John Whittaker, Executive
Chairman of The Peel Group, is liquidating his stakes in Peel Ports and Liverpool Airport, The Times newspaper claims.
The newspaper says that
Whittaker is taking this action as his “finances have been stretched” by the
“plummeting value” of shopping centre owner Intu Properties due to the current
“retail bloodbath”. Peel Group owns 27.3% of Intu and its share price has
declined by around 70% in three years.
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US President Donald Trump used the British Royal family to ‘gin up’ publicity for his property developments for a number of years, CNN claim.
The report alleges that between 1981 and 1995 multiple claims that members of the Royal family were joining Trump properties, which likely originated from Trump himself, appeared in New York tabloids and national papers. These included a 1983 claim that Prince Charles and Princess Diana were planning to buy a $5m apartment in the then newly launched Trump Tower in New York.
Property tycoon Vincent
Tchenguiz’s latest investment outside the property world is in biotechnology,
it is reported.
Tchenguiz is said to be
investing $7 million (about £5.5m) in BioProtect Ltd. Israel-based BioProtect
has developed a proprietary technology platform for biodegradable balloons
which can be used to protect healthy tissue from radiotherapy during the
treatment of prostate cancer.
With the product already
launched in Europe it is reported that this latest funding round will help
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Property tycoon Robert
Tchenguiz has told a newspaper that he is supportive of a campaign to remove the
current board of bus and rail operators First Group Plc.
Tchnengiz has bought 0.5% of
the shares of First Group recently and has apparently told the newspaper that he
supports the activities of its biggest investor, Coast Capital, who are trying
to install their own choice of directors. He explained to the newspaper: “Coast
is not trying to take control of this company, all they're trying to do is
Cazoo, the used car buying platform being set up by Zoopla founder Alex Chesterman, has made three high profile appointments, all with extensive experience in the sector.
Former Auto Trader UK
Sales Director Kevin Harding has been appointed as Pricing Director. Tesla’s
former General Manager Remarketing will become Operations Director, while Manheim's
former Vehicle Solutions Director Bryan Stringer will join as Head of
Cazoo’s Chief Commercial Officer
Paul Whitehead says: “We’re delighted to welcome!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
London’s Mayfair is the ‘best
part of the best capital in the world’ from a property development point of
view, according to mobile phone and property tycoon John Caudwell.
Speaking to Spears
Magazine as his own ultra-luxury Mayfair development progresses Caudwell
suggests that Mayfair holds this lofty status
as demand for high end property there exceeds the supply of developable space. He
also suggests that Brexit will not affect the development potential in Mayfair, although any future Jeremy Corbyn government
Not every boardroom or senior property industry executive wants to or can stay at the top for good.
The pressures of internal politics, ambitious targets and a volatile housing market persuade many to look for job satisfaction away from the hurly burly of corporate life.
But where to? The most recent example is Graham Lock, the former managing director of estate agency giant The Property Franchise Group (TPFG), who revealed last week that he was establishing a trade body.
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Property tycoon Nick Candy
is facing a £1.5bn legal claim, it is reported.
A story in the Daily Mail says
that the claim is being made by company director Michael Brown who was involved
with a prospective sale of Candy’s £160m penthouse at One Hyde Park, London.
The property is said to be the most expensive flat in Britain. Candy took out a £80m mortgage on it last year, thought to be one of Britain’s largest ever residential mortgages.
The report says that a
spokesman for Nick Candy denies the claim and believes!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
Property tycoon John
Hitchcox says he is avoiding residential developments in the UK for now, and will focus on a £1bn redevelopment
of London’s Olympia exhibition centre.
Hitchcox’s Yoo Capital Olympia scheme will incorporate two new hotels, restaurants, a theatre, performance space to create a new performing arts and cultural district, 670,000 sq ft of offices and a hub for tech companies.
Hitchcox said in a
Bloomberg report: “London
is a great city and will always be a great city, and this will keep us going. It’s!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
OakNorth Bank is Europe’s most valuable fintech company according to a
fintech expert writing for Forbes.
OakNorth has a $2.8bn valuation, so says the report. It has raised $1bn todate and lent $4bn to British businesses without a single credit default. Earlier this year it secured an investment of $440m, the largest of any fintech in European history.
The business is also
described as a ‘rare breed of fintech unicorn’ as it is profitable, reporting a
220% increase in pre-tax profits to £46m in its third full year of!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
There are 239 people worldwide
worth a billion dollars or more as a result of property and 139 are Chinese – according
to the Hurun Global Real Estate Rich List 2019.
Hurun says that Xu Jiayin of Shenzhen-based Evergrande is the richest real estate tycoon in the world with total wealth of $37bn.
The report, which has been
compiled for the first time this year, adds that the US and UK are second
and third in the world rankings with 26 and 17 dollar property billionaires respectively.
Rupert Hoogewerf, Chairman
A budding young property tycoon who has built a portfolio of six properties worth over £1.5m still cannot afford to buy a property in London, a report says.
According to the Daily
Mail Emily Evans, 30, has built a £1.5m property portfolio by buying and
renovating houses in the south west of England – including a single renovation
which returned a £65,000 profit. However she says that she still cannot afford
to buy a single property in London
where she works, and rents there instead.
Evans puts her success down to her!-->!-->!-->!-->!-->…
Czech property tycoon Radovan
Vitek has spent £55m on a portfolio of 11 luxury serviced apartments on The
Bishops Avenue, London N2 – a road that it is frequently referred to as
The Evening Standard says that Vitek’s CPI Property Group has sealed the deal in a joint venture with private investor Dean Main. The purchase comprises 11 lateral apartments in the Buxmead development. Buxmead’s apartments come complete with a hotel style amenities including a concierge service, indoor pool, spa and cinema!-->!-->!-->…