The Ecclestones

It was never my intention to have my “blogue” be a celebrity gossip site, as just the word “celebrity” causes me to cringe. For example, should anything about the Kardashians be worth more than a millisecond of one’s time? But there are occasions when I cannot help myself. So when I saw a recent newspaper headline that more than $66 million worth of jewelry had been stolen from the home of Tamara Ecclestone, I knew I had to investigate.

This is Tamara. She is described as a model and socialite, and once had her own television reality show. The latter begs the question: What is “real” about a 35 year old heiress, who lives in an exclusive part of London, England in a 57 room house worth perhaps $100 million?

By the way, I sorted through about two dozen photos of Tamara, and in only one or two was she actually wearing any jewelry. Oh, and here is her London home where the robbery took place.. Tamara and her family as of this writing were in Gstaad, Switzerland, bemoaning their bad fortune while hunkered down in their $30 million dollar chalet.

As I dug a little deeper into the mystery of the missing jewelry, I discovered that Tamara is a daughter of Bernie Ecclestone. The 89 year old Bernie, according to Forbes, is worth just over $3 billion, and is described as a “British business magnate.” Born the son of a fisherman, Bernie rose to prominence taking Formula One racing from its modest beginnings to a global presence, eventually selling Formula One for $4.4 billion. It turns out that Bernie is also a magnet of sorts for very tall and much younger women. Bernie is reportedly 5 feet 3 inches tall. I know little of his first wife, but wife number two, Slavica (mother of Tamara and her sister Petra), is 6’ 1” and 28 years younger than Bernie. And, as if the height difference wasn’t already significant, here is Slavica with Bernie in three inch heels. Her heels, not his.

Sadly, Bernie and Slavica divorced after 23 years of marriage, with Slavica receiving a settlement reported to be in the vicinity of a billion dollars.

Bernie, however, got right back on the bike, and in 2012 he married a Brazilian lady, Fabiana Flosi. She was born the year Bernie turned 47. That’s the happy couple in the following.

No life is without its fumbles, as we all know. Bernie has complained about the spending habits of his daughters. Tamara has the $100 million house, and until recently had $66 million worth of jewelry. Sister Petra’s wedding reportedly cost $5 million, and she later paid $85 million for a Los Angeles house that had belonged to the late Hollywood producer Aaron Spelling.

Bernie has had tangles with the law and tax authorities. He settled accusations that he had bribed a German banker. Without admitting guilt the settlement came to $100 million. He paid the British tax people $10 million to settle a claim. Bernie once remarked, according to ESPN, while referring to Danica Patrick, IndyCar and Nascar driver, that “You know I’ve got one of those wonderful ideas…women should be dressed in white like all the other domestic appliances.” Lovely.

And finally: “In a lot of ways, terrible to say this I suppose, but apart from the fact that Hitler got taken away and persuaded to do things that I have no idea whether he wanted to do or not, he was in the way that he could command a lot of people, able to get things done.”

Yes Bernie, We are all stunned.