EDEN CONFIDENTIAL: ASOS boss Nick Robertson sells his £11.5million 125ft ... trends now
Splendidly un-daunted by his 'diabolical results' - two Ds and an F at A-Level — at £45,500-a-year Canford School, Nick Robertson went on to create a £1.4 billion business and enjoy the trappings of a contemporary tycoon, with properties in London, Oxfordshire and France, plus a Bentley, a Mercedes and a Ferrari among his fleet of cars.
But might the co-founder of online clothing giant ASOS be entering choppy waters?
I ask because the 55-year-old, a great-grandson of menswear founder Austin Reed, is preparing to part company with his 125ft yacht Sosa.
As might be imagined, the yacht, which has a top speed of 18 knots an hour, is very much a rich man's toy.
With interiors in a 'soothing palette of cream and soft silvers', a Jacuzzi and a 'chic' bar, Sosa has five cabins spacious enough for a dozen guests — entirely separate, of course, from the quarters for the seven-strong crew. Above, on the upper deck, all 12 guests can dine beneath the stars or watch a film on the outdoor cinema screen.
Choppy waters? Tycoon Nick Robertson is parting with Sosa
Bon voyage! The £11.5million 125ft yacht Sosa
Robertson, winner of numerous awards for his entrepreneurial prowess, declines to comment. Perhaps the parting is too hard to bear. He once offered four nights in the Mediterranean aboard Sosa — a 'once-in-a-lifetime opportunity' — at an ASOS charity auction. Intriguingly, the particulars state that the yacht is now permanently up for grabs, with an £11.5 million price tag, courtesy of a 'motivated seller'.
The sale comes seven years after Robertson suffered a rather expensive divorce, being ordered by the High Court to pay his wife Janice £70 million in a final settlement.
He consoled himself by snapping up a brace of houses – for £8 million and £3 million respectively – to share with his now wife and former personal assistant, Charlotte Balin, 15 years his junior.
ASOS, of which Robertson remains a non-executive director, has seen its shares lose 90 per cent of their value since March 2021.
Some sense a bargain — foremost among them, irrepressible billionaire Mike Ashley. Only last week, the founder of Sports Direct increased his stake in Asos to nearly 20 per cent. Perhaps he'll snap up Sosa, too — and use her for office parties.
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