prime-time interview with Meghan Markle and Prince Harry of Britain. The two-hour broadcast yielded a number of bombshell headlines, but we also wanted to take a look at the big money behind the broadcast.

  • Ms. Winfrey reportedly collected at least $7 million for the rights to the interview, The Wall Street Journal reports. CBS won the rights, after Ms. Winfrey’s production company also pitched NBC and ABC.

  • The broadcaster ITV is said to have paid 1 million pounds ($1.4 million) for the British rights to the interview, according to the Guardian. It is set to air tonight at 9 p.m. British time.

  • CBS reportedly sought about $325,000 for 30-second ad spots during the broadcast, double the usual rates for that time period.

  • ITV also asked for up to £120,000 for ad slots during its airing, more than twice the standard rates.

  • Harry and Meghan received no compensation for the interview. (In the interview, the two said they no longer received money from the royal family, though they’ve signed content creation deals with the likes of Netflix.)


  • Apollo Global Management agreed to buy Athene Holding, a retirement services affiliate, that will give the private equity giant billions more in capital to invest. (Apollo)

  • General Electric is reportedly near an agreement to sell its aircraft-leasing business to AerCap in a deal likely to be valued at more than $30 billion. (WSJ)

  • Instacart is said to be considering going public through a direct listing instead of an I.P.O. (Reuters)

Politics and policy


  • John McAfee, the founder of the antivirus software maker bearing his name, was charged with running a pump-and-dump scheme on Twitter. (WaPo)

  • “How Do Silicon Valley Techies Celebrate Getting Rich in a Pandemic?” (NYT)

  • The C.E.O. of Coinbase, Brian Armstrong, could earn more than $1 million a day after the company’s direct listing, thanks to stock options. (Bloomberg)

Best of the rest

  • The S.E.C. accused AT&T and three employees of improperly tipping off some Wall Street analysts about smartphone sales. The company disputed the charges. (WSJ)

  • A glimpse of post-pandemic life, according to new ads: making out in tailored clothing and a lot more travel. (NYT)

  • Jack Dorsey is selling Twitter’s first-ever tweet as a so-called nonfungible token — “NFT” for those in the know — and the highest bid right now is $2.5 million. (CNBC)

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