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Sean Penn can continue work in Haiti due to mysterious backer

By Roger Friedman

HollywoodNews.com: Sean Penn has been in Haiti for five months doing killer work as a Good Samaritan. Vanity Fair has an elucidating piece on him in their new issue.

No one can question Penn’s commitment. But who’s paying for it?

The answer is blonde, beautiful 36 year old Diana Jenkins, a Bosnian refugee whose husband, Roger Jenkins, is a British billionaire banker. Jenkins is famous for rescuing failing banks with Middle East money. That’s how he saved Barclays last year from being taken over by the British government–with $15 billion from oil sheiks.

Now Roger Jenkins, who’s left Barclays after 25 years, is reportedly looking to buy Irish banks with Middle East money.

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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411.com column in April after 10 years with Fox News where he helped create Foxnews.com. Friedman’s prior experience on the Internet is with MSN’s Cinemania column. Friedman also wrote the Intelligencer column as a contributing editor at "New York Magazine," where he covered the O.J. Simpson criminal trial. In addition, Friedman has been involved in book publishing and filmmaking (Only the Strong Survive). For more about Roger go to Showbiz411.com

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