No, really, just no

In September, the 35-year-old businessman, who was once estimated to be worth £3bn

I really do think it’s most unlikely that James Stunt has ever had £3 billion of his own money.

Of his wife’s possibly, but then there was a pre-nup, no?

10 comments on “No, really, just no

  1. Whenever I see or hear something involving a “celebrity” I award myself a point if I’ve never heard of them. Plus one for me for James Stunt – but it’s amusing that he rhymes with Murphy’s nom de guerre.

  2. You have thought that the distribution of celebrities would be related to the classification system for them (A-Z).

    My experience seems to be that Z consists of around 99% of celebrities.

    It’s more like the pass mark for a ‘A’ grade at GCSE – we now need a A* to differentiate those who pass at ‘A’ (1%) and all the rest.

  3. It’s like there used to be film stars. And then when every actor was a star they had to invent super-stars. And then mega-stars came along. I’m just waiting for hyper-stars to appear.

  4. The number of flash cars is a give away. They tend to be the preserve of multimillionaires. Billionaires are usually above such things.

  5. Actually I doubt that his wife has anything like that. Ecclestone has 3 daughters and there is a limit to the amount of money you can make skimming the TV rights for F1 even over 25 years.

  6. Mr Yan,

    From experience and observation (including interviewing candidates for high-end technical employment) there’s an interesting equivalent to the “wine vintage tables” that WH Smith pocket diaries used to include, in A-level grades: that a candidate who got BBC in maths, physics and chemistry in 1990 is very definitely worth calling for interview. while the same grades fifteen years later indicate someone who mostly turned up and didn’t fall asleep too often when they did…

    I exaggerate slightly, but only slightly: there has been a very distinct inflation in grades, and reduction in taught content, over the decades. Material that a good O-level class would be examined on in 1986, moved to A-level in the 1990s and into degree level in the 2000s (at least in maths and physics, and with less confirmation by observation seems to have happened in chemistry too).

  7. Here‘s an article from 1995 addressing concerns that A-levels had got easier. It was ever thus.

    As I parent I see how much more schoolwork my children do than I ever did. If the standard of a ‘B’ candidate has fallen, it’s because decades ago you had to have either determination to try harder than your peers, or the ability not to need to.

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