As the Mumbai tragedy continues, the only confirmed British victim of the massacre is shipping entrepreneur Andreas Liveras.73-year-old Liveras truly embodied the entrepreneurial spirit: having left Cyprus with his family in 1963, he worked at the 'tiny' Fleur De Lys bakery in Kensington, until the business' owner decided to shut up shop five years later. Liveras took on the bakery, and grew it to become one of Europe's biggest frozen gateaux manufacturers.In 1985, Liveras sold Fleur De Lys for 'an eight-figure sum' to Express Dairies, and used the money to start a new business, Liveras Yachts, in Monaco.
According to The Guardian, the luxury yachts included features such as Roman baths, saunas, steam rooms, jacuzzis, cinemas and helicopter landing pads.Liveras built the 280ft Alysia, the 'biggest charter yacht on the seas', which cost £500,000 a week to charter. Guests have included Robbie Williams and the King of Bahrain.Shortly before he died, Liveras spoke to the BBC from inside the basement of the Taj Mahal hotel, where he was barricaded with a group of guests. "We're just living on our nerves," he said.The Telegraph reported that a woman at his son Dion's house last night told the paper the family are 'in deep, deep mourning'.The death of such a vibrant, creative individual represents a huge loss to the entrepreneurial community - our best wishes go out to his family.