US TV star Padma Lakshmi is in mourning after the death
of her longtime partner and business financier Theodore Forstmann.
Theodore, who had been dating the Top Chef host over the
last several years, passed away on Sunday (20 November) after a battle with
brain cancer. He was 71.
The billionaire founded the investment firm Forstmann
& Little Co. in 1978 and the organisation went on to acquire a number of
different companies, including beverage group Dr. Pepper and sports agency IMG.
Theodore, who was also briefly linked to the late Princess
Diana during the late 1990s, vowed to give half his net worth to charity
following his death after partnering with The Giving Pledge in February (2011).