An Italian pop stars for-profit school charged exorbitant sums to help students attain the jet-set lifeeven as the state authority claimed it was dodging the law.”>
In 2002, the co-founder of the European School of Economics, an Italian businessman and former rock musician named Elio DAnna, released a novel in which a man named The Dreamer creates a school where one will learn that happiness is economy that wealth, leisure and beauty are every mans birthright.
The book described this place as a School for Gods.
Eight years before, DAnna had created his paradise in real-life in Rome, and campuses for his school spread throughout Europefrom Paris to Londonover the next half-decade.
The schools philosophy was like a secular version of the prosperity gospel or that Oprah-sanctioned juggernaut The Secretyou are destined to get rich if you just believe it hard enoughand for $90,000 a year, the European School of Economics would help you actualize the jet-set life.
DAnnas confidence in his vision shines through in his novel, also titled The School for Gods. Dont fear any attack, the Dreamer counsels. It will seem as though youre hindered in every way, but every difficulty or enemy will, in actual fact, turn out to be your closest ally, an integral and irreplaceable part of this construction.
Yet even as DAnnas School for Gods expanded and aligned itself with celebrities like Kris Jenner and Donald Trump, it faced a slew of lawsuits abroad and in the U.S. over unpaid debts to former faculty and contractorsand cease-and-desist letters from the New York State Education Department, which told The Daily Beast that until this year, the school did not have permission to operate or advertise degree programs in the state.
The European School of Economics (ESE) did not respond to multiple Daily Beast requests for comment.
When attacks on the European School of Economics shortcomings came to light on the websites like CollegeTimes.Co, the school tried to have them scrubbed from the web.
Jesse Nickles of CollegeTimes.Co, which collects reviews of colleges and universities, said he received a takedown request of a negative review in the form of a bizarre, poorly written email from the email address of ESEs CEO, Alessandro Nomellini, last year.