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 the Mink” and “Nasty Nick”, van Hoogstraten is famed for a still unfinished mansion in Sussex with a frontage larger than Buckingham Palace and being exceptionally stingy with teabags. Of a nun who hit him with a chair leg at the Jesuit school he attended, he stated: “I grabbed it and hit her – and she never tried it again” and of himself, the father of five children by three women once commented: “Well a lot of people think I’m mad”. We most certainly agree.