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When the life-loving media tycoon Malcolm Forbes was still with us, he led a party of corporate giants and assorted swells to his far-flung Chateau Balleroy in Normandy every year, there to go a-ballooning o'er field and stream. Since...

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When the life-loving media tycoon Malcolm Forbes was still with us, he led a party of corporate giants and assorted swells to his far-flung Chateau Balleroy in Normandy every year, there to go a-ballooning o'er field and stream. Since his death, his four sons, Steve, Bobby, Kip and Tim, have decided that because they're all so busy with their various projects, once every other year's enough for all that hot-air flying so high in the sky. So this year, for the weekend after Memorial Day, the Forbes brothers have offered Balleroy and all its services to Madam Ambassador Pamela Harriman, our lady in Paris, to do with what she chooses. Pas mal. One can have a very happy weekend in the restored rooms of the splendid chateau. Oh, and at the very same time President Clinton will be paying a visit to Normandy, arriving on an aircraft carrier. One of ours, I presume.

The civility, even benignity, of the divorce of Paula and billionaire Mexican media giant Emilio Azcarraga -- he is the richest man in Mexico -- has amazed all their friends and practically everybody who has ever heard of them. Emilio has been wildly generous and understanding, and that does make it easier all around. Paula will keep one of their New York residences, one of their houses in Los Angeles, who knows what in Mexico, fine paintings and mucho dinero. And, in keeping with her desire to be her own person, she will take back her maiden name of Cusi, even though it doesn't quite have the ring that Azcarraga has. In Mexico, what does?

Speaking of billionaires, that stunning couple, Mercedes and Sid Bass of Fort Worth, New York, Aspen and the world, swept into New York to celebrate their birthdays -- hers follows his by one day -- and to proclaim their love to all their friends here and abroad. What a festival! What laughs! What thrills! What hugs and kisses! The carryings-on started a week before in Fort Worth with party after party, and continued in New York where the Basses flew in with the Texas contingent in tow. YA-HOO!
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