Having just sold his plumbing business for £145 million, the flushest tycoon in town Charlie Mullins is turning his hand to music promotion.
The 69-year-old, whose company sorted out the drainage problems for London‘s elite, has moved into the music business and he has already spotted the talents of singer RaRa Lea.
The pair first met in Marbella where he has a holiday home and they were spotted recently this week at a poppy sale for the Royal British Legion at Sloane Square tube station.
RaRa, 31, real name Rachel Leavesley, had taken time out from rehearsals for her planned new year single ‘Biker Boy’, to cosy up with her new promoter for a good cause.
The pair first met in Marbella where he has a holiday home and they were spotted recently this week at a poppy sale for the Royal British Legion at Sloane Square tube station
RaRa, 31, real name Rachel Leavesley, had taken time out from rehearsals for her planned new year single ‘Biker Boy’, to cosy up with her new promoter for a good cause
RaRa, who is originally from Cheltenham, has lived all over the world, including seven years in Dubai, and now divides her time between Britain and the sun-drenched Costa Del Sol in Spain. Her latest single is called Glitter
Wearing a smart Poppy-red jacket over a black turtleneck jumper and black trousers, RaRa, whose style is described as ‘vintage rock n roll’, arrived in Mullins’s Bentley.
She told Mailonline: ‘Charlie and I are a couple of characters. We are neighbours in Marbella and that’s how we met. He has now moved into the music business and he’s looking after me at the moment.
‘I’m performing at The Shooting Star Ball in London later this month and Simon Cowell is going to be in the audience – so no pressure there then!’
RaRa, who is originally from Cheltenham, has lived all over the world, including seven years in Dubai, and now divides her time between Britain and the sun-drenched Costa Del Sol in Spain. Her latest single is called Glitter.
Mullins, who is never far from controversy and introduced a ‘no jab, no job’ policy for employees earlier this year, was behind her rebrand to ‘RaRa’.
He recently revealed he is being inundated with enquiries to bankroll musicals, telling the Financial Mail on Sunday: ‘A lot of artists are just treated like s***. If you’ve got talent, then you need to be paid accordingly. But you also need to get yourself noticed and that is what I’m offering.’
Mullins, who divorced his second wife Julie a year ago, started his Pimlico Plumbing business back in 1979.
He had previously donated money to the Conservative Party and was a business advisor to David Cameron and George Osborne.
But the arch-Thatcherite fell out with the party over its promotion of Brexit which is why it was such a surprise to find him alongside Nigel Farage at the same poppy selling event.
Mullins said: ‘Myself and Nigel have butted heads a few times over the last five-years but that was over Brexit, for this we’re drinking from the same teapot.
‘I know the country has had a tough time of it lately, but we’d appeal to them to dig deep for the Royal British Legion because the Poppy Appeal is such a good cause.’ Agreeing Farage said: ‘We’ve come together today for two reasons, one is to remember and pay tribute to those who went before us and made an incredible sacrifice but also to praise the ongoing work of the Royal British Legion.
‘Events in Iraq and Afghanistan have recently highlighted the important role our armed forces continue to play in the world and it’s brought it home to a younger generation. ‘There is no better time for myself and Charlie to come together on this than the Poppy Appeal’s 100th anniversary and I hope we help to make a few quid today as well as encourage more volunteers to sign up.’
The Poppy Appeal has been badly hit by the Covid pandemic after people were unable to sell them last year and many volunteers, who are pensioners, are nervous about coming out in public and supporting the appeal this year.
The Royal British Legion hope that getting Mullins and Farage together to raise awareness and money for the appeal will encourage others to come out.
Alasdair Seton-Marsden, the Legion’s Poppy Appeal organiser for the Chelsea district, who set up the event, added: ‘By having Nigel join his Brexit archnemisis Charlie Mullins to help sell some poppies, it’s the perfect way to highlight how the Legion is non-political.’