Thursday, November 11, 2010

The Perils of a Family Business

Oh my goodness, Gordon Ramsay, what have you done?  Breaking up with your father-in-law in such a spectacular fashion!

Gordon is known for being temperamental, and there’s been that recent talk about mistresses.  And he even admitted to committing a theft against his employer in an effort to discredit a competitor.  So I’m not claiming he’s any sort of angel.

But there’s something about the way Chris Hutcheson (father of Gordon’s wife, Tana) describes being fired as CEO of Gordon Ramsay Holdings Limited that suggests to me that Chris might himself be a narcissistic handful.  He persuaded Gordon let him head the company.  That’s just what a narcissistic father-in-law would do!  Step into a position of power and authority under the ruse of helping out; then get wildly offended when challenged on paying himself huge “loans” out of the company coffers; then share with the media his passive aggressive “concern” over Gordon’s mental health and possible drug use; and finally cut off communication with his daughter while simultaneously lamenting to the press that she’s not speaking to him.

So Gordon fired him.  And then Gordon fired his brother-in-law and his nephew.  It’s not clear whether there is more angst around this family strife or around the loss of income it represents to the Hutcheson clan.

Finally, in a highly erratic turn, Gordon wrote a public letter to his mother-in-law, Greta, asking her to stop freezing Tana out.

Obviously, Greta is complying with the wishes of her husband.  What Gordon thought to accomplish with his letter, I can hardly think.  Well, ok, I guess I can.  The letter was Gordon’s extraordinarily hamfisted way of going around Chris to get to Greta.  While simultaneously getting to Chris with his own passive aggressive digs.  Well, he learned at the feet of the master.

Pity poor Tana.  She has led nearly her entire adult life between two monumental assholes.

It looks like this story is still unfolding.  Stay tuned . . .

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