Geoffrey Walter Edelsten was an Australian medical entrepreneur who founded Allied Medical Group. Edelsten was a general practitioner whose unconventional clinics and lifestyle attracted media attention in the 1980s. Wikipedia Bio
Born: May 2, 1943 (age 78 years), Melbourne, Australia
Net worth: $63 million AUD (2012); Bankrupt (in United States)
Spouse: Gabi Grecko (m. 2015), Brynne Edelsten (m. 2009–2014), Leanne Nesbitt (m. 1984–1988)
Parents: Hymie Edelsten, Esther Edelsten
Geoffrey Edelsten Death & Cause
Former Sydney Swans owner Geoffrey Edelsten has passed away in his Melbourne apartment on Friday afternoon aged 78.
Flamboyant businessman and former @SydneySwans owner Geoffrey Edelsten has died at the age of 78 at his apartment in Melbourne. #7NEWS https://t.co/7WOnnqIIDs
— 7NEWS Perth (@7NewsPerth) June 11, 2021
Geoffrey Edelsten, the former owner of Sydney Swans, has died at the age of 78.
The Herald-Sun announced that Edelsten is believed to have passed away at his Melbourne flat on St Kilda Road on Friday afternoon.
According to the report, the death is not considered suspicious.
Edelsten was the first private owner of Sydney Swans, which he bought in 1985.
He was also a long-term philanthropist of the Carlton Football Club, earning a lifetime membership in 2013.
According to 7News, the Swans are expected to wear black armbands in memory of Edelsten during Friday night’s game against Hawthorn at SCG.
Geoffrey Walter Edelsten
2 May 1943
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Died||11 June 2021 (aged 78)
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
|Education||Mount Scopus Memorial College
Princes Hill Secondary College
|Alma mater||University of Melbourne|
|Net worth|| $63 million AUD (2012)
Bankrupt (in United States)
|Partner(s)||Isabel Beard (1989–1990)|
Edelsten’s controversial career
Edelsten started his career as a doctor but was disenrolled in NSW and Victoria due to his unconventional medical practices.
Color GP later formed Allied Medical Group with a business partner in the 2000s.
Edelsten made headlines for his fast-paced lifestyle, which included a fleet of Rolls-Royce and relationships with younger women.
His tumultuous three-year marriage to her ex-wife Leanne Nesbitt ended in 1988.
The flamboyant entrepreneur married fitness trainer Brynne Gordon in a $3.3 million wedding in November 2009 at Melbourne’s Crown Casino that hosted 550 guests, including Seinfeld star Jason Alexander.
Margot Robbie, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and American actress Fran Drescher also attended the flamboyant wedding.
The couple’s 41-year age gap was frowned upon, but Gordon insisted that he marry for love, not money.
However, Edelstens divorced in 2014.
Edelsten later married 26-year-old Gabi Grecko in 2015.
A tribute to Edelsten
Former Swans player Greg Williams told 3AW: “I was shocked. This is very sad news. It brings back wonderful memories from the swans.”
Former Carlton actor David Rhys-Jones told the Saturday Herald Sun: “I went to Brynne’s wedding. It was a little different and he loved the game. He grew up not far from Princes Park and used to go to games with his mother.
“I always saw him at corporate events and he was just a big supporter of Carlton”.
THE LIFE Timeline OF GEOFFREY EDELSTEN
1943 – Born in Carlton
1966 – Graduated from Melbourne University with a medical degree
1971 – Opened medical practice, which expanded exponentially in the 1980s with the introduction of bulk billing
1984 – Aged 41, married 19-year-old model Leanne Nesbitt
1985 – Takes control of the Sydney Swans. Lands helicopter on the SCG
1988 – Sells the Sydney Swans, with losses of up to $20 million. Deregistered as a doctor after
1989 – Son Matthew Beard is born. Edelsten was not aware at the time
1990 – Edelsten found guilty of soliciting hitman Christopher Dale Flannery to bash a patient. Sentenced to 12 months jail
2009 – Married Brynne Gordon in a $3.3 million wedding at Crown Casino’s Palladium room. Jason Alexander, who played George Constanza in Seinfeld, and Fran Drescher, who starred in The Nanny, were in attendance
2011 – Released his biography, titled Enigma
2014 – Declares Chapter 11 Bankruptcy in the United States
2015 – Marries Gabi Grecko, a New York model, who was charged for walking around Melbourne’s streets naked
2021 – Dies in his St Kilda Rd apartment