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Tag: entrepreneur

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”

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”

May 19, 2016

Cassandra Stavrou

by General

Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Cassandra Stavrou is based in Barnet, North London and counted Google as her first customer.

March 25, 2016

Oliver Rothschild (AKA “The Fake Rothschild”)

by General

A regular on the party circuit in London, self-described “International Man of Excellence” Oliver Rothschild was exposed by The Telegraph as a “fake Rothschild” in March 2016.

March 3, 2016

Nadja Swarovski-Adams (AKA “Nadja Swarovski”)

by General

A scion of the Swarovski AG crystal dynasty, Southern Methodist University, Texas educated Nadja Swarovski-Adams has been described as a “modern-day Medici in the fashion and design worlds”.

November 5, 2015

Club class

by Hugo Campbell-Davys

Hugo Campbell-Davys tours London’s latest private members’ clubs

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 30, 2015

Far from moderation

by Matthew Steeples

American diet guru Jenny Craig’s ocean side residence remains on the market for £25.9 million after one year for sale – it is anything but a symbol of moderation

April 25, 2015

Yasser Khattak

by General

Former Maidstone Grammar School for Boys pupil turned inventor Yasser Khattak was suspended from school 16 times and taught himself at home.

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.

March 3, 2015

Hart Main

by General

Having started a candle business from his family’s kitchen at the tender age of 13 in 2010, enterprising Marysville, Ohio based Hart Main had donated over 80,000 meals for the homeless by March 2015.

September 8, 2014

Brian Chesky

by General

The co-founder and CEO of “hospitality exchange” Airbnb grew up in Niskayuna, New York and attended the Rhode Island School of Design. Brian Chesky jointly set up his business in 2008 in San Francisco and has connected over 17 million guests as of September 2014. Offerings on the website range from yurts through to the … Continue reading “Brian Chesky”

August 9, 2014

Confusing a castle

by Matthew Steeples

Confused.com founder puts castle on market for £1.5 million less than she spent on it   “Wild haired” Kate Armstrong, the Australian founder of Confused.com, bought the medieval Scottish castle Cassillis House in Ayrshire from the Kennedy clan in 2009 for £3 million. She spent four years and £3.5 million updating and improving it but is … Continue reading “Confusing a castle”

November 8, 2013

Kelly Hoppen MBE

by Matthew Steeples

This red-headed South Africa born design dragon is most famous for her use of taupe. Hoppen views white to be an “essential neutral” and loved visiting show flats as a child. She’s dated footballer Sol Campbell and hairdresser Nicky Clarke and claims Victoria Beckham as her “BFF”. She is “proud of being British today” and … Continue reading “Kelly Hoppen MBE”

July 15, 2013

A Fyne accord

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Covent Garden’s Loch Fyne Restaurant   In May 2004, the car park of the Loch Fyne Oyster Bar at Clachan in Argyll, Scotland became famous after Gordon Brown and John Prescott met there to discuss and agree who would be Tony Blair’s successor.

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 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

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”

May 15, 2013

Dale Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks The Palm’s barman Dale Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom”. What’s your guiding force? “A positive attitude”.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “Live and let others live”.   Kerry Katona was considered unacceptable … Continue reading “Dale Thomson: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

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 2, 2012

Windows on the WAGs

by Matthew Steeples

A £15 million mansion fit for a self-made tycoon or an upwardly mobile WAG   While the youth of the Kings Road and Loughton have featured in the reality shows Made in Chelsea and The Only Way is Essex, their counterparts in Cheshire have yet to undergo the same social experiment. Having come across a … Continue reading “Windows on the WAGs”

November 1, 2012

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 31, 2012

Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks hotelier and chairman of Bespoke Hotels Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Hunger.    “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “While I breath, I hope.”   Kerry Katona was considered … Continue reading “Robin Sheppard: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

October 21, 2012

James Sherwood

by Matthew Steeples

This Kentuckian buccaneer founded Sea Containers in 1965. He is best known though buying the Hotel Cipriani in Venice for less than £1 million “on a whim” and reviving the Venice-Simplon-Orient-Express. A true perfectionist with an attention to detail unlike any other, Sherwood was victorious in 2010 in a battle with the Cipriani family over … Continue reading “James Sherwood”

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”

September 26, 2012

Prince Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”

by Matthew Steeples

The Steeple Times asks the businessman, philanthropist and reality television star Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?”   The Steeple Times shares “wit and wisdom.” What’s your guiding force? Beer and bacon. I need both to function.   “Don’t get even, get medieval” is, in our humble opinion, a great motto. What’s yours? “No one … Continue reading “Prince Lorenzo Borghese: “What’s on your mantelpiece?””

July 21, 2012

Luca Del Bono

by Matthew Steeples

This stylish Anglo-Italian entrepreneur was one of the founders of Quintessentially. Charm personified, Del Bono now assists wealthy foreigners invest in London’s finest homes and businesses. His most talked about venture is a £100 million project that will turn 50 St James’s Street into a member’s club, spa and hotel. In the residential sector, he … Continue reading “Luca Del Bono”

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 16, 2012

Sara Murray OBE

by Matthew Steeples

This Lancashire born entrepreneur founded the price comparison site Confused.com and is now a member of the government’s Technology Strategy Board. Murray has deservedly won countless accolades for her achievements and is also known for her love of helicopters.

May 30, 2012

Elliott waves

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Blummyz, Hollywood Road, SW10   Blummyz is certainly a restaurant that has nothing in common with Brinkley’s, its better-known neighbour and home to ageing lotharios and single women of a certain age. The only similarity, apart from their being on the same street, is that neither fall into the grey area when … Continue reading “Elliott waves”

May 13, 2012

Prince Lorenzo Borghese

by Matthew Steeples

Writer, reality star and entrepreneur who is a member of one of Italy’s best known families. He’s a graduate of Fordham University and though perhaps best known for his part in The Bachelor reality series, animals are his passion. His labrador’s skin problems led him to develop a range of pet friendly products named the … Continue reading “Prince Lorenzo Borghese”

May 8, 2012

Lapo Elkann

by Matthew Steeples

The Agnelli “crown prince” is also nicknamed “Lapo of Luxury.” Regularly voted as being one of the best dressed men on the planet, he’s worked as a personal assistant to Henry Kissinger and for the family business on brands including Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat. Not without controversy, Elkann’s presence at any event leaves the girls … Continue reading “Lapo Elkann”

May 7, 2012

Jonathan Yeo

by Matthew Steeples

There is barely anyone this contemporary portraist hasn’t painted. George W. Bush, David Cameron, Minnie Driver, Prince Philip, Paris Hilton and Rupert Murdoch all number amongst his subjects. The son of Conservative politician Tim Yeo, he’s now made it his mission to poke fun at the politicians and personalities he depicts and even went as … Continue reading “Jonathan Yeo”

April 27, 2012

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.  

March 28, 2012

Sophie’s choice

by Matthew Steeples

Tablecloths and bedspreads from Jaipur   It is always good to see a young friend launching a new business and Sophie Rossdale is a fine example of such.   During a trip to India, Rossdale discovered a team of artisans who made the most appealing tablecloths and bedspreads and set about importing them into the … Continue reading “Sophie’s choice”

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