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December 18, 2017

Denise Coates

by General

The richest self-made woman in the UK paid herself £217 million in 2016 and is said to have a personal fortune of circa £3.17 billion. A former betting shop cashier, Denise Coates purchased the domain Bet365.com in 2000 and has since grown the operation into one of the world’s largest online gambling companies. A Sheffield … Continue reading “Denise Coates”

July 26, 2017

A Peaceful Reduction

by Matthew Steeples

Designer Reed Krakoff slashes the price of his Hamptons mansion; Jackie Kennedy Onassis spent her childhood summers there   A Hamptons mansion named Lasata – meaning: “Place of Peace” in Native American – where Jacqueline Bouvier (later Kennedy and later Kennedy Onassis) spent her childhood summers has recently been reduced in price from £41.5 million … Continue reading “A Peaceful Reduction”

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 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 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)”

October 10, 2015

Diane Sawyer (born Lila Diane Sawyer)

by General

A former member of President Nixon’s White House staff turned acclaimed television journalist, Diane Sawyer was born in Glasgow, Kentucky.

September 14, 2015

Pastor Farris Wilks

by General

A Texan bricklayer turned billionaire, Pastor Farris Wilks grew up in a goat shed but now owns an airport and his own aircraft.

August 10, 2015

Greta van Susteren

by General

Listed as the 99th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes, Washington based news anchor and commentator Greta van Susteren is married to a self-described “ambulance chaser” and is a member of the Church of Scientology.

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 22, 2015

Nicolas Berggruen (AKA “The Homeless Billionaire”)

by General

An eternal wanderer and worth some £985 million ($1.56 billion), art collector and founder of the Berggruen Holdings, Inc. fund of hedge funds Nicolas Berggruen prefers to live in five-star hotels

June 3, 2015

Trumping Clinton

by Matthew Steeples

An American election contest between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton would most definitely be something to relish

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 21, 2015

A light mile

by Matthew Steeples

Running shoes in which Sir Roger Bannister became the first man to run a sub four-minute mile to be sold for £30,000 to £50,000 in the Christie’s ‘Out of the Ordinary’ sale

May 17, 2015

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

by Matthew Steeples

The Houston home of the “ageless wife” of the once jailed Texan oil baron Oscar Wyatt became known as the “Wyatt Hyatt” after becoming a “home away from home” for everyone from Mick Jagger to Princess Margaret

April 17, 2015

Galen and Hilary Weston

by General

Worth some £6.5 billion ($9.7 billion) as of April 2015, Toronto and Windsor, Florida based Galen and Hilary Weston control an empire that includes Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

March 8, 2015

Flooding Woodside

by Matthew Steeples

£46.4 million Woodside estate remains for sale despite £10.1 million price cut

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.

October 20, 2014

The Monica Factor: Monica Lewinsky joins Twitter

by Matthew Steeples

Monica Lewinsky takes to Twitter (but don’t expect any mention of Bill Clinton)   On Monday, Monica Lewinsky joined Twitter and within a couple of hours despite her having tweeted just twice, she had gained over 34,000 followers.

September 19, 2014

Carter Cleveland

by Matthew Steeples

The founder of the Artsy describes his website as “where art meets science” and has some 5,000 followers on Twitter. Princeton educated Carter Cleveland’s impressive roster of backers number Jack Dorsey, Larry Gagosian, Wendi Murdoch, Eric Schmidt and Dasha Zhukova and his rather bold aim is to provide “the place where every single user in … Continue reading “Carter Cleveland”

September 12, 2014

Marissa Mayer

by General

With some 725,000 followers on Twitter, Wisconsin born Marissa Mayer is a popular and powerful lady. Formerly the key spokesperson for Google, San Francisco based Mayer became the CEO of Yahoo! in July 2012 and was ranked one of The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women by Forbes in 2013. This Stanford educated Lutheran was the first … Continue reading “Marissa Mayer”

July 19, 2014

The masters of marketing

by Matthew Steeples

Uber pulls off another great promotional stunt   When London’s black cab drivers protested against Uber in June, the result was to cause an an upward spike of 850% in sign-ups for their app. Yesterday, the San Francisco based company pulled off another clever marketing stunt in hiring ice cream vans to deliver ice creams … Continue reading “The masters of marketing”

April 8, 2013

Collecting a view

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a 15,000 square foot Hamptons home complete with a private island and a room with a truly spectacular view   Andrew Zaro is a collector with a difference. This philanthropist and Democratic donor leads a life that is no doubt the envy of those from whom his firm, Cavalry Portfolio Services, “helps … Continue reading “Collecting a view”

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

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

by Matthew Steeples

She owns a controlling interest in the world’s third largest brewer and is married to the child star of Lawrence of Arabia, Michel de Carvalho. They live together in London with their five children, are said to be worth £5.5 billion but live “quite modestly.” Of meeting his wife, de Carvalho commented: “I met the … Continue reading “Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken”

November 6, 2012

For the love of Jobs

by Matthew Steeples

Edward Kay takes a look at a yacht that forms part of the legacy of Steve Jobs   In a bittersweet moment, Steve Jobs’s yacht was launched on 29th October from the Feadship’s de Vries yard in Aalsmeer, The Netherlands with his wife and three children aboard. The Jobs family gave the members of the … Continue reading “For the love of Jobs”

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.

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”

August 17, 2012

Taylor Swift

by Matthew Steeples

This American singer-songwriter was born in 1989 and earned $120 million between 2009 and 2012. The first thing she did on her 18th birthday was to register to vote and she’s dated Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner, Jake Gyllenhall, Conor Kennedy and Harry Styles. Swift owns homes in Nashville, Brentwood, Beverley Hills and Cape Cod. In … Continue reading “Taylor Swift”

June 4, 2012

Singing for a Diamond

by Matthew Steeples

Music fit for The Queen   In recent days, Gary Barlow’s albumn Sing has topped the UK album charts with sales of 40,000 copies.   Two hundred and ten musicians, including the African Children’s Choir and the Royal Solomon Islands Police Force Band, helped record this special tribute to The Queen. Produced by Barlow with … Continue reading “Singing for a Diamond”

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 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.