Tuesday, June 14, 2022

BUSINESS

Roll-Call-Business-Oligarchs

Roll-Call-Business-Innovators

Hetty Green (AKA Henrietta Green, ‘The Witch of Wall Street,’ née Henrietta Robinson, 1834 – 1916)

“The greatest miser” and “richest woman in America” during the Gilded Age, Hetty Green lived by the rule of “buy cheap and sell dear.” Known for her appalling personal hygiene and ragged dresses, Green...

Alexander van der Zwaan

“Playboy” turned lawyer Alexander van der Zwaan had it all but destroyed his reputation after being jailed for 30 days for lying to the FBI in April 2018 over Russia’s links to President Trump’s...

Denise Coates

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...

Trevor Hemmings CVO

Reclusive yet charming “leisure entrepreneur” Trevor Hemmings owns over 100 racehorses, lives primarily on the Isle of Man and generously funded the SAFE centre to help victims of sexual violence in Preston, Lancashire.   This “publicity...

Fergus and Judith Wilson

Fat former boxer and Toad of Toad Hall-like figure of fun Fergus Wilson and his equally badly dressed Hyacinth Bucket-like wife, a former maths teacher named Judith, banned “coloured people” from renting the 1,000...

Pete Cashmore (AKA ‘The Sage of Media’)

Born in Banchory, Aberdeenshire in 1985, Pete Cashmore founded Mashable, a “one-stop-shop” digital media news and blogging site, in his bedroom in 2005 with the aim of “changing the world”. The firm now has...

Alfie Best II

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...

Lee Brahim Murray-Lamrani (AKA ‘Lightning Lee’ and ‘The Stopwatch’)

The “mastermind of Britain’s biggest cash robbery”, “from the streets kid” and “scary son of a b**ch” Lee Murray was born in Greenwich and nicknamed (much to his displeasure) ‘The Alien’ by fellow members...

Anders Holch Povlsen (AKA “The New King of Scotland”)

Worth around £4.4 billion according to Forbes, Bestseller CEO Anders Holch Povlsen is the second largest landowner in Scotland with 218,365 acres to his name across eleven estates. Danish, a father of four and...

Nick Bell

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,...

Douglas Durst

“Real estate royal” Douglas Durst had his leg amputated in 2015 and is the brother of the cross-dressing body dismemberer and suspected killer Robert Durst. The part owner of one of America’s top organic...

Cassandra Stavrou

Gourmet popcorn entrepreneur Cassandra Stavrou is based in Barnet, North London and counted Google as her first customer. A winner at the 2016 Veuve Clicquot Businesswoman of the Year Awards, Stavrou and her co-founder,...

Brooke Barzun

Art curator, philanthropist and ambassador’s wife Brooke Barzun is of Pilgrim Fathers ancestry and hails from the family that controls Jack Daniel’s. She is a mother of three and the wife of His Excellency...

Nadja Swarovski-Adams (AKA “Nadja Swarovski”)

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”. Chelsea, London and Vero Beach, Florida based...

Stavros Niarchos III

Greek shipping heir Stavros Niarchos III dated both Paris Hilton and Mary-Kate Olsen but has been with the Australian supermodel Jessica Hart since 2010. Born in New York and brought up in Paris, Niarchos...

Chrissie Rucker MBE

In 1994, with £6,000 in savings, Chrissie Rucker ended her career as a beauty journalist to launch The White Company from her boyfriend’s spare bedroom after struggling to find good quality white linen and...

Alison Platt

A “trolley dolly” turned CEO of Britain’s biggest estate agency, Alison Platt sees no difference between selling bleach and houses. Appointed a non-executive director of Tesco in January 2016, Teddington based Platt has also...

HRH Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark

One of five children of an exiled prince and hedgefunder and an American heiress, Her Royal Highness Princess Maria-Olympia of Greece and Denmark was born in New York and grew up in Cheyne Walk...

The Baroness Brady of Knightsbridge CBE (better known as Karren Brady, AKA “The First Lady of Football”)

Ambitious and hardworking to her core, North London born Karren Brady likes to describe herself as a “working mum”. Having become the youngest-ever managing director of a publicly listed company at the age of...

The Rt. Hon. The Lord Alliance CBE (Born: Davoud Alliance, Persian: داوود آلیانس, Hebrew: דייוויד אליאנס)

Iranian-British businessman Lord Alliance courageously used his powerful contacts to help save the ‘Forgotten Jews’ of Ethiopia in the 1980s and 1990s. Born in Kashan, Iran, David Alliance moved to Manchester at the age...

Herb Chambers (born Herbert G. Chambers)

Massachusetts born and Boston based billionaire businessman Herb Chambers loves fast cars and mammoth yachts. He made his fortune after leaving the United States Navy to set up a firm fixing copy machines door-to-door...

Sara Little (née Sara Finkelstein, AKA “Tiny Little”, “Corporate America’s Secret Weapon”,1917-2015)

An “improver” rather than a “creator”, Brooklyn born industrial designer Sara Little Turnbull believed “too many businesses designed products for the retailer rather than the customer”. Responsible for things as diverse as kitchenware that...

