From The New York Daily News
By George Rush and Joanna Rush Molloy
They set out to help the world's poor, but along the way, George Soros and Queen Noor may have arrived at a romance.
As they get ready to co-chair a D.C. fund-raiser for Liberia next week, buzz is building that the billionaire philanthropist and the widow of Jordan's King Hussein share more than a passion for open societies.
More and more, you're apt to find Her Majesty at the side of the Democratic Party kingmaker. Last November, she turned up for a lecture he gave at Oxford on "The Consequences of the War on Terrorism." (They drove off together afterward.) Last February, she accompanied him on a four-day trip to Liberia.
If the west’s liberal billionaires and widows of reformist Middle-Eastern despots can’t get together, then who can? Queen Noor, originally Lisa Halaby, is not the mother of Jordan’s current king, Abdullah II, but is reportedly close with his Highness and his wife. In fact, her son, Hamzah, is currently Abdullah’s heir.
So long story short, they have the means to help solve a number of the world’s problems. But what if there’s more to the romance than love letters and smooches? What if this is Soros’ attempt to get in with a Middle East Monarchy like the Bushes has with the Al-Saud family? OK, enough of the paranoid, conservative fantasy—if these two do-gooder kids are in love, we wish ‘em the best.
In other celebrity relationship news:
- Christina Ricci is feeling pressured by her family and Adam Goldberg’s family into getting married. Sorry Wednesday Addams, but that’s what families do—they pressure. By the by, when did Christina Ricci get so sexy?
- Rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson is allegedly dating soap actress Victoria Rowell. Rowell is 15 years Fitty’s senior, but that’s probably right in his sweet spot considering that he was previously paired with Vivica Foxx, who is 11 years older than him. He’s also selling his Connecticut mansion. Maybe he’s experiencing an identity crisis. Keep it real, pahtnah.
- Also, crooner Tony Bennett is getting married to longtime girlfriend Susan Crow. Hey that’s great.