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September 25, 2017

A Bastard of a Basement

by Matthew Steeples

Knightsbridge townhouse for sale for sum 11% lower than it sold for in 2011; it comes with a rather large hole in the garden that has been described as “almost as deep as the Führerbunker”   To the poet and wit Henry Luttrell (1765 – 1861) “eating pâté de foie gras to the sound of trumpets” … Continue reading “A Bastard of a Basement”

August 8, 2017

A Sugar Palace

by Matthew Steeples

Lord Sugar puts his gin palace up for sale for £12.7 million after owning it for just two years; it was originally built for the controversial tycoon Alan Bond   On Monday, the Daily Mail’s Sebastian Shakespeare revealed that Lord Sugar – of The Apprentice fame, in case you didn’t already know – is trying … Continue reading “A Sugar Palace”

July 30, 2017

Palming Off Il Palmetto

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire founder of Netscape has failed to sell his Palm Beach mansion in a year; it remains on the market for £105 million (or 754% more than he paid for it in 1999)   Four times married, a father of four and a collector of rather large gin palaces, Texan James H. Clark founded Netscape … Continue reading “Palming Off Il Palmetto”

July 5, 2017

Rinder vs. Stunt

by Matthew Steeples

James Stunt finds support from the aristocracy, receives a suggestion he takes to the stage from actor Steven Berkoff and issues two more YouTube video posts   Update: 07:45am, Thursday 6th July – Three of the four videos by James Stunt have been removed. YouTube have replaced them with a comment: “This content is not … Continue reading “Rinder vs. Stunt”

June 8, 2017

Three Reasons to Vote…

by General

A financier, a photographer and a doctor explain why they’ll respectively choose the Conservatives, the Liberal Democrats and Labour today   Financier Zachary Latif on why he’ll vote for the Conservative Party   Brexit is the primary question Firstly, this election was called on the issue of Brexit and when voters go to the polls, … Continue reading “Three Reasons to Vote…”

June 4, 2017

Trevor Hemmings CVO

by General

Reclusive yet charming “leisure entrepreneur” Trevor Hemmings owns over 100 racehorses, lives primarily on the Isle of Man and generously funded the SAFE centre to help victims of sexual violence in Preston, Lancashire.   This “publicity averse” self-made father of four’s Grand National winning horses have included Ballabriggs, Hedgehunter and Many Clouds and other assets … Continue reading “Trevor Hemmings CVO”

May 10, 2017

Rich Pickings

by Matthew Steeples

Trophy house with a “dictator interior” in The Boltons has nearly £10 million sliced off its asking price; iceberg home behind reduced by £5 million   A house in London’s second most expensive street has returned to the market at the much reduced price of £30 million ($38.8 million, €35.5 million or درهم142.6 million) in … Continue reading “Rich Pickings”

May 7, 2017

The Busy Borwicks

by General

Son of Kensington MP Lady Borwick’s curious connections to the people who ensured both Brexit and the election of Donald Trump revealed   On Sunday, Carole Cadwalladr of  The Observer published a lengthy and well researched article that, amongst other things, examined the connections between The Hon. Thomas Borwick – the son of the Conservative hereditary … Continue reading “The Busy Borwicks”

April 6, 2017

Billionaire Battersea

by Matthew Steeples

Historic Battersea mansion for sale for the same sum it was marketed for in 2011; it has been mostly empty throughout the intervening period and was renovated by the late billionaire Malcolm Forbes   Billionaire publisher Malcolm Forbes was a man who liked to live large. He had a huge yacht named The Highlander, threw … Continue reading “Billionaire Battersea”

April 5, 2017

Trumping Livingstone

by Matthew Steeples

Has Ken Livingstone become Britain’s answer to Donald Trump?   Father of five Ken Livingstone would no doubt hate the comparison but, putting him in perspective, he’s rather like a British version of the American father of five Donald Trump.   When Ken Livingstone doesn’t like what is said about him, he terms it “incredible … Continue reading “Trumping Livingstone”

March 29, 2017

The Downfall of The Donald

by Matthew Steeples

Could Donald Trump’s ‘Fall of Rome-style’ downfall be triggered by the actions of his very own family?   Donald Trump came to power promising to ‘Drain the Swamp’ of Washington. Thus far he’s made it bigger and though he might think appointing as many cronies and family members as possible to senior positions will protect … Continue reading “The Downfall of The Donald”

