Published On: Tue, Sep 15th, 2015

Australian billionaire Raphael Geminder ‘never friends’ with bankrupt businessman

Toorak mansion Towart Lodge – yours for $8000 a week. - billionaire Raphael Geminder 'never friends' with bankrupt businessman

 

Billionaire Carlton Football Club board member Raphael “Ruffy” Geminder has told how he was never friends with a bankrupt businessman who rented him a Toorak mansion for $8000 a week.

Giving evidence in the Supreme Court on Tuesday, Mr Geminder said his relationship with the bankrupt Warren Thompson was strictly over the leasing of Towart Lodge – a five-bedroom mansion with mahogany walls, marble bathrooms, cinema, pool and a wine cellar capable of holding more than 1000 bottles.

Mr Geminder, who is being sued by Mr Thompson’s wife, Amanda, for allegedly reneging on a deal to buy Towart Lodge for $8.5 million, said his wife, Fiona – the youngest daughter of the late cardboard king Richard Pratt – went to see the mansion in October 2012 and “loved it”.

Read the full story at The Age, by Mark Russell

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