Research into the billionaires funding Tommy Robinson
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Robert Shillman who also funds the David Horowitz Freedom Center
Currently on holiday with Jenna and their three children in Tenerife, for the second time in recent months, Robinson reportedly has a £500,000, four-bedroom home in an upmarket Bedfordshire village.
He also loves fast cars. For an interview with Vice magazine a few years back, he turned up 'in a shiny new BMW 1 series with leather seats, was kitted out from top-to-toe in designer sports gear and reeked of posh cologne'. He's been filmed driving a Subaru, a Ford, a Chrysler and an Audi.
Sartorially, he generally sports well-tailored suits, Ray-Ban and Prada sunglasses and £250 Gucci and Louis Vuitton belts. His wardrobe staples are £100 T-shirts and £500 coats made by Stone Island, a brand once described as 'the imperial robes of ladwear'.
In 2013, Robinson was spotted browsing £800 Puffa jackets at Selfridges, where an Asian shop assistant refused to serve him. After he complained on social media, the store apologised and gave him a free meal in its Hix restaurant which reportedly 'included £25 portions of char-grilled sirloin steak and chips, and chocolate cake and ice-cream'.
When he took to Twitter to complain about the latter incident, one wag replied: 'Tommy Robinson asked for donations for legal bills while wearing a Rolex, shopping at Selfridges and visiting a casino! It's not funny you know.'
In fact, Robinson's preferred brand of watch is Chanel. Though careful not to wear it for most public appearances, he's occasionally been photographed in a chunky J12 wristwatch with a bling-encrusted bracelet and face.
He wore the piece to the Oxford Union, where he gave a speech in 2014. The watch's value depends on whether the jewels are diamond or diamanté. The former would make it worth £250,000, the latter a 'mere' £20,000.
In interviews, Robinson has explained his ability to buy luxury items by claiming that he made large amounts of money in the few years surrounding his 2004 prison sentence via the property trade.
He once told the Huffington Post website that during his 20s he worked for 'this Dave fella' as a plumber on developments and said he found himself 'doing £70,000-£80,000 projects and employing six people'.
Robinson then said he'd gone into business with a property developer from Milton Keynes, who 'gave me some backhanders' by selling him re-possessed properties which he renovated and rented out. By the age of 25, he claims to have owned seven of them, along with a lucrative tanning shop business.
'By 2007, Robinson, now a father-of-one, had two businesses — plumbing and a sunbed shop — and an expanding portfolio of rentals,' the interview claimed.
There is, however, a major problem with this version of events: namely there's no legal record of Robinson having ever run any plumbing company.
In fact, the only business he's ever registered involvement with is called Maximum Trading Limited. Purportedly a property firm, he was a director under the name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, from 2007 until 2010.
It never filed accounts, claiming to be dormant throughout its entire existence, meaning it never declared any income or paid tax. In 2013, it was struck off the register at Companies House.
His wife Jenna was a director of a business called 'Tanning @ Unit 2' from 2009 to 2013. While the premises appear to have been active throughout this period, the business filed accounts claiming it was also dormant. The firm was then struck off the register.
First, he was prosecuted and jailed for travelling to the U.S. using a passport of a friend called Andrew McMaster (his previous convictions prevented him travelling there under his real name).
During the court case, it emerged that Robinson's own passport identified him as Paul Harris — yet another alias acquired by changing his name via deed poll several years earlier (for reasons he's never explained). He got ten months.
There's so many shady things about him its hard to know where to begin.