Introducing the filthy rich parents of the Made in Chelsea cast
You can finally put a face to all the ‘mummies and daddies’
Every time I sit and watch Made In Chelsea, I can’t help but think to myself – how are these people just spending every day in coffee shops and going out for food? Do they not have jobs to go to? How are they so rich? What have their parents done to give them these lifestyles? But hold on, who are the parents of The Made In Chelsea cast?
If I had a pound for every time Louise Thompson referred to her mummy, or for each time someone told me Liv is the heir to Bentley Motors, I’d probably be able to afford an apartment in Chelsea too. Here are the parents of Made in Chelsea, and how they made their millions.
Thierry and Corrine D’Ascanio
Parents of: Maeva D’Ascanio
Both of Maeva’s parents have appeared on the show, most recently going for dinner with Maeva and James – where James said he has plans to marry their daughter in the future. Speaking to Reality Titbit, Maeva said that her father is a businessman in the publishing field. Her parents are together, and Maeva’s mum, Corinne D’Ascanio, seems to split her time between Paris and the Alps.
On Instagram, both of Maeva’s parents just post loads of pictures of her. Previously, Maeva’s father Thierry has spoken of his love for Maeva’s ex, Miles, and yes – they both still follow one another on Instagram. Cute.
Christel Holst-Sande Cowdrey
Parent of: Julius Cowdrey
Julius’ mum has appeared on Made in Chelsea, joining him in a fancy bar in London. Christel is an award-winning author, writer, voiceover professional, interior designer, mediator and coach. Yes, all of those things!! According to her LinkedIn, she went to Regent’s University in London and now has a celebrity agent – probably to help her juggle all the things she has going on.
Stephanie and Dieter Hermann
Parents of: Sophie Hermann
If you’re wondering where Sophie gets all her effortless poshness from, it’s definitely her rich father. Dieter Hermann is a successful business consultant and Sophie’s step mum is German actress Uschi Glas. It’s not known when Sophie’s parents split up, but her father reportedly married Uschi Glas in 2005.
Parent of: Binky Felstead
Binky’s mum Jane has appeared on Made In Chelsea a few times, and has become a bit of a fan favourite. She’s so loved, she has over 70k followers on Instagram.
Jane Felstead has opened up publicly about living with multiple sclerosis and has her own column in the DailyMail called “Ask Mrs Felstead”.
Parent of: Sam and Louise Thompson
Sam and Louise Thompson’s mum, Karen, is a property developer and interior designer. Karen looks a LOT like Louise, and just like her daughter, spends a lot of time out for food and travelling the world. On one of Karen’s Instagram posts, Louise commented “are you in France?” like it’s normal for your mum to just to pop to France without you knowing.
Karen and Alan McDermott
Parents of: Zara McDermott
Both of Zara McDermott’s parents live in Essex, where she is from. Zara’s dad works as a musician, and regularly posts about his music on Facebook. Zara’s parents briefly made a cameo on the show when they went for dinner with Zara, to meet Sam Thompson.
Parent of: Verity Bowditch
In Made In Chelsea, Verity speaks openly about how close she is with her mum, Denise. So much so that she skipped out on her then boyfriend Tristan’s event to go to dinner with her – which didn’t go down well. Just like her daughter does now, Denise teaches virtual pilates classes.
Denise Bowditch has popped up on Made in Chelsea a couple of times, and even crashed one of her daughter’s dates. She obviously loves it, because Denise’s Instagram account is flooded with pictures of her and the cast.
Brigadier Rick Libbey
Parent of: Ryan Libbey
Rick Libbey is the dad of Louise Thompson’s fiancé, Ryan Libbey. He is the most senior Army officer in Wales, making his official title Brigadier Rick Libbey. Ryan also has two brothers: Gareth and Adam. They work at KPMG and Bishopsgate Financial respectively and Ryan used to live with Adam and a friend in Battersea, London.
Kevin and Kate Bentley
Parents of: Liv Bentley
Olivia’s parents made a brief appearance on the show back in series 15 to discuss the make or break in Liv and Digby’s relationship – they were pretty brutal.
