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A Look Inside Watch Aficionado Sophy Rindler’s Timepiece Collection

As Sophy Rindler sees it, timepieces are an essential part of a woman’s wardrobe.

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Sophy Rindler wearing an Audemars Piguet Automatic Royal Oak Lady with diamond bezel at her Miami home

As a watch and jewelry consultant and head of the Miami chapter of the international watch collectors club Redbar, Sophy Rindler certainly knows her timepieces. However, her very first purchase was a complete bust.

“I was in New York City and fell in love with this Gucci watch with a big golden G and a white dial that this street merchant was selling,” she says with a laugh. “I wore that thing for a year until the rust took over.”

Yes, the piece was a counterfeit, but Rindler was barely 12 at the time. She’s come a long way since. These days, her very authentic collection includes standouts from brands such as Audemars Piguet, Rolex, Ulysse Nardin and F.P. Journe.

“My first serious buy was an Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in rose gold with a diamond bezel,” she says. “It was destined for a client, but as soon as I tried it on,

I knew it had to be mine.”

As much as she loves that timepiece, however, the AP only comes out for special occasions. For day-to-day wear, Rindler prefers either her Rolex Cosmograph Daytona or her Rolex Submariner. “There’s nothing like a Rolex tool watch, and I love the look of them on a woman,” she says. “I could wear my Sub for weeks and weeks and forget about all the others.”

Currently, Rindler has her eye on a Breguet Marine Big Date as well as a Vacheron Constantin Historiques American 1921, but her heart ticks fastest for the colorful Automatic Marshmallow from the Richard Mille Bonbon collection that was revealed at the SIHH show in Geneva earlier this year.

“To me watches are essential,” adds Rindler. “Without one I feel like something is missing. I love seeing a woman with a fine watch, empowered and making a statement about herself that’s strong and assertive.”

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A bespoke edition of a Vulcain Cricket

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Rolex Submariner No Date with ceramic bezel

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Audemars Piguet Automatic Royal Oak Lady with diamond bezel

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Ulysse Nardin GMT Big Date

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F.P. Journe Élégante with ceramic inserts and diamonds

OE FRESH FOUNDER JOE MIMRAN IS PAINTING THE BIG APPLE ORANGE

 

Makeshift newspaper umbrellas

Makeshift newspaper umbrellas cover the heads of a percipient crowd along Toronto’s King Street West. Heavy would be a euphemism for the unscripted downpour that’s soaking Atlantic Avenue, home to Canadian fashion house Joe Fresh, where beneath the retail factory’s red brick walls the pitter-patter of the outside world sounds more like a classical symphony. On the type of day where everyone is excused for looking a little less than best, Joe Mimran strides into the showroom evaporating the entire notion.

Not a salt or pepper strand out of place, Mimran appears to live his life under the soft glow of a Floridian sun rather than the harsh glare of fluorescent lights. His navy suit fits like a cashmere-lined leather glove, and his feet look just as comfortable in his signature velvet Church’s slippers. In an industry where image is everything, Mimran gets a standing ovation. The conversation moves to a sleek long table in his contemporary glass office, where all the planks in the runway start to form a story. It’s there, glancing out into the expansive factory workspace reminiscent of a dressed-up New York newsroom, that one wonders how this silver fox pulled such a lucrative rabbit out of his hat.

With more than 300 locations across Canada, Mimran’s semi-eponymous Joe Fresh label debuted under Loblaw Companies Limited in 2006 as its private apparel line that would bring affordable fashion to the masses. Similar concepts had brushed the ears of consumers in the past, but this time the promise of more-for-less was being made by a man who co-founded upscale minimalist brand Club Monaco, which he sold to Polo Ralph Lauren Corp. in 1999. Needless to say, Mimran’s name was literally on the line. Collection after collection, he proved that classic cuts with trendy touches don’t have to empty clutches – not to mention the convenience of paying for peas and a peacoat in one swipe. “Joe is a strong visionary with an incredible talent for thinking outside the box,” says his designer wife, Kimberley Newport-Mimran of the Pink Tartan brand.

In an effort to further relay his message to the masses, Mimran put his unisex collections on the catwalk: an atypical business move that turned out to be one of his brightest. “There was nobody really doing runway at that price point here in Canada and to me it was important because it showed that we’re very credible in terms of fashion, that we wanted it to come from a very real place,” says Mimran. Today, his shows are at the crescendo of Toronto’s LG Fashion Week, featuring top models like Crystal Renn and Tiiu Kuik and consistently garnering crowds with front-row fashion editors from New York and London.

A few years after the inception of Joe Fresh, Loblaw’s announced that its in-house clothing line was on track to becoming a billion-dollar brand. The fiscal forecast foreshadowed the line’s next logical steps: stand-alone stores in Toronto and Quebec, and the precarious decision to test its selling power under a star-spangled banner. “The United States is sort of a graveyard for Canadian retailers, and so it’s always been a difficult decision to make,” says Moroccan-born Mimran, adding that the stigma of failure worries him far less than the thought of not trying. “There’s a limit to how much more we can grow in the market and I think to have reached the amount of penetration that we have over such a short period of time, we would be doing ourselves a disservice in not trying to take it internationally.” Joe Fresh kicked off its American crawl with permanent stores in New York and New Jersey this fall, including a fixture on Fifth Avenue.

If you consider Mimran’s genes, Canada’s flourishing fashion icon fits right in. “My mom was in the business and there was always fabrics around everywhere and she was always sewing and there was a form,” he says of Esther, who made sure her son was the most fashionable in school. His deep brown pupils expand as he remembers himself as the 11-year-old kid with the Beatle boots, Glen Check suit and made-to-measure lumber jackets sewn with love. “There was this amazing, navy suede sweater vest that I had to have – navy suede, can you imagine? I asked my mom, ‘Oh, would you mind making me a navy suede sweater vest with the double-knit back and the double-knit sleeves? She would whip them up for me.”

Busy expanding the runway of his apparel empire, Mimran manages to find time for golf, scrabble, and even sleep. “Kim says I sleep too well. She says a bomb could go off and it’s just incredible,” says the 59-year-old. He also finds time to collect contemporary art, but at 13-by-9 feet, his most recent Julian Schnabel piece is too big for his Toronto home. Perhaps it will soon follow Joe Fresh with a move to the U.S. “That’s what happens when you start to collect, you become a little bit obsessed, a little bit like slippers,” he says, looking down at his feet. It’s a rare moment to see Mimran without his chin up – it’s just not his style.

www.joefresh.com

SAM MIZRAHI TORONTO, LUXURY DESIGN BUILDER

When the founder of Sam Mizrahi Toronto Design Build conceived a plan to place a new multi-million dollar development at the gateway of an affluent Toronto neighbourhood, he knew it would have to resonate. “People are wary of change,” he says, an observation he’s gained from years of breaking ground in the historic roads of Forest Hill, Yorkville, and Richmond Hill. “Every single design and building that I do, I look at how it would come in concert with the entire community, and how it would blend in as if it always belonged there.”

