Nicholas Sutton

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Nicholas Sutton (born 18 August 1969) is a UK property developer, who made a failed attempt to purchase Craven Cottage, home of Fulham Football Club from entrepreneur Mohammed Al-Fayed for £50 million. He was named Young Property Person of the Year in 2002 by Property Magazine[citation needed].


Sutton was born 18 August 1969 in Birchington, Kent. He attended Sompting Abbotts Preparatory School in Worthing, West Sussex from 1975 to 1983, Brighton College from 1983 to 1988, and the University of Exeter from 1988 to 1991.

He met Princess Ayşe Gülnev Osmanoğlu Sultan while studying at University. They married in 1994 and had five children. Osmanoğlu is the daughter of Şehzade Osman Selaheddin Osmanoğlu Efendi, Imperial (pretending) Prince of the Ottoman Empire (born Alexandria, 7 July 1940), and Athena Joy Christoforides Hanımefendi, (born London, 9 March 1944). The marriage entitled Sutton to the style His Excellency Damat Nicholas Nelson Sutton Beyefendi[citation needed].

Qualifications and awards[edit]

On leaving University Sutton joined Arthur Andersen in London where he trained and qualified as an accountant. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and a member of the Institute of Taxation.


Sutton was a student at Exeter University and bought properties, which he refurbished and let out for student accommodation. He set up his first company, Imperial Property Co,[1] in 1997 while at university.

After training with Arthur Andersen he joined Dilmun Investment Advisors Ltd, a subsidiary of Bahrain International Bank, in November 1994 as Assistant Director Real Estate Investment Banking.

In 1995 he set up Crown Dilmun on behalf of his employer, to specialise in inner-city residential projects in London, Glasgow, Manchester, Bristol, Newcastle and Brighton. He specialised in turning listed buildings into modern high-specification apartments.

While Managing Director of Crown Dilmun he negotiated development of the 160,000 sq ft (15,000 m2) Harrods Depository site in Trevor Square, Knightsbridge, which was bought from Mohamed Al-Fayed for £52.5 million in 2001. The Grade II listed building was converted into residential and commercial spaces in a £140 million project.

In November 2002 he left Crown Dilmun. In January 2003 he was revealed as the person behind the agreement to purchase Craven Cottage, the home of Fulham Football Club, from club owner Mohamed Al-Fayed, for £50 million.[2] The deal failed, and the proposal was the subject of a court battle between Sutton and Crown Dilmun [3] which culminated in a twelve-day case in the High Court in December 2003. The resulting judgment found in favour of Crown Dilmun, with Mr Justice Peter Smith finding that Sutton had breached the fiduciary duties that he owed his then employer.[4] Sutton did not appeal.[5]

In July 2012, the Royal York Hotel, owned by his company Imperial Property, went into administration.[6]


  1. ^ Imperial Property Company
  2. ^ "Sutton: Nobody's stripping Fulham" article
  3. ^ "Struggle develops over Craven Cottage" article
  4. ^ Case No: HC03C005582
  5. ^ "Crown Dilmun wins court battle over Craven Cottage" article
  6. ^ [1]