A Topless Girl and Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman Partying in St. Tropez
Private equity kingpin Steve Schwarzman got an unexpected eyeful of a topless party-goer in St. Tropez over the weekend.
Page Six reports that Schwarzman, the co-founder of The Blackstone Group, attended a "wild party" at the home of Goga Goga Ashkenazi, a Kazakhstan-born woman with whom Britain's Prince Andrew is reportedly "besotted."
Famous friend of Britain's Prince Andrew Kazakhstan-born beauty Goga Ashkenazi threw a wild party at her St. Tropez villa over the weekend, complete with a topless crasher. Wealthy businesswoman Ashkenazi hosted 350 for dinner, then added another 200 guests to join an after-party. Revelers included Joan Collins, Blackstone's Steve Schwarzman, Denise Rich, movie producer Lawrence Bender and model Victoria Silvstedt. Grace Jones performed in a black thong when a young woman, who guests described as a "party crasher," jumped onstage and ripped off her top to "grind" with the rock goddess, before the intruder was "escorted out by security," a spy said.
So who is Goga Ashkenazi? She's described by the post as a "wealthy businesswoman." And apparently she runs something called Gift-Library.com. But according to The Independent that's not really the source of her wealth.
The key to Goga's wealth is her son Adam's father, Timur Kulibayev, who is said to control 90 per cent of the Kazakh oil fields. Kulibayev is also the son-in-law of Nursultan Nazarbayev, the country's President for the last 20 years. He remained married to the President's daughter Dinara (and still is) at the time Adam was born at the Portland Hospital in London in December 2007, and when he and Goga walked into the Westminster Council office to register the child's birth six weeks later.
Though no longer lovers, Kulibayev and Goga are still intimate. "I haven't got one ex who is not a friend," she has said. So when Kulibayev was looking to invest some of his billions in this country in 2007, and Prince Andrew was looking to offload Sunninghill Park, the redbrick lodge once known as "South York", Goga was happy to help two of her favourite men. The deal went through for £15m (£3m more than the asking price), with the buying company registered in the British Virgin Islands. Shortly afterwards, Kulibayev reportedly spent £44m on a row of four houses in Belgravia, central London.
Ms Ashkenazi is now a player in the oil industry herself. She is CEO of the MunaiGaz Engineering Group, a major oil and gas company, and a director of the MMG Global Consulting Group. Her friends identify her line of work as "oil services".
George Soros was also spotted in St. Tropez over the weekend, relaxing at a table at Club 55.
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