UK's richest man is Arsenal FC owning oligarch, Alisher Usmanov, from Uzbekistan worth 13.3bnAlisher Usmanov owns almost a third of the north London football clubHe replaces steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal who drops to eighth placeUK-born richest is Duke of Westminster, worth 7.8 billion and ranked eighth rank), name, source of wealth, 2013 wealth (2012 wealth) 1. (2) Alisher Usmanov, mining and investment, 13,300m (12,315m) 2
'Don't mention my friendship with Tony Blair'! Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales bans discussion of former PM in new controversy over Kazakh linksWikimedia Foundation works with Kazakh government-linked foundation on their own version of the siteThe regime was this month accused of 'growing crackdown on free speech' by Human Rights WatchMr Wales also questioned about links with Blair, who attended his wedding and with whom he has holidayed | UPDATED: 13:55 GMT, 24 December 2012 Censorship: Jimmy Wales, co-founder of Wikipedia, shut down a discussion of his links to Tony Blair and Kazakhstan on his Talk Page on the website Wikipedia co-founder Jimmy Wales has censored critics from his page on the website after they questioned his friendship with Tony Blair and work with the authoritarian Kazakh regime. Mr Wales shut down a discussion about the links on his Talk Page and said criticism of his relationship with the former PM and his work with Kazakhstan had become 'absurd'.
Sir Richard Branson offers BA boss a 1m bet over Virgin Atlantic deal – but gets a 'knee in the groin' instead Billionaire Sir Richard Branson sells 49 per cent stake in airline to DeltaAmerica’s largest carrier will help keep Virgin Atlantic alive and take on BA Branson tries to bet BA boss Willie Walsh 1m that airline will flourishBut Walsh says he hasn't got 1m and offers him 'knee in the groin' instead | UPDATED: 20:50 GMT, 11 December 2012 See Sir Richard's Announcement Below: The boss of British Airways’ parent company Willie Walsh has bet Sir Richard Branson ‘a knee in the groin’ that Virgin Atlantic will not survive five years. And Sir Richard has accepted the remarkable challenge – saying the painful debt will be paid out to the loser at the winner’s headquarters. The unusual ‘below the belt’ wager came after America's largest airline, Delta, took a 49 per cent stake in Virgin Atlantic under a major deal announced today.
When Russell Brand and Richard Branson are helping shape drug policy, something's gone horribly wrong | UPDATED: 00:29 GMT, 10 December 2012 From the carefully-placed story in a Sunday paper over the weekend, you’d think that today’s report from the Home Affairs Select Committee had come out with all guns blazing for the legalisation of drugs. That’s because the leak was intended to create an impression of an overwhelming move towards such a revolutionary change in policy. In fact, the report does not spell out this agenda so explicitly
'A dreadful mistake was made': Sir Richard Branson tells Virgin Mobile to pull 'ill-judged' advert that critics say makes fun of rape EXCLUSIVE: Virgin founder slams Virgin Mobile US team for online advertSays they 'acknowledge a dreadful mistake was made' and it will be pulled Sir Richard doesn't own the US mobile brand but 'made his thoughts clear' | UPDATED: 00:06 GMT, 10 December 2012 Sir Richard Branson last night attacked an advert for Virgin Mobile US that appears to make light of rape. The online advert shows a man standing behind a woman and covering her eyes with his hand before giving her a small present. The caption reads: ‘The gift of Christmas surprise.
McDownton! It's the TV event of Christmas… and we've been given a sneak preview – by the Scottish aristocrats whose stately home bagged a starring role | UPDATED: 22:33 GMT, 8 December 2012 It is 8 o’clock on Christmas Day and the family is in a festive slump in front of the television, waiting for a highlight of the day – the Downton Abbey Special.
Doonton Abbey: TV's beloved upper class clan swap their English manor house for spectacular Scottish castle after filming Christmas Day special in the Highlands | UPDATED: 01:06 GMT, 8 December 2012 It is Downton but not quite as we know it. This year the Crawley family and a few of their best loved servants are leaving Downton Abbey behind and heading to Scotland for a break
'Royalbaby' gets 1,000 tribute tweets per SECOND! Unborn baby even gets its own Twitter account as world welcomes Wills and Kate news David Cameron first to tweet and says they 'will make wonderful parents'Ed Miliband follows saying: 'The whole country will be thrilled'President Obama offered his family's congratulations at White House briefingBaby has its own Twitter account and gets 500 followers in five minutesLord Sugar and Richard Branson also ecstatic about the first bornKim Kardashian leads celebrity charge with 'awww so cute!' messageBoris Becker posts picture of himself giving thumbs up to news from India | UPDATED: 11:51 GMT, 4 December 2012 Within moments of the announcement that Catherine is pregnant more than 1,000 congratulatory tweets a second were being posted across the world under the hashtag #royalbaby. The Prime Minister tweeted that the Duke and Duchess would make ‘wonderful parents’, while BBC business editor Robert Peston complained in jest of his report on tax avoidance being ‘bumped off the top of every news programme’, adding: ‘Is there other news’ There were also congratulations from celebrities Sir Richard Branson, TV presenter Vernon Kay, Cheryl Cole, David Walliams, Kim Kardashian and tennis legend Boris Becker, who uploaded a picture of himself with his thumbs up. The hashtag #NameALegend and Prince William and Kate Middleton were trending within minutes of the news breaking and a Twitter account with the name @IAmRoyalBaby had 500 followers in under five minutes