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Oprah's Grand Plans
Who's buying, who's selling in the world of high-end real estate:
Local officials were befuddled and seemingly disappointed that they couldn't quite object to her plans. In an Associated Press report, one zoning administrator said of Oprah's stealthy strategy: "We find ourselves in a very complicated situation.... There is nothing that occurred on that property that wouldn't have been approved incrementally."
This year, Winfrey became the first African-American woman to join Forbes' list of the World's Richest People with a net worth of $1 billion.
Another Winner For Pete Sampras
In 1999, Sampras ranked 42nd on our Celebrity 100 list when he earned $12 million. (His shoe and racket endorsement deals alone brought in $6 million.) He hasn't made our list since. The 31-year-old seems to be taking it easy these days. Although Sampras threatened to quit before his wife gave birth last year, he seems to have had a change of heart. After reconsideration, he said that he'd like to play again.
An Old Mansion For A Young Millionaire
In 1994, Ewing and partner Bob Young co-founded Red Hat, a Linux company that was named after Ewing's grandfather's lacrosse hat and originally based out of a spare bedroom. In 1999, he made our list of the 400 Richest Americans, with an estimated net worth of $670 million. He promptly skipped out of the tech industry (a whole lot richer) and recently started his own rock-climbing magazine, The Alpinist.
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