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August 8, 2017

A Con and A Cabriolet

by Matthew Steeples

One-off 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI cabriolet to be auctioned; originally commissioned by a British playboy turned jailbird with connections to Princess Margaret but only actually completed in 1993   A 1971 Rolls-Royce Phantom VI all-weather cabriolet with bodywork by the renowned Italian automotive stylist Frua is to be auctioned this month.   Offered with an … Continue reading “A Con and A Cabriolet”

July 6, 2017

One Owner From 1840

by Matthew Steeples

Small country house in Derbyshire that has been in the same family since it was built for sale for £2.5 million   Owned by the same family since it was built in 1840 and occupied by them since the 1930s, Nether Hall at Hathersage in Derbyshire is to be sold for the first time ever … Continue reading “One Owner From 1840”

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 28, 2017

Marples Must Go

by Matthew Steeples

1964 Mini Cooper S hatchback designed to carry the golf clubs of the much-loathed Postmaster General, Minister of Transport and alleged tax fraudster Ernest Marples for sale   Twice married and born in Levenshulme, Manchester, Ernest Marples – later Lord Marples – makes the very worst of modern politicians look like relative babes in arms. … Continue reading “Marples Must Go”

June 21, 2017

Theresa’s Timing

by Matthew Steeples

As Theresa May once again proves she has no idea of the concept of “when the time is right”, we join those that suggest the time that she must go is now   Theresa May failed to anticipate the timing of a General Election two weeks ago and got trounced. A week ago, this same … Continue reading “Theresa’s Timing”

June 5, 2017

Not So Little Italy

by Matthew Steeples

Vast “Italian style” oceanfront mansion in Orange County, CA relaunched for sale for £42.7 million; it has failed to sell at prices as high as £53 million   An 18,000 square foot barn of a residence described as “the finest oceanfront home in SoCal” has been relaunched to the market this month at a price … Continue reading “Not So Little Italy”

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”

June 3, 2017

Messy Mackinlay

by Matthew Steeples

As the CPS charge Tory candidate Craig Mackinlay, Theresa May’s poor judgment is yet again illustrated   Yesterday, in spite of Craig Mackinlay, the Conservative candidate for South Thanet, being charged with offences under the Representation of the People Act 1983, Theresa May strangely leapt to his defence.   Mackinlay, a businessman, Tory MP for … Continue reading “Messy Mackinlay”

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 23, 2017

Living Large

by Matthew Steeples

New Jersey mansion, complete with 58 rooms, for sale for equivalent sum to what it cost to build in 1909; the £37 million house’s original owner was a man whose extravagance knew absolutely no bounds   George Crocker (1856 – 1909) makes F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Jay Gatsby seem like an amateur. Born in Sacramento and … Continue reading “Living Large”

April 10, 2017

Alfie Best II

by General

A tenacious Romany Gypsy turned multi-millionaire businessman, Mayfair and Hertfordshire based Alfie Best overcame “many obstacles and prejudices” to make his fortune in cars, mobile phone stores and mobile home parks. The owner of Wyldecrest Parks also produces his own gin and claims his life philosophy is “90% perspiration and 10% inspiration”. His equally entrepreneurial … Continue reading “Alfie Best II”

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”

December 9, 2016

A Parson’s Moat

by Matthew Steeples

East Sussex country house for sale; it comes complete with an enormous rectangular moat allegedly dug by an eccentric parson in the 1700s   One generally associates moats with castles and manor houses – such as the one we featured last month – but an old rectory currently for sale for £5 million ($6.3 million … Continue reading “A Parson’s Moat”

November 29, 2016

A Reminder of What Is To Come

by Matthew Steeples

Donald Trump on ‘Saturday Night Live’ back in 2015 needs to be viewed again; it might be comedy but now it looks like an especially scary indicator of what is yet to come   Back in 2015, Donald Trump and his daughter, Ivanka, appeared in a sketch on Saturday Night Live.   At the time, … Continue reading “A Reminder of What Is To Come”

November 27, 2016

The Times They are a-Changin’ (and All it Takes is a Tweet)

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples highlights the workings and truths behind the changed political landscape of 2016   2016 will be remembered as the year when the world flipped convention on its head. With the brutal monster Fidel Castro finally gone, Donald Trump headed for The White House and Brexit in Britain, comes a new era but it … Continue reading “The Times They are a-Changin’ (and All it Takes is a Tweet)”

