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BILLIONAIRE 01 - The Designer Issue

BILLIONAIRE is an award-winning magazine not available on newsstands, but offered to a distinguished group of the most powerful, influential, high net worth readers across the world. Join them to receive special subscriber-only invitations. We go the extra mile to report on important topics such as the future of technology, world health, philanthropy and humanitarian work. We bring you incredible travel experiences, the very best in elegant living, the arts, culture and craftsmanship. We exclusively interview some of the world’s most illustrious billionaires, from Ted Turner to Nicky Oppenheimer to Joe Gebbia to Mo Ibrahim, about the problems keeping them up at night, their passions and projects. We speak to some of the planet’s most inspiring change-makers, from Jimmy Carter to Buzz Aldrin to Kofi Annan, about their visions for the future and how they are making the world a better place. Each quarterly issue of BILLIONAIRE is carefully curated with unique content that other magazines simply do not offer.

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in this issue

2 min
a word from the ceo

DESIGN: (noun) a specification of an object, manifested by some agent, intended to accomplish goals, in a particular environment, using a set of primitive components, satisfying a set of requirements, subject to some constraints. —Paul Ralph and Yair Wand, A Proposal for a Formal Definition of the Design Proposition With the launch of a new look it is a fitting time for Billionaire to focus on design. A little more than three years ago we set out to create a publication that captured ‘The good life. A good life’. At the very heart of our undertaking lay the goal of making philanthropy part of readers’ lifestyles. We also set out to focus on and support artisans, craftsmen and artists. These are what I often consider to be ‘dying trades’, at the heart of…

4 min
everything is design

DESIGN IS IN VOGUE. There again, why should it not be? Design is everywhere. At a time when there is a blossoming of exhibitions, biennales, magazines, auction sales and art schools all over the world dedicated to design, it is time to ask what design is and what it is for — the reason being that design can range from the making of the smallest of spoons to the most luxurious of yachts. From the beginning of human existence, we have been surrounded by objects designed and crafted by someone. Originally, objects were purely functional. They were made by modest artisans and used by everyone without raising any questions. As societies developed and became more sophisticated, ideas on fashion were introduced as a means of being considered more style-forward. Each period became distinctly…

4 min
elegantly does it

THERE’S ONLY ONE HOTEL GROUP SO ADDICTIVE that its repeat clients consider themselves ‘junkies’. That hotel group is Aman Resorts, a brand known for its impeccable design, exclusive locations and sky-high rates at a minimum of US$1,200 a night. A hit with jet-setting celebrities and classy millionaires, Amal Alamuddin and George Clooney sealed their nuptials at the Aman Canal Grande in Venice last year. Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have holidayed at the Amangiri resort in Utah, and model Cara Delevingne takes downtime at treetop Bali hideaway Amankila. It’s clearly a brand worth fighting for. Since Indonesian entrepreneur Adrian Zecha established it in 1988, it has been wrestled over by shareholders down the years. Today, a battle for legal control over Aman Resorts is taking place between Russian billionaire Vladislav Doronin…

3 min
old bali endures

WHILE BALI IS NO LONGER THE holiday idyll of decades past (parts of ‘paradise’ suffer from grinding traffic, teem with ubiquitous yoga studios and fill with young men soliciting transport), old Bali endures. The one steeped in rice paddies, stoic temples and quiet prayers. Ribbons of the coastline also remain blissfully unaffected by mass tourism, including the sedate stretch in front of Alila Villas Soori. This Asian modernist resort, designed by Malaysian-born architect Chan Soo Khian, founder of Singaporean firm SCDA, sits on a black-sand beach in Tabanan on the island’s left coast, well north of the west-coast party pockets of Kuta, Legian and Seminyak. Each of its 48 rooms has a private pool that looks onto the crashing surf of the Bali Strait and mesmerising sunsets, but where the resort…

6 min
the 12 most luxurious african safaris

AFRICA IS HOME TO SOME OF THE MOST LUXURIOUS LODGES ON THE PLANET. WITH ALMOST all of them having less than a dozen rooms, their extraordinary hospitality is exceptionally personal. Star beds in the desert, private chefs in the bush, Champagne while watching a lion kill, your private aircraft trailing a migrating blue whale on the continental shelf… it’s all here. What are you waiting for? Royal Malewane Located in a private reserve adjacent to the famed Kruger National Park, Royal Malewane is known for the best guides in the country, bringing you thrillingly close to predators and prey alike. The Water Bush Spa inspires an unparalleled sense of calm and the palatial suites are dazzlingly comfortable with cosy fireplaces, thatched gazebos, spillway pools and massive canopied beds. Royal Malewane features the…

3 min
thoroughly modern times

ME LONDON IS THE FIRST HOTEL CREATED from building shell to bathroom fittings by Norman Foster’s world-famous design studio Foster and Partners. It’s a fantastic hotel (on Aldwych, The Strand, where Theatreland meets a wartime BBC radio headquarters) and it’s also fantastically bizarre. As the five-star arm of Meliá, the Spanish billionaire-owned hotel chain, ME is aimed at young, sexy, savvy city-slickers. And ME takes its clientele very seriously. This hotel is sexy, modern and trendy — to the extreme. For the traditionalist, it could be a little overwhelming. Looking up at the classic Portland stone façade from the street, you’d never guess what lies within. ME London is based in a triangular building and was once the home of the Gaiety Theatre, a building that suffered bomb damage during the Second World…