No sir: Lloyds chief Antonio Horta Osorio is said to be angling for a knighthood
Nothing in the Queen’s birthday honours for pearly toothed Lloyds chief Antonio Horta-Osorio, who yearns for a double tap on the shoulders.
Rascally Antonio, 54, should be advised the honours committee bods are a priggish bunch with memories as long as elephants’.
Gongless Jonathan Fry, 80, former chairman of British oil firm Burmah Castrol, blames his lack of knighthood on a conversation he once had with the Queen, to whom he’d mentioned he held a royal warrant.
When she asked what for, he replied: ‘I supply your lubricants, ma’am.’ HM was not amused.
Sage ex-Bank of England governor Lord King invites Country Life to his Kent home for a tour around his new library, which he’s built to house his proud collection of 10,000 books.
Owlish Merv, 70, says he spends lots of his time in there ‘reading and thinking, writing and talking.’ When not watching Love Island, presumably.
Former WPP boss Sir Martin Sorrell, who departed amid squalid allegations that he used company funds to pay for a prostitute, had one dogged defender at the firm’s lively AGM yesterday.
The elderly shareholder criticised chairman Roberto ‘No’ Quarta, 69, for not opening with a tribute to Sorrell, 73, whom he said had been forced out over ‘immaterial issues’.
No word on who the fellow was. Perhaps it was Sir Martin’s much-quoted ‘friend’ who’s been doing his bidding recently.
Whoever replaces outgoing BT boss Gavin Patterson, 50, will be taking up a poisoned chalice, but there is one minor perk to look forward to.
BT’s St Paul’s office retains an executive lift, so there’s no awkward chit-chat with the serfs in the morning.
Sulky fashion designer and businesswoman Stella McCartney endured a slobbering interview yesterday with oddball BBC arts editor Will Gompertz, discussing, inter alia, her new environmentally friendly store, her commitment to employing women as well as creating Meghan Markle’s wedding gown.
Now 46, is impeccably connected Stella ripe for a damehood? Her father Paul had to wait until he was 54 for his ‘K’, due to his 1980 drug bust in Japan for marijuana possession.