THE son of the founder of one of Britain’s biggest fashion empires was killed when his high-powered sports car crashed into a tree.
George Simon, 32, whose father Peter amassed a £600million fortune from Monsoon and Accessorize, is believed to have lost control of his Porsche 911 Turbo.
An air ambulance was scrambled to the scene of the accident on a country road at North Marden, near Chichester, Sussex.
Peter Simon, 67, and his family were said last night to be devasted by the tragedy last Saturday.
Mr Simon launched his empire from a stall selling hippie-style coats in London’s Portobello Road in 1973 after spending time in a nudist colony on the Spanish party isle of Ibiza.
He went on to dominate Britain’s high streets and was one of the earliest retailers to insist on ethical business practices.
Monsoon’s clothes are made in factories selected for their standards of workers’ welfare. He chose the name of his company because he was born in a tropical rainstorm in Sri Lanka.
Son George was a successful businessman in his own right and had a property development portfolio.