Chauffeur to heiress Tamara Ecclestone’s husband received £5,000 in furlough money before being let go nice gifts for men
- Driver who chauffeuredTamara Ecclestone and her husband was furloughed nice gifts for men
- Tony Richardson was employed to drive Mr Rutland by the Maddox Gallery
- He was made redundant in June when the couple flew to Croatia for the summer
Chauffeur to heiress Tamara Ecclestone’s husband received £5,000 in furlough money nice gifts for men
A driver who chauffeured heiress Tamara Ecclestone and her husband Jay
Rutland was furloughed at the taxpayers’ expense – and then dismissed from his job.
Tony Richardson was employed to drive Mr Rutland by the Maddox Gallery as a perk of his role as founder
The driver was furloughed during lockdown, which began in March, with
the Government’s job retention scheme used to pay up to 80 per cent of his wages.
He was made redundant in June when the couple flew to Croatia for the summer. nice gifts for men
The cost to the taxpayer of Mr Richardson’s furlough is an estimated £5,000. nice gifts for men
Ms Ecclestone is reportedly worth £250 million, while her father, Formula 1 boss Bernie, is said to be worth
The Maddox Gallery, which has its headquarters in Notting Hill, West London,
displays work by top artists such as Banksy, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst and Grayson Perry.
Last night, a source told The Mail on Sunday: ‘Jay was given the driver as a perk and
because everyone was in lockdown, there was nothing for him to do. It made no sense to
keep him, so he was placed on furlough by the Maddox Gallery, who used the Government scheme to pay him.
‘It is a company which felt it needed to use the job retention scheme to ensure staff were
paid. While nothing against the rules happened, the Maddox is plush and flashy, with some
very famous people involved, so morally it was perhaps something they should have thought twice about.’
While Mr Rutland is not a listed director of the Maddox Gallery, he is its public face. nice gifts for men
When it opened in 2015, he threw a lavish party with guests including retail billionaire Tina nice gifts for men
Green and models Lottie Moss and Daisy Lowe. Two years ago, he was given the title group creative director.
The Ecclestone family has similarly close links. John Russo, chief executive of Ms
Ecclestone’s family business, is a listed director of the Maddox Gallery and her sister Petra
was made creative director of the Los Angeles branch when it opened two years ago.
The LA gallery is the sixth in the chain which also includes three in Mayfair, Central London, and one in
Ms Ecclestone is reportedly worth £250 million, while her father,
Formula 1 boss Bernie, pictured, is said to be worth ten times that amount nice gifts for men