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Rumours abound as Clinton 'befriends' billionaire socialite
Vancouver Sun ^ | June 12, 2003 | Robert Fife

Posted on 06/12/2003 9:40:16 PM PDT by Mister Magoo

Rumours abound as Clinton 'befriends' billionaire socialite

Former U.S. president seen frequently with Magna CEO

Robert Fife CanWest News Service

Thursday, June 12, 2003

CREDIT: Mikael Kjellstrom, Canwest News Service; The Calgary Herald

Former U.S. president Bill Clinton met Belinda Stronach at a charity event at Magna's private Ontario golf course.

CREDIT: Carlo Allegri, Canwest News Service; The National Post

Magna CEO Belinda Stronach is reportedly charmed by Bill Clinton's intelligence and knowledge of world affairs.

OTTAWA - Belinda Stronach, the billionaire chief executive of Magna International, has developed a close personal and business relationship with former U.S. President Bill Clinton, but friends of the auto giant executive insist they are not "romantically linked."

Stronach, who recently announced plans to divorce Olympic speed-skating champion Johann Olav Koss, struck up her friendship with Clinton after he attended a charity event at Magna's private golf course in Aurora, Ont., two years ago.

Since then, Stronach, 36, and Clinton, 57, have been spotted together on at least three other occasions, including a private dinner last July when he was in Toronto to honour rock and roll legend Ronnie Hawkins. Over the past six months, the two have dined together at the Democratic governors' conference in Baltimore as well as a Democratic fund raiser in California.

It has fuelled speculation in Toronto's business and political establishment and in the U.S. media, including the New York Daily News and Chicago Sun Times, that there may be more to the relationship than meets the eye.

However, friends say they are simply good friends, although the wealthy socialite has admitted to being attracted to Clinton.

Stronach split four months ago from Koss, a four-time Olympic gold medalist for Norway who is working toward his MBA at the University of Toronto. It was Stronach's second marriage. She has two children from the first marriage.

Stronach is reportedly intrigued by the former president's charisma and brain-power, particularly his knowledge of world events.

Magna spokesman Jim Warren characterized Stronach's friendship with Clinton as a "business relationship." Clinton's office in New York requested that any questions about the relationship be submitted in writing.

Rumours of a more serious relationship are not surprising given Clinton's checkered love life and reputation as a womanizer. Hilary Clinton acknowledges Clinton's unfaithfulness in her new book, describing how angry she was at discovering he had a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.

Stronach is one of the beneficiaries of the Stronach Trust, which controls Magna, the biggest independent auto-parts maker in Canada and a major international player. The company has annual sales of more than $13 billion US.

Clinton is also friends with Frank Stronach, the father of Belinda who is founder and controlling shareholder of Magna. He is reported to have expressed an interest in contributing to Clinton's presidential library in Little Rock, Arkansas.

© Copyright 2003 Vancouver Sun


TOPICS: Canada; Culture/Society; Front Page News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinton; stronach; x42
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1 posted on 06/12/2003 9:40:17 PM PDT by Mister Magoo
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To: Mister Magoo
Looks like Clintons going after some high class "poontang" this time.....lol
2 posted on 06/12/2003 9:44:35 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Mister Magoo
"Hilary Clinton acknowledges Clinton's unfaithfulness in her new book,
describing how angry she was at discovering he had a sexual relationship
with White House intern Monica Lewinsky."

Are you angry at hearing about this new "relationship" Hillary?

3 posted on 06/12/2003 9:51:28 PM PDT by StormEye
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To: Mister Magoo
I would guess that the awaited divorce will occur soon.

It needs to be done at least 4-5 years before the {B-word} runs for the Whitehouse job. She needs to re-marry.

The only reason it has not been done yet is that Hillary needs Bill's connections.

What a pair of deceitful freaks.

4 posted on 06/12/2003 9:51:31 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: Husker24
Looks like Clintons going after some high class "poontang" this time.....lol

No just the low class stuff with lots of money.

