Alexander Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport

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The Viscount Bridport
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Born (1948-03-17) 17 March 1948 (age 67)
Nationality British
Alma mater Eton College & The Sorbonne
Political party Conservative
Religion Church of England
Children The Hon. Peregrine Alexander Nelson Hood
The Hon. Anthony Nelson Hood

Alexander Nelson Hood, 4th Viscount Bridport, 7th Duke of Bronte (born 17 March 1948), known as Alex Bridport, is a British-born investment banker.


Hood is the son of Rowland Hood, 3rd Viscount Bridport and Sheila Jeanne Agatha van Meurs. He was educated at Eton College and the Sorbonne. He is a descendant of William Nelson, 1st Earl Nelson, elder brother of Horatio Nelson, 1st Viscount Nelson, 1st Duke of Bronté. He succeeded his father in the viscountcy in 1969.


After the Sorbonne, Bridport joined the investment company Kleinwort Benson based in London, before going on to Chase Manhattan Bank and with it moved to Geneva in 1985 to be General Manager of Investment Banking. He was appointed Managing Director of Shearson Lehman Brothers, New York, in 1988. He set up Bridport & Cie S.A. with Thomas Bartholdi in 1991; they both remain managing partners. Count Luca Rinaldo Contardo Padulli is a current Director at Bridport & Cie S.A. which is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland.[1]


Lord Bridport married Linda Jacqueline Paravicini on 5 January 1972. They had a son, the Honourable Peregrine Alexander Nelson Hood (b. 1974). Lord and Lady Bridport were divorced in 1979. Lady Bridport married, secondly, Michael Howard, 21st Earl of Suffolk.

Lord Bridport married secondly Nina Lincoln (widow of Formula 1 Driver Jochen Rindt) on 5 December 1979.[2] They had a son, the Honourable Anthony Nelson Hood (b. 1983), and were divorced in 1999.

The Heir Apparent is the present holder's eldest son: the Hon. Peregrine Alexander Nelson Hood (b. 1974) who is married to Iranian-American Serena Nikkhah (b. 1983); she is currently the Executive Fashion Editor at British Vogue. They married at the church of St John the Baptist, Charlton Park, Malmesbury on 8 June 2013: guests included Princess Michael of Kent, Tom Parker Bowles, and Pippa Middleton.[3]


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Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Rowland Arthur Herbert Nelson Hood
Viscount Bridport
Titles of nobility
Preceded by
Rowland Arthur Herbert Nelson Hood
Duke of Bronté
Kingdom of the Two Sicilies

Succeeded by