Rob McGibbon meets...

FELIX DENNIS

Filmed By Yuri Krylov

Super rich Felix Dennis is the maverick magazine publisher behind the Dennis Publishing company. Since founding it in1973, he has turned it into one of the most successful privately owned publishing companies, producing dozens of diverse titles, including Maxim, Stuff, Blender and heavyweight news digest The Week. More recently his company has ventured into the digital magazine world, most notably with Monkey.

Such success has brought Dennis a fortune and all its trappings. He has homes in London and a country pile set in 5,000 acres of English countryside near Stratford-upon-Avon, as well as residences in New York and Mustique. In 2007 the Sunday Times Rich List ranked him as Britain’s 95th richest person with a fortune estimated at £750m.

Aside from making money, Dennis, now 60, has become something of a British media legend, known for his brash, uncompromising, yet hugely entertaining persona. He was briefly imprisoned in 1971 following the famous Oz magazine indecency trial, but later acquitted by the High Court. The events of that hedonistic period and the lives of the main protagonists are the focus of the movie Hippie Hippie Shake. Due for release in 2008, the film stars Sienna Miller and Irish actor Chris O'Dowd plays Dennis.

During a wild international party lasting some 12 years from the late1980s, Dennis blew around £50m on booze, hookers and hard drugs. He came close to killing himself, but went cold turkey without the aid of rehab' and finally found solace in writing poetry. He has since published anthologies of his poems, as well as writing the bestselling book How To Get Rich.

Rob McGibbon first met Felix Dennis for an interview at his country home in July 2006. That meeting lasted more than four hours, so it was hoped Dennis would be equally voluble for this on-camera encounter at his London apartment. But just before this interview, Dennis had lunch with a friend he had not seen for 25 years, so the lunch lasted, ahem, rather longer than expected. An hour and a half late, Dennis finally appeared in a bursting black suit and a Tweetie Pie and Sylvester tie. Nicely fuelled, he was as uncompromising and recalcitrant as ever, but also in something of a hurry.

Part 1. How I blew £50m on sex and drugs

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Part 2. Sienna Miller's movie is a silly, silly fake

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Part 3. Quickfire Q&A

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