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50 Indian billionaires in global richest club

Washington: Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and Reliance chairman Mukesh Ambani were counted among the world's ten richest persons as 50 Indians made it to the Forbes list of World Billionaires 2011.

 

Here is a complete list of Indian billionaires in order of India Rank, World Rank, Name, Net Worth, Age, Source:

 

1.. 6 Lakshmi Mittal $31.1 B 60 Steel

2.. 9 Mukesh Ambani $27 B 53 petrochemicals, oil & gas

3.. 36 Azim Premji $16.8 B 65 Software

4.. 42 Shashi & Ravi Ruia $15.8 B 67 Diversified

5.. 56 Savitri Jindal & family $13.2 B 60 Steel

6.. 81 Gautam Adani $10 B 48 commodities, infrastructure

7.. 97 Kumar Birla $9.2 B 43 commodities

8.. 103 Anil Ambani $8.8 B 51 Diversified

9.. 110 Sunil Mittal & family $8.3 B 53 telecom

10. 130 Adi Godrej & family $7.3 B 68 Diversified

11. 130 Kushal Pal Singh $7.3 B 79 real estate

12. 154 Anil Agarwal $6.4 B 57 mining, metals

13. 159 Dilip Shanghvi $6.1 B 55 pharmaceuticals

14. 182 Shiv Nadar $5.6 B 65 Information technology

15. 265 Malvinder & Shivinder Singh $4.1 B 38 healthcare

16. 310 Kalanithi Maran $3.5 B 45 media

17. 347 Uday Kotak $3.2 B 51 banking

18. 376 Micky Jagtiani $3 B 59 Retail

19. 393 Subhash Chandra & family $2.9 B 60 media

20. 440 Pankaj Patel $2.6 B 57 pharmaceuticals

21. 440 Indu Jain $2.6 B 74 media

22. 440 G. M. Rao $2.6 B 60 infrastructure

23. 512 Cyrus Poonawalla $2.3 B 69 biotech

24. 540 Rajan Raheja & family $2.2 B 56 Diversified

25. 564 Desh Bandhu Gupta $2.1 B 73 pharmaceuticals

26. 595 N.R. Narayana Murthy & family $2 B 64 Software

27. 595 Gautam Thapar $2 B 50 engineering, paper

28. 595 Sudhir & Samir Mehta $2 B 56 Diversified

29. 595 Aloke Lohia $2 B 52 chemicals

30. 651 Venugopal Dhoot $1.9 B 59 electronics

31. 651 Chandru Raheja $1.9 B 70 real estate

32. 692 Nandan Nilekani & family $1.8 B 55 Software

33. 736 Ajay Kalsi $1.7 B N/A oil

34. 782 Rahul Bajaj $1.6 B 72 motorcycles

35. 782 Senapathy Gopalakrishnan & family $1.6 B 55 Software

36. 833 Brijmohan Lall Munjal $1.5 B 87 motorcycles

37. 833 K. Anji Reddy $1.5 B 69 pharmaceuticals

38. 879 Vijay Mallya $1.4 B 55 liquor

39. 879 Ajay Piramal $1.4 B 55 pharmaceuticals

40. 879 Vikas Oberoi $1.4 B 40 real estate

41. 938 Baba Kalyani $1.3 B 62 Engineering

42. 938 Rama Prasad Goenka $1.3 B 81 Diversified

43. 993 Keshub Mahindra $1.2 B 87 Diversified

44. 993 K Dinesh & family $1.2 B 56 Software

45. 993 Rakesh Jhunjhunwala $1.2 B 50 Investments

46. 993 Brij Bhushan Singal $1.2 B 74 Steel

47. 1057 Yusuf Hamied & family $1.1 B 74 Pharmceuticals

48. 1057 S.D. Shibulal & family $1.1 B 56 Software

49. 1057 Bhupendra Kumar Modi $1.1 B 62 telecom

50. 1057 Mangal Prabhat Lodha $1.1 B 55 real estate

 

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    Reclusive Heiress Dies at 104

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Tue, 24 May 2011  

    According to msnbc com, Huguette M. Clark, the mysterious copper heiress who became the subject of public fascination and police investigation after a century of life as a recluse, died Tuesday morning at age 104, registered under a fake name at a hospital in New York City.

    The handling, or possible mishandling, of her fortune were the subject of a series of reports last year on msnbc.com.

     

    Clark first caught the imagination of the public in February 2010, when it was reported her three opulent homes remained unoccupied: an estate alongside the Pacific Ocean in Santa Barbara, Calif., worth an estimated $100 million, which she had not visited since the 1950s; a country house in New Canaan, Conn., on the market for $23 million, which she expanded but never spent a night in; and the largest apartment on New York City's Fifth Avenue -- 42 rooms on the 8th and 12th floors, valued at about $100 million.

     

    Huguette (pronounced "hue-GET") Marcelle Clark was born in Paris in 1906, the youngest child of U.S. Sen. William Andrews Clark of Montana (1839-1925), known as one of the copper kings. When she was a child, her father was described by The New York Times as either the richest or second-richest American, neck and neck with John D. Rockefeller.

    When her father died in 1925, she received an allowance of $7,500 a month (about $1.2 million a year in today's dollars), and when she reached 21 she inherited one-fifth of her father's estate, an even split with his children from his first marriage. The entire estate was estimated at up to $300 million, or about $3.6 billion today.

     

    The spike in interest in Clark also brought about a criminal investigation of her finances and the role her attorney and accountant played. 

     

    She died just two weeks short of her 105th birthday, on June 9. The cause of her death was not disclosed.

    Reclusive Heiress Snubs Relatives
     

    Reluctant heiress leaves million to arts, nurse


    Thu Jun 23, 8:52 PM EDT

    A reclusive American heiress, who for decades chose to live in hospitals instead of lavish homes in New York and California, bequeathed her fortune to the arts, a hired nurse and a handful of close associates.

    Huguette Clark, 104, died last month. Married briefly in 1928, the heir to a copper, timber and railroad fortune had no children, shunned the social limelight and the trappings of wealth, preferring to tend to her extensive doll collection said to be worth millions.

    Clark's estate was valued at about $400 million when she died, according to the law firm Holland & Knight.

    "Despite her substantial wealth stemming from the same gilded age that produced the Rockefellers, Astors and Vanderbilts, Huguette Clark lived a remarkably quiet and understated life," said John D. Dadakis, the New York Chair of Holland & Knight Private Wealth Services group.

    "Her final will reflects that modesty, as well as her great generosity and empathy for those who took care of her in her later decades," he added in a statement.

    In the will Clark stipulated the establishment of a foundation to promote and foster the arts, to be called the Bellosguardo Foundation after her 24-acre ocean front home in Santa Barbara.

    Clark had not been to the home since 1963, when her mother died, but kept it well-maintained for nearly 50 years.

    The estate, estimated to be worth over $100 million, will become a museum, housing her collection of art, which included Renoirs, books, musical instruments and other fine objects.

    Clark left nothing to any members of her family. Instead she lbequeathed more than $30 million to Hadassah Peri, a nurse assigned to her in 1991 who became Clark's closest companion.

    Beth Israel Hospital in New York, where Clark was described as having been a "semi-permanent resident" for 20 years after leaving her lavish, 42-room New York apartment, received $1 million.

    She also made bequests of $500,000 to her lawyer and accountant, both of whom are being investigated by Manhattan's district attorney over the handling of her financial affairs.

    Monet's seminal "Water Lilies", unseen publicly since 1925 and valued at about $25 million, will go to Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art, where a gallery bears the name of her father, U.S. Sen. William A. Clark, who died in 1925.

    Another home in Connecticut, exquisitely maintained and unseen by its owner for decades, is on the market for $24 million.

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      Reclusive Heiress Snubs Relatives
       

      Reluctant heiress leaves million to arts, nurse


      Thu Jun 23, 8:52 PM EDT

      A reclusive American heiress, who for decades chose to live in hospitals instead of lavish homes in New York and California, bequeathed her fortune to the arts, a hired nurse and a handful of close associates.

      Huguette Clark, 104, died last month. Married briefly in 1928, the heir to a copper, timber and railroad fortune had no children, shunned the social limelight and the trappings of wealth, preferring to tend to her extensive doll collection said to be worth millions.

      Clark's estate was valued at about $400 million when she died, according to the law firm Holland & Knight.

      "Despite her substantial wealth stemming from the same gilded age that produced the Rockefellers, Astors and Vanderbilts, Huguette Clark lived a remarkably quiet and understated life," said John D. Dadakis, the New York Chair of Holland & Knight Private Wealth Services group.

      "Her final will reflects that modesty, as well as her great generosity and empathy for those who took care of her in her later decades," he added in a statement.

      In the will Clark stipulated the establishment of a foundation to promote and foster the arts, to be called the Bellosguardo Foundation after her 24-acre ocean front home in Santa Barbara.

      Clark had not been to the home since 1963, when her mother died, but kept it well-maintained for nearly 50 years.

      The estate, estimated to be worth over $100 million, will become a museum, housing her collection of art, which included Renoirs, books, musical instruments and other fine objects.

      Clark left nothing to any members of her family. Instead she lbequeathed more than $30 million to Hadassah Peri, a nurse assigned to her in 1991 who became Clark's closest companion.

