Lakshmi Mourning Billionaire Boyfriend Forstmann

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November 20, 2011 | 6:40pm EST

TV star Padma Lakshmi is in mourning after the death of her longtime partner and business financier Theodore Forstmann.
Forstmann, who had been dating the Top Chef host over the last several years, passed away on Sunday after a battle with brain cancer. He was 71.

Forstmann founded the investment firm Forstmann & Little Co. in 1978 and the organization went on to acquire a number of different companies, including beverage group Dr. Pepper and sports agency IMG.

The billionaire, who was also briefly linked to the late Princess Diana during the late 1990s, vowed to give half his net worth to charity following his death after partnering with The Giving Pledge in February.