Denis O’Brien and spokesman.
By Mick Flavin
When Denis O’Brien, the Irish media billionaire, owned a stake in this newspaper [The London Independent], he came in to the architecturally esteemed building we inhabit in London to meet then-editor in chief, Simon Kelner.
Most first-time visitors to Northcliffe House look up at the vast, six-storey, glass- roofed atrium, past the waterfall, tropical plants and, at the time, feng shui garden, and gawp, impressed.
But not Mr O’Brien. He merely took one look and said: “That’s a f***ing waste of space, isn’t it?”