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Forbes Billionaire's list: the European factor

The continent has become the lifestyle hub of the global economy.
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European wealth, its all about lifestyle and fashion as Europe's richest man, LVMH chairman Bernard Arnault can attest. That's him in the suit at a recent fashion show in Paris. (Pascal Le Segretain/AFP/Getty Images)

The Forbes annual billionaire list may be no more than a conversation starter, but what it says about Europe is clear. This is not a place where industrialists or inventors, people who build traditional businesses, become super-rich.

Instead, it is the place where aggregators and creators of retail experiences prosper. Europe's two billionaires in the top five are France's Bernard Arnault, chairman of luxury goods firm, LVMH, worth $41 billion, and Spain's Amancio Ortega owner of the global retail outlet Zara, worth $37.5 billion.

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The other Europeans in the top ten are Sweden's Stefan Persson, chairman of cheap chic clothing chain H & M, and Germany's Karl Albrecht, whose Aldi chain of discount supermarket operates on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Euro zone crisis and celebritology - twin pillars of modern European life

Merkel continues to risk survival of euro with inflexible attitude while at a London hearing JK Rowling risks the survival of the tabloids with her heart-rending testimony.
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After a hard day testifying about tabloid intrusion into her personal life, Sienna Miller was on the red carpet at a fashion event in Paris. (Pascal Le Segretain/AFP/Getty Images)

I really do wish there was something else to blog about besides the euro crisis - and I have a few links to another story below - but really, what else is there to write about if you live in Europa?
And if you want to have a sense of what life must have been like in the latest 1920's and early 1930's following the floundering of Europe's leaders is the best way to achieve it.

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Berlusconi's classical tragicomedy

The Italian Prime Minister's resignation with strings attached would be funny if it wasn't a tragedy for Italy,
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Silvio Berlusconi: is he peering into the future in this photo taken earlier this year? (FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)
Berlusconi says he will resign ... but not just yet.
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