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For the last ten days, when the scandal first broke out in New York involving Bernard Madoff, the man who made $50 billion USD in which could be the biggest financial swindle in history, there has been a lot of talk about the Colombian Andrés Piedrahíta.

He is a partner of Fairfield Greenwich Group, the most damaged entity in the fraud of the Madoff company in which that group had invested 7.5 billion USD. In addition he has been married for 19 years to Corina Noel, one of the daughters of Walter Noel, Fairfeld’s founder, considered to be one of the richest and most elegant men in Connecticut.

The fact that a Colombian finds himself in the list of the most affected people, and that his business group has lost a quantity similar to what SAB Miller paid for Bavaria, has caused curiosity. Who is Andrés Piedrahíta? How did this 49 year old Colombian come to manage funds together with his father in law totaling 14 billion dollars? How did a guy from Bogotá who at college was known as being charming and friendly, come to rub shoulders with the elite of the aristocracy and of multimillionaires in the United States and in Europe? Those are the questions that many have as Piedrahíta’s name is mentioned day in and day out in the New York Times, Financial Times and in the Wall Street Journal that have devoted full pages to the scandal.

Andrés Piedrahíta grew up in an upper class family in Bogotá. Son of Samuel Piedrahíta and of Gladys Arocha, he is the youngest of three children. His father was a successful businessman representing cotton trading companies and his family is highly regarded socially.

Piedrahíta studied fleetingly in the Anglo Colombiano high school and graduated from the English School. Although he was the most popular in school he wasn’t a very good student. None of his classmates thought that he could become the most successful businessman of his generation. In high school, Piedrahíta began to show some of his main characteristics: audacity, a way with people and ambition. “In the yearbook in the year that we graduated, next to his photo he drew two lines, one horizontal and one vertical, and wrote that there are people who follow a staid course and there are others who soar upwards and that he was one of those, and that I would remember him,” says one of his classmates who prefers not to be named and who calls him a charming guy who was full of stories.

With his diploma, he went to Boston University to study communications and later convinced his father to give him some money because they had selected him for the Semester at Sea program, a cruise that docked in several countries and on board were young people who wanted to combine their studies with making international contacts that would serve them in their future. After that, he lived in Palm Beach, Florida and then in New York where he worked in an investment firm until the1980s. Later, in 1991, he founded the company Littlestone Associates, a play on his last name in Spanish.

But his life took a turn on May 20,1989 when he got married in Riverside, Connecticut to Corina Noel, one of the most sought after women in Manhattan. A graduate from Yale, she is the daughter of Monica Noel, a Brazilian from Rio de Janeiro who met her husband Walter when he finished studying law at Harvard. The Noels were synonymous with elegance and sophistication. In 2002, Vanity Fair published an article that included a two page photo of their five daughters titled “The Fabulous Noel Sisters.” Three years later the magazine Town Country dedicated a special to the home that they have on the exclusive Mustique Island in the Caribbean, famous for being a summer retreat for Princess Margaret, the sister of the Queen of England.

The Noels own several mansions, among which are a luxurious apartment in New York and a house in Southampton. In Connecticut they live in Greenwich, a town known as the “richest per capita town in the world,
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” according to a 1920 quote from Zalmon Gilbert Simmons, creator of a huge mattress factory that bears his name. Morgan and John Rockefeller live there and property there costs between 15 and 30 million dollars. A good part of American hedge funds are headquartered in Greenwich, whose commuter train bound for New York is filled daily by multimillionaires who get off in the heart of Manhattan and arrive at their offices in chauffer driven and bulletproof Volvos and Audis. Walter Noel stood out in that world, not only because of his business success but also because he was the father of five spectacularly beautiful women who had graduated from the finest universities in the United States. Also, everyone recognized Corina’s intelligence and sense of humor.

