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Christian, 38, a lanky former commodities trader, is the duo’s discreet number cruncher, while his stockier, tousled-haired brother, Nick, 40, is its flashy, name-dropping, celebrity-loving public face. In October, Nick married the Australian actress Holly Valance in Beverly Hills, after she had announced their engagement by tweeting a photo of Nick down on one knee proposing on a beach in the Maldives.In flaming torches behind the happy couple, will you marry me was written, without the usual question mark. Seems like nobody’s home.”That’s not because the apartments haven’t sold.“The vibe is junior Arab dictator,” says Peter York, co-author of the riotous 1982 style guide documenting the shopping and mating rituals of a certain striving class of Brits, who claimed Knightsbridge’s high-end shopping area, which stretches from Harrods to Sloane Square, as their urban heartland.One Hyde Park was built by two British brothers, Nick and Christian Candy, together with Waterknights, the international property-development company owned by Qatar’s prime minister, Sheikh Hamad bin Jassim al-Thani.But Margaret Thatcher’s financial reforms, notably her “Big Bang” of Wild West financial deregulation, in 1986, caused the stream of bankers to turn into a river, then a deluge.
But the corporation is also much more, its identity embedded in—and slightly apart from—the British nation-state.
The largest of the original 86 apartments (following some mergers, there are now around 80) are pierced by 213-foot-long mirrored corridors of glass, anodized aluminum, and padded silk.
The living spaces feature dark European-oak floors, Wenge furniture, bronze and steel statues, ebony, and plenty more marble.
Inhabitants’ mail is X-rayed before being delivered.
The secrecy extends to the media, many of whose members, including myself and the London *Sunday Times’*s and *Vanity Fair’*s A. Gill, have tried but failed to gain entry to the building.