Geoffrey Edelsten
Australian businessman
Geoffrey Edelsten
Geoffrey Walter Edelsten is an Australian medical entrepreneur. He was the first private owner of a major Australian football team when he bought the Sydney Swans Football Club in 1985. Edelsten was formerly a general practitioner, but was deregistered in New South Wales in 1988 and also in Victoria. In 1990, Edelsten spent a year in jail for soliciting an underworld figure, Christopher Dale Flannery, to assault a former patient and for perverting the course of justice.
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Edelsten's whiny website crashes
Bussiness Day - over 3 years
The curse of CBD has struck down the Australia's Worst Journalist website run by disgraced former doctor Geoffrey Edelsten.
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Geoffrey Edelsten accused of criminal contempt of court in Florida
Brisbane Times - over 3 years
The former doctor has been accused of criminal contempt of court during a US legal stoush in which he was described as 'a serial con artist'.     
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Threat to destroy Brynne and me
Byron Shire News - over 4 years
EXCLUSIVE: GEOFFREY Edelsten says a former US business partner threatened to ruin his and wife Brynne's lives in an extortion bid.
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Wrestling with problems: Edelstens parted briefly, court told
Brisbane Times - over 4 years
THE marriage of the controversial businessman Geoffrey Edelsten and his reality TV show wife was apparently not so bedazzling earlier this year when the pair wrestled during an argument, a court has heard. Giving evidence at a civil trial over action he is taking in the Victorian Supreme Court against an American woman he met on the internet, Mr Edelsten testified that he and his wife Brynne had separated for about four weeks in March after an argument they had turned physical.
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Sympathy for the bedazzled in reality show that's truly real
Brisbane Times - over 4 years
BRYNNE EDELSTEN is no stranger to the limelight. The 29-year-old former fitness instructor wife of entrepreneur Geoffrey Edelsten loves it, pure and simple. But as the curtains go up on her new reality TV series, Brynne: My Bedazzled Life, she comes across more like a deer in the headlights.
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Leanne Edelsten claims to have had an eight-year affair with Clive James
Daily Mail (UK) - almost 5 years
Last night Miss Edelsten, who was formerly married to flamboyant Australian medical doctor Geoffrey Edelsten, revealed all about her alleged affair with expatriate commentator Clive James, who divides his time between London and Cambridge.
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Dr Geoffrey Edelsten has a 'secret son'
Byron Shire News - about 5 years
FLAMBOYANT businessman is the father of a 22-year-old man called Matthew according to his ex-wife.
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Not so super Sonic - Sydney Morning Herald
Google News - over 5 years
He said a five-year funding deal struck with the federal government in July had created some certainty and the acquisition of Geoffrey Edelsten's Allied Medical Group had boosted the pathology division. Sonic had achieved most of the pathology
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Block star signs up for Celebrity Apprentice - NEWS.com.au
Google News - over 5 years
Dubious pop export Peter Andre, former Labor leader Mark Latham and Geoffrey Edelsten will not be contestants, despite speculation they had been signed up. Edelsten, we're told, was only wanted for the show if his wife, Brynne, agreed to sign up
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Rumoured contestants for Celebrity Apprentice Australia - The Spy Report
Google News - over 5 years
Peter Andre, Geoffrey Edelsten, Brendan Fevola and former NSW Premier Kristina Keneally are also said to have been approached by producers but declined the offers. The winner of the first season of The Apprentice Australia, Andrew Morello,
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Brynne and Geoffrey Edelsten eye an island home - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Brynne and Geoffrey Edelsten are eyeing an island home. Picture: Ian Currie Source: Herald Sun ENTREPRENEUR Geoffrey Edelsten could join the likes of Mel Gibson and Richard Branson by buying his own private island. Edelsten is believed to be interested
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Pauline Hanson Tipped to Star on Nine's Celebrity Apprentice - PopSugar Australia
