BUSINESS

Felix Dennis (1947 – 2014)

This maverick publishing legend and poet founded Dennis Publishing in 1974 and was the first person to say the word “cunt” on live British...

Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss (AKA “The Winklevii”)

Born in The Hamptons, the 6’5” tall Winklevoss twins have achieved success in both rowing and online ventures. Their long-running legal wranglings with Mark...

Archibald Hall (AKA Archibald Thomson-Hall, Roy Fontaine, the Killer Butler and the Monster Butler, 1924 – 2002)

A bisexual conman, thief and serial killer who targeted the aristocracy. Hall was born in Glasgow and took elocution lessons during his first of...

Charles Cadogan, The Rt. Hon. the 8th Earl Cadogan, KBE, DL

This thrice married aristocrat and landowner allegedly once said that he prefers the company of horses to people. After dining in a Sloane Square...

Evan Spiegel

This Stanford graduate supposedly turned down an offer of $3 billion for his “wildly popular” Snapchat app in November 2013 despite his operation having...

Paul Reichmann (1930 – 2013)

This Vienna born Canadian businessman built and lost a fortune on Canary Wharf and was renowned for his frugality and as a “man of...

Yan Assoun

The term “bonfire of the bankers” truly applies to the life of this divorced Frenchman who has variously been based in London and New...

Catherine Hooper

The founder of Black Umbrella moved in with Andrew Madoff three days before the black storm of his father’s Ponzi scheme broke. Hooper, a...

Carlo Mondavi

Educated at the University of Aix-en-Provence and the University of Milan, this scion of the Mondavi wine making dynasty married his wife Megan on...

Pear Pimpisa Chirathivat (แพร พิมพิศา จิราธิวัฒน์)

A teenage member of the dynasty who control Thailand’s Central Group of companies. Like her brother, Peach (พชร จิราธิวัฒน์), Pear is an aspiring pop...

Arkadiy Abramovich (Аркадий Романович Абрамович)

Born in 1993, this heir to the fortune of Russian billionaire Roman Abramovich is the founder of ARA Capital, a company listed on the...

Matthew Winthrop Barzun

The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom was appointed in August 2013 and is a descendant of John Winthrop, an early 17th century...

Rich Ricci

This “ebullient” American’s name is most apt. A former Barclays bank executive who likes to wear sunglasses come rain or shine, Ricci retired to...

Prince Fahad bin Faisal Al Saud

This grandson of the brother of the Saudi Arabian ruler was the Head of User Operations for Facebook Arab until August 2011 and once...

Percy Shaw OBE (1890 – 1976)

The inventor of the Catseye road stud never married and was an eccentric Yorkshireman who kept four televisions running constantly so as not to...

Ingrid Lederhaas-Okun

If being vice president of product development at Tiffany’s isn’t enough, why not help yourself to a little bit more to be sure? That’s...

Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)

This twice married, self-made billionaire publisher and philanthropist is a polarising force. Desmond’s portfolio has at various times included titles as diverse as the...

Nicholas van Hoogstraten (also known as Adolph von Hessen and born Nicholas Marcel Hoogstraten)

This controversial tycoon is allegedly worth £500 million and believes Robert Mugabe to be “one hundred percent decent and incorruptible”. Nicknamed “The Maniac in...

Jean-Christophe, His Imperial Highness the Prince Napoléon

An heir of the legacy of Napoleon Bonaparte, this investment banker is based in New York and works for Morgan Stanley. He succeeded his...

Jesse Livermore (1877 – 1940)

One of the greatest traders ever to have lived. This thrice married American was famed for making and losing several multi-million dollar fortunes and...

Laurence Benson

Laurence Benson is an international jetsetting businessman who is based in Belgravia, Florida and the Seychelles. The son of a renowned cricketer and umpire,...

Michelle Mone OBE

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...

Lauren Bush Lauren (nickname: “LBL”)

President George H. W. Bush’s model and designer turned philanthropist granddaughter became “Lauren Lauren” when she married David Lauren, son of Ralph Lauren, in...

Sara Blakely

The youngest woman to have become a self-made billionaire ever. A former comedian and door-to-door fax machine saleswoman, Blakely founded the privately held Spanx...

Hillel Nahmad (AKA “Helly Nahmad”)

A scion of a prominent art dealing dynasty, Hillel Nahmad (or “Helly” as he’s known to his friends), is the proprietor of the Helly...

Howard Raymond

He’s taken action against 16 newspapers as: “If they tell lies, I sue them” and another court case resulted in Michael Winterbottom having to...

Andreas Panayiotou

A self-made mogul and former champion boxer who cannot read or write fluently. He thinks “differently” and built a £400 million fortune by creating...

Peter Scott (born Peter Craig Gulston, 1931 – 2013)

A modern day Robin Hood who claimed to have been “sent by God to take back some of the wealth that the outrageously rich...

Hilary Devey

This Lancastrian tycoon transformed the Dragons’ Den with her 80s style shoulder pads and comments such as “he made my foot itch”. Thrice married...

Marcus Cooper

A property developer extraordinaire with a “passion for deals”. He has been involved in deals involving many of London’s most expensive properties and founded...

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal

Ranked as “the most influential Arab in the world”, Al-Waleed has at various times held investments in News Corp, AOL, Apple Inc., Motorola, Fox...

Ronald Edwards (1931 – 1994), better known as Buster Edwards

Variously a boxer, nightclub owner, florist and criminal. Edwards became famous as one of the 1963 Great Train Robbery gang. He fled to Mexico...

Giovanni Di Stefano

Jailed for 14 years in March 2013 on charges of deception, fraud and money laundering, Di Stefano is a man who is often referred...

David Elias

Some say he died in 2009, others, including the Serious Fraud Office, suspect he’s hiding out in the rainforests of Borneo. This bankrupted businessman...

Eric Hersman

The Sunday Times describe him as a “secretive US financier” but Hersman, who is a sometime resident of London’s Bulgari Hotel is also said...

Dr Alexander Moulton CBE (1920 – 2012)

This genius of British design was told by leading bicycle manufacturer Raleigh that his lightweight, small-wheeled bicycle wouldn’t sell in the early 1960s. He...

Robert Bourne and Sally Greene OBE

Well-known for their numberplates “2 BE” and “NOT 2B,” this power couple live on Cheyne Walk and are a little bit like Marmite. In...

Richard Caring

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...

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

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...

Andrey Borodin

This billionaire former president of the Bank of Moscow lives in exile in London and is on the Interpol Red Notices wanted list as...

Urs Schwarzenbach

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...

Wafic Saïd

This billionaire was born in Damascus in 1939 and declares his loves to be music, architecture, art and horse racing. His home is the...

James Sherwood

This Kentuckian buccaneer founded Sea Containers in 1965. He is best known though buying the Hotel Cipriani in Venice for less than £1 million...

Crispin Odey

He founded Odey Asset Management in 1991 and now manages some $6.2 billion of assets. This graduate of Christ Church, Oxford was first married...

Leonid Rozhetskin

He co-founded City AM and was executive producer of the 2009 film Boogie Woogie. This Russian financier and lawyer led a closeted life and...

Luca Del Bono

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...

Vincent Tchenguiz

This Mayfair based property tycoon was born in Tehran and owns a Mangusta motor yacht named “Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I...

Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)

“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...