The Tavistock Group is a mid-1970s by British billionaire Joseph "Joe" Lewis ( * 1935 ) established private international investment company with headquarters in the small town of Windermere near Orlando ( Florida). Have subsidiaries in Argentina, the Bahamas, China, Mexico and Europe. Joe Lewis' daughter Vivienne Lewis is currently active in the management of the company.
Among the best known investment properties of Tavistock include:
- English football club Tottenham Hotspur
- Czech football club Slavia Prague
- The German sportswear manufacturer Puma
- The small English production sports car manufacturer Bristol Cars
However, these investments account for only a small share of the total portfolio of Tavistock. Tavistock entertained in the first years of the 21st century, a short-term investment in the Scottish football club Glasgow Rangers. The interest in professional football to have been awakened by the friends of his actor Sean Connery at Joe Lewis.
Other investments consist inter alia in holiday and golf resorts, hotels, financial services, restaurants and fashion. Many investments with golf are in accordance with the interests of the founder connected. The corporate headquarters is embedded in a golf course.
In early 2008 the group lost estimated at around $ 1 billion in the collapse of U.S. investment bank Bear Stearns.
Tavistock also supports golf tournaments and holds since 2004 every year from the PGA - sanctioned invitational tournament Tavistock Cup. Here, teams of the standing of Tavistock owned Isleworth Golf & Country Club and Lake Nona Golf & Country Club play against each other. Participants at the tournament in March 2009 examination included Tiger Woods, Ernie Els, Mark O'Meara and Robert Allenby, who are also partially involved in the marketing of other projects of the Tavistock Group.
The prize money for the winning team was at the event in 2009 3.5 million U.S. dollars, of which 1 million was donated to a charity of choice of the winner.
The Joe Lewis' daughter Vivienne Lewis Tavistock Foundation supports charities mainly in places where the Group has major investments, such as a cancer center in Orlando near the company's headquarters.