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This week sees the birthday of Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President of the UAE. Kipp doesn’t know if he plans a party, but he’d be hard pushed to top these.

July 20, 2010 5:13 by

  • Ah Lindsay, how did it all go so wrong? The jailbird (who surrenders herself to the authorities for imprisonment on Tuesday, following convictions for drugs and alcohol offenses) was once one of Hollywood’s great young hopes. After starring roles in films such as The Parent Trap, Mean Girls, and Freaky Friday, she was doing OK for herself financially, it seems. Well enough to hold a dinner party for a few close friends for her 20th birthday. What made this a notch above? She hired celebrity chef Kerry Simon to cook, and spent a healthy $100,000. Maybe should have saved it for bail.

  • Kipp needs to get into private equity. And we would, without a second thought, if we had a clue what it was. One person who knows is Steve Schwarzman, and clearly, it’s paying off for him. The city big shot’s 60th birthday party in 2007 was pre-crisis and no mistake. Held in Manhattan’s Upper East Side (read: One of the most expensive areas on the planet), Schwarzman’s guests (some 500, including Donald Trump) were treated to a private Rod Stewart concert and other entertainments that saw the mogul cut a check for a cool $3 million. (Rod’s cut of that was $1 million, in case you were wondering. Should have bought a CD.)

  • For a special recent birthday, Kipp was treated to a meal and drinks at the Burj Al Arab in Dubai. The price was ludicrous, obviously, but ignoring that it was a pretty great evening. So we can only imagine how much fun it was for Naomi Campbell, the British supermodel, when she held her 36th birthday celebrations there. According to reports, she rented the whole hotel for three days and was joined by other notable celebs. Each day at the event had a different theme, including “all white,” “hip hop,” and “Brazilian Samba.” Kipp doesn’t know what any of that means, but we understand the number of zeros on the hotel bill: $1,800,000.

  • Question: What does it take to get Michael Jackson to play a special gig for your birthday? Well, obviously it would probably take a bit more now, but in 1996, when it didn’t involve raising the dead, one man found out. The Sultan of Brunei, Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah, redefined birthday excess when he paid the King of Pop $16 million for a one off concert in Brunei’s capital. True, it was an event for every one of the city’s 300,000 inhabitants, but along with other costs the star appearance meant the Sultan spent an incredible $27.2 million. Apparently he could afford it though, that figure represented less than 0.1 percent of his net worth that year. A bit like Kipp spending AED 1.

  • Jacko may think he did well out of that little gig, but truth be told he should have fired his agent. Because at one unknown New York millionaire’s birthday bash, US Californian rock group Eagles (yes, it is Eagles, and not The Eagles like everybody thinks) were paid $6 million dollars to perform just one song – their classic hit, Hotel California. Of course they had to split it among band members, unlike Jacko, but for pure extravagance at a party, this seems pretty ridiculous to Kipp.

  • David Bonderman is the co-founder of TPG, and if you don’t know what that is, you clearly need to re-study your portfolio. TPG is one of the largest private equity investment firms on the planet, which means Bonderman (who is fluent in Arabic, by the way) is a very rich man indeed. And being rich, he can afford fabulous birthday bashes, like on his 60th, when he treated his friends to performances from John Mellencamp and the Rolling Stones at the Hard Rock Café in Vegas. Comic Robin Williams entertained guests between songs, and all in all Mr Bonderman was $7 million poorer the next day.

  • Actually, that’s not quite accurate. It was more than one night for the infamous hotel heiress. For her 21st birthday one party simply wouldn’t cut it, so she held a series of parties for herself. And to make sure we really get how loaded she is, she held them in different locations: New York, LA, Las Vegas, Tokyo and London, to be more specific. Reportedly the globe-trotting celebrations set her back around $75,000 per guest.

  • If you’re a Russian billionaire banker with a former Miss Yugoslavia for a wife, what more would you need? Well, apparently, you’d need to keep the Mrs happy. When they tied the knot in the South of France in 2005, Christina Aguilera and Whitney Houston were reportedly on hand to serenade the happy couple. Cost? A mere $4 million, give or take. And on his wife’s birthday more recently, he burnt another $2 million hiring Jennifer Lopez for a private concert. Each to his own, we suppose…


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