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29 February 2024

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United States President Barack Obama (FILE)

By Bindu Rai

$12 Crunch times ahead

Even multi-millionaire athletes are not immune to the financial crisis, with Serena Williams cutting back on designer handbags and jewellery.

"The bag I'm carrying now is worth $12 (Dh44)," Williams told reporters ahead of last week's Australian Open. "I have really cut back." Oh dear, we can feel your frustration.

£6 What's cooking?

Boy, oh boy. How the mighty have fallen.

After being sentenced to 15 months in jail for imprisoning a Norwegian male escort, former Culture Club frontman Boy George has landed a £6-a-week job as a kitchen worker in prison.

Wonder what he'll be dishing out for supper?

$400K Working hard for the money

United States President Barack Obama will take home a paycheck of $400,000 annually during his four-year term in the White House.

Too little to run the world's largest economy? Well, it gets better. President Clinton earned half of that during his term. And as the US Constitution forbids a salary hike for sitting presidents, his parting gift to President George Bush was the 1999 legislation that increased the presidential salary effective from January 2001.

£32M Brand it like Beckham

Who would have thought Giorgio Armani would shelve out £32 million (Dh160) for two people to wear his underwear?

As the fashion house's lingerie collection was unveiled this week in Milan, the steamy pictures saw David and Victoria Beckham show off their toned torsos for the said amount.

In case you're wondering, Posh posed in a polka-dot ensemble, high heels and Bridget Bardot style make-up.

RS60K Body matters

Indian supermodels and Bollywood rejects, Milind Soman and Rahul Dev, are charging couples Rs60,000 (Dh4,478) to join their new Mumbai gym, Breathe.