Dinner at the Carlton: The New Tory power brokers

Exclusive: Margareta Pagano reveals the guest list for the Conservatives’ premier political dinner last week which gives a fascinating snapshot of the movers and shakers getting ready for their turn to influence Downing Street

Sunday 23 October 2011 08:53

Paul Ruddock

Chief executive, Landsdowne hedge fund

Estimated to be worth £350m, Mr Ruddock has donated generously to the Conservatives. As chairman of the V&A museum, he is one of London’s most generous arts philanthropists. But he is said to have made £100m short-selling Northern Rock.

Greta Scacchi


The Milanese actress known as “Scorchy” recently stripped off for an ad campaign for sustainable fishing despite vowing “I’m done taking my clothes off on screen” last July. She has starred in a number of acclaimed films since Heat and Dust in 1983.

Stanley Fink

Co-treasurer, Conservative Party

Wants to raise £40m to “blow Labour out of the water” by the end of 2009. Recently left Man Group and started ISAM, another hedge fund. A keen philanthropist who backs three academy schools, he is a multimillionaire and a big party donor

Richard Gnodde

Managing director, Goldman Sachs

The London boss was reported to have had his salary cut by 90 per cent last year, from $23.4mto $1.9m. Goldman has been close to Labour over the past decade. Gnodde led the takeover of Arcelor for Lakshmi Mittal, a Goldman board-member

Naguib Kheraj

Chief executive, JP Morgan Cazenove

This portly financier quit his job as a £600,000-a-month adviser to Barclays last year. Mr Kheraj earned £2.57m in his last year at the bank as finance director. He is a governor of the Institute of Ismaili Studies, which promotes Islamic scholarship.

Jeremy Isaacs

Heads his own investment firm

Stepped down from running Lehman Brothers’ European operations just before the crash. Now runs his own investment firm with ex-colleague Roger Nagioff, who was head of Lehmans’ fixed income division. Has been a big party donor.

Michael Hintze

Head of CQS

This multi-millionaire philanthropist manages a hedge fund worth £4.5bn. He has given about £20m to charity and is worth £250m. Caught up in the cash for honours scandal when he revealed he had given the party about £1m and loaned them £2.5m more.

David Ross

Founder, Carphone Warehouse

Quit as London Mayor Boris Johnson’s aide after he used £120m of his company’s shares to back personal loans. The ex-public schoolboy, who has donated more than £150,000 to the Tories, is a friend of Lord Marland the ex-party treasurer

Roger Jenkins

Banker and financial adviser

Mr Jenkins joined Barclays as a graduate trainee in 1978 but left this year on at least £40m a year. He credits his Bosnian Muslim wife’s charm offensive for successfully soliciting a £7.3bn investment from the Qatar royal family in Barclays.

Michael-Alen Buckley

Chairman, RAB Capital

Founded the hedge fund with Phillip Richards on 1 April 1999. The company was floated in 2004, getting high-profile backers such as Lakshmi Mittal, although profits have faltered in the wake of the economic downturn. Has donated to the party

Simon Freakley

Head, Zolfo Cooper Europe

Mr Freakley recently worked with companies such as Budget Rent A Car and Federal-Mogul Group on some of the largest restructuring proceedings in history. He enjoyed a meteoric rise at Kroll before its takeover by management.

Michael Spencer

Chief executive, ICAP

Billionaire Oxford alumnus and founder of ICAP, one of the world’s biggest brokers. He is also the party’s co-treasurer, owns the spreadbetting firm City Index and has other business interests. He has raised millions for the party

Christopher Moran

Owner, Glenfiddich sports estate

Aserial Tory donor, Mr Moran refuses to answer questions about money lent to the party. Said to be a supporter of David Davis and to be worth £200m, he owns the 48,000-acre Glenfiddich sports estate in Scotland. He was xpelled fromLloyd’s of London in 1982.

Simon Dingemans

Goldman Sachs

A mergers and acquisitions banker, Mr Dingemans has handled deals worth £250bn and is one of the most highly paid in the City. Called in by BAA to plot a defence against Ferrovial’s takeover bid but was beaten by Citigroup, adviser to the Spanish conglomerate

Baroness Hogg

Tory peer

Sarah Hogg was previously Governor of the BBC and economics editor of The Independent and a member of John Major’s policy unit. She is married to Douglas Hogg, who controversially claimed money from parliamentary expenses to have his moat cleared

Siv Jensen

Leader, Norwegian Progress Party

Ms Jensen’s populist, right-wing party narrowly failed to grasp power from the ruling left coalition earlier this month. She is intent on shrinking Norway’s welfare system.

