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Geoffrey Edelsten 10 Personal Facts, Biography, Wiki
Born: May 2, 1943, Melbourne, Australia
Died: June 11, 2021, Melbourne, Australia
Spouse: Gabi Grecko (m. 2015–2021), Brynne Edelsten (m. 2009–2014), Leanne Nesbitt (m. 1984–1988)
Parents: Esther Edelsten, Hymie Edelsten
Born2 May 1943 Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died11 June 2021 (aged 78) Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
EducationMount Scopus Memorial College
Princes Hill Secondary College
Alma materUniversity of Melbourne
Occupation Medical entrepreneur, Businessman
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Edelsten met and married his first wife, Leanne Nesbitt, in the early 1980s. She was 19 years old and working as a model.
During this period, his flamboyant lifestyle attracted media attention – he owned mansions, a football team, a fleet of Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis with license plates such as Macho, Spunky and Sexy, and was associated, in the media, with a pink helicopter (although Edelsten and his wife insisted, in later interviews, that their helicopter was in fact blue and white).
The couple was divorced after three years of marriage.
In January 2009, Edelsten announced his intention to marry Brynne Gordon, a 25-year-old fitness instructor from California.
They were married on 29 November 2009, in Melbourne’s Crown Casino.
The wedding was alleged to have cost approximately $3 million and featured a helicopter, a Bentley, 550 guests, circus performers and performances by Tom Burlinson and other headline acts.
Guests received a pre-wedding DVD about Edelsten and Gordon featuring narration by actor Jason Alexander, who gave an address at the wedding.
Actress Fran Drescher also attended – although neither Alexander nor Drescher knew the couple.
Brynne Edelsten subsequently appeared in Series 11 of Dancing with the Stars, from which she was eliminated in Week 5.
Edelsten requested that guests attending his 2009 wedding not give wedding presents, but donate to the Great Expectations Foundation, a non-profit organisation he founded in 2008, which claimed to provide funds to charities including beyondblue, the Royal Children’s Hospital and Magen David Adom.
More than three years on, many of the charities once linked to Great Expectations had received no funds and, in at least one case, took moves to sever ties with Edelsten’s foundation.
A Fairfax Media investigation found that at least three charitable and not-for-profit groups had either never received money from Edelsten’s foundation, or were unaware their names were being used to fund-raise from the public and wedding guests.
They include the Royal Children’s Hospital, the Lighthouse Foundation and the American Women’s Auxiliary.
In June 2012, thieves stole luxury cars belonging to Edelsten, worth more than $1.4 million.
Among them was a Lamborghini Aventador worth approximately $800,000 – one of only a handful of Aventadors in Australia.
In January 2014, it was announced that Edelsten’s marriage to Brynne was over.
Brynne said she was unable to forgive “her publicity-obsessed husband for a reported dalliance with another woman more than 18 months ago”.
In July 2014, it was announced that Edelsten intended to marry Gabi Grecko, who is 46 years younger.
Edelsten and Grecko married on 11 June 2015.
Edelsten was found dead at his Melbourne apartment on 11 June 2021, aged 78.
He was buried in a small service at Springvale Cemetery on 16 June 2021.
He met and married his first wife Leanne Nesbitt when she was a 19-year-old model, and he was associated in the public mind with pink cars and a pink helicopter (although Leanne insisted in later interviews it was blue and white) as well as buying a football team.
In January 2009, Edelsten announced his intention to marry Brynne Gordon, at the time a 25-year-old fitness instructor from California.
The Edelsten-Gordon wedding was held on Sunday, 29 November 2009 in Melbourne, Australia at the Crown Casino.
Alleged to have cost approximately $3 million, it featured a helicopter, Bentley, 550 guests, circus performers, Tom Burlinson and other headline acts.
Invitees were sent a pre-wedding DVD about Edelsten and Gordon.
The DVD featured narration by actor Jason Alexander, who also gave an address at the wedding.
Fran Drescher from The Nanny also attended.
Neither Alexander nor Drescher had met the couple before, but were nonetheless paid by Edelsten to appear.
Brynne Edelsten subsequently appeared in Series 11 of Dancing with the Stars. She was eliminated on 12 June 2011.