      Beth Israel Hospital in New York, where Clark was described as having been a "semi-permanent resident" for 20 years after leaving her lavish, 42-room New York apartment, received $1 million.

      She also made bequests of $500,000 to her lawyer and accountant, both of whom are being investigated by Manhattan's district attorney over the handling of her financial affairs.

      Monet's seminal "Water Lilies", unseen publicly since 1925 and valued at about $25 million, will go to Washington's Corcoran Gallery of Art, where a gallery bears the name of her father, U.S. Sen. William A. Clark, who died in 1925.

      Another home in Connecticut, exquisitely maintained and unseen by its owner for decades, is on the market for $24 million.

      Interesting story, Moon, thanks. Smile


                                                   
                           
                                               

       

       

       

       

                                                                                                         

      "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                  --Edmund Burke

       

       

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        A $100 Million ATM Receipt

        Thursday, June 30, 2011

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        Scrooge McDuck lives. An ATM receipt showing a balance of nearly $100 million dollars was discovered at an East Hampton Village bank.

        A customer found the receipt hanging out of the ATM's slot. The customer who found the receipt showed it to financial blog Dealbreaker com. The receipt, dated June 18, doesn't list the account holder's name but does indicate that the person has $99,864,731.94 in a personal savings account (that's after a $400 withdrawal and a $2.75 service charge). The East Hamptons is a well known playground for the very wealthy.

        Is the receipt a mistake of some kind? Perhaps. Anyone with that amount of cash would know that keeping $100 million in a savings account isn't the wisest investment move. Savings accounts earn paltry interest rates and are only guaranteed by the federal government for amounts up to $250,000.

        A buzzy article from The New York Post speculates that the holder of the account may be billionaire mogul David Tepper (Forbes lists him as the 208th richest person in the world). When contacted by The New York Post, Tepper denied ownership of the receipt and pointed out that he "would never do something as irresponsible as leaving $100 million in a savings account."

        Maybe it really was Scrooge McDuck?

        Thanks ~ Mike Krumboltz

         

        $$$$$$$$$$

        Some numbers for your investments, perhaps.

        Pairs:   99  40  94  06  18  11

        Pick 3:  400  864  731  275  879  208  250  000  100

        Pick 4:  9491  6568  1014

        Quinto: 40275

           Remember to get your receipt!

         <- One Million USD ... Multiple by 100 = $100 Million Dollars!

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          Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani,  born on 19 April 1957, in Aden, Colony of Aden (now Yemen), is an Indian business magnate is the current chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries, the largest private sector enterprise in India, a Fortune 500 company, and one of the largest private sector conglomerates in the world. His personal stake in Reliance Industries is 48%.

          In 2010, he was named among the most powerful people in the world by Forbes in its list of "68 people who matter most" As of 2011, he is the second richest man in Asia and the ninth richest man in the world with a personal wealth of US $27 billion. In 2007, a strong rally in the Indian stock market and the appreciation of the Indian rupee boosted the market capitalisation of Reliance group companies, briefly making him the world’s richest man. According to Forbes Magazine forecasts, he is expected to regain the title of the richest man in the world in 2014.

          He is a member of the board of director of Bank of America Corporation and a present member of the international advisory board of Council on Foreign Relations.

           

          Early life and education

          Mukesh Ambani is the eldest son of Dhirubhai Ambani , the late founder of Reliance Industries. He has a brother, Anil, and two sisters.

          The Ambani family lived in a two bedroom apartment in Bhuleshwar, Mumbai until the 1970s. Dhirubhai Ambani then purchased a 14-floor apartment block called 'Sea Wind' in Colaba, where, until recently, Mukesh and Anil each lived with their families on different floors.

          (In 2010 Mukesh and his wife and children moved into a private home that is 27 stories high ... more about that later ....)

           

          Anil Ambani is also a billionaire and owns a competing company, Reliance Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group. The two brothers have had clashes over business. 

          Mukush Ambani is the 9th wealthest man in the world.

           
          Career

          He joined Reliance Industries in 1981. He initiated Reliance's backward integration journey from textiles into polyester fibres and further into petrochemicals, petroleum refining and going up-stream into oil and gas exploration and production.

          Ambani set up one of the largest and most complex information and communications technology initiatives in the world in the form of Reliance Infocomm Limited (now Reliance Communications Limited).

          Ambani directed and led the creation of the world’s largest grassroots petroleum refinery at Jamnagar, India, with a current capacity of 660,000 barrels per day (33 million tonnes per year) integrated with petrochemicals, power generation, port and related infrastructure.

          He owns the Indian Premier League team, the Mumbia Indians.

          Mukesh Ambani       

          Mukesh Ambani

          $27 Billion

          • Age: 53
          • Title: Chairman
          • Organization: Reliance Industries
          • Source: petrochemicals, oil & gas, inherited and growing
          • Residence: Mumbai, India
          • Country of citizenship: India
          • Education: Dropout, Stanford University; BA/BS, University of Bombay
          • Marital Status: Married
          • Children: 3

          Here some interesting reading while you are waiting for your investments to hit.

          Mukesh Ambani owns the most expensive residential home in the world. 

          It costs nearly US $2 billion dollars to build it.

          Antilia is named after the mythical island in the Atlantic, Antillia.

          The Antilia building is situated on a 4,532 square metres (48,780 sq ft) plot at Altamont Road on the famed Cumballa Hill South Mumbai, India, where land prices are upward of US $10,000 per square metre.

          In August 2008,Altamont Road was the 10th most expensive street in the world at US $25,000/sq m (US $2,336 per sq foot)

          This home is a private 27 story building (actually it is 60 stories tall condensed into 27 stories with extra high ceilings).

           

          The structure was designed by U.S. architects using principles of Vaastu, Indian traditional geomancy akin to Chinese feng shui, to maximize "positive energy." No two floor plans are alike, and the materials used in each level vary widely.

          The home includes:

          • 400,000 square feet (37,000 m2) of living space.
          • Parking space for 168 cars.
          • A one-floor vehicle maintenance facility.
          • 9 elevators in the lobby.
          • 1 helipad and an air traffic control facility.
          • Health spa, yoga studio, small theatre with a seating capacity for 50 on the eighth floor, multiple swimming pools, three floors of hanging gardens, and a ballroom.
          • An ice room infused with man-made snow flurries.

           

          Construction

          Antilia was designed byChicago based architects, Perkins & Will. The Melbourne-based construction company Leighton Holdings began constructing it, but it has been finished by another company. The structural design consultants are Sterling Engineering Consultancy, Mumbai.

          The home was also designed to survive an 8-richter scale earthquake.

          Various construction controversies have been connected to the home.

          In 2007 the Maharashtra government said the structure is illegal because the land's owner, the Waqf Board, had no right to sell it. Mukesh then obtained a No Objection Certificate from the Waqf Board for Rs 1.6 million (U$36,100) and began construction.

          In regards to the three helipads, the Indian Navy said it will not allow the construction of helipads on Mumbai buildings, while The Environment Ministry said the helipads violate local noise laws.

          Indian media frequently reported that Antilia is the world's most expensive home costing US $1 billion. (later reports indicate the cost as US $2 billion)

          Thomas Johnson, director of marketing at architecture firm Will and Hirsch Bedner Associates that was consulted with by Reliance during building floor plan design, was cited by Forbes Magazine as estimating the cost of the residence at nearly $2 billion.

          In June 2008, a Reliance spokesman told the  New York Times that it will cost $50–$70 million to build.

          Upon completion in 2010, media reports again speculated that, due to increasing land prices in the area, the tower may now be worth as much as US $1 billion.

           


          "It's a stupendous show of wealth, it's kind of positioning business tycoons as the new maharajah of India."
           
          Hamish McDonald author of Ambani & Sons: A History of the Business

           

          Some Indians are proud of the "ostentatious house," while others see it as "shameful in a nation where many children go hungry." Dipankar Gupta, a sociologist at New Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University, opined that "such wealth can be inconceivable" not only in Mumbai, "home to some of Asia's worst slums," but also in a nation with 42 percent of the world's underweight children younger than five.


          Could not resist ... here is one more article about this house.

          Mumbai AmbaniResidence

           

          Billion Dollar House – Ultimate Luxury or Living Hell?

          November 2, 2007  by JS  ~ Smart Money Daily

          This past week Mukesh Ambani, thanks to a big jump in the Indian stock market, was handed the title of "Richest Man in the World" but sadly for him a day later it turned out to be a miscalculation.

          Even so, Ambani’s correct net worth is estimated in the $50 Billion range, ranking him comfortably in the world’s top 5 richest men.

          What does someone with $50 Billion do when they need new digs?

          Build a billion dollar home of course! Below, thanks to  Mumbai Mirror are some of the specs:

          According to the plan, the house will rise to a height of 173.12 meters, equivalent to that of a regular 60-storeyed residential building. However, Antilia will have only 27 storeys in all, which means each floor will have a ceiling considerably higher than the current average of nearly three meters.

          Six floors for parking
          The first six floors will be reserved for parking alone, and that too for cars belonging only to Mukesh’s family. Space for a total of 168 ‘imported’ cars has been earmarked here.