5 posted on 06/12/2003 9:51:37 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Mister Magoo
Hilary Clinton acknowledges Clinton's unfaithfulness in her new book, describing how angry she was at discovering he had a sexual relationship with White House intern Monica Lewinsky.
I thought Clinton did not sex with that woman, Monica Lewinsky.
6 posted on 06/12/2003 9:53:42 PM PDT by nicollo
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To: Mister Magoo
I suppose this means Hillary is going to write another book.
7 posted on 06/12/2003 9:53:49 PM PDT by RLK
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To: wirestripper
It needs to be done at least 4-5 years before the {B-word} runs for the Whitehouse job. She needs to re-marry.

The only reason it has not been done yet is that Hillary needs Bill's connections.

What a pair of deceitful freaks.

If they divorced, what makes you think Bill will still be helping out Hillary's political career? He may decide to help out the career of his new wife or girlfriend.

8 posted on 06/12/2003 9:53:56 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Mister Magoo
Below average in the looks dept(IMO anyway). Perfect for Klinton then.
9 posted on 06/12/2003 9:55:02 PM PDT by Dan from Michigan (When someone tells me 'my way or the highway', I take the highway)
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To: Mister Magoo
The guy must live on an airplane. I wonder what all his jet setting is costing us taxpayers. Isn't there some law limiting the expense? I vaguely recall something to that effect.
10 posted on 06/12/2003 9:55:25 PM PDT by Lawgvr1955 (Never rent a room from a man named Bates.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
I think the idea is to get him to file first. He would likely still support her.

I don't see bill chasing someone who would upstage him again.

11 posted on 06/12/2003 9:56:56 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: wirestripper
I don't see how Hillary has a prayer at the White House with out Bill on the stump for her. How else will she get the womens vote?

No, I think if Bill dumps her she's finished.

12 posted on 06/12/2003 10:00:23 PM PDT by tjg
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To: wirestripper
She needs to re-marry.

Who the HE!! would do that??? She didn't make enough off that book to pay someone to do that!!!!

13 posted on 06/12/2003 10:02:15 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Lawgvr1955
The stupid people who pay to hear him talk for a couple of hours have to pay for his expenses too...that makes them double dumb!!
14 posted on 06/12/2003 10:03:15 PM PDT by Jewels1091
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To: Jewels1091
Who the HE!! would do that???

Weren't Daschle and she supposed to be an item?

15 posted on 06/12/2003 10:05:53 PM PDT by churchillbuff
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To: Jewels1091
Single people do not make good candidates.

I think they will split. Bill needs the freedom and Hillary needs to distance herself from the BS during Bill's term.[like pardongate]

16 posted on 06/12/2003 10:06:08 PM PDT by Cold Heat (Negotiate!! .............(((Blam!.)))........... "Now who else wants to negotiate?")
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To: Mister Magoo
He's probably having a late night phone conversation right now. Didn't Bill have hundreds of calls to Monica? Did Hill think that was normal?
17 posted on 06/12/2003 10:06:16 PM PDT by motherof 3
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To: wirestripper
I disagree, I think she will get the divorce just before she runs for something. She would then get even more media attention, and look like a "strong woman"
18 posted on 06/12/2003 10:06:30 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Jewels1091
Who the HE!! would do that??? She didn't make enough off that book to pay someone to do that!!!!

Some Wussy like Phil Donahue.
19 posted on 06/12/2003 10:08:31 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Paleo Conservative; wirestripper
<< If they divorced, what makes you think Bill will still be helping out Hillary's political career? >>

They cannot divorce without losing the protection each gets from the other insofar as spouses are not able to be forced to give evidence in each other's criminal trials.
20 posted on 06/12/2003 10:10:43 PM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: wirestripper
The only reason it has not been done yet is that Hillary needs Bill's connections.

Two words: spousal immunity.

21 posted on 06/12/2003 10:11:42 PM PDT by malakhi
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To: wirestripper
Can you imagine what Bill would do when finally freed of that beast. My God, endless material for the comedians. He will probably be like a caged Saint Bernard, freed to hump as many legs as possible.
22 posted on 06/12/2003 10:11:58 PM PDT by Husker24
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To: Brian Allen
Heheh... you beat me by seconds. Great minds, and all that. ;o)
23 posted on 06/12/2003 10:12:28 PM PDT by malakhi
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24 posted on 06/12/2003 10:13:08 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Mister Magoo
Hmmmm. How's her pucker?
25 posted on 06/12/2003 10:14:18 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Brian Allen
They cannot divorce without losing the protection each gets from the other insofar as spouses are not able to be forced to give evidence in each other's criminal trials.