March 18, 2017

The Big Bend

by Matthew Steeples

Billionaire living in New York might take a U-turn if a proposed skyscraper named the ‘Big Bend’ becomes reality   A 4,000 foot end-to-end conceptual skyscraper has been proposed in Manhattan in order to “potentially provide a solution to the height limitations imposed by city zoning laws” according to the anthropological New York website 6sqft. … Continue reading “The Big Bend”

March 15, 2017

Bring Back Abdulhak

by Matthew Steeples

Father of Martine Vik Magnussen again calls for his daughter’s wealthy Arabic suspected killer to face justice nine years after her death   Nine years have passed since Martine Vik Magnussen, after being caught on camera leaving Mayfair’s Maddox Club, was raped and murdered in Great Portland Street, London. Her suspected killer, a wealthy brat … Continue reading “Bring Back Abdulhak”

February 22, 2017

Take Me To The Gold Park

by Matthew Steeples

Outrageously over-the-top Beverly Hills pad complete with gold accessories galore goes on sale for £80 million; buyers will get a gold Lamborghini, a gold Rolls-Royce and 170 gold coloured bottles of Cristal   Sold last for £7.7 million ($9.8 million, €9.3 million or درهم36 million) in 2012 when it was a 5,926 square foot house, … Continue reading “Take Me To The Gold Park”

February 6, 2017

Sex and the Single Zillionaire

by Matthew Steeples

Belvedere, CA home of late tech billionaire and author of ‘Sex and the Single Zillionaire’ Thomas Perkins for sale; he entertained amongst others Sophia Loren and Rupert Murdoch there   Thomas Perkins (1932 – 2016) had it all. Born in New York, this Harvard University and MIT graduate made his fortune in Silicon Valley, California … Continue reading “Sex and the Single Zillionaire”

Blocking Betsy

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump begs supporters to help him stop his whack-job, wannabe bear killer education secretary nominee, Betsy DeVos, being blocked   In an email to supporters Saturday, ‘Trump Headquarters’ begged supporters to sign a petition of support for President Trump’s nominee for secretary of education, Betsy DeVos.   In the missive, which shared the news … Continue reading “Blocking Betsy”

January 25, 2017

Trumping Wildenstein

by Matthew Steeples

‘Catwoman’ Jocelyn Wildenstein puts her Trump World Tower apartment on the market after recent court appearance for “clawing” her boyfriend’s face   “No showings before 12pm” shouts the listing on realtor Douglas Elliman’s homepage and given how the owner of the property they’re currently selling no doubt looks of a morning, one need not wonder … Continue reading “Trumping Wildenstein”

December 9, 2016

A Catty Catastrophe

by Matthew Steeples

‘Bride of Wildenstein’ got her claws out in New York; her boyfriend learns a lesson about playing with cats   Spanish writer Miguel de Cervantes once remarked: “Those who’ll play with cats must expect to be scratched” and now, it seems, 76-year old plastic surgery obsessive and feline lookalike Jocelyn Wildenstein’s boyfriend has ended up … Continue reading “A Catty Catastrophe”

October 25, 2016

The Island Car

by Matthew Steeples

Perfect ‘his’ and ‘hers’ cars for billionaires with mega yachts offered by Neiman Marcus as part of a charity benefit   Each year since 1926, Neiman Marcus have produced what they call the Christmas Book and in this year’s they have produced a ‘fantasy list’ that will benefit charities including The Heart of Neiman Marcus … Continue reading “The Island Car”

September 18, 2016

Topping a sale

by Matthew Steeples

Highest penthouse in western hemisphere sells for £67.5 million   On Friday, the property news site 6sqft reported that a Saudi billionaire had just paid £67.5 million ($87.7 million or €78.6 million) for a New York penthouse at 432 Park Avenue that is currently the highest of any in the western hemisphere.   According to … Continue reading “Topping a sale”

August 12, 2016

The Duke of Westminster

by Matthew Steeples

A tribute to Gerald Cavendish, the 6th Duke of Westminster (1951 – 2016)   Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th Duke of Westminster was a man of duty dedicated to his country, its military and to the countryside he so loved.   Described in a poignant tribute on the Grosvenor Estate’s website as “distinctly down-to-earth” and … Continue reading “The Duke of Westminster”

April 25, 2016

A £65 million mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Hampshire estate Hackwood Park goes on the open market for £65 million – making it one of most expensive country houses ever offered for sale in Britain