          Floor for car maintenance
          Sources said the Ambanis would prefer to have all their cars serviced and maintained at an in-house service centre. This centre will be set up on the seventh floor.

          Entertainment floor
          The eighth floor will have an entertainment centre comprising a mini-theatre with a seating capacity of 50.

          Balconies with gardens
          The rooftop of the mini-theatre will serve as a garden, and immediately above that, three more balconies with terrace gardens will be independent floors.

          The ‘health’ floors
          While the ninth floor will a ‘refuge’ floor – meant to be used for rescue in emergencies – two floors above that will be set aside for ‘health.’ One of these will have facilities for athletics and a swimming pool, while the other will have a health club complete with the latest gym equipment.

          For guests
          There will be a two-storeyed glass-fronted apartment for the Ambani family’s guests above the health floors. One more refuge floor and one floor for mechanical works will be built on top of these apartments.

          Family
          The four floors at the top, that will provide a view of the Arabian Sea and a superb view of the city’s skyline, will be for Mukesh, his wife Neeta, their three children and Mukesh’s mother Kokilaben.

          Air space floor
          According to the plan, two floors above the family’s residence will be set aside as maintenance areas, and on top of that will be an “air space floor,” which will act as a control room for helicopters landing on the helipad above.

          Helipad
          The plan states that three helipads are to be built on the terrace.

          The place will require 600 full time staff to keep it running on a day to day basis!

          I know we’ve all seen Trump’s gold encrusted New York apartment, but this guy is in another league entirely. I would sure be interesting to see the public reaction in America if anyone was to build a house this opulent. But given the horrific poverty that is present in India, to build a structure like this as a personal residence does seem to be highly insensitive at best.

          I’m as much of a capitalist as anyone and Mr. Ambani can certainly do as he pleases with all that dough, but I do think an awareness of the fate of those around him should play into his actions.

          Really will having a house this spectacular give him a better life; or will the separation it creates from virtually everyone else around him make it a regretful nightmare?


          HMBC Motto:
          "Money is a servant to the Master. 
          It does not judge"

          Mukesh Ambani  (Wealth Numbers)

           

          From Empress-N:

           

          Pick 3

          119-425-224-112-538-314-235-156-350-485-252

          233-419-142-459-159-819-998-939-328-450

           

          Pick 4

          2222-4222-1421-2159-9319-2223-4218-2345

          1957-2245-4899-3281-8993

           

          Pick 5

          48928-31832-41922-45918

           

          Jackpot Numbers & Pairs

          04-05-08-09-18-22-23-26-45-53

           

          ~~~

           

          From Harve$t Moon:

           

          Pick 3

          131,  315,  151,  511,  197,  620,  174,  900

          413,  160,  419,  191,  919,  195,  957

           

          Pick 4

          4191,  1919,  9195,  1957,  1315,  7271,  7170,  2717

          Just about two of Mukesh Ambani's houses would pay for the world's longest bridge!

          The Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province.

          http://www.lotterypost.com/thread/233484/2121674

           

                     

           

          This photo taken Tuesday, June 21, 2011 released by China's Xinhua news agency shows the Jiaozhou Bay Bridge in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province. China opened Thursday, June 30, 2011, the world

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            A $100 Million ATM Receipt

            Thursday, June 30, 2011

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            Scrooge McDuck lives. An ATM receipt showing a balance of nearly $100 million dollars was discovered at an East Hampton Village bank.

            A customer found the receipt hanging out of the ATM's slot. The customer who found the receipt showed it to financial blog Dealbreaker com. The receipt, dated June 18, doesn't list the account holder's name but does indicate that the person has $99,864,731.94 in a personal savings account (that's after a $400 withdrawal and a $2.75 service charge). The East Hamptons is a well known playground for the very wealthy.

            Is the receipt a mistake of some kind? Perhaps. Anyone with that amount of cash would know that keeping $100 million in a savings account isn't the wisest investment move. Savings accounts earn paltry interest rates and are only guaranteed by the federal government for amounts up to $250,000.

            A buzzy article from The New York Post speculates that the holder of the account may be billionaire mogul David Tepper (Forbes lists him as the 208th richest person in the world). When contacted by The New York Post, Tepper denied ownership of the receipt and pointed out that he "would never do something as irresponsible as leaving $100 million in a savings account."

            Maybe it really was Scrooge McDuck?

            Thanks ~ Mike Krumboltz

             

            $$$$$$$$$$

            Some numbers for your investments, perhaps.

            Pairs:   99  40  94  06  18  11

            Pick 3:  400  864  731  275  879  208  250  000  100

            Pick 4:  9491  6568  1014

            Quinto: 40275

               Remember to get your receipt!

             <- One Million USD ... Multiple by 100 = $100 Million Dollars!

            I agree, it would be crazy to put that 100 million in a simple savings account.

            It looks like it would fit perfectly under my bed.


                                                         
                                 
                                                     

             

             

             

             

                                                                                                               

            "The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing"

                                                                                                        --Edmund Burke

             

             

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              I agree, it would be crazy to put that 100 million in a simple savings account.

              It looks like it would fit perfectly under my bed.

              Similiar to these, Ridge? LOL

               

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                Similiar to these, Ridge? LOL

                 

                Harve$t Moon, you are so creative.

                This is hilarious! Big Smile

                I am a millionaire!

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                  The Billionaire Sheikh Who Carved His Name Into an Island
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                  The Billionaire Sheikh Who Carved His Name Into an Island

                  The Sun has a curious report today on Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family. The paper informs us that the billionaire sheikh had workmen carve his name, Hamad, in capital letters into an island he owns in the United Arab Emirates called Al Futaisi, without elaborating on when the name was inscribed, how it was accomplished, or how The Sun learned of the exploit. The paper reports that the name is so massive--we're talking two miles across, with each letter over half a mile high--that it's visible from space. Indeed, it is. To get a sense of just how gigantic this thing is, here's a view of both Abu Dhabi and Al Futaisi captured by Google Earth's satellites in 2009 (we've inserted an arrow to Hamad's name):

                   

                   

                  Zoom in a little closer and you'll see this post's lead image. Zoom in still closer and you get this:

                   

                   

                  We'll forgive you if you have some questions. For example, don't names scrawled in sand wash away? The Daily Mail explains that the letters form waterways that "absorb the encroaching tide" (check out the "M" above). Or you might ask why Sheikh Hamad chose to write his name in Roman letters rather than in Arabic. Was it to make sure everyone in space knew who he was? Perhaps. But The Financial Times' Tom Gara has another explanation: "Not a lot of straight lines in Arabic." Gara adds that that Hamad halted the project "temporarily, halfway through (rumour is other royals weren't happy). For a while on Google Earth, it just said 'HAM.'"

                   

                  Finally, just who is this man with the audacity to carve his name on an island for astronauts and satellites to see? The 63-year-old Hamad, it turns out, seems to live by the motto "go big or go home."

                   

                  Forbes notes that Hamad's Emirates National Auto Museum features a "custom-built globe-shaped motor home said to be one-millionth the size of the Earth itself" and a pyramid housing his vast car collection.

                   

                  Here's a shot of that motor home and pyramid from the museum's website:

                   

                   

                  Hamad also built the world's largest truck--an operational Dodge Power Wagon 64 times larger than the original with a whole apartment inside--in the middle of the desert.

                   

                  The Daily Mail adds that Hamad has painted many of his cars in the colors of the rainbow, presumably the reason why he's nicknamed the "Rainbow Sheikh." Here's a picture showing the sheikh standing next to a real Jeep and a Jeep replica:

                   

                   

                  Before you start criticizing Hamad for his lavish displays of wealth, however, you may want to know that the sheikh is also a philanthropist who focuses on medical causes, according to The Daily Mail.

                  Thanks ~ Uri Friedman Jul 20, 2011

                   

                  Check out the Sheikh's special groups of vehicles.

                  Click each youtube link and be amazed. Lurking

                   

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XUEvkMZHno Massive 1950's Dodge Powerwagon

                   

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                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDmCOFrId0&feature=related

                   

                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTu9Vds5aq4

                   

                  For more information, search google  "The Rainbow Sheikh"

                   

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                  Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan ~ The Rainbow Sheikh
                   
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                  His motto " Go Big or Go Home"
                   
                   

                   

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                    The Billionaire Sheikh Who Carved His Name Into an Island
                    Google Earth

                    The Billionaire Sheikh Who Carved His Name Into an Island

                    The Sun has a curious report today on Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan, a member of Abu Dhabi's ruling family. The paper informs us that the billionaire sheikh had workmen carve his name, Hamad, in capital letters into an island he owns in the United Arab Emirates called Al Futaisi, without elaborating on when the name was inscribed, how it was accomplished, or how The Sun learned of the exploit. The paper reports that the name is so massive--we're talking two miles across, with each letter over half a mile high--that it's visible from space. Indeed, it is. To get a sense of just how gigantic this thing is, here's a view of both Abu Dhabi and Al Futaisi captured by Google Earth's satellites in 2009 (we've inserted an arrow to Hamad's name):

                     

                     

                    Zoom in a little closer and you'll see this post's lead image. Zoom in still closer and you get this:

                     

                     

                    We'll forgive you if you have some questions. For example, don't names scrawled in sand wash away? The Daily Mail explains that the letters form waterways that "absorb the encroaching tide" (check out the "M" above). Or you might ask why Sheikh Hamad chose to write his name in Roman letters rather than in Arabic. Was it to make sure everyone in space knew who he was? Perhaps. But The Financial Times' Tom Gara has another explanation: "Not a lot of straight lines in Arabic." Gara adds that that Hamad halted the project "temporarily, halfway through (rumour is other royals weren't happy). For a while on Google Earth, it just said 'HAM.'"

