The Das­tardly Mr. Deedes

Daily Mail - - City & Finance -

Rip­ples of dis­con­tent at New Zealand Golf Club, the ul­tra-ex­clu­sive club sit­u­ated in Sur­rey where vel­vety hote­lier Sir Rocco Forte likes to swing his sticks. The course falls within a plot re­cently ear­marked by lo­cal au­thor­i­ties for po­ten­tial de­vel­op­ment of 1,200 homes. Wok­ing Coun­cil say any de­ci­sion over the club’s fate re­mains some way off. But since New Zealand’s il­lus­tri­ous 300 mem­bers in­clude well-ap­pointed le­gal types, they can doubt­less ex­pect a few fire­works in the mean­time. If ex-Bar­clays boss Bob Di­a­mond hopes to re­vive his City glory days in tak­ing over Pan­mure Gor­don, he’ll do so with­out his two trusted for­mer ex­ec­u­tives, Rich Ricci and Jerry Del Missier. The brash trio were known col­lec­tively as Bar­clays’ Three Mus­ke­teers. Ricci has since rein­vented him­self as a squirish col­lec­tor of race­horses and spiff­ing tweeds. Del Missier was last heard of run­ning Cop­per Street Cap­i­tal, an in­vest­ment firm he set up in Maiden­head which shares a build­ing with a plumb­ing firm called Flush Gor­don. lofty for­mer Chan­nel 4 chair­man luke John­son, 55, used his week­end news­pa­per col­umn to can­didly ad­dress his black­balling by london’s Gar­rick Club in 2009, which he claims was done ‘at the in­sti­ga­tion of an old busi­ness col­league’. He spoils it by adding haugh­tily: ‘I was ad­vised to re-ap­ply but I don’t like wear­ing ties and pre­fer clubs that ad­mit women.’ Leg­endary in­vestor War­ren Buf­fett is sell­ing his holiday home in Cal­i­for­nia’s La­guna Beach – which he bought for just £100,000 in 1971 – for £9m. Al­though he pays him­self an an­nual stipend of only £80,000, Buf­fett, 86, is bound by a pledge to hand over £2bn each year to Bill Gates’s foun­da­tion. US hedge fund drama Bil­lions mis­chie­vously sug­gested last week the two buddy-buddy squil­lion­aires might not like each other as much as they claim. Is the Square Mile’s or­gan-play­ing lord Mayor, An­drew Parm­ley, racier than his slightly dusty ap­pear­ance sug­gests? A pro­file in the Wall Street Jour­nal claims that dur­ing his hot youth, the ex-pub­lic school teacher, 60, played syn­the­siser in a prog-rock band called Se­cond Chance.

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