Felix Yusupov, the richest man of his time, golden boy of the Russian aristocracy, did much to become famous. But in the history he is known as Grigory Rasputin’s murderer.
Felix was born on March 24, 1887 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire. Zinaida Nikolaevna, Felix’s mother, wanted to have a daughter. She even had sewed a pink dress for the unborn child. So as a child the boy was dressed in girlish dresses. Even in adulthood Felix liked to dress up in women’s suits. He was one of the first freaks of his time. You know, he liked to come to the restaurant with a makeup, in a dress and performed romances. Even after the wedding with Irina Romanova, the niece of the Tsar Nicholas II, he didn’t quit his old habits. Their daughter Irina was born in 1915.
To tell the truth, he was a frivolous aristocrat. For example, when he didn’t enter the military school, Felix made friends with gypsies and participated in performances singing soprano.
In 1909-1912 he studied at Oxford University (University College), where he founded the Russian Society of Oxford University. When Felix entered Oxford, he preferred comfortable armchairs of London theaters to hard benches of university audiences. For a while, he even acted in theater – an unheard infamy for the aristocracy. Moreover, he sang the female role instead of one of the blue-eyed actresses of Aquarium theater.