Warren Buffett's head-and-shoulders above all other investors stature has only been cemented during this last five years, Brown writes.
The 100 richest people in the world gained $241 billion in net worth last year, according to Bloomberg's Billionaires Index. Americans dominated the list, occupying five of the top 10 spots. This countdown of the top 10 wealthiest Americans features a casino mogul, software tycoons, and a lot of Wal-Mart money.
Energy is a sector potentially well-suited to be mined with big data—the accumulation, integration, synthesis and interpretation of enormous amounts of data from disparate sources—Stuebi writes.
Microsoft paid $1.2 billion to acquire Yammer, an enterprise social network company. Yammer's got a lot of users -- and Microsoft plans to use that base to make the Office suite more useful.