November 4, 2016

Nick Bell

by General

Born in 1983 in Alnwick, Northumberland, Nick Bell is amongst the few youngsters who genuinely deserve the accolade “entrepreneur”. A former pupil of The Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, Bell sold his first company, Tennfront.com, for £1 million at the age of 16 and has been vice president of content at Snapchat since 2013. Meeting him … Continue reading “Nick Bell”

September 5, 2016

Berkoff on Sir Shifty

by Steven Berkoff

Actor, producer and writer Steven Berkoff shares his views about Sir Philip Green   I recently watched a group of investigators sitting around a semi-circular table politely asking questions of Sir Philip Green. They elicited either vague responses, unsure responses, or contemptuous responses about him flogging BHS, a once venerable institution, to a somewhat dodgy … Continue reading “Berkoff on Sir Shifty”

April 11, 2016

The Pamborghini

by Matthew Steeples

Pink Lamborghini owned by 32-year old multi-millionaire appears in South Kensington (complete with images of Pamela Anderson)

March 11, 2016

The trials of Khemka

by Matthew Steeples

Old Harrovian jeans designer Sheel Khemka to face retrial

July 10, 2015

A Spitfire soars

by Matthew Steeples

Spitfire smashes £1.5 million pre-sale estimate and soars to sell for £3.1 million for charity in London

June 30, 2015

Return of the Ed

by Matthew Steeples

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

June 29, 2015

Kevin Wheatcroft

by General

The owner of Donington Park Racetrack, Kevin Wheatcroft is estranged from his six siblings and is bizarrely also the world’s leading collector of Nazi memorabilia.

June 8, 2015

Supporting Sol

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ backs Sol Campbell for Mayor of London

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.

April 19, 2015

Where’s Jack?

by Matthew Steeples

Readers who spot and photograph Charles Mitford Cust’s van will be sent a free signed copy of his novel ‘Union Jack’

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 18, 2015

Amanda Eliasch (née Amanda Brown)

by General

A London and Los Angeles based filmmaker, writer, poet and photographer, Amanda Eliasch was born in Beirut and is a regular on any “most invited list”.

December 27, 2014

Randy Harris

by General

The son of businessman King Harris and publishing heiress Anne Hearst McInerney, Randy Harris celebrated his 21st birthday party at the ‘21’ Club in 2012

October 8, 2014

Northern glory

by Matthew Steeples

Reconfigured Lancashire estate for sale for £4.25 million   Businessman Martin Higginson and his wife Maggie have reversed what has happened to most English country estates in buying back properties and land around their Lancashire home, Hay Carr at Bay Horse, near Lancaster. They are now selling the whole property with a price of offers … Continue reading “Northern glory”

September 27, 2014

Sir John Ritblat FRICS, FSVA

by General

This twice married, Hampstead born property titan acquired British Land for £1 million in 1970 from the corporate raider Jim Slater.

September 25, 2014

You reap what you sow

by Rupert James

Businessman Rupert James shares his views on the problems at Tesco   Jack Cohen founded Tesco; his wife was called Tessa Cohen. That is where the name comes from. It grew far too quickly and it has become too big. Now this behemoth is unsurprisingly reaping what it has sown.

September 19, 2014

Won and lost

by Matthew Steeples

Gamblers are the winners and losers of Scotland’s independence referendum   Whilst Great Britain was undoubtedly the winner when the result of Scotland’s independence referendum came in at 6am on Friday, there were other clear winners and losers. United as gamblers, the first comes in the form of a punter who bet £900,000 on a … Continue reading “Won and lost”

September 1, 2014

Previewing Privé

by Matthew Steeples

Wednesday marks the start of one of Britain’s best automotive events, Salon Privé 2014   This Wednesday marks the event of the year for motoring aficionados in Britain as it is the opening day of Salon Privé at Syon Park, ten miles from Central London.

