Maria Fabiola Beracasa was born in Caracas to Veronica de Gruyter and her first husband, Alfredo Beracasa, a Venezuelan insurance and banking tycoon. Her parents divorced when she was a kid; when her mom moved to New York to become the third—and final—wife of the late tycoon Randolph Hearst in 1987, Fabiola and her brother Carlos traded an estate in Caracas for a lavish apartment on Fifth Avenue. After graduating from Boston College—and spending a summer interning for Karl Lagerfeld—she decamped to New York and took a job working in Christian Dior's special events department. She also became a major social presence and later joined Circa Jewelry, where she served as the company's creative director until 2008.
Thanks to her busy social schedule, Fabiola became one of the most talked about socialites during the mid-'00s, along with fellow limelight addict Tinsley Mortimer. More recently she's settled down a bit and been looking to build her journalism esume. Fabiola is currently a contributor at and Interview and, of course, spends times working on behalf of charities like Snap-X.
Fabiola and her longtime boyfriend Jason Beckman, a money manager at Deutsche Bank, announced that they were expecting a wee one in early 2012. [Image via Getty]