heiress just another Bondi blonde - 14th April
The Sydney Morning Herald)
Branson is heiress to what Virgin Blue says is
a $7 billion fortune, but on Bondi Beach she is
just another pretty twentysomething blonde British
tourist "havin' a laff" with her friends
and trying to get a tan.
23-year-old has just completed a six-week stint
studying and working at the Sydney Children's
Hospital in Randwick. She was in town with two
English girlfriends and rented a small flat a
block behind Bondi Beach, anonymously mingling
with the locals.
keeps a pretty low profile," a friend told
PS this week, explaining how different Holly was
to her headline-loving, attention-seeking billionaire
father, Richard Branson.
Branson family has had a long love affair with
Australia. Branson, his wife, Joan, 21-year-old
fashion model son, Sam, and Holly spent most of
January aboard the family superyacht, the Lady
Barbaretta, as it bobbed on Sydney Harbour.
and the family loves Australia," said Branson's
spokeswoman Down Under, Danielle Keighery.
has no plans to live in Australia on a more permanent
basis at this stage and she still has another
year of study ahead of her in London. The staff
at the hospital all knew who she was, but she
was treated just like any other person working
magazine FHM recently listed Holly as one of the
world's 20 most eligible bachelorettes, ranking
her 16th - just ahead of the Bush twins, Barbara
and Jenna, but behind the Brazilian model Gisele
Bundchen, who scored 15th.
British tabloids have linked Holly to Prince William.
She attended his 21st birthday party, but failed
to meet granny Queen Elizabeth's full approval,
as noted in an entry in Richard Branson's diary
that was published in Fortune magazine.
was an enormous elephant made of ice, with straight
vodka pouring from its trunk. As Holly leaned
forward, mouth open, to taste the vodka, she caught
a glimpse of the Queen, surveying the scene with
a disparaging look on her face," Branson
Bransons are still keen to invest in a more permanent
Australian presence, despite the family's latest
attempts to buy a $4.8 million house in Noosa
being thwarted by foreign investment rules.