News Warren Buffett spent most of 2013 amassing fortunes of over £23million a day through investments into food manufacturing giants like Heinz, which he bought earlier this year

Warren Buffett spent most of 2013 amassing fortunes of over £23million a day through investments into food manufacturing giants like Heinz

Warren Buffett’s son Peter questions giveaways by the rich

Just this month, Warren Buffett announced plans to give away more than $2.6bn (£1.7bn) of stock in his Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate to charities, in the latest round of annual gifts since he outlined plans to give away most of his wealth in 2006. But now his son has publicly questioned the trend of big-ticket giving by the rich when the “existing structure of inequality” is left unchallenged.

Prince Al-Waleed Bin Talal arrives in court

Profile: Prince Al Waleed Bin Talal Bin Abdul-Aziz Al-Saud

That’s a mouthful, what do his friends call him?

'Subpar' year for Buffett business

Last year was a "subpar" year for Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway conglomerate, the investor has told shareholders.

Margareta Pagano: The Goose said to the Owl: Fancy a Penguin?

When two billionaire friends met on a business flight, the talk turned to birds and business deals. The $28bn swoop on Heinz was the result

Margareta Pagano: The UK's lost boys need better careers advice

Business needs to get behind proposals for specialist mentors who will be far more effective at setting school children on the right work route
Ready to kick butt: Dame Ann Leslie

The Week in Radio: Firecrackers, fur coats and some good news at last

"Are you looking for a job?" James Naughtie asked Dame Ann Leslie on Radio 4's Today, a note of panic in his voice. Now there's an idea. As one of the programme's guest editors, Leslie, the veteran foreign correspondent who famously went to war in a fur coat, arrived like a blast of cold air in a sticky sauna. You can imagine plenty of previous guests proffering feature ideas cobbled together by their agents, but not Leslie. She was first in the office, her sleeves rolled up and ready to kick some serious butt.

Zuckerberg donates half a billion dollars to charity

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is following in the footsteps of tech philanthropist Bill Gates, donating half a billion dollars of shares to charity.

Facebook founder gives away $500m

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg is following in the footsteps of tech philanthropist Bill Gates, donating half a billion dollars-worth of shares in the social network to charity.

Private quarters: Four luxury family and VIP suites and a prayer room that generates virtual prayer mats facing Mecca

Doors to manual, taps off in the Turkish spa... the Saudi prince whose flying palace has it all

Saudi investor’s £300m super-jumbo also has room for a concert hall, a garage for his Rolls and four luxury suites

Buffett calls for a minimum tax on America's super-rich

Warren Buffett, the billionaire investor who favours a greater burden on the wealthy, yesterday called for a minimum tax on America's millionaires but proposed a higher threshold for increased taxes on the rich than the one put forward by the White House.

This week's big questions: is greed good, can we reinvent capitalism and do we need quotas for women?

 "We have to do a much better job of teaching our daughters maths and science and encouraging them to be aggressive"

Investment Insider: Stay on the ground as airlines take off

Air travel has come a long way since that momentous day on 17 December 1903 when Wilbur Wright successfully achieved something no one had accomplished, powered flight. Little did Wilbur and his younger brother Orville know that their invention would spawn an industry that would enable millions to not only fly 120ft (as the brothers did) but thousands of miles.

A Tuscan town for €2.5m – but what else is up for auction on eBay?

An entire Tuscan village – the hamlet of Pratariccia – has been put up for sale on eBay for €2.5m. But how does it compare to the other oddest items to grace the auction site?

Denis Abrams kept asking what he'd done wrong when he heard the news

CEO who 'abused' expenses feels rage of the Sage of Omaha

Warren Buffett orders that paint company boss must be canned for taking staff to Bermuda

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