Crown Resorts Owner & Australian Billionaire James Packer Quits 22 Boards as He Battles Mental Health Issues

Crown Resorts Owner & Australian Billionaire James Packer Quits 22 Boards as He Battles Mental Health Issues

Crown Resorts owner & Australian billionaire James Packer has quit directorship on 22 boards in Australia as he battles mental health issues.  On 27th June 2018, he resigned from his private holding company, Consolidated Press Holdings (CPH) and subsequently another 21 board directorships.

” Crown Resorts Owner & Australian Billionaire James Packer Quits 22 Boards as He Battles Mental Health Issues “

James Packer has an estimated fortune of more than $4 billion and is Australia’s top 10 wealthiest person. In March 2018, he had resigned as director of Crown Resorts and in recent times, has been battling business and personal issues.  He was linked to a corruption scandal involving Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is being investigated for receiving lavish gifts from businessmen including James Packer.  In Australia, he reportedly had $2.3 billion of debt at CPH & over $3 billion of debt at Crown, and exited his casino business in Macau after investigation & fines by Chinese authorities.

In 2015, after almost 10 years of negotiating, a settlement was reached with his elder sister, Gretel Packer over his late father’s $1.25 billion will.  In 2017, he ended his relationship & engagement with pop star Mariah Carey and made a settlement of more than a few million dollars to her.

James Packer, born in 1967 and age 50, is the son of the late Australian media mogul Kerry Packer who founded Publishing and Broadcasting Limited, and inherited Consolidated Press Holdings.  Crown Resorts was founded in 2007 through a divestment from Publishing and Broadcasting Limited.

Source: ABC, Reuters, TWI

 

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China 3-Year-Old E-Commerce Pinduoduo Files IPO in United States at $20 Billion Valuation

China 3-Year-Old E-Commerce Pinduoduo Files IPO in United States at $20 Billion Valuation

One of China’s fastest growing e-commerce Pinduoduo has filed for IPO on NASDAQ (United States) that could value the 3-year-old company at more than $20 billion.  It is expected to announce pricing terms in the week of 23rd July 2018, raising up to $1.63 billion in the IPO.

” China 3-Year-Old E-Commerce Pinduoduo Plans IPO in United States at $20 Billion Valuation “

Pinduoduo was founded in 2015 by ex-Google engineer Colin Huang.   The 3-year-old e-commerce company allows consumers to form groups to get higher discounts from sellers & merchants.  In March 2018, it reported 103 million active monthly users on its mobile app, gross merchandise volume of $14.74 billion (CNY 100 billion) and revenue of $462 million for the 12 months period from April 2017 to March 2018.  It is now China’s 3rd largest e-commerce company behind the 2 largest players, Alibaba and JD.com.

The key shareholders of Pinduoduo includes Tencent Holding and Sequoia Capital.  The IPO is expected to make Colin Huang a billionaire with shares (50.7%) worth more than $10 billion in value if the company is listed at $20 billion market valuation.

Credit Suisse, Goldman Sachs (Asia), CICC and China Renaissance are the joint bookrunners on the deal.

Source: NASDAQ, Renaissance Capital, Reuters, Financial Times

 

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Boss of China Investment Company Zillion Holdings in $5.67 Billion Fund-Raising Fraud has Left China

Boss of China Investment Company Zillion Holdings in $5.67 Billion Fund-Raising Fraud has Left China

The boss of a China investment company Zillion Holdings involved in a $5.67 billion illegal fundraising fraud,  Wu Zaiping, has reportedly left China.

” Boss of China Investment Company Zillion Holdings in $5.67 Billion Fund-Raising Fraud has Left China “

The investment company Zillion Holdings, without approvals, had raised over $5.67 billion (CNY 38 billion) through peer-to-peer lending and other platforms, and sold wealth management products.  Wu Zaiping is the boss of the company while Zillion Holdings’ legal representative, Tao Lei, had been arrested.

Source: Caixing, Zillion Holdings

 

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Hollywood Star George Clooney is Best Paid Actor with $239 Million Earnings in 2017/2018

Hollywood Star George Clooney is Best Paid Actor with $239 Million Earnings in 2017/2018

Hollywood star George Clooney is the best paid actor in the world with $239 million earnings in 2017/2018 ( June 2017 – May 2018), in the list of the world’s 100 highest-paid entertainers by Forbes.  The highest paid celebrity is boxer Floyd Mayweather (#1) with $285 million earnings while there are 2 Asians on the top 100 list with Jackie Chan (joint #49) with $45.5 million earnings and Bollywood actor Salman Khan (#82) with $37.7 million earnings.

