When it comes to Monte Carlo, you will not find a more glamorous place on Earth. In fact, its the second smallest country in the world and Monte Carlo is an independent city state.
Famous for its casino and its Formula One race, those that come from Monaco are called Monegasques, but the majority of residents in Monte Carlo weren’t born here, making them Monacoians. Monte Carlo is well known for its tax evasion as well.
Monaco is ruled by Prince Albert II, who is one of the wealthiest Royals in the world valued at $1billion. Albert II has two children, Jazmin Grace Grimaldi and Alexandre Coste. The Prince of Monaco married Charlene Lynette Wittstock in July last year, making her Princess Charlene.
Charlotte Casiraghi, is fourth in line to the throne of Monaco, and is a writer and editor of the magazine Above. Sixth in line to the throne is Princess Stéphanie of Monaco. Evelyne Genta an ambassador for Monaco.
The Monaco Grand Prix is one of the best races on the Formula One calendar, whose president Michel Dotta always puts on a great job every year. Monaco is the home of several Formula One drivers.
McLaren driver Jenson Button, champion in 2009, lives here, and so does Mercedes’ Nico Rosberg. Former drivers Alex Wurz, David Coulthard and Giancarlo Fisichella also reside in Monte Carlo, while current Ferrari driver Felipe Massa with his wife Anna Raffaela Bassi. Force India’s Paul di Resta lives close by.
2008 world champion Lewis Hamilton, who was living in Switzerland, has decided to move to Monte Carlo and continue the trend of F1 drivers coming to the Principality, as well as continuing his reconciliation with his girlfriend pop star Nicole Scherzinger. From the world of rallying, Daniel Elena, the co-driver of eight-time world champion Sébastien Loeb, is a Monegasque.
The Monte-Carlo Masters on the tennis circuit has been won seven times in a row by Rafael Nadal, and the person responsible for getting the event up and running is Zeljko Franulovic.
Monaco has its own football team, who play at the Stade Louis II stadium. Now in Ligue 2, Monaco are captained by Ludovic Giuly, who once used to play for Barcelona and was part of Monaco’s incredible run to the 2004 Champions League final.
Monte Carlo is the home of several tennis stars, including Novak Djokovic, currently the best player in the men’s game and the holder of the Australian Open, Wimbledon and US Open. Caroline Wozniacki, the former women’s world No.1, lives almost next door to Djokovic and is regularly practicing with the Serb.
Jean-Pierre Siriis a famous hotelier who is a native of Monaco, and so is David Tomatis, CEO of Monaco Mediax and now Advisor to the Cabinet of Prince Albert II.
Sir Roger Moore, who played James Bond in seven films for 12 years, including Live and Let Die, The Man with the Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me and For Your Eyes Only, lives in Monte Carlo.
Michael Peagram is an investor, businessman and philanthropist previously involved with the chemicals industry and now resident in Monte Carlo.
James Caan off television programme Dragons’ Den regularly dines at Monte Carlo and is always seen in his yacht. He also has a home very close to Monte Carlo.
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By: Ismail Vedat