|While in Malta, every single window is cleaned daily by a team of window cleaners. The crew are all on tax-free wages starting at £2,500 per month, with board and food included for deckhands. Click to enlarge.|
The inside story of Team Tina: The crew that keep 'Lady Shifty' (and her £100m yacht) shipshape: Two chefs, a dog walker, a hairdresser, a florist, a masseur, an army of window cleaners - just to mention a few! The luxury superyacht, "Lionheart" has finally been delivered to Philip Green and wife Tina in Malta (pictured).
Yes, Lionheart, billionaire Sir Philip Green's amazing floating palace, has finally been delivered to him and his wife Tina in Malta. But as the BHS scandal rumbles on, this usually highly visible tycoon is nowhere to be seen. He is, however, expected to join Tina at some point over the next fortnight, and then spend the next few months on the yacht.
Other essentials on the superyacht include a helicopter landing pad, gym, spa, jacuzzi, swimming pool, beauty salon and exterior bar. The colour scheme is monochrome — Lady Tina is known to favour stark white and black interiors, which she says are 'timeless and tireless', and cites the influence of Coco Chanel. That's not to say that it's cheap: a single armchair from her collection — cream fabric on a high gloss ebony wood veneer — costs £16,000. And white cushions with a black trim? Up to £3,500 each. It was reported that last week the yacht stewardesses go in to every guest cabin and having a shower — to test temperature controls and the water pressure.
Lionheart has a total of 40 crew, who were brought to the yacht in a fleet of silver Mercedes people carriers. They include the stewards and stewardesses, who look after everything inside the boat, to deckhands, first mate, bosun and engineers. The captain oversees it all, with the chiefs of each section reporting back to him. Keeping a yacht the size of Lionheart running smoothly is like a very well oiled military operation.
While in Malta, every single window is cleaned daily by a team of window cleaners, and the deck is polished with a microfibre broom twice a day. The crew are all on tax-free wages starting at £2,500 per month, with board and food included for deckhands. This rises to more like £6,500 per month for people like the chef and the chief engineer. The captain gets even more. A source indicates that the Greens pay well. 'They believe in looking after the staff who are around them,' he said, 'as that will keep them loyal and working to Tina's high standards.
|While in Malta, every single window is cleaned daily by a team of window cleaners. Click to enlarge.|