Multi-million pound super-yacht Aviva anchored off Palm Bay

The Aviva Photo Steve Hatt

A 98.4 metre super-yacht owned by Tottenham Hotspur shareholder to owner Joe Lewis is currently anchored up off Palm Bay (August 18).

The 4,966 gross tonne vessel called Aviva is one of the largest of her kind and was built by Abeking & Rasmussen. She has a top speed of 20 knots and even contains her own padel tennis court.

Photo Steve Hatt

Inside there is a dedicated crew galley, upper saloon, a main saloon with sweeping staircase, a secret cinema, bistros and suites.

The multi-million pound vessel took a little under three years to build and was completed last year. It is the fourth yacht bearing the Aviva name to be owned by the British businessman who is based in the Bahamas.

Mr Lewis has a total wealth estimated at $US5 billion, and he is listed as the 388th richest person in Forbes’ 2018 list of billionaires. Forbes reported that Lewis is the 12th wealthiest person in the UK.

The tax exile made his fortune in currency trading but his origins are more humble. He was born above a London pub and left school at 15 to help run his father’s West End catering business, Tavistock Banqueting.

When he took the reins, he expanded the firm by selling luxury goods to American tourists. He later sold the business in 1979 to make his initial wealth.