William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor

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William Waldorf Astor III
Personal details
Born (1951-12-27) 27 December 1951 (age 62)
Spouse(s) Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones
(m. 1976—present)
Relations
Children Flora Katherina Astor
William Waldorf Astor IV
James Jacob Astor
Parents William Waldorf Astor II
Sarah Kathleen Elinor Norton
Alma mater Eton College
Occupation politician, businessman

William Waldorf Astor III, 4th Viscount Astor (born 27 December 1951) is an English businessman and politician who sits as an elected hereditary peer in the House of Lords. He is a member of the Astor family.

Biography[edit]

William Waldorf III is the son of Viscount William Waldorf "Bill" Astor II (1907—1966) and Sarah Kathleen Elinor Norton (1920—2013). From his father's later marriages, he has three younger half-sisters: Emily (born 1956), Janet (born 1961), and Pauline (born 1964). From his mother's remarriage to Thomas Michael Baring, he has a younger half-brother named Edward Richard Philip Baring (born September 1962).[1] He was educated at Eton College, and on 14 January 1976 married Annabel Lucy Veronica Jones, daughter of Timothy Angus Jones and Patricia David Pandora Clifford. They have three children:

  • Flora Katherine Astor (born 7 June 1976)
  • William Waldorf "Will" Astor IV (born 18 January 1979)
  • James Jacob Astor (born 1981)

His heir is his elder son, Will, who married model Lohralee Stutz, daughter of Serge Alain Stutz and Michelle Bourdeau, at East Hendred, Oxfordshire on 5 September 2009. They have a son named William Waldorf Astor V (born 4 May 2012) and a daughter named Allegra Annabel Astor (born 14 August 2013).[2]

His wife Annabel's stepfather was his uncle Michael Langhorne Astor. Her daughter from her first marriage, Samantha, is married to Prime Minister David Cameron.

Astor was a Lord-in-Waiting (a House of Lords whip) from 1990 to 1993. He was then made a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security. In 1994, he moved to the Department of National Heritage where he served until leaving the government in 1995.[3]

He was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.[4]

Viscount Astor is presently Deputy Chairman of Silvergate Media Ltd and director of Networkers Plc (since 2007) and trustee of Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

Ancestry[edit]

Arms[edit]

Arms of William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor
Coronet
A Coronet of a Viscount
Crest
From a Mount Vert a Falcon rising proper ensigned by three Mullets Gold
Escutcheon
Or a Falcon resting on a Dexter Hand couped at the wrist proper gauntleted Gules in chief two Fleur-de-lys of the last
Supporters
Dexter: a North American Indian; Sinister: a North American fur trapper; each habited accoutred and holding in the exterior hand a Rifle all proper
Motto
Ad Astra (To the stars)

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External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
William Waldorf Astor II
Viscount Astor
1966—present
Incumbent