Reputation Management

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Reputation Management Prospects: NY

Eight high-net-worth individuals in the New York City area identified as potential candidates for reputation management services are Leon Black, Stephen Ross, Noam Gottesman, Michael Steinhardt, Stewart Rahr, William Lauder, Ira Rennert, and Richard Sackler & family. Details such as their net worth, a summary of the negative press, links to contact information, and respective links to the sources are provided in this spreadsheet.

Leon Black

  • Leon Black is the co-founder and CEO of Apollo Global Management, headquartered in 57th Street, New York City.
  • His net worth is estimated to be around $7.7 billion.
  • Black is facing accusations of having close ties with prominent American financier and convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

Stephen Ross

  • Stephen Ross is the chairman and founder of international real estate firm, Related Companies headquartered in Columbus Circle, New York City.
  • His net worth is estimated to be around $7.6 billion.
  • Ross is criticized for organizing a fund-raising event that charged participants $100,000 to $250,000 to interact with President Trump.

Stewart Rahr

  • Stewart Rahr is a retired pharmaceuticals billionaire and founder of the Stewart J. Rahr Foundation based in Fifth Avenue, New York City.
  • His net worth is estimated to be around $2.3 billion.
  • Rahr is criticized for his hedonistic behavior, involvement in sex scandals, and close ties with President Trump, whom he once acted as a "straw bidder" for.

Noam Gottesman

William Lauder

Richard Sackler

Ira Rennert

Michael Steinhardt

  • Michael Steinhardt is a retired hedge fund founder and the founder of The Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life based in Seventh Avenue, New York City.
  • His net worth is estimated to be around $1.1 billion.
  • Steinhardt is accused of sexual harassment and inappropriate behavior by six women.
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Reputation Management Prospects: London

With allegations of insider trading, racism profiteering from gambling, assault, and sexual misconduct, the high net worth individuals below are all candidates for reputation management services. The requested information is summarized in the attached spreadsheet.

Ayman Asfari

  • Ayman Asfari has a net worth of $1.1 billion. He currently resides in London.
  • The company that Asfari is head of is currently under investigation by the Serious Fraud Office for suspected bribery, corruption, and money laundering. Asfari has been found guilty of insider trading in Italy and fined, although he is taking his case to appeal.

Mike Ashley

  • Mike Ashley has a net worth of $3.3 billion. He has a residence in Totteridge, North London.
  • Ashley has been a controversial figure for some years, with allegations of poor employment practices, rumors of secret recording devices in the workplace, a marriage breakup with a wealthy lover, and $1 million parties. Now, having brought Newcastle FC triumphantly in 2007, he is hearing his reign referred to as disastrous and the reason for low fan turnout.

Alan Sugar

  • Lord Sugar has a net worth of $1.4 billion. He has residences in Essex, Greater London and Hackney, London.
  • Sugar has had racism accusations leveled against him in his role on "The Apprentice." He was unable to resist having a dig at the eliminated Venezuelan contestant, saying, "No wonder your country is in a state — it's because it's full of people like you."

Bernie Ecclestone

  • Bernie Ecclestone has a net worth of $4.2 billion. He has residences in London, Suffolk, and Switzerland.
  • After a 20-year battle with the HRMC, Ecclestone agreed to settle his $1 billion tax bill in October 2019.

Denise Coates

  • Denise Coates has a net worth of $11.5 billion. She has residences in Stoke-on-Trent and London.
  • Coates has received considerable criticism from anti-gambling groups. The founder of Bet365 paid herself over $350 million last year, against a backdrop of an increasing number of addicts and social harm from gambling.

Philip Green

  • Sir Philip Green has a net worth of $2.7 billion. He has a residence in London.
  • Earlier in 2019, Green was called sleazy after being caught kissing a young worker on video. He is also facing four assault charges in the US.

David and Frederick Barclay

  • David and Frederick Barclay have a net worth of $5.2 billion. They have residences on the English Channel Islands and in London.
  • Notoriously reclusive, the brothers have had their fortune halved, been on the verge of selling their prize position, The Telegraph, and are selling the Ritz in 2019, all while arguing with neighbors.

Prince Andrew

  • Prince Andrew has a net worth of $35 million. His family worth is $530 million. He s a resident of London.
  • Prince Andrew has been relieved of all royal duties after allegations of sexual misconduct with a then minor, a television interview that was a public relations nightmare, and his friendship with Jeffery Epstein.

Research Strategy

To identify individuals in London with a net worth over $200 million, we reviewed several precompiled "Rich Lists" from organizations like Forbes, The Times, and Investopedia. We reviewed each of the names individually to determine who the potential candidates for reputation management services were. The candidates were identified if there was negative press or news on the first page only of a Google search. Once a list of candidates had been identified, we reviewed their current area of residence. Unfortunately, candidates like Jasminder Singh and Fred Done were ruled out because they did not have a home in London. As a number of the candidates have multiple residences, we have used the ownership of a house in London as the definitive feature for inclusion. We then reviewed each of the candidates' contact details by searching a range of industry publications and company websites.

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