Willie Haughey

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The Lord Haughey
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Born 1956
Gorbals, Glasgow, Scotland
Occupation Chairman, City Refrigeration Holdings UK Ltd
Net worth Increase £152 million
Political party
Spouse(s) Susan Haughey, née Moore (m. 1985)
Children Kenny Haughey

William Haughey, Baron Haughey, OBE (born 1956 in Glasgow)[1] is a Scottish businessman, philanthropist[2] and chairman of City Refrigeration Holdings. He formerly served as a non-executive director for Celtic F.C.,[3] and in 1997 signed a deal with Asda to maintain refrigeration equipment in stores throughout the United Kingdom.[4] City Refrigeration Holdings Headquarters are based in Gorbals, Glasgow. Sir Willie founded City Refrigeration, a refrigeration equipment supplier with his wife Lady Susan in 1985.[5]

Willie Haughey has given over £5 million to charity over the past 5 years.[6] In January 2011 Haughey presented a cheque for £100,000 to UNICEF ambassador Sir Alex Ferguson to support the charity’s work with child flood victims in Pakistan.[7][8] In 2010 alone, he made charitable donations of £1.3 million.[9] Willie Haughey has backed the Entrepreneurial Spark start-up accelerator, hosting the Glasgow 'hatchery' in his City Refrigeration Headquarters.

Haughey has been named in several newspaper reports in connection with the resignation of Steven Purcell.[10][11][12][13][14][15][16][17] The 2010 edition of the Sunday Times Rich List estimated Sir Willie's fortune at £150 million.[citation needed] In addition to this Willie also owns the deeds for Celtic park

Haughey was awarded an OBE in 2003[18] and was knighted in the 2012 Birthday Honours for services to business and philanthropy.[19][20] On 1 August 2013, it was announced he was going to be a Labour peer in the House of Lords. On 18 September 2013 he was created a life peer taking the title Baron Haughey, of Hutchesontown in the City of Glasgow.[21]


  • Hon DTech (Honorary Doctor of Technology): Glasgow Caledonian University (2005)

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Willie Haughey


  1. ^ PressTeam Scotland Ltd - Tycoon unveils house plans
  2. ^ Leadbetter, Russell. "I may be a millionaire but...". Evening Times. 3 October 2007
  3. ^ The Scotsman
  4. ^ City Refrigeration Holdings
  5. ^ "Sir Willie Haughey's City Refrigeration sees profits up". BBC News. 20 June 2013. 
  6. ^ http://www.williehaughey.com/city-charitable-trust.aspx
  7. ^ http://www.beattiegroup.com/prclients/pr-press-releases.aspx?news=31&id=10839
  8. ^ http://www.unicef.org.uk/Latest/News/Willie-Haughey/
  9. ^ http://www.williehaughey.com/city-charitable-trust.aspx
  10. ^ "Resignation is a hammer-blow for Scottish Labour so close to a general election". Edinburgh: The Scotsman. 3 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  11. ^ "Steven Purcell: Fall of a High Flier". Scotland on Sunday. 7 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  12. ^ Ungoed-Thomas, Jon; MacAskill, Mark (14 March 2010). "Labour donor Willie Haughey in ‘cash for favours’ row". London: Sunday Times Scotland. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  13. ^ MacAskill, Mark; Ungoed-Thomas, Jon (14 March 2010). "Labour donor Willie Haughey linked to cocaine city councillor". London: Sunday Times Scotland. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  14. ^ "Company linked to Purcell in £700,000 land deal with Labour donor". The Herald. 21 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  15. ^ "Firm caught up in Purcell furore pulls out of Labour party conference". The Herald. 23 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  16. ^ "Heartland attack". The Economist. 25 March 2010. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  17. ^ MacAskill, Mark (28 March 2010). "Labour in little local difficulty". London: Sunday Times Scotland. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  18. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 56963. p. 11. 14 June 2003.
  19. ^ The London Gazette: (Supplement) no. 60173. p. 1. 16 June 2012.
  20. ^ The London Gazette: no. 60593. p. 15796. 9 August 2013.
  21. ^ The London Gazette: no. 60635. p. 18709. 23 September 2013.

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