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Article published on May 1, 2006
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Article published on May 1, 2006

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Adored at home, ignored in the rest of Europe, who are these strange individuals anonymous outside their own country?

Johnny Halliday, the terrific grandpa

He has been a star since the beginning of his career in the 1960s. Thirty three of his singles have reached the top of the charts, and with another number one in 2005, he has shown he hasn’t lost his magic touch. He has been declared the French Elvis Presley, and still keeps the stadiums crammed full at every performance. He has sold over 100 million albums in France alone.

He is also known also for his passion for women - he has now married four times. With the singer Sylvie Vartan, for 15 years Johnny was part of "the golden pair” of France. With his current wife he adopted a girl from Vietnam, named Jade, who is his third child. In January 2006 he asked to acquire Belgian citizenship and rumours are circulating that he is just trying to escape the high French taxes. His application is still being considered.

Doda elektroda, it’s all a matter of taste

A 23-year-old Polish singer, Doda is the daughter of an Olympic, European and World weightlifting championship, Pawe Rabczewski and the wife of the goalkeeper of Wisa Kraków club, Radosaw Majdan. Her behaviour, scanty dresses and vulgar statements give rise to a lot of controversy. She often falls victim to tabloids which write at length about her clothes, her plastic surgery, and her scandalous statements. According to recent reports, she sustained a backbone injury because of her 4 kg breast implants.

She is exceptionally confident in herself, her talents and her beauty. In an interview for a Polish magazine Przekroj she disclosed: “…my butt is nice and I like my legs very much; and I adore my gaze, when I look in the mirror.” Lately she announced she is going to set out to conquer the USA. Good luck.

Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, economically famous

He’s connected with the two things which Italians love most: football and cars. Above all he is a businessman, the head of Ferrari, Maserati and Fiat. He has occupied prominent positions in the Fiat empire since the 1980s, while at the same time being the manager of Cinzano (a company producing alcoholic beverages) and of the publishing house Itedi. He has also managed to introduce an Italian yacht, Azzurra, to the American Cup for the first time in the history of the race. In 1991, Gianni Agnelli, the head of Fiat, appointed him to the post of the president of Ferrari.

Two years ago, on 27 May 2004, Mantezelomo became the head of the Italian business lobby Confidustria, and just a few days later, after Umberto Agnelli’s death, he became the head of Fiat, Ferrari’s mother company. He is also the president of FIEG (Federazione Italiana Editori Giornali) and vice-president of the football club Bologna. The Financial Times placed him in their 2004 ranking of the 50 best managers of the world.

Raimonds Pauls, the music Europe doesn’t hear

Everyone in Latvia knows Raimonds Pauls. He studied classical piano at the conservatoire, but quickly succumbed to the charm of jazz. He played in restaurants and clubs, quickly learning jazz standards and modern music hits. At the age of 28, he became the conductor of the National Philharmonic Orchestra. In the 1970s and 80s he ran the state radio band, which produced many of the stars of Latvian music. For five years he held the position of the Latvian Minister of Culture. After Latvia regained independence he concentrated his efforts on working with the most popular children's popgroup Dzeguzte. He has also composed music for films, theatre musicals and ballets. Currently he is an adviser to the Latvian President.

Thomas Gottschalk, a showman

He made a name for himself with his show Wetten, dass..?, which was a success in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. At the beginning of his career he worked for a Bavarian radio station, Bayerischer Rundfunk, where he became famous with his Pop nach acht programme. Since 1987 he has run Wetten das..?, where his guests have included a role call of celebrities such as Jennifer Lopez. He has also tried his hand at acting. He played in “Sister Act 2” only because Whoopi Goldberg, who played the main role in the film, had lost a bet live on his radio show. Nowadays he lives with his family in Malibu, California, but he intends to move back to Germany. He even bought a castle in Marienfels, in Nadrenia, which is famous for its beautiful views.

Copyright: Wikipedia (Halliday, Paul, Gottschalk)