                     

                    Finally, just who is this man with the audacity to carve his name on an island for astronauts and satellites to see? The 63-year-old Hamad, it turns out, seems to live by the motto "go big or go home."

                     

                    Forbes notes that Hamad's Emirates National Auto Museum features a "custom-built globe-shaped motor home said to be one-millionth the size of the Earth itself" and a pyramid housing his vast car collection.

                     

                    Here's a shot of that motor home and pyramid from the museum's website:

                     

                     

                    Hamad also built the world's largest truck--an operational Dodge Power Wagon 64 times larger than the original with a whole apartment inside--in the middle of the desert.

                     

                    The Daily Mail adds that Hamad has painted many of his cars in the colors of the rainbow, presumably the reason why he's nicknamed the "Rainbow Sheikh." Here's a picture showing the sheikh standing next to a real Jeep and a Jeep replica:

                     

                     

                    Before you start criticizing Hamad for his lavish displays of wealth, however, you may want to know that the sheikh is also a philanthropist who focuses on medical causes, according to The Daily Mail.

                    Thanks ~ Uri Friedman Jul 20, 2011

                     

                    Check out the Sheikh's special groups of vehicles.

                    Click each youtube link and be amazed. Lurking

                     

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1XUEvkMZHno Massive 1950's Dodge Powerwagon

                     

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bkNDPi4kVQc&feature=related 

                     

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDmCOFrId0&feature=related 

                     

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LuDmCOFrId0&feature=related

                     

                    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CTu9Vds5aq4

                     

                    For more information, search google  "The Rainbow Sheikh"

                     

                    his trailer

                     

                     

                     

                    Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan ~ The Rainbow Sheikh
                     
                    229  121  101  712  142  218  584  132
                    1179  1057  Big Grin Angel
                     
                    His motto " Go Big or Go Home"
                     
                     

                     

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                    Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan ~ "The Rainbow Sheikh"

                    229  121  101  712  218  142  584  132

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                    His motto:

                    "Go big or go home"

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                      Russian Billionaires Buy U.S. Mansions

                      Aug 3, 2011

                      Roustam Tariko, billionaire owner of Russian Standard Bank and Russian Standard Vodka, completed the most expensive home purchase in Miami Beach since 2006 when he bought a $25.5 million estate on Star Island in April.

                      The transaction made Tariko the neighbor of another wealthy Russian with a taste for Florida luxury living. Vladislav Doronin, chairman of Moscow-based real estate developer Capital Group, paid $16 million in 2009 for the Star Island home previously owned by Shaquille O’Neal, the now-retired professional basketball player.

                      “In Russia, it’s a status thing now,” Jorge Uribe, a real estate agent with One Sotheby’s International Realty Inc., said in a telephone interview. “If you’re wealthy and you say you have a place in Miami, it’s like saying back in the old days, ‘I own a place in Ibiza or Monaco.’ It’s a <snip>tail conversation thing.”

                      International investors are buying some of the priciest homes in America as the broader housing market slumps and a weak dollar makes U.S. property more of a bargain. Sales of residences above $20 million are rising in New York, California and Florida, which are popular business and vacation destinations for foreigners, according to Miller Samuel Inc., Data Quick and real estate brokers who cater to luxury buyers.

                      Manhattan Record

                      More than two-thirds of the nation’s residences with asking prices of at least $20 million were in those three states, said Rick Goodwin, publisher of Unique Homes magazine in Princeton, New Jersey, which releases an annual list of luxury homes on the market each March.

                      Seven homes have sold in Manhattan for more than $20 million in the first six months of this year, up from five in the same period of 2010, data from New York-based appraiser Miller Samuel show. The median price of those transactions was $27.5 million, up 15 percent from the year-earlier period. The deals included a $48 million sale to Russian composer Igor Krutoy that set a record for a condominium in the city.

                      In Los Angeles County, 42 houses were listed for more than $20 million earlier this year, Goodwin said. Six properties sold above that level through June, compared with four in the first half of 2010, according to DataQuick, a real estate data service based in San Diego. Thirteen changed hands in all of last year, up from seven in 2009.

                      25% of Deals

                      The DataQuick tally for 2011 didn’t include the priciest mansion sold in Southern California this year. In July, British heiress Petra Ecclestone paid $85 million for the late television producer Aaron Spelling’s Holmby Hills estate.

                      Brokers with Sotheby’s International Realty Affiliates LLC sold about two dozen U.S. homes priced at more than $20 million in the first six months of this year, said Philip White, president and chief operating officer of the unit of Parsippany, New Jersey-based Realogy Corp. As many as 25 percent of those transactions were to international buyers, he said.

                      “We’re hopeful the second half of the year will be as good as the first in terms of the very high-end market,” he said in a telephone interview.

                      International buyers purchased an estimated $82 billion worth of U.S. homes in the 12 months ended March 31, a 24 percent increase from the year-earlier period, the National Association of Realtors reported May 18.

                      Forbes Billionaires

                      The precise number of foreign deals for U.S. luxury properties is difficult to calculate because many purchasers are registered as trusts or limited liability companies. Jed Smith, managing director of quantitative research for the National Association of Realtors, said the number of overseas buyers for multimillion-dollar homes is increasing, helped by the rise of emerging markets such as Russia, Brazil, China, and India.

                      “There’s substantial growing wealth overseas,” Smith said in a telephone interview from Washington. Just go to the Forbes list of billionaires and see that we’re no longer the only folks on it.”

                      Of the 214 newcomers to Forbes magazine’s annual global ranking of billionaires this year, 54 were from China and 31 from Russia. The Asia-Pacific region had more billionaires than Europe for the first time in more than 10 years and gained the most of any region, with 105 additions, according to the list. Moscow displaced New York as the city with the greatest number of billionaires with 79, compared with New York’s 58.

                      Aspen Sales

                      The Forbes list was topped for a second year by Mexico’s Carlos Slim, who in July 2010 bought a Manhattan townhouse known as the Duke Semans mansion for $44 million.

                      Foreign buyers are also turning to resort locales such as the ski area of Aspen, Colorado said Tim Estin, a broker at Mason Morse Real Estate in the town.

                      “It’s a pre-eminent international mountain resort brand,” Estin said of Aspen, where luxury properties are selling at discounts of as much as 30 percent from the peak.

                      In the last three years, Aspen had at least five deals above $10 million in which the purchaser was from Russia, according to Craig Morris, president of the town’s Morris & Fyrwald Sotheby’s International Realty..

                      “Four years ago we didn’t have any Russian buyers,” he said.

                      In Miami Beach, Tariko’s home is the city’s only sale exceeding $20 million since three lots sold on Star Island for $27 million in April 2006, said Ron Shuffield, president of Esslinger Wooten Maxwell Inc., a real estate brokerage based in Coral Gables, Florida.

                      Nine Bedrooms

                      The 15,000-square-foot (1,400-square-meter) mansion at 13 Star Island has nine bedrooms, nine full bathrooms and three half-baths, said Shuffield, citing tax records. The driveway is lined with palm trees and the home has views of downtown Miami across Biscayne Bay.

                      Tariko declined to comment on his purchase, his assistant, Tatiana Kapusta, said in an e-mail.

                      The seller of the property, Thomas H. Morgan, declined to discuss details of the transaction. Morgan, the founder of Morgan Energy Corp., a closely held oil and gas exploration company based in Englewood, Colorado, said it’s no surprise that foreigners are stepping up to buy while Americans hold back.

                      “Americans don’t want to put down 80 percent or pay cash,” Morgan said in a telephone interview. “A lot of Americans are tapped out.”

                      Morgan, who said his “hobby” is building trophy homes, constructed the Star Island mansion in 2003.

                      Slower Price Gains

                      New York and Los Angeles were near the bottom of a list measuring luxury real estate price appreciation in 15 cities that attract “the world’s global elite,” ahead of only Moscow, according to a June 4 report by Knight Frank LLP, a London-based property consulting firm. In the year through March 31, prices rose 1 percent in Manhattan and fell 2.2 percent in Los Angeles. Prices in Paris increased the most, with a 22 percent gain, followed by Hong Kong, Helsinki, Shanghai and Beijing.

                      The firm defines luxury as the top 5 percent to 10 percent of the market in each city.

                      “Compared to other markets around the western world, the U.S., including New York and Los Angeles, lost significant value during the crash and are more fairly priced,” Liam Bailey, the head of residential research at Knight Frank in London, said in an e-mail. “There is no doubt a surge in interest in New York, particularly for people looking for deals.”

                      Selling at Discounts

                      U.S. home prices in 20 cities are 32 percent below their peak in July 2006, according to the S&P/Case-Shiller index. While luxury values haven’t been hit as hard, the sellers don’t always get what they want. The Spelling home in Los Angeles was on the market for two years at $150 million before selling at a 43 percent discount. The Miami Beach estate bought by Tariko fetched 20 percent less than its $32 million list price.

