Tony Pidgley

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Anthony William "Tony" Pidgley CBE (born 1947) is an English businessman and polo player. He is the founder and Group Chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings, one of the United Kingdom's largest housebuilding businesses.


Early life[edit]

Born in 1947 in Surrey to a single mother and then adopted from Barnardos, Tony Pidgley spent his early life living in a disused railway carriage.[1] He worked with his parents cutting down trees and selling the logs.[1]


He left home in 1962 and founded a haulage business which he expanded until it had 40 lorries and then sold it to Crest Nicholson in 1968.[1] He then worked for Crest Nicholson for seven years.[1] In 1976 he established Berkeley Group Holdings which he expanded until it was one of the United Kingdom's largest housebuilders.[1] He has since seen off a bid for his business from his son.[2]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours.[3]


In 2010, on the Emlor team, he won the Prince of Wales Trophy with John-Paul Clarkin, Spencer McCarthy, Ignacio Gonzalez and Joaquin Pittaluga.[4]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married twice, most recently to Sarah Hill, and he has two children by each marriage.[1] They reside in a sixteenth-century house set in 100 acres (0.40 km2) in Windsor.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g East End lad makes good to the tune of £123 million The Guardian, 21 September 2007
  2. ^ Father and son square up for Berkeley Battle Daily Telegraph, 18 February 2003
  3. ^ New Year Honours: Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley made a CBE by the Queen Daily Mail, 29 December 2012
  4. ^ Horace A. Laffaye, Polo in Britain: A History, Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2012, p. 321