PARIS — Donald Trump may have lost out on his chance for a hotel in Beverly Hills, but it looks like the Manhattan billionaire developer is now up for a luxury spot in the Lenin Hills or adjacent.
Trump, whose offer to take over the Beverly Hills Hotel was bested earlier this year by oilman Marvin Davis, has now been given the opportunity to set up a hotel in Moscow. In Paris for a few days of vacation on his way back from the Soviet Union, Trump was clear in conversation this weekend that it wouldn't be the money that would move him to set up a Russian resort-style hotel. Trump's vast holdings include Trump Towers in New York and Resorts International, and his wealth was recently estimated as being in excess of $3.5 billion.
Trump told his luncheon companions over an elaborate meal in the courtyard of the Plaza Athenee Hotel--while pointing out that he had no such food while in the Soviet Union--that the only reason to set up a hotel in Moscow would be the prestige involved.
Trump and his blond wife Ivana, the darling of the more polished paparazzi set, were hosted by Franco Cozzo, who directs the Parks hotel, and his wife Anita along with Burton Brown of the Maxim De Mers and The Lido here and his fiance, Laurel Lees.
Ivana Trump has made a name in Paris with constant visits here to visit the couture houses, and was greeted as a well-known presence. Trump kidded over lunch that it was "Madame Trump this and Madame Trump that, and who am I, Monsieur Trump, who is he?"
Seems awfully like John F. Kennedy, who was once the man who "accompanied Jacqueline Kennedy to Paris."
NEWS JUNKIE ALERT--Here's an upcoming news event that's sure to make next year's edition of Trivial Pursuit: "What news headlines, over the past 100 years, do international journalists rank as the most important? What breaking news stories really had the most impact?"
Lee Huebner, the publisher of the International Herald Tribune, said that the answer will come in mid-September, part of the 100-year anniversary celebration of the Paris-based English-language paper. At that time, the Herald Trib will publish a one-time-only color magazine, Our Century, Our World, Huebner said Tuesday, during Bastille Day celebrations here.
He knew the ranking of the top stories by the dozens of journalists asked, and although he would not reveal their specific placement, Huebner would tell which stories were in the top 10.
From the Huebner list: The first transatlantic flight by Charles Lindbergh, the Bolshevik revolution, the 1929 Wall Street crash, Hitler invades Poland and begins World War II, the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the dropping of the first atomic bomb, the declaration of the independence of India, the U.S. places a man on the moon, the assassination of President John F. Kennedy and the development of the birth control pill.