Controversial businessman dies aged 78

Eccentric Australian businessman Geoffrey Edelsten has died aged 78.

The former owner of the Sydney Swans AFL club died at his apartment in Melbourne on Friday afternoon.

The colourful GP started his career as a doctor and by the 2000s he and a business partner founded Allied Medical Group.

Geoffrey Edelsten has died aged 78. (Nine)

Edelsten was born in the Melbourne suburb of Carlton in 1943.

He went to school there before studying at the University of Melbourne, graduating with a Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery degree in 1966.

In the 1960s he owned a Melbourne-based record company, Hit Productions. After his graduation from medical school, he worked as an intern at a hospital before going into general practice.

Following his term as an intern he became a country doctor at Birchip in Western Victoria, and then Wauchope in NSW where he learned to fly, according to his website.

Geoffrey Edelsten and Leanne Nesbitt
Geoffrey Edelsten and his first wife Leanne Nesbitt. (Getty)

An eccentric Edelsten lived a life in the spotlight, but also in the courts.

In 1975 he opened a nightclub called Centrefold – but was subject to extortion threats and police raids.

In 1988, NSW removed Edelsten from its medical register for using unqualified staff for laser surgery.

Then in 1990, he was convicted of perverting the court of justice and soliciting someone to assault a former patient. He was jailed for a year.

Brynne and Geoffrey Edelsten, Fran Drescher, Jason Alexander (Getty)
Geoffrey Edelten and his first wife Brynne, with Fran Drescher and Jason Alexander. (Getty)

In more recent years his relationships were in the spotlight – including a high-profile marriage to Brynne Edelsten and a relationship with Gabi Grecko.

He married first wife Leanne Nesbitt in 1984. The former-model-turned-nurse was only 20 years old. At 41, Edelsten was more than twice her age.

The following year, for Leanne’s 21st birthday, the businessman reportedly gave her a pink De Tomaso sports car. That same year, he bought the license to operate the Sydney Swans for a reported $6.3 million — he was the first private owner of the football club ever.

Edelsten’s love life made headlines again in 2009 when he married Brynne Gordon, a fitness instructor from California. He was 67 at the time, she was 26.

The couple tied the knot in a lavish ceremony at Melbourne’s Crown Casino just nine months after being set up on a blind date by a mutual friend in Las Vegas. It was said to have cost more than $3 million.

Geoffrey Edelsten, dating history, Gabi Grecko, Brynne Edelsten
Geoffrey Edelsten with Brynne Edelsten, and with Gabi Grecko (Getty/Instagram)
Geoffrey Edelsten, dating history, Gabi Grecko
Geoffrey Edelsten and Gabi Grecko. (Instagram)

After their wedding, Brynne — known for her flamboyant and flashy outfits — became a regular on the Aussie celebrity circuit and even appeared on TV shows such as Dancing With The Stars and Celebrity Splash, before landing her own reality show, Brynne: My Bedazzled Life, in 2012, where cameras followed her on extravagant shopping sprees and lavish holidays.

But their glamorous lifestyles came undone in late 2013 when the couple secretly called it quits.

Next came Gabi Grecko. Edelsten married the 24-year-old American model in June 2015, just months after he finalised his divorce from Brynne.

The pair were on and off for a number of years before finally calling it quits for good in 2019.

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