March 14, 2016

Justice for Martine

by Matthew Steeples

Martine Vik Magnussen must not be forgotten and her alleged killer Farouk Abdulhak should finally be brought to justice suggests Matthew Steeples

February 6, 2016

Moving a mansion

by Matthew Steeples

Washington’s oldest house – which was originally located in Massachusetts – for sale

January 17, 2016

Godly Goodman

by Matthew Steeples

Imprisoned polo playing mogul turned Bentley wielding hit-and-run killer John Goodman finds religion

March 7, 2015

John Pappajohn

by General

Billionaire Des Moines venture capitalist John Pappajohn was amusingly quoted as saying “Pappa’s in the house” when he dedicated the Pappajohn Business Building at the University of Iowa.

September 14, 2015

Pastor Farris Wilks

by General

A Texan bricklayer turned billionaire, Pastor Farris Wilks grew up in a goat shed but now owns an airport and his own aircraft.

August 15, 2015

Danielle Rollins

by General

Described as being “vivacious” and a “tastemaker”, Danielle Rollins admits to having been a “very odd child”.

July 28, 2015

Beaten by Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg offers £2 million above the £15 million asking price to see off three other bidders and buys George Eliot’s house by the River Thames

July 25, 2015

Slash and die

by Matthew Steeples

Asking price of Californian estate cut by £37.8 million; condition of owner being allowed to live there until he dies removed

June 30, 2015

Return of the Ed

by Matthew Steeples

Ed Stone recreated in the grounds of Carphone Warehouse founder’s Leicestershire estate

Bring your own bidet

by Matthew Steeples

Most expensive house to be publicly offered for sale in the UK to be stripped of everything including the kitchen sink

May 31, 2015

Radovan Vitek

by General

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015.

May 29, 2015

Goga Ashkenazi (born Gaukhar Berkalieva)

by General

Termed “the first female oligarch”, Goga Ashkenazi made her first fortune in oil and gas before moving into fashion after buying Vionnet in 2012.

May 17, 2015

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

by Matthew Steeples

The Houston home of the “ageless wife” of the once jailed Texan oil baron Oscar Wyatt became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” after becoming a “home away from home” for everyone from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret

April 18, 2015

Lauding Lucas

by Matthew Steeples

George Lucas’ decision to build affordable housing on his estate is commendable – the Candy brothers in London should take note

April 17, 2015

Galen and Hilary Weston

by General

Worth some £6.5 billion ($9.7 billion) as of April 2015, Toronto and Windsor, Florida based Galen and Hilary Weston control an empire that includes Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

March 29, 2015

Mount Vernon: The real Southfork

by Matthew Steeples

Dallas mansion with a prayer room and the largest private bowling centre in America that was previously owned by a billionaire oil baron remains for sale despite a price cut of £7 million

March 8, 2015

Elizabeth Holmes

by General

Palo Alto, California based Elizabeth Holmes quit Stanford University and made a $4.5 billion fortune as a health technology entrepreneur.

Flooding Woodside

by Matthew Steeples

£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut

March 2, 2015

Russ Weiner

by General

The son of “banned from Britain hatemonger” Michael Savage, Russ Weiner is the creator of the Rockstar energy drink.

February 22, 2015

Sam Cook

by General

Aged just 17, Yorkshire born Sam Cook borrowed £2,000 from his father and allegedly turned it into £21.2 million in less than 12 months.

February 14, 2015

Laudered

by steepleadmin

Estée Lauder heir Ronald S. Lauder deals a body blow to Romanian film industry

October 25, 2014

Brooks is back

by Matthew Steeples

Rebekah Brooks looks set to return to the fold   Few expected Rebekah Brooks and her husband to be acquitted in June but now it looks set to be the couple who have the last laugh. News that Mrs Brooks has spent the week at the headquarters of News Corp in New York this week … Continue reading “Brooks is back”

September 29, 2014

Evgeny Lebedev

by General

This “true romantic” and “Londongrad playboy” is the publisher of The Independent and the Evening Standard and also was involved in setting up the London Live television station. Evgeny Lebedev is the son of a billionaire ex-KGB agent and has been described as “a modern Machiavellian prince” and as having “a penchant for white silk suits”. … Continue reading “Evgeny Lebedev”

September 22, 2014

Old and new

by Matthew Steeples

One of San Francisco’s oldest houses for sale for $12 million   One of the oldest houses in San Francisco and one of the few to survive the 1906 earthquake – which destroyed 80% of the city – is for sale for $12 million (£7.3 million).

