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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Isis hostage crisis: The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power

Isis hostage crisis

The prisoner swap has only one purpose for the militants - recognition its Islamic State exists and that foreign nations acknowledge its power, says Robert Fisk
Missing salvage expert who found $50m of sunken treasure before disappearing, tracked down at last

The runaway buccaneers and the ship full of gold

Salvage expert Tommy Thompson found sunken treasure worth millions. Then he vanished... until now
Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Homeless Veterans appeal: ‘If you’re hard on the world you are hard on yourself’

Maverick artist Grayson Perry backs our campaign
Assisted Dying Bill: I want to be able to decide about my own death - I want to have control of my life

Assisted Dying Bill: 'I want control of my life'

This week the Assisted Dying Bill is debated in the Lords. Virginia Ironside, who has already made plans for her own self-deliverance, argues that it's time we allowed people a humane, compassionate death
Move over, kale - cabbage is the new rising star

Cabbage is king again

Sophie Morris banishes thoughts of soggy school dinners and turns over a new leaf
11 best winter skin treats

Give your moisturiser a helping hand: 11 best winter skin treats

Get an extra boost of nourishment from one of these hard-working products
Paul Scholes column: The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him

Paul Scholes column

The more Jose Mourinho attempts to influence match officials, the more they are likely to ignore him
Frank Warren column: No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans

Frank Warren's Ringside

No cigar, but pots of money: here come the Cubans
Isis hostage crisis: Militant group stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

Isis stands strong as its numerous enemies fail to find a common plan to defeat it

The jihadis are being squeezed militarily and economically, but there is no sign of an implosion, says Patrick Cockburn
Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action

Virtual reality: Seeing is believing

Virtual reality thrusts viewers into the frontline of global events - and puts film-goers at the heart of the action
Homeless Veterans appeal: MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’

Homeless Veterans appeal

MP says Coalition ‘not doing enough’ to help
Larry David, Steve Coogan and other comedians share stories of depression in new documentary

Comedians share stories of depression

The director of the new documentary, Kevin Pollak, tells Jessica Barrett how he got them to talk
Has The Archers lost the plot with it's spicy storylines?

Has The Archers lost the plot?

A growing number of listeners are voicing their discontent over the rural soap's spicy storylines; so loudly that even the BBC's director-general seems worried, says Simon Kelner
English Heritage adds 14 post-war office buildings to its protected lists

14 office buildings added to protected lists

Christopher Beanland explores the underrated appeal of these palaces of pen-pushing
Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Human skull discovery in Israel proves humans lived side-by-side with Neanderthals

Scientists unearthed the cranial fragments from Manot Cave in West Galilee