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eff ectively captures where groups of young people want to live together and why they would live together and we’ve identifi ed certain communities we’re starting on already such as our Arab only student village in London. We’re going to have all the Arab TV stations and a mosque on site.” Philip speaks with noticeable assuredness about the plans and can already point to existing success stories. “We have a village in LA for young actors coming from Europe where we’ll nurture them for their fi rst year,” he says. “When you arrive in LA at the age of 18 or 19 it’s a very intimidating place. T ey’ll chew you up and spit you out. Because we off er this we get a higher rent immediately and get them booked in before they even leave their own country.” When he’s not travelling the world, an

activity which he says he “loves”, Philip spreads his time between his homes in Dublin, Chelsea and Malibu. T e American approach to business is one which Philip greatly admires

and feels we could learn a great deal from this side of the Atlantic. “I love the Malibu way of life,” he says. “T e

weather is amazing. I love the way people do business there. You can talk about a major deal in your shorts, while eating sushi. T ey really know how to live. Americans have something that I admire hugely. T ey cut through the s***. T ey don’t care where you went to school or what your history is. All they care about is the deal. If you die during the deal can they still

“All I care about is the deal”

make it work without you?” Philip adds: “T e British need for bravado and history is, for me, a complete and utter waste of time. I don’t give a damn what you’ve done in the past. All I care about is the deal. We’re bogged down with history in the UK to the point where it’s actually holding the country back.”

Despite being an unashamedly ruthless and

uncompromising businessman, Philip is a committed advocate of a generous work life balance, a lifestyle which will no doubt be refl ected in front of the TV cameras. Philip says: “I enjoy partying. I’m not one for going to this function or that function or playing golf. T ere’s a whole rigmarole that often comes with being in business, which is completely unnecessary. It takes a lot of time away from your kids and your girlfriend. At the end of the day a happy man is a man who does what he pleases. If someone says to me I’ll meet you at half seven for breakfast I’ll say ‘no I don’t get up at half seven in the morning. We’ll meet at nine or ten. At half seven in the morning I’m having my second dream. Nothing is going to stop me from doing that.’ Dana and I both work 15 to 16 hour days and we do take time off . My typical week involves three or four intensive days and then I’ll have three to four days when I’m absolutely free and won’t think about it and will enjoy her and will enjoy my kids.”


Photos by Rene Rossignaud

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