The Brazilian tycoon who bankrolled the bid to bring the 2016 Olympics to his home country has boasted how he will soon be the world's richest man. Eike Batista, ex-husband of stunning Playboy cover girl Luma de Oliveira, said he would overtake Mexican telecommunications magnate Carlos Slim in the "next three or four years". The 55-year-old serial entrepreneur, who has created a US$30-billion fortune from scratch in just 30 years, said by 2015 he will be making a staggering $10 billion per year.
This, he claimed, would propel him clearly in front of Slim's US$68.5billion, Microsoft honcho Bill Gates's US$62.4billion and Berkshire Hathaway Warren Buffett's US$43.8billion. "I'm not bragging. It's just a consequence of all the things that we have done. Just look at the assets. Jesus, by 2015 we will be making US$10billion. Between 2015 and 2020 that will double, or triple. And those are discounted numbers I'm giving you," South America's richest man told the Sunday Times.
He made US$1billion for himself, and US$20billion for investors, before the capital markets opened up for Brazilian companies in 2000. His EBX Group is now, he claims, worth US$1.5trillion. His mining assets include US$300billion of high-grade coal in Colombia, US$200billion of iron-ore in the inland province of Minas Gerais, and a gold mine he bought for US$1.5billion two years ago is now worth four times as much. The oil firm he created off the Rio coast less than five years ago is said to have has reserves of $1trillion and his power company generates 14,000 megawatts per year.
— Daily Mail
The much-anticipated Chanel campaign starring model Alice Dellal has been revealed — and if there were any doubts surrounding her appointment, they have been swiftly dismissed. The announcement of the 24-year-old thrash metal drummer, model and socialite as Karl Lagerfeld's latest muse was met with more than a few raised eyebrows. But the resulting photographs — part of the campaign for the French couture house's Boy handbag collection — prove that Karl is, as usual, pitch-perfect with his sometimes eclectic choice of brand ambassador. The campaign was photographed by Karl himself, who shot on location at a French chateau. Clad in Chanel tweed and pearls, Alice lounges on lavish antique sofas and ornate dressers. The scene is opulent but edgy, and is all the more compelling for its contrasts. A Chanel spokesman said she was the perfect match for the Boy handbag campaign. "Alice Dellal represents the perfect incarnation of all that is unique about the Boy Chanel handbag collection, which strives [to be] far from conformist notions of femininity," they said. Alice is the daughter of Brazilian supermodel Andrea Dellal and sister to successful shoe designer Charlotte Olympia.
— Daily Mail
What have they done to Demi Moore?
Having notched up a marriage breakdown, severe weight loss, drug-related collapse and a stint in rehab over the past few months, Demi Moore has had a difficult time of it lately. Naturally, she has been looking less than her best, the worry and torment of her experience etched across her thinning face. But as heavily airbrushed photographs of the star from the latest campaign for beauty brand Helena Rubinstein are released, it is apparent that any such signs of stress have been entirely erased. More than that, thanks to an over-zealous session with Photoshop and the omnipresent airbrush, the natural contours of Demi's face are gone: her strong, angular chin; the lines running from nose to mouth, the shape of her nose — all are entirely obliterated. The 49-year-old star is all but unrecognisable. In her place is a bleached, smooth, line-free version of Demi that looks more like a computer-generated fembot than the familiar Hollywood actress with five decades under her belt. MailOnline spoke to Life & Style picture editor Craig Gunn, who studied a digital version of the images. "This would have had been done by someone very expert and would have been at least a day's work," he said. "In Demi's case, they have left nothing behind."
— Daily Mail