…what he spends his money on
… details and pictures of his fancy for cars, travels, women
Private jet, fast cars, swishy hotels, expensive wines and sultry women dominate the life of Warri-born billionaire, Stan Rerri, who wants you to know that he lives large and does not care how you feel about it
By our reporter
His assumed lifestyle looks typical of scenes from a Hollywood flick, set in Beverly Hills. Even his name sounds like that of an Italian-American filmmaker. He could even be mistaken for a Rock ‘n’ Roll star. Indeed, he is rocking in super opulence, with coterie of beautiful well-heeled ladies to boot. Never mind his self-admonition to stop being a freak for beautiful ladies. It is doubtful he just would. Recently, the ‘Panama Hat’ posted on his facebook timeline his revelry with those he called ‘Johannesburg IT girls.’ Self-mentioned, the ladies were “Super Model and Reality TV-Show Celebrity Babalwa (big brother Barbz) Mneno; Financial Consultant Lerika “Lulu” Kleinhans; and Italian Beauty Queen Nicky Coppola…@Lunch with The Panama Hat@Butchers Grill in Mandela Square”
Welcome to the world of Stan Rerri, a Nigerian businessman from Delta State, lives a life that is a cross between that of a Hollywood mogul and Russian oligarch. Everything about Rerri screams immodest opulence and tendency to self-advertise his other-worldly lifestyle. He simply wants you to know how lucky he is.
To many, this may spell vanity, especially when photo captions on his Facebook page are considered. One of such, showing him and two friends is captioned: “Life has been kind to us”. While that may not offend, the caption of one showing him with pals Tommey Scott, Eyo Effiong, Chucks Iroche and Farouk Saleh is unlikely to be viewed as a gem of modesty. Taken at the opening of Abuja’s Sueno: Spa, Bar and Grill on 8 June, it is immodestly or childishly (take your pick) captioned: “Kings of Abuja”.
Rerri is an expert in self-promotion. A photograph taken on his arrival in Milan, Italy, bears the caption: “2 Bentley Mulsannes, 1 Rolls Royce Ghost, 2 Merc S-550’s and an Escalade for the luggage…its that time again…We are in Miami!!”
Life, surely, has been kind to Rerri. The testament to that is his Facebook page, which is infested with photographs taken at swanky hotels, high-end shops, iconic destinations around the world, in his private jet and of posh autos as well as ritzy parties.
Rerri’s Facebook page, gaudy it may be, is a manual on lush living. “Miami…Privately”, reads the caption of a photograph of his private jet he shared with his friend, Tommey Scott, who also lives large. The photograph was taken at Opa Locka Executive Airport.
Another one, taken at London’s Stansted Airport, is captioned “Tell Tori (his child) dad is coming home..London to Abuja…Privately”. The photograph shows him walking into a white jet with two air stewardesses standing sentry. Yet another, posted on 27 July, shows him walking into his jet, as he was about flying to Milan from Abuja. The caption gave hints of what Rerri’s pleasures are. “I gave up smoking, women and drinking last night,” he wrote. But that came with a tinge of regret, as he added: “OMG! It was the worst 15minutes of my life. I need retail therapy to get over that trauma…Abuja to Milan”.
Did he get the therapy? No one is certain. What is certain is that men of means, particularly young ones, hardly get cured of such vices, especially women. Rerri, not unexpectedly, is a smash hit among women. Any man of his means would be. A tweet on his Twitter handle@stanrerri, dated 12 August 2011, suggests he has broken a few hearts. “Oh Lord…please do NOT give me a woman I deserve,” he tweeted in apparent admission that he is not exactly an altar boy. An apparent confirmation of his resounding success with women is contained in a friend’s comment on the picture Rerri posted of his late father, Chief Austin Toristseyin Rerri. The friend, John Osemwegie, wrote: ” Hmm this guy looks really gooood. Must have been a real ladies man . Stan now I know where u got it from.”
Rerri’s first marriage to Edith Jibunoh, daughter of Sir Newton Jibunoh, the famous explorer, crashed within one year. There was a ready replacement. About a year after, Rerri, who likes to call himself “Lion”, had a new lioness called Ayo.
Rerri, of Itsekiri origin, is well educated. He attended Ogbe Primary School, Effurun; Federal Government College, Warri; University of Benin and the prestigious London School of Economics. He is Executive Director, Sterling Oil &Gas Limited, operators of the Clarke UK/ Sterling Oil/ Jenbacher AG Joint Venture (JV) on embedded power generation in Nigeria. He is also a consultant for the Delta State Ministry of Power and Energy Innovation in Power and Energy. Similarly, Rerri is Chairman/CEO, Casa Rerri Limited, an integrated management consultancy, which worked with the Nigeria Extractive Industries Initiative in 2004. Rerri’s firm carried out technical and financial oversight of the country’s entire oil, gas and mining industries as well as physical and process audits of all companies and agencies relevant to the production and management of oil, gas and mining resources. The highlights of the firm’s activities were the recovery of over $1billion in unpaid Petroleum Profits Taxes (PPT) due to the Federal Government by oil companies and the remediation of identified lapses in NEITI audits between 1999 to 2004.
How much he was paid is unknown. What is not in doubt is that he must have earned and is still earning staggering sums that will continue to make him welcome at high-end shops, glitzy hotels, top holiday destinations, in the hearts of women and keep the engines of his private jet and dream autos chugging.