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Old 15-09-2014, 04:23 PM   #277
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Waheed Alli, Baron Alli (born 16 November 1964) is a British multimillionaire media entrepreneur and politician. He was co-founder and managing director of Planet 24, a TV production company, and managing director at Carlton Television Productions.. He was, until November 2012, chairman of ASOS.com, and a director of Silvergate Media, which purchased two of the media rights previously held by Chorion Ltd, where Alli was former chairman. He is a Labour life peer and is one of only a few openly gay Muslim politicians in the world...

Alli started work as a junior researcher for a finance magazine, crediting his first success to Salem Ghayar, who hired and mentored him. After a few years of preparing monthly reports for potential investors, he was headhunted by Save & Prosper, part of Robert Fleming & Co.. Eventually he returned to his original employer, and worked his way up in the media business within Robert Maxwell's stable of publications. He then went to the City for a second career in investment banking, through which he became wealthy.. In the mid-1980s he met Charlie Parsons, who was to become his business partner and boyfriend...

In April 2003 Alli took over as chairman of the media rights company Chorion Ltd, which owns rights to Enid Blyton and Agatha Christie, and has offices beyond the UK in New York, Sydney, and Tokyo. He is chairman of AIM-listed ASOS.com and a director of Olga Television, entertainer Paul O'Grady's production company. He owns part of Shine Limited, a media production company he co-founded in March 2001 with Elisabeth Murdoch, daughter of media-magnate Rupert Murdoch. In August 2011, he stepped down from the chairmanship of Chorion and sold half his stake in ASOS.com to start a new company called Silvergate Media...He was part of a failed £100m bid backed by private equity firm 3i to buy Virgin Radio from SMG plc in 2005. In March 2007 he was appointed as SMG's non-executive director..Alli is a founder investor in Koovs, an Indian online retailer looking to replicate the success of Asos in the subcontinent. The company was set up in 2012 and intends to raise £22m with a stock market listing on London's Aim..



Alli joined the Labour Party at the persuasion of his neighbour Emily Thornberry, to whom he remains close.. He is also close to Anji Hunter, Director of Government Relations in Tony Blair's first government.. Prime Minister Blair used him for years as a means to help him reach out to a younger generation (aka "yoof culture"), and as such he is considered one of "Tony's Cronies". He was made a life peer as Baron Alli, of Norbury in the London Borough of Croydon, in 1998 at the age of 34, becoming the youngest and the first openly gay peer in Parliament...A portrait of him is in the National Portrait Gallery collection, which contains "portraits of the Nation's great men and women"...

Planet 24 was a television production company..It produced The Big Breakfast and The Word.. It had an animation division called Impossible TV. Bob Geldof and Tony Boland (television producer) founded Planet Pictures which merged with 24 Hour Productions, headed by Charlie Parsons and Waheed, later Lord Alli. The company was bought by Carlton Communications in 1999 and eventually merged with Carlton Productions, of which Lord Alli became managing director..Planet 24 also developed the original concept for Survivor, which was initially called Castaway. Geldof and Parsons met with the BBC to pitch the program as a reality-competition show. However, the BBC, which was intrigued by the concept, instead developed its own competing documentary-style show, Castaway 2000...ASOS.com (AY-soss) is a British online fashion and beauty store. Primarily aimed at young adults, ASOS sells over 850 brands as well as its own range of clothing and accessories. Sales for the financial year ending 31 August 2013 were £753.8 million. As of August 2013, ASOS PLC has an estimated net worth of £159 million. In May 2012, it reported a jump in pre-tax profits from £15.7 million to £30.3 million, with sales up 46% at £495 million...



Most life peers take a title based on their surname, either alone (e.g. Baron Hattersley) or in combination with a placename to differentiate them from others of the same surname (e.g. Baroness Kennedy of The Shaws). Surnames need not be used at all if desired.. Ian Paisley, for example, opted for the title Baron Bannside, and John Gummer chose the title Baron Deben..

Chorion Limited was a major international media production company with offices in London, New York and Sydney. The company produced TV shows and feature films, and was best known for the heritage properties included in its portfolio. These included children's characters such as Paddington Bear, Peter Rabbit, The Mr. Men, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, Olivia, and Gaspard and Lisa. The company also owned the rights to the Agatha Christie Estate (including the Miss Marple and Poirot characters), Raymond Chandler, and Georges Simenon..In June 1998, Chorion acquired the rights to the Agatha Christie literary estate, with a vision of reviving the crime brand through new TV production and exporting the property to the United States..

The Chipping Norton set are a group of media, political and show-business acquaintances who have homes around (but not in) the market town of Chipping Norton in Oxfordshire.. Chipping Norton is located approximately 75 miles from London, 46 miles from Birmingham, 31 miles from Swindon and 20 miles from Oxford and Stratford-upon-Avon. Members of the Chipping Norton set regularly met socially, but the group gained notoriety in the wake of the News International phone hacking scandal, which directly involved members of the group...

In 2012 The Daily Telegraph identified the following people as being part of a "Chipping Norton Set":

Elisabeth Murdoch, CEO of media production company Shine Limited, daughter of News Corporation CEO Rupert Murdoch, and sister of News Corporation executive and former chairman of BSkyB James Murdoch.. Elizabeth Murdoch is married to Matthew Freud, owner of Freud Communications, and the couple own Burford Priory.. Clarkson has stated that Murdoch and Freud live in Burford "which to most people in Chipping Norton, myself included, is basically France"...

Steve Hilton and Rachel Whetstone. Hilton was Cameron's director of strategy and his wife, Rachel is the global head of communications and public policy for Google, they live in Burford. Hilton and Whetsone were godparents to the Camerons' deceased son, Ivan...

Emily Oppenheimer Turner, journalist and painter, and William Turner, businessman.. Emily is the granddaughter of Philip Oppenheimer, who ran the De Beers diamond empire; she is married to William Turner, director of The Hospital Group, Ltd. and former head of Sky Pictures, a division of BSkyB.William Turner worked as the head of Carlton films at Carlton Communications during David Cameron's time as director of corporate affairs at Carlton..

A horse, Raisa, was loaned to Rebekah Brooks by the Metropolitan Police from 2008–2010, stabled at the Brooks' farm and was subsequently returned to the police in a "poor condition".. In March 2012 David Cameron confirmed that he had ridden the horse with Charlie Brooks before he became Prime Minister in 2010.. Cameron had previously stated that he had not.. The leader of the opposition, Ed Miliband said that Cameron was in danger of becoming a symbol of "how leading politicians get too close to the powerful media"...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Waheed_Alli,_Baron_Alli
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/inte...orton-set.html
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