James Packer invited some of his famous friends to board his $250million superyacht in the South of France last Tuesday.
The Australian billionaire, 54, was joined on the luxury vessel by long-time pal Karl Stefanovic, his wife Jasmine and their two-year-old daughter Harper.
It was a family affair with Jasmine’s sister Jade Yarbrough also on board with her new boyfriend, the former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke.
James Packer (left) invited some famous friends to board his $250million superyacht in the South of France last Tuesday. He is seen here with Karl Stefanovic’s wife Jasmine (second from left), her sister de ella Jade Yarbrough (right, carrying her niece Harper) and another friend (centre)
Jasmine, 38, a former model-turned-shoe designer, looked breezy in a white shirt and designer sunglasses as she chatted to James on deck.
A bikini-clad Jade, 30, stood nearby carrying her Niece Harper on her hip.
Michael, 41, was also spotted enjoying a day on the water with the cashed-up crowd, clad in a black T-shirt and shades.
The retired batsman, nicknamed ‘Pup’, has been dating interior designer Jade for several months now.
Former Australian cricket captain Michael Clarke (seated, bottom right) was also spotted enjoying a day on the water with the cashed-up crowd, clad in a black T-shirt and shades
Today host Karl, 47, kept it casual in a black shirt left partially unbuttoned, and completed his look with a matching cap.
Meanwhile, James, who recently sold his stake in Crown Resorts for $3.3billion, looked slimmer than he has been in years in a loose black T-shirt and sweatpants.
The troubled businessman appears to have put a series of health issues behind him.
Michael (right) has been dating interior designer Jade (left) for several months now
In the last few months, he has lost 33kg (72lbs or 5.2st) and has also ditched the psychiatric medication that for so long altered his mood.
Packer told The Weekend Australian in June he was ready to start the ‘third act’ of his life, including a planned return to his home city of Sydney
‘I’m roughly 130kg now and want to be back to 100kg by the end of 2022. I want to swim with my kids at Bondi when we’re all in Sydney together next year and be 100kg,’ he said from his home in Mexico.
Today show host Karl Stefanovic (left) kept it casual in a black shirt left partially unbuttoned, and completed his look with a matching cap
Packer revealed he’d quit the antidepressants and antipsychotic drugs he was taking, and was now looking to ‘rehabilitate’ his reputation in Australia.
‘I am very much looking forward to seeing Crown Sydney… it hasn’t been appropriate for me to be in Australia for the last few years,’ he said.
In a subsequent interview with The Sydney Morning Herald, Packer said he had lost a total of 33kg and counting by quitting alcohol, following a strict diet and exercise regimen, and limiting his daily calorie intake.
James Packer (pictured in October 2017) said in a recent interview he was excited to begin his ‘third act’ and plans to ease back into public life in Australia
He told the newspaper his life was ‘pretty good right now’, adding: ‘My mental health is the best it’s ever been.’
Packer sold Crown to private investment company Blackstone for $8.9billion in a deal that was finalized in June, pocketing $3.3billion in the process.
The sale marked the end of a major chapter in his life which at times was mired by controversy amid inquiries into the company and allegations of money laundering.
Despite the investigations, the father of three credited his casinos in Melbourne, Perth and Sydney with changing the cities ‘for the better’.
Packer is seen here at Sydney’s Bondi Beach on December 21, 2003. He recently said he hopes to visit Bondi with his children next year after getting his weight down to 100kg