Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Niall Ferguson's Intimate Knowledge of One Verse of the Koran (But Not the One About Fidelity)

I hate being scooped, but when the dish is this juicy, I have to report it. The Daily Mail offers this lengthy expose of Harvard primadonna Niall Ferguson, who pulls in an estimated $7.5 million a year (not too shabby for a practitioner of America's fifth ranked profession). Ferguson, now a certified member of the international glitterati, has left his wife for Somali activist and filmmaker Aayan Hirsi. (They met at a Time Magazine party for the "100 most influential people in the world." How long before Aayan revealed her special Koran verse to him?

How long this one will last is unsure: this is not Ferguson's first extramarital dalliance. And how much it will cost is another big question. Niall might have to give up one of his three estates and a nice chunk of change to his soon-to-be ex and their three children. The poor boy. As he says, "I intensely dislike spending money, which means that I love big conferences where somebody else pays for everything... I am definitely a saver. Staying in cash seems like quite a good idea at the moment."

Love don't come cheap, Niall. This time you will have to pay.

R

24 comments:

  1. He has cheated on his wife with 8 different women? History's own Tiger Woods!

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  2. I had no idea we were such a lively bunch. I always heard that the "word" on historians from hotel housekeeping was "big drinkers, no women."

    I've got to get both more famous and much friskier to uphold the reputation of the discipline.

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  3. He did show a lot of chest in his last series.

    Big surprise in the article: "one of the world's foremost intellects."

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  4. I am listening to his book-on-CD right now and his subject sure is sexy.

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  5. Did our mysterious C. Vann Winchell sign this? What is the 'R' at the bottom of this expose?

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  6. My favorite quote in that Daily Mail article comes from the person who says he has "the kind of face you just want to punch."

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  7. Dude. The man's private life should be left private. This is really very poor taste, and smacks of sour grapes to me.

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  8. Dude. What good is gossip if it isn't in poor taste, at least every once in a while? You're right that there are sour grapes at the Daily Mail: Ferguson's wife had a long career there. Sour grapes can be very juicy.

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  9. The dear, departed Ambrose H. Bierce seldom went for so long without updating...More gossip please!

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  10. There are updates to your old gossip to be made. Let's see them!

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  11. This blog sucks. Few updates, and juicy details are frequently omitted. I wish AHB III would come back.

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  12. rather than complain, Anonymous 12:00 and others,...you might offer something of your own.

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  13. This blog is such a dud...

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  14. $7.5M, eh? and I get well under 1% of that salary to take care of the students he & his colleagues don't have time for.

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  15. Please take this blog down.

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  16. Nothing recedes like this blog.

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  17. UPDATE THIS SHIT. MORE GOSSIP! MORE ANGER! MORE PETTINESS!

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  19. no, ayaan, no! i've always had a soft spot for ayaan despite the whole right wing think tanks thing, admittedly somewhat affected by the fact she is rather pretty, but now i am deeply disappointed in her. surely you could have found a gentleman who wasn't a fatuous old racist bore?

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