Google News - over 5 years
Speaking of DWTS, another name that has been thrown into the mix is Geoffrey Edelsten — his wife Brynne famously appeared on this year's series and was at the centre of a few controversial comments. Who else would you like to see on the Australian
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Geoffrey goes to Hollywood - 6minutes
Google News - over 5 years
Australia's best known medical entrepreneur and helicopter enthusiast, Geoffrey Edelsten, is heading for Hollywood after cashing in on his chain of Super Clinics. The former GP is now billed as executive producer
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Dust & Glory Ltd partner with Blue Star Ent. - encore
Google News - over 5 years
The film is written by Robert Galinsky (Prey) and produced by Galinsky, Elizabeth Howatt-Jackman (Hating Alison Ashley, Prey) and David Parker (Malcolm, The Big Steal, Matching Jack) with executive producer Geoffrey Edelsten
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Sheedy hits back at Eddie - Sportal.com.au
Google News - over 5 years
Roger Merrett headed north to join the Brisbane Bears and Merv Neagle jumped ship to the Sydney Swans under then president Geoffrey Edelsten while Gavin Wanganeen returned home to Adelaide to be Port Adelaide's inaugural captain
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Edelsten to cash in on fashion label - Herald Sun
Google News - over 5 years
Brynne Edelsten, socialite and wife of Dr Geoffrey Edelsten. Picture: Mike Keating Source: Herald Sun HER husband is reportedly seriously cashed-up following the sale of his medical centres, and it looks like one of Geoffrey Edelsten's next business
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Help for steel but miners fear fuel hike - WA Business News (subscription)
Google News - over 5 years
Business: Flamboyant former GP Geoffrey Edelsten has cashed out of the medical industry, selling his Melbourne-based Allied Medical Group chain of clinics in a deal said to be worth up to $200 million. Australians' never ending battle of the bulge
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BREAKFAST DEALS: Taking Tully - Business Spectator
Google News - over 5 years
Meanwhile, Fairfax Media may have caught the online retail bug, Borders and Angus & Robertson websites find a home, Collins Foods' IPO is far from a done deal, and Sonic Healthcare has picked up colourful medico Geoffrey Edelsten's chain of GP clinics
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Geoffrey Edelsten
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2015
    Age 71
    Edelsten and Grecko married on 11 June 2015.The couple however reportedly split after just four months, they are soon to be divorced.
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    In 2015, Edelsten is a contestant in the fourth season of The Celebrity Apprentice Australia.
    More Details Hide Details Edelsten met and married his first wife, Leanne Nesbitt, in the early 1980s. She was 19 years old and working as a model. During this period, his flamboyant lifestyle attracted media attention – he owned mansions, a football team, a fleet of Rolls-Royces and Lamborghinis with license plates such as Macho, Spunky and Sexy, and was associated, in the media (see screenshot), with a pink helicopter (although Edelsten and his wife insisted, in later interviews, that their helicopter was in fact blue and white). The couple was divorced after three years of marriage.
  • 2014
    Age 70
    In July 2014 it was announced that Edelsten intended to marry Gabi Grecko, who is 46 years younger.
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    In January 2014, it was announced that Edelsten's marriage to Brynne was over.
    More Details Hide Details Brynne cited "her publicity-obsessed husband for a reported dalliance with another woman more than 18 months ago".
  • 2012
    Age 68
    In June 2012, thieves stole luxury cars belonging to Edelsten, worth more than $1.4 million.
    More Details Hide Details Among them was a Lamborghini Aventador worth approximately $800,000 – one of only a handful of Aventadors in Australia.
  • 2011
    Age 67
    Brynne Edelsten subsequently appeared in Series 11 of Dancing with the Stars, from which she was eliminated on 12 June 2011.
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  • 2009
    Age 65
    Edelsten requested that guests attending his 2009 wedding not give wedding presents, but donate to the Great Expectations Foundation, a non-profit organisation he founded in 2008, which provides funds to charities including beyondblue, the Royal Children's Hospital and Magen David Adom.