You mean they would both need to have the other Arkancided?

26 posted on 06/12/2003 10:14:37 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Mister Magoo

No! Mr. Clinton No! Take his wife... but put down his speedskating suit. For the love of God! Do not put on the suit!

27 posted on 06/12/2003 10:14:51 PM PDT by dagnabbit
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To: Howlin
Quick, somebody e-mail this thread to Hillary.
28 posted on 06/12/2003 10:18:08 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: doug from upland
ping!
29 posted on 06/12/2003 10:18:15 PM PDT by nutmeg
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To: Humidston
Hmmmm. How's her pucker?

Pine.

30 posted on 06/12/2003 10:19:22 PM PDT by mikeb704
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To: Husker24
Sure sounds like it doesn't matter if he is free of her or not. Never mattered, never will.
31 posted on 06/12/2003 10:24:25 PM PDT by L`enn
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To: Mister Magoo
Bill Clinton: Say baby, if you give me your fortune, I won't rape you.
32 posted on 06/12/2003 10:25:53 PM PDT by microgood (They will all die......most of them.)
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To: mikeb704
You bad...! ;-)
33 posted on 06/12/2003 10:29:05 PM PDT by Humidston (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law)
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To: Mister Magoo
Klinton is always money grubbing-big stakes coming up.

He was just here in Indianapolis as a guest of Mr. Simon for the Indy 500. Simon is a billionaire who owes a host of shopping malls, mega malls, througout our country.

Hard for me to imagine anyone possessing a soul even wanting to be in the same state as that rapist. Oh puke.

Just proves that many of the so called super rich are truly suffering from poverty. A deep poverty of the soul.

34 posted on 06/12/2003 10:30:19 PM PDT by Republic
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To: McGavin999
Quick, somebody e-mail this thread to Hillary.

I'd rather see a thread about her girl friend. I really doubt she's jealous; she just doesn't want any affairs to be widely publicly known so she would have to act the part of the forgiving wife publicly.

35 posted on 06/12/2003 10:31:07 PM PDT by Paleo Conservative (Do not remove this tag under penalty of law.)
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To: Paleo Conservative
Well, I just didn't want her to be the "last" to know. We all know how sensitive she is ;o)
36 posted on 06/12/2003 10:32:57 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: Husker24
Oh, no...(hanging head in my hands...)...
37 posted on 06/12/2003 10:33:59 PM PDT by Im Your Huckleberry
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To: Paleo Conservative
<< You mean they would both need to have the other Arkancided? >>

Careful.

You might not put that idea into their heads.
38 posted on 06/12/2003 10:34:12 PM PDT by Brian Allen ( Rebellion to tyrants is obedience to God - Thomas Jefferson)
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To: Mister Magoo
xxxlinton's married, though
39 posted on 06/12/2003 10:34:47 PM PDT by InvisibleChurch
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To: Mister Magoo
Just a couple of days ago - there was a story here on FR about some babe x42 was giving moon eyes to - while he scoped out her very low cut jacket. Don't remember that Bimbo's name, but it looks like the gal from Canada has competition.
40 posted on 06/12/2003 10:41:40 PM PDT by CyberAnt ( America - You Are The Greatest!!)
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To: wirestripper
Hillary has told the world that if she finds out about another affair, she will be gasping and gulping and crying. Can our nation afford a POTUS who is indisposed and emotionally distraught, should another 9/11 occur ? No. Which is why she needs to dump Bill. But,she needs Bill for the fundraising and the get out the vote drive. I think the black voters would be might angry that Miss Hillary divorced the first black president.I think she's boxed in. Her best hope is if she were to campaign as a widow- the threats of weekly emotional breakdowns occuring after each bimbo eruption would be gone and she would have the sympathy vote.
41 posted on 06/12/2003 10:43:45 PM PDT by Wild Irish Rogue
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To: StormEye
She's having trouble breathing.
42 posted on 06/12/2003 10:51:35 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: churchillbuff
Weren't Daschle and she supposed to be an item?

Daschle's more her height. I hear she throws a sinker when tossing lamps so Daschle better be quick on his feet.

43 posted on 06/12/2003 10:57:54 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
I guess Hillary's going to be gasping and gulping for a very long time.