Sam Mizrahi has always been surrounded by entrepreneurship. He was born to hardworking Jewish parents, Shamoil and Ziba Mizrahi, with his father owning and operating shops in the world-famous market of Tehran. Today, Sam Mizrahi stands at the portico of his latest Toronto pièce de résistance: Lytton Park Townhomes. His sleek black Porsche 911 Turbo is parked out front, further boosting the curb appeal of a six-suite structure embedded in 19th century culture and the classical elegance of colonial architecture. Bronzed from a recent jaunt to southern France, the revered real estate CEO is a pinstriped paradigm of the new age developer, a walking 24-hour billboard that takes the brand beyond 9 – 5. He adheres to the mentality of the generation-why not era: those that break from tradition and challenge past ideologies.

As he swings open the solid oak door of the 3,500 sq. ft. luxury model suite and treads across a natural hardwood foyer towards the dining room, a sense of belonging is palpable. Mizrahi’s voice echoes through the halls of one of two remaining unoccupied residences as he proceeds to reflect on his adolescence, the days when his family exposed him to grand environments from around the globe. “What I really took note of was how beautiful these small little details really were that at the glance of an eye would go by.” The early introduction to European elements and ancient traditions left Mizrahi with old-world reveries that would linger. Today, his peripheral design awareness continues to be ignited by a deepened infatuation with international architecture; weaving the amorous elements of Paris, Prague and Florence into Toronto’s polychromatic fabric. “You have to breathe soul into the home,” says the 40-year-old, who exhaled his initial fervor for design more than two decades ago.

Mizrahi was in the midst of developing his first real subdivision in the summer of ’89, when Canada’s housing market was anxiously resting on the edge of an eroding economy. To boot the anticipation of an impending pop, he had the added pressure of competing with a neighbour who was simultaneously working on a similar project. “That was where it really sparked, it was the catalyst in terms of the passion,” he says. Under the sweltering sun of those summer months, he also received a valuable business lesson, one that would amortize over the next 20-plus years. “What I found was to create product so that even in recessionary times, you can still monetize it, you can still sell it because it’s superior to everything else.”

Three recessions later and Mizrahi has become known as a leader in sustainability through Energy Star Green House Certified practices and adhering to the internationally recognized standards of ISO 9001, a demanding quality management system that’s scarcely seen in the housing industry. As for his opinion on the current state of the market, no news is razor-edged enough to burst his bubble. “I think you create your own market,” he says, adding that Canada’s real estate industry is insulated by a superior banking system and large immigration rates that he believes will continue to carry the economy. In good times and bad, the design builder whose become known for having an obsessive-compulsive dedication to documenting every project detail, is faithfully married to his craft.

Admittedly not immune to life’s challenges, Mizrahi says that when turbulance strikes, he simply puts his pilot cap on to soar above the clouds for some aerial insight. “When I’m up there, I feel like I’m a bird, and it gives me a different perspective on everything. I look at the city in a different way.” This foreshadows his ambition to aim even higher for his next endeavour: 133 Hazelton Residences, a 38-suite luxury condominium in the heart of Yorkville.

The imminent upscale project is the talking-point of his next meeting, one he’s suddenly rushing off to. Standing back on the portico to bid adieu, Mizrahi willfully leaves the keys behind. With the roles reversed, he somehow manages to say, ‘My house is your house,’ without a single utterance.
www.mizrahicorp.com

MICHAEL LEE-CHIN: RENAISSANCE MAN

Nothing about Michael Lee-Chin is ordinary. Even his style of philanthropy heralds a certain unceremonious swagger that contradicts nearly every element of the Canadian archetype. From his conspicuous dress code to his private jet penchant and fearless life philosophies, the Jamaican-born founder of Portland Holdings Inc. threw a splash of water on the face of Canadian business when he walked on the scene in the pre-digital ’80s. “He’s much more of an extrovert and much more socially engaged. He has an appetite for society and that kind of role than the sort of traditional class of philanthropists in Canada that maybe like to be all-too invisible at times,” says William Thorsell, former director and CEO of the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM). “He can take a crowd and have them in his hands in minutes.”

This room-rousing gift most recently manifested itself at The University of the West Indies Benefit Gala on March 26, 2011, where Lee-Chin was being awarded alongside Canada’s former governor general Michaëlle Jean and Olympic champion Donovan Bailey for his contributions to Canadian and Caribbean communities. It was early evening and hundreds of top educators, entrepreneurs, politicians and even our best-known environmentalist awaited the arrival of the night’s honourees in the candlelit VIP section of Toronto’s Four Seasons Hotel. When Lee-Chin entered the room to the live vibrations of a grand piano sporting a black bow tie and dress shirt with crystal cufflink buttons, there was a palpable change in climate.

Seconds after unleashing his famed Cheshire cat grin, suits and gowns surround him as if he were the neighbourhood ice cream truck on a sizzling summer day. Any observing cocktail server could see how Lee-Chin’s cosmopolitan charisma could carry him to the top, but it’s only when speaking to him privately that you realize how unshaken he is. “To me, being honoured is a continuation of my aspiration to be a role model in my society, in my community, to give hope that anyone, irrespective of where you are starting from, can accomplish whatever your goals are,” says the silver-tongued 60-year-old, courteously repeating my name throughout the conversation.

When we meet the following week on a rainy Thursday morning at Portland Holdings Inc. in Burlington, Ont., Lee-Chin looks leisurely in a crème cashmere sweater and sandy beige slacks. Upon entering the privately held investment company’s mighty headquarters, you instantly get a sense of the amalgamation of work and play that’s become a cornerstone of his persona. From the capacious glass foyer that features a tropical koi pond with waterfall, to the bronze “Polar Bear and Cub” sculpture by Winnipeg artist Leo Mol, and “The Fisherman” painting by Jamaican artist Barrington Watson, it becomes clear that I am walking in Lee-Chin’s wonderland. “If you don’t have passion for what you’re doing, you should get out of what it is you’re doing. Conversely, if you have passion, then work isn’t work,” he says, settling into a time-worn armchair in a regally embellished room.

Though Lee-Chin appears at home in his corporate castle, undercurrents of his modest beginnings are ubiquitous. “I never forget where I’m coming from, and I don’t want to,” he says. Mark Strutt, who was hired by Lee-Chin in 1995 as a full-time artist-in-residence, seconds this sentiment. Strutt, who produced more than 60 paintings during his seven-year tenure, evokes a distinct memory of when Lee-Chin’s roots were poignantly apparent. “One time he found a photograph in a newspaper that reminded him of when he was a child. It was an image of a little boy climbing into an old galvanized water drum. He asked me to do a painting based on that because he said, ‘When I was a little guy, there was no hot water.’” The art-washed walls whisper intimate details of Lee-Chin’s life.