The tabloids have come after Liv in the past, claiming she lied about being related to the founder of Bentley Motors. However she has confirmed she is the great-great-granddaughter of the founder, and then said she actually wasn’t. So who knows? Maybe money runs in the family – Bentley Motors sold for £430 million. According to LinkedIn, Kevin Bentley is the Managing Director at Bentley Group and the family estate reportedly sold earlier in 2021 for £50million.
Fiona Lygo and Clive Watson
Parents of: Lucy and Tiff Watson
Clive Watson, dad to Lucy Watson and Tiff Watson, is the reason the family are so rich. The Watson money (about £90million of it) comes mainly from their father selling his pubs to Greene King.
In the late 1990s he co-founded Tup Inns before making Capital Pub Company in 2001, and became CEO in 2008. He sold Capital to Greene King for £70million in 2011, and in 2012 set up City Pub Company with David Brice and John Roberts.
He is another MIC parent that has made a brief appearance on the show in the past.
Parent of: Tristan Phipps
Not much is known about Tristan’s mum Carrie, other than that it looks like she lives at home with the family dog. She has an Instagram account, but only has one picture – of the dog.
She must be pretty close with Tristan though because, in a very sponsored Instagram post that she was clearly roped into, he said: “Let’s spread the love as far and wide as possible this year! I wanted to show my Mumsy just how special she is and how much I appreciate her, and everything she does for me. She’s such a rock in my life , and what better way to show than to gift her the most precious rock there is.” Yes, it was an ad for a jewellery company.
Nicola Toffolo and Gary Bennett
Parents of: Georgia “Toff” Toffolo
Toff has taken to Instagram before to say how close she is with her mum Nicola. One of her Instagram picture captions reads: “Happy Mother’s day Mama thank you for being my partner in crime and making me die with laughter every day. Mother’s Day breakfast is served in my hotel room! I’m lucky to have so many ladies in my life who look after me too so thank you ? love u”.
She isn’t actually from a posh background, despite what her name would suggest, as her father Gary sells scrap metal for a living.
Nicholas Laing and Penny Baines
Parents of: Jamie Laing
Jamie’s great-grandfather was the founder of the McVities biscuit brand, so the money obviously runs in the family. Jamie also has two siblings, Alexander Laing and Emily Laing.
Patrique Habboo and Sarah Wigley
Parents of: Sophie “Habbs” Habboo
Sophie’s dad, Patrique, is a company director of two London based businesses. Her mum Sarah is an ambassador for Protocol Health and Wellbeing – a nutrition, skincare and cosmetics brand that offer luxury products to “keep you looking great from the inside out”. She is also director of a property management company.
Both of her parents have Instagram, and Sarah Wigley is another of the Made in Chelsea parents who has appeared on the show before.
Georgina and Nigel Mackintosh
Parents of: Millie Mackintosh
Millie’s great-great-grandfather was the self-proclaimed Toffee King – a Victorian entrepreneur who created Mackintosh’s, one of Britain’s best-loved companies. Her great-grandfather and his brother then invented Quality Street chocolate. Money has been in the family for a long time.
Nigel and Georgina live in a £1.4million house in Bath and Millie describes her mum as “too glam for words”.
Ross Dunlop and Sarah Rutherford
Parents of: Caggie Dunlop
Caggie says her mum Sarah is her “best friend” and her “everything”, they’re very close. Her family have lived in Fulham in a £1.3 million house, but that hasn’t come without hard work. Her mother is a doctor and her father is a businessman.
Parents of: Hugo Taylor
But this isn’t his only source of money, Hugo’s father is a Queen’s Counsel, earning well over £250k a year – which would pay for the luxury house they have in Dubai. Hugo’s mother works for the auction house Christies’s.
John and Sarah Locke
Parents of: Ollie Locke
Ollie’s social media is full of posts about his family, in particular his sister and his mum Sarah. Sarah is a former BBC Radio Solent DJ.