Steve Bing, once a truly filthy rich guy, who had inherited millions and spent money as if it would never run out, until he jumped to his death from the 27th floor of his condominium at10000 Santa Monica Boulevard, Los Angeles, California, on June 22, 2020. One can only imagine all the demons a man like him must have had. Steve was born March 31, 1965, and from what one could see, “had it all.” I spoke to a friend who knows all about Steve Bing just last week over dinner at the Hotel Bel-Air, one of my favorite places to dine, if it was possible that having less than $300,000.00 would cause a once very, very rich guy to take a “swan dive” from the 27th floor. For a working guy, $300,000 is not a bad saving. I wonder as the world and memories were passing him by at tremendous speeds, would Steve Bing realize that he had the best friend’s money could buy, and all that money had apparently been spent foolishly?
**Remember this, it was not the jump that killed Steve Bing; it was that sudden stop. R.I.P. Filthy Rich Guy.
This being Christmas Eve, I was having flashbacks on Bing and, of all people, Susan Wiesner. (Susan Wiesner is one of the most successful DIVORCE lawyers in Southern California) It was Susan who introduced me to one of my favorite restaurants in the world, Madeo, back in the day when it was on 8899 Beverly Boulevard. (It was supposed to be a temporary move to 362 N. Camden Dr. Beverly Hills, California, while a major remodel took place) Two years later, it appears that Madeo, owned and run by the Vietina family, is calling it quits. Spaghetti alla Bottarga was always my main course, and sea bass eggs never tasted so good. Of course, they would have specials for appetizers and such; everything was always well done and just perfect. As I have stated, it was Susan Wiesner who had invited me to Madeo the first time. Susan always had access to any restaurant that she desired and was always greeted by those gatekeepers that keep some great secrets of Southern California eateries! If Susan is dining or visiting a place, you can bet it is the best of the best.
On one of my dinner dates with Susan, as we were leaving Madeo, we were walking towards the front door, and there, sitting at the first table on the right, was Steve Bing with several people (*Jimmy Rip may have been present) having a ball. As I recall, it was a round table, and Bing was sitting with his back against the wall looking out over the dining room. Appearing to have not a care in the world, the good life with “friends.” Who would have ever thought that a “Swan Dive” was in Bing’s future? I had found it interesting as I had touched Steve Bings’ life a few years before while working for Kerkorian. Dental floss, really? Los Angeles is really a small place at times, frighteningly so actually, when you roll in those “wealthy” circles. For me, personally, it is only a job, and as soon as I am done, I am done; another memoir from a “Beverly Hills P.I.”
Note: Madeo was also enjoyed with Joe Mannis, Adam Lipsic, Neal Hersh, Bob Cohen, George T. Caplan, and so many others at different times. BUT! It was Susan Wiesner who was my guide to one of the best restaurants in the world! I was going so often that it was easy to get a table, no matter whether it was lunch or dinner; lunch was my favorite time, nice and quiet. After they moved to their final “temporary” location, I never went again. I don’t like change unless I choose the change.
By John Nazarian
Straight Talk with John J. Nazarian, Private Investigator
December 28, 2021
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