He is married to Tamara Ecclestone, heiress daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, lives in a £70million house in Kensington and drives a bespoke £200,000 Range Rover.
But, evidently, that’s not enough for Jay Rutland.
The Essex-raised entrepreneur has, I can disclose, just grabbed a piece of the action in the cannabis business, investing in a firm, Apothem, aiming to cash in on the explosive global demand for cannabidiol oil.
Tamara Ecclestone, heiress daughter of Formula One billionaire Bernie Ecclestone, and Jay Rutlan (pictured together) live in a £70million house in Kensington
More commonly known as CBD, the oil — whose use for medicinal purposes was legalised by Parliament last November — is said to alleviate acute suffering in those afflicted by a range of illnesses. The cannabis is grown in Malta and Spain and processed in Denmark.
Rutland, 38, who was banned from the City for trading without ‘honesty and integrity’ the year before marrying Tamara in 2013, vouches for its potency from personal experience.
‘I’ve got Crohn’s disease,’ he tells me, speaking about his condition for the first time. ‘I was diagnosed when I was 30 and had my large intestine taken out.
The cannabis (pictured) is grown in Malta and Spain and then processed in Denmark
More commonly known as CBD, the cannabidiol oil (pictured) is said to alleviate acute suffering in those afflicted by a range of illnesses
‘Even after the operation, you still suffer from other complications. Crohn’s is an awful illness.
‘It can be a lot worse when you have a flare up,’ adds Rutland, who began self-medicating with CBD nine months ago, administering a twice-daily dosage with a pipette. ‘You just put a few drops under the tongue, keep it there for 60 seconds and then wash it down with water. It really helps with the inflammation.’ Cochrane, a leading charity conducting independent research into healthcare developments, has reported that ‘further studies with larger numbers of participants are required to assess the potential benefits and harms of cannabis in Crohn’s disease’.
But Rutland needs no convincing. ‘This is a great product that’s helping people all over the world now,’ he assures me, ‘from children with epilepsy to people with anxiety.’
Archie gets a playmate! Violet von Westenholz, the woman said to have set up Harry and Meghan on a blind date, has given birth to her first child
Fashion boss Violet von Westenholz, who reportedly set up Harry and Meghan on their ‘blind date’ in 2016, has given birth to her first child — a girl named Lyra.
She will, no doubt, be a future playmate for Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor.
The Ralph Lauren PR director posed with Lyra in matching tie-dye outfits.
Fashion boss Violet von Westenholz, who reportedly set up Harry and Meghan on their ‘blind date’ in 2016, has given birth to her first child — a girl named Lyra. The Ralph Lauren PR director posed with Lyra in matching tie-dye outfits
It won’t be long before Violet and Soho restaurant manager Archie Seymour, 30, tie the knot.
When I asked Seymour recently if they were engaged, he replied: ‘No, but it’s all a question of time.’
Sam Cam’s business loses £1million
Let’s hope David Cameron is bringing home the bacon. His wife Samantha’s fledgling fashion business has racked up losses of nearly £1 million.
The figures are reported in new accounts for Samantha Cameron Studio, through which she runs her fashion label Cefinn. They are for the year ended October 31, 2018, and report ongoing trading losses at £913,172. This is a £351,377 increase on the £561,795 loss the company reported in its 2017 accounts.
Last September, Cefinn accepted a £2.5 million cash injection from investors to help it stay afloat. ‘I worry about not selling anything and going bust,’ SamCam said after Cefinn’s launch. ‘It’s definitely terrifying and totally all-consuming — but it’s fun.’
A Cefinn spokesman tells me: ‘There is no comment at this stage.’
Folk singer Mike Harding is the latest to abandon the Labour Party in despair. ‘Today, I paid my membership fee and joined the Lib Dems,’ he says. After 56 years as ‘a strong and positive Labour supporter… Corbyn has killed my party’. The former BBC Radio 2 presenter took the decision after a pint with similarly disillusioned lifelong Labour pals. ‘What does that tell you? We are all Blairites? All old working-class,’ said the 74-year-old Rochdale Cowboy warbler. It’s not just the folkies bailing out — Corbyn was also told to stand down as Labour leader by grime star Lethal Bizzle.
Heidi shows toyboy she’s hot stuff!
Twice divorced supermodel Heidi Klum is going all out for her third marriage to toyboy musician Tom Kaulitz.
The former Victoria’s Secret Angel, 46, secretly tied the knot with the 29-year-old in February, but is also hosting a second wedding party this week in Capri.
Gearing up for the festivities, the lissom blonde sported swimwear decorated with chilli peppers.
Heidi, who has a daughter from a relationship with businessman Flavio Briatore, and a daughter and two sons from her second marriage to singer Seal, is unfazed by the age difference with her latest husband.
‘I don’t think about it that much,’ she insists. ‘You have to just live a happy life without worrying too much about what people think, because worrying is only going to give you more wrinkles.’
The former Victoria’s Secret Angel, 46, secretly tied the knot with her 29-year-old boyfriend Tom Kaulitz in February