Daily Archives: March 8, 2011

As we reported earlier, Goga Ashkenazi – the mutual friend of Prince Andrew and Timur Kulibayev – said today that the Kazakh billionaire bought the prince’s £15m former home to convert it into a “charitable school”. The first step was to get planning permission, she said.

Sunninghill was never bought for personal use. The plan, as I understand it, is to convert it into a charitable school for bright Kazakh children who can come here to do their A-levels and then try for the top British universities. The first step is to get planning permission.

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The coverage of Prince Andrew’s ties with Kazakhstan has reminded me of another high-profile Brit with a fondness for trips to Astana: Tony Blair.

When we investigated Blair’s business and charity empire, we were puzzled by the former prime minister’s meeting in 2008 with Nursultan Nazarbayev, the longtime ruler of Kazakhstan. Read more

Today’s must-read article for political types is an interview in the Evening Standard with Goga Ashkenazi, the glamorous Kazakh friend of Prince Andrew. Read more

If you haven’t seen the Barclays pay story on the front of the FT it’s worth having a read.

The co-head of Barclays Capital, who won a bonus of £9.9m for 2010, was also awarded a long-term incentive plan for that year of £3.35m. At the same time he also received £30m of shares released under prior incentive plans. Read more