Black Sheep of the Greatest Dynasties
No matter how famous, rich or decent the family is, there is always at least one black sheep, who would damage the family's reputation. American billionaires, German entrepreneurs, and British aristocrats — all of them have their skeletons in the closet, some of which pop up in mass media from time to time. Find out who has been a frequent troublemaker in the past 50 years in the worldwide renowned families of Vanderbilt, Lauder, Hilton, Bush, and Batista from this short overview, compiled by the Celebs&Insights magazine.
The prominent family of American billionaires has at least one enfant terrible. Gloria Vanderbilt, an actress, designer and a successful businesswoman is the founder and owner of the worldwide renowned Gloria Vanderbilt brand. Apart from her successful fashion career, Gloria Vanderbilt also became famous for her personal life. When she was a child, she became involved in a famous custody trial, publicly asking the judge to "tell her (Gloria's mother) to stop wasting my money"! Gloria was only 10 years old at the time. She was married numerous times, but only the fourth marriage was a happy one. Vanderbilt is the author of scandalous memoirs that explicitly describe her love affairs.
Paris Hilton, a member of the famous Hilton hotel owners family, has been the Queen of the Tabloids for over a decade now. Paris, who is an actress, model and businesswoman, became famous when she took part in a reality television series about her own life. The show was cancelled when it became clear that the two main characters were no longer friends, and then picked up by another channel. Since then Paris has been repeatedly involved in numerous crimes, such as drunk driving, drug possession, etc. Her home videos also ended up on the Internet, and it's not always clear whether they were uploaded on purpose to evoke the interest to her persona.
The son of Estee Lauder and heir to the Estee Lauder company, Ronald Lauder, is an American businessman, art collector, media mogul and philanthropist. However, his name is often associated with numerous corruption scandals, tax evasion and money laundering cases. He currently undergoes one such trial in Romania, where Lauder's media holding was allegedly a money laundering firm for South African drug lords and arms dealers. Lauder's participation in suspicious transactions involving art pieces, stolen from their lawful owners during the Second World War, was also held against him.
The Brazilian mining magnate with the net worth that makes him the seventh wealthiest person in the world, Batista struggles with his offspring. His oldest son, Thor Batista, fatally struck a bicyclist while speeding in his sport Mercedes. Despite that, there was no trial. Not a long time ago, Eike Batista, the head of the family, appointed his son the director of one of his companies.
In the beginning of 2000s, Noelle Bush, the niece of George W. Bush, got into trouble. The daughter of then Florida Governor, who was an advocate of severe punishments, was charged with drug possession and was forced to complete the treatment program. Nevertheless, during the treatment, mass media repeatedly released the information that Noelle wasn't following the program. The daughters of the last Bush president were also troublemakers. Once they were charged over underage drinking, and their college friend revealed that they smoked weed together.