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Tag: divorce

November 30, 2017

Warped Walker vs. Magnificent Markle

by Matthew Steeples

Kushner-Trump mouthpiece Andre Walker’s attack on Meghan Markle was an utter disgrace; it is time that this warped weirdo was called out for what he truly is   Unsurprisingly yesterday, the self-declared “fat Northern bruiser” turned Jared Kushner’s London based mouthpiece Andre Walker appeared on Sky News to defend Donald Trump’s “right” to retweet far … Continue reading “Warped Walker vs. Magnificent Markle”

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 30, 2017

Pitying Petra

by Matthew Steeples

A reminder of what Petra (Ecclestone) Stunt had to say about her husband back in 2014   In August 2014, Petra Stunt – a woman who’d probably now prefer once again to be called Petra Ecclestone – wrote to The Steeple Times to share her displeasure about an article we’d published.   Mrs Stunt, aside … Continue reading “Pitying Petra”

August 25, 2015

The monotony of Michelle

by Matthew Steeples

Michelle Young’s ‘Evening Standard’ interview proves that she is nothing but egocentric and fame obsessed

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 21, 2015

The house formerly known as Prince

by Matthew Steeples

Despite a Málaga villa built by the musician Prince remaining on the market a year after it was put up for sale, bizarrely its asking price has been increased by £1 million

July 1, 2015

Nicholas Loeb

by General

The son of the former United States Ambassador to Denmark John L. Loeb, Jr., Nicholas Loeb is the founder of Loeb’s Onion Crunch.

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.

April 22, 2015

Leon Max (born Leonid Maxovich Rodovinksi)

by General

Having become “more British than the British” after paying £15 million for Easton Neston House at Towcester in Northamptonshire in 2005, Leon Max got what he described as “a smoking deal” when he snapped up Madonna’s former home 

April 15, 2015

Sofia Coppola

by General

Deemed a “global Godmother of Cool” by Town & Country, actress, director, producer and screenwriter Sofia Coppola triumphed with Lost in Translation

April 2, 2015

Debrah Lee Charatan

by General

With a self-professed desire to be “a female Harry Helmsley”, Debrah Lee Charatan was destined for a successful career in real estate in New York in the 1980s.

January 14, 2015

Ampika Pickston

by General

Oldham born divorcee and former glamour model Ampika Pickston describes herself as “feisty, fun loving and warm hearted”.

January 5, 2015

Jeremy Lloyd OBE (1930 – 2014)

by General

The co-creator of the BBC sitcoms ‘Allo ‘Allo! and Are You Being Served?, Essex born Jeremy Lloyd began his career as a road digger, light-bulb inspector and paint salesman.

December 23, 2014

Linda Sandler

by General

Featured in the late Dominick Dunne’s Power, Privilege and Justice, Linda Sandler is the ex-wife of a multi-millionaire named Joel Sandler.

October 30, 2014

Claudine Longet

by Matthew Steeples

This Parisian actress and singer married the crooner Andy Williams when he was 33 and she was 19.

August 30, 2014

Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)

by General

This thrice married daughter of the novelist Dame Barbara Cartland was allegedly fathered by Prince George, Duke of Kent and has worked her way through five titles. Upwardly mobile, she’s been described as “larger than life” but was so unpopular with her step-children that they nicknamed her “Acid Raine”. During Mohamed Fayed’s ownership of Harrods, … Continue reading “Raine Spencer; Raine, Countess Spencer (AKA “Acid Raine”)”

May 9, 2014

Pricing publicity

by Matthew Steeples

Katie Price’s antics set her on Titanic course   When Katie Price married a part-time stripper named Kieran Hayler in January 2013 everyone cried “publicity stunt” and now she’s supposedly divorcing him, people are rightly shouting the same.

April 30, 2014

Mind out Max

by Matthew Steeples

Max Clifford refuses to apologise as it is revealed that he’s been borrowing against his assets   Sexual abuser Max Clifford’s only remarks since being convicted have been to say that he is “incredibly disappointed about what’s happened” and he’ll be “back to court on Friday”. When asked if he would be apologising to the … Continue reading “Mind out Max”

January 21, 2014

Felicity Kendal CBE

by General

This stunning actress has been known to have both lunch and dinner at La Brasserie in South Kensington on the same day and is best known for playing Barbara Good in The Good Life. Warwickshire born, twice divorced and a convert from Catholicism to Judaism, Kendal’s dream dinner party would include Byron, Gandhi, Eddie Izzard … Continue reading “Felicity Kendal CBE”

