The world’s wealthiest Pakistani has arrived in London and in some style as well.
Florida-based multi-billionaire Shahid Khan sailed into the Thames this week in his brand-spanking new 308-foot long mega-yacht, appropriately-named ‘Kismet’.
Mr Khan 64, is in the capital not only to watch his National Football League (NFL) team, the Jacksonville Jaguars play in an NFL game at Wembley Stadium this weekend but also to take in some matches featuring his Premiership Football team Fulham FC, which he bought for a reported £200 million from Harrod’s owner Mohammed Al Fayed last year.
According to reports, Mr Khan – the world’s 367th wealthiest individual with a personal fortune of £3 billion – bought his latest toy after selling up his previous yacht, which was a mere 223 feet in length.
The arrival of the sleek vessel, built by famed German yacht-builders Lurssen unsurprisingly attracted plenty of attention around Canary Wharf with dozens of people clicking photographs and enquiring who the boat belonged to.
The ‘Kismet’ reportedly features 6 staterooms – mega-suites in British parlance – with Mr Khan’s master stateroom boasting its own private deck and a jacuzzi.
The boat also has its own heated swimming pool – for the days when the Thames is not quite there for a quick dip – as well as barbeque areas, a helipad and even a mammoth cast-iron jaguar upfront in tribute to Mr Khan’s beloved Jacksonville Jaguars.
Born in Lahore, Mr Khan is believed to have travelled to the US at the age of 16, immediately finding his own version of the American Dream; working as a dishwasher and earning $1.20, a “fortune” compared with what his countrymen were earning back home.
After gaining an engineering degree from the University of Illinois, Mr Khan joined the automotive manufacturing company Flex-N-Gate, a business he would go on to purchase and build into a $4.4 billion car parts giant.
In 2012 he purchased the Jacksonville Jaguars, becoming the first ethnic-minority team owner in a uniquely American sport.
– Yacht images courtesy of www.superyachtfan.com