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Jeffrey Slonim (1960 – 2016)

America’s answer to Nigel Dempster went to school with Julianne Moore and later attended Yale University. A preppy entertainment reporter, Jeffrey Slonim was considered to be “a walking Ralph Lauren ad” and a “throwback...

Oliver Rothschild (AKA “The Fake Rothschild”)

A regular on the party circuit in London, self-described “International Man of Excellence” Oliver Rothschild was exposed by The Telegraph as a “fake Rothschild” in March 2016. Spotted often at the same gatherings as...

The Ranting Crasher

A lover of parties in Central London, little else is known of The Ranting Crasher. Prone to fits of shouting if photographed and most definitely the loudest member of the ligging community, event hosts...

The Inspector Clouseau lookalike

A new sidekick for David Pun in 2016, The Inspector Clouseau lookalike is undoubtedly also a fellow lover of free champagne. Sighted at events throughout Central London, this individual is somewhat better dressed than...

Sabine Getty (née Ghanem, AKA ‘Sabine G’)

Born to a Lebanese financier and an Egyptian interior decorator in Geneva, Sabine Getty is a jewellery designer and socialite. Her 2015 marriage to billionaire heir Joseph Getty in Rome was one of the...

Maya Henry (AKA “The It Girl with a Heart of Gold”)

Not afraid of lavish gestures, American socialite Maya Henry was treated to a £1.4 million 15th birthday party by her personal injury specialist lawyer father Thomas J. Henry and his wife Azteca in February...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Manthe Penton Harrap

Featured on the BBC documentary Modern Times: Welcome to Mayfair in February 2015, Manthe Penton Harrap tells her Twitter followers that she believes “health is wealth”. This truly eccentric lady is described elsewhere as...

Denis Doble

This party loving, gift bag collecting sort hails from SW18 and is often spotted at the very same gatherings as his Facebook friend David Pun. A member of the committee of the University of...

Justin Fichelson

San Francisco based realtor Justin Fichelson.

Lady Annabel Goldsmith

The hostess of “the event of the season”, mother of six Lady Annabel Goldsmith’s summer garden party at her home, Ormeley Park on the edge of Richmond Park, is attended by the great and...

Bienvenida Buck (AKA “The Spanish Firecracker”, born Bienvenida Perez-Blanco)

Thrice married and best known as the mistress of the Sir Peter Harding, Chief of the Defence Staff during the Gulf War, self-styled femme fatale Bienvenida Buck once commented: “The successful man is one...

Randy Harris

The son of businessman King Harris and publishing heiress Anne Hearst McInerney, Randy Harris celebrated his 21st birthday party at the ‘21’ Club in 2012 alongside members of the Bush, Hearst, Rockefeller and Tobin...

Marcus Prinz von Anhalt (born Marcus Edward Eberhardt)

Having started his career as a butcher, this eccentric moved into the nightclub business and is described as “one of the largest and most visible owners of brothels in Germany”. Jailed at least twice for...

Solomon Akhtar

More “party boy” than “business man”, Exeter graduate Solomon Akhtar, himself, was the first to admit he’d have been more suited to appearing in Made in Chelsea than on The Apprentice after getting booted from the...

David West (also known as “Dave West” and “Lord David West of the Manor of Hollesley”, 1944 – 2014)

This larger than life character loved distinctively coloured clothing, crocodile skin shoes and luxury cars. Romford born David West was a businessman who made his fortune selling tobacco and alcohol to British “booze cruisers”...

Brian Crawford ( – October 2014)

A director of Jermyn Street’s famous Tramp nightclub, affable Brian Crawford trained at Kensington’s Royal Garden Hotel and also worked at the Dome and Acanthus in Edinburgh. A charming gent, Crawford kept company with...

Alessandro Carnicella

As head of brand promotion at Bugatti, Alessandro Carnicella is a man whose job is the envy of many. This Italian was formerly employed by Ferrari but is now based in London. He is generally...

Cole Rumbough

Dubbed “the truest American royalty” by one fan, jazz singer Cole Rumbough grew up in Greenwich, Connecticut and is the grandson of the actress Dina Merrill and the great-grandson of Marjorie Merriweather Post. He...

Ivan Pun

Oxford educated Ivan Pun is plainly someone the party crasher David Pun would love to be. He features on Town & Country’s ‘Most Eligible Bachelors’ list, is described as liking “the international party circuit”...

Fernande Grudet (AKA ‘Madame Claude’)

Quite possibly the most famous madam ever, Fernande Grudet was the head of a French network of call girls in the 1950s and 1960s. Her clients are said to have numbered everyone from Rex...

Christie Brinkley

The world’s third richest model, Christie Brinkley was born in Monroe, Michigan and has been married four times. A mother of three and a supporter of the Democratic Party, Brinkley is a vegetarian and...

Scott Harvey-Nicholls

He shares a similar sounding name with a department store but Scott Harvey-Nicholls is instead co-founding partner of Romelle Swire, a London and New York based firm that “develops enduring partnerships between talent and brands”....

Sally Farmiloe-Neville (1954 – 2014)

This Hampshire born actress, model and author embodied the spirit of a true trooper. Having starred in the 1980s drama series Howards’ Way, Farmiloe-Neville made her name organising fundraisers for both the Conservatives and...

Nicky Rothschild (née Nicky Hilton)

The sister of Paris Hilton met James Rothschild at the 2012 wedding of Petra Ecclestone and married the banking heir in July 2015.Nicky Rothschild is said to be worth £12 million and her second...

Mr Frizzy

A regular on the art gallery circuit, this frizzy haired character appears on the list of suspected gatecrashers circulated by London art galleries. He does not number on a list of the greatest of...

The art loving duo

This pair never miss an art gallery opening night. Prosecco surely flows through their veins.

Lady Joan Oliphant Fraser

She wrote a book called The Champagne Diet and is often spotted in Pimlico. A partying sort, Oliphant Fraser is regularly found at London events and is never without a glass of her favourite...

Ruth Madoff (née Ruth Alpern)

The wife of the biggest Ponzi schemer in history claims she had no knowledge of what her husband – whom she’s since disowned but not divorced – did as chairman of Bernard L. Madoff...

Grant Harrold

A former under butler to Prince Charles, Lanarkshire born Harrold has morphed into “a Jeeves for hire”. He agreed an out of court settlement after being likened to the killer Raoul Moat and now...

Denise Eisenberg Rich

Rich by name, rich by nature. This US-born Grammy nominated singer-songwriter’s billionaire ex-husband, Marc Rich, received a pardon on President Clinton’s last day in office after she’d given more than a million dollars to...

Tamsin Lonsdale

A Brit who redefined the concept of supper clubs in London, L.A., Miami and New York, Tasmin Lonsdale is the dynamo daughter of the jeans tycoon Tony Lonsdale and model Chekkie Maskell. An Edinburgh...

“Lady” Sandra Bates

This voluptuous art dealer and public relations consultant goes by the name “Lady Sandra” and claims to have been “born in The Playboy Club”. She auditioned for Big Brother 2009 and drinks champagne for...

Alice de Janzé (nee Alice Silverthorne and also known as Alice de Trafford and Comtesse de Janzé, 1899 – 1941)

A wild socialite and daughter of an American textile industrialist, de Janzé is one of the best known members of Kenya’s notorious Happy Valley set and was one of those suspected of the 1941...