Vogue Editor Wintour’s Boyfriend Owes $1.2 Million in Taxes

Only a month ago, Vogue editor Anna Wintour was being floated as an ideal candidate to become President Obama’s next ambassador to Britain but now the fashionista is in the news for another reason. A British newspaper has found that her boyfriend, J. Shelby Bryan, owes $1.2 million in back taxes to the IRS.

Despite owing the IRS such a hefty amount–he is also in arrears in Texas–Bryan was a high dollar fundraiser for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The socialite was also close to President Clinton serving on his Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 1996.

Bryan’s past due taxes are nothing new, either. He’s owed the money to the IRS since 2006.

Wintour and Bryan have been together since 1999 after he divorced his last wife leaving him with a hefty bankroll but in late 2000 he lost some $60 million because of bad investments in ICG Communications.

It wasn’t just his own money that Bryan lost, either. As the CEO of the company he also had a hand in losing $460 million of investor’s money and that is on top of the $2 billion in debt with which he saddled the company.

Under his guidance, in October of 2000ICG stock went from $28 a share to 62 cents.

When questioned by the Daily Telegraph, Bryan blamed “office confusion” and people in his employ that weren’t “doing their jobs” for his failure to pay his tax bills.

Bryan’s tax debt could impact Wintour’s confirmation as Obama’s next ambassador to Britain should the President make that nomination. In past Senate hearings, candidates often found their chances for confirmation dashed by revelations of such major financial irregularities.

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  • herddog505

    WTHDespite Due to owing the IRS such a hefty amount–he is also in arrears in Texas–Bryan was a high dollar fundraiser for President Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign. The socialite was also close to President Clinton serving on his Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board in 1996.
    FIFY

  • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

    Style over substance. Our government’s looking to rival the depth of expertise of a single pass of a spraypaint can on a windy day, aren’t they?

  • GarandFan

    Another lib owing back taxes……..taxes they say that they ‘love to pay’. No surprise there.

  • stan25

    She should be a shoo in. She would fit right in with the other tax cheats in the current administration. Does Turbo Tax Tim ring a bell?

  • Brucehenry

    Question: Who, besides wingnuts, “floated” the idea that Wintour was to be nominated as ambassador to the UK? I can’t find it in your link. What did I miss?

    All I see is a couple of Brits saying the idea is bad, even ludicrous. Perhaps it is, but when you say “news broke today” I don’t see any there there.

    Nitpick: Your new article says this happened “only a month ago,” but your original article is dated Dec 5th, almost TWO months ago. Has anything happened to make you think her name is still in the hat (if it ever was), or are you just flogging another dead horse?

    • jim_m

      Who, besides wingnuts, “floated” the idea that Wintour was to be nominated as ambassador to the UK

      Unless you consider the ABC News and the Guardian right wing news organs it was never a story promoted by any wing nuts. Here is a list for you:

      The Telegraph

      ABC News

      The Guardian

      Bloomberg

      NY Mag claims Wintour has been told that she is no longer under consideration.

      • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

        Bump, bump, bump -
        Another one under the bus!

      • Brucehenry

        Yes yes I see all those stories say there are rumors (or, rather, “rumours”) and that “It’s said that” Wintour may be nominated, but by whom? The closest thing I could find to a quote in any of those links was from “people familiar with the matter.”

        So my question remains: Who, if anyone, is “floating” this idea?

        The fact that ABC et al have reported that there are rumors don’t make them any less rumors, and no more credible. Another example, it seems to me, of feeding the maw of the 24 hour news machine.

        • jim_m

          The NY Mag story indicated that she was interested in more than just the UK post. A lot of these rumors come from within the admin. This one could have been promoted by WIntour herself.

          It is more than just a little lame to make the claim that this was only a right wing issue. Go and google “Wintour UK ambassador” and you will get a lot of stories from regular news outlets for the last two months.

          As for who would nominate her, that would have to be obama (or Kerry now that he is confirmed) because this is not the freaking Nobel Peace Prize where anyone can nominate. Only the President or the Secretary of State nominates ambassadors.

          • Brucehenry

            No, I’m sorry I wan’t clear. My question was “It’s said that” by whom?

            I’m pretty sure if I google that phrase I’ll get lots of stories, and I’m pretty sure they’ll ALL say “it is rumoured” or “it’s said that.” None of ‘em, I’ll betcha, will say, “Assistant Secretary So-and-So said” or “White House spokesman Joe Blow said” that Wintour was being considered. I don’t even see anybody saying “sources who wish to remain anonymous.”

            Could it be a big old circle jerk of rumors? Ya think?

            But I’ll concede it’s unfair to say it’s only a righty thing. It’s just a stupid thing, I guess.

          • jim_m

            Yes, but you unfairly imply that the rumor was only ever from the right and your implication is that it is nothing more than a right wing smear. There is nothing to suggest such a thing and you need to pony up something other than BS accusations

            [edit] sorry, I see that you concede this fact.

          • Brucehenry

            OK, I stand before you chastened. You done told me!

            I withdraw any implication it was nothing but a right-wing smear. I suggest, instead, that it’s a tempest in a teapot, harped on by Warner to stoke wingnut outrage. Works, too.

          • jim_m

            I think the whole thing is a non story since you can find published articles as early as 1/19 saying that she’s been told that she is not going to get it. The real story about this was happening back before Christmas.

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