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Is Billionaire Roman Abramovich Planning Aliyah?

Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Published on Jewish Business News
by Ilan Shavit

Just as Ben Mezrich’s new book “Once Upon a Time in Russia: The Rise of the Oligarchs” is about to be published, with what are expected to be authentic descriptions of the battle between tycoons Boris Berezovsky and Roman Abramovich, with a Warner Bros. movie already in production, the colorful owner of Chelsea soccer club appears to be moving his business to Tel Aviv.

Globes reported Monday that the 58th richest man on the planet, with an estimated fortune of $12 billion, has picked up a major asset in Israel, the lot on which stands the Varsano boutique hotel in gentrified, picturesque south Tel Aviv.

Abramowich paid roughly $25 million for the lot, which was owned by the Guy and Yaron Versano (married to Israeli Hollywood actress Gal Gadot—a.k.a. Wonder Woman), in the old neighborhood of Neve Tzedek, near the border of Jaffa.

The lot is less than half an acre in all, and includes the hotel, which is slated for preservation, as well as a parking lot, zoned for housing.

Now, Abramovich lives with his family in London, but he has been expressing an interest for a few years now, according to Globes, in buying property in Neve Tzedek.

Late last March, the media reported that Abramovich had arrived in Israel on his private jet and stayed at the boutique hotel Norman in Tel Aviv, where he engaged in several secret business meetings. Now it turns out that he was closing on the Varsano transaction. There was a report back then that he was spotted touring the old neighborhood.

Abramovich owns several luxury properties in London and the U.S., and now he owns a nice piece of Israel. He visits Israel with his family on the holidays. So the expectations are that he will convert the Versano into a residential facility and use the zoning rights to add residential space to use during his stay in Israel.

Last year, Abramowich and his family celebrated the Passover seder at the Genesis hotel down in Mitzpe Ramon.

He rented the entire hotel, naturally.

Abramowich has invested in many Israeli technology companies, like the transportation collaboration start-up Via, investment fund iAngels, the Storedot company developing rapid charging of smartphones, and AcousticEye, which tests tubes using sound waves.

Abramowitz owns a private Boeing 767-300, and in 2007 he added an Airbus A380 for $300 million. In 2010 he also added a yacht—Eclipse—for $ 1.2 billion, the second biggest yachts in all of God’s wide seas.

So, is Roman Abramowich doing Aliyah? We have no idea, but he might as well—he owns a chunk of the place already.

This article was written by ILan Shavit.

JBN / Jewish Business News

British Soccer Club Owner Rents Entire Israeli Hotel for Passover

Sunday, April 13th, 2014

If you are looking for a hotel room for Passover in Mitzpeh Ramon in the Central Negev, start looking elsewhere.

Roman Abramovich, owner of Britain’s Chelsea soccer club, has booked all 111 rooms in the Beresheet Hotel in the mountain desert resort city, the London Daily Mail reported.

Abramovich reportedly will fly to Israel today (Sunday) in his private jet with Darya Zhukova and their children Aaron and Leah, and travel by limousine to the hotel.

The bill will come to approximately $450,000, not including tips. He will conduct the Passover Seder in a tent that was built for him at the Beresheet Hotel, which has a view of the Ramon Crater, the world’s largest crater created by erosion.

He can afford it. His personal wealth is estimated at  slightly more than $14 billion making him the 50th richest person in the world, according to Forbes.

The last time  Abramovich was in Israel for Passover was in 2009, when he rented out an entire floor of a hotel in Eilat.

The Daily Mail reported, “Abramovich is a frequent visitor to Israel. In the past year alone he has been to the country five times, including visits to technology incubators in Tel Aviv with a view to investing in high-tech startups and attending a fundraising event for an organization that carries out archeological excavations, which he supports financially.”

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Designer Leon Max Is Buying Up Britain

Sunday, March 11th, 2012

The Sunday Daily Mail features a colorful spread on fashion designer, owner of the Max Studio upmarket fashion chain, Leon Max, or Leonid Maxovitch Rodovinksi, “one of a clutch of rich Russians buying up chunks of Britain.” The piece recalls another billionaire, Roman Abramovich, who bought the London Chelsea soccer team. But instead of buying soccer clubs, Max has purchased “a spectacularly beautiful English stately home.” Love those Jews and their wonderful money…

The spread headline is long enough to serve as a story all by itself: The Russian billionaire, his six-foot tall blonde muse and the stately pile he’s bought from a hard-up English aristocrat

At the end of a long green alley stands a mini-Versailles, nine windows wide, approached by a pair of billowing stairs. Cream stone façade, stone lions caged on the roof by a four-square balustrade – Easton Neston looks like the home of a Renaissance prince. The house was built in 1702, by the architect Nicholas Hawksmoor. Unusually for such an exquisite piece of architecture, it’s never been open to the public.

The new estate cost Max a very pretty penny: £25 million (that’s just under $40 million to you and me).

The Mail reports that During the hunting season Max hosts in his lovely little home the likes of the Earl and Countess of Albemarle and society actress Georgina Rylance. I have no idea who they are, but the Mail appears very impressed.

Then comes this paragraph:

Into the drawing room strides the six-foot-tall blonde Katia Elizavora, model and face of Max’s fashion line, who was spotted aged 14 in the street in Saratov, a town south of Moscow.

According to the Mail, Max fled Russia as a teenager in the Seventies, using a visa to Israel. Instead of changing planes in Vienna, he claimed political asylum and ended up in New York City. The rest is fashion history.

Yori Yanover

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