Pride indeed goeth before a fall. Take the case of John Madejski, Hurst Publishing founder and possessor of a Rolls-Royce, a Bentley, three Ferraris, a Range Rover and two vintage Jaguars. Madejski decided to top off this ensemble with a personalised number plate, 1JM, for the Roller. But the Gods do not sport with such hubris. One evening, Madejski escorted Janatha Stubbs, daughter of Littlewoods founder Sir John Moores, and her husband to dinner. The ex-Miss Moores' attention was drawn to the Rolls. "How curious," she cooed. "My father's is JM1." Now, Sir John is worth £1.3 billion, Madejski a mere £65 million. As we students of Aeschylus say: ouch.
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