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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.

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