Japanese billionaire seeks eight people to fly to moon

Japanese billionaire Yusaku Maezawa has invited eight members of the public to join him for a trip around the moon on Elon Musk’s SpaceX flight. “I want people from all kinds of backgrounds to join,” he said in a video via Twitter, where he also shared a link to application details. He said he will pay for the entire journey, so those who come onboard will fly for free. The mission, called dearMoon, is scheduled to fly in 2023. Applicants need to meet two criteria: they should advance “whatever activity” they are in to “help other people and greater society in … Continue reading Japanese billionaire seeks eight people to fly to moon

LVMH buys 50% of rapper Jay-Z’s champagne brand Armand de Brignac

LVMH’s Moet Hennessy has bought a 50% stake in Armand de Brignac, a Champagne producer owned by rapper Jay-Z, another sign of a close relationship between the luxury industry and hip-hop culture. The rap star has been an investor in the brand since 2006, when he touted the brand, known for its Ace of Spades logo on a metallic silver bottle, in a video for “Show Me What You Got.” Jay-Z bought out Sovereign Brands’s stake in the company in 2014. “Armand de Brignac breaks barriers and reflects contemporary luxury, while preserving the tradition of the Champagne terroirs,” Philippe Schaus, … Continue reading LVMH buys 50% of rapper Jay-Z’s champagne brand Armand de Brignac

Yacht once owned by French tycoon sinks off Malaysia

A multimillion-dollar sailing yacht that once belonged to French tycoon Bernard Tapie has sunk off the coast of Malaysia, an official confirmed Sunday, after it caught fire a few days ago. The 75-metre yacht sank off the holiday island of Langkawi Seven crew members were saved from the vessel after rescuers were alerted to the fire on Thursday Malaysia’s coastguard said the 75-metre (246 foot) Phocea sank near the holiday island of Langkawi early Friday morning, a day after a blaze engulfed the four-masted yacht. “We believed it sank Friday morning, at about five or six a.m.,” senior coastguard official Mohamad Zawawi … Continue reading Yacht once owned by French tycoon sinks off Malaysia

Hong Kong developer sells Asia’s priciest apartment at $59 million

Hong Kong tycoon Victor Li’s CK Asset Holdings Ltd. sold a luxury apartment for a record-breaking HK$459 million ($59 million), another sign that the city’s upscale housing market is recovering. The price for the five-bedroom apartment at the 21 Borrett road project spanning 3,378 square feet (314 square meters) translates into HK$136,000 per square foot, sale materials show. It broke the record made by another luxury development in Mount Nicholson in 2017, making it the most expensive apartment in Asia, according to Bloomberg Intelligence. Situated in the exclusive mid-levels neighborhood, the home comes with a private roof and a swimming pool. The transaction also included three parking spaces … Continue reading Hong Kong developer sells Asia’s priciest apartment at $59 million

Rihanna’s Fenty Fashion House Closing After Less Than Two Years

Rihanna’s LVMH-backed fashion house, Fenty, is closing less than two years after its launch. Rihanna attends the second press day for Rihanna’s Savage X Fenty Show. On Wednesday, the French luxury goods giant, Louis Vuitton owner LVMH and the pop star announced their agreement to close the fashion line. In a statement, LVMH confirmed that Fenty’s ready to wear line would be “put on hold” amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “Rihanna and LVMH have jointly made the decision to put on hold the RTW (ready to wear) activity, based in Europe, pending better conditions.” The website reports that Rihanna is … Continue reading Rihanna’s Fenty Fashion House Closing After Less Than Two Years

Kevin Hart’s personal shopper allegedly used actor’s credit cards to buy himself $1M in luxury goods

Kevin Hart Kevin Hart’s personal shopper allegedly stole more than $1 million from the actor by making unauthorized purchases with Hart’s credit cards. Dylan Jason Syer was arraigned in Queens Supreme Court on Wednesday facing grand larceny and other charges, the Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz announced. Syer, 29, was charged on a 10-count indictment with grand larceny in the first and second degree, criminal possession of stolen property in the first and second degree, identity theft in the first degree and scheme to defraud in the first degree by acting Queens Supreme Court Justice John Latella. In addition, the DA … Continue reading Kevin Hart’s personal shopper allegedly used actor’s credit cards to buy himself $1M in luxury goods

