Michael Clarke’s video brings together Karl Stefanovic and Anthony Bell of Boys Club
In addition to being best friends, Bell and Clarke are business partners who have struck several multi-million dollar deals together.
In 2009, Bell sold his Bondi Beach bachelor pad for $6 million to Clarke, the scene of the former Australia cricket captain’s infamous split from paparazzi Magnet, the former bikini model Lara Bingle.
More recently, Clarke paid more than $5 million to buy Bell’s original superyacht Ghost from him, which he charters through their Ghost Elite Charters business – $3000 an hour for a minimum four-hour cruise.
Up until six years ago, Bell was in the spotlight. He has been with a number of high profile, beautiful women over the years, including television personalities, who of late Charlotte Dawson and Sam Lukes.
In 2017 his marriage to ex Escape reporter Kelly Landry imploded spectacularly and created a never-ending stream of headlines. Very intimate personal details about their marriage were made public when she unsuccessfully filed an AVO against him.
Since then, he’s avidly avoided the limelight, relocating to a multimillion-dollar compound in Noosa, while Landry and her daughters live nearby.
Bell also appears in the Noosa video with Clarke and Yarbrough, in which she accuses him of cheating with his former girlfriend, the famous activewear designer Pipe Edwards.
Can also be seen in the video today co-host Karl Stefanovic, another one of the “boys”. Stefanovic is married to Yarbrough’s older sister Jasmine and was reportedly the person who introduced Jade to his girlfriend Clarke.
Stefanovic has declined to comment on the ugly commotion and surprisingly has not responded to calls this week. However, he has confided to friends how disappointed he is in Clarke and how a happy family vacation with their young daughters has become an awkward sideshow no parent would be proud of.
While not in Noosa, another fully paid-up member of the club is a former footballer Anthony Minichiellowho has been married to shoe designer and socialite Terry since 2012. They partied up a storm last year aboard Bell’s recently acquired $15 million superyacht Ghost III for one of the “guys” voyages to Europe.
Also on board was a multi-million dollar tax collector Peter Kalligeros, another of the “boys”, and his wife Sacha. In 2017, they bought Bell and Landry’s former home in Watsons Bay. For 18 million dollars.
And there was no mistaking Seven’s television personality Larry Emdur aboard Ghost III with his wife Sylvie – one of the few marriages at the club to have endured the distance.
Emdur and Bell are no strangers to mixing business with pleasure. In 2017, Bell bought the Emdur’s luxurious cliff-top home in Dover Heights. No agents were needed as the deal was brokered directly between the two high-profile friends after Bell made an unsolicited offer — $11.5 million — for the property that was “too good to refuse.”
Just a few months earlier, Bell had bid on an apartment in Bellevue Hill on behalf of Emdur, but was unable to secure the property when the bidding went ahead $1 million higher than expected – it sold for $6.65 million.
Another friend of Bell and Clarke is a rugby star Kurtley Beale, who is currently facing his own publicity storm over sexual assault charges. Beale sailed from Sydney to Hobart with Bell and Clarke in 2015.
An “honorable” member of the club is a veteran bikini model and single mother, Laura Cortan, who has been close friends with Bell for years. She was also on the Europe cruise last year. Bell has been a fixture in her life for years.
The “glue” that holds it all together is undeniable Grant Vandenberg, the patriarch of the boys. Vandenberg is a former tabloid reporter and editor of the National Investigators long-defunct Australian edition. For years, “Vando” – as his friends call him – has been negotiating some of the biggest media stories in the country behind the scenes. He declined to comment on this.
Clarke’s “boys” and their glittering brand of midlife machismo — where face creams and manicures go hand-in-hand with beer and a tag on your feet — has a certain overlap with billionaire Jacob Packer‘s “Pick and Stick Club,” a term first coined by Packer’s close family friend Alan Jones in relation to the people you are close to.
Packer’s former Crown Casino was a major ticket sponsor of Bell’s Supermaxi from Sydney to Hobart, while Stefanovic is also one of Packer’s closest friends. Stefanovic took his family and sister-in-law – and Clarke’s then-girlfriend Jade – to stay with Packer at his luxury Aspen compound over Christmas.
According to Jade’s social media feed, she seemed to embrace the hospitality with Packers and Stefanovic’s other “pal.” Ben Tilleywho transcended several generations of boys clubs as a former poker buddy of Kerry packer. A cozy club for sure.
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