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Russian billionaire makes Jay-Z and Beyonce look cheap

November 1, 2009 |  8:42 am
Beyonce It seems not all waiters have to worry about the dangers of celebs who dine and dash and don't leave a tip.

On Monday, Beyoncé and Jay-Z made headlines with a $1,200 lunch and $500 tip at Nello's Italian restaurant in New York.

Then Friday, again at Nello's, Russian billionaire/soccer squad owner Roman Abramovich showed them how it's really done: $39,892.89 in food and drink plus tax, plus an included 20% gratuity -- after math is done, that's $7,328.20. And there are the rumors of a five-grand tip on top of that.

Check out the Daily Mail's detailed account of the lunch, including a copy of the receipt. Probably can't find those wines at Trader Joe's, eh?

And we thought The Times' cafeteria had gotten a little pricey. Silly mortals.

Is there a lesson here for Jane Adams?

-- Christie D'Zurilla

Photo: Beyoncé onstage in Japan on Oct. 18. Credit: Getty Images