How painting sparked tax team probe; THE PROBE.
The Scot bought Cape Girl with Fruit for pounds 140,000 in May 2000 at an auction in his adopted home city of Johannesburg.
And later, the tycoon gave a magazine interview where he discussed the painting.
The piece caught the eye of South African Revenue Service investigator Charles Chipps, who had just processed King's tax return.
King had claimed that his earnings for the year were just pounds 6279, and had even asked to be taken off the register of taxpayers.
But when Chipps began looking into the businessman's finances, he found a vineyard in Stellenbosch, a private jet, Ferrari sports cars and a pounds 1.2million mansion in the most exclusive part of Johannesburg, Sandhurst.
King, 54, had bought four homes, demolished them and built a walled mansion on the site.
Digging deeper, Chipps and his colleagues found a myriad of companies with Scottish names such as Ben Nevis and Glencoe.
King was alleged to have made millions in shares without giving the taxman his due.
He was arrested in 2002 and continues to protest his innocence.
King rose from humble beginnings in Glasgow to become one of South Africa''s richest men.
He was born in the tough Bridgeton area of Glasgow in a flat that's now a tanning salon. He was the fifth of seven children, and his three brothers and three sisters still live in and around the city.
King arrived in South Africa in 1976 with only 170 rand in his pocket and set about building his empire.
His success earned him a place at the top of South African society.
He is a member of the exclusive Johannesburg Country Club and counts golfing legends Gary Player and Ernie Els among his friends. He once paid pounds 100,000 to caddy for Player at a tournament.
His wife Ladina is a leading socialite, horse rider and golfer, and a pal of Kenny Dalglish's wife Marina.
When we asked Ladina about her husband's legal difficulties, she told us: "There's no point talking to me about it, you'll have to speak to him." He did not return our calls.
Luxury: King's mansion Art attack: Picture launched taxmen investigation
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|Publication:||Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)|
|Date:||Nov 1, 2009|
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