Growing up in the tiny town of Port Antonio, Jamaica, little Lee-Chin was raised by his teenage-orphan mother, Hyacinth, who worked three jobs to support them, including one as a bookkeeper at a high-end hotel owned by a member of Canada’s esteemed Weston family. “She set standards, very high standards, and not only that but she led by example. So saying is one thing, but acting it out every day, every minute, is another,” he says, of his No. 1 role model. When Lee-Chin was seven, Hyacinth married Vincent Chen, who had a son of his own before having seven children with Hyacinth. Since his family didn’t have the resources to send him to university, Lee-Chin got a job as a bellhop on a cruise ship, and then as a lab technician at a bauxite aluminum plant to save enough money for his first-year tuition. He applied to the engineering program at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ont. with a back-up plan of buying a Triumph TR7 convertible top if he wasn’t accepted. “I still haven’t bought my Triumph,” he jokes.

After a successful year as a civil engineer freshman, Lee-Chin had to figure out a way to summon the money for a second term. When scholarship requests were overlooked and laying sod on the campus landscaping team for the summer only brought in $600, he chose to do something bold. He wrote a letter to the prime minister of Jamaica, who at the time was Hugh Lawson Shearer. “I decided to take the bull by the horns: ‘Sir, it’s not reasonable to expect to be able to harvest if you don’t sow,’” he recalls writing. Shearer responded, telling him to stop by the next time he’s in Jamaica, and Lee-Chin optimistically spent $400 of his slim savings on a two-way plane ticket. The bull statue that sits on the table behind him suddenly becomes significant. He presented his marks to Shearer’s permanent secretary, and flew back to Canada with more funds than he initially dreamed of. “They gave me a scholarship, not for $2,000, but for $5,000 – per year for the next three years. So I had excess money that I was able to remit back to my family to help them,” he says, telling the story with wide-eyed enthusiasm.

This experience taught the then-20-year-old a lot about taking risks, validating the famous phrase, “ask and you shall receive.” Not long after graduating, Lee-Chin was seduced by the financial services sector and started selling products on behalf of a company called Mackenzie Financial Corp. When he spotted an opportunity to purchase company stock, Lee-Chin fused the same intrepid approach he used to get his tuition dollars (with a few new salesman skills) to convince Continental Bank of Canada (now HSBC) to lend him half a million dollars. It worked. “So I bought Mackenzie in the summer of 1983 at the equivalent price of $1 per share.” Four years later, the price rose to $7 per share and his initial $500,000 turned into $3.5 million. And that was just the beginning.

Lee-Chin swiftly became a force in the investment world, mastering the art of maximizing returns. “You can’t avoid risk, you mitigate risk, and in this case, my investment philosophy has always been [to] buy things you understand,” he says. AIC Limited was another company he evidently understood, and in 1987, he acquired the mutual fund firm which not only put him on the map, but also on Forbes’ “World’s Billionaires” list for several consecutive years. Though the company went from less than $1 million in assets to amassing more than $15 billion under his leadership at its apex, the recession had its repercussions and Lee-Chin made a tough decision to sell in 2009. As the towering six-foot-four titan of Portland Holdings Inc., his company now owns a bevy of major businesses here and abroad that span from the National Commercial Bank Jamaica Limited and Columbus Communications Inc., to CVM Communications Group and Medical Associates Limited.

Today, he’s a father of five and one of Canada’s most benevolent businessmen whose numerous endeavours include the indelible $30 million gift to the ROM, $10 million donation to the Rotman School of Management at the University of Toronto and $3.7 million towards Hyacinth Chen School of Nursing in Jamaica. “Mike is one of the most generous persons I know,” says G. Raymond Chang, fellow philanthropist, friend and director of wealth management firm CI Financial Corp. Lee-Chin met Chang more than 40 years ago and often takes his pal on jaunts for both business and pleasure on his private jet and helicopter. “He has a big heart, and I’m not referring to his public gifts. I’ve seen him open his home to a friend with terminal cancer for an extended period. He has also never forgotten his Jamaican grounding,” adds Chang.

Even the artist who was commissioned by Lee-Chin back in ’95 considers himself lucky to have met the mutual fund magnate. Strutt still vividly recalls the first time he walked into Lee-Chin’s office carting a sampling of his realist oil works. “Right away he wanted to buy some … He asked me why I was selling them for so cheap and I said, ‘well you know, who am I? I’m not a famous painter,’ and he said, ‘well, if there’s anything else I can do for you let me know.’” Little did Lee-Chin realize that his simple gesture would launch Strutt’s career and lead to a near decade-long bond. “Imagine seven years of just painting and not having to worry about anything else. Not many painters have that. It gave me time to master my craft and it gave me an income to feed my family,” says Strutt, who has since garnered enough acclaim to fulfill his long-time dream of opening an art gallery in his hometown of Hamilton. “I can’t say enough nice things. Mike is happy, charming, impeccable, warm … He’s a very multi-dimensional person – you can talk to him on any subject.”

It’s not surprising then, that Lee-Chin’s affection for the arts flowed into the palms of the ROM. Before making that massive $30 million commitment back in 2003, he had a pivotal heart-to-heart with Ontario’s former lieutenant-governor and Renaissance ROM campaign chair Hilary M. Weston. During the exchange, Lee-Chin asked Weston – whose family name has become synonymous with philanthropy – why she wanted him to be the primary benefactor. Her response is what sold him. “I told him, ‘because you belong to a new generation of people who came from different parts of the world to settle in Canada, and you have had great success. You are an iconic figure and an example for future generations. My family represents history, but your family is about the future of Canada,’” says Weston. “That is why he agreed to donate $30 million to Renaissance ROM. He was only glad that I didn’t ask for more because he would have given it!” According to Thorsell, his donation went far beyond the establishment of the Michael Lee-Chin Crystal and Hyacinth Gloria Chen Crystal Court. “He really made a statement that this major institution belonged to everybody and everybody had a role in it, everybody was welcome there,” he says, adding that Lee-Chin was just as much a fundraiser as he was a fund giver, inspiring several other Canadian immigrants to follow suit.

A humble Lee-Chin admits to giving himself a proverbial pinch every day. The physically fit investor is acutely aware that his path was an improbable one, filled with more blessings than bumps. “I was born in an era that gave me an opportunity to own a pair of shoes. Had I been born 250 years ago, I would have been owned – I would have been a slave. So I’m very, very aware that my being here has many factors that I had nothing to do with. I’m also very, very aware that there are many people that were born the same day, who were born to parents not by their choice, who didn’t guide them, who didn’t make them confident, in towns and cities and countries that immediately put them at a disadvantage,” says Lee-Chin, who was awarded the Order of Jamaica in 2008.