August 11, 2014

America’s Downton

by Matthew Steeples

An opportunity to buy an American equivalent of Downton Abbey   Downton Abbey returns to our screens this autumn and one has to ask whether its writer Julian Fellowes was at all influenced by the story of the story of Peter Widener of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania whose son and grandson both died in the sinking of … Continue reading “America’s Downton”

August 5, 2014

A rake’s progress

by Matthew Steeples

Businessman Peter Burrell solves the problem of keeping gravel level   Gravel drives are a joy and a nightmare at the same time. A crunchy drive, according to The Independent’s Jeff Howell is something that most would have on their bucket list at a “dream home” but with one, you get the problem of weeds … Continue reading “A rake’s progress”

June 23, 2014

Felix Dennis (1947 – 2014)

by Matthew Steeples

This maverick publishing legend and poet founded Dennis Publishing in 1974 and was the first person to say the word “cunt” on live British television in 1970 on David Frost’s The Frost Programme. Born in Kingston-upon-Thames, Felix Dennis was jailed but subsequently acquitted in a trial relating to a sexually explicit Rupert the Bear cartoon … Continue reading “Felix Dennis (1947 – 2014)”

March 28, 2014

Speedback

by Matthew Steeples

David Brown Automotive’s Speedback is a stunning vehicle   David Brown shares not only his name with Sir David Brown of DB Aston Martin fame but also an ability to create the most stunning of cars. The contemporary Brown, though not related to Sir David or Aston Martin in any way, has plainly taken inspiration … Continue reading “Speedback”

February 21, 2014

A dictator’s dream

by Matthew Steeples

50,000 square foot Utah mansion that would suit an exiled dictator or lottery lout   Money and taste don’t necessarily go together and no more is this rule proven than in a $30 million (£18 million) Utah mansion

January 2, 2014

Peck’s ‘Mockingbird Bentley’

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley owned by Gregory Peck for 34 years goes to auction   Gregory Peck loved his 1961 Bentley S2 Continental Flying Spur so much that he kept it for 34 years. The very same car is set to be auctioned on 17th January by RM Auctions.

December 24, 2013

Iqbal Latif: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with businessman Iqbal Latif   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Unlearning the old and relearning the new.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Be an integral part of rising global consciousness”. Seven billion connected minds in this … Continue reading “Iqbal Latif: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 23, 2013

A Prodigy house

by Matthew Steeples

A country seat with a prodigious history   Historic Brereton Hall in Brereton, Cheshire is a fine Elizabethan country house but one that has been sadly separated from much of its original estate.

December 20, 2013

Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with former English rugby union player and England captain Lewis Moody   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Family and friends who will always keep you grounded and honest   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? A man’s character … Continue reading “Lewis Moody: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

December 12, 2013

A house that hasn’t sold in 14 years

by Matthew Steeples

‘Cotswold style’ mansion dramatically reduced in price after 14 years on the market   Americans love all things British and they especially love to replicate our architecture. In the Northern Californian town of Hillsborough, a fine example is a 35,000 square foot mansion named The Tobin Clark Estate.

October 21, 2013

Yan Assoun

by Matthew Steeples

The term “bonfire of the bankers” truly applies to the life of this divorced Frenchman who has variously been based in London and New York. Back in 2009, he told Bloomberg: “I haven’t cried yet” after being made redundant by Credit Suisse in 2009 and then in October 2013, party loving Assoun informed a London … Continue reading “Yan Assoun”

September 23, 2013

Price vs. Patience

by Matthew Steeples

Stonebrook Court Manor: The sale of a Californian mansion where it’s more about patience than price   Stonebrook Court Manor in California’s Los Altos Hills has been on and off the market since January 2008. Its owner, a “television executive turned Internet investor” and investment banker named Kelly Porter, though said to be “in no … Continue reading “Price vs. Patience”

September 2, 2013

Models required

by Matthew Steeples

Renowned sculptor Jonathan Wylder seeks models   Talented sculptor Jonathan Wylder is setting himself up as the “artist at work” at Belgravia’s The Osbourne Gallery between 7th and 22nd September. He is looking for individuals to model for him during this period and we thought we’d offer up this opportunity to readers of The Steeple … Continue reading “Models required”

August 24, 2013

Arkadiy Abramovich (Аркадий Романович Абрамович)

by Matthew Steeples

Born in 1993, this heir to the fortune of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is the founder of ARA Capital, a company listed on the London Stock Exchange under the ticker ZOL. In 2010, he unsuccessfully bid for FC Copenhagen and in March 2013, he snapped up a Siberian oilfield for $46 million. Daddy will make … Continue reading “Arkadiy Abramovich (Аркадий Романович Абрамович)”

August 17, 2013

Notorious addresses

by Matthew Steeples

Can the former homes of notorious criminals ever really be ‘bargains?   In recent days many newspapers have featured the sale of the apartment where Dennis Nilson committed several murders. Most refer to it as a ‘bargain’, but are such places truly really the deals they’re made out to be?

