Flavio Briatore Protests Billionaire Style
Where do would you go to fight a yacht tax? How about a nightclub called Billionaire. The club, owned by serial modelizer and Formula One manager Flavio Briatore, was the setting for a new debate in Sardinia. Briatore is protesting new taxes for the megarich yacht owners who flock to Sardinia's ports. New laws charge owners of megayachts for port usage, charge fees on larger private planes each time they land and levy large taxes on those with large second homes on the island. According to the Independent, Briatore has has taken out full-page newspaper advertisements and hosted a party at Billionaire for objectors to the new rules. Briatore says that the wealthy bring money and to the island and should not be charged these fees but the locals feel that the fees are necessary to help preserve the unique character of this gorgeous place.