MR KENNEDY’S JET-SET PAST
ROLLS-Royces, a former life as a nightclub DJ, a hunger for success and a hankering for a private jet. Meet James Kennedy, in his own words.
A leaked “corporate portfolio” to Page 13 sheds more light on the man behind the embattled luxury retailer.
Mr Kennedy, as the 39-year-old prefers to be called (some say ‘insists’) grew up in a world of luxury overseen by his Holocaust survivor father
LOUIS and mother MARTHA, who created LK Jewellery.
“I’ve grown up in the space of luxury, holidays at five-star hotels, dropped off at school in Rolls- Royces,” Mr Kennedy (pictured with wife JAIMEE BELLE KENNEDY) writes.
“Dad always had his Rolls-Royce parked out on the street in the taxi stand, in front of the store in Double Bay; every day he would get a ticket and every day he wouldn’t care.” Like father, like son. Mr Kennedy said KERRY PACKER
and LLOYD WILLIAMS approached his parents to open a store in Crown, “and I guess the rest is history”.
An eight-year stint as a “professional DJ” on the Sydney strip followed before Mr Kennedy found himself in the world of finance, taking a job at none other than disgraced businessman Rene Rivkin’s investment advice rag, the Rivkin Report.
Fast-forward and Mr Kennedy talks a tale of two cities, after building Kennedy in Sydney and Melbourne following his father’s death.
“Overall the travel is not so bad — until the day comes and I can afford to buy my own private jet,” he muses.
“I do love nice things, the luxury way of life,” Mr Kennedy wrote.
Tick, tick, tick.