Adrian Swire

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Sir Adrian Swire
Born Adrian Christopher Swire
(1932-02-15)15 February 1932
Marylebone, London, England
Died 24 August 2018(2018-08-24) (aged 86)
Nationality British
Education Wellesley House School
Eton College
Alma mater University College, Oxford
Net worth GBP £2.4 billion (Swire family, STRL April 2015)[1]
Spouse(s) Lady Judith Compton
Children Merlin Bingham Swire
Samuel Compton Swire
Martha Swire
Parent(s) John Kidston Swire
Relatives John Samuel Swire (great-grandfather)
John Anthony Swire (brother)
Barnaby Swire (nephew)

Sir Adrian Christopher Swire DL (15 February 1932 – 24 August 2018) was a billionaire British heir and businessman. He was the former chairman of John Swire & Sons Ltd.

Early life[edit]

Swire was born on 15 February 1932, and educated at Wellesley House School, Eton and University College, Oxford.[2] During his national service, he served in the Coldstream Guards.[2]


Swire started his career for a subsidiary of the family business, Butterfield & Swire Far East, in 1956.[2]

He was the chairman of John Swire & Sons from 1987 to 1997, and from 2002 to 2004.[2] He was on the board of directors of Cathay Pacific, an airline partially owned by the family business, from 1965 to 2005.[2]


He was made a Knight Bachelor in the 1982 New Year Honours.

Personal life[edit]

He was married to Lady Judith Compton, the daughter of William Bingham Compton, 6th Marquess of Northampton. They had three children, Martha, Merlin and Samuel.[citation needed] He was a member of White's, Brooks's, Pratt's and the Hong Kong Club.[2]


  1. ^ "Sunday Times Rich List". The Sunday Times (page 24). 26 April 2015. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Adrian Christopher SWIRE". Debrett's. Archived from the original on 26 April 2015. Retrieved 26 April 2015.