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Meet the members of Cameron’s secret dinner & lobbying club
Did you know if you’ve got the money then you’ve got Cameron’s ear?
Michael Hintze gave £1.5m
An Aussie hedge fund baron nicknamed the “godfather of Tory donors”, he was knighted in the Queen’s Birthday Honours last year.
The Mirror told how his firms made nigh on £85million in a year while using legal means to pay less than £30,000 in corporation tax.
Top Tories flocked to a £3 million champagne bash he threw at Blenheim palace to celebrate his 60th birthday.
Paul Ruddock gave £500,000+
The City fatcat was handed a knighthood two years ago in the so-called “tainted” New Year list.
His firm of Lansdowne Partners made £100million in the financial crash by betting that the price of Northern Rock shares would fall.
After he retired the hedge fund also scored in the cut-price Royal Mail sell-off, bagging a reputed £50million in shares before the price soared.
The wife of Syrian-born businessman Wafic Said, who made a fortune working for the Saudi royal family.
The billionaire was once a prominent Tory donor himself.
The couple’s daughter Rasha had a lavish wedding at France’s Palace of Versailles 18 months ago attended by top Tories, including International Development Minister Alan Duncan, as well as the Duchess of York.
The venture capitalist’s business empire, which includes a stake in loan company Wonga, has two London homes valued at about £10 million and a castle in Oxfordshire.
David Cameron sparked controversy when he asked the multi-millionaire to write a report on cutting red tape.
Mr Beecroft’s plan to let bosses fire workers at will was only stopped by opposition from the Lib Dems.
He insists accusations against him are politically motivated. And he paid £90,000 for a bust of Mr Cameron at a £1,000-a-head Tory fund-raising bash last summer.
He splashed the cash just months after his Offshore Group Newcastle business received £4.5million from taxpayers in Business Department’s Regional Growth Fund grant.
It was reported he had been previously rejected thanks to concerns over his tax affairs. He was caught up in a row when he was among wealthy backers at a “thank you” dinner in No10.
Mr Cameron was accused of rewarding him with high-profile factory visits.
Ex-boxer who was a doorman for the Kray twins before turning his scrap metal firm into £266million Rainham Steel.
David Cameron was slammed by domestic violence campaigners for taking a £42,000 donation after the Mirror revealed that Mr Ives had been cautioned by the police for stalking his ex-wife.
The Tories say he is no longer a member of the Leader’s Group.
The firm was accused of undermining EU sanctions against Iran when a subsidiary bought oil from the Middle Eastern state.
Mr Taylor had dinner at Number 10 weeks after it emerged that a secret “Libyan oil cell” brokered a deal for the firm to supply oil to rebel forces in the North African country.
Ex-Leader’s Group member and his wife Caroline gave more than £200,000 before the election. He got a peerage and became an education minister when Cameron won power.
Donations included £21,000 direct to ex- Health Secretary Andrew Lansley to bankroll his office in Opposition.
When most of the donations were made, Nash was head of Care UK, which makes most of its money from the NHS.
Personal donations by wife of former arms dealer Fouad Makhzoumi.
Her billionaire Lebanese husband was at the centre of the scandal which brought down Tory Cabinet minister Jonathan Aitken, who was recruited to the board of one of his firms in the 1980s.
But Aitken failed to declare the directorship and, as arms sales minister, promoted a military equipment deal for his friend in the 1990s.