    More Details Hide Details More than three years on, many of the charities once linked to Great Expectations had received no funds and, in at least one case, took moves to sever ties with Edelsten's foundation. A Fairfax Media investigation found that at least three charitable and not-for-profit groups had either never received money from Edelsten's foundation, or were unaware their names were being used to fund-raise from the public and wedding guests. They include the Royal Children's Hospital, the Lighthouse Foundation and the American Women's Auxiliary.
    In January 2009, Edelsten announced his intention to marry Brynne Gordon, a 25-year-old fitness instructor from California. They were married on Sunday 29 November 2009, in Melbourne's Crown Casino.
    More Details Hide Details The wedding was alleged to have cost approximately $3 million and featured a helicopter, a Bentley, 550 guests, circus performers and performances by Tom Burlinson and other headline acts. Guests received a pre-wedding DVD about Edelsten and Gordon featuring narration by actor Jason Alexander, who gave an address at the wedding. Fran Drescher, from The Nanny, also attended – although neither Alexander nor Drescher knew the couple.
  • 2008
    Age 64
    Following the Australian government's 2008 decision to open "GP Super Clinics" in 31 locations across the nation, Edelsten challenged the Department of Health's use of the word "superclinic", which he claimed to be a registered trademark belonging to Allied Medical Group.
    More Details Hide Details In 2011, Allied Medical Group was sold to Sonic Healthcare, in a deal worth up to $200 million. In January 2014, Edelsten filed for bankruptcy in the United States. His Australian lawyers said this was a strategy to "better realise the investments made in the US".
  • 2005
    Age 61
    In 2005, Edelsten and a business partner founded Allied Medical Group.
    More Details Hide Details Allied Medical Group employs approximately 250 general practitioners, and runs seventeen "Superclinics" in Victoria, three in Queensland, and one in South Australia. The clinics offer extended opening hours and bulk-billing for patients to Medicare for most services, so that the patient incurs no direct cost.
  • 2004
    Age 60
    In 2004, the same tribunal banned Edelsten from applying again for four years.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 2003
    Age 59
    Edelsten has sought readmittance as a doctor in New South Wales. In 2003, he told the NSW Medical Tribunal that he regretted his conduct and expressed remorse.
    More Details Hide Details Referring to his doctorate in philosophy from Pacific Western University, counsel assisting the Tribunal claimed that people could be misled by the words "professor" and "doctor" into thinking Edelsten could practise medicine. Edelsten told the commission that he would no longer use the doctor honorific if necessary.
  • 2001
    Age 57
    In 2001, Edelsten launched "Gene E", a company offering paternity testing by mail order.
    More Details Hide Details The service advertised on late-night television. Customers telephoned for a testing kit, which the company mailed to them. In five working days of receiving the completed test, the company returned the results to the customer by post.
  • FORTIES
  • 1992
    Age 48
    In 1992, New South Wales politician Fred Nile told Parliament that since Edelsten's deregistration in the state, he had relocated to Victoria where he could practise medicine.
    More Details Hide Details Edelsten was subsequently removed from the Victorian medical register.
  • 1990
    Age 46
    In 1990, he was convicted for perverting the course of justice and soliciting Christopher Dale Flannery to assault a former patient.
    More Details Hide Details The evidence used to convict Edelsten included a taped telephone conversation in which he and his wife discussed Flannery. Edelsten provided a medical certificate stating that Flannery was unfit to stand trial because of an infection following tattoo removal surgery. The trial was adjourned. Edelsten was jailed for one year. Edelsten and Flannery's wife testified at a Victorian Medical Board hearing that Flannery was ill and in hospital and that he had no contact with Edelsten before or at the time of the assault.
  • 1988
    Age 44
    In 1988, New South Wales removed Edelsten from its medical register for using unqualified staff for laser surgery.