December 20, 2013

#TeamTrouble

by Matthew Steeples

The not guilty verdict in the case of the former assistants to Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson’s highlights nothing but the mess that was their marriage   #TeamNigella has trended on Twitter in recent weeks. Even the Prime Minister joined in. Few have leapt to the defence of the television presenter’s former husband, Charles Saatchi, … Continue reading “#TeamTrouble”

I’m out

by Matthew Steeples

Duncan Bannatyne slices £100,000 off asking price of his former marital home   Listed in June 2013 for £899,000 according to Zoopla and now reduced to £799,995, Duncan Bannatyne OBE’s troubles with selling his home near Middlesbrough were detailed in yesterday’s ‘City Diary’ in The Telegraph.

November 28, 2013

The Hon. Nigella Lawson

by General

A self-proclaimed “Domestic Goddess”, Lawson was rebranded a “habitual criminal” during the trial of her two former assistants in November 2013. In an email quoted during the case, her ex-husband, Charles Saatchi, nicknamed her “Higella” and alleged his wife “poisoned [her] child with drugs and trashed her life”. In response, amongst those who leapt to … Continue reading “The Hon. Nigella Lawson”

November 14, 2013

Cindy Crawford

by Matthew Steeples

The “original supermodel” looks just as good in reality as she does in photographs and was born in DeKalb, Illinois. Her marriage to the actor Richard Gere was shortlived but a union with bar operator Rande Gerber has produced two children. Crawford has endorsed politicians as varied as Mitt Romney and Barrack Obama and made … Continue reading “Cindy Crawford”

November 9, 2013

Mrs MILF

by Matthew Steeples

Our agony aunt doesn’t mince her words and makes The Sun’s “Dear Deidre” seem tame. She whips those who write to her into submissiveness and believes that whilst Essex girls are “like mopeds: you may not like to be seen with them but they are much more fun to ride” Chelsea girls are “like cream: … Continue reading “Mrs MILF”

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”

August 27, 2013

Huguette Clark (1906 – 2011)

by Matthew Steeples

This heiress daughter of a Montana “robber baron” mining and railroad tycoon was a hence unseen recluse from 1930 until her death in 2011 following a painful divorce from the son of one of her father’s business associates after just two years of marriage.

August 26, 2013

Anna Chancellor

by Matthew Steeples

An aristocratic actress, Chancellor is the daughter of the Hon. Mary Alice Jolliffe, a great-great-granddaughter of Herbert Asquith and a second cousin, once removed of Helena Bonham Carter. Born in Richmond, London, this star of the stage and screen is best known as “Duckface” in Four Weddings and a Funeral and as Juliet Shaw in … Continue reading “Anna Chancellor”

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 11, 2013

The master manipulators

by Matthew Steeples

As Charles Saatchi has his daughter speak to the ‘Mail’ about Nigella Lawson, one can only ask which of the pair is the worse   Charles Saatchi and Nigella Lawson’s marriage is over. On that basis, one would imagine both would like to move on. Clearly, that’s not the case.

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.

August 5, 2013

Throttling a table

by Matthew Steeples

Diners flock to ‘The Throttler’s Table’ at Scott’s   Last week The Sun revealed that Scott’s in Mayfair has been “inundated with requests” for the table where Charles Saatchi (allegedly) throttled Nigella Lawson.

August 3, 2013

Making a new bed to lie in

by Matthew Steeples

Charles Saatchi to sell a bed by Tracey Emin   Charles Saatchi’s ex-wife to be Nigella Lawson recently moved out of their marital home in Shawfield Street, Chelsea. Now, with the sale of a four poster bed by Tracey Emin, he’s chucking out another set of linen.

August 1, 2013

Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)

by Matthew Steeples

A wild socialite and daughter of an American textile industrialist, de Janzé is one of the best known members of Kenya’s notorious Happy Valley set and was one of those suspected of the 1941 murder of Lord Errol. This hedonist shot herself and her lover, Raymond de Trafford, in the Garde du Nord railway station … Continue reading “Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)”

June 24, 2013

A mistress on a marriage

by Matthew Steeples

Gordon Ramsay’s alleged former mistress Sarah Symonds shares her thoughts on what may have caused trouble and strife in the marriage of Nigella Lawson and Charles Saatchi  

June 23, 2013

Shackled to the Tooth

by Matthew Steeples

Lawyers Baroness Shackleton and Raymond Toothe lunch at Scott’s   Raymond “The Rottweiler” Toothe and Fiona Shackleton spent two hours together on Friday lunching at Scott’s in Mount Street, Mayfair reported today’s The Sunday People.  

