Two iconic James Bond motion pictures — ‘Goldfinger’ (1964) and ‘Tomorrow Never Dies’ (1997) had been filmed at Stoke Park.
Billionaire Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd has purchased Britain’s iconic country club and luxurious golf resort, Stoke Park, for 57 million kilos (about ₹592 crore).
The acquisition provides to Reliance’s current stake in Oberoi hotels and resort/managed residences in Mumbai that it’s growing.
Over the previous 4 years, Reliance has introduced $3.3 billion in acquisitions with 14% in retail, 80% in know-how, media, and telecom (TMT) sector, and 6% in vitality.
The U.Ok.-based agency, which owns a resort and golf course in Buckinghamshire, U.Ok., will add to Reliance’s shopper and hospitality property, the agency mentioned in a submitting late on Thursday.
“Reliance Industrial Investments and Holdings Ltd (RIIHL), a wholly-owned subsidiary of Reliance Industries Limited, has on April 22, 2021, acquired the entire issued share capital of Stoke Park Limited, a company incorporated in the United Kingdom, for 57 million pounds,” it mentioned.
Stoke Park Limited owns and manages sporting and leisure services in Stoke Poges, Buckinghamshire, U.Ok. The services embrace a resort, convention services, sports activities services and one of many highest rated golf programs in Europe.
“RIIHL will look to enhance the sports and leisure facilities at this heritage site, while fully complying with the planning guidelines and local regulations,” Reliance mentioned.
This acquisition will add to the buyer and hospitality footprint of the oil-to-telecom conglomerate.
The group already has investments in EIH Ltd (Oberoi Hotels) and is growing state-of-the-art conference centre, resort and managed residences in BKC Mumbai.
This is the second main acquisition of an iconic British firm by Mr. Ambani, 64. He bought British’s iconic toy store Hamleys in 2019.
Stoke Park has all the time had a detailed relationship to Pinewood Studios and the British movie business. Two James Bond motion pictures — Goldfinger (1964) and Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) had been filmed at Stoke Park. The epic duel between James Bond (Sean Connery) and Goldfinger (Gert Frobe) remains to be thought-about to be essentially the most well-known sport of golf in cinematic historical past, the Park acknowledged on its web site.
Scenes like mini-break and rowing scenes from Bridget Jones’s Diary (2001) starring Hugh Grant, Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth had been additionally filmed on the property with the Georgian-era mansion set within the midst of 300 acres of parkland.
Stoke Park hosts 49 luxurious bedrooms and fits, 27-hole golf course, 13 tennis courts and 14 acres of personal gardens.
Although the Stoke Park property has a recorded historical past of over 900 years, it was used as a personal residence till 1908, in line with its official web site.
Mayer Brown International LLP and Khaitan & Co acted as authorized counsels for the transaction, and Ernst & Young U.Ok. suggested on monetary and tax issues.
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