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Billionaire hires Destiny's Child
Destiny's Child
About 200 guests are expected at the bash
British retail billionaire Philip Green has hired chart-topping R&B group Destiny's Child to perform at his son's bar mitzvah.

The stars are set to entertain guests at the three-day event on the French Riviera estimated to have cost the Bhs and Top Shop boss 4m ($7.4m).

Singer Justin Timberlake could also be performing, The Times reports.

Mr Green is said to have chartered a plane to fly about 200 of his family's friends to the bash this weekend.

The guests are being put up at the exclusive Hotel du Cap near Cannes, with the actual bar mitzvah itself expected to take place at a synagogue being temporarily set up in the building.

Mr Green, who lives in nearby Monaco, has built up a fortune of more than 3bn.

Rich and famous

He went straight into the rag trade after leaving private school in Berkshire at the age of 15.

Securing the services of pop stars is nothing new for the rich.

UK-based steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal was able to hire Kylie Minogue for his daughter's wedding in Versailles last year.

And Mr Green, 53, who unsuccessfully tried to buy UK High Street group Marks & Spencer, marked his 50th birthday by throwing a three-day bash for 250 guests in Cyprus.

That event included a toga party and entertainment from Tom Jones and Rod Stewart.

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