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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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Alphonse Fletcher, Jr. (AKA “Buddy Fletcher”)

The fund founded by “The Black Madoff” was bankrupted in 2012 after Alphonse Fletcher, Jr.’s firms, Fletcher Asset Management and Fletcher International, failed to...

Martin Taylor

Despite Ed Miliband condemning the Conservatives as “the party of Mayfair hedge funds”, Labour happily and hypocritically accepted £591,800 from Mayfair hedge fund boss...

Eike Batista

This one time billionaire subsequently became one of the world’s fastest destroyers of wealth after being listed as being worth -$1.2 billion by CNBC...

Alexandra Lebenthal (AKA “The New Queen of Wall Street”)

In her 2010 novel, The Recessionistas, this esteemed Jewish mother of three chronicled the consequences of economic collapse for a wealthy New York investment...

Sam Cook

Aged just 17, Yorkshire born Sam Cook borrowed £2,000 from his father and allegedly turned it into £21.2 million in less than 12 months....

Dame Shirley Porter DBE (née Shirley Cohen)

Tesco heiress Dame Shirley Porter joined Twitter in August 2014 and describes herself there as “an English philanthropist and former UK politician residing in...

Oliver Trusgnach

A Belgian fantasist, Oliver Trusgnach falsely accused a former Belgian prime minister of abuse before becoming an £18,500 per year antiques gallery manager in...

Raj Von Badlo (also known as Raj Shastri and Raj Paull)

On his website, Bentley driving Raj Shastri states: “My father told me that if you want to do something, find the best person in...

Aby Rosen

This Jewish real-estate mogul and contemporary art patron co-founded RFR Holding LLC with his childhood friend Michael Fuchs in 1991. Frankfurt born and Manhattan based, Aby...

Nathan Goralnik (AKA “Nate Goralnik”)

Brown and Yale educated Nathan Goralnik joined Quinn Emmanuel Urquhart & Sullivan LLP’s New York office in 2012 and specialises in financial litigation and...

Karen Blackett OBE

The chief executive officer of Mediacom stated: “I still think it is odd that I’m the only senior black woman in the advertising industry”...

Lady de Rothschild (also known as Lynn Forester de Rothschild, née Lynn Forester)

This thrice married, New Jersey born, Columbia Law School graduate was introduced to Sir Evelyn de Rothschild by Henry Kissinger in 1998. The couple...

Ryan Serhant

Born in Texas and educated at Hamilton College, New York, Ryan Serhant began his career as an actor on the long running series As...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Leslie "Les" Allen-Vercoe (also known as Les Vercoe)

This property developer tried to sell Britain’s ugliest crib, Updown Court at Windlesham in Surrey, for £70 million in 2008. It languished on the...

Raffaele Mincione

He was once engaged to Heather Mills but had a very lucky escape when she chose to marry Sir Paul McCartney instead. This Italian...

Captain Simon Mann

This former army officer boldly led a coup d’état in Equatorial Guinea in 2004. He was imprisoned for 34 years but received a presidential...

Jack O'Shea

A gentleman butcher. He’s deservedly been named Butcher of the Year by The Independent and his shops in Brussels and Knightsbridge are a mecca...

James Murdoch

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He...

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