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 5.7 billion. Lewis resides at Lyford Cay, the Bahamas like fellow billionaires Heidi Horten and Sarkis Izmirlian, owner of the yacht Totally Nuts.
In 2017 Lewis had his new yacht Aviva delivered: a 98 meter, built at Abeking & Rasmussen. Not much is known about her yet, but she is the biggest yacht built by A&R. She is designed by Reymond Langton Design. She has an innovative hull design, and is powered by a hybrid drive system, allowing Aviva to run at up to 11 knots without the use of the main engines.
Lewis’ previous yacht Aviva was also 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.
Joe Lewis House