June 16, 2013

Anne Dunhill

by Matthew Steeples

This Roman Catholic novelist and Italian translator’s works have included A Darker Shade of Love, Web of Passion and Anita: A Memoir. A former debutante and model, Dunhill also writes about love, life and lunches on the site Angela Darling’s Blog and is a granddaughter of the luxury goods titan Alfred Dunhill.

June 11, 2013

A tour of ‘Putin’s Palace’

by Matthew Steeples

‘The Steeple Times’ takes a look around a palace that allegedly cost $1 billion to construct   Located on the Black Sea coast is a palatial residence that the press have named ‘Putin’s Palace’. The reported construction cost of this property is an astounding $1 billion.  

May 23, 2013

Jean-Christophe, His Imperial Highness the Prince Napoléon

by Matthew Steeples

An heir of the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte, this investment banker is based in New York and works for Morgan Stanley. He succeeded his grandfather Louis, Prince Napoléon as Head of the Imperial House of France in 1997 due to a dynastic dispute due to his father “embracing republican principles” and remarrying “without his father’s … Continue reading “Jean-Christophe, His Imperial Highness the Prince Napoléon”

May 22, 2013

Jerry Hall

by Matthew Steeples

Like a fine vintage, this Texan model and actress gets better with age. Mick Jagger’s former common-law wife was once engaged to Bryan Ferry and has dabbled with Kabbalah and other religions. A mother of four, Hall once stated: “I’m a very bad citizen. I’ve never even voted… I have zero interest in politics”.

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

Michelle Mone OBE

by Matthew Steeples

When her husband left her, she could of ‘moaned’ but instead she got on with it and paid her now ex-husband some £24 million for his share of her lingerie business. Glasgow born, Mone “”grew up a Scottish, Labour voting Protestant and is now a Conservative voting Catholic” but it is for her patented Ultimo … Continue reading “Michelle Mone OBE”

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”

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”

April 20, 2013

Living like Lennon

by Matthew Steeples

The former home of John Lennon and his first car come to the market   After passing their driving test, most young people start with a clapped out Mini or a bashed up Beetle. John Lennon, though, began as he meant to go on and bought a Ferrari.   When The Beatles singer-songwriter passed his … Continue reading “Living like Lennon”

Amanda Knox

by Matthew Steeples

Whether innocent or guilty of the murder she’s repeatedly been accused of, this American has made $4 million from her memoir deal with HarperCollins. The family of Meredith Kercher, the true victim in all of this, have rightly stated that they “do not believe anyone should profit from the murder” but Knox, whose conviction for … Continue reading “Amanda Knox”

April 9, 2013

Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks bass-baritone singer Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? Gravity mainly, followed by a healthy fear of dying young. Avoiding skydiving tends to keep both of those fears at bay.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble … Continue reading “Stephen Bowman: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau (born Lillian Lee McKim; 1931 – 2013)

by Matthew Steeples

This Palm Beach based “Queen of Prep” was the daughter of a Standard Oil heiress who began her career selling orange juice on Worth Avenue. Customers loved Pulitzer’s bright dresses and seizing on this, she began to sell them. Soon, her creations became the favourites of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Caroline Kennedy and members of the … Continue reading “Lillian Pulitzer Rousseau (born Lillian Lee McKim; 1931 – 2013)”

April 2, 2013

Hugh Warrender: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks financier Hugh Warrender: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? I was tempted to put something rude that would be true enough, but there’s a great poem by Rainer Maria Rilke called ‘As Once the Winged Energy of Delight’ (http://www.poemhunter.com/poem/as-once-the-winged-energy-of-delight/) that informs … Continue reading “Hugh Warrender: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 22, 2013

Alan Miller: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks fund manager Alan Miller: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? It’s a four letter word. It’s Gina, not the four letter word you were thinking about.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s … Continue reading “Alan Miller: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

March 17, 2013

Anna Wintour OBE

by General

Her Evening Standard editor father was known as “Chilly Charlie” and she’s become “Nuclear Wintour”. This New York based Brit states that she’s “lost count” of the number of times she’s been attacked by activists and once retaliated by sending anti-fur campaigners a plate of roast beef when they picketed her Condé Nast offices. In … Continue reading “Anna Wintour OBE”

March 10, 2013

The truth about Mother’s Day

by steepleadmin

Travel writer Sarah Tucker shares her views on Mother’s Day   Happy Mother’s Day to all you wonderful women who have given birth to little gems. I feel a bit like a travel writer stating: “The people here are all very friendly” when I write that, because although it’s mostly true, it’s not always true. … Continue reading “The truth about Mother’s Day”

