Michael Pearson, 4th Viscount Cowdray
|Michael Pearson, 4th Viscount Cowdray|
|Born||17 June 1944|
Marina Rose Cordle Pearson
|Parents||Weetman Pearson, 3rd Viscount Cowdray
Lady Anne Pamela Bridgeman
Michael Orlando Weetman Pearson, 4th Viscount Cowdray (born 17 June 1944) is a British peer and film producer. He is the 65th richest person and the 10th largest landowner in the United Kingdom.
Pearson's father was Weetman Pearson, 3rd Viscount Cowdray (1910–1995). His paternal grandfather was Harold Pearson, 2nd Viscount Cowdray (1882–1933). His paternal great-grandfather, Weetman Pearson, 1st Viscount Cowdray (1856–1927), became the first Viscount Cowdray in 1917.
His mother was Lady Anne Pamela Bridgeman (1913–2009). His maternal grandfather was Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford (1873–1957). His maternal great-grandfather was George Bridgeman, 4th Earl of Bradford (1845–1915). His maternal great-great-grandfather was Orlando Bridgeman, 3rd Earl of Bradford (1819–1898). His maternal great-great-great-grandfather was George Bridgeman, 2nd Earl of Bradford (1789–1865). His maternal great-great-great-great-grandfather was Orlando Bridgeman, 1st Earl of Bradford (1762–1825). His half-brother, Charles Anthony Pearson, born to the same father but to a different mother, owns the Dunecht estate, including Dunecht House, in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
In 1970, he had a child out of wedlock, Sebastian William Orlando Pearson, with Barbara Page.
Since 1987, he has been married to Marina Rose Cordle Pearson, the daughter of John Cordle, who served as a Conservative Member of Parliament for Bournemouth East and Christchurch from 1959 to 1974, and for Bournemouth East from 1974 to 1977. They have five children:
- Eliza Anne Venetia Pearson (born 31 May 1988), has a daughter (b.2014) with her partner Leif Christian Kvaal,
- Emily Jane Marina Pearson (born 13 December 1989),
- Catrina Sophie Lavinia Pearson (born 13 March 1991),
- Peregrine John Dickinson Pearson (born 27 October 1994)
- Montague Orlando William Pearson (born 17 May 1997).
He resides at Cowdray Park in Midhurst, West Sussex. In 2010, he was the second-richest person in Sussex and the 65th richest person in the UK, with an estimated wealth of £850 million. As of May 2012, he was worth an estimated £500 million. In September 2010, he listed Cowdray Park for £25 million with the intention of downsizing, but he has not found a buyer yet.
As a producer
- Last of the Long-haired Boys (1968)
- Sympathy for the Devil (1968)
- The Legend of Spider Forest (1971)
As an executive producer
- Vanishing Point (1971)
- Lundy, Darryl (18 February 2011). "Michael Orlando Weetman Pearson, 4th Viscount Cowdray". The Peerage.com. Retrieved June 2013.[unreliable source]
- Karen Kranenburg, Renaissance Man, Polo & More, 2011
- Edwin Shrake, On A Dicey Cruise, Sports Illustrated, 16 September 1974
- Robert Hardman, As Lord Cowdray holds an exceedingly grand car boot sale... Why I'm swapping my £25m house for a cottage, The Daily Mail, 18 July 2011
- Cupid Production
- "Anokhi Jaya-Kvaal". Peerage News.
- Tim Ridgway, Richest people in Sussex revealed, The Argus, 26 April 2010
- The rise and fall in fortunes of Sussex's filthy rich, The Argus, 1 May 2012
|Peerage of the United Kingdom|
Weetman Pearson, 3rd Viscount Cowdray