Posh pools

Splashing around sky-high


Judy Barouch The sky's the limit for the latest jaw-dropping swimming pools perched dizzily atop high-rise balconies or cantilevering vertiginously off rooftops.

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Private Sydney

Super-rich bring house down

Andrew Hornery dinkus

Andrew Hornery IT'S THE most ruthless real-estate game in town as egos and big names go head-to-head in the hunt for a slice of about $200 million worth of the most spectacular homes imaginable.


Destination detox

The Golden Door

Rachael Oakes-Ash A wide selection of opulent spa resorts can help you detox and recharge after a hectic summer.

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Family fortunes holding firm

Graham Smorgon

Andrew Heathcote Smorgon family again tops BRW's listing of richest families, with overall wealth slightly up.

Mover and shaker

The billionaire who lives out of a bag


Jeremy Kahn Nicolas Berggruen lives his life on the move, carrying only a small tote bag and his BlackBerry as he seeks out companies to buy from Berlin to Bangalore to Brisbane.

Vintage wheels

A rare Roadster with a hefty price tag

Mercedes Benz 300 SL Roadster.

Sarah McInerney It is billed as a rare, high performance collectors' car. Now a 1957 Mercedes Roadster is up for auction in Australia with a start price of $775,000.

Shaken up

Sydney bartender bags cocktail crown


Louisa Hearn The heady worlds of drink mixology and haute cuisine collided in Neil Perry's Rockpool restaurant this week as the search for Australia's best bartender took a decidedly foodie turn.

Noosa getaway

Kevin Rudd splashes $3.1m on holiday home


Sally Howes The Rudd family has purchased a holiday house at Castaways Beach south of Noosa.

Fast lane

Fast lane not fast enough


Staff Writers It's a race of a different kind for these feisty chief executives who enjoy splashing cash on fast cars, fast horses and mountain bikes.

Money watch

Tracing Palmer's wealth - a titanic undertaking

Clive Palmer holding a press conference at Mineralogy House.

Tom Allard, Stuart Washington Clive Palmer's assets, both personal and in financial terms, are the topic of much debate.

Life style

Australian cities jump in global cost rankings

Sydney harbour

Chris Zappone Three Australian cities are now rated as more expensive than London for expatriates, with the strong dollar and steep rents blamed for the high cost of living.

High rollers

Following the money whale

money whale james packer thumb

Simon Mann The gambling industry's titans are locked in a battle for the high-roller dollar. Will James Packer come out on top?