So there’s a reason why Lee-Chin is so extroverted; why he opts for a couture coat over an invisibility cloak; why he isn’t shy to give speeches and share his story. “I just want my life to be an inspiration to everybody who aspires,” he says. For fear of complacency and subsequent failure, he never forgets the bullish outlook and boyish aspirations that brought him here. Instead of following a conventional paint-by-numbers plan, Lee-Chin coloured outside the lines, proving that being an anomaly is far more fulfilling than being ordinary.    www.portlandholdings.com

Rule of Three: Michael Lee-Chin
No. 1 Make sure that your attitude from the
get-go is that, ‘everything I do as a young person, I’m doing it with the eventual goal of building the most sensational legacy that I can.’ Start building that legacy from as soon as possible. Most people don’t think about legacy, so one should look at legacy as a work in progress and focus on, ‘What do I want for my legacy? What do I want to be known for 100 years from now? Or do I want to go by as a nobody? I didn’t add any value to society and I was just a number.’ Legacy is important.

No. 2 Secondly, passion: Be committed to a cause, because every great person is a disciple of a cause. Having a cause is what will have you bounce out of bed at 5:30 every morning and drop dead on your pillow at 11:30 every night and wake up and be enthusiastic and tap dance to work because you have a cause. Having a cause will give you passion. So when naysayers lash you, no problem, because your cause will give you passion, will give you commitment, it will enable you to persevere through whatever negatives or air pockets you may face – and you will face negatives and you will fall into air pockets.

No. 3 Have a belief system, have a strong value system. Live by your values. Values make decision-making very easy: black or white. And don’t be afraid to be bold! Most of us are too tepid. Don’t be afraid to be bold.

DR. FRANCESCO BELLINI: THE PRIDE OF LE MARCHE

Becoming a powerful businessman or a famous scientist are not the typical dreams of a child raised in rural Italy. As a young boy growing up in the central Italian town of Ascoli Piceno, Francesco Bellini was not aware that such professions even existed. At that time, Bellini’s only wish was to be just like the heroes in the 10-cent adventure books he read and daydreamed about. At the heart of the eventual modest mogul is a courageous and committed hero willing to save the day, regardless of what dangers lie ahead – just like the heroes in the stories he read as a boy.

In 1967, the cosmopolitan bi-lingual city of Montreal, Canada welcomed another immigrant in search of the “American” Dream.

J.T. Adams (1878 – 1949) is responsible for coining the term “American Dream.” In Epic of America, he describes the infamous American ethos: as “… a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain the fullest stature of which they are capable.”

With a handful of english words, a non-existent French vocabulary and empty pockets, it wouldn’t seem like he would be capable of much more than mediocracy.

Many Italians who emigrated to Canada and the U.S. appreciated any honest hard-working job right through to retirement. That was their “American Dream.” Whichever career path he chose, Bellini would face discrimination and communication barriers along the way.

Bellini’s focus, hard work and vision helped him become a two-time tycoon. He plowed through every obstacle in front of him and reached the summits in the world of business and science. His positive attitude, matched with his Italian work ethic, helped the “little man from Le Marche [pronounced lay markay]” persevere through adversity.

It took five years of work-by-day/school-by-night for him to earn a bachelor of science degree from Loyola University. In 1977, 10 years after his feet touched Canadian soil, he threw his black-tasselled cap into the Maritime skies having earned a doctorate in organic chemistry from the University of New Brunswick. For many immigrants, if the story stopped here, it would already be considered a success. But Bellini’s legacy rolled on and crushed the naysayers who ever underestimated his potential.

At the turn of the millennium, the visionario entrepreneur decided to venture into the world of wine making. The fragrant fields of grapes and rolling hills of flowers, brushed by the breeze of the Adriatic Sea on which his ancestors worked, became the location for Bellini’s latest endeavour. He named it Domodimonti Natural Wines. Bellini’s biotechnical skills were put to use in the wine-making experience. He refers to the process of making wine as the oldest biotechnology in the world. His mission is to make it the healthiest and most delicious, internationally successful wine on the market. “Look, I never do things just to do it; I do things with passion, and to me things that I do have to succeed, and I do everything possible to make them succeed.”

If it weren’t for his vision, none of this would be possible. In 1986, Dr. Bellini co-founded BioChem Pharma with the late McGill graduate and chemistry professor Bernard Belleau. Dr. Bellini eventually helped develop and commercialize BioChem Pharma’s first therapeutic drug, 3TC Epivir – the first anti-HIV compound drug ever commercialized. His company went on to become one of the biggest pharmaceutical companies in Canada. As reported by ALLBusiness.com, the Shire Pharmaceutical Group (PLC) acquired BioChem Pharma for $6 billion – almost 21 times its worth. Bellini’s shareholdings made him a very rich man.

A quarter century after its development, 3TC Epivir is still known as the cornerstone in combination HIV/AIDS infection therapies. “During that time, everybody thought the AIDS virus was … they did not know what it was, they did not know it was a virus, they thought it was a disease only for homosexuals … very few people in the field were involved because there were a small group of people looking for a cure, I had a much better chance of finding a cure.” Vision – it’s what separates the millionaires from the billionaires.

Eventually, Bellini became the chairman of BELLUS Health, ViroChem Pharma, Picchio International, Picchio Pharma, Prognomix and Molson Coors. He was honoured as a member of the Order of Canada and received the Cavaliere di Lavoro in Italy, the same title that was given to Italy’s prime minister, Silvio Berlusconi. Throughout all the accolades, millions of people have added weeks, months and years to their lives because of Bellini’s vaccines. He is currently working on finding a cure for Alzheimer’s. Although he became a hero, he shrugs it off modestly. “I do not have a role model and I don’t think I am a role model. I act like a simple guy still; I do things because I believe in what I’m doing.” Having made his riches in Canada and the United States, Bellini returned to his native region of Le Marche with a gift. He took something from his past and brought it to the present, something that could stand for futures to come. In 2004, Bellini began building what is now a state-of-the-art winery called Domodimonti Natural Wine. With it is a gorgeous hotel built of sand-coloured stone that radiates in the sun, named Magnolia Hotel. Together they are surrounded by untouched earth, a paradise far from the chaos of the world. The seven suites are uniquely designed and inspired by his seven wines: Piccolo Principe Rosato, Deja’V, Li Coste, Monte Fiore, Picens, Il Messia and Solo Per Te.

Bellini found a hill that was so beautiful he had to have it. He built his future wine empire on it and adopted the name the locals had given the area – domo di monti. The name couldn’t be better, Bellini explains. “It was not me who chose that name, it was the local people; they told me that the area is called domo di monti. It means, the ‘king of the mountain.’” It is a fitting title for a man who has climbed the highest mountains and is now the king of one.

Not only does he produce some of the healthiest and most delicious wines at Domodimonti Natural Wine’s facility; his property is also responsible for stimulating tourism in the area.  Essentially, he has placed Le Marche on the map, much to the pleasure of the mayor of Montefiore dell’Aso (the village where the vineyard is located), who said, “Domodimonti is for our territory one of our most exceptional and innovative establishments, both in terms of quality wine production and with respect to tourism. It is a new jewel set in our lovely hilltops.”

