Billionaire who wants to buy Royal Mail lives in £100million mansion



The billionaire who is set to become the new owner of Royal Mail lives in one of Britain’s most expensive homes, once put on the market for an eye-watering £100 million – and postmen have their work cut out for them. to take care of their deliveries.

Czech tycoon Daniel Kretinsky, 48, owns a spectacular 15-bedroom mansion in LondonThe richest street in the city is called ‘Billionaire’s Row’.

In 2016, pop star Justin Bieber rented out the property for as much as £27,000 a week during a UK tour.

The postman faces an uphill battle delivering parcels and letters to the exclusive address – it is one of just 66 palatial homes on the mile-long Bishop’s Avenue in hilly Hampstead.

Behind imposing security gates, Kretinsky – who has a 27 per cent stake in Premier League club West Ham United FC and owns almost 10 per cent of supermarket Sainsbury’s – set up home with his show jumping girlfriend Anna Kellnerova, 27.

She is the heiress daughter of Petr Kellner, who was the richest man in the Czech Republic until he died in a helicopter crash in Alaska in 2021 at the age of 56.

The former lawyer has built a global business empire worth an estimated $7 billion (£5.6 billion)
Mr. Kretinsky, 48, (center) with his girlfriend, 27-year-old show jumper Anna Kellnerova (right)
Anna Kellnerova, pictured in 2018, attended college at the same time as Kretinsky’s son
Kretinsky’s ex Klara Cetlova – with whom he has a child – was deputy justice minister in the Czech Republic

His previous partner was Klara Cetlova, a prominent lawyer who was deputy minister of justice in the Czech Republic, with whom he has a child.

Kretinsky – known as the ‘Czech Sphinx’ because of his inscrutable manner – is attempting to take over the 500-year-old national institution after unveiling a £3.5 billion bid.

The mansion is located on Bishop’s Avenue, called ‘Billionaire’s Row’, in Hampstead, North London
The house features 15 bedrooms, 13 bathrooms and other facilities fit for the mega-rich
The mansion features indoor and outdoor swimming pools, plus a jacuzzi, sauna, steam room and gym

Perhaps fittingly, the mansion was built in 1910 for sugar magnate William Park Lyle of the Tate & Lyle family.

The Grade II listed Edwardian ‘super mansion’ is 25 times the size of an average new build and is one of the capital’s largest homes with 25,000 sq ft of accommodation set in 2.5 acres of gardens.

In addition to the 15 double bedrooms, there are 13 bathrooms and six dressing rooms.

There is an indoor pool, sauna, steam room and jacuzzi, as well as a fully equipped gym, cinema complex, bar and 600-bottle climate-controlled temperature range.

There is also a snooker room, office, library and conservatory.

All entertainment and leisure facilities are located on the ground floor of the three-storey townhouse.

The building fell into disrepair after the Bank of China took over in the 1950s. About 50 staff members once lived there.

It was bought in 2006 by British property developer Andreas Panayiotou, who employed a team of 120 tradesmen to carry out a lavish renovation that cost £40 million.

Hand-carved marble washbasins were made in Italy before being transported to the property, while a £250,000 bath made from pure onyx was installed in one of the bathrooms, requiring the floor to be specially reinforced.

Panayiotou put it on the market with a price tag of £100 million, but was forced to repeatedly reduce the price before finally selling it three years later for a price of £25 million.

It was thought to be undergoing extensive renovations when the property – which was also rented by actress Salma Hayek in 2017 – was sold.

Kretinsky was born in the city of Brno to a mother who was a judge and university teacher. He was only fourteen when the Velvet Revolution ended communist rule in what was then Czechoslovakia in 1989.

He trained as a lawyer before joining a Slovak investment group. Most of his wealth comes from his control of energy giant EPH, which has power stations in Devon, Lincolnshire, North Yorkshire and Northumberland.

As a sports fan, he has been chairman of his youth club, 37-time Czech champion Sparta Prague, since 2004.

He has a stake in the French edition of Elle and previously owned part of Le Monde. The billionaire has also explored a bid for the Telegraaf.

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