Somehow, that sounds like a Clinton.

44 posted on 06/12/2003 11:01:45 PM PDT by Reactionary
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To: Mister Magoo

Quote of the Day by Carry_Okie

45 posted on 06/12/2003 11:02:31 PM PDT by RJayneJ (To nominate a Quote of the Day rjaynej@freerepublic.com or put my screen name in the To: line.)
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To: Mister Magoo
Is this woman a Canadian citizen? If so, why is she attending Democrat fundraisers with anyone, much less Bill Clinton.
46 posted on 06/12/2003 11:03:16 PM PDT by NCnodeLOGICBOMB (Noise is a by-product of inefficiency)
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To: Husker24
Can you imagine what Bill would do when finally freed of that beast. My God, endless material for the comedians. He will probably be like a caged Saint Bernard, freed to hump as many legs as possible.

More like a Ted Bundy just after his escape from jail in Utah. A rape spree.

47 posted on 06/12/2003 11:07:02 PM PDT by TheErnFormerlyKnownAsBig (Soccer Mom's flee the Rats for Bush in his flight suit: I call this the Moisture Factor. MF high!)
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To: Mister Magoo
A Billionaire? When Hillary heard this, she greeted Bill at the door in her high school cheerleader outfit with pom poms shouting "Go Bill Go Belinda Go get them Billions for my campaign!".
48 posted on 06/12/2003 11:10:41 PM PDT by Russell Scott (Jesus will soon appear in persons.)
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To: Mister Magoo
Since then, Stronach, 36, and Clinton, 57, have been spotted together on at least three other occasions, including a private dinner last July when he was in Toronto to honour rock and roll legend Ronnie Hawkins. Over the past six months, the two have dined together at the Democratic governors' conference in Baltimore as well as a Democratic fund raiser in California.

Also at the Preakness:
http://www.thehill.com/shadow/052003.aspx

HORSING AROUND
Heads turned in the Jockey Club at Pimlico racetrack in Baltimore Saturday when Bill Clinton arrived with new track owners Frank Stronach and his sharp and sexy daughter, Belinda, to watch New York-bred Funny Cide win the second leg of the Triple Crown in the Preakness Stakes.

Clinton seen with new blonde (10-18-02)
Mark Coleman In New York

BILL Clinton’s chequered love life became the source of fresh speculation yesterday after he was spotted with yet another blonde.

The former US president is reported to have shared an intimate dinner with Belinda Stronach, a married business woman.

According to reports, Mr Clinton, 56, wined and dined Ms Stronach, 35, the head of an international car parts company, in Toronto.

The pair have apparently struck up a cosy friendship and were caught embracing at the end of the evening.

"Clinton gave her a peck on the cheek before she got into her car," the New York Post reported. Another tabloid, the Daily News, pronounced that the two "had dinner and were seen embracing before they parted".

The papers said that the couple appeared to be fairly close, exchanging fond glances as they walked around the city.

Mr Clinton, who was in Toronto for a party honouring the musician Ronnie Hawkins, who has been diagnosed with cancer, twitched awkwardly with his mobile phone after realising that he and Ms Stronach, who was wearing a black dress and diamond necklace, were being followed by photographers.

The revelations are bound to renew consternation between Mr Clinton and his wife Hillary, to whom he has been married for 26 years.

Four months ago Mr Clinton was linked with another blonde socialite, Lisa Belzberg, 38, who is also a Canadian.

In February, Ms Stonach became the chief executive of Canada-based Magna International, a car parts company founded by her father.

In 1999 she married a former Olympic speed-skating champion, Johann Olav Koss, who is her second husband.

"She holds the bizarre distinction of taking over the top job from her ex-husband, who now heads one of the $10.5 billion company’s largest subsidiaries," reported Fortune magazine this year.

49 posted on 06/12/2003 11:15:56 PM PDT by idkfa
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To: Wild Irish Rogue
You say that her best chance is if she campaigned as a widow. That would be quite moving for all the soccer moms and Oprah viewers who would rush to the polls.

It will have to look like an accident, or better yet an "al Qaeda terrorist" who somehow escapes. That is the ticket.
50 posted on 06/12/2003 11:22:13 PM PDT by garjog
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