Thursday, August 28, 2008

A List Where JK Rowling's In Last Place

We love us some Luxist, where the finer things in life get a fair hearing. We especially love Luxist writers Jared Paul Stern and the always wonderful Deidre Woollard. Today the blog comments on the Forbes list of the Richest Women in Europe. No doubt soon that list will be filled with Russian heiresses whose husbands died under mysterious circumstances (Kidding! Kinda).

But what we really want to know is: Are these women "Cougars" -- rowr. And, if they are, are they looking to be sugarmommies, 'cause This Corsair can play the irascible cub who got himself a bad habit for the finer things -- the chalets, the foie gras, the pampering and the goddam Chateauneuf du Pape -- it's like our eightball, luxury. And while we are not quite willing to go so far as to play the man-whore role to the hilt (no pun intended), we are somewhat as the charming, boozy rogue who wears his bathrobe all day -- easy access? -- and that takes AMEX Black with Nabokovian laughter in his obsidian eyes. Stern writes:

"Liliane Bettencourt, daughter of the man who founded cosmetics giant L'Oréal, tops Forbes' just-released list of the richest women in Europe with a fortune of $22.9 billion. That astounding figure also makes her the world's richest woman, the magazine notes. Bettencourt, whose father's reputation has occasionally come under fire, uses her money to fund a charitable foundation which supports medical research, cultural projects and humanitarian relief.

"At the No. 2 spot on the Euro list is Swedish citizen Birgit Rausing, a packaging heiress with an estimated fortune of $14 billion, while No. 3 is BMW and pharmaceuticals heiress Susanne Klatten, with $13.2 billion. Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling meanwhile is in last place at No. 22, barely making the list with a measly $1 billion."

Since the Guggenheim Foundation is not presently offering a genius grant for bloggers, we are quite willing to make due. Susanne Klatten, BTW -- Totally Blast-Worthy, in a sugarmoomyish "Buy-me-some-Zegna-afterwards" kind of way, no? Just saying. More here.

More here.

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