September 5, 2014

Bloomberg blooms

by Matthew Steeples

Michael Bloomberg back at the helm at Bloomberg   Billionaire businessman Michael Bloomberg is to unexpectedly resume control of his eponymous financial data and media company at the end of the year just eight months after ending his final term as New York’s mayor.

July 27, 2014

Choking on compo

by Matthew Steeples

Chain smoker’s widow awarded £13.9 billion in compensation   America is widely known as the land that created “compensation culture” but in the recent award of £13.9 billion ($23.6 billion) in punitive damages and £9.9 million ($16.8 million) in compensatory damages to the widow of a chain smoker, a truly ridiculous precedent has been set.

July 25, 2014

From Docker to Dunstone

by Matthew Steeples

Norah Docker’s yacht, Shemara, has found a saviour in Charles Dunstone   When spendaholics Sir Bernard and Lady Docker took ownership of a 65-metre yacht, the Shemara, in the 1950s, little did they know that it would ultimately become part of their nemesis. The very same boat – after languishing for many years – has … Continue reading “From Docker to Dunstone”

March 21, 2014

Crime shouldn’t pay

by Matthew Steeples

Two cases that highlight that justice is a dish that should be served   Two cases featured in today’s Evening Standard provide evidence that those seeking justice should never give up. The first is that of a crook named Giovanni Di Stefano and the second is that of the murder victim Martine Vik Magnussen.

March 20, 2014

Billing the kids

by Matthew Steeples

World’s richest man Bill Gates pledges not to spoil his children   Bill Gates is a man who found it hard to fit in. The geeks he grew up with came to resent him for betraying them but as he was elevated to the position of topping any list of ultra high net worths, he … Continue reading “Billing the kids”

December 24, 2013

Bullish bravado

by Matthew Steeples

Red Bull founder’s grandson remains subject to an arrest warrant   In a case that echoes that of Florida’s John Goodman trial, 28-year old Vorayuth Yoovidhya – the grandson of the founder of Red Bull – remains subject to an arrest warrant for reckless driving, causing death and failing to stop at the scene of … Continue reading “Bullish bravado”

August 30, 2013

Georgina Bloomberg

by Matthew Steeples

The daughter of the billionaire publishing magnate and politician Michael Bloomberg and his Yorkshire born wife, this passionate equestrian divides her time between New York and Florida. A New York University graduate and generous philanthropist, Bloomberg has written three “young adult” novels: The A Circuit, My Favorite Mistake and Off Course. She featured in Jamie … Continue reading “Georgina Bloomberg”

August 19, 2013

Murdoch takes a slice of Vice

by Matthew Steeples

Rupert Murdoch invests $70 million into Vice   Rupert Murdoch’s Twenty-First Century Fox, Inc. has just taken a slice of Vice. No, the billionaire’s not put his money into prostitution but instead – for those who haven’t heard of it – he’s invested in a local magazine business that has grown into an alternative media … Continue reading “Murdoch takes a slice of Vice”

August 17, 2013

Jet set John

by Matthew Steeples

Tagged billionaire John Goodman allowed to fly to Texas to visit his mother   The case of John Goodman is what the media would term “a gift that keeps on giving”. The “polo king” billionaire, whose reckless driving resulted in a student’s death in 2010, is in the news again this week and this time … Continue reading “Jet set John”

August 7, 2013

He who dares, gets the rocks

by Matthew Steeples

Viewer of Petra Ecclestone’s £32,000,000 Eaton Square home leaves with £500,000 of jewellery   In 2008, the Financial Times’ Richard Holledge described Finchatton’s renovation of 63 Eaton Square in Belgravia as a “daring conversion”. Last month, the very same property was the location of something equally daring: a £500,000 jewellery heist.

