Wednesday, February 21, 2007

Sonja and John Morgan

(Marriage dissolved). John Morgan is one of five sons of Henry Sturgis Morgan, a great-grandson of J. Pierpont Morgan, the greatest American financier of the Gilded Age, and Catherine Adams, a great-great-granddaughter of John Adams, the second President of the United States. JP Morgan personally saved the American banking system during the Panic of 1907, and created the first billion-dollar corporation, U.S. Steel. His greatest legacy to the world was his vast collection of paintings, sculpture, objets and manuscripts, many of which are in his own Morgan Library.

I first met Sonya Morgan about twelve years ago when, as the still single Sonya Tremont, she was the hostess at (the Italian restaurant across from Bice) on Madison Avenue and 54th Street. Sonya was very well known among the New York money men and power brokers for being good looking, savvy and with a go-get-em charm. She was so good at her job (bringing in big name businessmen clientele that I wrote a profile on her for Quest). It was a story about a girl who came to the big town from Albany and made her way into the international set who made the circuit from Europe to New York, the Bahamas, Aspen and Malibu, and used her connections to make her way in business.