James Packer escapes spotlight aboard luxury yacht in Greece

James Packer photographed in Bondi last week. Photo: INFphoto杭州夜生活mJames Packer has not gone to the Himalayas to meditate, as reported elsewhere, nor has he checked in to the Church of Scientology’s Hollywood Celebrity Centre to seek solace following news of his marriage breakdown.

No, the casino mogul has opted for a far more traditional approach to life post-separation to Erica Baxter, the mother of his three young children: cruising the world’s most glamorous waters aboard a multimillion-dollar superyacht.

Just 48 hours after confirming his six-year marriage had abruptly come to an end, Mr Packer has escaped to the high seas with his close friend and fellow mogul, Lachlan Murdoch.

On Monday Mr Packer, wearing long shorts, a T-shirt and crocs, was photographed boarding a tender with Mr Murdoch and his wife Sarah, along with several other unidentified people. The group was heading to the large private boat moored off Greece.

Mr Packer jetted out of Sydney on Friday as news broke of his split with Ms Baxter, who is understood to be living in California.

Friends told Fairfax Media the trip had been organised to celebrate the friend’s respective birthdays, both of which fell on Sunday when twice-married Mr Packer turned 46 and Mr Murdoch turned 42.

It was also a convenient time for both men to be away from Sydney, especially since both their respective families are being depicted at war in the television mini-series Power Games on Channel Nine, once owned by Mr Packer which is today ran by his best man, David Gyngell.

Sources close to both families told PS neither welcomed the television series being made.

The original release of this article first appeared on the website of Hangzhou Night Net.

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