According to Bloomberg, Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person with a net worth of $105.1 billion -- eclipsing Bill Gates’ previous record. The Amazon founder and CEO’s wealth comes mostly from 78.9 million shares of his company’s stock, which were up 56% in 2017.
According to a report in ‘Wired,’ News Corp CEO Rupert Murdoch and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg have been skirmishing since 2007, when News Corp. employees allegedly engineered a scandal to bruise the social media company. Recently Murdoch has publicly complained about changes to Facebook’s news feed.
In the wallet, that is. Six women have slammed Harvey Weinstein’s company with a class action lawsuit for battery, assault and infliction of emotional distress, among other charges. "If money is the language they speak, then so be it," say the women.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk hopes to test launch its first Falcon Heavy rocket today. The rocket is the same size as the company’s standard Falcon 9 rocket but has two additional boosters so it can carry much heavier payloads to orbit. Success could take Musk one step closer to his goal of sending people to space.
French film legend Bridget Bardot has joined Catherine Deneuve in slamming the #MeToo movement as “hypocritical and ridiculous.” A supporter of Marine Le Pen, the leader of France’s far-right, anti-nationalist party, Bardot has been fined five times for inciting racial hatred with anti-Islamic comments.
In a rousing #MeToo Golden Globes’ lifetime achievement award acceptance speech, Oprah Winfrey tipped her hat to the free press and women who have been abused by men in power, suggesting that “speaking your truth is the most powerful tool we have.”
In a New Year’s post on Facebook, founder Mark Zuckerberg said the social network was making too many mistakes enforcing policies and preventing misuse. Facebook has been criticized for allowing “fake” news, including some paid for by Russians, to spread during the U.S. elections.
The ‘Boston Globe’ published an exposé with multiple guests claiming TV psychiatrist Dr. Phil McGraw staff members enabled their substance addictions to boost ratings. Dr. Phil declined to comment; a spokesperson said the claims were “unequivocally untrue.”
Following sexual abuse allegations against actor Kevin Spacey, director Ridley Scott has cut him entirely from his new film, 'All the Money in the World,' just weeks before the Dec. 22 release. Spacey’s scenes will be re-filmed with actor Christopher Plummer.