Cabinet 3: (Monument View, Crewe Rd, Madeley Heath): Live!
Madeley Cabinet 4: (New Road / Greenmeadows Road) : Coming soon (by April 2016)
Madeley Cabinet 5: ( Morningside ): Live!
Madeley Cabinet 6: ( Last Few Direct Connections! ): Coming later (2016/2017)
Madeley Cabinet 7: ( Bevan Place ): Live!
Madeley Cabinet 8: (Beck Road/Salisbury Close): Live!
If your cabinet is showing as live (it ll be the one you re closest to), then you should already be able to order Fibre Broadband from BT or any of the other internet providers.
They have very helpfully explained that the last cabinet for Madeley Cabinet 6 is not actually a cabinet but is the connections for the remaining local premises, and these are more complex ones with lots of extra engineering works required (that usually means having to make new ducts for cables, or running them overhead), but that it will be providing FTTP Fibre To The Premises, so while it might take a bit longer it s worth the wait as that s the best possible type of connection to have.
Left to right: Peter Howarth and Bernard Potter (Chairman of LATH) receiving the cheque.
The Mission Statement of LATH (Looking After The Homeless) is To ease the plight of the homeless in the Crewe & Nantwich area, with the long term aim of eliminating it altogether . In October 2014 LATH took occupation of 38 High Street, Crewe on a 3-year lease. They have installed male, female, and disabled toilets, a new kitchen with an adjacent dining area, a computer station, with Broadband and internet installed, and separate lounge and games areas.
The property is now fully operational as a drop-in centre, and is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm.