19 January 2014 – Sunday Times
The billionaire Reuben brothers are launching into the shipping business in an attempt to cash in on Asia’s appetite for raw materials. David and Simon Reuben, whose empire spans data centres, pubs and racecourses, have agreed a joint venture with British Marine, a private company with a fleet of eight vessels. The tycoons have placed an order to double the size of the fleet at a cost of more than $200m (£122m).
British Marine is run by Alan Bekhor, who worked for the Reubens during the 1990s at Trans-world Metals, the aluminium business which, at its peak, produced a third of the world’s aluminium. Since then the Reubens’ main focus has been Global Switch, a chain of data centres that is expected eventually to float on the stock market.