Racing tycoon Flavio Briatore has bought a $11 million (GBP5.8 million) New York apartment so he can visit his baby daughter with ex-love Heidi Klum.

Italian millionaire Briatore and the German supermodel split while Klum was pregnant with young LENI, who was born in May (04).

While Klum has gone on to find love and a subsequent Christmas (04) engagement with singer Seal, Briatore has romanced a number of young women across Europe.

Keen to get to know the young tot, Briatore has spent millions on a 4,500-square-foot (418-square-metre) penthouse at One Beacon Court near Bloomingdales department store, only a few minutes from Klum's home.

Briatore, who once dated Naomi Campbell, has homes in London, Paris, Athens and Kenya.

07/01/2005 14:21