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  • 1986
    Age 42
    In July 1986, Edelsten tried to buy the Cronulla-Sutherland Sharks rugby league team, but his offer was refused by the game's administrators.
    More Details Hide Details Edelsten is a long-term benefactor of the Carlton Football Club and in March 2013 the club awarded him life membership.
  • 1985
    Age 41
    On 31 July 1985, Edelsten became the first private owner of a major Australian football team – the Sydney Swans.
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  • 1984
    Age 40
    Following the establishment of Medicare by the Hawke government in February 1984, Edelsten began to run innovative and multi-disciplinary 24-hour medical centres which were the forerunners of modern corporate medical practices.
    More Details Hide Details Decorated with chandeliers, white grand pianos and mink-covered examination tables, the clinics attracted considerable media attention. Edelsten's clinics were the first in Australia to bulk-bill patients to Medicare so that they incurred no direct cost. Within four months of opening, the first clinic was dealing with 2,000 patients every week. Edelsten eventually owned thirteen medical centres, in which approximately 20,000 patients consulted 200 doctors every week.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 34
    After three years in Los Angeles, California, Edelsten returned to Australia in 1978 to resume his general practice, surgical and obstetric commitments.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1971
    Age 27
    In 1971, Edelsten and a colleague, Tom Wenkart, launched Preventicare, a Sydney-based company providing diagnostic tests and computerised history-taking for doctors throughout Australia, using new equipment from the United States which could quickly and cheaply process pathology specimens. Preventicare quickly incurred debts, because some of its operations were economically unsound, and because of the slow payment of patients' accounts totalling far more than the company's debts. In July 1971, the Equity Court appointed a provisional liquidator to act as a temporary business manager to put the company's financial affairs in order.
    More Details Hide Details Later that year, the General Manager of Preventicare, Brian Wickens, reported that the organisation was on a sound financial footing. By 1975 – and under the new name of Morlea Pathology Services – it recorded annual profits of $2.5 million to $3 million. Macquarie Professional Services is the successor to Preventicare. During this period, Edelsten and his colleagues established eight practices in the Sydney area, and performed obstetrics at three western Sydney hospitals.
  • 1969
    Age 25
    In 1969, he and a colleague set up a new medical practice in the Sydney suburb of Coogee.
    More Details Hide Details After training an assistant doctor to perform the work in Walgett, Edelsten devoted more time to the Sydney practice, which soon expanded to Liverpool.
  • 1966
    Age 22
    Following his graduation in 1966, Edelsten practised as a resident medical officer at the Royal Melbourne Hospital before entering general practice.
    More Details Hide Details As a general practitioner, he worked in remote rural regions of New South Wales and Queensland, including the towns of Wauchope, Aramac and Walgett, where he bought his first private practice. He obtained a private pilot's licence in order to provide medical services to remote communities – often at no cost to patients when they could not afford to pay.
    In 1966, Edelsten was credited for co-writing the songs "I can't stop loving you, baby" and "A woman of gradual decline" for the group the Last Straws, whose singles were released on his short-lived Scope label. In 1967, Hit Productions signed the group Cam-Pact, whose debut single, "Something Easy"/"Michael", charted in Melbourne in early 1968.
    More Details Hide Details Later in 1968, Edelsten co-produced the single "Love Machine" for the studio group Pastoral Symphony, comprising Glenn Shorrock and his band the Twilights, Ronnie Charles of the Groop and various other musicians.
    He went on to study at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1966.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1960s, Edelsten owned a Melbourne-based record company, Hit Productions, which worked with music publishers Festival Records. During the same period, his family owned the Edels record retail chain.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1960
    Age 16
    He attended Princes Hill Public School and, in 1960, matriculated from Mount Scopus Memorial College, Australia's first Jewish co-educational school.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1943
    Born
    Edelsten was born in Carlton, an inner suburb of Melbourne, on 2 May 1943.
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