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  • Directors of Hollinger International include US war criminal Henry Kissinger and “Prince of Darkness” Richard Perle, one of Bush’s most vicious advisers.
  • Black had two executive jets to whisk him to homes and hotels in New York, Toronto, Tel Aviv or Palm Beach.
  • Black has mansions in Kensington, Canada and Florida.
  • Black moves in the elite world of London ruling class clubs.
  • He is a member of the Athenaeum, Whites, the Beefsteak and the Garrick.
  • He was made a lord under New Labour on the recommendation of Tory leader William Hague.
  • When he took his seat in the Lords he was watched by his old friends Henry and Nancy Kissinger.
  • He bought the Telegraph for $67 million, catching what fellow media crook Robert Maxwell later called “history’s largest fish with history’s smallest hook”.
  • When she was Conservative prime minister Margaret Thatcher twice accepted Lord Black’s invitations to address the Hollinger board.
  • Black and his wife were guests of the queen when she held a party at Windsor for Prince William’s eighteenth birthday.
  • David Blunkett is one of the top politicians who has been to Black’s parties.
  • Black is the son of a successful brewing executive whose dying words of advice were, “Life is hell, most people are bastards and everything is bullshit.” He then fell down a staircase and died.
  • At the age of 14 Conrad Black made early cash by stealing exam papers to sell at his school.

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Sat 22 Nov 2003, 00:00 GMT
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