Net Worth, $5 – $7 Billion
Source of Wealth, Major Art Collector, Mining and Gaming Tycoon, Wine, Automobiles
James Robert Frederick Stunt, born 21st January 1982, London, United Kingdom.
Stunt is a collector, philanthropist, entrepreneur and businessman. He is immensely private and has never granted an interview. His lawyers have reportedly sent cease and desist notices to reporters. This may be due to reported threats. Friends of Stunt have confirmed that he receives them regularly but does not hide. His private security detail is among the most impressive entourages in the US. It includes former special and alpha force agents.
In addition to protecting Stunt and his family, security measures are needed to protect his collections. James Stunt has the largest collection of Petrus wine in the US, along with large collections of Romanée-Conti and Le Pin wine. His Petrus collection is also the finest private linear collection in the United Kingdom, ranging from 1900 to 2008. It is housed in a specially made temperature controlled cabinet made by the famous cabinet maker Lord Linley. He also has six 19th century vintage Chateau Lafitte Rothschild wines.
Stunt is a keen collector of old master and modern art paintings, especially artists such as Sir Peter Lely, Sir Godfrey Kneller, Picasso and Degas, Monet, John Constable, Thomas Gainsborough, Sir Joshua Reynolds, Titian, and Sir Thomas Lawrence. His collection of Sir Peter Lely paintings ranks among the most extensive, on par with the Royal Collection. Most recently, he’s moved into the contemporary art market, with four Oscar Murillo pieces, art by Lucian Smith, Michael Manning and others. His most notable contemporary piece is a famous Marc Quinn ‘Self’ sculpture, which is made from solid gold and costs $12.1 million.
In 2013, he made waves when he purchased the world’s most expensive Van Dyck painting for £12.5 Million. The National Portrait Gallery also made a bid for the painting but fell short. As a result, the English government placed a 3 month export ban on the Van Dyck with the intention to buy it back for the country. The news inspired a massive-scale art campaign which raised 10 million pounds. Upon seeing how important the painting was to his country, Stunt withdrew his bid.
James Stunt’s net worth also includes a collection of over 200 luxury and vintage vehicles, including several bullet and bomb proof long wheel base Mansory Rolls Royce Phantoms. His most recent acquisition is a one-off Mansory carbon-fiber Lamborghini Aventador. Other notable additions include several other Lamborghinis, two Mercedes Gullwings, an AC Cobra, and a vintage Ferrari 250 LM.
When he isn’t collecting rarities, he is giving back. He makes regular donations and has loaned his rare paintings to museums. Recently, he made a sizable donation to his former school, Bradfield College, to completely renovate the student pavilion. He also has plans to fund several academic scholarships there.
Stunt is married to Petra Ecclestone, daughter of the Formula 1 Billionaire Bernie Ecclestone. They married at Odescalchi Castle in Rome, Italy in August 2011. The Stunts split their time between London and Los Angeles, where they live in the former home of Aaron Spelling—the largest estate in Los Angeles County. They have a daughter, Lavinia, who was born in England in February 2013. In April 2015, Petra gave birth to twin boys, named James Robert Frederick Stunt Jr. and Andrew Kulbir Stunt. Andrew was named after one of Stunt’s closet friends who tragically died in a car accident.
Update: The Daily Mail ran an article that was aimed at blasting Stunt for his lavish lifestyle, in which they claimed that Stunt’s father-in-law, Bernie Ecclestone, owner of F1 racing, had James looked into prior to his wedding with his daughter. Apparently, Bernie was very upset by this article and has openly stated that the Daily Mail had completely twisted his words to create a false narrative against his son-in-law. Ecclestone, in an attempt to expose the Daily Mail for what he calls ‘lies’, has even gone as far as to call the Daily Express to offer a response to the Daily Mail article. The Daily Express feature states, “Bernie, 84, insists he merely asked around to establish ‘whether he was a nice guy or not’. He adds, ‘People say he’s a billionaire, and I thought, ‘That’s good for a start’. Since then I’ve seen he’s a guy that deals in art and I know he really is a billionaire. And more of all, he makes my daughter happy.'”
Link to the Daily Express feature here.
Source: Maxim, Wikibin, Daily Mail, The Telegraph