The Guest List

Business titans, ambassadors, actresses, aristocrats, financiers and the Norwegian opposition leader gathered at the Dorchester – some to donate, some enticed back from Labour, and some just to listen

Dr Jorge d'Abreu Jose Maria Abreu James Aitken Ruth Aitken Rula Al-Adasani Gianni Alen-Buckley Michael Alen-Buckley John Alexander1 Nick Allot Basil Al-Rahim Raghida Al-Rahim David Ashall Evelyn Ashman Roy Ashman Celia Atkin Edward Atkin Iftikhar Azam Kate Bain Paul Bain Richard Baldwin Karen Barcla Steve Barclay Neil Barnes Sue Barnes David Beattie Dr Sharon Bennett James Bethell Anthony Bird Robert Bird Simon P Blagden Olivia Bloomfield Lucy Boggis-Rolfe Richard Boggis-Rolfe George Bogucki Mark Bolland Lady Borwick Lord Borwick Bruce Bossom Alan Brazil Alice Bridges George Bridges Keith Brown Rita Brown Colin Bryce Melba Bryce Tim Bullock Anthony Bunker Nicholas Cadbury Martim Caldeira Louise Calderbank Martin Calderbank David Cameron MP Samantha Cameron Dominic Casserley Nancy Casserley John Caulcutt Matthew Cavanagh Lady Chadlington Lord Chadlington Caroline Chartres Dr Richard Chartres, The Bishop of London Lynda Chase-Gardener Lewis Chester Kate Christie Johan Christofferson Paris Christofferson Kenneth Clarke MP Greg Clark MP Helen Clark Benjamin Clerkin Tony Coates Karen Cockell Merrick Cockell Anthony Cooke-Yarborough Joanna Cooke-Yarborough Rob Cooper Vince Corrigan Fiona Costa Ken Costa Andy Coulson David Craigen Alex Dale Barry Dale Caroline Daniel David Daniel Ambassador John Danilovich Irene Danilovich Alix Darell-Brown Mark Darell-Brown Laurence Davis Edward Dempster Philip Dilley Liz Dingermans Simon Dingermans Rebecca Djanogly Alan Duncan MP Sarah Dunstall Frances East John East Hannah Ellwood Tobias Ellwood MP Dominic Elsom Paul Excell Anthony Fabian Jerome Faber Kate Fall Catherine Faulks Edward Faulks QC Andrew Feldman Christopher Fenwick Elizabeth Filippouli Stanley Fink Mel Fitzgerald David Fitzsimons Angela Flynn Vernon Flynn Lady Fowler Lord Fowler Dr Liam Fox MP Simon Freakley Nancy Fredin Todd Fredin Jonathan Freedman Ruth Freedman Michael Freeman Jonathan Fry Lorraine Fullbrook Mark Fullbrook Andrew Fulton John Gallagher Baroness Gardner of Parkes Edward Garnier QC MP Sir Christopher Gent Lady Gent Cheryl Gillan MP Mark Glatman Kara Gnodde Richard Gnodde Andrew Goldman Richard Gough Chris Grayling MP Andrew Greene Sandy Greene Caroline Greenhalgh Scott Greenhalgh Michael Green Tessa Green Dominic Grieve QC MP Chris Grigg Lucia Guo William Hague MP Danielle Hains Lord Hamilton Philip Hammond MP Susan Hammond Paul Hansford Richard Harman Richard Harrington Thomas Harrison Nick Herbert MP Brian Heyworth Samantha Heyworth Stuart Higgins Dan Higgins Jacqueline Higgins Alex Hill Jonathan Hill Arabella Hingley Robert Hingley Michael Hintze Baroness Hogg Douglas Hogg MP Bea Hollond James Hollond Lady Horn-Smith Sir Julian Horn-Smith Jeremy Hunt MP Lord Hurd of Westwell Lady Miranda Hutchinson Mike Hutchinson Ken Hydon Sylvia Hydon Howard Hyman Jeremy Isaacs Allen Jackson Elizabeth Jackson Helen James Howell James Brendan Jarvis Bryan Jeeves Anne Jenkin Bernard Jenkin MP Roger Jenkins Simon Jenner Siv Jensen Veera Johnson Boris Johnson David Joyce Magnus Karlsen Joe Kelliher Lady Kenilworth Lord Kenilworth James Kerliss John Kerr Brendan Kerr Zia Khan Naguib Kheraj Robert Kirkland George Kynoch James Lambert Harry Langton Andrew LansleyMP Jacqui Larcombe Robert Laurence Ruth Lea Stuart Leach Jack Leeming Harry Lefrak Howard