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‘Penniless’: Scot Young has just returned from a relaxing two weeks on the paradise island of Bali
Apparently penniless since he made and then mislaid a £500 million fortune, property ‘fixer’ Scot Young has just returned from a relaxing two weeks in the sunshine — flying first class to the paradise island of Bali.
According to friends, Young, 51, who went to jail for six months for contempt of court after 65 hearings over six-and-a-half years in a bitter divorce battle with his wife Michelle, travelled to Indonesia with his glamorous girlfriend, U.S.-born fashionista Noelle Reno.
Unfortunately, the luxurious break does not seem to have helped jog his memory about his missing bank balance because he failed to pay Michelle her £5 million legal costs by December 7, as required by a High Court judge.
Nor did he pay her a further £20 million plus interest ordered as Michelle’s financial settlement, due by the end of December.
According to her advisers, not a penny has been forthcoming — which potentially means he is again in contempt of court.
Young was only able to fly abroad after a judge let him have his confiscated passport back.
For her part, Michelle spent Christmas with their two daughters in her rented flat in London.
She is not, however, giving up and has secured the services of security investigator Dai Davies — a former head of the Royal Protection squad.
He has been helping Michelle in the search for Young’s missing fortune, which she contends has been hidden.
Break: According to friends, he travelled to Indonesia with his glamorous girlfriend Noelle Reno (file picture)
Says Davies: ‘She believes it was very foolish for the judge to allow him to have his passport back.
‘The next step will be to renew efforts to find what she alleges is his hidden fortune.’
Young has always claimed that he became insolvent because of the collapse of a Russian property deal.
But he was unable to provide any paperwork to back up his explanation and was jailed last year for ‘flagrant and deliberate’ contempt of court.
He says: ‘I am not commenting about anything.’
Jon Snow found himself handily placed when a violent storm struck the Caribbean’s St Vincent.
On his Channel 4 News blog he reveals how he and fellow holidaymaker Alan Duncan, Minister for International Development, who were staying on a neighbouring, unnamed island, went to St Vincent, where Duncan offered £100,000 in aid.
Snow also reports the ‘celebrity island of Mustique’ had raised £200,000.Mustique, winter destination for the monied and the louche, is where Snow married Precious Lunga in 2010.
Surely he would have said if that’s where they were holidaying?
Chef Aikens finds a recipe for success
He’s one of the country’s most celebrated chefs, but despite his Michelin stars Tom Aikens has sometimes struggled to survive financially.
Now all that could change.
For I can reveal that while his flagship Chelsea restaurant is to close shortly after ten years, Aikens, 43, is in the process of a spectacular reinvention thanks to a brilliant new business partner.
Winning combination: Justine Dobbs-Higginson is guiding Tom Aikens’s relaunch, this time on a global scale
Step forward City banker Justine Dobbs-Higginson, 41, who also happens to be twice divorced Tom’s live-in girlfriend and mother of his two-year-old daughter, Violette.
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Justine is guiding Tom’s relaunch, this time on a global scale, initially establishing a chain of his Tom’s Kitchen cafes.
Half-French Justine, who is due to give birth to their second daughter next week, tells me: ‘He’s brilliant creatively and I have City expertise — we are an ideal team.’
But despite their closeness in both their professional and private lives, Justine is adamant they are not going to marry.
‘I’m not one of those women who needs to do that,’ she says.‘He’s the father of my children so it makes sense to help him be as successful as possible.’
And Tom? ‘It’s true Justine’s my adviser,’ he says.
‘After all, they do say behind every successful man is a strong woman.’
An after-dinner speaker agency has removed Cherie Blair’s details from its website after quoting an astonishing £137,000 ($225,000) for a single engagement.
New York-based Celebrity Talent International published glowing testimonials about speakers such as Art Garfunkel and TV host Jay Leno.
And although none concerned Mrs Blair, the agency included her in its talent library, saying the mother-of-four was available for events where she could speak on social issues and human rights.
Her minimum fee was quoted as £91,000 ($150,000).None of this was said to include first-class air fares or accommodation.
However, after being contacted by the Diary, the company’s boss Glenn Richardson confirmed it did not actually represent her.
‘We do say we do not represent the names but the buyer — but other agencies do this,’ says Richardson. ‘Her details have now been removed from the website.’
Mrs Blair is represented by the Harry Walker agency, whose clients include Bill Clinton.
She reportedly earns up to £50,000 a speech — around a fifth of what husband Tony commands.
Angie falls for a shaggy dog story
Hoax: Angie Best – former wife of George Best – found herself at the centre of a furore this week
Still lissom at 61, Angie Best – former wife of George Best and a WAG years before the acronym was even thought of – found herself at the centre of a furore this week after posting on Facebook a horrific photograph of frozen dog heads alongside steaks and minced meat in what appears to be a supermarket chiller.
Angie, mother of reality TV star Calum, added the caption: ‘Coming to a supermarket near you.’
According to her post, the Chinese have applied to start importing frozen dog heads for consumption.
But while Angie’s Facebook friends are horrified, it transpires the snap is an internet hoax.‘Oh, thank God for that,’ says Angie when I inform her.
But she adds: ‘Nevertheless, the Chinese do eat dogs. And quite frankly what is the difference between eating a dog and eating a cow?
‘The only difference is us thinking there is a difference.’
Angie, who recently became a vegetarian, adds: ‘I’ve not eaten meat for a year.’
Dan Stevens’s chequered post-Downton Abbey career in the U.S.continues.
I hear that the actor failed to endear himself to New Yorkers by pulling out of a charity reading at the 11th hour.
Stevens was billed to take part in A Splendiferous Afternoon Of Roald Dahl alongside Paul Giamatti, who has just joined Downton.
‘The highlight was the chance to see old and new Downton stars reading Dahl,’ a fan tells me.
‘But when we arrived we were told Dan couldn’t be there because of filming commitments. There were plenty of irate theatregoers, so the day wasn’t so splendiferous after all.’
For a mere £75, visitors to Highgrove can learn the secrets behind the stunning flower arrangements at Kate and William’s wedding.
Prince Charles has booked floral designer Shane Connolly to demonstrate his skills at his country home.
Irish-born Shane has managed to fit February 20 into his diary, when he will be ‘showcasing wonderful display ideas, showing you simple techniques that will enable you to make the most of the season’s flowers’, gushes the Highgrove website.
Guests will enjoy a two-course lunch and a glass of Highgrove wine followed by a 90-minute demonstration.