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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.”

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.

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