Joe Lewis is a British entrepreneur, investor and an avid art collector. He is a self-made billionaire, and one of the wealthiest people in the world. On the Forbes Billionaire List 2013, he is ranked as the 9th richest Person in the UK and the 308th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of $4.2 billion.
Net Worth: $4.2 billion (as of March 2013)
Source: Self-made, Real Estate
Born: February 5, 1937 (Age 76)
Marital Status: Married with 2 Kids
Others: Owns a Yacht and Loves Art
Joe Lewis was born on February 5, 1937 to a poor Jewish family that lived in Roman Road, Bow, London. At the age of 15, Lewis dropped out of school and became a waiter at his father’s catering business. After some years, he took over the family business and quickly expanded it, selling luxury good to American tourists. In 1979, he sold the business for a substantial profit and invested the money in his new currency exchange business. Lewis teamed up with world famous currency speculator George Soros in 1992 to bet against the British Pound. The great short of the British Pound made Lewis very wealthy. Some say that Lewis made more than Soros in that event. Until today, he is still an active Forex trader.
Joe Lewis is now one of the wealthiest people not just in the United Kingdom, but also in the world. He is the owner of one of the most popular English Premier League football clubs, Tottenham Hotspurs. Lewis is also the largest shareholder in Mitchell’s and Butlers plc, which is UK’s largest pub operator, with about 135 restaurants in the United States operating under brands such as Freebirds and Abe & Louie’s. He is also the major investor in Tavistock Group, which is a multinational corporation that owns over 200 companies in fifteen nations. The portfolio of this multinational company includes restaurants, sports teams, private luxury properties, a hospital, factories and resorts.
Lewis’s Wealth and Possessions
Besides being the owner of Tottenham Hotspurs, Lewis owns three clubs that compete in the Tavistock Cup tournament that is hosted annually in Florida. These clubs include Lake Nona Golf & Country Club, Iselworth Golf & Country Club and Albany. Albany is the new golf community in the Bahamas that Lewis opened in 2010. Some of the amenities offered at Albany include a luxury boutique hotel, an adult pool, a water park, a spa and fitness center, a kid’s club house and an Els-designed championship golf course.
Lewis also owns 220ft yacht Aviva that was built in 2007, and currently uses it as his personal mobile office. The beautiful super yacht is moored up on the Thames in the heart of London, near Tower Bridge. It is also said that Lewis currently acquired a refit at a price of £65million.
Being an avid art collector, Lewis has vast art collections that are estimated to be worth $1 billion. His art collection includes works from Henry Moore, Matisse, Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Picasso. He also owns homes in Argentina, Florida and the Bahamas.
Lewis' yacht, the Aviva
Lewis was previously married to Esther Browne, but later ended their marriage in divorce. They had two children, Vivienne Lewis Silverton and Charles Lewis. He is currently married to Jane Lewis.