Wednesday, 21 December 2011

More money than sense?

Tales of the hardship of being the modern day equivalent of Eloise

In a post for Da Steeps Speaks this morning, today’s guest columnist, Thomas (T.J.) James, included an image of a property, 515 North Country Road, Palm Beach, that one Dmitry Rybolovlev, a 43-year old Russian fertiliser tycoon, had paid $95 million for in 2008.

The Penthouse at 15 Central Park West, New York, NY 10023: soon to be the home of Ekaterina Ryvbolovleva

Subsequently, I read in the Daily Mail that Rybolovlev, who also happens to be in the midst of a $3.5 billion divorce battle, has spent a further $88 million purchasing the most expensive apartment in Manhattan for his 22 year-old daughter, Ekaterina, to live in “part-time.”
A passionate equestrian: Ekaterina Ryvbolovleva

A spokesman for the Rybolovlev family commented:

“A company associated with Ekaterina Rybolovleva, daughter of a well-known businessman Dmitriy Rybolovlev, has signed a contract to purchase an apartment at 15 Central Park West, New York.  The apartment is a condominium currently owned by the Sanford Weill Family. Ms Rybolovleva is currently studying at a U.S. university. She plans to stay in the apartment when visiting New York.”

Anna Abramovich: daughter of Roman Abramovich and his former wife, Irina Vyacheslavovna Malandina

Back in August, I wrote of Anna Abramovich, the 19-year old daughter of Russian oligarch and Chelsea Football Club owner, Roman Abramovich, who was quoted in the Evening Standard talking of the “relatively modest little haven” that daddy bought for her at a cost of “just” £4 million. At a time when the streets of Britain were filled with rioters, this young lady illustrated the colossal divide between the haves and the have-nots.

Omar Khyami and his fiancé Tamara Ecclestone

Since then, on a near daily basis, we’ve been subjected to the shenanigans of another pair of billionaire brats mainly thanks to the Daily Mail, OK! and Channel 5. In an effort, to present herself as normal, 27-year old Tamara Ecclestone, daughter of Formula One boss, Bernie Ecclestone and his ex-wife Slavica, appeared in a show named Billion $$ Girl where she inspected works on her £45 million mansion and highlighted the “heights and inevitable lows” of her glitzy life.

Petra Ecclestone and her husband James Stunt

Separately, Ecclestone’s younger sister, Petra, 23, has very publicly enjoyed supposed a £12 million wedding ceremony to James Stunt as well as purchasing the 100-room, 57,000 square foot former home of Candy Spelling for “a bargain” $85 million. To top it off, they’ve also bought Sir Anthony and Lady Bamford’s London residence, Sloane House, for £66 million and immediately begun an ambitious scheme to entirely remodel it.

Sloane House, 149 Old Church Street, London, SW3 6EB

I have no personal problem with any of the above individuals but frankly the fact that they need to flaunt their vast wealth so publicly, at this, a time of economic misery, is frankly tacky.

The former home of Aaron and Candy Spelling: The Manor (also known as "Spelling Manor"), 594 South Mapleton Drive, Holmby Hills, Los Angeles, California, CA 90024

Read my original piece about Anna Abramovich’s £4 million crib at:

Learn more about Tamara Ecclestone’s Channel 5 show, Billion $$ Girl, at:

View Tamara Ecclestone’s personal website at:


Heather Mills said...

Someone should sing "It's a hard life" to this lot.

Dark Avenger said...

Is James Stunt still spraying magnums of Cristal from the first table on the left at Tramp?

Candy's Dandy said...

"The Ballad of Aaron and Candy":

"See Candy's jewels, see Aaron's money,
Aaron doesn't think being picked on is funny.
See Candy's clothes, see Aaron's pad
See Aaron and Candy's castle make the neighbors mad.
But they're livin' in splendor high above the crowds
60,000 square feet of heaven.
That's Spelling's dwelling, I said
Spelling's Dwelling. . . ."

Candy's Dandy said...

The LA Times on Spellling Manor:

"What's bigger than a football field smaller than Hearst Castle,
has a bowling alley and an entire floor of closets, and is making some
people very annoyed? Aaron and Candy Spelling's 56,500-square-foot
(5,250 m2) mansion in Holmby Hills. The French chateau, under
construction now for two years, has turned the corner of Mapleton and
Club View drives into a gawker's paradise. Sprawled across 6 acres
(24,000 m2) on what once was the Bing Crosby estate, the
house dwarfs the sizable mansions on the block and looms large over
tranquil Holmby Park near Wilshire Boulevard."

Candy's Dandy said...

The "LA Times" again on Spelling Manor:

"Aaron Spelling residence, which at 56,500 square feet (5,250 m2),
should be considered a congregate living facility and not a
single-family home, and therefore in violation of Holmby Hills zoning.
What Spelling's folly is, of course, a sad commentary on the distorted
values that have taken the architectural form of monster mansions at a
time when tens of thousands of persons are homeless."

Echoes your points but this was written in the 1980s. Different times: no changes.

Peter P said...

At least Petra Ecclestone has had the good sense to rip out all Candy's tat.

Katy said...

At least they didn't waste money giving to that PACT charity unlike you and your friends Matty boy!!!!!