Forty-three years after he left Le Marche with empty pockets, Francesco Bellini, a.k.a. “the pride of Le Marche”, tells us why he returned to build a winery in the area near his hometown. “I chose a place with no industry. It’s wild. I said I had to do something here …What attracted me was the beauty of the place, and nobody knew about the beauty of this area. Everyone always talks about Tuscany, Piedmonte, Florence and Venice, but nobody talks about Marche, and it’s beautiful, so I said this is a golden opportunity to do something here.”

Success may not be all about money, but perhaps money can provide a better view of what we want to see and be surrounded by. Dr. Bellini passionately describes the view he invites everyone to experience at Domodimonti Natural Wine. For those in need of romance in their lives, Dr. Bellini has the cure – wine, a vineyard, a beautiful resort – and it’s all in Italy’s beautiful natural landscape. “The view,” he says, “is exceptional. To see the moon going over a hilltop, and on that hill there you see a medieval village. You look on your left you see the sea, you look on your right you see the mountains, in late spring you look to one side you see the water. You look on the other side and you see the snow on the mountains tops. In the summer, yellow flowers blossom everywhere; the hills are all yellow, you smell the Earth … it is a beautiful place because it is a forgotten place. You have to be there to experience it.”

Bellini has turned work into leisure on more than one occasion, and with his winery he has found a way to combine all three passions – biotechnology, business and wine – and turn a profit. “My mind is always working, I always like to challenge things, until I have solved the challenge in my mind I cannot sleep … Anybody can produce wine, good marketing will do it, but to make wine which is good for you is very difficult.” This is where his medical side comes into play. He is motivated to create not just wine but a revolutionary wine with less toxins and more taste.

Domodimonti Natural Wines is a family run business and the passion that goes into perfecting every drop in every bottle is a family objective. Even though Bellini had nothing when he first came to Canada, he had something – family. “What are you if you do not continue your dreams?” he asks. “You build something and then what do you do if your children love what you do and respect you? They should be the continuation.” His children, Roberto and Carlo, are very much involved in Francesco’s personal and professional life. Roberto has taken his father’s place at the biotech company BELLUS Health, and Carlo is helping at the winery and other businesses, including real estate.

So how does “Dr. Wine” enjoy la dolce vita? He says it is all about life’s simple pleasures, and a couple of decadent indulgences. “La dolce vita” he says, “is what I do. I travel, I fly everywhere, I enjoy myself, I go hunting, I go fishing. Making fantastic wine, enjoying nice company on a nice day with good food and good wine, that’s la dolce vita.” He spends part of his time in Calgary, winter in Florida, part of the summer in Quebec and part in Italy. Travelling is not a problem – Bellini owns his own plane. “Now that’s la dolce vita.”

Dr. Bellini confidently concludes that he will never stop working, “I don’t think I’ll ever stop, because I don’t consider this working. This is living, this is my life.”

www.domodimonti.com

Breve guida ai ricchi tamarri che comprano cose tamarre

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La gente su Instagram si fa le foto con i gatti, con i cani, fa le foto al cibo che sta per mangiare, fa le foto agli amici o alle gambe distese davanti al mare. Ecco sostituite tutte queste cose con dei mazzetti di banconote: questo è l’Instagram di Floyd Mayweather. Ultimamente l’ex pugile ha postato diverse foto e filmati in cui mostra la sua casa (che tra l’altro sembra vuota e mai vissuta da nessuno) nella quale sono stati ordinati su un tavolo 1 milione e 800 mila dollari in banconote da 100 e su un tavolino più piccolo 200 mila in banconote da 20. Il discorso che fa il pugile è molto dritto: io vengo da una famiglia povera, sono nero e non mi vergogno a mostrare quello che ho guadagnato fino ad oggi nella vita. Ok Floyd non è questo il problema, ma quello che ti sei comprato con quei soldi.

DS auto: quali sono i migliori modelli del 2019?

l brand DS auto, divenuto ormai autonomo dalla Citroen, si distingue per vetture dal design unico ed utilizzo di materiali di alta qualità per gli interni.

Nata nel 2014 come brand di lusso della casa madre Citroen, la DS auto si è affermata nel corso di questi anni grazie a modelli dotati di uno stile unico e rifiniture interne al pari delle ammiraglie. Il marchio DS ha un valore importante per il costruttore francese perché richiama alla mente la storica vettura lanciata nel 1955, la DS appunto, e diventata immediatamente una instant classic grazie alla sua linea senza tempo.

Nel 2009 la Citroen ha rispolverato il marchio DS autopresentando a Parigi, in occasione dei 90 anni della casa, la concept Citroen DS Inside, ovvero l’antesignana della futura DS3. Questa vettura, basata sulla Citroen C3, ha segnato l’ingresso del costruttore transalpino nel mercato delle citycar di lusso sino a quel momento occupato in pianta stabile dalla Mini.

Nel 2014 il brand DS auto ha acquisito la propria indipendenza dalla casa madre ed ha iniziato a sfornare modelli dalle linee sempre più ricercate andando soprattutto ad inserirsi nell’affollato e redditizio segmento dei SUV e delle crossover. Vediamo quali sono i migliori modelli presenti nel listino della DS auto.

DS auto: modelli

Il brand di lusso di casa Citroen, la DS auto, propone 4 vetture nel proprio listino in grado di stuzzicare la fantasia di coloro che sono alla ricerca di un’automobile che si differenzi nettamente dalla massa.

DS3

Basata sulla precedente generazione della Citroen C3, la DS3 rappresenta l’arma di DS auto per competere nel settore delle citycar sfiziose come Mini e 500. Il look della DS3 è decisamente ricercato. Il frontale è dominato da una enorme griglia esagonale a nido d’ape al cui centro spicca il logo della DS auto, mentre ai lati del paraurti sono presenti due nicchie sottili al cui interno sono posizionate le luci diurne a LED. La fiancata presenta la classica pinna di squalo in corrispondenza del montante centrale, firma distintiva di ogni vettura DS auto, mentre il posteriore è impreziosito da una fanaleria con effetto 3D. Gli interni colpiscono  per la grande qualità dei materiali utilizzati che appagano sia il tatto che la vista e fanno godere di un grande comfort in marcia. Non molto ampia la gamma motori che vede la presenza esclusivamente di un benzina 1.2 da 110 CV, mentre sono in esaurimento scorte i propulsori da 1.6 litri alimentati a gasolio.

La DS3 è disponibile anche in variante cabrio, caratterizzata dal tetto in tela che scorre lungo i montanti fissi della carrozzeria, destinata agli amanti della guida en plein air.

DS3 Crossback

Il mercato dei crossover compatti si è rivelato una vera e propria miniera d’oro per tutti i costruttori ed anche la DS auto è voluta entrare in questo segmento proponendo una vettura decisamente anticonformista, la DS3 Crossback.

Il crossover transalpino si presenta con misure per nulla esagerate ed ideali per la guida nel traffico cittadino. La lunghezza di 4 metri e 12 centimetri, infatti, è quella tipica della vetture del segmento B ma, a differenza di una normale berlina, l’assetto rialzato e dettagli off road, come le protezioni dei passaruota in plastica, la rendono immediatamente riconoscibile.

