Portrait of a Man about to Throw a [Pounds Sterling]5m New Year Party
Byline: Liz Thomas
MILLIONS have been spent on luxury food and drink, rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers will entertain 300 guests and fireworks are expected to light up the Caribbean sky as midnight strikes.
It can only be Roman Abramovich's New Year's Eve party, a glittering celebration on which the Russian billionaire is spending more than [pounds sterling]5million with plans to eclipse even last year's sparkling event.
Mr Abramovich, 45, is back on the island of St Barts with his 30-yearold partner Dasha Zhukova for the annual bash which is one of the most sought-after party invitations on New Year's Eve.
The event will run from 10pm until at least 4am at the Chelsea football club owner's [pounds sterling]58million estate in the hills overlooking the exclusive Gouverneur Beach.
Guests have been told the dress code is 'island chic' and warned that security will be tight to ensure only those on the list will be able to get in.
Last year, Mr Abramovich's [pounds sterling]5million party included a performance by the Black Eyed Peas and was attended by celebrities such as Demi Moore, actress and model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, model Stephanie Seymour, comedienne Ellen DeGeneres, movie mogul Harvey Weinstein and Star Wars creator George Lucas.
In 2009, Mr Abramovich spent [pounds sterling]3million treating guests such as Orlando Bloom and Kanye West to performances by Prince, Gwen Stefani and Beyonce.
He traditionally cordons off an entire area of the island and guests can sleep on a number of superyachts owned by his friends that are moored in the harbour.
It is understood close friends and family will stay at his estate, which was once owned by the American banking family the Rockefellers, and boasts a range of …
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