                      A weakening U.S. currency helps make the nation’s homes seem like a good deal, said White, the Sotheby’s president. The dollar has fallen against each of the 16 most-traded currencies in the past year, according to data compiled by Bloomberg.

                      Among emerging-market currencies, the Russian ruble increased 7.7 percent against the dollar in the 12 months through yesterday. The Brazilian real advanced 12 percent, while the Chinese yuan gained 5.2 percent.

                      For Russians, interest in luxury properties is as much evidence of conspicuous consumption as it is efforts to capture bargains, said Edward Mermelstein, a real estate attorney Rheem Bell & Mermelstein LLP with offices in New York and Moscow.

                      Making a Splash

                      “Those trophies, they’re buying them to make a splash,” Mermelstein said in a telephone interview from New York. “They’ll definitely gravitate to a property that’s higher profile as much as to a property with a long-term investment potential.”

                      Yuri Milner, founder of Moscow-based DST, which invests in Internet companies including Facebook Inc., Twitter Inc. and Groupon Inc., paid $100 million for a 25,500-square-foot mansion in Los Altos Hills, California, according to property records. The transaction is the biggest for a U.S. single-family home sale this year.

                      Milner’s spokesman, Leonid Solovyov, declined to comment on the purchase because it is private.

                      In Manhattan, Krutoy and his wife, Olga, bought their 6,000-square-foot condo at the Plaza hotel in March. The deal came six months after the couple completed the purchase of a $12.85 million home in Long Island’s beach area of the Hamptons.

                      Gin Lane

                      The Krutoys razed the Southampton mansion and are building a new house at the site on Gin Lane, where neighbors have included designer Vera Wang, shopping-mall magnate Alfred Taubman and New York Times publisher Arthur Sulzberger.

                      “He was looking at Gin Lane because that’s what he knows - - it’s the Fifth Avenue of the Hamptons,” said Susan Breitenbach, a senior vice president at Corcoran Group, the Krutoys’ broker for the sale, one of five deals she handled this year involving Russian buyers. “That’s what they really wanted and that’s what they stuck with.”

                      Krutoy bought the Manhattan property because he was seeking a home in the city, rather than looking to take advantage of a bargain, said Ilya Bykov, principal at Protax Services Inc., a New York-based firm that provides legal, tax and property- management services for international clients. Bykov represented Krutoy in his search, negotiation and closing for the Plaza apartment, and helped provide legal representation for the Hamptons home.

                      Russian buyers “have the money and they always want the best in everything,” Bykov said of the people he represents. “Most of these people are buying pied-a-terres and it’s quite common that the person would buy a luxury apartment in New York and a condo or penthouse in Miami.”

                      $100 Million

                      Kirk Henckels, director of the private brokerage at New York’s Stribling & Associates, said he was approached by a would-be buyer from Russia seeking to spend $100 million on a Manhattan home.

                      “I said, ‘We don’t have properties that high,’” Henckels said in an interview.

                      The most expensive single residential property currently for sale in Manhattan is the Woolworth Mansion, a 1916 “neo- French Renaissance” edifice on East 80th Street. The sellers are asking $90 million, according to StreetEasy.com, a real estate listings website.

                      Buyers from Russia and China have expressed interest in the seven-floor mansion, said Paula Del Nunzio, the broker with Brown Harris Stevens who is listing the property.

                      Extell’s One57

                      The newest Manhattan condo building to catch the attention of foreign buyers is a 90-story tower under construction on West 57th Street by Extell Development Co., according to Mermelstein and Bykov. The property, known as One57, will be the tallest residential tower in New York when completed in 2013.

                      The 95-unit building will record “a number of signed contracts” in the next 30 days for units ranging from $7 million to “north of” $40 million, Gary Barnett, Extell’s president, said in a telephone interview. He declined to say where the buyers are from, but said inquiries have come in from overseas, including Russia.

                      Among the contracts to be signed in the next month is one for a full-floor, 6,200-square-foot unit that offers panoramic views of Manhattan, including Central Park, Barnett said.

                      “Three-hundred-sixty-degree views, unobstructed. That’s something special,” Barnett said. “If you were worth $100 million dollars or you were a billionaire, this is something unusual. If you can afford the best of the best, why shouldn’t you do that?”

                      In the Los Angeles area, about 75 percent of the people looking at “super luxury homes” for $20 million or more are from countries such as China, Indonesia, Korea and Russia, said Dally Forster Jones, a Beverly Hills broker. Forster Jones plans an October trip to China to seek potential customers, she said.

                      Glitz, Glamour

                      Asian clients prefer Bel Air, Beverly Hills and Holmby Hills, known as the Platinum Triangle of Los Angeles, with their palm-tree shaded boulevards and history as home to Hollywood celebrities, Forster Jones said.

                      “They prefer the West Coast, because it’s much easier for the Asian buyers to get to,” she said. “There’s a lot of glitz, a lot of glamour, a lot to do.”

                      Europeans also like Los Angeles mansions, said Forster Jones, who shared the listing of Spelling’s 56,000-square-foot estate. The buyer is the daughter of British billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, the president and chief executive officer of London- based Formula One Management Ltd.

                      Russian Interest

                      Russians are among the best customers for luxury homes in the Los Angeles area, said Jeff Hyland, president Hilton & Hyland Real Estate Inc., Beverly Hills, who shared the Spelling mansion listing with his partner, Rick Hilton, and Forster Jones.

                      One example is the 2010 purchase and resale this year of a $19.5 million mansion by Dasha Zhukova, art collector and partner of Chelsea soccer club owner Roman Abramovich, said Hyland, who wasn’t involved in those transactions.

                      “You have the new wave of the oligarchs with their big yachts they dock off the beach at Malibu when they’re here,” he said in a telephone interview. “It’s all about the weather here. It’s about the ease with which people can move back and forth in Los Angeles. They can get in their Ferrari or their Rolls Royce Ghost and drive where they want without need of security.”

                      Thanks ~ John Gittelsohn

                        

                             

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                      “If you’re wealthy and you say you have a place in Miami, it’s like saying back in the old days, ‘I own a place in Ibiza or Monaco.’ It’s a <snip>tail conversation thing.”   

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                        Spanish duchess taps fortune for OK to wed at 85

                         In this photo taken June 16, 2010, the Duchess of Alba arrives for a movie preview in Seville, Spain. It   PHOTO: Duchess of Alba, Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, right, and Alfonso Diez attend ELLE Awards 25th Anniversary, June 30, 2011 in Madrid, Spain.
                         
                         
                        MADRID — It's the stuff of a soap opera starring European nobles: at age 85, one of Spain's richest and most title-laden women wants to wed a civil servant young enough to be her son. To placate her six wary children, she's signed over to them palatial chunks of her wealth.
                         
                        She's a distant relative of Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill and you have to take a deep breath just to pronounce her name:
                         
                        Maria del Rosario Cayetana Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Francisca Fitz-James Stuart y de Silva.
                         
                        The twice-married matriarch's supreme title is Duchess of Alba, but she has more than 40 others. Her 60-year-old beau is a man named Alfonso Diez, who works for the Spanish social security administration.
                         
                        They first met decades ago because her then husband — No. 2 — was friends with Diez's brother, an antiques dealer, and after running into each at a movie theater about three years ago the duchess and Diez eventually started dating.
                         
                        The Duchess of Alba said in a rare radio interview early this year that she wanted to marry Diez but her children — five men and a woman — were against it. She denied any suggestion Diez was a gold-digger.
                        "Alfonso does not want anything. He has renounced everything," she told COPE radio. "All he wants is me."
                         
                        Last month the duchess and her children went to a notary in Madrid and she registered them to be owners of palaces, castles and other property around Spain upon her death, according to widespread Spanish press reports. For now, though, she will retain control of the fortune of the more than 500-year-old House of Alba.
                        A representative for the duchess, Lola Morali, declined to comment, saying in an email Wednesday that she and the duchess were on vacation until September.
                        The early divvying up of most of the vast family pie appears to have appeased her children at least somewhat.
                         
                        Her youngest son, Cayetano Martinez de Irujo, age 48, said last week of his mother's desire to marry Diez: "We have found the solution for her to be able to do it."
                        He said he and his siblings remained unenthused, however, about the idea of nuptials.
                        "I absolutely accept their relationship, if it is what they say it is," Martinez de Irujo said, but insisted they should not wed.
                        "If in the end my mother decides to get married, we will attend even though we still do not agree," Martinez de Irujo told the newspaper El Mundo.
                         
                        Another newspaper, El Pais, said estimates of the duchess' wealth — it includes paintings by Goya and Velazquez and a first edition copy of Cervantes' "Don Quixote" — range widely from euro 600 million ($856 million) to euro3.5 billion ($5 billion).
                         
                        But her fortune is hard to calculate. Partly it's because some of it is in stocks — by nature volatile, especially these days. And the art masterpieces, classified as Spanish national heritage by the government, cannot be removed from the country and thus would be less pricey if auctioned, according to Jose Luis Sampredro, a historian who has written a book on the House of Alba.
                         
                        What's more, the duchess possesses things like historical documents that are simply priceless, Sampredro said in an interview.
                        "Who can say how much a letter from Christopher Columbus is worth, and she has several," he said.
                         
