Joe Lewis, a billionaire, has been charged with insider trading for allegedly aiding personal pilots, assistants, and romantic partners in making millions.

Joe Lewis, a billionaire, has been charged with insider trading for allegedly aiding personal pilots, assistants, and romantic partners in making millions.

British Billionaire Joe Lewis Charged with Insider Trading: Understanding the Allegations against the Tottenham Hotspur Owner

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The owner of Tottenham Hotspur, Joe Lewis, has recently found himself in hot water as he faces charges of insider trading. According to federal prosecutors, the British billionaire is accused of passing sensitive information to various individuals, including his pilots, assistants, and romantic partners. Such actions allowed these individuals to make substantial profits by trading securities using insider information before it was publicly disclosed.

The Allegations

In a detailed indictment, the US District Court for the Southern District of New York outlined several instances where Lewis allegedly shared non-public information. The court stated that Lewis “abuses access to corporate boardrooms” and uses this privileged information to “compensate his employees or to shower gifts on his friends and lovers.” If these allegations hold true, it would be a classic case of corporate corruption.

Among the instances mentioned in the indictment, one involved Lewis receiving non-public information about positive clinical trial results from Mirati, an oncology company. Lewis, being one of Mirati’s largest shareholders and having connections to the company through an employee on its board, urged multiple individuals, including his girlfriend, two private pilots, executive assistant, and a poker friend in Argentina, to purchase Mirati stock before the news became public. To facilitate their stock purchases, Lewis even provided his pilots with generous short-term loans amounting to $500,000 each.

Another example presented in the indictment revolves around Lewis’ ownership of Solid Biosciences. As one of the largest shareholders, Lewis was privy to confidential information about an upcoming announcement of favorable clinical results. Based on his advice, his girlfriend and two pilots purchased shares before the public release of the news. Consequently, when the clinical results were made public, the stock price soared, enabling Lewis’ girlfriend to make a profit of around $849,000, reflecting a 118% gain.

Additionally, the indictment alleges that Lewis shared sensitive information with his pilots regarding the Australian Agricultural Company, which experienced financial losses due to flooding in Queensland. Lewis, being the majority shareholder and having access to non-public information, informed his pilots that the losses would not be covered by insurance or the government. Subsequently, he encouraged them to sell their stocks, but due to their stockbroker’s delay, the pilots were unable to sell in time, resulting in financial losses.

Joe Lewis and Tavistock Group

Joe Lewis, with an estimated wealth of $6.55 billion, is the owner of the Bahamas-based holding company Tavistock Group. Tavistock Group boasts an extensive portfolio of over 200 companies, including real estate developments, country clubs, and a UK pub chain. Notably, Lewis also owns the English soccer team, Tottenham Hotspur.

Lewis’ lawyer, David M. Zornow, strongly refutes the charges, stating that the government has made an “egregious error in judgment” in charging his client. Zornow emphasizes Lewis’ impeccable integrity and accomplishments, describing Lewis as an 86-year-old man who voluntarily appeared in the US to confront the charges, pledging to vigorously defend him in court.


The allegations against Joe Lewis, the owner of Tottenham Hotspur, highlight the serious implications of insider trading. The indictment details instances where Lewis allegedly used his connections and privileged access to corporate information to benefit himself and those close to him financially. Such practices undermine the integrity and fairness of the financial markets, ultimately eroding public trust.

As the legal proceedings unfold, it remains to be seen how the case against Lewis will proceed and whether he will be found guilty or acquitted. Regardless of the outcome, this case serves as a reminder of the importance of ethical behavior in the corporate world and the severe consequences that can follow when individuals engage in illegal insider trading.