Packer is the son of the late Kerry Packer. In 2005 he inherited the family company Consolidated Press Holdings Limited. Which controls investments in Crown Limited. Such as Consolidated Media Holdings and other companies.
The company was founded by his grand father Sir Douglas Frank Hewson Packer.
Since his father's death Packer has moved away from the media businesses. He and focused on creating a worldwide gambling empire named Crown Resorts.
The Crown Melbourne Entertainment Complex in Melbourne is one of the largest integrated resorts in the southern hemisphere. It is comprising a casino, hotels, function rooms, restaurants, shopping and entertainment facilities.
There is a biography about his high profile life. The book is named The Price of Fortune: The Untold Story of Being James Douglas Packer. It describes his personal mental health struggle with depression and paranoia. The book is written by Damon Kitney.
Crown Resorts Limited is one of Australia's largest gaming and entertainment groups. Which operates Crown Casino and Entertainment Complex in Melbourne. And the Crown Perth Entertainment Complex.
Crown holds a significant interest in Melco Crown Entertainment Limited (MCE). It is listed on NASDAQ andoperating casino/hotel properties in Macau. The properties include City of Dreams and Altira Macau. As well as the Mocha Clubs business.
Crown Perth is Perth's premier integrated resort. It is encompassing a casino and two international hotels. There is also a state of the art convention centre and award-
He has a net worth of USD 4 billion. In 2012 Packer sold Consolidated Media Holdings to NewsCorp for $ 1 billion.
Packer owns many houses around the world. In 2016 he sold his Vaucluse, Sydney mansion La Mer for US$ 70 million. He owns his US$ 20 million apartment in Bondi Beach Sydney. The apartment has 5 bedrooms, a cinema and a gym. There is a garage for 8 cars.
In 2018 he bought a home in Los Angeles. He paid US$ 80 million for a mansion once owned by Danny DeVito. He bought the home to be near his children.
He was owner of the Mangusta 165 yacht Z Ellerston. She is now named Samhan.
In 2016 Packer got engaged to American singer and actress Mariah Carey. But Carey and Packer separated in the same year. She allegedly claimed a US$ 50 million divorce settlement. The claim was based on a never signed prenup.
Yacht Arctic P
Arctic P was built at the German shipyard Schichau Unterweser. It originally served as an icebreaker. Before being converted into a luxury yacht. We were told the yacht is now owned by his sister Gretel Packer.
In 2015 she underwent a refit in Spain. Works included a redesigned beach club. With a disappearing pool and Jacuzzi. And a new galley and an update of her bridge.
In 2015 Arctic P won the Voyager’s Award. The Award recognizes an owner that has made extensive use of his yacht. In long distance voyaging and exploration over the past few years.
James Douglas Packer was also owner of the yacht EJI. She was delivered by Amels Yachts in 2018. Packer more or less immediately put her for sale.
Reportedly as he considered her too small.
The Amels Yacht EJI is a Limited Editions 180. She is designed by Tim Heywood. The yacht EJI has an interior designed by Laura Sessa. EJI can accommodate 12 guests and has a crew of 12.
EJI is named after Packer’s children Emmanuelle, Jackson and Indigo. There are several photos online of James Packer on board of his yacht EJI.
Australian media reports that the 107 meter (351ft) Benetti project FB 277 is Packer’s new yacht. The yacht will be delivered in 2019. We were told she will be named EJI or IJE.
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