A British millionaire has been ordered to demolish the $64 million chateau he built in the south of France years after he ‘forgot’ to request a building permit

© French courts say the $64 million Chateau Diter was built without permission in a protected woodland area. VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images British millionaire property developer Patrick Diter and his wife, Monica, wanted to buy a villa in Tuscany. Instead, the couple ended up building their very own sprawling, $64 million Tuscan-style mansion in Grasse, a town in the south of France less than an hour’s drive from Nice, French magazine Paris Match reported in 2017. The 32,000-square-foot mansion, dubbed “Chateau Diter,” includes 18 suites, two helicopter pads, a swimming pool, and manicured gardens, but it may not be standing for much longer. France’s … Continue reading A British millionaire has been ordered to demolish the $64 million chateau he built in the south of France years after he ‘forgot’ to request a building permit

See inside Serena Williams’s glamorous Florida mansion

It should come as no surprise that Serena Williams’s Florida home is an absolute Grand Slam — but it didn’t get that way without a little help. After purchasing the 14,500-square-foot property five years ago, the tennis champion, 39, enlisted the help of her sister, Venus, 40, and her interior design firm V Starr, to help turn the Spanish Mediterranean–style estate into her dream home. “I was moving away from Venus for the first time in my life, so I wanted it to be really meaningful,” Serena told Architectural Digest in their March cover story, noting that she had previously lived with her … Continue reading See inside Serena Williams’s glamorous Florida mansion

Brits snap up Australian wine that didn’t go to China

Sales of Australian wine to the UK have surged almost 30% in the last year as producers try to overcome crippling taxes on exports to China. Wine producers have ramped up exports to Europe to a 10-year high, with the UK now the number one destination. China increased taxes by a massive 212% in November following a trade spat with Australia which has also affected goods including lobsters and coal. Wine Australia said the UK sales surge was helped by lockdowns and Brexit. The value of wine exports to Europe climbed 22% last year, while “standout performer” the UK saw … Continue reading Brits snap up Australian wine that didn’t go to China

French chef Albert Roux, credited with transforming English dining, dies at 85

Albert Roux, the French-born chef and restaurateur who along with his late brother Michel had a profound influence on British dining habits, has died at 85, Roux died Monday after being unwell for a while, his family said in a statement Wednesday. The family did not reveal the location or cause of death. In 1982, the brothers’ restaurant in London, Le Gavroche, became the first British restaurant to be awarded three Michellin stars, it was frequented by a loyal clientele that included many of the icons of the Swinging Sixties. The brothers took turns in the kitchen and dining room, seeking … Continue reading French chef Albert Roux, credited with transforming English dining, dies at 85

Woman clings to hood of speeding car to try to stop theft of $10,000 puppy

A Texas woman is accused of stealing a $10,000 dog and then driving for more than a mile as a store employee who tried to stop her clung to the hood of her car.© Provided by NBC News Video captured store worker Alize James on the front of sedan as it sped through Harris County, which is where Houston is, on Nov. 4. “I was hanging on for dear life,” James told NBC affiliate KPRC of Houston. She was working at Bully Kamp when a couple came in and discussed financing options for buying the exotic bully puppy, but while she … Continue reading Woman clings to hood of speeding car to try to stop theft of $10,000 puppy

Vaccine and water unseats Mukesh Ambani as Asia’s richest person

Asia has a new richest person thanks to his vaccine-making firm and bottled water company. Zhong Shanshan has seen his wealth surge $7bn (£5.1bn) this year, helping him leapfrog India’s Mukesh Ambani and China’s Jack Ma, his is worth $77.8bn, making him the world’s 11th richest person according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index. Nicknamed the “lone wolf” Mr Zhong’s career has spanned journalism, mushroom farming and healthcare. Mr Zhong took vaccine-maker Beijing Wantai Biological public in April listing its shares on the Chinese stock market, three months later he did the same thing with Nongfu Spring, his bottled water company, … Continue reading Vaccine and water unseats Mukesh Ambani as Asia’s richest person