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Mail Diary: Cult figures in football chief's books

Mail On Sunday, 26 July 1998

From chriso@lutefisk.demon.co.uk Mon Feb  1 17:42:39 GMT 1999


RICHER by £174 million from the sale last week of his 67 per cent
investment in Hurst Publishing, the company behind Auto Trader magazine
which he founded 22 years ago, John Madejski retains his links with the
printing group Goodhead. 

Currently in Kuala Lumpur, bachelor John, 56, is chairman and chief
executive of the £18.2 million Oxfordshire company. It has been involved
with the controversial Church of Scientology, which charges around
£150,000 for a full course of 'enlightenment'. 'We have printed some
stuff in the past for the Scientologists, purely on commercial terms,
and, yes, we have been paid, ' I am told by Goodhead. 'As far as I know,
none of us is involved in Scientology.' The church's British base is in
East Grinstead, Sussex. Hollywood followers include John Travolta and
Tom Cruise. 

Scientology is banned in Germany, where Chancellor Helmut Kohl believes
it is a sinister sect. His spokesman says: 'They're not a church.
They're a form of political extremism.'

Its founder, L Ron Hubbard, who died in 1986, once boasted: 'If a man
wanted to make a million dollars, the best way to do it would be to
start a religion.' 

Born in Stoke-on-Trent, John lives in a mock Tudor mansion in Berkshire
and is chairman of Reading Football Club. When his home was burgled in
1995, Madejski revealed: 'All they took was a pair of my Valentino

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