Tuesday, December 20, 2011

An engagement for Jean-Christophe Prince Napoléon?

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Is the head of the Bonaparte family about to become engaged?  Respected Spanish royal expert, Ricardo Mateos is reporting that Prince Jean-Christophe, a financial analyst with Morgan Stanley in New York City, has a serious romance with Countess Olympia of Arco-Zinneberg.   Olimpia is a great-granddaughter of Emperor Karl I of Austria.

Olimpia, born in 1988, is the third of six daughters of Count Riprand of Arco-Zinneberg and Archduchess Maria Beatrix of Austria, daughter of Archduke Robert of Austria and Princess Margherita of Savoy.

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 Archduchess Maria Beatrix and Count Riprand are descendants of Maria Theresia.

Count Riprand is a Senior Advisor at Crestview, a private equity firm based in New York City.  He is also the President and founder of the American Asset Corporation, a "privately held real estate investment and development company," also headquartered in New York City.

The count and his wife emigrated to the United States in 1983.  Six years later, he began purchasing shopping centers from "their kitchen table in Charlotte, North Carolina, where they were raising six daughters," according to an article in the New York Times.  

The family owns a 15th-century castle near Munich, and a vacation home in the Dominican Republic.   Count Riprand told the New York Times that these "properties were paid through their hard work in business [and] not an inherited fortune."

Olympia graduated from Yale University in the spring of 2012.  She was named by Yale's Rumpus as one of the 50 most beautiful people of 2010. 
This fall she was a visiting student at the Paris College of Art in Paris, France.



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