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The jaunty image, made public five days before Christmas, was arresting: two young friends, dressed in dinner jackets, full of confident swagger.
Jay Rutland, standing on the right, captioned it: ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ — in reference to the 1988 Michael Caine comedy film of that name, about two conmen who compete to swindle an American heiress out of $50,000.
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You may think the caption in very poor taste, as the two Essex boys-done-good in the photo have themselves formed romantic links with two heiress sisters — the daughters of motor-racing tycoon Bernie Ecclestone.
For these young women, however, $50,000 would be chicken feed — as each is said to be worth around £230 million, thanks to the stupendous fortune of their father.
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Jay, 37, has benefited handsomely from this wealth. For he is the husband of Ecclestone’s elder daughter, Tamara, 34.
And his ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrel’ friend is Sam Palmer, who is about to join the Ecclestone clan — having proposed to Tamara’s 30-year-old sister Petra over the Christmas break, 14 months after her very messy divorce from James Stunt.
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The loved-up sisters and their partners are currently at a luxury resort in Los Cabos, Mexico, posing in colourful ponchos for Tamara’s Instagram feed.
Palmer, 34, comes from Harlow, Essex, where his mum runs a beauty parlour.
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His jobs have variously included an electrician, a vintage car salesman in his father’s garage and a legal recruitment operative in Australia.
These days, he’s working in Los Angeles at an art gallery patronised by his fiancee and living with Petra, her three children and numerous staff in a 123-room mansion — said to be the largest private residence in California.
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No wonder he has the delighted air of a man who can hardly believe his luck.
Palmer was introduced to Petra by Rutland. The two men are thought to have...
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