Belgian playboy Count van den Steen de Jehay was a bon vivant, automobile racer, mountaineer, archaeologist, spelunker, alpine skier, sculptor, and especially an admirer of beautiful women. He lived in the Jehay-Bodegnée Castle, which is still regarded as one of the fairytale castles in Belgium.
Van den Steen bequeathed the castle to the city of Liège in early years against payment of an annuity, leaving it perfectly preserved. The castle served as a home for the Belgian Railway worker's children during World War II and was left in poor condition. Count van den Steen and his wife, the Marquise of Ormonde, restored the interior castle completely with furniture of the same period as the originals. Count van den Steen himself created many works in bronze and wrought iron that decorate the gardens of the Jehay-Bodognée Castle.