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The billionaire father of soon-to-be married Nicola Peltz was spotted arriving at the lavish wedding pre-party on Saturday as he was ferried around on a golf buggy.
Nelson Peltz, 79, was seen being driven to the beach side of his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, ahead of Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding to his daughter Nicola.
Nicola’s father Nelson is a self-made New Yorker millionaire, worth an estimated $1.6 billion (£1.3 billion), with a fearsome reputation as a tough-minded corporate raider.
The billionaire father of soon-to-be married Nicola Peltz was spotted arriving at the lavish wedding pre-party on Saturday as he was ferried around on a golf buggy
Born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, he dropped out of Pennsylvania University’s Wharton School in 1962 and instead built his family’s tiny frozen food business in Brooklyn into the largest frozen food distributor in the Northeast of America.
From there he assembled the biggest packaging company in the world, Triangle Industries, which was sold in 1989 netting him around $840 million (£645million).
He has in his time bought the iced tea brand Snapple and the burger chain Wendy’s, ducked out of a deal to buy Dunkin’ Donuts, and made inroads into the megalith Heinz.
Peltz has been married three times and shares eight of his ten children with his third model wife of 35 years Claudia Heffner Peltz, while he has two other children with his first spouse Cynthia Abrams.
Their £76million, 44,000sq ft home in Palm Beach is one of the most expensive homes in the area of Florida – which they have been expanding.
He bought the house across the street to build a tennis court and was then told he had to have a house in order to build a court — so he built a mansion for guests.
Nelson Peltz, 79, was seen being driven to the beach side of his estate in Palm Beach, Florida, ahead of Brooklyn Beckham’s wedding to his daughter Nicola
The much-anticipated nuptials between the 23-year-old son of David and Victoria and his bride, 27, will take place at Nelson’s sprawling oceanfront estate
One of his closest friends is the golfer and sports entrepreneur Greg Norman, who’s described him as ‘a mental marathon runner’, adding: ‘Nelson isn’t a Harvard type. He’s street smart. He understands what the masses want.’
His phone number is said to be among the thousands in Jeffrey Epstein’s ‘black book’.
He was in a consortium of investors with Epstein who were looking to buy New York Magazine in 2003.
The website Gawker, since closed down, claimed that Peltz and his wife were ‘horrible bosses’, notorious for firing staff on a whim.
The article also said that the tycoon was obsessed with personal security, being constantly accompanied by armed bodyguards.
Preparations for Brooklyn and Nicola Peltz’s £3million wedding ceremony on Saturday are well underway at the Peltz family mansion
Huge marquees have been erected in the grounds of actress Nicola’s family home in Palm Beach, Florida, ahead of her Saturday wedding to Brooklyn
The tycoon is a long-term supporter of Donald Trump — they have been neighbours for decades in Florida and he even held a $590,000 (£470,000)-per-couple fundraiser for the US President.
Peltz said previously: ‘His policies, to me, are the right policies for America. We have exported tens of millions of jobs — of manufacturing jobs over the last 40, 50 years, pick whatever time frame you want.
‘We exported them generously. We gave them to Europe, we gave them to Asia. Now it’s time to bring those jobs back.’
However after the Capitol Hill riots he told CNBC that he was ‘sorry’ he voted for Trump in 2020.
Nelson and model Claudia marrried in the eighties and went on to have eight children, the youngest of whom is Nicola. It is Nelson’s third marriage
Nicola’s father was born to a Jewish family in Brooklyn, and dropped out of the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School – later attended by Trump – in 1962 to become a ski instructor, but instead ended up being a delivery truck driver.
In 2016, the couple were sued by their dog walker and chauffeur Juan Gonzalez, who said that he was fired after taking a day off sick.
Peltz is a demanding father. He said in an interview: ‘My kids are exhausted every day, and I keep them that way. It’s gym, ice, homework. They’re too tired to get in trouble.’
He added: ‘I don’t want them to see me walking off with a bag of golf clubs over my shoulder. If they see me work hard, it’s better than a lecture.’
And as Brooklyn starts his new life, as the newest member of the clan, they’re words he’d be wise to follow very closely.