Il look della DS3 Crossback è certamente ricercato. Il muso è dominato dalla grande griglia esagonale al cui centro spicca il logo DS auto, mentre il particolare disegno romboidale dei fari e la striscia a “boomerang” di luci diurna a Led conferiscono un carattere decisamente mascolino al crossover della DS auto. Anche in questo caso nella fiancata è presente la pinna di squalo in corrispondenza del montante centrale, ma una ulteriore particolarità è data dalla nervatura a L nella parte bassa delle portiere che contribuisce a donare movimento al design generale. Interessante, inoltre, la scelta di dotare la DS3 Crossback di maniglie a filo con la carrozzeria così da non sporcare le linee della vettura.

Gli interni si fanno apprezzare per la elevata qualità dei materiali e delle rifiniture. Alcantara, tessuti ricercati e pelle sono i materiali con i quali può essere rivestito l’interno, mentre nella plancia viene ripreso il disegno romboidale, apprezzato all’esterno, dedicato ai comandi principali della vettura. I tasti a sfioramento e la presenza del monitor dell’infotainment a sbalzo rendono la DS3 Crossback unica nel suo segmento.

La gamma motori vede la presenza di un solo propulsore benzina, il 1.2 litri 3 cilindri turbo, declinato nelle tre varianti di potenza da 101, 131 e 156 cavalli, mentre l’alternativa a gasolio è data dal 1.5 proposto in versione da 102 ed in quella da 131 cavalli.

 

DS7 Crossback

La vettura top di gamma del brand DS auto è senza dubbio la DS7 Crossback. Il SUV transalpino presenta misure decisamente maggiori rispetto alla sorella minore DS3 Crossback. La lunghezza di ben 4 metri e 57 centimetri ed una larghezza di un metro e novanta rendono la vettura del gruppo DS auto molto imponente su strada, mentre il comfort interno dei passeggeri posteriori è garantito dal passo di 2.738 mm.

Lo stile della DS7 Crossback è immediatamente riconoscibile. Il frontale è reso imponente dall’immancabile griglia esagonale a nido d’ape incastonata in una cornice ad effetto alluminio, mentre la fanaleria a LED di disegno rettangolare sottolinea l’immagine cattiva della vettura. Altra particolarità è poi data dai sottili fari diurni a LED posizionati ai lati del paraurti, in un alloggiamento dedicato, che abbracciano idealmente i fendinebbia.

La fiancata è molto elaborata, specie nella zona dei passaruota. Sia quello anteriore che quello posteriore sono ben marcati e sovrastati da una nervatura che delimita in modo netto la parte dedicata ai finestrini da quella riservata alla lamiera creando anche un gradevole effetto di pieni e vuoti che movimenta le linee.

Gli interni della DS7 Crossback colpiscono per la grande attenzione dedicata a materiali e finiture. La plancia presenta plastiche morbide ed elementi a contrasto che donano un tocco di eccentricità al SUV della DS auto, mentre gli allestimenti più ricchi portano in dotazione materiali pregiati come la pelle Nappa o l’Alcantara. Immancabile la presenza del monitor dell’infotainment posizionato al centro della plancia.

Ampia la gamma motori della DS7 Crossback che offre tra i benzina la possibilità di scelta tra il 1.2 da 131 cavalli ed il 1.6 turbo declinato nelle potenze di 181 e 224 CV ed abbinato al cambio automatico, mentre tra i diesel la scelta varia tra il 1.5 da 131 cavalli ed il 2.0 litri da 177.

Presente, infine, una variante ibrida in grado di offrire la trazione integrale grazie a due motori elettrici posizionati uno all’anteriore ed uno al posteriore. La potenza complessiva, grazie anche al motore 1.6 benzina, è di 300 cavalli.

 

DS Auto elettrica

Il gruppo DS auto non si caratterizza esclusivamente per le sue vetture ricercate e rifinite con qualità quasi artigianale, ma anche per la presenza in listino di motorizzazioni alternative. Se, infatti, la DS7 Crossback è disponibile, come visto, in variante ibrida, la DS3 Crossback presenta una alternativa 100% elettrica.

La DS3 Crossback E-Tense, questo il nome completo del crossover, propone un motore elettrico con potenza di 100 kW (136 CV) e 260 Nm di coppia, alimentato da una batteria agli ioni di litio da 50 kWh, per un’autonomia dichiarata nel ciclo WLTP di 320 km e supporto alla ricarica rapida a 100 kW (80% dell’autonomia in 30 minuti). I clienti potranno anche acquistare la DS Smart Wallbox trifase per ricaricare da casa in 5 ore (8 ore in versione monofase).

Tre le modalità di guida disponibili, ECO per massimizzare l’autonomia, Normale e Sport in grado di garantire più coppia e potenza, mentre i  sistemi di recupero di energia sono due, Normale, per simulare il comportamento di un motore termico e Brake per massimizzare la rigenerazione in frenata.

DS auto: prezzi

Per quel che riguarda i prezzi delle vetture del gruppo DS auto si deve evidenziare come la ricercatezza dei materiali e la qualità delle finiture si faccia notare al momento di firmare l’assegno. La DS3, infatti, ha un prezzo di partenza di 21.000 euro, mentre per la variante cabrio si parte da ben 26.400 euro. La DS3 Crossback, invece, parte da 26.200 euro nell’allestimento So Chic, ma la variante elettrica è decisamente più cara ed ha un cartellino del prezzo di ben 39.600 euro. La top di gamma DS7 Crossback, parte invece da 31.350 euro sino ad arrivare ai 54.350 euro della versione ibrida nell’allestimento Grand Chic.

fonte https://www.automobile.it/magazine/acquisto-auto/ds-auto-19973

Horacio Pagani: “L’ispirazione per le mie auto? Leonardo e il corpo delle donne”

Meccanico, imprenditore, sognatore. Definizioni che probabilmente stanno tutte strette al creatore delle omonime supercar, che abbiamo incontrato a margine della kermesse della Motor Valley: “Cerco di unire scienza e arte, come faceva il genio toscano. L’elettrico? Prepariamo un modello per il 2024”

Quest’anno si celebrano i vent’anni da quando venne svelata al Mondo la prima Pagani Zonda C12, ed è anche il 500° anniversario dalla morte di Leonardo da Vinci. Sembrano due avvenimenti completamente slegati ma non lo sono affatto, ed è lo stesso patron del marchio, Horacio Pagani, a spiegare perché. In occasione dei Motor1Days che si sono svolti all’Autodromo diModena, Horacio Pagani si è messo al volante della Zonda n. 6, l’ha condotta fin sul palco e ha ripercorso un’avventura iniziata quando lui era solo un bambino che aveva un sogno: disegnare auto. Amava i prototipi come la Porsche 917, e le sue auto infatti si ispirano a quei modelli, sempre però tenendo presente anche i desideri di Fangio, di cui era grande ammiratore, che voleva l’auto “sicura” e con il motore Mercedes.