Leslie Wexner (AKA “Les” Wexner)

Worth some £5 billion, Leslie Wexner has been described as “very shy” and “certainly not the showing off type of American”. A father of four whose money was managed by Jeffrey Epstein until he...

The Marchioness of Bath

Born in Hungary and raised in France, the Marchioness of Bath has been described as a “soft porn actress” as well as a war correspondent and a journalist. In September 2015, she told The...

His Excellency Nunzio Alfredo D’Angieri and sons Stefan and Teava

This dandy dynasty of diplomats and collectors of motoring marvels are renowned on the international jet set. Diplomat H.E. Nunzio Alfredo D’Angieri was once termed “Arafats’s banker” and together with his sons Stefan and...

Christina Ketley

Though never married to the murdered gangland figure and timeshare fraudster John Palmer, Brentwood born Christina Ketley was truly the power behind his nasty thrown. Based in South Weald, Essex, mother of one Ketley...

Jules Bianchi (1989 – 2015)

The Stirling Moss of his generation was tragically taken in his prime aged just 25. Nice born and the grandson of the three-time World Champion in the GT category Mauro Bianchi, Jules Bianchi was...

Blake Mycoskie

Arlington, Texas born TOMS founder Blake Mycoskie started out selling shoes from his apartment in 2006 and now describes his position within what has become a vastly successful company as “Chief Giver of Shoes”. A...

Pete Halat

Former attorney and Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi from 1989 to 1993, Pete Halat was acquitted of but still is often connected to the 1987 murders of his business partner Judge Vincent Sherry and his...

Justin Weiss

Georgetown University educated Justin Weiss is the founder of the innovative rental crowdsourcing firm ClearDigs. A former Goldman Sachs banker, New York based Weiss offers the following advice to those who follow him on...

Nicolas Berggruen (AKA “The Homeless Billionaire”)

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 despite owning homes...

Bidzina Ivanishvili (ბიძინა ივანიშვილი, AKA “Boris Ivanishvili”)

Said to be worth £3.3 billion, businessman and politician Bidzina Ivanishvili counts two albino sons amongst his four children. Prime Minister of Georgia between October 2012 and November 2013, Ivaishvili named his Georgian Dreams...

Andy Dunn

Northwestern University and Stanford graduate Andy Dunn co-founded Bonobos in 2007 to “provide men with better-fitting clothes”. Chicago born Dunn stepped down as CEO in May 2015 and aside from telling his 15,000 Twitter...

His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum (حمدان بن محمد بن راشد آل مكتوم, AKA “Fazza” or “فزاع)

The second son of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid bin Said bin...

David Sullivan

Cardiff born David Sullivan owned the Daily Sport and the Sunday Sport between 1986 and 2007. Essex based and a father of two, Sullivan is a leading figure in the adult entertainment industry, a...

Sir Martin Sorrell (AKA “The Third Brother”)

Britain’s highest paid CEO in 2014 (he earned £42.98 million in a single year) Sir Martin Sorrell is the CEO of the advertising giant WPP. Born on Valentine’s Day 1945, twice married and a father...

Ena Baxter (AKA “The Queen of Soup”, 1925 – 2015)

Described as being “born to make soup”, Ena Baxter was anything but a “sweet old dear pottering around her kitchen”. This farmer’s daughter turned Baxters of Speyside into a global brand and of his...

Lisa du Pont Moseley (also known as Lisa Dean Chandor MacGuigan Moseley, born Lisa Dean)

A reclusive chain-smoking heiress, Lisa du Pont Moseley is best known for her connections to the 1998 murder of Pati Margello, the prostitute girlfriend of her son Simpson Dean MacGuigan. Wilmington, Delaware based and...

Radovan Vitek

A self-made Czech real estate billionaire, Radovan Vitek was listed as having a worth of £1.1 billion by Forbes in 2015. The owner of a home in Belgravia, this twice-married father of four was...

Lord Mostyn

The 7th Baron Mostyn was born in 1984 and was said to be worth some £50 million ($85 million) by The Sunday Times in 2014. Arsenal supporter and Durham University graduate Lord Mostyn speaks...

Goga Ashkenazi (born Gaukhar Berkalieva)

Termed “the first female oligarch”, Goga Ashkenazi made her first fortune in oil and gas before moving into fashion after buying Vionnet in 2012. Originally from southern Kazakhstan, Stowe, Rugby and Oxford educated Ashkenazi’s...

His Royal Highness Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud

Oxford educated petrolhead HRH Prince Khalid bin Bandar bin Sultan al-Saud is married to the Duke of Northumberland’s niece and counts Jeremy Clarkson amongst his friends. He travelled with friends on a coach after his...

George Frost

One of three sons of the late Sir David Frost and his second wife Lady Carina Fitzalan-Howard, “rum adventurer” George Frost created his own rum brand, The Duppy Share, after falling in love with...

Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump

The joining of two real estate and media dynasties came about in 2009 when Jared Kushner married Ivanka Trump. Harvard and New York University educated Kushner unexpectedly became the CEO of Kushner Companies after...