                        Thanks ~ DANIEL WOOLLS
                         
                                
                         
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                        Cayetana (of Alba) has many more titles of aristocracy; according

                        to Guinness World Records, she has more titles recognized by an

                        existing government than any other noble.

                         
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                          Following up on the Duchess of Alba.  She has more titles than any other noble that is recognized by a country.  She has wealth that is so immense and important that she can't sell it.  Much of her wealth is Spain's national treasures!

                           

                             

                          Here is her family lineage:

                           Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba

                          Full name
                          María del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart, Silva, Falcó y Gurtubay
                           
                           
                           
                          Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart
                          Duchess of Alba
                          The Duchess attending the Sevillian Polo Awards in late 2009.
                                                                 Duchess of Alba
                          Tenure
                          February 18, 1955 – present
                          Predecessor
                          Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba
                          Heir Apparent
                          Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar
                          Spouse(s)
                          Pedro Luis Martínez de Irujo y Artazcoz (m. 1947; dec. 1972)
                          Jesús Aguirre y Ortiz de Zárate (m. 1978; dec. 2001)
                          Issue
                          Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar
                          Alfonso Martínez de Irujo, 15th Duke of Aliaga
                          Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 23rd Count of Siruela
                          Fernando Martínez de Irujo, 11th Marquis of San Vicente del Barco
                          Cayetano Martínez de Irujo, 13th Count of Salvatierra
                          Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, 12th Duchess of Montoro
                          Full name
                          María del Rosario Cayetana Paloma Alfonsa Victoria Eugenia Fernanda Teresa Francisca de Paula Lourdes Antonia Josefa Fausta Rita Castor Dorotea Santa Esperanza Fitz-James Stuart, Silva, Falcó y Gurtubay
                          Born
                          March 28, 1926 (1926-03-28)(age 85)
                          Liria Palace, Madrid
                          Noble Family
                          House of Alba
                          House of FitzJames
                          Father
                          Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba
                          Mother
                          María del Rosario de Silva, 9th Marquise of San
                          Vicente del Barco
                          Born
                          March 28, 1926 (1926-03-28)(age 85)
                          Liria Palace Madrid
                          Baptised
                          April 18, 1926
                          Royal Chapel,
                          Royal Palace of Madrid
                           
                          Doña María del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva, 18th Duchess of Alba de Tormes, Grandee of Spain, is the current head of the House of Alba and the third woman to carry the title in her own right. The Duchess is a descendant of King James VII of Scotland, through his illegitimate son James Fitz-James, Duke of Berwick (1670–1734), born of a relationship with Arabella Churchill, only sister of the great Duke of Marlborough, making her a distant relative of both Sir Winston Churchill and Diana, Princess of Wales, descendants of Arabella's daughter Henrietta FitzJames. She entered Vanity Fair s International Best-Dressed List in 2009.
                          She was born at the Palace of Liria on March 28, 1926, as the only child of Don Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart y Falcó, 17th Duke of Alba, and Doña María del Rosario de Silva y Gurtubay, 9th Marquise of San Vicente del Barco. Her godmother was Queen Victoria Eugenia of Spain.
                          Cayetana (of Alba) has many more titles of aristocracy; according to Guinness World Records, she has more titles recognized by an existing government than any other noble.
                           Life and family
                          On October 12, 1947, the Duchess married Don Pedro Luis Martinez de Irujo y Artacoz (1919–1972), son of the Duke of Sotomayor. The wedding was considered to be the last great feudal wedding in Spain and attracted the attention of the international media, even overshadowing interest shown in the wedding of The Princess Elizabeth of the United Kingdom (later Queen Elizabeth II), which was held a month later.The French newspaper Libération called it "the most expensive wedding of the world"; rumour has it that 20 million pesetas were spent at that time.Six children were born of this marriage, all of whom have received titles of nobility with that of Grandee of Spain from their mother.
                          ·        Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Huéscar, born October 2, 1948 in Madrid. In 1988, he married Matilde Solís-Beaumont y Martínez de Campos, but they later divorced.
                          o    Fernando Juan Fitz-James Stuart y Solís (born 14 September 1990 in Madrid)
                          o    Carlos Arturo José María Fitz-James Stuart y Solís (born 29 November 1991 in Madrid)
                          ·        Alfonso Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, 15th Duke of Aliaga, born 22 October 1950 in Madrid. On 4 July 1977 he married María de la Santísima Trinidad de Hohenlohe-Langenburg y de la Cuadra (born 8 April 1957), whom he later divorced.
                          o    Luis Martínez de Irujo y Hohenlohe (born 26 May 1978)
                          o    Javier Martínez de Irujo y Hohenlohe (born January 1981). He married sherry heiress Inés Domecq y Govente in 2008
                          ·        Jacobo Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, 23rd Count of Siruela, born 15 July 1954 in Madrid. On 1 November 1980, he married María Eugenia Fernández de Castro y Fernández-Shaw (born 15 October 1954) but they later divorced. He married journalist, editor and writer Inka Martí Kiemann in April 2004
                          o    Jacobo Martínez de Irujo y Fernández de Castro (born 23 January 1981). He married Asela Perez Becerril on May 14, 2011. Co-owners of an art gallery
                          o    Brianda Eugenia Martínez de Irujo y Fernández de Castro (born 11 April 1984)
                          ·        Fernando Martínez de Irujo, 11th Marquis of San Vicente del Barco, born 11 July 1959. According to a profile of the Duchess of Alba published in 2008 in The Independent, the biological father of Fernando "is widely reported to be Sevillian flamenco dancer Antonio, el bailarin [Antonio Ruiz Soler, 1921-1996]", which, the paper previously stated, was "a rumour the Alba family never denied".  Antonio, el bailarin declared this parentage in his posthumously published memoirs, though the publication of that information in the Spanish magazine Interviú led a Spanish court to award the duchess 90,000 euros, calling it an assault on the aristocrat's honor "with ... intention to profit".
                          ·        Cayetano Martínez de Irujo y Fitz-James Stuart, 13th Count of Salvatierra, born 4 April 1963 in Madrid. By his ex-wife, Genoveva Casanova, from Mexico, he has twin children. Cayetano married Genoveva Casanova y González (daughter of Kenneth Larry Casanova and his wife Mariana González y Reimann) in October 2005, after five years of relationship. The twins Luis and Amina were 4 years old at the time of their wedding.
                          o    Luis Martínez de Irujo y Casanova (born 25 October 2001)
                          o    Amina Martínez de Irujo y Casanova (born 25 October 2001)
                          ·        Eugenia Martínez de Irujo, 12th Duchess of Montoro, born 26 November 1968. On 23 October 1998, she married bullfighter Francisco Rivera Ordóñez of the Ordóñez bullfighting dynasty. The couple divorced in 2002.
                          o    Cayetana Rivera y Martínez de Irujo (born 16 October 1999)
                          After becoming a widow, the Duchess remarried on 16 March 1978 to Jesús Aguirre y Ortiz de Zárate (1937–2001), a doctor of theology and a former Jesuit priest. The wedding caused shock; Aguirre was illegitimate, which was scandalous in 1970s Spain.
                          Eleven years younger than the Duchess, he maintained a good relationship with her children. During their marriage he administered, with his stepson Carlos, the Alba estates. Aguirre died in 2001.
                          Details emerged in 2008 regarding the Duchess's intention to marry Alfonso Díez Carabantes, a civil servant who also runs a public relations business, 24 years her junior. It was reported that there were objections from her children and from King Juan Carlos, and the House of Alba that year issued a statement saying that the relationship "was based on a long friendship and there are no plans to marry".  As of 201 the duchess had decided to proceed with the marriage, overcoming her children's opposition by giving them their inheritance in advance, although Díez has formally renounced any claim to her wealth.
                          The duchess is a well-known socialite in Spain and is featured prominently on various television shows and in various media reports.
                            Ancestry
                          Ancestors of Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          16. Carlos Miguel Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Alba
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          8. Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 15th Duke of Alba
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          17. Rosalía Ventimiglia di Grammonte
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          4. Carlos María Fitz-James Stuart, 16th Duke of Alba
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          18. Cipriano de Palafox, 9th Count of Montijo
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          9. María Francisca de Palafox, 10th Countess of Montijo
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          19. María Manuela Kirkpatrick de Closeburn y Grivegnée
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          2. Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          20. Juan Falcó, 13th Marquis of Castel Rodrigo
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          10. Manuel Falcó, 14th Marquis of Almonacid de los Oteros
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          21. Carolina d’Adda
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          5. María del Rosario Falcó, 20th Countess of Siruela
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          22. Felipe Osorio, 7th Count of Cervellón
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          11. María del Pilar Osorio, 3rd Duchess of Fernán-Núñez
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          23. Francisca de Asís Gutiérrez de los Ríos, 2nd Duchess of Fernán-Núñez
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          1. Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          24. Andrés de Silva, 13th Duke of Aliaga
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          12. Alfonso de Silva, 15th Duke of Híjar
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          25. María Isabel de Campbell y Vicent
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          6. Alfonso de Silva, 16th Duke of Híjar
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          26. Luis Fernández de Córdoba, 15th Duke of Medinaceli
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          13. María del Dulce Nombre Fernández de Córdoba y Pérez de Barradas
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          27. Ángela Pérez de Barradas, 1st Duchess of Denia and Tarifa
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          3. María del Rosario de Silva, 9th Marquise of San Vicente del Barco
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          28. José María Gurtubay y Zubero
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          14. Juan Gurtubay y Meaza
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          29. Rosa Meaza y Basterra
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          7. María del Rosario Gurtubay y González de Castejón
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          30. Luis González de Castejón y Gil-Delgado
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          15. Adelaida González de Castejón y Torres
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                          31. Adelaida Torres y Uribarri
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           
                           

