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Monday, 22 January 2007

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You can't buy happiness, but how about annoyingness?

Donald Trump likes to be number one in all things, and he can add another to his collection with Forbes magazine putting him on top of their "Most Annoying Billionaire" list. With over 400 Americans having a net worth of least a billion dollars, Trump had plenty of competition.

H. Ross Perot, who topped the list when ran for president in 1992, came in third this time. Media mogul Rupert Murdoch, whose annoyance stock peaked when he almost published O. J. Simpson's pseudo murder confession, was second.

Forbes noted Trump is frequent tabloid fodder, which gives him plenty of opportunities to publicize his obnoxious ways. His escalating feud with talk-show host Rosie O'Donnell is receiving massive media coverage. The Donald was the number one topic for millions of catty Americans when he publicly called O'Donnell "fat" and "out of control".

The Forbes annoyance ranking gives significant weight to public insults and rudeness. Trump's zeal in firing contestants from The Apprentice also helped him earn the top spot. And the hair helped too.

Trump, who carefully cultivates his public persona, allegedly threatened to sue Forbes if they did not rank him number one. Forbes editors refused to comment on the matter, but one did offer that "it is pretty damn annoying to have Donald Trump call you every day."

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