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VANITY FAIR’S NEXT SUBJECT?: Could Vanity Fair be planning a look into the life of U.K. business tycoon Richard Caring? According to a report in London’s Independent earlier this week, the title has sent a journalist to London to delve into Caring’s history. Caring, who is pals with Topshop’s owner Sir Philip Green, made a splash in the U.K. press last year when he bought the late Mark Birley’s private club empire, which includes the Mayfair clubs Annabel’s, Mark’s Club, George, Harry’s Bar and the Bath & Racquets Club. At the time, sources said Caring, who built his business as a clothing supplier, paid upward of $180 million for the clubs. Caring also owns a string of famed London restaurants including The Ivy, Le Caprice and Scott’s through his company Caprice Holdings, and earlier this year he bought a majority stake in the Soho House group. However, despite his starry connections, the tycoon rarely gives interviews and, according to the Independent’s item, is reluctant to cooperate with the magazine on the story. A spokeswoman for Vanity Fair said the company does not comment on whether a story is being planned.
— Nina Jones