Leigh Charlotte Leslie John Lewis Suzy Lewis Lady Liverpool Lord Liverpool Ian Livingstone Diane Lockett Simon Lockett Tony Lorenzo Elizabeth Louis Graham Love Charles Lovibond Carl Lygo Andrew Macfarlane Brian Madderson Keith Madeley Philip Manduca Lady Marina Marks Lady Marland Lord Marland of Odstock Fred Maroudas Stephen Massey Francis Maude MP Philip May Theresa May MP Lady McAlpine Sir William McAlpine Paul McBride Ranald McGregor-Smith Ruby McGregor-Smith Ian McIsaac Lynn McLoughlin Patrick McLoughlin MP Anna McNair-Scott Nigel McNair-Scott Peter Mead Simon Mellis Hugh Merrill Victoria Merrill Sarah Milford Haven Patrick Mitchell Andrew Mitchell MP Count Paolo di Montorio Veronese Christopher Moran Alan Morgan Dorcas Morgan Jan Morgan Kevin Morley Harry Mount Jon Moynihan Ashley Muldoon Ian Mulingani David Mundell MP Brian Murphy Mikio Nakamura John Neill Baroness Neville-Jones Kristian Norheim Archie Norman Vanessa Norman Barry Norris Fergus O'Sullivan Tim O'Brien Phil Oldham David Ord Jonathan Ord Kay Ord Frances Osborne George Osborne MP Hugh Osmond Maurice Ostro Keith Pacey Jonathan Paisner Claire Palmer Lady Palmer Lord Palmer Lady Palumbo Lord Palumbo Owen Paterson MP Rose Paterson Oliver Pawle Andy Payne Natasha Pearlman Lennart Perlhagen Mona Perlhagen Andrew Perloff Eric Pickles MP Irene Pickles Adrian Pitts Dolar Popat Katie Potts Martin Quinn Keith Ramsdale Kathryn Raphael Paul Raphael Michael Rawlinson Peter Readman Victoria Readman Anthony Record John Redwood MP James Reed Nicola Reed Sabine Reis Norbert Reis Jim Renwick James Reuben Campbell Rigg Dan Ritterband Andrew Robertson Ryan Robson Neil Rogers Howard Rosen Andrew Rosindell MP David Ross Chris Ross-Roberts Edward Roussel Martin Royalton Kirsch Jill Ruddock Paul Ruddock Amanda Sater Mark Sater Christopher Saunders Sir Ron Saunders Greta Scacchi Malcolm Scott Marcus Scriven Claire Seelig Roger Seelig Andrew Sells Rafael Serrano Stephan Shakespeare Belinda Shapps Grant Shapps MP Britt Shaw Elliott Shaw Sarah Shaw Melvin Sheldon Dominic Shorthouse Kristian Siem Richard Simmons Veronica Simmons John Singer David Skelton Michael Slade Chloe Smith MP Paul Smith Phil Snape Adam Sorab Kory Sorenson Mark Spelman Caroline Spelman MP Michael Spencer Mark Spinner Lucy Standing Rob Standing Simon Stevens Andy Stevenson James Stewart David Steyn Tanya Steyn David Stickles Dennis Stickley Ben Stirling Jakob Stott Teena Stott Lady Strathclyde Lord Strathclyde Bella Stringfellow Peter Stringfellow Ranbir Suri Tarlochan Suri Raymond Sykes Andrew Taee Esther Tager Romie Tager QC Mike Taylor Ian Taylor Tina Taylor Harry Teacher Kate Teacher Neil Thompson Christopher Tite Lady Trimble Lord Trimble Carole Turner-Record Patricia Underwood Moynihan Michael Underwood Ed Vaizey MP Pascale Van de Putte Frans van Lanschot Rumi Verjee Theresa Villiers MP Konstantin Von Schweinitz Mike Wagstaff Kevin Wall John Wallace Carolyn Ward Ralph Ward-Jackson Lady Carolyn Warren John Warren Baroness Warsi Laura Weinstock Juliana Wheeler David Wheeler David Whelan Stephen White Sioban Whitney Low Alistair Whyte Fiona Whyte David Wickham Charles Wigoder David Willetts MP Sarah Willetts Andrew Williams Hilary Williams Keith Williams Samantha Williams Stuart Williams Nigel Wilson Pierre Winkler Yvonne Winkler Julian Winser John Winter Simon Wolfson Steve Wormell Geoff Wright David Yarnton Sir George Young Bt MP

Additional research by Greg Walton and Jenny Armstrong

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