An extraordinary email chain claims to show how Geoffrey Edelsten offered his ex-wife Brynne a $50million ‘deal’ to marry him just two weeks after they met in Las Vegas.
Daily Mail Australia exclusively obtained the emails less than 24 hours after the brilliant but disgraced medical entrepreneur was on Friday found dead in his Melbourne home aged 78.
Edelsten, one of Australia’s great self-publicists, was married three times to much younger women – model Leanne Nesbitt in 1984; American fitness instructor Brynne Edelsten (nee Gordon) in 2009; then to another model, Gabi Grecko, in 2015.
Brynne Edelsten’s management denies the emails are genuine.
It’s claimed he sent an astonishing email to Brynne in October 2008, a fortnight after the pair met, saying he was ‘entranced’ and ‘besotted’ by her – before he outlined his financial proposal.
‘Please read carefully and respond if you wish before midnight tonight or this proposal lapses,’ Edelsten wrote on October 31.
‘I have never felt this way before. And you gave me the impression that you liked me also. If this was not true then you are a f**king good actress.
Brynne and Geoffrey Edelsten at their wedding in 2009. The pair married in a glitzy ceremony worth $3million
The bombshell email obtained by Daily Mail Australia detailing Geoffrey’s $50million proposal
‘And then everything changed. You wouldn’t take my calls and you didn’t respond to my emails. Thus I am giving it a last shot. If you do not accept this proposal or contact me I will not contact you further.’
Edelsten went into detail about the eight perks the proposal would entitle Brynne, including an all-expenses-paid apartment ‘at least twice as good’ as one she could afford.
‘I’ll provide you with a brand new motor vehicle more befitting a classy lady like you. An upmarket brand, perhaps a convertible. It will make your friends green with envy,’ he wrote.
‘I’ll pay you twice as much as you earn now and increase these payments monthly until you receive $100,000 per year.
Edelsten told Brynne he only wanted her to work ‘very few hours per week’ so she could ‘undertake study, training and travel’.
‘If we are together at the end of a year I will bequeath you to $1million and this will occur at the end of each year,’ he wrote.
Brynne Edelsten married Geoffrey Edelsten in a $3million wedding in 2009. She was 27 at the time and he was 67
Geoffrey Edelsten was married to Brynne for five years between 2009 and 2014
‘After one year I will ask you to marry me. If you agree then you will receive an engagement ring – large – costing more than $250,000. Your girlfriends will be very envious.
‘We will marry after one year engagement. We will sign a prenup but you will receive a bequest of a minimum of $10million.’
Edelsten told Brynne she would receive ‘everything plus some charitable donations’ if they were still married when he died.
‘That will exceed $50million plus.’
He ended the email by saying all the terms in his proposal were subject to one condition: ‘No infidelity’.
Other emails seen by Daily Mail Australia beginning October 24, 2008 – and leading up to the proposal – suggest Brynne was equally as infatuated with Edelsten.
‘I do care about you very much and have such a special place in my heart for you. I wish you wouldn’t doubt that,’ Brynne wrote from Phoenix, Arizona.
Edelstein responded on October 28 by telling Brynne at some stage she would get tired of her ‘IT and real estate boyfriends’ and want a ‘permanent and meaningful relationship’.
Three days later he sent her the email titled ‘URGENT $50 million plus proposal’. The couple married in 2009.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Brynne for comment.
The party at Melbourne’s Crown Casino, attended by celebrities including Seinfeld’s Jason Alexander, Margot Robbie, Kerri-Anne Kennerley and Fran Drescher cost $3.3million.
The glamorous nuptials included a helicopter, circus performers and a luxury Bentley.
The marriage lasted five years before Mrs Edelsten had enough of her ‘publicity-obsessed’ husband, claiming it was ‘a very lonely marriage’.
His heartbroken ex-wife Gabi Grecko has since taken to social media to share her grief. She posted two paparazzi photos of herself alongside Edelsten, with one captioned ‘This is how I feel today’
Edelsten’s last two years were believed to have been relatively quiet, increasingly spent as a recluse in the Balencea Apartments on St Kilda Road
She was charged with drug offences after a police raid in Melbourne last month and faces court in August.
A spokesperson for Ms Edelsten released a statement after her ex-husband’s passing: ‘Brynne and Geoffrey enjoyed some truly beautiful moments, including their wedding in 2009.
‘While their marriage ended after five years together, Brynne remains grateful for the good times the couple shared and is deeply saddened and shocked to hear the news of his passing.’
After Edelsten’s short-lived marriage to third wife Gabi Grecko in 2015, he was linked to several women including The Block contestant Suzi Tayor and American Playboy model Ashley Kirk, 37.
Grecko posted a series of bizarre messages to her social media just hours after his death.
She shared two paparazzi photos of herself alongside Edelsten, with one captioned ‘This is how I feel today’.
In another post she chose the caption ‘tired’ to illustrate her grief.
It’s understood the pair were only together for a few months.
Australian businessman and one-time AFL owner Geoffrey Edelsten has died at the age of 78. Edelsten is pictured with his third wife Gabi Grecko
Edelsten’s last two years were believed to have been relatively quiet, increasingly spent as a recluse in the Balencea Apartments on St Kilda Road.
As his health faded, Edelsten had few visitors and is believed to have been found in his apartment by his cleaner. His death is not being treated as suspicious.
‘The only people who would come to visit him last year were his brother, his close family and his carers,’ a neighbour told the Herald Sun, also describing him as ‘an old-school gentleman’.
