When he took over the company he expanded the activities to retail and entertainment. Lewis sold the company to move into currency trading. He was very successful, and is rumored to have earned more than George Soros on Black Wednesday by short selling the UK pound.
Joe Lewis now owns the Tavistock Group. The Tavistock Group owns invests in more than 200 companies including the football club Tottenham Hotspurs, the Mitchells & Butlers plc group (owner of 1,600 pubs, bars and restaurants) and Pampa Energia (Argentina’s largest electricity company).
Forbes estimates the net worth of Joe Lewis at USD 5.3 billion. Lewis resides at Lyford Cay, the Bahamas like fellow billionaires Heidi Horten and Sarkis Izmirlian, owner of the yacht Totally Nuts.
Lewis’ yacht Aviva was built at Abeking & Rasmussen and was delivered in 2007. It’s actually the third yacht built for Lewia. She can accommodate 16 guests and a crew of 25. Aviva is used as the ‘private office’ of Lewis and houses his art collection. Aviva is not available for charter. In the summer of 2017 a new and larger (91 meter / 321 ft) Aviva will be delivered by Abeking & Rasmussen.