An Arab affair: Trump daughter falls for Lebanese billionaire heir

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Tiffany Trump and Lebanese billionaire beau Michael Boulos attend the Taoray Wang show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (AFP)
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Tiffany Trump and Lebanese billionaire beau Michael Boulos attend the Taoray Wang show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (AFP)
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Tiffany Trump and Lebanese billionaire beau Michael Boulos attend the Taoray Wang show during New York Fashion Week: The Shows at Gallery II at Spring Studios on September 8, 2018 in New York City. (AFP)
Updated 02 December 2018

An Arab affair: Trump daughter falls for Lebanese billionaire heir

BEIRUT: US President Donald Trump is going to have to think twice before speaking politics at the dinner table now that his daughter Tiffany is dating an Arab.

Michael Boulos, the son of Lebanese business tycoon Massad Boulos, grew up in Nigeria, where his father runs Boulos Enterprises and SCOA Nigeria, a multi-billion-dollar conglomerate that trades in vehicles, equipment, retail and construction.

Boulos senior is married to the daughter of Lebanese businessman Zouhair Faddoul, whom he worked with before founding his own ventures.

Originally from the northern village of Kfaraakka in Lebanon, Michael moved to London to complete his undergraduate degree after graduating from an elite international school in Lagos.

Michael and his family regularly go to their mother country every summer for the holidays, and his father even ran for parliamentary elections in 2018 before withdrawing his nomination. Boulos senior was involved with politics previously, being a part of President Michel Aoun's Free Patriotic Movement before falling out with it and joining the Marada Movement, headed by former minister Suleiman Frangieh.

Although news of their romance only just surfaced, the two have reportedly been seeing each other since the summer – when they met at a party on Greek island Mykonos with actress Lindsay Lohan, who splits her time between the US and Dubai.

The president’s daughter and her billionaire Lebanese beau were spotted at a Taoray Wang show during New York Fashion Week in the fall, before introducing him to her family over Thanksgiving at Mar-a-Lago.

“Tiffany is happy she has so far been able to keep things with Michael under the radar,” an insider told Page Six, which first broke news of the romance. “But she introduced him to her family at Thanksgiving, and he comes across as a very intelligent young man from a great family.”

Tiffany broke up with long-term boyfriend Ross Mechanic after they met at the University of Pennsylvania before getting involved with Michael.


Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

Updated 19 August 2019

Alaska man discovers 50-year-old message in bottle from Russian Navy

  • Then Russian Navy Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko wrote the letter when he was a 36-year-old aboard the Sulak
ANCHORAGE, Alaska: A man discovered a 50-year-old letter in a bottle from the Russian Navy on the shores of western Alaska.
Tyler Ivanoff found the handwritten Russian letter early this month while gathering firewood near Shishmaref about 600 miles (966 kilometers) northwest of Anchorage, television station KTUU reported.
“I was just looking for firewood when I found the bottle,” Tyler Ivanoff said. “When I found the bottle, I had to use a screwdriver to get the message out.”
Ivanoff shared his discovery on Facebook where Russian speakers translated the message to be a greeting from a Cold War Russian sailor dated June 20, 1969. The message included an address and a request for a response from the person who finds it.
Reporters from the state-owned Russian media network, Russia-1, tracked down the original writer, Capt. Anatolii Prokofievich Botsanenko, KTUU reported.
He was skeptical he wrote the note until he saw his signature on the bottom.
“There — exactly!” he exclaimed.
The message was sent while the then 36-year-old was aboard the Sulak, Botsanenko said. Botsanenko shed tears when the Russian television reporter told him the Sulak was sold for scrap in the 1990s.
Botsanenko also showed the reporter some souvenirs from his time on the ship, including the autograph of the wife of a famous Russian spy and Japanese liquor bottles, the latter kept over his wife’s protests.
Ivanoff’s discovery of the bottle was first reported by Nome radio station KNOM.