Meet India Rose (23) who shops on eBay and loves Air BnB - despite her €600m fortune
India Rose James is just like every girl her age shopping for bargains in Zara….but this twenty-something is one of the wealthiest young women in Britain.
The 23-year-old told Grazia magazine that she is “addicted” to scouring for fashion hits online and on the high street.
“I’m addicted to eBay. I eBay all day, every day,” she confessed.
So far, so normal - except for the fact that the youngest is ahead of the Queen of England on The Sunday Times rich list.
The statuesque blonde, who stands at 6ft in flat shoes, admits she has a “shoe problem” but claims that she tries to exert some discipline when it comes to shopping.
“‘I’d rather have another pair of shoes than, say, go out for an expensive meal. People have a misconception of me. They don’t realise that I was brought up by normal, middle-class people who have done very well for themselves. I always had to earn my pocket money like anybody else,” she told the magazine.
Despite her eye-watering €620m fortune, India is more often found at home with her boyfriend on a Friday night and spends the weekend with a tight-knit group of girlfriends from school who she’s still extremely close to.
The fashion student has just opened up her latest project, a 5,000 square foot gallery named Soho Revue which will showcase emerging artists.
“It annoys me when people ask me why I work,” she said. “Yes, I could spend my time flying round the world – and I like to treat myself to a holiday – but I want something to wake up to. I want to make my grandfather and my family proud of me; I’d love it if people saw my achievements first and spoke of my grandfather second. I want to feel like I’ve done something – especially as some people expect me to do nothing.”
India Rose hasn’t exactly had a fairy-tale life. Her mother Debbie died of a heroin overdose when she was a nine month old baby.
“Of course [my birth mother] is a part of me, but I’m not her,” India Rose says. “It’s unfair to judge me now on what’s happened in the past. I don’t actually think [Debbie’s death] has affected me at all. I have a mother and she’s been bringing me up since I was tiny.”
“Obviously it does keep you away from drugs,’ she adds. ‘Why do something that killed your mother?”
She adds that having access to a fortune isn’t all it’s cracked up to be.
“I’ve always known people might use me for my money,” she laments. “I’ve overheard girls I thought were going to be friends say, 'Get in with her, she owns The Box [a Soho nightclub].' But I don’t dwell on it. I couldn’t say for sure I wouldn’t be the same if I was in their position.”