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Michael Zilkha

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Occupation  entrepreneur
Known for  co-founder, ZE Records

Children  Daniel Michael Zilkha
Name  Michael Zilkha
Alma mater  Lincoln College, Oxford
Spouse(s)  Cristina Monet-Palaci (1983-90) Cornelia "Nina" O'Leary
Parent(s)  Selim Zilkha Diane Bashi

Michael Zilkha (born 1954) is a British-born entrepreneur, the co-founder of ZE Records.


Early life

He was born in 1954, the son of Selim Zilkha, the founder of Mothercare, one of the UK's largest retail chains (and the grandson of Khedouri Zilkha, a banker) and Diane Bashi. His parents had divorced by 1962, when his mother married the British politician Harold Lever (later Harold Lever, Baron Lever of Manchester). He was educated at Westminster School, London, where his friends included the journalist Tom Utley.

He graduated from Lincoln College, Oxford.


In 1978, he co-founded ZE Records with Michel Esteban, which he co-owned until 1986. From 1986 to 1998, he was co-owner and executive vice president of Zilkha Energy, and from 1998 to 2005 president and co-owner of Zilkha Renewable Energy, until it was bought by Goldman Sachs in July 2005 and renamed Horizon Wind Energy, and co-owner of Zilkha Biomass Energy.

In 1998, Zilkha and his father sold the Houston-based Zilkha Energy to Sonat for $1 billion, which in turn was later acquired by El Paso Corporation, of which the Zilkhas became major shareholders.

Personal life

In 1983, he married the singer Cristina Monet-Palaci. They divorced in 1990.

He is married to Cornelia "Nina" O'Leary, a descendant of Hugh Roy Cullen, and they have a son.


Michael Zilkha Wikipedia

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