Magazine article The Spectator

Greek Tragedy

Magazine article The Spectator

Greek Tragedy

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Removing the Onassis Foundation from safeguarding Athina Roussel's fortune is as outrageous and unjust as arresting General Pinochet. Let's take it from the top: Christina Onassis, having lost both her parents and having gone through three husbands, runs into one Thierry Roussel, a notorious model agency hanger out, glitz merchant and all-round low-lifer. Roussel's fortunes are at an all-time low. He owes lotsa moolah to Algerians and his knee caps have been declared an endangered species.

Roussel marries Christina and she becomes pregnant. Her daughter, Athina, is born in 1985. In return Christina gives him more than $80 million, which gets him out of debt but does not make him a rich man because he insists on doing business with disastrous results. While married to Christina, Roussel fathers two more children with his paramour, a Swedish dish, Gaby Landhage. Christina finally has enough and divorces the low-lifer. But not before securing his future by making him the most successful gigolo ever, with gifts of close to and perhaps more than $100 million big ones! (My old buddy Rubirosa only made about 5 million in his lifetime, and, unlike Roussel, he was a sportsman, a gentleman and a hell of a lover.)

After the divorce Christina continued to subsidise Roussel, because, in a letter she wrote to the president of the Onassis Foundation - one I have in front of me - 'I am completely conscious of what he's doing to me, but I still love him, although less than a year ago.' Roussel was gaslighting her, driving her nuts by being alternatively nice as well as very nasty.

From day one Roussel had only one ambition: to get rid of the Onassis Foundation that safeguarded the Onassis fortune. In her letter to Stelio Papadimitriou, the president, Christina wrote that `no one has stood by me and followed daddy's wishes more consciously than you, dear Stelio . . . ' She also acknowledged that Roussel wanted him and his fellow board members out.

Now, 11 years after her death, Roussel seems to have partly succeeded. The Upper Engadine Guardianship Authority, a nonjudicial body made up of a few Swiss burgers, has ruled that the Foundation be removed from guarding her fortune. It will be run by an independent Swiss guardian. If this is justice, I'm Monica Lewinsky. …

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