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May 13, 2017

Bob Marshall-Andrews QC

by General

A “libertarian-left” Labour MP between 1997 and 2010, distinguished barrister and novelist Bob Marshall-Andrews defected to the Liberal Democrats in 2017. Described as “an irritant” to his former party whilst they were in government, multi-millionaire Marshall-Andrews built and owns “one of the most innovative houses of the 20th century – the famed ‘Teletubby House’ in … Continue reading “Bob Marshall-Andrews QC”

August 22, 2015

The Bentley of Taste

by Matthew Steeples

Bentley R-Type Continental Fastback originally owned by the son of the founder of clothing giant Burton heads to auction at the Salon Privé sale

January 3, 2015

Outing Heath and Brittan

by Matthew Steeples

Former Prime Minister Edward Heath and former Home Secretary Leon Brittan described as “alleged paedophiles” by Breitbart

October 1, 2013

Henry Wyndham

by Matthew Steeples

A collector of English drawings and watercolours since the age of 14 and second to none as an auctioneer, Eton educated Wyndham hammered down Giacometti’s Walking Man sculpture for £65 million in 2010 and Rubens’ Massacre of the Innocents for £49.5 million in 2002. His glasses saved his sight in a shooting accident in Scotland … Continue reading “Henry Wyndham”

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”

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.  

A view from The Bridge

by steepleadmin

Richard Webb of Saltydog Investor shares his views on the new investment world and DIY investing   Leaving your investments to the so-called professionals is like embarking on a round the world voyage using the stars to navigate and allowing the winds to dictate your course. Managing your own investments without proper information is a … Continue reading “A view from The Bridge”

July 2, 2013

Chronicling a Masterpiece

by Matthew Steeples

A portrait of Albert Vickers by John Singer Sargent   Vickers is undoubtedly one of the best known names in British engineering and it is indeed sad that their final remaining plant will close at the end of this year following the company having been absorbed into BAE Systems.  

June 2, 2013

Put this dying dog down

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples argues the case for scrapping the Charity Commission   The Charity Commission recently appointed a new chairman, William Shawcross CVO. The author and journalist is to be paid an astonishing £50,000 for just two days work a week and even he himself admits he’s taken on a “a poisoned chalice”.  

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?””

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 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 4, 2012

Tom Ford

by Matthew Steeples

This Texan born designer and film director turned around the fortunes of Gucci and YSL and had a huge success with A Single Man. A fixture at New York’s Studio 54, his designs are hugely influenced by the club’s disco-era glamour and his love of all things black and square. Ford met his journalist partner, … Continue reading “Tom Ford”

November 3, 2012

Post-Fordism

by Matthew Steeples

The flexible £12.75 million former home of Tom Ford   Number 26 Gilston Road in London’s SW10 is a property that has been on and off the market repeatedly in recent years. On each and every occasion it has been promoted as the “former home of the fashion icon Tom Ford” and though he hasn’t … Continue reading “Post-Fordism”

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 29, 2012

Docked excess

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples compares two comparable examples of motoring excess: the “Golden Zebra” and the Fulda Maybach Exelero   In recent weeks I’ve received a number of messages about an $8,000,000 car named a Fulda Maybach Exelero. One of them referred to it as “one of the most over the top cars on the planet” and … Continue reading “Docked excess”

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”

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 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”

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”

May 23, 2012

Shireen Ritchie, The Rt. Hon. The Baroness Ritchie (1945 – 2012)

by Matthew Steeples

The stepmother of Guy Ritchie was the “grande dame” of the Kensington & Chelsea Conservative Association. This tireless campaigner encouraged diversity within the Tory party and successfully thwarted Lady Meyer’s attempts to become the candidate for the constituency. For that alone she deserved her knighthood. May she rest in peace.

May 19, 2012

Erik Wachtmeister

by Matthew Steeples

He founded ASmallWorld.net, “The Facebook for the Few,” in 2004 and has now created his second social network, the Best of All Worlds. This son of a Swedish diplomat and ambassador began his career in investment banking but then moved into the domains of the net with first Viking Internet and then his “MySpace for … Continue reading “Erik Wachtmeister”

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

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”

May 11, 2012

James Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He dropped out of Harvard to start a hip hop label named Rawkus and even gave an airing to a then little known Eminem. Here’s a rebel, complete with two tattoos, who, … Continue reading “James Murdoch”

Terry Venables

by Matthew Steeples

“El Tel” is best known as a footballer manager but he’s a man of many talents. Few know that this national team manager of England (1994 to 1996) also co-authored four novels with Gordon Williams and was the co-creator of the ITV detective series Hazell. A Chelsea resident, he’s often to be found at Motcomb’s, … Continue reading “Terry Venables”

May 10, 2012

Chris Corbin OBE & Jeremy King OBE

by Matthew Steeples

London’s most successful restaurateurs. This dynamic duo have been partners in business for over 30 years and acquired Le Caprice in 1981. They sold Caprice Holdings in 1998 and opened The Wolseley in 2003. That’s now London’s busiest restaurant and again they are empire building with the launch of The Delaunay and imminently a brasserie … Continue reading “Chris Corbin OBE & Jeremy King OBE”

May 7, 2012

Claus Von Bülow

by Matthew Steeples

Tried twice for the attempted murder of his wife, Sunny, who remained in a vegetative state for some 28 years, this socialite and writer has the most mischievous of wits. Subject of the Golden Globe award winning film Reversal of Fortune starring Jeremy Irons and Glenn Close, this distinguished gent is also renowned for telling … Continue reading “Claus Von Bülow”

May 5, 2012

Donald Trump Sr.

by Matthew Steeples

The Donald is an example of the case of if you owed the bank £5,000, they’d close you down but if you owed the bank £5 billion, you own the bank.

April 28, 2012

Sidney Frank (1919 – 2006)

by Matthew Steeples

A self-made billionaire, Frank was the Hugh Heffner of the booze industry. He had major successes with both Jägermeister and Grey Goose vodka. A personal profit of $1.6 billion from the sale of the latter allowed him to become philanthropic and especially eccentric. In his final years he conducted most of his business deals from … Continue reading “Sidney Frank (1919 – 2006)”

Lord & Lady Black (Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel)

by Matthew Steeples

She’s a British-Canadian journalist most famous for having an “extravagance that knows no bounds.” He was a media baron who denounced his Canadian citizenship to become a British peer. Life began to unravel in 2005 when he was charged and subsequently convicted on various charges of defrauding Hollinger, the company he led. “Citizen Black” got … Continue reading “Lord & Lady Black (Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel)”

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