Athina Onassis Roussel is headed for Greece and great fortune ... Cameron Diaz has a new best friend ... Some royal engagements.

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Maybe the richest girl in the world, Athina Onassis Roussel, the granddaughter of legendary shipping magnate Aristotle Onassis, is turning 20 this month and making plans to move to Greece so that she can connect with her roots. She will study Greek to appease the trustees of the Onassis Foundation, enabling her to take control of the multibillion-dollar fortune she inherited when her mother died in 1988.

She received a sizable sum when she turned 18, but her trustees have been withholding the huge balance, claiming that her grandfather stipulated that she must be fluent in the Greek language before she gets the rest. Athina’s mother, Christina Onassis, died in Argentina when Athina was just three, so her father, Thierry Roussel, brought her up in Switzerland. As of late, she has been living with her 31-year-old equestrian boyfriend, Doda de Miranda Neto, in Brazil.

Athina wants to ride for the Greek Olympic Show jumping team at the Beijing Games in 2008 so she has joined the Avlona Equestrian Club outside of Athens, where she will set up her residence. She will train and keep her horses there, using it as her base for competing in Greek and international competitions, which will become her springboard for an Olympic tryout. Long destined to become the richest woman in the world, she has also decided that she wants to sell her grandfather’s 3,000-acre private Greek island, Skorpios, a veritable Garden of Eden, which he bought in 1962 for $12,000 and where he entertained everyone from Greta Garbo to Winston Churchill, the late John Kennedy, and, yes, Maria Callas. Jackie Kennedy Onassis redecorated all the villas on the island. Madonna was said to be interested in buying it, but the $375 million price tag, which makes Skorpios the most expensive private island in the history of the world, was a little steep even for her.


It’s being bruited about that Cameron Diaz and Justin Timberlake got engaged last weekend in Los Angeles, where she was showing off a diamond ring to her friends. That’s not to say that the bauble she’s wearing on the third finger of her left hand couldn’t be a friendship ring, meaning it could mean just about anything. Justin’s grandmother, Sadie Bomar, has said she doesn’t think Cameron’s ready for marriage: “She isn’t that mature. When I saw them they didn’t seem that much in love. The two of them just didn’t seem connected.” Which is probably why they haven’t told Granny the good news.
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