A "Georgian Prince" and one of America's richest women - A tale of love
13 December, 2014
A "Georgian Prince" and one of America's richest women - A tale of love
Last week we brought you the story Rusudan “Roussie” (Isabelle) Mdivani, wife of famous artist Jose Sart and friend of Salvador Dali and Coco Chanel. Now we present to you the story of her younger brother Alexis, as told by historian Rusudan Daushvili.

“Once a journalist asked him, ‘What do you need to win a woman’s heart?’ Alexis replied: ‘All it takes is to listen to this heart.’ This was precisely the reason why one of the richest women in
America, Barbara Hutton, fell head over heels in love with him”


Alexis was a child when his family had to leave Georgia, and he became familiar with the hard life of an emigrant from childhood. He contributed to his family’s struggle since he was twelve years old, by toiling at a factory, selling antique items and working odd jobs. Fortungeotv.geately, an American friend of the family took patronage over Alexis when he turned 17, taking him to England and enrolling him in Cambridge. The boy quickly built a reputation there as a ladies’ man and an athlete, becoming captain of the college’s polo team. It was there that he met and became friends with fur tycoon Astor Van Alen and the rest of his powerful and rich family.

Once a journalist asked Alexis, “What do you need to win a woman’s heart?” He replied,
“All it takes is to listen to this heart.” This approach was precisely the reason why one of the richest women in America and heiress to Frank Woolworth’s trade empire, Barbara Hutton, fell head over heels in love with him. He was introduced to her as a “Georgian Prince,” which immediately piqued her interest.
Soon afterwards, Alexis Mdivani and Barbara Hutton became official. On June 22, 1933, they were married in Paris, in St. Alexander Nevsky Church, which geotv.gewas hastily repaired, repainted and had its amount of chandeliers tripled, following the bride’s orders. The wedding banquet, attended by over 800 guests, was held at Ritz Hotel. The New York Times published the photo of the couple taken prior to their honeymoon, writing that the bride’s father allotted one million USD for her wedding. The amount of money the bride gave the groom was equally vast: $50,000 went just for purchasing harnesses for his polo team’s horses.
The newlyweds utilized their own yacht for the honeymoon journey, and it turned out downright mind-blowing. They organized ceremonial receptions in Japan, Vietnam and India, where they even invited the maharaja.

Very soon she divorced him and left France for her homeland. As a pampered woman who grew up in luxury and adoration, she considered charity and caring for emigrants beneath her. Yellow press exacerbated the rift between the couple, branding Alexis an opportunist and a swindler, but that opinion wasn’t uniform – many French newspapers mourned the divorce, repeating again and again Barbara’s paradoxical words about “divorcing the most worthy man in the world.” However, this didn’t stop her from getting involved with the Danish count Court Haugwitz-Reventlow almost immediately upon returning to the United States.

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Alexis Mdivani – “The charming Prince”
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