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Judy Taubman (previously Judith Mazor Rounick, née Jehudit Mazor)

The widow of the disgraced and briefly jailed owner of Sotheby’s, A. Alfred Taubman (1924 – 2015), found herself back in the news in September 2014 after a very public spat with her stepchildren....

Margaret Wooliscroft

Described as a “disagreeable old trout” by her very own lawyer, farmer Margaret Wooliscroft was jailed for 28 months in December 2015 for terrorizing the residents of Brindley Ford, Stoke-on-Trent. Her “reign of terror”...

Jason Shifrin

Jason Shifrin, the publicity craving author of the most originally titled Money, Money, Money, took to social media to defend the rightly tarnished name of his former PR representative Max Clifford’s daughter, Louise, in...

Kim Farry (AKA “Britain’s Shoplifting Queen”)

A Fulham based woman utterly lacking in a moral compass, benefit scrounger and shoplifting addict Kim Farry arrogantly yet (sadly) factually describes her criminal activities as a “very successful business”. Her “work” helping herself...

Angelo Vizcaino

A popular and hard-working waiter at La Brasserie in London’s Brompton Cross, pint-sized Angelo Vizcaino delights in telling customers about his love of Cuba and his pet dog. He sports a ring – designed...

Frederick Gross and George Hammond (AKA “The Dine and Dashers”)

There are galloping gourmets and then there’s Frederick Gross and George Hammond. This pair liked the restaurants of Knightsbridge and Mayfair so much that though they couldn’t afford to eat there, they did anyway...

Mr Penny Farthing

Often spotted on the roads of Kensington and Chelsea, as little is known about Mr Penny Farthing as his fellow eccentric The Fantasy Cyclist. His favoured watering hole is The Admiral Codrington in Milner...

Alexander Wood

Serial conman and “self-styled child prodigy” Alexander Wood posed as the 12th Duke of Marlborough, Lord Jamie Spencer-Churchill to run up bills at London hotels including the Great Northern Hotel in King’s Cross and...

Sandra Shevey

Though she claims to be a feminist, a writer, an expert on market towns and a film and television location tour guide, Sandra Shevey tends to busy her days writing complaints about amongst others...

Adolfo Orsi, Jr.

“One of the biggest important players on the classic car scene”, Adolfo Orsi, Jr. is always clad in a blazer and generally sports a Panama hat. He is charm personified and has a knowledge...

Danielle Rollins

Described as being “vivacious” and a “tastemaker”, Danielle Rollins admits to having been a “very odd child”. Married to Glen Rollins – a member of the controversial Atlanta based dynasty and owners of the...

The Iain Duncan Smith lookalike

Hailing from Hertfordshire and a lover of free bubbly, the Iain Duncan Smith lookalike is seen at all the best bashes. Known for his ability to bypass door people, IDS’ double once erupted into...

James Casbolt (AKA “Michael Prince”)

James Casbolt likes to describe himself as a “supersoldier”, “a mind control victim” and “a former MI6 officer” but in reality he is simply nothing other than an outlandish crook and fantasist. Born in...

Lara Asprey (AKA “Lady Lara”)

The founder of The Sloane Arranger describes herself as a “VIP matchmaker … to people who, let’s face it, are a little bit Sloaney”. Educated at St George’s, Ascot and the author of The...

Debbie Bancroft

Debbie Bancroft spends her days amongst the upper echelons of New York and Southampton yet considers the word “socialite” to be “meaningless”. She takes the view that “anyone with enough cash can hire a second...

Josh Truesdell

Despite describing himself as simply a “military brat”, New York based model Josh Truesdell has over 16,000 followers on Instagram and has been described as a “favourite” of the renowned fashion photographer and filmmaker...

Alexandra Tolstoy FRGS

The daughter of the contentious author Count Nikolai Tolstoy, divorcée Alexandra Tolstoy is a woman who ridiculously claims to struggle to live on £10,000 per week. An equine adventurer and socialite, Tolstoy has three...

Alex Hope

A catering manager turned Ponzi schemer and conman, Canary Wharf based Alex Hope blamed everyone but himself for his demise. Convicted and jailed for seven years alongside the “get-rich-quick” maestro Raj Shastri in January 2015...

Helen Brach (AKA “The Candy Lady”, 1911 – 1977, body never found)

Devoted to her dogs and the widow of a tycoon named Frank V. Brach (1890 – 1970), Helen Brach inherited a significant portion of a $23 million estate (the equivalent of $135 million or...

Alwen Hughes (also known as “Alwen Harris”)

The wife of the disgraced entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris, jeweller and sculptress Alwen Hughes complained of “sleepless nights” during his 2014 trial. Born in Wales and married to the Australian sex offender since...

Kevin Wheatcroft

The owner of Donington Park Racetrack, Kevin Wheatcroft is estranged from his six siblings and is bizarrely also the world’s leading collector of Nazi memorabilia. Amongst his possessions is the door to Hitler’s cell in...

Mikel Ruffinelli

Despite being an iceberg beyond being just larger than life, Californian Mikel Ruffinelli describes her eight foot wide “diva hips” as “looking beautiful”. A “UK size 22 on top and 30 on the bottom”...

Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben

Though convicted and sentenced to a six-week suspended jail sentence for a racist tirade in December 2013 in which she claimed “brown people are ruining London”, Baroness Marie-Claire von Alvensleben continues to parade around...

Lady Elizabeth Anson

The Queen’s party planner since 1960, Ladbroke Grove based Lady Elizabeth Anson is tee-total and doesn’t smoke. In 2012 the founder of Party Planners commented: “The Queen is the most meticulous host. She...

