Climbing from his Bentley GT convertible with his Louis Vuitton-covered tennis rackets, shameless billionaire Sir Philip Green easily secures his place at the top of the New Year’s Dishonours List.
The high street tycoon faces being stripped of his knighthood in the wake of the BHS scandal that left thousands of workers jobless and on the brink of pensions misery.
But his New Year is still getting off to a flying start after he arrived aboard his £50million Gulfstream jet for a luxury break in Miami Beach.
One former BHS worker said last night: “Nothing ever changes for Sir Philip. He’s still living in luxury – it’s hideous, he’s got no shame.”
The store chain collapsed in April with the loss of 11,000 jobs and a £571million hole in its pension scheme. Just 13 months earlier, Green had sold the business for £1 to serial bankrupt Dominic Chappell.
The fallout from the chain’s demise led to the 64-year-old being dubbed Sir Philip Greed by critics.
But as hard-up shoppers flock to sales at the clothing empire he still runs – including Topshop, Burton and Dorothy Perkins – Green is living it up in a £20million mansion 4,000 miles away.
His neighbours on the island resort’s star-studded North Bay Road include singers Phil Collins and Barry Gibb, as well as fashion mogul Calvin Klein.
Sir Philip and wife Tina – who owns the Arcadia Group run by Green – picked the £17,000-a-week bolthole to be close to Lady Green’s property developer son Brett, whose £17million home is just a few blocks away.
Like Sir Philip, ex-BHS worker Jean Costello, 52, will also be spending New Year far from home – after being unable to find a new job where she lives.
Mum of three Jean, who spent 11 years at the department store, is now a care worker in Leyburn, North Yorks, 112 miles from her home in South Shields.
She said: “It’s absolutely disgusting. All Sir Philip cares about is his wealth. He doesn’t care about anybody but himself.
“I’m living away from my family at New Year. But I’ve got peace of mind knowing I’m caring for somebody else.”
Sir Philip normally spends Christmas and New Year at a villa in Barbados – where he pays £18,000 a night to spend his time sunbathing with celebrity friends, including X Factor boss Simon Cowell.
But even though his three-week getaway is only setting him back £51,000, Sir Philip – worth an estimated £6.2billion – seems determined to enjoy himself.
He and Lady Green were spotted this week cruising around in a shiny black Bentley, visiting friends at another swanky mansion nearby – then popping to an exclusive country club for a spot of tennis.
A large party rental truck was also seen arriving at their nine-bedroom waterfront residence, sparking speculation of a New Year’s Eve knees-up his former workers could only dream of.
Sir Philip is expected to be joined for the bash by his daughter Chloe, 25, who is also in Miami, and son Brandon, 23. But while his previous parties have attracted A-listers from Hollywood star Gwyneth Paltrow to supermodel Kate Moss, celebrities have been notably absent from his side since the collapse of BHS.
Friends insist there has been no falling out, saying Sir Philip has been “naturally preoccupied with business”.
The Greens, who spent much of the summer on their £100million yacht in the Mediterranean, are expected to return home to the tax haven of Monaco next week.
MPs voted in October to strip Sir Philip of his knighthood after he was accused of plundering millions of pounds from the firm, enriching his family with dividend cheques before leading it to disaster.
The fate of Green’s title is due to be decided by the Honours Forfeiture Committee later this year.