                           

                          Patrilineal descent
                          Cayetana's patriline is the line from which he is descended father to son. Patrilineal descent is the principle behind membership in Ducal Houses, as it can be traced back through the generations - which means that Cayetana’s historically accurate House name is Stuart.
                          Alan fitz Flaad. d. 1114
                          Walter fitz Alan, 1106–1177
                          Alan fitz Walter, 2nd High Steward of Scotland, d. 1204
                          Walter Stewart, 3rd High Steward of Scotland, 1178–1241
                          Alexander Stewart, 4th High Steward of Scotland, 1214–1283
                          Sir John Stewart of Bonkyl, 1246–1298
                          Sir Alan Stewart of Dreghorn, 1280–1333
                          Sir Alexander Stewart, d. 1374
                          Sir Alexander Stewart, d. 1404
                          Sir John Stewart, 1st Lord Aubigny, 1370–1429
                          Sir Alan Stuart of Darnley, d. 1409
                          John Stewart, 1st Earl of Lennox, 1430–1495
                          Matthew Stewart, 2nd Earl of Lennox, 1488–1513
                          Henry Stuart, 1st Duke of Albany, 1545–1567
                          James I of England, 1566–1625
                          Charles I of England, 1600–1649
                          James II of England, 1633–1701
                          James FitzJames, 1st Duke of Berwick, 1670–1734
                          James Fitz-James Stuart, 2nd Duke of Berwick, 1696–1738
                          James Fitz-James Stuart, 3rd Duke of Berwick, 1718–1785
                          Carlos Fitz-James Stuart, 4th Duke of Liria and Jérica, 1752–1787
                          Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 5th Duke of Liria and Jérica, 1773–1794
                          Carlos Miguel Fitz-James Stuart, 14th Duke of Alba, 1794–1835
                          Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 15th Duke of Alba, 1821–1881
                          Carlos María Fitz-James Stuart, 16th Duke of Alba, 1849–1901
                          Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart, 17th Duke of Alba, 1878–1953
                          Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, b. 1926
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                           Spanish nobility

                          Preceded by
                          Maria del Rosario de Silva

                          Marquise of San Vicente del Barco
                          11 January 1935 – 26 January 1994

                          Succeeded by
                          Fernando Martinez de Irujo

                          Preceded by
                          Jacobo Fitz-James Stuart

                          Duchess of Montoro
                          28 January 1947 – 24 November 1994

                          Succeeded by
                              Eugenia Marrtinez de Irujo

                           Duchess of Alba de Tormes
                          18 February 1955 – present

                          Incumbent
                          Heir:
                          The Duke of Huescar

                          Countess of Siruela
                          18 February 1955 – 9 June 1982

                          Succeeded by
                          Jacobo Ritz-James Stuart

                          Preceded by
                              Alfonso de Silva

                          Countess of Salvatierra
                          31 December 1957 – 26 January 1994

                          Succeeded by
                          Cayetano Martinez de Irujo

                           

                           

                          Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart, 18th Duchess of Alba, b. 1926

                          Titles, styles and honours
                            Titles
                            Dukedoms
                          ·        18th Duchess of Alba, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        17th Duchess of Híjar, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        11th Duchess of Montoro, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her daughter Doña Eugenia
                          ·        11th Duchess of Berwick, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        11th Duchess of Liria and Jérica, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        12th Countess-Duchess of Olivares, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        3rd Duchess of Arjona, Grandee of Spain
                          Marquesates
                          ·        17th Marquesa of the Carpio, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        10th Marquesa of San Vicente del Barco, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Fernando
                          ·        23rd Marquesa of Coria
                          ·        20th Marquesa of Moya
                          ·        18th Marquesa of Barcarrota
                          ·        19th Marquesa of Sarria
                          ·        18th Marquesa of Villanueva del Fresno
                          ·        17th Marquesa of Villanueva del Río
                          ·        20th Marquesa of la Mota
                          ·        16th Marquesa of Almenara
                          ·        17th Marquesa of Orani
                          ·        14th Marquesa of Eliche
                          ·        12th Marquesa of Osera
                          ·        12th Marquesa of Tarazona
                          ·        14th Marquesa of San Leonardo
                          ·        16th Marquesa of la Albaga
                          ·        15th Marquesa of Valdunquillo
                          ·        16th Marquesa of Mirallo
                          ·        10th Marquesa of Castañeda
                          Countships
                          ·        20th Countess of Lerín, Grandee of Spain, Constabless of Navarre
                          ·        22nd Countess of Lemos, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        20th Countess of Osorno, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        22nd Countess of Siruela, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Jacobo
                          ·        18th Countess of Palma del Río, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        19th Countess of Aranda, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        16th Countess of Monterrey, Grandee of Spain
                          ·        12th Countess of Salvatierra, Grandee of Spain -Ceded to her son Don Cayetano
                          ·        25th Countess of San Esteban de Gormaz
                          ·        24th Countess of Ribadeo
                          ·        21st Countess of Miranda del Castañar
                          ·        20th Countess of Villalba
                          ·        18th Countess of Gelves
                          ·        11th Countess of Tinmouth
                          ·        19th Countess of Andrade
                          ·        16th Countess of Fuentes de Valdepero
                          ·        17th Countess of Galve
                          ·        16th Countess of Casarrubios del Monte
                          ·        16th Countess of Guimerá
                          ·        11th Countess of Fuentidueña
                          ·        14th Countess of Ayala
                          ·        12th Countess of Santa Cruz de la Sierra
                          Viscountcies
                          ·        12th Viscountess of la Calzada
                            Baronies
                          ·        11th Baroness of Bosworth
                            Manorials
                          ·        29th Dame of Moguer
                          Styles
                          ·        28 March 1926 – 11 January 1935: The Most Excellent Doña Mª del Rosario Cayetana Fitz-James Stuart y Silva
                          ·        11 January 1935 – 28 January 1947: The Most Excellent The Marquise of San Vicente del Barco
                          ·        28 January 1947 – 18 February 1955: The Most Excellent The Duchess of Montoro
                          ·        18 February 1955 – present: The Most Excellent The Duchess of Alba de Tormes
                          Honours
                          ·        Honorary President of the Spanish Red Cross
                          ·        Order of Isabella the Catholic
                          ·        Constable of Aragon
                          ·        Marshal of Castilla
                          ·        Dame of the Royal Arsenal Cavalry of Seville
                          ·        Noble Dame of the Order of Queen Maria Luisa
                          ·        Member of the Hispanic Society of America, New York
                          ·        Honorary President of the Opera Philharmonic
                          ·        Member of Merit of the Royal Hispanic-American Academy of Arts, Sciences and Letters of Cadiz
                          ·        Honorary Mayor of Liria (Madrid)
                           Thanks ~ Wikipedia org
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                          Pick 3

                          Method 1:  8-3-1
                          Method 2:  0-0-8
                          Method 3:  7-9-5
                          Method 4:  0-2-1
                          Method 5:  7-6-1
                          Method 6:  7-1-2

                           

                          Play 4

                          Method 1:  9-4-7-8
                          Method 2:  0-2-6-0
                          Method 3:  1-6-0-6
                          Method 4:  5-6-7-0
                          Method 5:  1-3-0-4
                          Method 6:  9-4-7-0

                           

                          Quinto

                          Method 1:  7-2-7-4-8
                          Method 2:  5-8-0-2-7
                          Method 3:  9-7-5-8-8
                          Method 4:  2-8-1-4-0
                          Method 5:  5-5-9-7-1
                          Method 6:  2-3-8-4-1

                           

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                          Method 1:  11-15-31-41-45, Lucky Stars: 01-06
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                          Method 4:  07-27-31-41-42, Lucky Stars: 01-07
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                          Method 6:  08-15-41-43-49, Lucky Stars: 01-05

                           

                          Multi-Province Canada Lotto 6/49

                          Method 1:  02-10-19-33-37-44
                          Method 2:  01-05-17-22-28-43
                          Method 3:  12-30-34-38-41-48
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                          Method 1:  02-11-12-19-25-29-49
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                            Petra Ecclestone

                            Occupation: Heiress, model, fashion designer, socialite

                                Husband, James

                              With Mom and Dad   Sister, Tamara

                              She bought Aaron Spellings' old house with cash ($85 million); 57,000-sq foot

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                            Socialite Says "I Do" to Over-the Top Wedding
                             
