Robert Thorne was more than happy to sell his minority stake in DUALSTAR LLC - the company which markets products bearing the twins' names - after the 18-year-olds made him an offer he couldn't refuse.
Thorne helped the teen millionairesses run Dualstar for 15 years, which manufactures clothes, make-up, books and DVDs under the stars' names.
Thorne says, "The decision was to respect their desire to take the helm perhaps a few years earlier than I had anticipated. I didn't want to stand in their way provided I was taken care of, as I was handsomely."
Ashley enthuses, "I am truly excited to continue the Dualstar legacy we built with Robert and work hand in hand with Mary-Kate to push the company to even higher heights."31/01/2005 13:59