Shahid Khan left Pakistan as a teenager and first washed the dishes to get by – and he now owns a Â£ 4bn auto parts business with over 10,000 employees as well as a Â£ 145million super-yacht.
The 71-year-old owner of Flex-N-Gate, who is also a sports mogul, has an estimated net worth of Â£ 6.4 billion according to Forbes, in addition to being the 308th richest person in the world.
Born into a middle-class family in Lahore, Khan moved to the United States at the age of 16 and graduated from UIUC College of Engineering four years later.
After working for Flex-N-Gate Corporation for a decade, he saved up enough to buy the company from his former employer and oversaw the sourcing of the nation’s largest automakers.
With the company growing from around Â£ 15million in sales to nearly Â£ 2bn in 2010 and Â£ 8bn in 2020, Khan was able to spend his money in more frivolous avenues.
In addition to the purchase of the NFL team Jacksonville Jaguars in 2011, and the decision to buy Fulham from Mohamed Al Fayed for around Â£ 200million in 2014, he is also the main investor in All Elite Wrestling. .
In the same year as her purchase from Fulham, the 100-meter-long superyacht Kismet was built by the Lurssen shipyard in Germany and has an extremely expensive interior design.
With the specifications of a five-star hotel, the Kismet can carry 28 crew at any one time and has eight state rooms with a capacity of 16 guests.
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Stylishly finished by Reymond Langton and Espen Oino, a black marble deck features a swimming pool, cinema room, sauna, helipads, barbecue area, elevator and ‘a gym.
Other amenities include a wifi connection and underwater lighting, with large windows on all decks, a large solid onyx tub, an electronic piano and a 350kg chandelier above a grand staircase.
With a charter price of just under Â£ 1million per week, Jay-Z and Beyonce rented it on a trip to Italy in 2018, and it was also featured in the Netflix movie. 6 Underground with Ryan Reynolds in 2019.
Furthermore, Athleticism report that Khan, who is back in London this week, threw a party on the Kismet on Thursday night, with George Ezra on stage and NFL commissioner Roger Goodall as guest.
Since 2020, the Kismet is on sale on Moran Yachts, with an asking price of around Â£ 145million, with a slogan of ‘the highest quality superyacht available for sale in the world’.
They add: âThe yacht Kismet, for sale with Moran Yacht and Ship, can accommodate 16 guests in 8 opulent cabins, with the master cabin having a private deck with Jacuzzi and access to the yacht’s helipad.
“Other features included a spacious deck with a pool, full-service spa, and a one-of-a-kind retractable outdoor fireplace.”
âMy goal was to create a yacht which, for many years to come, will be timeless while always being ahead of its time. I wanted to balance funky and hospitality, âsays Khan of the design.
With exterior designer Espen telling the story SuperYacht World: âThe stakes were high. “The brief was clear: the new yacht had to be superior in every way.”
With Khan concluding on the finished yacht: âWalt Disney once said, ‘If you can dream it, you can do it.’ When you experience Kismet, you know this to be true. “