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BIRTHDAY BRASH; Rothschild's pounds 1million 3-day party.

Byline: Allan Valente

A BILLIONAIRE is treating himself to a lavish pounds 1million 40th birthday party.

The three-day bash for investment banker Nat Rothschild began last night at the luxury pounds 518million Montenegran marina Porto Montenegro.

It will act as a preview for the playground of the super-rich.

The guest list for the Oxfordeducated entrepreneur's birthday celebrations is a secret, but is thought to include an elite group of 400 rich friends, including Peter Nat Rothschild Mandelson, Russian oligarch Oleg Deripaska, Tony Hayward, the former head of BP, and socialite Plum Sykes.

They will enjoy champagne cocktails around the newly built Lido Mar pool, which is lined with black and white mosaic tiles and overlooks the Gulf of Kotor, Europe's southernmost fjord.

The party will be set among palm trees imported from Uruguay and cabana-style pavillions.

The private bash has been organised by London events firm Fiona Leahy Design, who are remaining tight-lipped about the event and its guests.

A company spokeswoman said: "I can't give you any information. We've had to sign confidentiality agreements."

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Porto Montenegro's marketing manager Colin Kingsmill said the guest list would include some of the richest and most photogenic people in the world but added: "It's a completely private event."

Rothschild is an investor in the new resort which will feature boutiques, flats and restaurants.

It will also provide berths for 630 yachts as it aims to rival Monte Carlo as an international haven of luxury.

Since gaining independence from Serbia five years ago, Montenegro has made tourism its main source of economic revival.

Some of the world's richest people have been involved in transforming the port from a naval base in to a luxury marina.

Many locals in the small town of Tivat, which surrounds the marina, have welcomed the project, the brainchild of Barrick Gold chairman Peter Munk.

But some see it as divisive in the town where some parts still display trappings of the country's

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Date:Jul 9, 2011
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