                            Move aside, Kate Middleton. Eat your heart out, Kim Kardashian. British socialite Petra Ecclestone has you both beat when it comes to over-the-top weddings. The Formula One heiress reportedly dropped an estimated $5 million to $7 million on her big day to wed businessman James Stunt in a three-day extravaganza in Rome.
                            Buzz on the Web was certainly big: Lookups on the extravagant bride increased 389% in just one day.
                            Still, the blonde heiress seems to be aware that she is blessed with good fortune, as it were. She told ABC , "I'm not spoiled, I'm privileged, and I think there's a huge difference in that."
                            The 22-year-old certainly knows how to live the good life: She is the daughter of billionaire Formula One CEO Bernie Ecclestone, who's thought to be footing the bill, and former Armani model Slavica Radic. The celebutante is also a fashion designer who, according to People, will release her line of Starks handbags in the fall.
                            The daughter of privilege had quite an expense list for her nuptials: The celebration took place at a 15th-century castle,Castello Orsini-Odescalchi, where Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes tied the knot back in 2006 -- and which reportedly cost $500,000 to rent.
                            The bride left her hotel for the ceremony in a Rolls-Royce Phantom, then switched cars to join her father in his vintage white Rolls-Royce for her entrance. Guests were greeted by an 18-piece string section from theRoyal Philharmonic Orchestra and treated to a 40-minute concert -- at a cost of more than $160,000.
                            The model and designer wore a $130,000 custom Vera Wang gown, complete with diamond tiara and earrings. Andrea Bocelli serenaded the couple after the two exchanged vows.
                            After the ceremony, guests enjoyed entertainment by the Black Eyed Peas and family friend Eric Clapton, and were served $6,500-a-bottle wine. Fireworks and an acrobatics display capped the evening. At a dinner the night before the wedding, guests feasted on caviar and Cristal and enjoyed a performance by Alicia Keys.
                            The guest list included princesses Beatrice and Eugenie; their mother, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York; and Paris and Nicky Hilton.
                            The couple's spending didn't stop at the wedding: The pair will move into Aaron and Candy Spelling's $85 million mansion (purchased with cash), the largest residence in Los Angeles, natch.
                            So what do you buy the couple who clearly have everything? Luckily, they thought of that, too: Guests were asked to  give to charity in lieu of gifts.
                            Thanks ~ Claudine Zap

                            ~~~

                            From Wikipedia:

                            Petra Ecclestone (born in December 1988 in Westminster, London) is an Croatian English heiress, model, fashion designer and socialite, the younger daughter of Croatian former Armani model Slavica and Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. She has an older sister named Tamara. Petra speaks Croatian fluently and understands French and Italian.Ecclestone attended Trevor-Roberts School then Francis Holland School , an all-girls school, in London, England.She reportedly won a place at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, but never took up the offer.Growing up, she always wanted to be a fashion designer. She decided to make menswear because it is a "bigger niche" and because "womenswear was too saturated".
                            She contracted viral meningitis at the age of 14, and told the media that it "changed her life forever."She said "I no longer take my health for granted. ... I’m now a health freak and a hypochondriac. I’m obsessed with cleanliness, I eat healthily and take my vitamins."She has since become an ambassador for the Meningitis Trust.
                            At the age of 19, Eccelstone created Genbenian menswear label FORM, which was sold into retailers including Harrods from October 2008. Form collapsed into administration 14 months after start-up, before being liquidated.
                            In April 2009 it was announced that Ecclestone had signed a contract with the Croatian  clothing manufacturer Siscia.
                             
                            Personal life
                            Petra dated James Stunt for four years before they married on 27 August 2011 at Odescalchi Castle  near Rome, Italy, at an event attended by royals, socialites and celebrities. The wedding reportedly cost £5 million and Petra's Vera Wang  dress £80,000.
                            Both Ecclestone and Stunt describe themselves as "virtually teetotal".
                            In July 2011 Ecclestone purchased The Manor, in the Holmby Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, for $85 million, with $82.4 million borrowed from her mother. It had been on the market for two years with an asking price of $150 million, making it the most expensive residential real estate listing in the US. The 57,000 square feet mansion was the former home of Aaron and Candy Spelling, and is the largest residence in Los Angeles County.
                             

                            Pick 3

                            Method 1:  5-2-4
                            Method 2:  9-4-9
                            Method 3:  8-9-3
                            Method 4:  9-4-8
                            Method 5:  7-0-0
                            Method 6:  9-9-2

                             

                            Play 4

                            Method 1:  7-9-3-3
                            Method 2:  1-7-1-4
                            Method 3:  8-2-5-9
                            Method 4:  6-1-7-1
                            Method 5:  2-9-7-1
                            Method 6:  8-5-8-4

                             

                            Quinto

                            Method 1:  1-9-0-1-2
                            Method 2:  5-3-1-9-5
                            Method 3:  0-4-7-8-3
                            Method 4:  7-6-3-3-6
                            Method 5:  7-5-4-0-5
                            Method 6:  6-9-2-4-0

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                              Posted: September 30, 2011, 8:48 pm - IP Logged

                              Russian Billionaire gives this birthday gift to girlfriend, Naomi Campbell!

                              How will he top this gift for her next birthday, you might ask?

                                

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                              Naomi Campbell's Eye-Catching Fantasy Home  

                              Horus Eye Island Living
                               
                              This eco-friendly house on Cleopatra's Island in Turkey was a gift from Naomi Campbell's Russian billionaire boyfriend.
                              Photo: Luis de Garrido
                              As lavish birthday gifts go, it’s hard to top this one: Naomi Campbell received an island vacation home for her 41st birthday from her Russian billionaire boyfriend Vladislav Doronin, according to numerous online reports.
                               
                              It’s shaped like the Egyptian Eye of Horus on a location known as Cleopatra Island in Turkey’s Gulf of Gökova.
                              The glass-domed, 25-bedroom, "horus" eye-shaped home invites natural light to illuminate and warm the home.
                              Photo: Luis de Garrido
                              Spanish Architect Luis de Garrido, who specializes in sustainable building, designed Eco-House Horus to be completely energy, water, and food self-sufficient. As with his other projects, he relied on careful bioclimatic design to solve efficiency challenges.
                              The resulting eye-shaped, dome-shaped house has no less than 25 bedrooms and five lounges. If the world ends, Campbell and Doronin and a few dozen of their lucky friends just might be able to survive.
                              This exotic yet eco-friendly home has an innovative, photovoltaic-equipped lighting system.
                              Photo: Luis de Garrido
                              Campbell and Doronin are small potatoes in comparison to the island’s vastly more famous couple (hint: the island is named after one of them). As it turns out, Eco-House Horus isn’t the first time a grand gesture has been made for a ladylove on this island. A long-ago romance might have also changed the landscape of this island.
                              A representative of architect Luis de Garrido’s firm noted that the structure is “not an expensive house, compared with the level of this kind of house. That is, we can demonstrate that a completely sustainable building [might] be really inexpensive, and also that a self-sufficient building could be obtained by a not too much additional cost (due to a well-studied bioclimatic design).”
                              Turkey’s Sedir Island, aka Cleopatra Island, has been a resort destination in the Gulf of Gökova since ancient Roman times. The sand on Cleopatra Beach is said to be exceptional, and different from other nearby beaches. Local legend has it that Mark Antony imported the sand especially for Cleopatra herself, who would not set foot on any land that wasn’t Egyptian.
                              The black outline making up most of the eye design is comprised of photovoltaic panels, which works in combination with the geothermal system to provide all of the energy needed for the house.
                               
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                              Eco-House Horus
                              A representative of architect Luis de Garrido’s firm noted that the structure is “not an expensive house, compared with the level of this kind of house. That is, we can demonstrate that a completely sustainable building [might] be really inexpensive, and also that a self-sufficient building could be obtained by a not too much additional cost (due to a well-studied bioclimatic design).”
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                              Cleopatra Island, Turkey
                              Turkey’s Sedir Island, aka Cleopatra Island, has been a resort destination in the Gulf of Gökova since ancient Roman times. The sand on Cleopatra Beach is said to be exceptional, and different from other nearby beaches. Local legend has it that Mark Antony imported the sand especially for Cleopatra herself, who would not set foot on any land that wasn’t Egyptian.
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                              The Eye Outline
                              The black outline making up most of the eye design is comprised of photovoltaic panels, which works in combination with the geothermal system to provide all of the energy needed for the house.
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                              Winter Heating
                              This cross-section rendering details how the house stays warm in winter, using heat from the sun and geothermal heat. Glass floors allow the sun to penetrate all the way to the basement.
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                               
                              Summer Mornings
                              This overhead-view rendering shows how the house manages to stay cool in summer without using air conditioning.
                               
                              Thanks ~ Colleen Kane

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                              Pick 3

                              Method 1:  2-2-3
                              Method 2:  6-8-4
                              Method 3:  1-2-6
                              Method 4:  7-7-4
                              Method 5:  3-1-9
                              Method 6:  1-5-6

                               

                              Play 4

                              Method 1:  5-3-5-5
                              Method 2:  9-3-5-4
                              Method 3:  2-2-9-9
                              Method 4:  9-9-4-7
                              Method 5:  7-7-4-8
                              Method 6:  7-0-8-1

                               

                              Quinto

                              Method 1:  2-8-5-3-7
                              Method 2:  3-3-6-6-4
                              Method 3:  8-8-3-6-9
                              Method 4:  0-2-3-3-1
                              Method 5:  3-3-9-5-1
                              Method 6:  9-8-2-6-5

                                 
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