Planet Business

A €2.50 coin, ‘nothingburgers’, superyachts, hot dog pizzas and well-paid sporstmen

Parallel parking: superyachts lined up in Port Hercule at the  “Business of Luxury” summit in Monaco. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

Parallel parking: superyachts lined up in Port Hercule at the “Business of Luxury” summit in Monaco. Photograph: Chris Ratcliffe/Bloomberg

 

In Numbers: Currency Waterloo

180,000

€2.50

70,000

Image of the week: The depth of luxury RichemontJohann RupertThe Lexicon: Nothingburger

Getting to know: The Hot Dog Bites Pizza At Pizza Hut, sales are sluggish, which coincidentally is how its customers will probably feel if they consume a new item on the chain’s menu. The Hot Dog Bites Pizza, which is set to debut at more than 6,000 restaurants across the US on June 18th, contains 28 “premium hot dog bites” that are baked into the pizza crust and meant to be pulled off and dipped in mustard. In some earlier internationally available versions, the hot dogs were hidden inside the crust, but the updated US design has them peeking out of crusted rings, forming a calorific border to an otherwise standard fast food pizza. A picture of the new offering is available, but taste and decency laws mean it cannot be reprinted here.

The list: Highest-paid young sportsmen Dedicated tracker-of-wealth Forbes this week published its list of the highest-paid athletes aged 25 and under. They’re fit and they’re rich and they could retire tomorrow if they fancied a rest. Who are they? Footballers.

5 Eden Hazard The Chelsea and Belgium midfielder earns $19.6 million, Forbes estimates. Nike has chipped in.

4 Tyron Smith The Dallas Cowboys player is paid $21.4 million, his contract one of the richest in American football history.

3 James Rodríguez The Real Madrid and Colombia striker, the winner of the Golden Boot at World Cup 2014, has contracts with Adidas and Gatorade on top of his Real deal. He’s paid $29 million, by Forbes’s reckoning.

2 Neymar The Brazil and Barcelona player collects more from sponsors (Nike, Beats by Dre) than his club, taking his total pay to $31 million. And he didn’t even have a good World Cup.

1 Gareth Bale The Welsh Real Madrid winger (right) and Adidas man, who banks $35 million from salary and endorsements, won’t be on next year’s list as he’s very nearly 26.

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