Wednesday, 27 March 2013

Philip Baron appeared to a successful property developer and hotelier

A flamboyant multi-millionaire funded a life of champagne, horses and high society dinners by running Britain's biggest ever drug rackets.

Philip Baron appeared to a successful property developer and hotelier who lived in a luxury mansion and was a regular player at one of the world's most prestigious Ryder Cup golf courses.

He stayed in luxury hotels while meeting with Columbia's most feared drugs cartels.

With the profits his crimes Baron bought a £1m detached gated home with a paddock in a sleepy picturesque village in the Republic of Ireland plus a luxury villa in Spain and a string of other properties.

He also splashed out on a £86,000 Bentley GT Continental, enrolled two of his children in boarding schools and bought them both horses.

Baron also became respected figure in the county set of Co Kildare joining the £5,000-a-year exclusive K Club where the Arnold Palmer designed course has hosted Ryder Cup golf tournaments and which was next door to his five-bedroom home.

Baron became a regular at charity black tie dinners and was happy to pose for photographs in the back of a limousine sipping champagne in his dinner suit alongside his buxom blonde haired second wife.

He became known as '4x' because of his love of Range Rovers and also 'Butlins' because of his Spanish holiday property portfolio. He regularly attended England football internationals and went to see Ashes test matches. His youngest daughter joined a modelling agency in London.

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