This story has been updated to reflect the fact that Asos has now confirmed its acquisition of Topshop and Miss Selfridge.
In the spring of 2002, Philip Green threw a party befitting the last days of Rome: toga-clad models, popstars and other celebrities were flown to Cyprus for a three-day bacchanal in honour of his 50th birthday. Dressed as Nero, the retail tycoon who made his fortune buying up the UK high street received a solid-gold Monopoly set from his wife to mark the occasion.
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