In an astonishing admission Cherie Blair has said that despite being ‘comfortable’ she will never stop worrying about money.
Cherie’s definition of comfortable is slightly removed from the real world. The Blairs’ property portfolio includes a Â£3.65 million terraced house in Connaught Square (with a Â£1.27 million ‘guest house’ behind), a Â£5.75 million mansion in Bucks and the famous ‘dodgy flats’ in Bristol worth a mere Â£500k.
She must be struggling as her husband only pockets a paltry Â£2 million a year from the bank JP Morgan and a trifling Â£500k annually from Zurich Financial Services. This in addition from his dull, self-obsessed speeches in which he has reportedly earned Â£5.3 million since being ousted. In addition his bargain-bin destined memoirs have also so far earned him Â£4.6 million.
Tony must be a real dynamo managing to hold down all these part time jobs as I would have thought trying to bring peace to the Middle East would be pretty much a full time job.
Still it’s nice to see he can take time out from his various crusades to pop over to Azerbaijan at the behest of an obscure Oligarch with business links to Syria, Iran and Afghanistan. He earned Â£100k for that little number, hardly worth getting out of bed for.
Of course these figures pale into insignificance when compared to the ‘really rich list’ which the Blairs long to be on. They are not in the same league as his paymaster Oligarch or the Rothschilds and it’s unlikely they ever will be which is possibly why Cherie worries so much about cash. Perhaps the poor lambs don’t end up seeing much of it after it has been channeled through Blair’s web of companies that is so deviously set up that the Guardian is running a competition to see if anyone can unravel them.
It’s a good job then that the taxpayer pays him a pension of Â£63,468 a year, as well as Â£84,000 to fund a private office.
Nice work if you can get it.
It seems Tony has not been exactly forthcoming on what his businesses actually do. Â According to a city accountant featured in the piece it looks as though he has set up his Windrush Ventures company formation structure to avoid prying eyes.
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