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Vicky Ward
Vicky Ward is editor-at-large for Town & Country.

Entries by Vicky Ward

What I Learned From Stepping Out of My Vacation Comfort Zone

(7) Comments | Posted April 6, 2016 | 1:56 PM

Last year, after Christmas, I did something I had never done before but that is very much in vogue with the one percent, according to travel agents. Industry jargon hails it as "soft adventure," but I prefer to call it "insulated risk." In a nutshell, I vacationed at a five-star...

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Inside the Trial All the Billionaires Are Watching

(26) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 3:19 PM

This post originally appeared at Town & Country.

Domenico de Sole and his wife, Eleanore (Photo: Getty)

"What do you see?

That is the opening line in RED, the 2009 play about Mark Rothko written...

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Did This Billionaire Get Swindled Out of Millions in an Elaborate Art World Scheme?

(13) Comments | Posted November 18, 2015 | 8:29 AM

This post originally appeared at Town & Country.

HIGH DRAMA IN SUNNY MONACO THIS MORNING, where Dmitry Rybolovlev, the Russian oligarch who is the subject of my article for the December/January issue of T&C, was "questioned" by police for an hour and a half, along with his glamorous...

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On Election Day, Let's Remember Tax Evasion by Our Country's Rich

(18) Comments | Posted November 4, 2014 | 10:39 AM

As Americans head to the polls I'd like to draw your attention to a running theme in my new book, The Liar's Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of how One Building Broke the World's Toughest Tycoons, an expose of the unruly dog-eat-dog world of high-stakes real estate, which, incidentally Donald...

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The Liar's Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World's Toughest Tycoons

(7) Comments | Posted October 24, 2014 | 5:43 PM

The following post is an excerpt from The Liar's Ball: The Extraordinary Saga of How One Building Broke the World's Toughest Tycoons (Wiley) by Vicky Ward published this week.

Chapter 9: Donald's "Force Majeure"

"Pardon me if I get a little emotional. It's very upsetting. I've never...

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Jill Kelley: The Real Story Lies in Tampa

(98) Comments | Posted February 5, 2013 | 11:39 AM

A couple of weeks back I laid into Howie Kurtz for printing an interview with Jill Kelley that was shamefully light on extracting answers, in particular the only answer we want from Jill Kelley: namely, how did a woman like her -- a voluptuous Tampan housewife who throws parties --...

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Media Ethics Journalist Howie Kurtz Should Be Ashamed of Himself: New Low in American Journalism

(8) Comments | Posted January 22, 2013 | 12:57 PM

Last Sunday I got an email from one Kevin Kalwary, a Tampa-based private investigator who knows Jill Kelley, the woman at the heart of the Petraeus scandal. Kalwary and a legal team had advised Kelley on a building she'd invested in, in downtown Tampa around 2007 and had helped her...

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Hilary Rosen Should Donate to Multiple Sclerosis Foundations

(21) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 4:12 PM

I thought I was done blogging for the day.

But, like Ann Romney, my sister suffers from Multiple Sclerosis. So, even though Hilary Rosen has correctly apologized for attacking Ann Romney for staying at home, being rich, and not representing economically-challenged women in America, I am still furious...

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The Ultimate Appeal of 'Fifty Shades of Grey'

(44) Comments | Posted April 12, 2012 | 3:26 PM

So, finally, thanks to a vacation, I got around to reading -- well parsing -- the bestselling phenomenon du jour: Fifty Shades of Grey by E. L. James, the romance novel that deals in S&M sex between the ludicrously named would-be dominator Christian Grey and his "oh-I-don't-want-to-be-submissive-or-do-I?" partner Anastasia Steele.

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Marianne Gingrich Gave Newt Gingrich the Best Sound Bite of His Campaign

(273) Comments | Posted January 21, 2012 | 12:05 PM

As I write this Newt Gingrich is surging in the polls in South Carolina.