” Hollywood Star George Clooney is Best Paid Actor with $239 Million Earnings in 2017/2018 “

George Clooney is a Hollywood A-list celebrity and is most known for his roles in the ‘Ocean’s Eleven’ films, with Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts and Matt Damon.  He also received an Oscar for his performance in ‘Syriana.’

George Clooney (Age 57) was born in 1961 in Kentucky, United States.  He was born into a family of entertainers with his father being a television personality and news anchor, while his aunt was a singer and actress.

 

Forbes Top 10 highest paid celebrities:

  1. Floyd Mayweather – $285 million
  2. George Clooney – $239 million
  3. Kylie Jenner – $166.5 million
  4. Judy Sheindlin – $147 million
  5. Dwayne Johnson – $124 million
  6. U2 – $118 million
  7. Coldplay – $115.5 million
  8. Lionel Messi – $111 million
  9. Ed Sheeran – $110 million
  10. Cristiano Ronaldo – $108 million

 

Joint #59 Jackie Chan $45.5 million (Asian celebrity)
#89 Salman Khan  $37.7 million (Asian celebrity) (edited and included in this article on 20th July 2018)

 

Source: BioReutersBBCIndependent, Forbes

 

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UAE Court Drops Charges over $48.2 Million Bounced Cheque Against Founder of Middle East Largest Private Equity Abraaj Group

UAE Court Drops Charges over $48.2 Million Bounced Cheque Against Founder of Middle East Largest Private Equity Abraaj Group

The UAE court has dropped charges over a $48.2 million bounced cheque against Arif Naqvi, founder of  Middle East largest private equity group, Abraaj Group.

” UAE Court Drops Charges over $48.2 Million Bounced Cheque Against Founder of Middle East Largest Private Equity Abraaj Group “

Hamid Jafar, a businessman and also founding shareholder of Abraaj Group, had requested the UAW court to drop the proceedings against Arif Naqvi, founder of Abraaj Group.  The $48.2 million bounced cheque is reported to be part of a settlement of $300 million loan from Hamid Jafar to Arif Naqvi.

In June 2018, Abraaj Group with $13.6 billion AUM has filed for restructuring in the Cayman Islands to facilitate the orderly restructuring of the firm.

The restructuring filing is to stop legal action by Kuwait’s pension fund, Kuwait Public Institution for Social Security (PIFSS) and other creditors who are seeking the liquidation and winding up of Abraaj for non-payment of debt.  Investors including Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation through accountants had also uncovered lapses in control in the usage of funds.  The appointment of provisional liquidators (PwC) imposes a moratorium (temporarily restriction) of all claims against Abraaj, allowing an orderly restructuring process.

The Abraaj Group is Middle East’s biggest private equity firm with $13.6 billion AUM, $8.1 billion in deployed capital in over 200 investments and had exited more than 100 investments totalling $6.8 billion (data as of 30th June 2017).  The firm specialises in private equity, private credit, impact investing and real estate and invest into growth markets across Africa, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East and Turkey.

The Abraaj Group was founded in 2002 by Pakistani Arif Naqvi in 2002 with $60 million.  He grew the firm into Middle East’s biggest private equity firm with $13.6 billion AUM in 2017, presence in over 20 country offices and 5 regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Nairobi and Singapore.

Source: FTThe NationalWSJ , TWI

 

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Hong Kong Billionaire Henry Cheng & Family Buys Irish Plane Lessor for $2.8 Billion

Hong Kong Billionaire Henry Cheng & Family Buys Irish Plane Lessor for $2.8 Billion

Hong Kong billionaire and business tycoon Henry Cheng & family, has acquired Irish plane-lessor Sky Aviation Leasing for $2.8 billion through its subsidiary Goshawk Aviation.  Goshawk Aviation is owned by 2 of Hong Kong’s largest business conglomerates and public-listed companies, Chow Tai Fook (best known for its jewellery business) and NWS Holdings.