March 9, 2013

Barbara Walters

by Matthew Steeples

This dynamic American television personality and author was one of the first women to work in “hard news” and is best known for having hosted the Today show, the ABC Evening News, The View and 20/20. She grew up “in awe” of the famous people her father, a Broadway producer and nightclub owner, introduced her … Continue reading “Barbara Walters”

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 4, 2013

Till death do us part

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $100 million Californian estate with a catch   If you were to spend $100,000,000 on a house, you’d expect something impressive. I imagine you’d want acreage, vast amounts of space and something luxurious. Stunning views and a prime location would be a must but at the bottom of your list, no … Continue reading “Till death do us part”

March 3, 2013

Judy Finnigan

by Matthew Steeples

This former daytime television presenter is now a novelist who somewhat ambitiously compares herself to Dame Daphne du Maurier. Better known collectively with her second husband as just “Richard and Judy”, Judy Finnigan has been beset by rumours about her love of alcohol for many years. She didn’t exactly help put a stop to such … Continue reading “Judy Finnigan”

February 27, 2013

Jane Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks “Made in Chelsea’s” Jane Felstead: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? My conscience.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Revenge is a dish best served cold.

February 4, 2013

Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the Bond Street couturier and Huntsman co-owner Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? “Achieve the ideal”, striving for perfection in my craft. Indeed, I am reminded of this every day, because I am lucky enough to work with the team at … Continue reading “Roubi L’Roubi: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

November 29, 2012

When good men should do nothing

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples responds to the recommendations of Leveson   “All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing” was one of Edmund Burke’s most famous observations.   Today, David Cameron’s former spin doctor Andy Coulson and ex-News International chief executive Rebekah Brooks were in court to face charges of … Continue reading “When good men should do nothing”

November 26, 2012

Beverly Cohen

by Matthew Steeples

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with her divorced mother aged 13 when she opened a Kosher chicken killing plant on Santa Monica Boulevard. This hardworking lady now … Continue reading “Beverly Cohen”

November 24, 2012

Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)

by Matthew Steeples

If one spent $2,000,000 on cosmetic surgery, one would expect to end up looking fantastic. It didn’t quite work out in the case of the billionairess “Bride of Wildenstein,” though, as instead she discovered the husband she thought she’d please in bed with a 19-year old Russian. Feline like in appearance, the purr of this … Continue reading “Jocelyn Wildenstein (née Périsset and also known as “Jocelynnys Dayannnys da Silva Bezerra”)”

November 23, 2012

Shia LaBeouf

by Matthew Steeples

This Californian became a child star to help solve the financial woes of his family. He excelled in Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps and received a $15 million cheque for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Aside from acting, he’s been in relationships with Carey Mulligan, Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox but it is bar brawls … Continue reading “Shia LaBeouf”

November 22, 2012

Kay Burley

by Matthew Steeples

Lancastrian Sky News anchor Kay Burley is the longest serving female newsreader on British television.

November 15, 2012

Liz Jones

by Matthew Steeples

This mouthpiece was born in Rettendon, Essex in 1958 and vents bile on all manner of subjects. Articles such as: “Why don’t more women moan like me?” and “Liz Jones’ baby craving drove her to steal husband’s sperm in ultimate deception” are frankly illustrative of why she’s so unpopular. After she got banned from the … Continue reading “Liz Jones”

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

The battleaxe in the Beemer

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples examines the truth behind Liz Jones giving up on her “rural idyll”   The Mail’s Liz Jones is a waspish woman who knows the price of everything and the value of nothing. Those who’ve paid even a moment’s attention to her bleating, will be familiar with lines such as: “Last week, my brand … Continue reading “The battleaxe in the Beemer”

November 4, 2012

Beverley Craven

by Matthew Steeples

This British singer-songwriter was born in Colombo, Sir Lanka whilst her father was there working for Kodak. Influenced by Elton John and Kate Bush, she began her career touring with Bobby Womack but it was her 1991 single, “Promise Me,” that catapulted Craven into the big time. After a period raising a family, she’s now … Continue reading “Beverley Craven”

October 24, 2012

Annabel Giles

by Matthew Steeples

On her website, Giles describes herself as a “model, TV and radio presenter, actress and comedienne, novelist and journalist…” Is there anything this ex-wife of Midge Ure of Ultravox does not do? On her blog: “When 140 characters just isn’t enough…” she tells David Cameron: “I’m not into politics, I’m into people” and states that … Continue reading “Annabel Giles”