Quando gli chiedo da dove prende ispirazione e come la trasferisce nelle sue auto, risponde: “mi piace unire arte e scienza, una cosa che non ho certo inventato io ma che risale a Leonardo da Vinci, quando più di 500 anni fa disse che potevano camminare tranquillamente mano nella mano. Io mi sono attaccato a questa idea e cerco di mettere insieme due discipline spesso lontane l’una dall’altra”. Significa che quando si disegna qualcosa come una Pagani, bolide da 350 orari, bisogna prendere in considerazione aspetti ingegneristici ma poi bisogna darle “un tocco artistico, che la renda rinascimentale, molto italiana e dunque anche bella”.

Horacio continua: “quando disegno una macchina prima di tutto prendo la forma del corpo delle donne, perché è la cosa che appassiona di più i nostri clienti. E infatti, se si guardano le nostre auto, sono molto sinuose”. Non solo il corpo femminile, perché in realtà le ispirazioni arrivano da più parti. Ad esempio quando ha pensato alla Huayra voleva trasmettere la sensazione del decollodi un aereo e “l’aerodinamica attiva, con le ali che si muovono, la rendono molto viva: sembra che stia ballando nel vento”.

Dall’ispirazione alla realizzazione, delle sue auto Horacio Pagani dice: “sono macchine inutili ma che devono regalare un’emozione” e devono essere “leggere, sicure, confortevoli e poi curate nei dettagli, perché il dettaglio è qualcosa che il cliente scopre piano piano”. Un’auto come la Huayra, che richiede circa quattro mesi di lavoro per essere realizzata, ha 10.000 componenti, se si considera il motore come un corpo unico, e tutti vanno curati nel dettaglio: “si deve vedere che c’è manualità e arte

la classifica degli orologi più costosi del 2017

Iniziate a risparmiare, perché per essere il proprietario di uno dei 10 orologi più costosi del mondo si dovranno spendere almeno € 4,6 milioni. Perché questi orologi sono così preziosi? Per prima cosa, perché contengono parti costose tipo diamanti rari, meteoriti e ossa di dinosauro. Abbiamo stilato un elenco dei 10 orologi più costosi del mondo con le loro storie. Continuate a leggere per scoprire cosa rende così speciale questi orologi.

10. The Hublot – Hublot – € 5 milioni

Conosciuto come “The Hublot”, questo orologio è stato l’orologio più costoso del mondo per qualche tempo. L’Hublot è intarsiato di diamanti – 1200 per essere precisi, per un totale di 140 carati. La creazione di questo orologio di diamanti ha impiegato 14 mesi. Dopo aver progettato l’orologio, hanno cercato il modo per trovare 1200 diamanti che si inserissero perfettamente in quel design.

Fonte immagine: forbes.com

9. Calibro 89 – Patek Philippe – 6 milioni di euroProgettato nel 1989 per celebrare il 150° anniversario dell’azienda, ci sono voluti cinque anni di ricerca e altri quattro per la fabbricazione dell’orologio da tasca. Era l’orologio più complicato al momento con 1.728 componenti e 33 meccanismi, tra cui un termometro e una mappa stellare. Sono stati creati solo quattro di questi orologi: in oro bianco, oro giallo, oro rosa e platino.

Fonte immagine: gizmodo.com

8. 57260 Reference – Vacheron Constantin -8 milioni di euroAttualmente, questo è l’orologio più complicato al mondo con 57 meccanismi, ideato per celebrare il 260° anniversario di Vacheron Constantin. Contiene 2800 componenti, tutti decorati a mano. Le sue funzioni comprendono praticamente tutto ciò che un appassionato di orologi potrebbe desiderare: astronomia, calendario, allarmi, cronografi, un sorprendente Carillon Westminster… e anche un cronometro.

Fonte immagine: vacheron-constantin.com

7. Kallista -Vacheron Constantin – 11 milioni di euroAompletamente diverso dall’edizione 57260, il Kallista Vacheron Constantin è coperto da 118 diamanti con taglio a smeraldo. È stato progettato nel 1979 e da allora il suo valore è aumentato da 5 ad 11 milioni di euro. Ci sono voluti 20 mesi solo per inserire i diamanti nell’orologio.

Fonte immagine: jubiler24h.pl

6. Billionaire – Jacob & Co – 18 milioni di euroCosa sarebbe questo elenco senza un orologio degno di un miliardario? La Jacob & Co ha creato una struttura dell’orologio in modo da unire la bellezza dei diamanti alla bellezza del movimento. Il peso totale dei diamanti è un incredibile 260 carati!

Fonte immagine: hautetime.com

5. Patek Philippe Supercomplication – James Ward Packard -24 milioni di euroCon questo orologio d’oro 18 carati, introdotto nel 1933, Henry Grave voleva superare l’orologio da tasca Grande Complication prodotto da James Ward Packard. Il Supercomplication è stato l’orologio più complicato al mondo per oltre cinquant’anni, con funzioni come alba e tramonto, un cronometro, l’età e le fasi lunari, ed un carillon col suono di Westminster.

4. Orologio a 201 carati – Chopard – 25 milioni di euroQuesta bellezza colorata fatto a mano del 2000 è decorata con tre diamanti a forma di cuore da 11, 12 e 15 carati. Quando vengono premuti, i cuori si aprono per indicare l’ora e mostrare lo splendido quadrante giallo dell’orologio tempestato di diamanti.

Fonte immagine: richglare.com

3. Grande Complication Marie Antoinette – Breguet – 30 milioni di euroNel 1783, un anonimo chiese ad Abraham-Louis Breguet di costruire un orologio spettacolare per la regina Marie Antoinette. Era talmente complesso – con 23 meccanismi, 823 pezzi, realizzati in oro e riempiti con zaffiri – che ci sono voluti 44 anni per completarlo e sia Breguet che Marie Antoinette non sono vissuti abbastanza per vederlo finito. L’orologio originale è stato rubato nel 1983 da un museo e recuperato nel 2006.

Fonte immagine: breguet.com

2. Graff Diamonds – Fascination – 40 milioni di euroUn orologio che indica l’ora e funge da braccialetto; è convertibile. L’orologio contiene 152,96 carati ed il braccialetto ha un raro diamante da 38,13 carati a forma di pera. Inoltre, il diamante può essere sfilato ed indossato come un anello!

Fonte immagine: forbes.com

1. Graff Diamonds – Hallucination – 55 milioni di euroAlla Graff di certo sanno come fare un orologio di lusso. Non per niente detengono il primo posto nella nostra lista con l’Hallucination da 55 milioni di euro. I diamanti colorati da 110 carati di questo orologio sono molto grandi e rari. Mr. Graff, originariamente un gioielliere, ha esaudito il suo sogno di creare un “orologio davvero notevole che mostrasse la nostra passione ardente per i diamanti”.