” Hong Kong Billionaire Henry Cheng Buys Irish Plane Lessor for $2.8 Billion “

The acquisition of Irish plane-lessor Sky Aviation Leasing, will add 51 planes to Goshawk Aviation to form a total fleet of 183 planes.  The total value of the fleet will be $9.1 billion, and will set Goshawk Aviation to become a top 10 aircraft lessor in 5 years.  Sky Aviation Leasing is owned by Canadian pension fund, the Public Sector Pension Investment Board and private-equity firm ATL Partners.  The transaction is financed through unsecured debt financing and funds from Goshawk main shareholders Chow Tai Fook and NWS Holdings.

Goshawk Aviation is founded in 2013 as a full-service aircraft leasing platform.  It is headquartered in Dublin, Ireland with an Asian regional office in Hong Kong.  The shareholders are public-listed companies in Hong Kong, Chow Tai Fook Enterprises Limited and NWS Holdings Limited.  Both companies are owned by the late Dato’ Dr. Cheng Yu Tung (1925-2016) and family, and now headed by his eldest son, Henry Cheng.

In 2016,  the late Dato’ Dr. Cheng Yu Tung (1925-2016) has an estimated personal net worth of more than $16 billion, and is one of Hong Kong’s wealthiest and most successful businessman.  New World Development Company and NWS Holdings are founded by his eldest son, Henry Cheng, and is estimated to have a net worth of more than $16 billion.

  • Chow Tai Fook (Market Cap $10.52 billion) is owned by the late Dato’ Dr. Cheng Yu Tung and family.
  • Chow Tai Fook is also the controlling shareholder of New World Development Company (Market Cap $14.24 billion), a listed conglomerate in Hong Kong.
  • NWS Holdings (Market Cap $6.84 billion) is the infrastructure and service flagship business of New World Development Company, and is also listed in Hong Kong.

Source: GoshawkBloomberg, The Irish Times

 

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JD.com Finance Arm Raises $1.95 Billion at $20 Billion Valuation 

JD.com Finance Arm Raises $1.95 Billion at $20 Billion Valuation

The finance arm of China leading e-commerce company JD.com, JD Finance, has raised $1.95 billion (CNY 13 billion).  The funding of $1.95 billion raised will value the company at nearly $20 billion (CNY 133 billion).

” JD.com Finance Arm Raises $1.95 Billion at $20 Billion Valuation “

In 2017, the finance arm of JD.com was separated to form JD Finance.  JD Finance products includes consumer credit and wealth management products, and currently served 8 million small businesses and 400 million individuals.

In China, JD Finance is competing with the world’s largest fintech company, Alibaba spin-off, Ant Financial, which owns Alipay.  JD.com is China’s leading one-stop e-commerce platform, providing 301.8 million active customers.  In 2014, JD.com became publicly listed on NASDAQ with a market value of more than $26 billion.  The company was founded in 2004 in Beijing by CEO, Richard Liu who has an estimated net worth of around $10 billion.

Investors in JD Finance $1.95 billion round includes China’s leading private equity firms CICC Capital, China Securities, Citic Capital and Bank of China Group Investment (BOCGI).

Source: ReutersBloombergXinhua

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Tencent Music Plans IPO in United States at More than $25 Billion Valuation

Tencent Music Plans IPO in United States at More than $25 Billion Valuation

Tencent Music, a business unit of China technology giant Tencent Holdings, is planning an IPO in the United States that is expected to value the music business at more than $25 billion.  The filing was made to the Hong Kong Stock Exchange (HKSE) on 8th July 2018, which will be spin-off from Tencent Holdings (listed on HKSE).

” Tencent Music Plans IPO in United States at More than $25 Billion Valuation “

Tencent Music Entertainment Group, is a leading online music entertainment platform in China and is a business subsidiary of spin-off from Tencent Holdings.  In December 2017, the world’s largest music streaming company Spotify, took a 9% equity stake in Tencent Music, and Tencent taking a 7.5% equity stake in Spotify.  In April 2018, Spotify went public in United States at more than $26 billion market value.  Spotify was founded by Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon and was launched in 2008 and is available in more than 60 countries.  It is the biggest music streaming company in the world with 71 million premium subscribers ($9.99 monthly) globally while Apple music streaming service has 36 million subscribers (April 2018).  After the IPO, both founders Daniel Ek and Martin Lorentzon became billionaires with net worth of more than $2 billion & $1 billion respectively.

