It's been said that although they're not an obvious match, they are well suited.
It does seem the shaven-headed former Scottish sprint star-turned-uberbanker Roger Jenkins and his new girlfriend, the former supermodel-turned-businesswoman Elle Macpherson, below, are mutually attracted.
Perhaps they share a love of megabucks. Jenkins, 56, who in his youth represented Scotland and Great Britain from 1973 to 1978, is one of the world's wealthiest men, said to be worth around £300 million. In his former role as head of Barclays' tax-planning business he earned £49m a year and a reputation as being the saviour of the ailing bank after jointly brokering a deal to bring £8 billion of Middle Eastern investment. He later joined BTG Pactual, Brazil's largest independent investment bank, and his stake in its stock market flotation last month was valued at a whopping £195m.
For her part Macpherson, 48, has built up a multi-million-pound business empire in her own right. Known as "The Body" since the 1980s, when she appeared a record five times on the cover of the Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue, she has gone on to found success with her own lingerie and skincare business, and is the face of Revlon cosmetics, putting her personal worth at an estimated £85m. She also hosts the television show Britain's Next Top Model. Earlier this year she split from her boyfriend of two years, the US multi-millionaire Jeff Soffer.
The Scotsman, whose father, a chemical engineer, worked as a manager at Grangemough oil refinery, and who attended Edinburgh Academy before studying for a degree in economics at Heriot-Watt University, has been dating the Australian beauty for some time. They have been keeping a low public profile, and only recently came out as a couple.
On the face of it, they might appear opposites. Jenkins, an "eminence chauve" due to his baldness, is said to be very charming, very tall and very athletic. He's also been described as a big presence with a big ego. With George Clooney he co-hosted a lavish fundraising dinner for 100 at his £30m Mayfair home in aid of victims of the Darfur conflict. It was attended by Sir Michael Caine, Matt Damon, Scarlett Johansson, Claudia Schiffer, Roberto Cavalli and U2 frontman Bono, with food by Ainsley Harriott and Antony Worrall Thompson, and raised £10m.
He insists he prefers the quiet life to guard his privacy. Perhaps this is to avoid awkward questions about his brother David, also a sprinter and former European 400m champion, who came a cropper when he was jailed for steroid-smuggling in the US.
He's in the process of divorcing his second wife Djana, a beautiful Bosnian refugee socialite who enjoys the trappings of wealth. She has socialised with likes of the footballer Rio Ferdinand and has been photographed stepping down from her husband's Gulfstream jet at the Aspen ski resort in Colorado wearing a £6500 poncho made with mink fur. Jenkins has promised to give her half his wealth.
By contrast, his new paramour remains one of the most photographed women in the world. Can it last? Depends on whether she thinks he's worth it.
.... Roger Jenkins and Elle Macpherson
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