Fonte immagine: ablogtowatch.com

Un elenco estremo di orologi da milioni di euro, riservati agli uomini e donne più ricchi del pianeta. Ma questo non significa che un orologio debba costare oltre il milione di euro per essere costoso o unico. Ci sono moltissimi orologi esclusivi che vale la pena collezionare, sia nuovi che d’epoca. Prendete il Calatrava Patek Philippe 2526R, per esempio, venduto al prezzo sorprendente di € 30.000 ad un’asta di Catawiki. E cosa dire di un orologio da polso Chopard o IWC con calendario perpetuo da €30.000? Questo tipo di orologi non passano mai di moda. Siete alla ricerca di un buon investimento? Venite a visitare la nostra asta di orologi esclusivi

  • fonte_https://www.catawiki.it/stories/4229-i-10-orologi-piu-costosi-del-2017

New York e Mosca, le capitali dei super ricchi. E la metà dei milionari d’Italia vive a Roma

Pubblicata la classifica annuale delle città: ai vertici anche Londra. Nella Grande Mela ci sono 70 miliardari, 40 a Hong Kong: ma c’è un abisso tra i pochi che hanno tanto e i molti poveri. La Città Eterna con 945 multi milionari è al 20° posto della graduatoria globale

 

Se volete trovare un miliardario (in dollari o equivalenti) il posto giusto è ancora New York. Intesa come Manhattan, dove ci sono 70 miliardari. Se ne contano 64 anche a Mosca, e 54 a Londra. La geografia cambia completamente, se ci si accontenta dei multimilionari: nel radar, ad esempio, entra a buon diritto anche Roma, con quasi mille ricconi.

La notizia interessa le ragazze a caccia di marito e gli agenti del fisco, due categorie i cui bersagli – spesso – coincidono: se volete trovare un miliardario (in dollari o equivalenti) il posto giusto è ancora New York. Intesa come Manhattan, propriamente, data la scarsa attrattiva del Bronx e di Staten Island per gli straricchi: ci sono 70 miliardari, all’ultimo conto, che possono essere incrociati su Park Avenue e dintorni. Le alternative presentano qualche problema, soprattutto per le ragazze. Ci sono, infatti, ben 64 miliardari anche a Mosca, dove, però, quei miliardi potrebbero essere fin troppo movimentati, fra mafia rampante e Cremlino ingombrante. E 54 anche a Londra, dove il rischio, piuttosto, è di finire nell’harem di qualche emiro arabo.

Attenzione, però, perché la geografia cambia completamente, se ci si accontenta dei multimilionari (un patrimonio di almeno 30 milioni di dollari): nel radar, ad esempio, entra a buon diritto anche Roma, con quasi mille ricconi. E ancor più muta se si scende al modesto livello dei milionari (patrimonio al netto dei debiti, prima casa esclusa), che si muovono in reggimenti di centinaia di migliaia, anche dove, come

in Italia, le dichiarazioni dei redditi non farebbero sospettare tanta prosperità.

Il conto lo tiene, a livello mondiale, WealthInsight, una società specializzata nella gestione della ricchezza e che, per questo, ha messo insieme un esclusivo database che contiene, dichiarano i responsabili, acquartierati a Londra, ma con uffici sparsi fra Asia e Stati Uniti, dossiers su 60 mila straricchi globali. I dati, per farla breve, sono inverificabili. Però, proprio perché la fonte non è ufficiale ed è diversa dal fisco, la lettura non è affatto banale. Sia che si guardi all’aspetto glamour che interessa le ragazze in cerca di marito. Sia che si scruti, invece, il risvolto fiscale e tributario.

Si scopre, ad esempio, che a WealthInsight, dove, con ogni probabilità, non li conoscono neanche tutti, risultano in Italia 259 mila milionari (in euro), un numero che ci mette al decimo posto al mondo. Ma, soprattutto, un numero che praticamente coincide con quello degli italiani che dichiarano al fisco un reddito di almeno 100 mila euro (lorde) l’anno. Ora, per arrivare ad un patrimonio netto di almeno un milione di dollari, cioè 750 mila euro (prima casa esclusa) non basta una seconda casa a Cortina. Ci vuole qualcosa di più sostanziale, a cui è difficile arrivare, anche accumulando i risparmi su incassi mensili di 5 mila euro (a tanto corrisponde un reddito annuo lordo di 100 mila euro). Le due categorie – i milionari e coloro che guadagnano più di 100 mila euro l’anno – insomma, non si sovrappongono. Tanto più che i 260 mila censiti da WealthInsight non sono solo milionari, ma sono persone con un patrimonio fra 1 e 30 milioni di euro, quindi anche ben al di là dei limiti entro cui si muove, di solito, l’alta borghesia professionale.

Chi sono, allora? WealthInsight, naturalmente, non lo dice, ma la risposta non è la più facile a venire in mente. Uno pensa che i 260 mila milionari e oltre siano concentrati fra i Brambilla, i piccoli imprenditori della Brianza o nei capannoni del Veneto profondo, fra Verona e Vicenza, più qualche cumenda milanese. E invece, no. Metà dei milionari italiani sono a Roma, sparsi sui sette colli di una delle capitali considerate più pigre e neghittose in Europa, autentica zavorra sulle spalle della nazione, dove, però, a quanto pare, circolano assai più soldi che nelle province operose dell’Italia produttiva. In un paese, dove, negli ultimi 18 mesi, si è parlato spesso di imposta patrimoniale sui superricchi, i dati del rapporto consentono anche di registrare, nell’esercito dei 127 mila milionari romani (più che a Los Angeles, per dire), una crema di quasi mille (esattamente 945) sicuri multimilionari, gente, cioè, solo nella capitale, con un patrimonio superiore ai 30 milioni di dollari.

Miliardari, invece, zero, almeno a Roma. La geografia della ricchezza, d’altra parte, cambia, quando cambia il livello di ricchezza. Probabilmente, perché cambia, a seconda dei posti, quello che la ricchezza può dare. In testa per numero di miliardari, New York scende rapidamente se si guarda ai multimilionari e ai semplici milionari. Non è un ghiribizzo statistico. Più semplicemente, ci vuole un miliardo di dollari per stare confortevolmente a Park Avenue. Se vi fermate a 30 milioni, o tagliate senza remore sul numero di bagni e di stanze da letto, oppure, se volete vivere come non vi siete potuti permettere a Park Avenue, meglio spostarsi a Riverdale o Westchester, fuori Manhattan. Città con confini urbanistici più ampi, come Tokyo o Londra, salgono, quindi, in classifica. L’urbanistica non entra per nulla, invece, nel caso di Mosca. Qui conta, al contrario, la storia recente e come ha forgiato la società russa, all’insegna di clamorose ineguaglianze. Anche all’interno dei ricchi. Categoria, peraltro, praticamente inesistente. Nel senso che esistono strasupermegaricchi (esattamente 64, miliardari) e poi il nulla. Mosca è seconda al mondo nella classifica dei miliardari, ma scompare in quella dei multimilionari e appare appena in quella dei milionari (che, comunque, in Russia, ove esistono, dice WealthInsight, stanno in ogni caso sulle rive della Moscova).