August 7, 2013

Sunning it

by Matthew Steeples

Anthea Turner and Grant Bovey move on (yet again)   To most, both “sunrise” and “sundown” are beautiful spectacles. For Anthea Turner, these are words she’d probably rather forget.

July 15, 2013

Derek Taylor: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

20 questions with businessman, restaurateur and philanthropist Derek Taylor   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Never give up on your dreams.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Do as you would be done by.  

July 4, 2013

Something and nothing

by Matthew Steeples

Rupert Murdoch’s comments on the police investigation into phone hacking have a degree of logic to them   In stating that the covertly recorded remarks made by Rupert Murdoch and broadcast on Channel 4 yesterday do actually have a degree of logic to them, some will suggest that we’re supporting an arrogant Citizen Kane like … Continue reading “Something and nothing”

May 23, 2013

Allard Marx: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks strategist and businessman Allard Marx: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Caterine Axelsson’s daily smile.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? There is always a way. “How?” not “Why?” should be … Continue reading “Allard Marx: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

May 18, 2013

Laurence Benson

by Matthew Steeples

Laurence Benson is an international jetsetting businessman who is based in Belgravia, Florida and the Seychelles.

May 7, 2013

Oiling up brings the Karma a Destino

by Matthew Steeples

Could a V8 engine save the Fisker brand?   Yesterday, FoxNews.com asked: “Can the internal combustion engine save the electric car?” and answered: “In the case of the Fisker Karma, it just might be”.  

May 3, 2013

Linked in more ways than one

by Matthew Steeples

The links between Owen Oyston, William Roache and Stuart Hall   Board meetings of Ridings Publishing Company Limited and its subsidiaries and Oystons Limited must have featured some interesting conversations as at them three well-known men were eligible to attend. Those three men, as of today, variously have served a jail sentence for rape, been … Continue reading “Linked in more ways than one”

April 23, 2013

Penelope Wilton OBE

by Matthew Steeples

Yorkshire born and twice divorced, Wilton is the niece of actor Bill Travers. She’s performed widely but truly came to fame when she appeared alongside Richard Briers in the BBC’s Ever Decreasing Circles in 1984. As Rosemary in Alan Bennett’s Talking Heads 2 and as Mrs Bibby in his The History Boys, she was brilliant … Continue reading “Penelope Wilton OBE”

March 24, 2013

Andreas Panayiotou

by Matthew Steeples

A self-made mogul and former champion boxer who cannot read or write fluently. He thinks “differently” and built a £400 million fortune by creating and then selling a buy-to-let empire of almost 6,000 rental properties. Panayiotou takes the view that it is “moral[ly]” right to pay taxes in Britain and of those who call Heath … Continue reading “Andreas Panayiotou”

March 9, 2013

Justin Timberlake

by Matthew Steeples

This child star has morphed via a stint on the Disney Channel and in boy band ‘N Sync into an internationally known singer-songwriter, actor, record producer, dancer and businessman.

February 18, 2013

A Smart move

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the home of a circus heir and the revival of Billy Smart’s Circus   Billy Smart, Sr. (1894 – 1966), a travelling showman and father of 10 children (he was himself one of 23), bought a circus in 1946 and quickly became known as an extraordinary entertainer. One of his son’s, Billy … Continue reading “A Smart move”

February 13, 2013

Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of The Duchess of Cambridge’s uncle’s holiday villa, La Maison de Bang Bang   Just as it is reported that the pregnant Duchess of Cambridge is said to be furious about photographers having managed to capture her in a bikini on a beach on the private island of Mustique, another of her previous … Continue reading “Bang, Bang, Snap, Snap”

November 20, 2012

Ecstasy and Babycham

by Matthew Steeples

A marine residence with a history tied to the Rolls-Royce Spirit of Ecstasy, the Special Operations Executive and Babycham   The House on the Shore on Thorns Beach at Beaulieu in Hampshire is a home that wouldn’t look out of place in the Hamptons or Rhode Island. Dramatically situated next to the Solent waters to … Continue reading “Ecstasy and Babycham”

