Don't Play Having weathered plenty of emotional hurdles after checking himself into the Boston mental health facility in March, where he spent six weeks, the delights of Mexico aren't all he has sought to take comfort from since checking out a month ago. Inside a huge shed at an Italian shipyard in Livorno sits a giant new yacht that the billionaire has been patiently waiting for nearly four years to be completed, and it has been a source of considerable headaches for Packer.
Backgrid PS can reveal the top secret project has been codenamed FB by the Italian ship builder Benetti, which was commissioned to build the vast private cruise ship.
At metres long it will be among the largest private vessels of its type in the world. Advertisement Originally due to be on the water about now, PS understands the boat, billed as a "gigayacht" by Benetti, will not be ready until at least June A recently completed metre Benetti gigayacht.
Packer's new cruiser will be 17 metres longer. Indigo, Jackson and Emmanuelle. Until then, Packer must console himself by renting some seriously flash watercraft in Mexico. He has been spending considerable time in Mexico, though this week he turned up in St Tropez with his new girlfriend, New York socialite Kylie Lim. He recently bought prime beach-front land in Cabo San Lucas and plans to build a new holiday home to add to his residences in Aspen, Argentina and Sydney, including his yet-to-be-built mega apartment at Crown Barangaroo.
Cross-section of James Packer's new gigayacht in transit in December, Mec-Carpensalda Billed by his mates as "the Italian job", the gigayacht was originally being overseen by Packer's former right-hand man and long-time friend Matthew Csidei.
Ironically, in the same Benetti shipyard not far from Packer's floating gin palace, a much smaller luxury yacht is being worked on that sources in Sydney confirmed belonged to Csidei, who relocated to Monaco several years ago to oversee construction of his old boss's big new boat and recreate himself as something of a superyacht broker.
The three hull sections were built in Livorno by Mec-Carpensalda and then carefully transported by barge to the Benetti shipyard. It remains to be seen if the new ship will ever make it to Sydney. Friends of Packer have previously suggested the new vessel would ultimately become his home, a floating mansion he can traverse the globe in, away from prying eyes.
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But exactly who is having the gayest weddings is an entirely different matter. Instagram Indeed, when it comes to theatrics, last weekend's Florence wedding extravaganza held by Sydney jewellery heir James Kennedy and former waitress-turned-jewellery "creative adviser" Jaimee Belle Gardner would give the current production of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, a run for its money.
It was the same venue where Kim Kardashian married Kanye West. However, Kennedy and Gardner had their wedding at Palazzo Corsini, the grand baroque palace with gilded chandeliers and marble statues adorned with thousands of fresh flowers courtesy of celebrity florist Jeff Leatham. Instagram In stark contrast, there were no such theatrics for former David Jones boss Paul Zahra, a vocal supporter of same-sex marriage during the plebiscite, who tied the knot with his partner of 27 years, Duncan Peerman, in an elegant black-tie ceremony at Elizabeth Bay House in April.
Zahra and Peerman did have Marcia Hines to entertain during the reception, where fellow out-and-proud corporate highflyer, Qantas chief executive Alan Joyce, was with his long-time partner, Shane Lloyd. Duncan Peerman and Paul Zahra make it official on their wedding day. Frank Farrugia Joyce has previously said he would propose to Lloyd once it was legalised in Australia, but there's been no word on their wedding plans yet. Flying the coop His love of thoroughbreds, a good steak and white goods is well known, but who knew retailing baron Gerry Harvey was a passionate cucumber grower?
To the tune of 60 million a year! Their ambitious project is to build a new kitchen at Boetz's fabulous Hawkesbury farm and gastronomic temple the Cook's Coop, which has been taking big city foodies by storm. Raising the bar at Patonga Throughout the s it was the place to be seen, but it has been many years since our town's glitterati jostled for position among the shoulder pads and giant perms that once graced The America's Cup Bar in the old Hilton Hotel.
Since the bar has been in prime position up on the Central Coast at the popular Patonga Hotel. But once again it is on the move, with the pub's new owners, Andrew and Pip Goldsmith, putting it up for sale to raise money for local causes as part of their ambitious plans to revitalise the watering hole. PS hears the new owner intends to put the huge curved bar in his, ahem, rustic shed, along with a few of the old floorboards for what promises to become the ultimate man cave.
Dust off your old shoulder pads, fellas!