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Tag: oligarch

October 22, 2017

In the Round

by Matthew Steeples

C-shaped glass and stone house complete with a Grade II listed set of Druid stones for sale for £7 million; it sits next door to the £140 million home of the fugitive billionaire financier Andrey Borodin   A C-shaped 20th century house in 43 acres of parkland has gone on sale for £7 million ($9.2 … Continue reading “In the Round”

May 29, 2017

Best in Britain

by Matthew Steeples

EXCLUSIVE – “Nationally important” Grade II* listed Berkshire mansion in 130 acres for sale for £26 million; its interior is yet to be renovated   A Grade II* listed building capable of being reinstated as one of Britain’s finest country houses has just been placed on the market for £26 million.   Benham Park – … Continue reading “Best in Britain”

July 14, 2015

Alexandra Tolstoy FRGS

by General

The daughter of the contentious author Count Nikolai Tolstoy, divorcée Alexandra Tolstoy is a woman who ridiculously claims to struggle to live on £10,000 per week.

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.

March 3, 2014

Expel Putin’s henchmen

by Matthew Steeples

Susannah Constantine calls for Putin’s henchmen to be expelled   Trinny and Susannah are best known for telling the nation’s women what to wear but today one half of this brilliant duo spoke sense when she took to Facebook to express her views on Putin and his cronies.

December 30, 2013

Naff off

by Matthew Steeples

Central London is losing its character   A house in Pelham Street for £105 million, Tamara Ecclestone spends £1 million on a bathtub and Made in Chelsea’s Spencer Matthews racks up a bar bill of £450,000. These are all headlines we’ve featured recently that illustrate the nonsensical world that has become The Royal Borough of … Continue reading “Naff off”

December 27, 2013

The arrivals and departures of 2013

by Matthew Steeples

The births, deaths and innovations of the year   2013 has been a year of change. Much new has reached us but sadly many have left us and amongst them have been Iain Banks, Joan Fontaine, Sir David Frost, Richard Griffiths, Cory Monteith, James Gandolfini, Lou Reed and Paul Walker.

December 21, 2013

To your health

by steepleadmin

Anthony Mamo shares his views on the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky   Yesterday, by virtue of executive order #922 signed by the President of Russia himself, Mikhail Khodorkovsky was freed from prison and is now in Germany visiting his seriously ill mother.

September 22, 2013

The legacy of Berezovsky

by Matthew Steeples

Will of Boris Berezovksy confirms he was far from broke and again raises questions about his death by hanging   When he died, many wrongly jumped to the conclusion that Boris Berezovsky was broke. With the publication of a story about his will by The Sunday Times today, it most certainly seems that this was … Continue reading “The legacy of Berezovsky”

August 16, 2013

All hail vulgarity

by Matthew Steeples

21st century gauche replaces 20th century elegance   A hidden enclave opposite the V&A museum in South Kensington was home to two of the twentieth century’s most fascinating individuals. London club owner and arbiter of good taste Mark Birley lived at Thurloe Lodge for nearly thirty years until his death in 2007 and for a … Continue reading “All hail vulgarity”

March 25, 2013

Who’s next?

by Matthew Steeples

Russians in London up their security   Following in the wake of the death of Boris Berezovsky, a number of his friends and acquaintances have stated that they believe he did not commit suicide.   Berezovsky, like many other London based oligarchs, was always surrounded by bodyguards. Both he and his former associate Roman Abramovich … Continue reading “Who’s next?”

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 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

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”

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

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

Arkady Novikov

by Matthew Steeples

Mr Novikov controls over 50 restaurants in Moscow but doesn’t have an office. He started out with a loan of $50,000 from a Soviet cooperative after being turned down for a job at McDonalds. He now also owns supermarkets, cinemas and florists and is dubbed the “blini baron.” Aside from his 7,000-person empire, he owns … Continue reading “Arkady Novikov”

March 27, 2012

The blini baron triumphs

by Matthew Steeples

A review of Novikov’s Asian Restaurant   I went to Novikov expecting something brash and “oligarch-tastic” having read articles that bigged up this recent Russian arrival at the heart of Mayfair as just such. As Wayne Rooney once said: “How wrong was I?”   Novikov is owned by Arkady Novikov, a man who heads an … Continue reading “The blini baron triumphs”

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