October 17, 2012

Portraits in Mayfair

by Matthew Steeples

A photo montage from the private view of Aliona Adrianova’s Portraits at LINLEY   On the 10th October 2012, a private view of the works of the portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova was held at LINLEY in Albermarle Street, Mayfair. The Steeple Times was honoured to be asked to be the media partner for the event … Continue reading “Portraits in Mayfair”

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 7, 2012

Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow

by Matthew Steeples

A most curious tale of playboys, socialites, lawyers and real estate moguls   This week the mystery buyer of Clarendon Court, the former marital home of Claus and Martha “Sunny” Von Bülow (1932 – 2008), was revealed as a restaurateur and real estate mogul named Paul Roiff. Separately, the New York Post reported that Mr … Continue reading “Reversing Fortunes: Tales of former home of Claus von Bulow”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

September 30, 2012

Aliona Adrianova “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks portrait photographer Aliona Adrianova: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Love.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? Believe in magic, be yourself and choose happiness.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable … Continue reading “Aliona Adrianova “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

September 26, 2012

Playground victims

by steepleadmin

Sarah Tucker shares the latest of her “playground politics” experiences   My son started at a new school a few weeks back. Five foot eleven, half of him at 13 he is now taller than me.   He was a bit nervous, I cried in the car after I dropped him off and he refused … Continue reading “Playground victims”

Crispin Odey

by Matthew Steeples

He founded Odey Asset Management in 1991 and now manages some $6.2 billion of assets. This graduate of Christ Church, Oxford was first married to Rupert Murdoch’s daughter, Prudence, but after divorcing her Odey formed a union with a fellow financier, Nichola Pease. The couple, termed “The City’s Posh and Becks,” live between Chelsea and … Continue reading “Crispin Odey”

September 22, 2012

Rowling on

by Matthew Steeples

J.K. Rowling sells the home where she first moved after the initial success of her “Harry Potter” series   Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling is a lady said to be worth some $1 billion. Her path from “rags to riches” is well documented but the announcement of the sale of the Edinburgh home she first … Continue reading “Rowling on”

July 5, 2012

Playground Mafia

by Sarah Tucker

Award winning journalist, presenter and novelist Sarah Tucker examines the mafia of the playground It’s getting worse. I wrote the (fictional) novel The Playground Mafia in 2006 and since then have had requests for interviews and emails from all over the world where men and women have got a hold of the book somehow and … Continue reading “Playground Mafia”

June 28, 2012

Isabella Blow (1958 – 2007)

by General

This wildcard was the muse of Philip Treacy and discovered Sophie Dahl and Alexander McQueen. A flamboyant deal maker, Blow had a “natural sense of style” and a truly brilliant eye. She left this world far too soon and is sorely missed.

June 24, 2012

Paul Burrell RVM

by Matthew Steeples

A Royal servant turned blabbermouth. He calls himself a “noted authority on all things regal.” Is anyone listening? No, we think not.

June 17, 2012

Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)

by Matthew Steeples

“The Queen of Mean” was a chain-smoking hotelier and real estate tycoon with a reputation for tyrannical behaviour. She took the view that “only the little people pay taxes” but was investigated and convicted of federal income tax evasion in 1989. Sentenced to 16 years, she served just 19 months in prison and 2 months … Continue reading “Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)”

June 12, 2012

The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)

by Matthew Steeples

The “Steel Magnolia” is described as having “charm and resoluteness.” The cousin of Nigella Lawson and George Monbiot is one of the country’s finest solicitors but also trained as a cordon bleu chef. Heather Mills threw a jug of water over her head at the final settlement hearing of her divorce from Sir Paul McCartney … Continue reading “The Rt. Hon. Baroness Shackleton of Belgravia LVO (Fiona Shackleton)”

June 10, 2012

Enough is enough

by Matthew Steeples

Has The Leveson Inquiry not gone on long enough?   The Leveson Inquiry into the culture, practices and ethics of the press commenced on the 28th July 2011 and has gone on and on. Lord Justice Leveson seems like a perfectly decent chap, but that every week more and more tittle-tattle is aired by a … Continue reading “Enough is enough”

Written in the sun

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of the former home of Dame Rebecca West   Ibstone House at Ibstone in Buckinghamshire has recently come to the market at a price of offers in excess of £15 million. Now owned by Ariadne “Ari” Getty Williams, the daughter of Paul Getty and Abigail Harris, Ibstone has also been home to Sun … Continue reading “Written in the sun”

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