The Beatles: Pop's most lucrative band were generally smart in their financial planning, but their retail venture - the Apple Boutique - closed in 1968 after running up hundreds of thousands of pounds in losses

Singing from the same balance sheet

As one pop star is bankrupted by his investments, Gillian Orr tallies the acts who've made a non-musical mint and the projects that were top of the flops

The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, ThreeSixty Theatre, Kensington Palace Gardens, London

It is a magical setting: an elegant white circus tent in the lush green parkland next to Kensington Palace (William and Kate’s back yard). But the familiar tale of the Pevensie children, who find themselves evacuated from the Blitz into a world of witches, giants, talking animals (and a large number of royals) is a wintry one, which would be more suitable at Christmas. “But it’s May!” Susan cries when Father Christmas arrives on his sleigh, the audience sharing her bemusement on a sweltering summer’s evening.

In March, Forbes estimated Gina Rinehart to be worth $18bn

Last night's viewing - The Fall of Singapore: the Great Betrayal, BBC2; Gok Cooks Chinese, Channel 4; Great British Menu, BBC2

You are a thriller writer, working on a tense scene in which an ex-Etonian toff, hugely knowledgeable about naval airpower and suspected of sharing his knowledge with a foreign power, is being questioned by intelligence officials. Present at the meeting is the Director of Public Prosecutions, presumably on hand to put the fear of God into the suspect. So, what do you name this important figure?

SSE fined £1.25m for abuses

Scottish & Southern Energy has been handed down a massive £1.25mfine for mis-selling home energy contracts on people's doorsteps.

This season Sir Alex Ferguson's side failed to make the knockout stage and their income from European football is expected to drop

Real Madrid gain on Manchester United at top of rich list

Manchester United continue to top the Forbes list as the most valuable football club in the world, but Real Madrid are gaining ground.

Manchester United top Forbes list of richest football clubs, but Real Madrid are closing

Manchester United stay top of the Forbes rich list for the eighth year running, but second-placed Real Madrid have gained ground again.

Yoovidhya: media-shy, he had not given an interview for 30 years

Chaleo Yoovidhya: Recluse who created the Red Bull energy drink

Chaleo Yoovidhya was the Thai billionaire who created a global brand with the Red Bull energy drink, which has given millions of party-goers, students and shift workers a caffeinated jolt. It spawned an industry of caffeine-laced pick-me-ups, which in 2011 was reportedly worth over $42 billion .

Larry King will be hosting a new internet TV channel called Ora.tv

Larry King stars on Carlos Slim TV station

The Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim is financing an internet television channel that will include an interview show hosted by Larry King.

Those ludicrous ideas that made a billion

As with many great inventions, the premise sounds faintly ridiculous: an undergarment that gives women of any shape a Hollywood-style figure.

Bucking the trend: The billionaires just get richer

Recession? What recession? The number of billionaires has hit a new, all-time high despite the global economic turmoil.

Billionaires defy the worldwide turmoil – and get even richer

Forbes list reveals Mexico's Carlos Slim is still top of the table with a fortune of $69bn

Costa Allegra passengers tell tales of three days at sea without power

After 72 hours existing on a relentless diet of bread and cold cuts, washing in mineral water and braving the stench of backed up toilets, the passengers of the crippled Costa Allegra limped into the Seychelles today.

Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister to twins Ashley and Mary-Kate

Sister act part three

Her siblings have done more than enough for the family profile, but Elizabeth Olsen might just eclipse them both. By Gill Pringle

Elizabeth Olsen, younger sister to twins Ashley and Mary-Kate

Sister act part three: Is Elizabeth Olsen about to eclipse both of her celebrity siblings?

The elephant lurking in the Los Angeles hotel room where Elizabeth Olsen holds court refuses to budge until the question is asked. Patiently discussing her burgeoning acting career, she looks relieved, if not faintly exasperated, when finally asked what role her far-more-famous twin sisters, Mary-Kate and Ashley, have played in her life thus far.

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A new Russian revolution

Cracks start to appear in Putin’s Kremlin power bloc
Eugene de Kock: Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

Apartheid’s sadistic killer that his country cannot forgive

The debate rages in South Africa over whether Eugene de Kock should ever be released from jail
Standing my ground: If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?

Standing my ground

If sitting is bad for your health, what happens when you stay on your feet for a whole month?
Commonwealth Games 2014: Dai Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Greene prays for chance to rebuild after injury agony

Welsh hurdler was World, European and Commonwealth champion, but then the injuries crept in
Israel-Gaza conflict: Secret report helps Israelis to hide facts

Patrick Cockburn: Secret report helps Israel to hide facts

The slickness of Israel's spokesmen is rooted in directions set down by pollster Frank Luntz
The man who dared to go on holiday

The man who dared to go on holiday

New York's mayor has taken a vacation - in a nation that has still to enforce paid leave, it caused quite a stir, reports Rupert Cornwell
Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business, from Sarah Millican to Marcus Brigstocke

Best comedians: How the professionals go about their funny business

For all those wanting to know how stand-ups keep standing, here are some of the best moments
The Guest List 2014: Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks

The Guest List 2014

Forget the Man Booker longlist, Literary Editor Katy Guest offers her alternative picks
Jokes on Hollywood: 'With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on'

Jokes on Hollywood

With comedy film audiences shrinking, it’s time to move on
It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

It's the best of British art... but not all is on display

Voted for by the British public, the artworks on Art Everywhere posters may be the only place where they can be seen
Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Critic claims 'I was the inspiration for Blanche DuBois'

Blanche Marvin reveals how Tennessee Williams used her name and an off-the-cuff remark to create an iconic character
Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Sometimes it's hard to be a literary novelist

Websites offering your ebooks for nothing is only the latest disrespect the modern writer is subjected to, says DJ Taylor
Edinburgh Fringe 2014: The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee

Edinburgh Fringe 2014

The comedy highlights, from Bridget Christie to Jack Dee
Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

Dame Jenny Abramsky: 'We have to rethink. If not, museums and parks will close'

The woman stepping down as chair of the Heritage Lottery Fund is worried