TWO PARTIES in one evening. Just a usual Thursday night out for supermodel Kate Moss, who started last Thursday evening at Arjun Waney’s Arts Club before moving on to the re-opening of The Scotch the other side of Piccadilly in St James’s.
The Capitalist had been informed that the venue’s opening night would be a birthday party for a well-known individual – and it turns out that person was artist Dinos Chapman, whose guests – alongside Moss – included the Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, actress Rosamund Pike and filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood.
The Scotch has been revived from its sixties heyday by Freddie Achom, the chairman of Rosemont Luxury Brand Group, whose varied business interests include property consulting and oil and gas investments in West Africa. “I get bored easily,” Achom told The Capitalist the following evening at a party for yet another venture – the re-opening of Jalouse, the Hanover Square nightclub he co-founded with entrepreneurs Nick Gold, Moruf Yoozooph and Alex Nicholl, following its £250,000 refurbishment.
Fire-eating by a girl in a gold bikini, magnums of champagne containing sparklers, and art based on The Kama Sutra – there was plenty to hold guests’ attention. The most important of whom was a mystery Asian businessman, whose arrival required the VIP area to be cleared of undesirables as six security guards took up position. The minders took a dim view of The Capitalist asking who exactly this über-VIP might be, unfortunately – but he is, apparently, “a very important client of the club”.
MEETING OF MINDS
SHE MADE her name as a page three girl called Jordan. But now reality TV staple Katie Price is taking her career in a more serious direction – as an expert commentator on global monetary policy. Even BBC business editor Robert Peston, who spent yesterday afternoon tracking the glamour model on Twitter, approves.
“Hard to disagree,” wrote the City hack when retweeting Price’s observation that: “OMG!! Eurozone debt problems can only be properly solved by true fiscal union!!!”. And “not wrong” was Peston’s verdict on Price’s concern that: “Large-scale quantitative easing could distort the liquidity of govt. bond market.” Lovely to see such a meeting of minds.
For the record, Price’s Twitter account was not hacked. Apparently it was a stunt for Snickers chocolate.
FAIRWAY TO HEAVEN
AS BONUS season gets underway, The Capitalist hears of one “appropriate incentive” for a hardworking City fund manager – free membership of the Ross Priory Club, a 200-acre golf club in Loch Lomond.
The perk has been thrown in with an academic post at Strathclyde University, which has appointed Daniel Broby, the deputy chief executive of Silk Invest, as a visiting professor in its department of accounting and finance.