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Martin Miller (1946 – 2013)

The undisputed king of gin. Martin Miller didn’t like the gins he tried and so created his own, Martin Miller's Gin. It is wonderful. This father of five and husband of Ioana Beju was also...

Lady Docker (Norah Docker, née Norah Turner and also Norah Callingham and Lady Collins, 1905 – 1983)

Thrice married Norah Docker lived life to the full and did it in style. She clad a Daimler in zebra hide upholstery because mink was “too hot to sit on” and was even banned...

Beverly Cohen

Co-owner of the Four Seasons in Beverly Hills with her husband R. J., Cohen is of surprisingly humble origins. She grew up on a chicken farm in Cleveland, Ohio but moved to LA with...

Patricia Kluge (née Rose)

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...

Charmian Brent (better known as Charmian Biggs)

In the autumn of 2012, an ITV1 series, Mrs Biggs, dramatised the life story of this headmaster’s daughter from Reigate, Surrey. In it, Sheridan Smith (pictured here with the real Mrs Biggs) portrayed a...

David Nalbandian

This aggressive Argentinean is truly the Joey Barton of tennis. Kicking a panel in the 2012 Queen’s final resulted in a linesman being injured and him being disqualified. He's neither a McEnroe nor a...

April Ashley MBE (born Toni Jamieson)

This Liverpudlian sex-swap pioneer was the first British person to be outed as a transsexual in 1961. Ashley endured electric shock treatment and painful surgery but this didn’t stop her becoming a successful fashion...

Scott Disick

This reality television star commented of himself: “I may be a douche to some people, but I actually do run companies. I make a lot of money, and I’m more than capable of supporting...

Andrew Embiricos (1985 – 2011)

A descendant of the Aga Khan and the grandson of Rita Heyworth. Gregarious and witty Embiricos was passionate about flying and worked for Virgin Atlantic. His departure came far too soon.

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

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...

Eugene Carokis

He’s shunned Facebook and Twitter and is often to be found in the V&A library at weekends. Some say Carokis is developing an intellectual side but his day job is more typically Greek. This...

Anouska Hempel (Lady Weinberg)

The founder of the world’s first boutique hotel moved to London in 1962 with just £10 to her name. She’s acted with Anton Rodgers in Zodiac and was in the 1969 James Bond film...

Joseph "Joey" Barton

This Liverpudlian footballer is a bad boy on the pitch and has also done a stint in the clink for common assault and affray. He provokes extreme reactions but the hatred he is subjected...

Neil & Christine Hamilton

Eternally cheerful survivors. They’re amongst the few who’ve beaten both Max Clifford and speed cameras. No one ever guesses what they’ll do next.

Marisa Masters (1925 – 2016)

This pint-sized nonagenarian hailed from Barri, Italy and was married to Lindsay Masters, one of the founders of Haymarket Publishing. A larger-than-life character, Marisa Masters once won a sports car in a raffle at...

Iris Apfel

Jimmy Choo named a shoe after her and eyebobs collaborated with her to launch the “Iris” in January 2012. This nanogenarian businesswoman, interior designer and fashion icon also worked for nine presidents at The...