[ 2007-03-16 09:15 ]
|French Prime Minister Dominique de Villepin's
French Prime Minister Dominique de
Villepin wasn't too happy when his 20-year-old daughter Marie packed in her college
studies to become a model. Luckily for Mlle Steiss (the
pseudonym Villepin uses to conceal her political
pedigree), the gamble soon paid off. She is the new face of
Givenchy perfume and her billboard campaign hits the U.S. in April. And she's
not the only prime ministerial offspring to choose a more glamorous route to
success than politics.
Cecelia Ahern, eldest daughter of Irish Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Bertie
Ahern, is one of Europe's most successful chick-lit authors. Her debut novel
P.S. I Love You became an
international best seller when Ahern was only 23 years old. A movie version of
the book, starring Oscar winners Hilary Swank and Kathy Bates, has been filmed
and is due for release in 2008.
"Charismatic, charming and
appealing to all ages" is how Ben Mulroney's employer CTV describes him. The
kind of attributes ideal for a career in politics, one might think. But
Mulroney, son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney, has resisted the
pull of Parliament and has made his mark in showbiz. He has presented all five
series of Canadian Idol since 2003.
Kotaro Koizumi definitely bucked the family trend when he decided not to
follow his father, grandfather and great-grandfather into politics. The son of
Junichiro Koizumi, who resigned as Japan's PM in September 2006, Koizumi Jr. is
a successful TV actor. His endorsement fee for a low-calorie beer advertisement
was rumored to have eclipsed his father's wage.
packed in her college
P.S. I Love You