July 28, 2013

Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)

by Matthew Steeples

This twice married, self-made billionaire publisher and philanthropist is a polarising force. Desmond’s portfolio has at various times included titles as diverse as the Daily Express, OK!, Asian Babes and Penthouse and this is used against him by enemies like Tom Bower who have also claimed that he’s “violent and dishonest”. Though some might loathe … Continue reading “Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)”

May 31, 2013

A Minor problem

by Matthew Steeples

Former billionaire Halsey Minor files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy   Last October we featured the story of the $25 million Koshland Mansion in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. The price of the property has now been slashed to $21 million and today its former owner, Halsey Minor, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with liabilities of … Continue reading “A Minor problem”

May 19, 2013

Jesse Livermore (1877 – 1940)

by Matthew Steeples

One of the greatest traders ever to have lived. This thrice married American was famed for making and losing several multi-million dollar fortunes and once stated: “People who look for easy money invariably pay for the privilege of proving conclusively that it cannot be found on this earth”. Bankers today should pay heed. Nicknamed the … Continue reading “Jesse Livermore (1877 – 1940)”

May 18, 2013

Douglas Chadwick: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks private investor and chairman of the Saltydog Investor Douglas Chadwick: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? The thoughts of Jesse Livermore. He was the first acknowledged momentum trader in the United States. He was worth over a billion dollars by the … Continue reading “Douglas Chadwick: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 16, 2013

An overcharged world

by Matthew Steeples

ASmallWorld charges £75 to remain a member   What a joke. ASmallWorld has bombarded the few that remain interested with a missive demanding £75 per annum to be a member.  

May 11, 2013

Sara Blakely

by Matthew Steeples

The youngest woman to have become a self-made billionaire ever. A former comedian and door-to-door fax machine saleswoman, Blakely founded the privately held Spanx undergarment business at the age of 27. Sales took off in 2000 when Oprah Winfrey endorsed the product and then when she signed a contract with QVC, 8,000 pairs were sold … Continue reading “Sara Blakely”

April 27, 2013

Jackie Siegel

by Matthew Steeples

Her billionaire husband, David, calls this former Miss Florida a “psycho, but a lovable psycho” and adds that she is a “big-busted shopaholic”. Her main desire in life is to be famous and a documentary film about her was made in 2012 by Lauren Greenfield. When her current neighbour, Tiger Woods, crashed his car, she … Continue reading “Jackie Siegel”

March 15, 2013

We’re still at The Sherry

by Matthew Steeples

The $95 million apartment of the world’s richest travel agent remains for sale after six months of marketing   The Sherry-Netherland is one of New York’s finest skyscraper apartment-hotels and one of the city’s best known landmarks. The world’s richest travel agent and co-founder of Liberty Travel, Gilbert Haroche, who occupies the entire 18th floor … Continue reading “We’re still at The Sherry”

March 8, 2013

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

by Matthew Steeples

Ranked as “the most influential Arab in the world”, Al-Waleed has at various times held investments in News Corp, AOL, Apple Inc., Motorola, Fox News, Eastman Kodak, TWA, Twitter, The Savoy, the Four Seasons hotel chain and Euro Disney SCA. Not afraid to back his beliefs financially, the “Buffett of Arabia” gave £18.5 million to … Continue reading “Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal”

March 1, 2013

My Heart Won’t Go On

by Matthew Steeples

An Australian tycoon announces a bizarre plan to launch a replica of the doomed passenger liner RMS Titanic   This week, a “brash” 58-year old Australian mining tycoon named Clive Palmer announced that he will launch a full-scale replica of the RMS Titanic in 2016.     On hearing of this, I wondered if April … Continue reading “My Heart Won’t Go On”

January 17, 2013

The highbrow with the eyebrow

by Matthew Steeples

A tribute to philanthropist and sports entrepreneur George Gund III by Matthew Steeples   In my years visiting San Francisco, it was always a pleasure to meet one of the city’s great men, George Gund III.  

November 25, 2012

Richard Caring

by Matthew Steeples

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the majority of the top restaurants and clubs in Central London. He survived the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami and viewed that to be a wakeup call. Since then he’s donated millions to … Continue reading “Richard Caring”

November 13, 2012

Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

by Matthew Steeples

The rise and fall of the “wealthiest divorcee in history” has been extraordinary. A former nude model for her first husband’s Knave magazine and star of adult films such as “The Nine Acres of Nakedness,” Patricia Kluge is the daughter of an Englishman and a Scots-Iraqi. She married her second husband, the late John Kluge, … Continue reading “Patricia Kluge (née Rose)”

November 12, 2012

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

by Matthew Steeples

She owns a controlling interest in the world’s third largest brewer and is married to the child star of Lawrence of Arabia, Michel de Carvalho. They live together in London with their five children, are said to be worth £5.5 billion but live “quite modestly.” Of meeting his wife, de Carvalho commented: “I met the … Continue reading “Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken”

November 6, 2012

For the love of Jobs

by Matthew Steeples

Edward Kay takes a look at a yacht that forms part of the legacy of Steve Jobs   In a bittersweet moment, Steve Jobs’s yacht was launched on 29th October from the Feadship’s de Vries yard in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands with his wife and three children aboard. The Jobs family gave the members of the … Continue reading “For the love of Jobs”

November 5, 2012

Boujis in the basement?

