Warriors boss Eric Watson has put his plush duplex penthouse apartment in New York's exclusive Chelsea district on the market for US$25 million ($31 million), but it's just one of several high-end investments he has in his extensive property portfolio.
Eighteen months ago, he sold an apartment in London's exclusive Knightsbridge for 38 million ($77 million).
His sumptuous ski chalet in St Moritz, Switzerland - dubbed Chesa Lumpaz - is worth 50 million ($80 million). And he has recently picked up a penthouse apartment in his wife Lisa's native Sweden.
A source close to Watson told The Diary he is a canny global property investor who makes strategic purchases and always makes a profit.
"Eric bought his Manhattan property for US$14 million, but he's made some improvements and done some refurbishments and he's put it on the market for US$25 million.
"It's not bad for a butcher's boy."
Watson bought the three-bedroom, four-bathroom condo in Chelsea's exclusive Walker Tower complex only nine months ago.
If he sells it for what he's asking, he will buy another investment property in the city.
The Manhattan penthouse is the family's New York base, but they call London home.
Watson, wife Lisa Henrekson, and sons - Sam, 19, Lucas, 8, Leon, 5, and 10-month-old Aidan - are frequent flyers, jetting in private planes between their homes across Europe and the Atlantic. Holidays include waterskiing in Ibiza and snow-skiing in Switzerland.
Luxury inside, stunning view outside.
This week, they are in New York. Watson's former fashion model wife took to Instagram yesterday to post a stunning view from her bed.
"Good morning NYC," she wrote.
Not a bad view - of course, you'd need a spare US$25 million to enjoy it.
The 3396sq ft Watson residence on West 18th St has full unobstructed views of New York City's skyscraper skyline and the Hudson River. It has lavish marble bathrooms, a modern kitchen, walk-in closets, a terrace garden and a doorman and concierge.
Chelsea neighbours include Cameron Diaz, Julia Roberts and Arianna Huffington.
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Scribe the proud dad
Rap star Scribe (aka Malo Luafutu) is not the only one in the family with talent to burn. His 18-year-old son, Jackson Luafutu Taylor, a promising sports star, has just returned from a successful rugby tour to the United States representing the New Zealand Institute of Sport, where he is studying for an NZIS Certificate in Sport Studies.
Dad is proud as punch, taking to social media: "My oldest 18-year-old touring USA with the NZIS rep team ... won their first game against USA Barbarians."
Taylor and the NZIS men's team, aged 18-22, are part of the Institute's rugby academy programme. They took on American rugby teams in Santa Barbara, San Diego and Las Vegas and were undefeated.
The New Zealand Institute of Sport representative rugby team.
"Thanks to all my family that helped me get here. Especially to my parents. Love use heaps," Jackson wrote on Facebook.
The 10-day tour of America was a resounding success, a rep from the Institute told The Diary.
"We have been taking rugby teams to the USA for the past 10 years, as well as tours to Japan. We see rugby as a way of not only show-casing the talent we have here at NZIS, but to also expose them to what is on offer inter-nationally and as personal growth and development opportunities for the individual student." Perhaps Luafutu the Younger could be an All Black in the making ... watch this space.
UK stars in town
British TV stars Jenna Coleman (Dr Who) and Kevin McCloud (Grand Designs) jet into town today for two highly anticipated events this week.
Dr Who's Jenna Coleman.
The 28-year-old English actress is the star attraction at this weekend's Armageddon Expo, while the TV property guru is the guest of honour at a private event for ANZ friends and customers at the Viaduct Events Centre tonight.
It is a whirlwind trip for McCloud, who jetted in from Australia where he had similar speaking engagements. Tomorrow he flies out again.
We hope the glamorous Dr Who star enjoys a bit of what Auckland has to offer over the long weekend.
Look who we spotted
WHO: Irish heart-throb actor Michael Fassbender and movie execs.
WHERE: Two Chefs, an inner-city French bistro in Dunedin.
WHEN: Sunday night.
WHY: Probably hungry. Also, having time out from filming The Light Between Oceans with Rachel Weisz, whose hubby Daniel Craig has jetted in to play hand-holder.
HOW DID HE SEEM: A restaurant diner-cum-eavesdropper helpfully tweeted that Fassbender was: "the life and soul, a storyteller full of Irish craic - and has been to Kaikoura".
9 questions of the week
1 Did Jonah Lomu want the job of assistant coach of the Wallabies? His wife joked about it with Aussie rugby star Israel Folau.
2 Has Jemaine Clement got the sexiest chest? Well, hairiest at least.
3 Grant Robertson and Jacinda Ardern are marketing themselves as the best option for Labour. How soon till they adopt the more marketable moniker "Gracinda"?
4 Where are the paps and why aren't they in Dunedin tailing Hollywood stars Michael Fassbender, Rachel Weisz and her tag-along hubby Daniel Craig?
5 Warrior Shaun Johnson exposed teammate Manu Vatuvei's fear of rollercoasters with an Instagram video of their ride at a Gold Coast theme park. Big wuss? Or legitimate fear?
6 Richie McCaw missed girlfriend Gemma Flynn's win when the Black Sticks beat the US in Taranaki on Sunday. How did he make it up to her?
7 The spare to the throne is due in April, but what will New Zealand send as a baby gift? Fingers crossed for the Chatter Kiwi, a soft toy that makes sounds in a distinct New Zild accent.
8 Taika Waititi has directed a new corporate television ad for Nova Energy. Is he selling out?
9 Serial coolsters Nathan Haines and his wife Jaimie are returning from France for the summer to welcome the arrival of their firstborn, a baby boy. How cool will that kid be?