Thursday's intriguing people
Petra Ecclestone, 22, has reportedly bought a 123-room mansion, raising a question among observers: Why?
June 23rd, 2011
11:41 AM ET

Thursday's intriguing people

Petra Ecclestone

Perhaps The Daily Beast's source put it best: "Why would a 22-year-old want this?" The heiress is rumored to have purchased the California mansion of the late Aaron Spelling, which was listed for $150 million. Ecclestone - known as the “Paris Hilton of Britain” - is the youngest daughter of Formula One racing CEO Bernie Ecclestone, who has a net worth of $4.2 billion. The sale of the Spelling home reportedly went for $85 million in cash, raising questions as to why the young Ecclestone would want a 123-room house that design experts say needs updated interiors, according to The Daily Beast. One theory is that the house is for one of her father’s wealthy friends. A real-estate source told The Daily Beast, “It doesn’t make sense. It will take years of painstaking construction, designing, and decorating to get the house right.”

Glen Campbell

The country music singer says he has Alzheimer's and will end his legendary career after a tour this fall. Campbell had a satchel full of hits in the 1960s and 1970s, including his renditions of Jimmy Webb's "By the Time I Get to Phoenix" and Larry Weiss' "Rhinestone Cowboy." He also hosted the CBS variety show, "The Glen Campbell Goodtime Hour" from 1969-1972. He was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2005. The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reports that news of Campbell's diagnosis is particularly tragic because he had stormed back onto the music scene in 2008 covering songs from Green Day, Tom Petty and U2, among others. The 75-year-old Delight, Arkansas, native should be applauded, the paper said, for going forward with his farewell tour, which was announced months ago. Campbell's latest album, "Ghost on the Canvas," is scheduled for release in August.

Ryan Cleary

The 19-year-old alleged hacker was charged Wednesday in Britain with using a botnet to disrupt a police website, according to Computer World. Cleary was arrested on Monday, and a security expert told the magazine that his arrest may lead authorities to members of LulzSec, a group that has claimed responsibility for attacks on PBS's and the CIA's websites and has been oft-mentioned in relation to the Sony PlayStation hack, though no official charges have ever surfaced. LulzSec has said Cleary is only "mildly associated" with the group and has flatly denied he is one of its leaders. In a tweet shortly after Cleary's arrest, the group said, "Seems the glorious leader of LulzSec got arrested, it's all over now ... wait ... we're all still here! Which poor bastard did they take down?"

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  1. Jazzzzzzzz

    Surely treatments will slow down Glen Campbell's disease so he will be fine for many years to come.

    June 23, 2011 at 12:11 pm | Report abuse |
  2. @Jazzzzzz

    I doubt it, but it's a nice thought.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:03 pm | Report abuse |
  3. fernace

    A better question would be: why are people so concerned about what Petra Ecclestone does with her $$$?? Maybe she does it because She Can! She 22, mega-rich, she's having fun! Hopefully she also has some charities she supports, but it really is none of my or anyone elses biz!! Sad to hear about Glenn Campbell, but as Jazzzzzz posted, with good medical care & drug therapy he can have a comfortable retirement. He's a good ol' boy, he deserves that! Hackers need to be stopped! It's not just "fun & games" when they hack into highly confidential government sites, or gather peoples personal info. Since we can't control or put sanctions on web sites, the only message left is the punishment phase for the hackers who are caught! Many of them are young, arrogant, computer geniuses, who want to show off, that there is not a security system they can't hack! But yoo many are also thieves, who sell the info they gather to the highest bidder! Stronger& longer prison sentences might help curb the problem!

    June 23, 2011 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
  4. RagingSemi

    Im sure there has to be more interesting people, doing more interesting things, somewhere in the world.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. RagingSemi

    Ive got a better one. Yakov Smirnoff is actually still alive, and performing, in Branson, MO. BAM! Way more mind blowing than your lame article. The Oakridge Boys are there too. What?! Along with almost every other performer you thought was dead. I win.

    June 23, 2011 at 1:58 pm | Report abuse |
  6. banasy

    Petra Ecclestone? I have never heard of her....and really, does the world really need another Paris Hilton?

    June 23, 2011 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  7. CSnSC

    About as much as it needs another Ellis

    June 23, 2011 at 4:05 pm | Report abuse |
  8. True Facks

    That broad bought her nose from W.C. Fields.

    June 23, 2011 at 6:55 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Cesar

    Ellis is a POS.

    June 23, 2011 at 10:10 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Jasman

    Yes, your call was wonderful. It is easy to freogt that when our priorities are in order, He redeems the time for us. I also loved the Time Management/Color Coding idea and will implement it.

    March 12, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse |