By  on March 2, 2017
Mike Ashley

LONDON — British billionaire Mike Ashley, the controversial Sports Direct owner and target of a 2016 parliamentary investigation into “appalling” working conditions at his shops and warehouses, is the new owner of lingerie brand Agent Provocateur.

Over the past week, speculation had been rife that Ashley’s Sports Direct, Britain’s largest sports retail outlet, was among the front-runners to buy Agent Provocateur alongside Lion Capital, which had been working with Bendon, the Australian lingerie company.

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