Walter Noel, now 78, grew up in Nashville, Tennessee. With another economics degree from Harvard, he got his feet wet in the world of investment and in 1980 developed a close friendship with Bernard Madoff. “Since then, the businesses of both have grown side by side,” says the New York Times. How did he earn his money? Very simple. According to the newspaper, Fairfield Greenwich charged its clients annually 1 % of what they had invested in the high yielding fund like that of Madoff’s and 20% additionally on the earnings. That, according to the Times, means that the more than 7 billion USD that Noel had deposited in Investment Securities, Bernard Madoff’s firm, would produce 230 million each year. That refers only to that fund. The Fairfield Group came to manage up to 18 billion dollars which at the end of this year had diminished to 14 billion. If the average return from the last few years were around 10%, the total commissions could reach 500 million dollars.

From that total, the majority partner was Noel and a good part was distributed among the four sons in law who worked in the business. Although the husbands of the other daughters have contributed to the growth of Fairfield Group, Piedrahíta, who became a partner of his father in law in 1997, is the one who has most expanded the area of influence of the business. That is why he moved to England, where he began to move about with ease in the world of aristocracy and of great economic power. He had a mansion on Chester Square, the most exclusive street in London, where he hosted the jet set of the city, including royalty like Prince Paul of Greece, the nephew of Queen Sophia of Spain, according to one of his friends.

After consolidating his position as a prestigious financier in England, he moved to Madrid. He bought an elegant home in the Puerta de Hierro neighborhood from the banking family Juan Herrera and Martínez Campos and later a farm on the island of Mallorca. He had great success in that world. His business prestige was accompanied by a reputation as one of the best hosts in Madrid, where among other luxuries he owned a private jet and a yacht. Emilio Botín, president and largest stockholder of Banco Santander, was one of his friends. Botín, like Piedrahíta, was a major victim of the Madoff swindle.

Piedrahíta was not only a victim of that great swindle in the name of his clients but also in his own right. According to his sister in law, all of the Noel family members had a good part of their personal investments in the same funds in which they placed their clients’ money. In addition to this financial reversal of fortune, Noel and his brothers in law have some difficult days ahead of them. Although they have no such responsibility in the criminal acts, the losses by their investors was of such a magnitude, that quite probably there will be lawsuits for non criminal aspects of the business like the lack of due diligence and lack of diversification.
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El parisino Edinson Cavani y la tripleta atacante del Liverpool (Firmino, Mané y Salah) tratarán de aproximarse a Cristiano Ronaldo en la clasificación de goleadores con la disputa de la vuelta de las eliminatoria de octavos de final de la Liga de Campeones.

Cavani y Ronaldo tienen asegurada su presencia en la punta del ataque del París SG y el Real Madrid respectivamente, el martes en el choque en el Parque de los Príncipes en el que el equipo madrileo defenderá el 3 1 de la ida.

En el partido en el Santiago Bernabéu, Ronaldo anotó un doblete y se convirtió en el primer jugador en superar los 100 goles con un mismo club en la máxima competición europea de clubes.

Tras sentenciar la eliminatoria en Oporto, donde el Liverpool ganó por 5 0, su técnico Jrgen Klopp podría dar descanso a alguna de sus estrellas atacantes, lo que podría privar a alguno de ellos de una buena ocasión para acercarse al astro del Real Madrid.


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7 goles: Kane (Tottenham), Roberto Firmino (Liverpool)

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5 goles: Aboubakar (Oporto), Coutinho (Liverpool)

4 goles: Agero (Mánchester City), Aubameyang (Borussia Dortmund), Higuaín (Juventus), Lukaku (Mánchester United), Kylian Mbappé (París SG), Oberlin (Basilea), Sterling (Mánchester City), Talisca (Besiktas), Tosun (Besiktas)

3 goles: Bernard (Shakhtar Donetsk), Dzeko (Roma), Falcao (Mónaco), E. Hazard (Chelsea), Insigne (Nápoles), Kurzawa (París SG), Lewandowski (Bayern Múnich), Messi (Barcelona), Rashford (Mánchester United), Son Heung min (Tottenham), Stones (Mánchester City), Tolisso (Bayern Múnich), Werner (RB Leipzig)
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WASHINGTON. (EFE). El “Reloj del Juicio Final”, un símbolo dirigido por un grupo de científicos sobre los riesgos que afronta el mundo, se paró hoy a dos minutos del desastre total, un margen que no era tan estrecho desde la Guerra Fría.

