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Elin Nordegren, Tiger Woods’ Ex, Reportedly Dating Billionaire Chris Cline.

Does Elin Nordegren have a new man in her life?

According to Page Six, Tiger Woods’ 33-year-old ex-wife has been dating 53-year-old billionaire Chris Cline since the holidays.
Both Nordegren and Cline — a coal magnate worth a reported $1.2 billion dollars — own homes in a North Palm Beach, Fla. oceanfront community called Seminole Landing.

The reports of Nordegren’s new romance come nearly two months after The National Enquirer claimed that Woods was trying to win back his ex by offering her a $200 million pre-nup. Woods refused to comment on the reports.

In February, the ex-couple was photographed together for the first time in years at a local youth sporting event with their two young children.

Nordegren and Woods — who were married for nearly six years — divorced in August 2010 in the wake of the golfer’s heavily publicized cheating scandal.

Cline, a father of four, has been married twice before. His first wife, Sabrina, died of breast cancer in 1987. He divorced his second wife, Kelly, in 2000.

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Ten Things About… Rita Ora.

Rita Ora

Rita Ora had an explosive 2012 – her debut record Ora hit the top spot in the album charts, she scored three number one singles, and she landed a role as a guest judge on The X Factor.

This year looks set to be just as big for the 22-year-old. She’s bagged herself a role in Fast & Furious 6, which will hit cinemas in May, and with a second album in the pipeline, Ora shows no signs of slowing down or going off the radar. Especially if she continues to rub people up the wrong way as she did last month with her thinly veiled digs about Jade Ewen and Eurovision.

With her statement style and oh-so-trendy friends (we’re looking at you, Cara Delevingne), Ora has secured her position as fashionista, girl-about-town and pop superstar all rolled in to one.

We’ve delved into the world of Rita Ora to bring you ten things you may not have known about Jay-Z’s red-lipped protégé.

1. Rita Sahatçiu Ora was born in Kosovo on November 26, 1990 and moved to West London with her family at the age of 1. Her mum’s a psychiatrist and her dad owns a pub where she frequently gigged as she was growing up. She is extremely close to her big sister Elena who travels with her as her PA.

2. As an ex-student of the Sylvia Young Theatre School, Ora joins the long list of notable alumni including Amy Winehouse, Emma Bunton and er… Dean Gaffney. She was even in the same class as Vanessa White from The Saturdays. Ora has previously admitted she sometimes struggled to stick to the rules while she was at school.

3. Although we know her best for her catchy party tunes, Ora has also dabbled in the world of acting. In 2004 she played the part of a young Albanian girl called Rosanna in British Crime flick Spivs. Scenes from the film show a fresh-faced, dark-haired Rita before she discovered bottles of bleach and lashings of bright red lippy.

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Fashion store chain Esprit pins hopes on new CEO.
Fashion retailer Esprit, which recently said it had “lost its soul” as it lost customers to rivals such as H&M and Zara, has hired a former Zara manager to turn its fortunes around.
Jose Manuel Martinez, a 42-year-old Spaniard and former manager of Inditex, the world’s leading fashion retailer which owns the Zara brand, is to take over as Esprit’s new chief executive replacing Ronald van der Vis who quit in June.
The announcement sent Esprit shares, which are listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange, soaring by as much as 28 percent.
But analysts warned investors against pinning their hopes too high.
“The appointment is positive, but it’s still only a first step,” said Deutsche Bank analyst Anne Ling.
And her colleagues at Bank of America-Merrill Lynch predicted that Martinez has a “long and bumpy road” ahead of him.
Esprit is, indeed, not doing well.
Last year, its operating profit shrank to just 70 million euros ($86 million) from close to 400 million euros a year earlier, owing to the cost of a 1.7-billion-euro restructuring programme which will weigh on profits again this year and next year.
At the same time, rivals Zara and H&M are continuing to grow.
On its website, Esprit boasts it is “an international youthful lifestyle brand offering smart, affordable luxury and bringing newness and style to life.”
It operates more than 800 directly managed retail stores in more than 40 countries worldwide.
But outgoing CEO Ronald Van der Vis complained that the group has “gradually lost its soul in recent years.”
In its drive to expand internationally, the “brand’s heritage has been neglected and customers were no longer the centre of attention,” he said.
Esprit is indeed a long way from its beginnings in 1968 when its founders, hippies Douglas and Susie Tompkins — who also set up the North Face brand — sold their clothes from a VW camper van in California.
But the Tompkins left long ago. And Esprit has been listed on the Hong Kong stock exchange since 1993, with its dual headquarters in Ratingen near Duesseldorf in Germany and in Hong Kong.
Sales have been in decline since mid-2008, with its fashion collections failing to capture customers’ imagination.
The departure of its main designer, the Korean-American Melody Harris-Jensbach, in January 2008 has not helped.
Ronald Van der Vis tried to pull the group around by launching a worldwide restructuring last year, including the closure of more than 170 unprofitable stores, notably in North America, Spain, Sweden and Denmark.
At the same time, Esprit is focussing its energies on its main European markets where it plans to open 185 new stores in Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France and the Benelux countries by 2015.It is looking to rejuvenate its image with new concept stores.
Another part of its offensive will be China, its second national market after Germany, where the number of sales outlets will be increased to 1,900 by 2015 from around 1,000 at present.Finally, Martinez is hoping to recapture some of Esprit’s “soul” with the return of designer Melody Harris-Jensbach.

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