Counts, countesses and no-accounting: Word comes from across the sea, that New York Housewives’ Luann deLesseps has flown off (desperately?) to Europe to see husband Alex in an attempt to save their crumbling marriage. Alex, the Count de Lesseps has, it is said on the streets of Geneva, taken up with a beautiful Ethiopian beauty who is not only quite a bit younger than he but also quite a bit younger than his wife.
In the meantime, the sixty-something count has slimmed down, tanned up and looks years younger, according to friends, which once again raises the age-old question: Ain’t love grand? In photographs of times past, Alex De Lesseps bears a vague physical resemblance to Bernie Madoff.
From the New York Social Diary
Off-camera, he’s a jolly yet serious personality who has had an interest in a variety of international businesses including microfinancing and real estate (hotel) investment in Cuba. An earlier De Lesseps was given the title of Count by Napoleon. Another built the Suez Canal and also presented the Statue of Liberty to the United States.
The present Count De Lesseps and his Luann have long been a popular couple (as Alex and LuAnn) in the US and on the international social scene. Friends say that since returning to the US several years ago, the countess, who is an American with native American descendents, has focused on developing her acting career.