Las Vegas - Holed up in the $5,000-a-night Prince Harry Suite at Seizures Palace Hotel Spoof! editor Mark Lowton was celebrating ten years at the top this week as offers continued pouring in to buy out his shares in the satire site.
"Of course he's already turned down Zuckerberg, Gates and Warren Buffet," our-man-at-the-poolside commented amid reports Lowton was holding talks with Off-the-Wall Street bankers Goalman Sux.
US high rollers have long made it known they'd like to take over the UK website which has consistently spilled the beans on just about every major world headline - often daze before the events actually took place.
It's generated a fabulous revenue stream for the Lancaster-based funnyguy to the extent that by late 2012 the obvious merits of non-dom offshore status were becoming increasingly attractive to the reclusive nabob.
A stableful of, frankly, overpaid satire writers continues to enjoy fabulous salaries and associated Spoof! perks such as free tickets to all the top sold-out West End shows - including Barking Horticultural Society's summer jumble sale, a famous A-lister celeb hangout that's the haunt of Madonna, Justin Bieber and Beyonce's dentist.
Last week an extremely worried Pope Francis emailed the website asking if there was anything amiss after noticing the number of Pope-themed submissions had suddenly tailed off for no apparent reason.
He was soon joined by Pyongyang nutjob Kim Jong-un, US Vice President Joe Biden and some fat sow called Elizabeth Windsor in demanding that their Spoof! readership audiences continue to dominate the editor's uppermost thoughts.
Commenting on all these stunning revelations to QM-NewsCorpse reporters from his sunny poolside location Lowton said 'WTF?'
Watch this space ahead of well-placed industry rumors that Lowton's famous website will be floated on the NY Stock Exchange later this year.
And thanks, Mark, mine's a pina colada.