Edelsten’s decline was the sharpest of contrasts to his insatiable appetite for the spotlight over many years.
Edelsten and his first wife Leanne on August 5, 1985 next to their Porsche after buying the Sydney Swans
Geoffrey Edelsten was a pioneering and ambitious medical entrepreneur who opened several clinics in the 1970s before eventually being deregistered in NSW and Victoria and going bankrupt
Edelsten with Gabi Grecko. In 2014 Edelsten would marry the model, who was 46 years younger than him
Edelsten bought his first wife, Leanne Nesbitt, a sports car and a helicopter for her 21st birthday
His weakness for women was matched by his extravagant lifestyle and the two things were often combined. He is said to have bought his first wife a sports car and a helicopter for her 21st birthday.
He rose to prominence as a medical entrepreneur in the 1970s, disappeared from view when he was sentenced to a year in jail and then spectacularly resurfaced with his marriage to Brynne and a penchant for candy-coloured suits.
Edelsten was born in Carlton in Melbourne’s inner-north in 1943, the son of Jewish immigrants Hymie and Esther, who owned a lingerie boutique.
He went to primary school in Carlton North and secondary school in Burwood before earning a double degree in medicine and surgery at the University of Melbourne.
The enterprising young trainee doctor spent any spare time he had managing Melbourne bands, writing music and trying to get an emerging record label, Hit Productions, off the ground.
Edelsten with Leanne Nesbitt on their wedding day. The pair split after a tumultuous three-year marriage
Edelsten pictured in a Sydney Swans file photo. He made his money pioneering revolutionary 24-hour medical centres offering bulk-billing, so that patients bore no financial cost
He worked at Royal Melbourne Hospital after graduation then as a GP in rural Victoria and New South Wales.
He gained a pilots licence and began to offer remote services before turning his attention to the expansion of medical practices in Sydney.
Starting with a practice at Coogee, Edelsten began opening revolutionary 24-hour medical centres offering bulk-billing, so that patients bore no financial cost for consultations.
His first clinic was reportedly seeing 2,000 patients each week within four months of opening. By the time he had 13 medical centres, about 20,000 people were coming through the doors every seven days.
His clinics attracted attention for interior decor not normally associated with medical practices. This included mink-covered examination tables, chandeliers and white grand pianos in the waiting rooms.
Dr Geoffrey Edelsten pictured in his surgery in September 1985. His first cutting-edge clinic was reportedly seeing 2,000 patients each week within four months
Edelsten bought the Sydney Swans AFL team in July 1985 for $2.9million, making him a household name.
A year later he tried to buy a controlling stake in the Cronulla Sharks rugby league team, but his offer was rejected.
Around that time, Edelsten’s adventure with the Swans began to unravel.
‘Success on the field was not translated to financial security, membership or a sustainable structure,’ said an entry in the official history of the Swans.
Edelsten resigned as chairman after less than twelve months in the role and he sold his interest in 1988.
Edelsten was the first private owner of a major AFL team when he bought the Swans for $2.9million in 1985. He is pictured in a cover photo for Good Weekend
The first captain of the Swans, Barry Round, heralded Edelsten’s star power for helping put the team ‘on the map’ after their relocation from Melbourne in 1982.
‘He created some important awareness with the Sydney people,’ Round said.
‘We were only getting our best players and goalkickers in one of the back pages of the Sydney Morning Herald, but with his flamboyant style he really turned it around for the club.’
Edelsten’s involvement with Carlton Football Club wasn’t as high profile, but lasted longer. He was a made a life member in 2013.
AFL legend Greg Williams also paid tribute to Edelsten.
‘He was a great man,’ the Carlton icon, who joined the Swans a year after Edelsten took over in 1985, told 3AW.
‘People had an opinion of him but he was a lot different than the actual opinion. He was a great guy with a great heart and he loved the Swans even though he barracked for Carlton.
‘I loved Dr Edelsten. All the blokes who played for the Swans I’m sure there’s great memories there. ‘
Most controversial of all was Edelsten’s relationship with one of his patients in the early 1980s – the notorious hitman Christopher Dale Flannery.
In 1984 Edelsten provided Flannery with a medical certificate stating the gun-for-hire was unfit to stand trial because of an infection following tattoo removal surgery.
The late 1980s was a period of decline for the ultra-ambitious Edelsten.
In 1988 he was deregistered in NSW after being found guilty of professional misconduct over several matters, including employing an unqualified laser surgeon.
Nesbitt was a 19-year-old model when she first met the businessman. They tied the knot in 1984 but split in 1988
In 1990 he was convicted of perverting the course of justice and soliciting Flannery – who had disappeared in May 1985 – to assault a former patient. He was jailed for a year.
After the NSW Parliament was told Edelsten was practicing medicine in Victoria, he was also deregistered there and by the early 1990s Edelsten went bankrupt.
Edelsten was credited by then-Swans captain Barry Rounds for turning around the club’s fortune after buying the team in 1985
He re-emerged in business as the man behind a mail-order paternity test kit business in 2001 called Gene-E, which was advertised on late night television.
Edelsten’s masterstroke and fortune would come from the Allied Medical chain of 24-hour ‘superclinics’ he founded in 2005 with a business partner.
He sold Allied in 2011 for $200million to Sonic Healthcare and invested $1million into the Australian horror movie Wolf Creek 2.
While Edelsten’s fortune and main personal achievements were arguably from his business dealings, it was his colourful life that he will be remembered for.