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Astonishing array of guests at banker’s 65th birthday including former Prime Ministers Theresa May

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An astonishing number of guests at the banker’s 65th birthday, including actor Damian Lewis, former Prime Ministers Theresa May and Gordon Brown, and Princess Diana’s friend Rosa Monckton… so what were they all talking about?

  • An extraordinary collection of important figures on John Studzinski .’s 65th birthday
  • Meeting boasted former Prime Ministers Gordon Brown and Theresa May
  • Hollywood star Damian Lewis may have gotten tips for his role in Billions










As guest lists go, it had to be one of the most eclectic birthday parties in recent times.

An extraordinary gathering of key figures from the worlds of politics, show business and industry descended on London’s fashionable River Cafe to celebrate banker and philanthropist John Studzinski’s 65th birthday luncheon.

In fact, the guests came from such different backgrounds that you might be forgiven for wondering what they had to talk about.

Theresa May and her husband celebrate banker and philanthropist John Studzinski .’s 65th birthday lunch

One of the last star guests to arrive - dressed in a stylish white linen blazer with white flat cap - was Hollywood star Damian Lewis

One of the last star guests to arrive – dressed in a stylish white linen blazer with white flat cap – was Hollywood star Damian Lewis

Novelist Ken Follett, pictured, arrived in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce.  A special collection of great figures from the worlds of politics, show business and industry were spotted at the meeting

Novelist Ken Follett, pictured, arrived in a chauffeured Rolls-Royce. A special collection of great figures from the worlds of politics, show business and industry were spotted at the meeting

The meeting showed off two former Prime Ministers – Gordon Brown and Theresa May – novelist Ken Follett, who arrived in a chauffeur-driven Rolls-Royce, former top civil servant Mark Sedwill and Rosa Monckton, the businesswoman, human rights activist and friend of Princess Diana.

One of the last star guests to arrive — dressed in a stylish white linen blazer with white flat cap — was Hollywood star Damian Lewis, who may have picked up some tips for his role as a super-wealthy hedge fund manager on the TV show Billions.

Ruth Rogers, co-founder of the River Cafe in Fulham, South West London, oversaw the event as guests were greeted by a band playing jazz and swing tunes.

The meeting boasted two former prime ministers - Gordon Brown and Theresa May

The meeting boasted two former prime ministers – Gordon Brown and Theresa May

Rosa Monckton, the businesswoman, human rights activist and friend of Princess Diana

Rosa Monckton, the businesswoman, human rights activist and friend of Princess Diana

US-born Mr. Studzinski is not only the vice chairman of an investment company, he is also a prominent philanthropist who donates about half of his huge income to charities, with the arts, the homeless and human rights being his favorite causes.

As a devout Catholic, he is said to have his own chapel in his £22 million house in Chelsea. He has 39 godchildren and was reportedly friends with Pope John Paul II and Princess Diana.

His lavish birthday should come as no surprise, as he celebrated his 60th with a three-day bash at Venice’s Gritti Palace, where soprano Joyce DiDonato serenaded him with Somewhere Over The Rainbow. He actually turned 65 in March, but the pandemic postponed the celebrations until yesterday.

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