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Mary Plunkett

Fresh-faced journalist with an interest in media, tech, culture and society. Based in Dublin but with a international perspective on events, I aim to give a clear view of what's current. When not writing for The Richest, I am most likely to be found sipping from coffee cups the size of my head.

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Sex Around The World in 10 Facts

Mary Plunkett

As makers of some of the world’s best-selling condoms, Durex is no stranger to sex. But always wanting to stay, ahem, on top, the brand regularly commissions surveys to find …

10 Countries with the Biggest Gender Pay Gaps

Mary Plunkett

With International Women’s Day celebrated around the world this month, a number of studies have been published highlighting the fight for women’s rights. While advances in many areas have been …

10 of the Richest Young British Heiresses

Mary Plunkett

The old world glamour and rich heritage of Britain means that for many the place has an inimitable allure. From the imposing monuments on the streets of London which speak …

The 10 Poorest Cities in the World

Mary Plunkett

It’s all too easy to forget the levels of inequality in the world. We all know that many parts of the world are classed as “low income” or “developing” but …

5 Most Profitable Actor and Director Teams

Mary Plunkett

The glittering world of Hollywood may be a long way away from the lives of the average citizen but in some way, we are all touched by the power of …

The 10 Richest Latin American Nations

Mary Plunkett

As economic uncertainty and worrying unemployment levels continue to plague Europe and much of the Western world, many have looked at the rest of the world to see where the …

10 Most Prosperous Cities in the World

Mary Plunkett

Whether you’re thinking of relocating for business or pleasure, or simply wondering how the rest of the world live, it’s always fascinating to compare one’s living conditions with those of …

The 10 Public Companies with the Biggest Market Value

Mary Plunkett

The business world can be tough and unforgiving but for those ambitious, bright young things struggling on the career ladder, the shining examples of wealth and success are worthy motivators. …

10 Biggest Diamond Heists Ever

Mary Plunkett

“Big girls need big diamonds,” according to Elizabeth Taylor. If that’s the case, these diamond thieves must have had some pretty big girls in their lives. But as diamonds are …

5 Disturbing Psychological Studies on Wealth

Mary Plunkett

Much has been written about the  wealth inequalities faced by western society, not to mention the wealth gap globally. While the wealth of many nations appears to increase, so too …

Five of the Real Wolves of Wall Street

Mary Plunkett

When the first stills from Martin Scorsese’s latest flick, The Wolf of Wall Street, hit it was clear it was going to be a stand-out movie. Having previously worked with …

I Spy 10 Real-Life Secret Agents

Mary Plunkett

The illicit notion of ‘espionage’ may be something associated with Cold War antics and twentieth century conflict, but professional eavesdropping has likely been taking place for as long as humans …

The Top 5 Highest-Grossing Movie Spies

Mary Plunkett

It seems fair to say that most of us love a good spy flick: Whether you’re the kind of person who dreamt of brandishing your gun and saving the day …

The 10 Biggest Armaments In The US Military

Mary Plunkett

It will come as no surprise to anyone to hear that the US Defence Department spends big when it comes to weaponry. But it may surprise you to hear just …

Hollywood’s Biggest Ever Stunt Doubles

Mary Plunkett

For many kids, and indeed adults, action and adventure movies provide an escape to a world of heightened tension, adventure and power. Almost every child has looked at the likes …

10 Most Homeless States in America

Mary Plunkett

Not too long ago, we ran an article looking at some shocking statistics around global poverty. One of the biggest shocks for many may have been the figures concerning poverty …

The 10 Biggest Climate Caprices of 2013

Mary Plunkett

Over the last number of years, the discussion around climate change has gone from being confined to academics and the slightly more left-wing politicians to hitting the mainstream. The main …

10 Shocking Statistics On Global Poverty

Mary Plunkett

Much as most of us in the West are aware that there are those less well off, it’s often hard to get a sense of the scale of poverty and …

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