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Billionaire husband of ‘Baroness Bra’ Michelle Mone taking supply of recent £50M mega-yacht to sail away from PPE storm

The billionaire husband of ‘Baroness Bra’ Michelle Mone is getting ready to take supply of a £50 million mega-yacht, sources on the French Riviera say.

Scottish businessman Doug Barrowman – on the centre of a PPE procurement scandal along with his spouse – offered a 187ft (57m) yacht, Turquoise, in October final 12 months for a reported £17.5 million. A smaller yacht, the Woman M, is now up on the market for £6.8 million.

The 58-year-old is a famous yacht fanatic and mentioned in a earlier televised interview that he felt he had ‘another boat’ in him, at a finances of £50 million.

Woman Mone added in a separate interview that the 2 of them hoped to retire and sail the world in 2025.

Sources in Monaco say Mr Barrowman has lengthy deliberate to buy and design his personal ‘final’ dream vessel and say that ‘Vento’ – at present being fitted out in Turkey – is his new craft.

The 285ft (87m) yacht boasts a hull completed in Tour de France blue, a swimming pool, a helipad that doubles as a basketball court docket, an out of doors cinema, bar and spiral staircase, plus a magnificence salon and seaside membership.

Yacht dealer Glynn Smith, of Ethereal Yachts – who did the deal for Vento – didn’t deny that the consumer was Mr Barrowman however mentioned that he was certain by ‘strict confidentiality’ and added that the consumer ‘wished to stay nameless’.

The timing of the acquisition may very well be embarrassing, because the Nationwide Crime Company is investigating allegations of fraud and bribery surrounding the agency PPE Medpro.

PPE Medpro, a consortium that Mr Barrowman led, was awarded greater than £200 million by the Authorities to produce medical tools.

It’s at present being sued by the Authorities for £122 million for ‘breach of contract and unjust enrichment’ over claims that its surgical robes had been unfit to be used.

The corporate denies the allegations and Mr Barrowman says that he’s assured that he’ll win his civil case.

Woman Mone, who based the lingerie label Ultimo, lobbied Ministers Michael Gove and Lord Agnew for the PPE contracts however initially denied she had connections to the agency. She now admits that was a lie.

Mr Barrowman made greater than £60 million revenue on the deal, a lot of which was transferred to an offshore belief of which Woman Mone and her kids are beneficiaries.

The Nationwide Crime Company has frozen her financial institution accounts in the course of the investigation. A string of property owned by Woman Mone, 52, and Mr Barrowman have been put up on the market, together with a house on St Barts, the Woman M yacht and a Cessna personal jet.

The couple’s London house and Algarve villa have reportedly been offered. They reside on the Isle of Man, which is a tax haven.

In a press release printed on Woman Mone’s account on X/Twitter, Mr Barrowman sought to spotlight failures from the Division of Well being and Social Care.

‘Michelle and I are being frolicked to dry to distract consideration from Authorities incompetence in the way it dealt with PPE procurement,’ he mentioned. ‘I perceive why the British public really feel indignant however their anger shouldn’t be directed at Michelle or I.’

He added that Medpro’s revenue was consistent with that made by different PPE suppliers.

In a Channel 4 documentary, Million Pound Mega Yachts, broadcast in 2015, Mr Barrowman mentioned he had spent round £3 million refitting the yacht Turquoise with London-based H2 Designs.

He added: ‘It’s important to spend it on one thing. There’s a restrict to the quantity of homes you’ll be able to have and personal air journey.’

He added that he and H2 boss Mr Horsfield had spent ‘hours’ speaking concerning the design of the boat and mentioned: ‘I believe we’ve obtained one other boat in us actually.’

In an interview with the Day by day Report in 2020, Woman Mone mentioned: ‘Doug and I dream of getting a yacht and going world wide… In the intervening time. we’ve obtained an excessive amount of on our plate however in 5 years’ time, I see us doing that.’