Olly lives amongst the lush olive groves and cypress trees on the slopes of Mount Muswell, just north of London, where he has a thirty five acre lifestyle orchard and farm with lifetime partner Bridget and their small (‘but growing!’) herd of alpacas. When he’s not darting around the corniches of Hamstead and Highgate on his convertible BSA motorcycle (‘it’s more of a cabriolet, really’) or tasting his latest batch of extra virgin oil with the orchard’s head oliculturalist, Ned, Olly researches for his forthcoming novel, a science fiction fantasy in which, courtesy of a time machine, it is David Bowie and not namesake Jim who is left to defend the Alamo from the siege of the Mexican Army.
A committed Radical Marxist Ironist, Olly made his fortune during the world-wide anti-capitalist riots of 1999 on the back of the simple but ingenious idea: selling packed lunches and bottles of diet coke to hungry protesters at a huge mark-up. “FeedtheCommie.com”, as he styled his fledgling business, quickly became an enormously profitable multinational operation, quenching thirsts and filling bellies of protesters, dissidents, exiles and other militant intellectuals during times of civil unrest and civil protest in thirty six countries around the globe, from its headquarters in Seattle. The company also secured lucrative sponsorship deals with (among others) Amnesty International, Greenpeace and the Socialist Workers’ Party.
Olly then consolidated his net worth by securitising the income streams from FeedtheCommie.Com, negotiating a successful IPO and selling his entire holding (‘mostly to student Marxist Radicals I had befriended, I would point out’) at the top of the market. As of its public debut, FeedtheCommie.com is yet to make any revenue and is currently trading at 6 per cent of its par value. Nevertheless, Olly doesn’t feel too bad about the sub-class of bankrupt Marxists he has created. “It’s what they would have wanted”.
Now the second richest man in the world, Olly has settled into a life of writing political philosophy, voyaging on journeys of self discovery (‘I find something new about myself every day. This morning it was dandruff’), and ceramic painting (pointillism).