Tencent was founded in Shenzhen, China in November 1998 by 5 founders, Ma Huateng (Pony Ma), Zhang Zhidong, Xu Chenye, Chen Yidan and Zeng Liqing.  It is one of the world’s largest technology company with a market value of more than $500 billion (July 2018) while Tencent CEO Ma Huateng (Pony Ma) is one of the world’s richest man with more than $40 billion personal net worth.

Tencent is a leading provider of Internet value added services in China.  It has more than 1.04 billion users on its social messaging platforms, Weixin and WeChat and 805 million users its QQ platform.  On June 16, 2004, Tencent Holdings Limited (SEHK 700) went public on the main board of the Hong Kong Stock Exchange.

Source: ReutersSCMPTencent FilingTWI

 

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World Largest Hedge Fund Bridgewater Associates Receives License in China to Launch Private Securities 

World Largest Hedge Fund Bridgewater Associates Receives License in China to Launch Private Securities

The world’s largest hedge fund Bridgewater Associates with $160 billion AUM, has received license in China to launch private securities products in China for qualified institutional and high-net-worth individual investors in China.  The Shanghai-based subsidiary, has received the Private Securities Investment Fund Manager (PFM) license from the Asset Management Association of China in June 2018.

” World Largest Hedge Fund Bridgewater Associates Receives License in China to Launch Private Securities “

Bridgewater Associate is founded in 1975 by Ray Dalio.  Today, the he hedge fund manages about $160 billion for around 350 of the largest global institutional clients including public and corporate pension funds, university endowments, charitable foundations, supranational agencies, sovereign wealth funds, and central banks.

Ray Dalio is one of the wealthiest man in the world with an estimated net worth of more than $17 billion.

Source: China DailyReuters, Bloomberg , Asset Management Association of China, Bridgewater Associates

 

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Lenovo Owner Completes Purchase of  89.93% of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg for $1.76 Billion

Lenovo Owner Completes Purchase of  89.93% of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg for $1.76 Billion

Legend Holdings, a HK listed company and founded by Lenovo owner Li Chuan Zhi, has completed purchase of 89.93% of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL), a leading universal banking group headquartered in Luxembourg.  The announcement to acquire the Luxembourg bank was made in September 2017, and is the completed after receiving regulatory approval from the Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) and the European Central Bank (ECB) for the acquisition of Precision Capital’s 89.936% stake in Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL).  The minority share of  9.993% is owned by Grand Duchy of Luxembourg.

” Lenovo Owner Completes Purchase 89.93% of Banque Internationale à Luxembourg for $1.76 Billion “

Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) have total assets of €23 billion and assets under management of €37.7 billion.  Legend Holdings is founded in 1984 by Liu Chuan Zhi as Legends Computer, and is a leading diversified investment group today, with €43.92 billion of assets, annual revenues in excess of €40 billion and close to 70,000 employees worldwide.  In 2004, the company changed the English name to Lenovo and successfully acquired IBM’s global PC business in 2004, growing the brand into a global leader.

Liu Chuan Zhi is a multi-billionaire and his daughter is Jean Liu, the President of Didi Chuxing, China’s largest ride-hailing company.

Source: Banque Internationale à LuxembourgSouth China Morning Post

 

 

About Legend Holdings

Legend Holdings is a leading large investment group in China. The company has built an innovative business model of both strategic and financial investments. Through strategic investments, the company invests in segments including IT, financial services, innovative consumer services, and agriculture & food. The company’s financial investments business primarily consists of angel investments, venture capital and private equity across all stages of a company’s life cycle.

Over the past 33 years, under the leadership of the company’s Founder and Chairman, Liu Chuanzhi, and President, Zhu Linan, the company has capitalized on its understanding of China’s key development themes, complementary investment businesses and extensive management expertise to cultivate a number of outstanding and influential enterprises in China and overseas. By promoting business alignment and consolidation, and continuously optimizing its investment portfolio, the Company realizes sustainable growth in its corporate value.

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About Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL)

Founded in 1856, Banque Internationale à Luxembourg (BIL) is the oldest multi-business bank in the Grand Duchy. It has always played an active role in the main stages of development of the Luxembourg economy. It currently operates in retail, private and corporate banking, as well as on financial markets. Employing more than 2,000 people, BIL is present in the financial centres of Luxembourg, Switzerland (since 1984), Denmark (since 2000), the Middle East (since 2005) and Sweden (since 2016).

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