November 18, 2012

All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy

by Matthew Steeples

A Modernist masterpiece based upon simple rationalism   Two buildings were designed by architects Carlo di Carli and Antonio Carminati in 1953 – 1954 in Milan’s Via dei Giardini. Both are considered Modernist masterpieces and both stand proudly in this, the city’s only tree lined street.   Carlo di Carli (1910 – 1999) is considered … Continue reading “All work and no bunga bunga makes Versace a good boy”

November 14, 2012

Eddie Redmayne

by Matthew Steeples

An Old Etonian and graduate of Trinity College, Cambridge, Redmayne has performed alongside Cate Blanchett, Dame Judi Dench and Julianne Moore. He’s noted for his manners but admits he “didn’t have a clue” when he did work experience in banking prior to embarking on a career as an actor. He’s modeled with Cara Delevingne for … Continue reading “Eddie Redmayne”

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.

October 27, 2012

A manageable mansion

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the £20 million Bletchingdon Park, Oxfordshire   Bletchingdon Park House in Oxfordshire is one of those classic Palladian villas that would make the perfect setting for a period drama. Unlike vast Jacobean mansions like Highclere Castle, better known as Julian Fellowes’ Downton Abbey, however, Bletchingdon is of a far more manageable size. … Continue reading “A manageable mansion”

October 14, 2012

Rocking with royalty

by Matthew Steeples

A £26 million residence with connections to rock, royalty and rectors   Built in the early 1500s, The Old Rectory is Wimbledon’s oldest house. Standing in grounds of 2.5 acres, this 16,200 square foot property was once described by a biographer of Sir Henry Cecil as being “not luxurious, but adequate” but now once again … Continue reading “Rocking with royalty”

October 5, 2012

Stuart Graber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks Stuart Graber, chairman of The Alternative Board London and former managing director of Time Warner International: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Superior mind, superior attitude.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s … Continue reading “Stuart Graber: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

September 23, 2012

No man is an island

by Matthew Steeples

The joys and pitfalls of island life   Living on a private island would, to many, seem like a dream. The prospect of being able to do what you want, when you want and without having to pander to rules and regulations indeed does sound appealing. Swapping the rat race and daily commute for white … Continue reading “No man is an island”

June 15, 2012

Scott Disick

by Matthew Steeples

This reality television star commented of himself: “I may be a douche to some people, but I actually do run companies. I make a lot of money, and I’m more than capable of supporting myself.” The father of a child by Kourtney Kardashian, Disick owns a restaurant in New York’s Meatpacking District, generally sports Tod’s … Continue reading “Scott Disick”

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 15, 2012

Charles Morgan

by Matthew Steeples

He’s a member of the family who created and still own the legendary Morgan Motor Company. He’s also worked in television news as a cameraman for ITN and is a motivational speaker specialising in change management. Morgan lists his quirk to be: “Looking English in spite of buying Italian jackets.”

May 13, 2012

Owen Oyston

by Matthew Steeples

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in excess of £100 million. Married twice to a former Miss Blackpool, his 13th century Lancashire home, Claughton Hall, was moved from the bottom of a hill to the top. He served … Continue reading “Owen Oyston”

Andrey Melnichenko

by Matthew Steeples

This billionaire co-founded one of Russia’s largest private banks, MDM Bank, in 1993, and has interests in companies producing mineral fertilisers and extracting coal. His £300 million yacht, “A,” named after his Serbian model wife Aleksandra, is 400ft long and designed by Philippe Starck. With 42 staff to look after the whims of just 14 … Continue reading “Andrey Melnichenko”

April 28, 2012

Andrew Davis

by Matthew Steeples

He was labeled “Baron Von Essen” but evidence of his pedigree failed to surface. Starting in 1990, this buccaneer built up a collection of 26 luxury hotels but the £300m empire, developed with loans from bankers who plainly asked very few questions, collapsed in 2011. Since then, instead of quietly going to ground, he’s bought … Continue reading “Andrew Davis”

Edward Rigg

by Matthew Steeples

This former filmmaker came up with his own cloudy apple juice. Cheltenham College educated, Edward Rigg has since expanded into a whole range of juices under the brand name Eager and once even also tried to revitalise bingo.  

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