Los expertos del Boletín de los Científicos Atómicos de Estados Unidos situaron en dos minutos del apocalipsis el reloj (Doomsday Clock) para 2018, una representación del fin de la humanidad que desde el enfrentamiento entre Estados Unidos y la Unión Soviética nunca había estado tan cerca de una catástrofe nuclear.

Ahora, los insultos y la retórica arrogante del mandatario estadounidense, Donald Trump, y el cruce de amenazas entre Corea del Norte y su país son algunos de los principales motivos que han llevado al grupo de expertos a acercar el minutero treinta segundos hacia la medianoche, la hora figurada del juicio final.

“Estamos muy preocupados por la línea que está siguiendo Estados Unidos y por los comentarios faltos de templanza por parte del presidente”, dijo a Efe la presidenta del Bulletin of the Atomic Scientist, Rachel Bronson, sobre la deriva retórica del magnate.

El nuevo movimiento hacia ese mínimo histórico de la aguja supone trazar paralelismos entre la situación actual y la vivida en 1953, en plena Guerra Fría, después de que tanto los soviéticos como los estadounidenses realizaran sus primeras pruebas termonucleares en un plazo de tan solo seis meses. en el pacto nuclear con Irán o las propias relaciones entre Washington y Moscú para el desarme fueron otros de los argumentos esgrimidos por los científicos.

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ambos después de que Trump fuera elegido presidente, en el que el comité reduce en treinta segundos la distancia al fin del mundo. responda”, incidió.

La experta explicó a Efe que el mandatario estadounidense ha estado “muy rápido y perdido” en sus afirmaciones sobre temas nucleares, en concreto respecto a Corea del Norte, una actitud que ya dejó patente en la propia campaa electoral de 2016 y tras ser elegido máximo responsable del país.

Para Bronson, que tiene esperanzas de que la coyuntura mejore, tanto la línea seguida por la Administración estadounidense en materia nuclear como el tono mantenido por el propio Trump “no ayudarán a un futuro más seguro”, por lo que “se necesita menos de esa retórica.”

Bajo el Gobierno de Barack Obama (2009 2017), la organización redujo en dos ocasiones el plazo hacia media noche, pasando de seis a tres minutos en total.

El momento en el que más lejos se ha encontrado la aguja de la medianoche fue en 1991, con la Guerra Fría oficialmente finalizada y el reloj retrocediendo hasta los 17 minutos de margen.

Además de la amenaza de catástrofe nuclear, el otro frente destacado para elevar el nivel de alerta fue la preocupación global por el cambio climático y la falta de acción por parte de las potencias.

Entonces, un grupo de científicos del Proyecto Manhattan empezó a publicar una revista sobre los retos del apocalipsis ante la amenaza nuclear, pero no fue hasta 1947 cuando crearon el ilustrativo símbolo del reloj para transmitir la trascendencia de la situación. (PorJavier Pachón Bocanegra)
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Tras varios meses de negociación, la FIA pudo rubricar al fin este nuevo convenio con seis de los 11 equipos del Mundial (Mercedes, Ferrari, Red Bull, McLaren, Williams, Force India), que se comprometieron a gastar menos en sus unidades de potencia. De hecho, en 2017 deberán invertir un millón de euros menos que en el presente campeonato. Y en 2018 el precio del suministro se reducirá otros tres millones.

La ausencia de Red BullAsimismo, a partir de 2018 se reducirán de cinco a tres los motores disponibles para cada piloto. Hay que recordar que estos acuerdos fueron también rubricados por los cuatro suministradores de motores del Mundial (Mercedes, Ferrari, Renault, Honda). Sin embargo, la ausencia más significativa fue la de la escudería Red Bull, opuesta desde el inicio a los planes de Ferrari y Mercedes.

El acuerdo final se gestó el martes tras la reunión del Grupo Estratégico de la Fórmula 1. Bernie Ecclestone, patrón del Gran Circo, y Jean Todt, presidente de la FIA, fueron algunas de las voces autorizadas del encuentro, donde el dirigente francés se distinguió por su empeo en estas nuevas políticas de austeridad.
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