Comfort Yinusa

Jailed in June 2015 for making false accusations of rape against two entirely innocent men in October 2013, London Underground worker Comfort Yinusa is the kind of woman who makes it harder for genuine...

Charlene Marshall (AKA “Miss Piggy”, née Charlene Detwyler Tyler and previously Charlene Gilbert)

Despite her late mother-in-law detesting her and referring to her as “that b***h”, Charlene Marshall managed to get her claws into $14.5 million of Brooke Astor’s (1902 – 2007) wealth. A mother of three...

Thomas Gilbert Jr.

Privileged and 6’3” tall, Princeton graduate Thomas Gilbert Jr. stands accused of the January 2015 slaying of his hedge fund manager father Thomas Gilbert Sr., founder of Wainscott Capital. Described by Vanity Fair as...

Ben Fiberesima (AKA “Roky Million”)

Model and rapper Ben Fiberesima worked for brands including Tom Ford, Calvin Klein and Nike before turning to fraud. Arrested in 2008, Fiberseima skipped bail and fled Britain and lived in Australia under a...

Ziyanda Palesa Tutu

Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s self-proclaimed “first granddaughter” also describes herself as a “qualified wine judge”. The daughter of the one-time alcoholic Trevor Tutu, whom was jailed in1991 for threatening to explode a bomb on board...

Lynn Wyatt (née Lynn Sakowitz)

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...

Peter Cary Peterson (AKA “PC”)

The grandson of the Blackstone Group co-founder, billionaire and former US Secretary of Commerce Peter George Peterson and the creator of Sesame Street Joan Ganz Cooney, Peter Cary Peterson starred in a reality show...

Sara Vestin Rahmani

The Swedish born founder of the Bespoke Bureau staff-to-the-super-rich agency claims to “sound like one of the most British people you’ve ever met”. Described as “fierce” and a fan of “driven men”, Sara Vestin...

Kensington Claus

It’s Christmas every day for this bearded giant. Generally spotted in the pubs of South Kensington and always on his own, Kensington Claus has favoured drinking spots at each bar he visits and those...

The Knightsbridge rose seller

A well-known fixture each and every evening at Knightsbridge restaurants including San Lorenzo and Scalini during the 1990s and 2000s, the Knightsbridge rose seller was as renowned for her jolly smile and Mini as...

Barbarella Buchner

Lanzarote based web designer Barbarella Buchner ‘married’ her cats Lugosi and Spider in January 2004. She has a “catified” loo seat, “attends cat support groups” and on coming across the marryyourpet.com website states she states...

Sam Malin and Irène Major (AKA “Lord and Lady Hailes”)

Hailing from Canada and Cameroon respectively, Sam Malin and Irène Major can best be described as “a curious couple”. Whilst Madagascar based Malin claims to have made his fortune in oil, gas and minerals, Major...

Hermé de Wyman Miro

A Palm Beach based Austrian native, Hermé de Wyman Miro and her first husband Rene de Miro founded The International Society of Palm Beach with the aim of “ community through scholarships and grants...

Paul and Selena Bailey

Having sold their telephone conferencing empire for £28 million in 2012, Paul and Selena Bailey became the first people in the UK to own the £3 million “Holy Trinity of Hypercars” that numbers a...

Debrah Lee Charatan

With a self-professed desire to be “a female Harry Helmsley”, Debrah Lee Charatan was destined for a successful career in real estate in New York in the 1980s. Instead, having secretly married multi-millionaire Robert Durst...

John Bly

Having begun his career at Sotheby’s, John Bly joined his family at their firm of antiques dealers in Tring, Hertfordshire. An author and presenter of the BBC’s Antiques Roadshow since 1978, Bly is a...

Arjun Waney

Described as “the most successful restaurant creator and investor in Britain” by Newsweek, Arjun Waney is the Karachi born septuagenarian behind restaurants in Dubai, Istanbul, London, Malibu and New York that number such hotspots as...

Juliette D’Souza

Dubbed “Britain’s worst-ever conwoman” by the Mail Online after her conviction for cheating what that paper called “wealthy intelligent victims” out of around £5 million in March 2015, Juliette D'Souza posed as a witchdoctor...

Mohammad Al-Sharif

At the age of 22 in March 2015 this Saudi playboy and wannabe member of the Rich Kids of Instagram was convicted of driving whilst unfit through drugs and fined £400. Mohammad Al-Sharif was...

Mowbray Jackson

Having once described himself as a “proud troll” on Twitter, this coat-tail hanging sort is often to be found in the company of the phone hacking obsessed bore Hugh Grant. A UKIP campaign manager...

Nancy Dell’Olio

A whirlwind of energy accompanies Nancy Dell’Olio wherever she goes. Personable and always immaculately presented, here is a New York born lawyer who was formerly the ‘First Lady of Football’. London based and multi-lingual,...

Kathy Prounis

This interior decorator began her career in commercial design with Skidmore, Owings & Merrill in New York. Kathy Prounis is married to the lawyer Othon Prounis, a partner at Ropes & Gray, and is...

André Balazs

Brought up mostly in Cambridge, Massachusetts, André Balazs is a graduate of Cornell and Columbia Universities whose success in the hospitality sector has been phenomenal. A leading hotelier and restaurateur, Balazs’ portfolio numbers London’s...

Elyse Newhouse (née Elyse Applebaum)

This New York based philanthropist married the grandson of Advance Publications founder Samuel I. Newhouse, Sr. (1895 – 1979) in 1988. Together with her husband, Michael, this mother of two is a graduate of...