His daughter in tow and not a toga in sight: is Sir Philip Green slowing down for his 60th?
Retail tycoon's party plans are a far cry from his half century
Nick Clark is the arts correspondent of The Independent. He joined the newspaper in June 2007, initially reporting on the stock markets. He has covered beats including the City, and technology, media and telecoms and made the switch to arts in December 2011. He has also contributed articles to the sports section.
Monday 27 February 2012
Sir Philip Green, one of Britain's wealthiest men, has always enjoyed a good party, and next month will celebrate his 60th birthday at an exclusive resort with 150 of his closest friends.
But a decade after an opulent toga party in Cyprus it appears that the retail tycoon is finally slowing down.
The owner of the Arcadia group, which includes Topshop and Bhs, celebrates his birthday on 15 March, and his wife, Tina, is organising a multimillion-pound party to mark the event with the singer Adele rumoured to be appearing. He will share the celebrations with his daughter, Chloe, whose 21st birthday is two weeks earlier.
As in the past, Lady Green has fiercely guarded the details of the party, with guests given the location of the airport and told to pack "warm weather" clothing. They will then be flown to the mystery resort by private jet.
The retail tycoon has had some of pop music's most recognisable names perform at his parties in the past, and according to reports, Lady Green has approached Adele to appear.
For his 50th birthday, Sir Philip spent an estimated £5m on flying 219 friends to Cyprus, for a four-day bash that culminated in a toga party on the final evening. The entertainment included Tom Jones as well as Rod Stewart, who was reportedly paid £750,000.
Five years later, he marked his birthday with a lavish, five-day celebration at the Maldives resort of Soneva Fushi, where singers George Michael and Jennifer Lopez performed.
Last year's event was held at the exclusive Belgravia dining club Mosimann's. Kate Moss, the supermodel who calls the retailer "Uncle Phil" and has designed a fashion collection for Topshop, was among the guests as was Simon Cowell. The entertainment was provided by the classical singer Katherine Jenkins.
Sir Philip has also spent big on his children's parties. His son Brandon's bar mitzvah in the south of France is believed to have cost £4m. He flew 300 guests to the Grand-Hotel du Cap Ferrat in France, with performances by Beyoncé and Andrea Bocelli.
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