Bell Pottinger scandal leaves shattered lives in its wake
Heather Kerzner, vivacious ex-wife of South African hotel and casino magnate Sol Kerzner.
By March this year, they were engaged. Not long afterwards, 48-yearold Heather Kerzner was making a significant gesture of commitment to their relationship, investing several millions of her personal fortune by buying a 15% stake in Henderson’s PR firm, Bell Pottinger.
But amid allegations it tried to stoke up racial hatred in South Africa while working for a lucrative client, the company – set up by Maragret Thatcher’s favourite ad-man, Lord Tim Bell – has spectacularly collapsed. It has left Heather Kerzner’s multi-millionpound stake virtually worthless and Henderson, who quit as the firm’s chief executive, out of a job.
This week it was revealed their planned wedding had been called off and Henderson had moved out of his fiancée’s Chelsea townhouse.
It also emerged that Heather Kerzner had hired a top lawyer to try to claw back money from the firm’s former directors. The potential legal action is the latest chapter in a scandal that looks unlikely to die down any time soon.
But while its collapse is devastating for Bell Pottinger’s partners and employees, it is nothing short of tragic for Henderson, who has lost everything, and for Heather Kerzner, whose life of gilded luxury may now come to a shuddering halt. – Daily Mail