EXCLUSIVE: 'Sophia is my ideal girl…' Francis Boulle on Made in Chelsea crushes, penning a novel and living with the boys (they even have a personal chef!)
14:42 GMT, 6 November 2012
He is the suited and booted Made in Chelsea star who coined the phrase ‘Capitalism makes you beautiful.
But in between skateboarding around SW3 or spinning a globe in the Mayfair office where he runs one of his many businesses, Francis Boulle has found the time to publish a book too.
Titled Boulle’s Jewels, the witty self-help guide sees the goatee-wearing venture capitalist share his wry observations on business, dating, pranking and even pets.
Made in Chelsea star Francis Boulle has penned a novel and shares the pearls of wisdom he has acquired over his 24 years
‘I have always loved writing; I have written plays and business books,' he reveals in an exclusive interview with MailOnline.
'With the arrogance of youth, the courage of convictions and vast experience gleaned from the last 24 years, I offer this guide in the hope of inspiring you to create the life you imagine.'
The 24-year-old, whose full name is the tongue-twisting Francis Maximilien Yvan Christophe Boulle, has become known and loved for his cheeky smile and aristocratic arrogance and his rebellious ways date as far back as his boarding school days.
‘I was caught with a girl in an all-boys dorm at school. I snuck her through the back door,' he says, adding: 'I was a rebel at school but I am a completely law-abiding member of society now.’
While many of his cast mates spend their days sunning themselves in St Tropez or handbag shopping on the King’s Road, Francis can be found running one his many business ventures.
Since then he has set up the hilarious MP rating website sexymp.co.uk, established investment website fundmine.com and even has his sights set on developing a skateboard line.
And he says there is only one of his Made in Chelsea counterparts he would trust to help run his empire.
Francis lives with his fellow castmates Jamie Laing and Ollie Proudlock and the boys even have a housekeeper who cooks for them every day
‘I wouldn’t employ anyone from the show except for Stevie. He is very nice, switched on, funny and informed,' he says.
In his book he affirms that employees should be good-looking and he has two stylish celebrities in mind.
‘If I had to employ anyone it would be Mila Kunis and Ryan Reynolds because they are cool, good looking and have great style,’ he said.
Mila Kunis may be preoccupied with Ashton Kutcher, but Francis is no stranger to dating A-list celebrities and counts Emma Watson as his ex.
But A-list actresses aside, there is one breed of girls you won’t find him chasing.
‘I have had bad experiences with girls in the fashion industry, it is the type of industry that encourages superficiality and you can quickly become engulfed by the glamorous and bitchy world,’ he said.
Although the reality TV star once dated Emma Watson, he has switched his attention to Chelsea newcomer Sophia Sassoon
Unlike his co-stars he has never dabbled in an on-screen romance, but that could all be about to change after newcomer Sophia Sassoon recently burst onto the Chelsea scene.
‘Sophia is my ideal girl. She is fun and cool but any on-screen romance remains to be seen.’
But armed with only his standard ‘Hi, I’m Francis,’ chat-up line, the diamond mining heir will need a few more tricks up his sleeve when it comes to asking the brunette on a date.
‘I don’t really have chat-up lines. I believe in action not words, but not in a racy way, of course.
Francis burst onto the scene when he joined the original cast in the first series, but his day job includes running a diamond mining company and various other ventures
‘I once surprised a girl by flying her out to Nice though,’ he said.
The subtle romantic is a fully paid-up member of the Made in Chelsea boys – he currently lives with castmates Ollie Proudlock and Jamie Laing and the trio even have their own housekeeper and chef.
‘The boys are very well house-trained but we do have a housekeeper that cooks for us every day.
‘We are so busy that we never really get time to sit down and eat together but we have movie nights and we recently all had girls round and it was nice and cosy. Living with the boys is great fun.’
Boulle’s Jewels by Francis Boulle (Quercus, 9.99) is out on 8 November. www.boullesjewels.com