Sir Philip Green has a Thing for big Cats
Not only Sir Philip Green’s shops were sporting leopard print in the summer of 2006 – the British fashion mogul also owns Lion Cub, an Otam Cigarette 45 tender decorated with leopard print. Lion Cub is used to transport Sir Philip and his family and guests to and from his luxurious 63-meter motor yacht, yet another ship named after a big cat, the Lionheart. Reportedly built for £32 million, the deluxe yacht offers all the comforts of home, at least that of a typical billionaire’s home.
Worldly sophistication and grace
The hull of the Lionheart is made of steel and the superstructure of aluminium. Inside she sports six well-appointed and lavishly decorated state rooms with ample space to accommodate 12 guests in comfort, as well as cabin space for 16 crew members. Although she is usually docked in Monaco, France, Lionheart was built in Livorno, Italy and is flagged in the United Kingdom. Constructed by the naval architects Benetti Yachts and delivered in 2006, the interior and exterior of the Lionheart was designed by Italian designer Stefano Natucci. The deck is made with top quality teak and features elegant lines and a sleek look. The Lionheart offers guests all the standard luxurious conveniences like a dedicated bar, on-deck spa pool and state-of-the-art six speaker sound system surrounding the Jacuzzi.
Elegant stores and expensive toys
Sir Philip Green is a British business man and billionaire who made his substantial fortune in the retail clothing industry. He is the CEO of the Arcadia Group. The Arcadia retail conglomerate owns several high street fashion chain stores including Miss Selfridges, Outfit, BHS, Topman, Topshop, Evans, Wallis, Burton and Dorothy Perkins. Sir Philip’s wife Tina Green is the owner of Arcadia. The Greens live in Monaco with their children Brandon and Chloe and Sir Philip spends week days at a hotel in London so that he can meet his responsibilities as CEO. His efforts are rewarded with various high-priced gifts to himself like the Lionheart and his private jet, a Gulfstream G550 worth around £20 million. Mrs Green spoils him with over-the-top gifts like the solid gold Monopoly set that features his own acquisitions.
Extravagant and star-studded parties
Known for his lavish parties, Sir Philip hired both Destiny’s Child and Andrea Bocelli for his son’s Bar Mitzvah which was held in the French Riviera and attended by more than 200 guests. For his nephew’s Bar Mitzvah Sir Philip rented Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, hired One Direction as entertainment and invited Simon Cowell and Louis Walsh. At a party in honour of his children’s birthdays the generous businessman spent over £1 million on a lush venue in Mayfair and a performance by Rihanna. His 50th birthday was celebrated in similar ostentatious style when he flew 200 guests on a private plane to the island of Cyprus for a toga party that lasted three days and featured Rod Stewart and Tom Jones. Sir Philip’s luxurious tastes and celebrity friends include Leonardo di Caprio, Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell, who have all been guests onboard the Lionheart.