Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere

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The Viscount Rothermere
Born (1967-12-03) 3 December 1967 (age 47)
Nationality British
Education Duke University, Gordonstoun School
Occupation Publisher
Title 4th Viscount Rothermere
Spouse(s) Claudia Caroline Clemence
Children Vere Richard Jonathan Harold Harmsworth (b. 1994)
Eleanor Patricia Margaret Harmsworth (b. 1996)
Theodora Harmsworth (b. 2001)
Iris Harmsworth (b. 2003)
Alfred Harmsworth (b. 2010)
Parent(s) Vere Harmsworth, 3rd Viscount Rothermere and Patricia Evelyn Beverley Matthews

Harold Jonathan Esmond Vere Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere (born 3 December 1967) (styled The Honourable Jonathan Harmsworth between 1978 and 1998) is a British viscount and inheritor of a newspaper and media empire founded by his great-grandfather Harold Sidney Harmsworth.

Professional life[edit]

Rothermere was educated at Gordonstoun School and Duke University.[1]

He has held various positions in Associated Newspapers and was managing director of the Evening Standard when the sudden death of his father resulted in his becoming the controlling shareholder[2] and chairman of Associated and of its parent Daily Mail and General Trust plc just before his 31st birthday. One notable change he has instituted is requiring directors to retire at age 75.

He ranked 4th in the Publishing, Advertising and PR section of the Sunday Times Rich List 2013 with an estimated wealth of £720 million.[3]

He is a supporter of the Conservative Party leader David Cameron.[4]

He gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press on 10 May 2012.

He has non-domicile tax status and owns his media businesses through a complex structure of offshore holdings and trusts which entail him paying almost no UK tax on his income, investments or wealth.[5]

Personal life[edit]

Rothermere married Claudia Caroline Clemence, daughter of Terence J. Clemence, on 15 July 1993.[1] They have five children:[6]

  • The Honourable Vere Richard Jonathan Harold Harmsworth (b. 1994)
  • The Honourable Eleanor Patricia Margaret Harmsworth (b. 1996)
  • The Honourable Theodora Mairi Ferne Harmsworth (b. 2001)
  • The Honourable Iris Geraldine Lilian Harmsworth (b. 2004)
  • The Honourable Alfred Northcilffe St. John Harmsworth (b. 2010)

In 2002 the Guardian claimed that had another son from a relationship before his marriage.[7] Testimony from the Leveson Inquiry seems to confirm this.[8]



Arms of Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere
A Coronet of a Viscount
Between two Ostrich Feathers Or a Cubit Arm erect proper the hand grasping a Roll of Paper Or
Azure two Scrolls of Paper in saltire Or banded in the centre Gules between four Bees volant of the second
On either side a Gladiator fully habited and accoutred the dexter holding in the exterior hand a Sword and the sinister holding on the exterior arm a Shield all proper each charged on the breast with a Fountain
Bene Qui Sedulo (He who acts diligently acts well)


  1. ^ a b "Person Page 7348". May 7, 2011. Archived from the original on November 3, 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Rothermere: 'DMGT remains committed to journalism'". Press Gazette. January 21, 2009. 
  3. ^ Mark Sweney (April 19, 2013). "Barclay brothers named richest media figures in UK with £2.3bn fortune". The Guardian. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved October 7, 2013. 
  4. ^ Vervier, Catherine (July 20, 2008). "The end of the affair: Dacre moves towards Cameron". The Independent. Archived from the original on October 6, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  5. ^ Private Eye. "Rothermere’s patriot games". 
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  7. ^ Roy Greenslade (July 22, 2002). "Seconds out, round two". The Guardian. Archived from the original on October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "Statement by Lord Justice Leveson". Retrieved May 9, 2014. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Vere Harold Esmond Harmsworth
Viscount Rothermere
1998 – present