Hedge fund exec marries Princess, declines royal life

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A U.S. hedge fund executive has nabbed what might be the ultimate trophy wife.

Christopher O'Neill, a partner with hedge fund Noster Capital, married Princess Madeleine of Sweden this weekend at Stockholm's Royal Chapel. It was quite an event, one that even the Wall Street A-list would have had trouble securing an invitation to.

According to the Washington Post, "Madeleine, 30, was wearing a stunning silk organza dress with a lace top and four meter (13 foot) trail, designed by Valentino Garavani, when she tied the knot with British-American O'Neill on Saturday. Around 470 European royals, top New York socialites and celebrities were in attendance."

It will be interesting to see how this marriage is perceived by the Swedes. Madelein's sister, Crown Princess Victoria, married a commoner and remains quite popular, apparently.

O'Neill couldn't be called a commoner. He "was born into a wealthy family. His late father, Paul O'Neill, set up the European head office of Oppenheimer & Co. in London in the 1960s." But in terms of the hedge fund industry, he might be seen as much more of a commoner.

In any case, the royal life may not be for him. O'Neill "has declined a royal rank in Sweden, which would have required him to become a Swedish citizen. He has chosen to continue working and the newlyweds are expected to move back to their apartment in Manhattan." She will continue to work for the World Childhood Foundation, an organization her mother set up.

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