Gina Rinehart, the mining tycoon, inherited her wealth, valued at £11bn

Britons least likely to get a windfall

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David Beckham (C) poses presenting his new shirt flanked by PSG Qatari president Nasser Al-Khelaifi (L) and PSG sports director Leonardo

Why the bad feeling for footballers on the rich list?

Yesterday Goal.com published their annual rich list - and the majority of the players on it, says the site's Managing Editor, do a huge amount of good for charity

<b>Wayne Rooney - £50m</b><br/>
Aged 16, Wayne Rooney thundered a 30 yard shot past former England goalkeeper David Seaman to end Arsenal's unbeaten run and with it announce himself to the world. He moved to Manchester United a couple of years later and has been considered a key member of the side ever since.

The 10 richest English footballers

Goal.com have released their annual rich list

<b>Wayne Rooney - £50m</b><br/>
Aged 16, Wayne Rooney thundered a 30 yard shot past former England goalkeeper David Seaman to end Arsenal's unbeaten run and with it announce himself to the world. He moved to Manchester United a couple of years later and has been considered a key member of the side ever since.

The 10 richest footballers in the Premier League

Goal.com have released their annual rich list

<b>David Beckham - £175m</b><br/>
The Former Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder played an important role in both teams' success domestically and in European competitions. David Beckham recently signed a five month deal with Paris Saint-Germain and committed his entire salary to a local children's charity.

The 50 richest footballers in the world

Goal.com have released their annual rich list, with a familiar name still at the top

Paperback review: The Technologists, By Matthew Pearl

Big, and clever, but there's a baffling amount of info

Blairquhan Castle

The stately homes built on the back of slaves

Some of our most prized estates were bought with compensation paid to former slave owners after abolition

Casualty of G4S Olympic fiasco powers into a new job at Aggreko

One of the men who quit in the wake of G4S’s Olympic security fiasco today joined power-generator supplier Aggreko.

Liberal Democrat leader Nick Clegg at Hampshire Cricket Club, Eastleigh

Nick Clegg suggests retirees could defer mansion tax payments

Older people affected by the Liberal Democrats’ proposed “mansion tax” could have payments deferred until after death if they are unwilling to pay up during their retirement, Nick Clegg has suggested.

Editorial: Only $7bn to keep the wolf from the door

Even the most cynical will surely struggle to criticise the latest clutch of the super-rich who have committed to give away at least half of their fortunes. The Giving Pledge – which was set up by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett three years ago – already has 93 members from the US. Now 12 multi-billionaires from elsewhere in the world have joined the ranks of the über-philanthropists. Well done to them.

Hermès fashions a margins record

Selling bull-calfskin leather handbags and expensive silk scarves has never been so profitable.

Adam Afriyie has a personal fortune of between £50m and £100m

Don't celebrate Adam Afriyie just because the Windsor MP has a ‘clean’ expenses record

To do so sets a dangerous precedent whereby the politicians who can afford their own expenses get credit for being wealthy. Most MPs have a legitimate right to allowances.

The Engagement, By Chloe Hooper

A woman's erotic association with a wealthy older man provides a different shade of thrill

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