Controversial medical entrepreneur Geoffrey Edelsten lived a colourful life – and had some very colourful wives.
Always a flamboyant fixture of Melbourne’s social scene, his unconventional lifestyle demanded attention.
The Melbourne-born businessman died at his St Kilda home on Friday, aged 78.
He owned mansions, helicopters and a fleet of expensive cars with licence plates emblazoned with “macho”, “spunky” and “sexy”.
He published a book in 2011 titled “Enigma”, covering his life as a musical entrepreneur, career as a country doctor and city businessman.
But it was his relationships with pretty young blondes that kept him in the spotlight.
He divorced first wife Leanne, a model, in 1988 after a three-year marriage.
He then married American fitness instructor Brynne Gordon in 2009 when she was 40 years his junior.
Again the nuptials didn’t last, with Brynne calling it off after four years.
But on Friday night Brynne Edelsten’s agent released a statement on her behalf acknowledging her former husband’s passing.
“It is with great sadness to hear of the passing of Dr Geoffrey Edelsten today,” the statement read.
“On behalf of Ms Brynne Edelsten, we send our deepest and sincerest condolences.
“Brynne and Geoffrey enjoyed some truly beautiful moments, including their wedding which saw Brynne call Australia home since their wedding back in 2009.
“While their marriage ended after five years together, Brynne remains grateful for the good times the couple had shared together and is deeply saddened and shocked to hear of his passing.”
Brynne was 25 when she met Edelsten on a blind date in Las Vegas.
Their wedding at Melbourne’s Crown Casino cost a reported $3.3 million.
She insisted she hadn’t Geoffrey for money, saying he could be “very, very nice.”
But later, Brynne said it was “a lonely marriage because he worked very hard.”
Less than a year after splitting from Brynne, Edelsten proposed to American model Gabi Grecko, 46 years his junior, at the Melbourne Cup.
Their on-again off-again relationship received much attention following Grecko’s outlandish social media outbursts and revealing photos.
The ever-romantic Edelsten got down on one knee dressed in his brashest yellow suit before the waiting media.
She’d already proposed to him months earlier, but he wanted to make it official.
Their love bubble burst not long after, with claims of infidelity on Edelsten’s behalf, and a range of public spats.
By 2016 a bankrupt Edelsten was being chased by more than 40 creditors in Australia and the US, including the Australian Taxation Office, for millions of dollars.
In 2017 he sought an apprehended violence order against ex-wife Grecko, though she was then back in the US, and in 2019 he escaped penalty after being nabbed by police driving through Melbourne in an unregistered car.
– with AAP