Meet the Nigerian heiress who wants to be the next Rihanna

Date: 21-01-2014 8:38 pm (10 years ago) | Author: Direct
- at 21-01-2014 08:38 PM (10 years ago)
When Rihanna first launched her singing career, she may have dreamed about landing the kind of fame and fortune that would allow her to buy a Picasso.
But pop star wannabe Abimbola “Bim” Fernandez, who counts Rihanna as one of her role models, already has an original canvas by the Spanish master hanging above her bed in her Manhattan pied-à-terre.

The 24-year-old beauty doesn’t need to aspire to a life of wealth and luxury. She is the daughter of Nigerian gemstone tycoon Antonio Deinde Fernandez, who Bim says is worth a staggering $8.7 billion.
Her privileged background might raise the hackles of many a cash-strapped artist struggling to break into the music industry, but Fernandez insists: “Money can’t buy a record deal.

“It can’t buy good music. You can either sing or you can’t.”
SMH Records clearly thought she fit into the former category. The Charlotte, NCbased label signed her last fall, and Fernandez’s first release, the single “Let’s Take It Naked,” debuts Tuesday at
Last week, during her interview and photo shoot with The Post, she flitted energetically about the Hell’s Kitchen apartment she began renting last November at the swanky Mercedes House, which boasts unobstructed views of the Hudson and indoor and outdoor pools.
She is wearing leggings and an Armani sweater. Relaxing in the corner of her couch, she delivers a running commentary on her apartment’s notable décor — besides the Picasso, there’s an original Dr. Seuss painting her mother gave her as a child, a family picture with Kofi Annan and a photo with Nelson Mandela, whom she called “Uncle Mandela,” having known him since she was a kid.

Fernandez didn’t exactly have a normal childhood, even by the standards of high society. While other first-graders from affluent families might have a pony show up for a party, 7-year-old Fernandez enjoyed riding around her parents’ Westchester estate atop an elephant for an African safari-themed bash.
Despite Fernandez’s insistence that she didn’t know she was wealthy as a child, her reclusive 80-year-old father is believed to be one of the world’s richest men, thanks to the diamond and gold mines he owns in the Central African Republic, now rife with sectarian violence. Let’s just say it’s not the type of place you’d want to go on vacation.
He originally started out owning an oil company called Petro-Inett.

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Posted: at 21-01-2014 08:38 PM (10 years ago) | Hero
- tallqueen at 21-01-2014 09:30 PM (10 years ago)
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- Solidstonez at 22-06-2014 03:01 AM (9 years ago)
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- Solidstonez at 22-06-2014 03:02 AM (9 years ago)
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