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Sampoerna Puts In Bid For Famous London Casino

13 February 2006

LONDON -- As reported by Forbes: "Smoke and mirrors. Putera Sampoerna, an Indonesian cigarette billionaire who ranks 13th on Forbes' list of Southeast Asia's 40 Richest is reportedly in advanced talks to acquire private member's club Les Ambassadeurs, London's most sumptuous casino.

"A spokesman for London Clubs International confirmed to Forbes that it had received an approach for "Les A"--as the flagship club is affectionately known--but refused to speculate on a suitor or price for a the gilt-lined converted mansion, which overlooks Hyde Park.

"...Sampoerna, who is also believed to be a long-standing member of the club, is worth about $2 billion..."

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