Daily Israel Report

For the Man ‘Who Has Everything’ – a Helicopter Pad

It seems no one ever has "everything." An Israeli billionaire whose house has a cinema and spa now wants a helicopter pad.
By Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
First Publish: 7/31/2012, 9:18 AM

Helicopter (illustrative)
Helicopter (illustrative)
Israel news photo: Flash 90

An Israeli billionaire whose house has a cinema and spa now wants a helicopter pod

The house of tycoon Ofer Nimrodi is located on a large plot of land – 50 dunams, or 12.5 acres – in the posh community of Savyon near Tel Aviv, according to Globes, which disclosed his request for a pad for his private chopper.

Nimrodi needs permission from the local council before he can build the helicopter pad at his mansion, which includes a cinema, tennis and basketball courts, a spa, wine cellar and – of course – a swimming pool.

He happens to be one of Israel’s largest real estate operators and also happens to have a controlling interest in the Israel Lands Development Company, whose subsidiaries hold maritime drilling licenses for gas and oil. Helicopters are used to reach the drilling rigs.

Nimrodi grew up in poverty with his father Yaakov, who moved to Israel from Iraq during the era of the British Mandate.

The elder Nimrodi made a fortune in arms sales to the Shah of Iran, where Ofer was born, and later purchased the Israel Land Development Corp. from the Jewish national Fund.

Ofer Nimrodi, who had invested heavily in the Maariv newspaper, served 25 months in jail for wiretapping the phones of the publisher of Yediot Acharonot and of a Maariv investigative reporter.