Yesterday the country watched or read about his ex-wife Marianne's railings both against her ex-husband's treatment of her. After 18 years of marriage he suddenly called her and said he wanted an "open marriage" so...

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Enough With the Stupid Studies

(223) Comments | Posted October 11, 2011 | 11:33 AM

Why does the US spend so much money on stupid studies?

"Does your child have the selfish gene?" ran the banner headline on the front of today's Wall Street Journal. Like every parent, I suspect, I immediately ignored the rest of the front page about the world's economic woes and...

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Heretical but True: The Very Polite Are Not Digital

(24) Comments | Posted October 5, 2011 | 10:55 AM

Today's front page of the New York Times has the story that two cornerstone books on "etiquette" (What is that? some younger readers might be asking) have been updated or adapted for the Digital Age. In part this is because both were published many years ago when the...

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The Frustation of Justice -- Here and in Italy

(139) Comments | Posted October 4, 2011 | 4:07 PM

Like many others I was gripped by the newscasts yesterday in the build-up to Amanda Knox's release from prison after four years -- which blissfully for the TV networks was delayed by almost two hours leaving plenty of time of suspenseful "filler".

The story had all the drama of a...

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What Really Happened With Yahoo and Carol Bartz

(25) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 1:48 PM

At first I was horrified when I read what happened to Yahoo's former CEO Carol Bartz. A phone dump? Like I think, most people, male and female, when I read the bare bones of the story -- that out of the blue she'd been called by the chairman of the...

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Former Lehman COO Arrested for Forging Oxycontin and Ritalin Prescriptions

(13) Comments | Posted June 29, 2011 | 5:45 PM

So today my phone has rung off the hook.


The Fairfield Patch, broke the news on Monday that Lehman Brothers' former COO Bradley (Brad) Jack -- who owns the most expensive home in Fairfield, CT, worth $34.6 million -- had been arrested and was "charged with second-degree...

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The Whirligig of Time Fails to Bring Its Revenges

(38) Comments | Posted April 5, 2011 | 4:43 PM

A year ago, while Washington was grandstanding about the about lazy, unethical, risky banking practices that put the entire country at risk -- I published a book. It was called The Devil's Casino: Friendship, Betrayal and the High Stakes Played Inside Lehman Brothers, and it chronicled, among other things, the...

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Lady Gaga Submits Resume to Philip Treacy, Prepares to Make Coffee

(16) Comments | Posted May 20, 2010 | 12:29 PM

Just to show she is completely serious, pop icon Lady Gaga has just submitted her resume to London milliner Philip Treacy as part of her bid to intern for him this summer.

A spokesperson at Philip Treacy said the resume was serious but also "pretty funny" -- and that though...

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Goldman Sachs Alum Receive Threatening Phone Calls From Their Alma Mater

(35) Comments | Posted April 19, 2010 | 2:02 PM

So they are calling Goldman Sachs "Little Brother"....

By "they" I mean the Goldman alum who have acted as TV pundits, bloggers or commentators on the firm in the past three days. Over the weekend they received repeated phone calls from their alma mater telling them to desist.

"Hey you'll...

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Senior Goldman Exec Is Married to Former Head of ACA

(57) Comments | Posted April 18, 2010 | 5:01 PM

Friday, as news of the allegations of fraud at Goldman Sachs spread, I got a call from someone who works in the insurance business.

"Check out the former head of ACA" he said referring to the now-defunct and formerly down-graded bond insurer who asked the-not-so-omniscient hedge fund manager John...

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How Lehman's Hidden Inner Circle Brought the Bank Down

(24) Comments | Posted March 28, 2010 | 9:19 PM

Senator Spencer Bacchus, the top Republican on the House Financial Services Committee is quite right to write to Lehman bankruptcy examiner Anton J. Valukas and ask to review communications between the Federal Reserve and the Securities and Exchange Commission about Lehman Brothers Holdings Inc, in preparation for an April 20...

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