Scottish Daily Mail

Now £160m di­vorce ty­coon splits from his gay lover

- Savile Row · Edward VII of the United Kingdom · Queen Victoria of the United Kingdom · Elizabeth II · London · Winston Churchill · Winston Spencer-Churchill · The Rolling Stones · GLG Partners

WHEN su­per-rich hedge fund boss Pierre Lagrange sep­a­rated from his wife of 20 years, Cather­ine Anspach, in 2010, the split cost him a record­break­ing £160 mil­lion.

Soon, how­ever, the 53-year-old ty­coon found so­lace in the ex­otic form of Su­danese-born stylist Roubi L’Roubi, 46, with whom he bought his­toric Sav­ile Row tai­lor Hunts­man as a play­thing.

Sadly, the dra­matic life­style change does not ap­pear to have brought last­ing hap­pi­ness for Bel­gian-born Lagrange, who has split up with the de­signer. Roubi has also quit his role as cre­ative di­rec­tor of 166-year-old Hunts­man amid ru­mours that he has re­ceived a huge pay-off from Lagrange, who is worth an es­ti­mated £500mil­lion.

‘The re­la­tion­ship has ended and

Roubi is no longer in­volved with Hunts­man in any way,’ con­firms a close friend of Lagrange.

The pal de­nies ru­mours that the set­tle­ment in­cluded a non-dis­clo­sure clause gag­ging Roubi from speak­ing about his re­la­tion­ship with Lagrange, who has three chil­dren with Cather­ine.

Sources claim Lagrange, who co­founded hedge fund GLG Part­ners, can now of­ten be seen hard at work at Hunts­man, which was hon­oured with royal war­rants by Ed­ward VII and Queen Vic­to­ria. The break-up is the talk of Lon­don’s tai­lors, as Lagrange was made chair­man of the Sav­ile Row Be­spoke As­so­ci­a­tion trade body.

Roubi spoke last year about how ‘rel­e­vant’ the couple’s ‘pri­vate life’ was to Hunts­man, whose clients have in­cluded Sir Win­ston Churchill and the Rolling Stones.

‘Rather than just own­ing the brand, we have a con­nec­tion,’ he ex­plained. ‘It’s our life­style.’

Roubi said their ‘coun­try’ way of life re­volved around a Berk­shire es­tate where they hosted ‘shoot­ing din­ners and week­end par­ties’ where guests dressed with ‘out­landish ec­cen­tric­ity’ in ‘vel­vet smok­ing jack­ets of ab­so­lutely ab­surd colours’, ‘bright shoot­ing stock­ings’ and ‘smok­ing shoes’.

Per­haps Lagrange’s pals won’t be sur­prised by the lat­est twist in his life, as he has ob­served that in­vest­ment bank­ing and Sav­ile Row are not so dif­fer­ent, both at­tract­ing ‘a lot of prima don­nas’.

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