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|Sir Rocco Forte|
January 18, 1945|
Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Born in Bournemouth, the son of the late Lord Forte, he was educated at St Peter's Catholic Comprehensive School, Southbourne, and Downside School. He read modern languages at Pembroke College, Oxford, where he won a blue for fencing. He took over from his father as CEO of the Forte Group in 1992.
In the mid-1990s, the Forte Group was faced with a hostile takeover bid from Gerry Robinson's Granada. Ultimately, Granada succeeded with a £3.87 billion tender offer in August 1995 that left the family with around £350 million in cash.
In 2001, following the de-merger of Compass Group from Granada's media interests, the use of the Forte trademark was returned to Forte in a gesture intended to dispel the bitter legacy of the takeover.
After the takeover, Forte set up his own chain of hotels - initially known as RF Hotels and re-branded as The Rocco Forte Collection after the return of the Forte brand name. He bought the Balmoral Hotel, Edinburgh and Brown's Hotel, London for £51.5m. As of April 2013, The Rocco Forte Collection operates eleven hotels in Europe, Russia, northern Africa and the Middle East.
Forte's family wealth in 2013 was listed as £250,000,000.
Forte funded a series of lectures at Westminster Cathedral in April 2008 organised by Cardinal Archbishop Cormac Murphy-O'Connor. The first of these was given by former UK Prime Minister Tony Blair, who launched his "faith foundation" there. Later, Forte was reported to have criticised Blair for passing anti-Catholic legislation.
In 1992 Rocco & Martin Landau opened a City Technology College in Derby named Landau Forte College. In 2006 they changed to an academy. In 2010 they turned a Tamworth High School (Woodhouse Business & Enterprise College) and turned it into Landau Forte Academy Tamworth but in 2011 when they opened Landau Forte Academy QEMS in Tamworth they changed their name to Landau Forte Academy Amington. There has since been a six-form centre near QEMS named as the former name of Landau Forte Academy Amington.
On 15 February 1986, in Rome, he married Aliai Giovanna Maria Ricci, a twenty-one-year-old Italian, daughter of a psychiatrist.
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