Following from 2002 article:
“… She and Ken usually spend three or four days a week in London, and run the business for the rest of the week “by mobile” from Gloucestershire. This arrangement clearly works.
Lisa doesn’t know quite how much she and Ken are worth now, but they sold four bars to the Trocadero group in 1998 for £10.5 million. “Bars are sold on a multiple of their profits,” she explains, “and all our current places are doing very well.î
They met in – what else – a bar in 1982. Ken made his first fortune in the rag trade, and owned Corks bar in Kensington. Lisa, who had made her acting debut at nine playing Glenda Jackson’s daughter in A Touch of Class, and had earned enough by the age of 20 to buy her own London flat, was manning the door of Corks one night for a joke. “I was being a smartarse,” she recalls.
“I tried to charge him to come in.” She was 21, he was 37. “She was like a breath of fresh air coming into my life,” says Ken. “I thought, hello, he looks interesting,” says Lisa. They married six weeks later.
Working together, they claim, has helped to sustain the marriage. “We complement each other,” says Lisa. “He’s the impulsive one, I’m more conservative. He’s always looking for a new venture.”
Ken says: “We both like the same things and have similar ideas. We’re not only lovers, but friends as well.” Involving herself in Ken’s business from the start, Lisa devoted herself to it full-time in 1995, giving up acting after a four-year stint in Los Angeles culminated in that Baywatch role.
Had working with David Hasselhoff turned her off acting altogether? “No, no, he’s a lovely man, although he’s far too tall,” says the diminutive Lisa. “They kept saying, ‘put her on a box’, and I’d be saying, ‘no, put him in a trench’.”
She and Ken moved back to England partly because they didn’t want Pandora, now 16, and Max, now 10, to grow up around the “Hollywood b-s” of Los Angeles.
“The earthquake pretty much catapulted us back, too,” she adds. That 1994 tremor, registering 6.6 on the Richter scale, threw them out of bed at 4am. Their Beverly Hills’ mansion stayed standing, but three out of Ken’s four LA pizza restaurants were destroyed. Given that Ken, according to Lisa, “hadn’t done nearly enough while we were in America, apart from play polo and tennis,î the natural disaster seemed a timely spur for a change of scene and – for Lisa – of career.
“When you get to a certain age,” she explains, “the acting business gives you up, rather than you giving it up.” Now that Pandora has expressed thespian aspirations, Lisa, at 42, has had to face her own ambivalence about the business.
On the one hand, it was “very good” to her, but on the other, and especially in Hollywood, there was pressure to conform to a physical ideal. “I’ve been lucky that I’m slim and have a good bust,” she says. “I work out and don’t stay too long in the sun, but I haven’t had any work done. On our 21st anniversary, I told Ken that I was the same size as when we married; it’s just that everything is two inches lower.” MORE from SH January 2012…
Lisa Vanderpump is 53…
Lisa’s DOB has been reported as being in September; however the February 11, 2011 DailyMail mentions that “earlier this month” Lisa celebrated her 51st birthday. Therefore, Lisa’s DOB is February 1960.
From Lisa Vanderpump’s website… LisaVanderpump.com:
Thank you for visiting my site, my name is Lisa but those closest call me Pinky. I have been married for 28 years to my husband Ken Todd, I was snatched from the cradle! We have two children, Pandora 24 and Max 18. Unfortunately for me as I’ve really adored being a mother, my children have grown so I’ve filled my nest with 4 legged furry friends. They are the loves of my life. Jiggy (Gigolo), Lollipop, Pikachu, and Buki make our nest complete.
As you know I am on the show The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, this is my first reality show but not my first venture into television. It was quite an experience I can’t tell you too much, but tune in I’m sure you won’t be disappointed!
I had an unusual childhood attending a drama school full time from the age of nine! I loved acting in many children’s films and television series when I was growing up. We have lived in London, the English Countryside, South of France, and came back to Beverly Hills 6 years ago. I have great passion for life and I have tried to instill that in my children.
Since returning to the US, I’ve been working in many different arenas. I have opened 2 very successful restaurants with my husband Ken; Villa Blanca in Beverly Hills and SUR in West Hollywood. I have designed all our 26 restaurants, bars, and clubs with my husband over the years and have really enjoyed doing so. My motto in life is find something that you love to do and then you won’t have to work a day in your life. I also write for Beverly Hills Lifestyle Magazine and spend a lot of time at Epione, where I have developed a serious skin care line with my partner Dr. Simon Ourian.
Most of my clothes are designed by myself in conjunction with my dear friend Christina Makowsky and Alan Del Rosario.
My husband and I are philanthropic and support various charities.
Lisa Vanderpump’s bio from Bravo.com…
This charming and witty Brit has only been in the U.S. for seven years but has already made her mark in Beverly Hills. Lisa Vanderpump was born and raised in London but lived in Monte Carlo and the South of France before moving to California. Married to her husband Ken Todd, the couple celebrated their thirty year anniversary this summer. Lisa and Ken have two children Pandora (26) and Max (20), plus their four dogs that they also consider their babies. While in Europe, Lisa designed various homes, yachts and all twenty-six bars and restaurants that the couple owned in London and she hasn’t slowed down now that she is in the states. Lisa currently owns two restaurants, Villa Blanca, a celebrity hangout, and Sur in West Hollywood, which she just recently redesigned. Design is her passion, but she also writes a page each month for Beverly Hills Lifestyle magazine and launched her first book in October 2011 entitled, Simply Divine, about simple but gorgeous entertaining. In addition, she also has her own skin care line, “Epione.” Lisa is candid about the fact that she spends every night in bed with a gigolo, also known as her pint-sized pup Giggy.
As SUR’s co-owner, creator, designer and boss, Lisa has the task of wrangling the restaurant’s staff of dynamic but reckless employees. Although Lisa and Ken have owned 26 restaurants and bars in their native London and Los Angeles, SUR stands out for its sexy atmosphere and backstage fireworks. Lisa constantly tries to instill her values of hard work and professionalism to the SUR staff, who view her as a tough but caring mentor. Still, everyone knows that when a server crosses the line, Lisa’s unafraid to crack the whip. . .or hand out the pink slip.
Lisa’s Twitter: @LisaVanderpump
According to CelebrityNetWorth, Ken Todd is worth $85 million…