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

Britons least likely to get a windfall

New study suggests people in UK inherit less than anyone else in the developed world

In The Studio: Alice Channer, artist

'I was never any good at making things when I was in college'

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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The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003
Barbara Woodward: Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with the growing economic superpower

Our woman in Beijing builds a new relationship

Britain's first female ambassador to China intends to forge strong links with growing economic power
Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer. But the only British soldier to be awarded the Victoria Cross in Afghanistan has both

Courage is rare. True humility is even rarer

Beware of imitations, but the words of the soldier awarded the Victoria Cross were the real thing, says DJ Taylor