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March 22, 2016

Brooke Barzun

by General

Art curator, philanthropist and ambassador’s wife Brooke Barzun is of Pilgrim Fathers ancestry and hails from the family that controls Jack Daniel’s.

July 19, 2014

The masters of marketing

by Matthew Steeples

Uber pulls off another great promotional stunt   When London’s black cab drivers protested against Uber in June, the result was to cause an an upward spike of 850% in sign-ups for their app. Yesterday, the San Francisco based company pulled off another clever marketing stunt in hiring ice cream vans to deliver ice creams … Continue reading “The masters of marketing”

August 21, 2013

Matthew Winthrop Barzun

by Matthew Steeples

The United States Ambassador to the United Kingdom was appointed in August 2013 and is a descendant of John Winthrop, an early 17th century governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Married to the heiress to the Jack Daniels whiskey empire, Barzun was a fundraiser for Obama’s 2008 campaign and head of strategic planning for Halsey … Continue reading “Matthew Winthrop Barzun”

August 13, 2013

A load of cock and balls

by Matthew Steeples

Bebo “wipes the slate clean”   In July, we reported that Michael Birch had bought back Bebo – a social networking website that he sold for $850 million in 2008 – for just $1 million. Last week, he announced plans to completely revitalise the site.

July 2, 2013

Minor and major

by Matthew Steeples

Two Internet titans worth watching   Those who wrote off Halsey Minor, founder of CNET, may have done so prematurely given today’s news that Michael Birch has just bought back Bebo for just $1 million.

May 31, 2013

A Minor problem

by Matthew Steeples

Former billionaire Halsey Minor files for Chapter 7 bankruptcy   Last October we featured the story of the $25 million Koshland Mansion in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights. The price of the property has now been slashed to $21 million and today its former owner, Halsey Minor, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy with liabilities of … Continue reading “A Minor problem”

October 1, 2012

Going under the Kosh

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of a $25 million mansion modeled on Marie Antoinette’s favourite retreat that has connections to Levi Strauss & Co., Yehudi Menuhin, the Zodiac Killer and a controversial dot-com tycoon   Modeled on the Petit Trianon, a small château in the grounds of Versailles that was favoured by Louis XVI’s wife Marie Antoinette, the … Continue reading “Going under the Kosh”

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