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples explores the story of an empty Kensington mansion   A multi-million pound 8-bedroomed house in Kensington isn’t anything unusual. In fact, rather, they’re ten a penny. In this, one of the wealthiest boroughs in the land, large, expensive homes are just the norm.   No. 1 Campden Hill, which is being marketed for … Continue reading “Boujis in the basement?”

November 1, 2012

Andrey Borodin

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire former president of the Bank of Moscow lives in exile in London and is on the Interpol Red Notices wanted list as a suspect in a £136 million (13 billion rouble) fraud.

Urs Schwarzenbach

by Matthew Steeples

This Swiss born son of a printer has spent over £85 million buying up properties in the Henley-on-Thames area of Oxfordshire. Schwarzenbach also owns 123,000 acres in Australia, 26,000 acres in Scotland and has his own polo team, the Black Bears. This financier’s foreign exchange dealership, Interexchange, is the biggest in Switzerland and betting against … Continue reading “Urs Schwarzenbach”

October 24, 2012

Wafic Saïd

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire was born in Damascus in 1939 and declares his loves to be music, architecture, art and horse racing. His home is the £50 million neo-Georgian mansion Tusmore Park near Bicester in Oxfordshire and he supposedly paid Robbie Williams in excess of a million to perform at his daughter’s May 2012 wedding to PR … Continue reading “Wafic Saïd”

September 25, 2012

Hook off

by Matthew Steeples

The deportation of Abu Hamza and the story of Hassan Butt   It’s taken far too long but thankfully the day of Abu Hamza al-Masri’s deportation has arrived. This evil one-eyed Egyptian-born Sunni preacher, best known for his hateful views and involvement in terrorism, has been in prison in Britain since 2004 and is now … Continue reading “Hook off”

August 14, 2012

Fighting Season

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Fighting Season by Graham Lee   At school, one of my classmates was a chap named Graham Lee. We used to travel home together on the same bus from Lancaster and as both our mothers worked at the same university and shared a love of all things equestrian, we had much in … Continue reading “Fighting Season”

June 22, 2012

Vincent Tchenguiz

by Matthew Steeples

This Mayfair based property tycoon was born in Tehran and owns a Mangusta motor yacht named “Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I conquered”). His Rolls-Royce Phantom, numberplate “2V,” is often spotted outside London’s finest establishments and an SFO investigation into his business affairs has now been sensibly put to bed.

June 4, 2012

Singing for a Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, helped record this special tribute to The Queen. Produced by Barlow with … Continue reading “Singing for a Diamond”

May 25, 2012

Gina Rinehart

by Matthew Steeples

Whatever she does, “The House of Hancock comes first.” This little known Australian daughter of a bush pilot and prospector is now the world’s richest woman with a worth of some £18 billion. Known as the “Iron Lady,” twice-married Rinehart’s fortune is expanding at a rate of £21,000 a second and if this continues this … Continue reading “Gina Rinehart”

May 20, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Gregory Barker (AKA “Greg Barker”)

by Matthew Steeples

Gregory Barker worked for Roman Abramovich at the Sibneft Oil Group and as Energy Minister, took his daschund, Otto, to work at the Houses of Parliament. A Conservative Member of Parliament between 2001 and 2015, Barker lives between Notting Hill and Sussex and is widely cited as the architect of David Cameron’s “green conservatism”.  

May 18, 2012

Dmitry Rybolovlev

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire businessman started out in medicine but soon moved into commerce realising that enterprise would better provide for his family. He was imprisoned on falsified charges of contract murder for 11 months in 1996. Subsequently cleared, Rybolovlev then went on to make his fortune in potassium and banking. This divorced father of two has … Continue reading “Dmitry Rybolovlev”

May 13, 2012

Nicolas Niarchos

by Matthew Steeples

Born in New York in 1989 and the grandson of “The Golden Greek,” shipping tycoon Stavros Niarchos, Nicolas Niarchos writes for The Guardian, The Observer and The Huffington Post and is now based in London. He’s variously also been a DJ, editor and publisher and in his spare time he’s said to like spicy vegan … Continue reading “Nicolas Niarchos”

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