Charles Cadogan, 8th Earl Cadogan

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The Earl Cadogan

Earl Cadogan
Other titlesViscount Chelsea (1937–1997)
BornCharles Gerald John Cadogan
(1937-03-24)24 March 1937
Died11 June 2023(2023-06-11) (aged 86)
Lady Philippa Wallop
(m. 1963; died 1984)
Jennifer Jane Greig Rae
(m. 1989; div. 1994)
Dorothy Ann Shipsey
(m. 1994)
IssueLady Anna-Karina Cadogan
Edward Charles Cadogan, 9th Earl Cadogan
William John Cadogan
ParentsWilliam Cadogan, 7th Earl Cadogan
Primrose Lilian Yarde-Buller

Charles Gerald John Cadogan, 8th Earl Cadogan, KBE, DL (24 March 1937 – 11 June 2023), styled as Viscount Chelsea until 1997, was a British billionaire peer and landowner.

Early life and education[edit]

Cadogan was the son of William Gerald Charles Cadogan, 7th Earl Cadogan and Primrose Lilian Yarde-Buller, and was known as Viscount Chelsea before inheriting the title of Earl Cadogan on the death of his father on 4 July 1997. He was a first cousin of the Aga Khan IV, spiritual head of the Ismaili sect of Shia Muslims.

He was educated at Ludgrove School and Eton College.[1]

Military service[edit]

On 14 April 1956, Cadogan was commissioned in the Coldstream Guards, British Army in the rank of second lieutenant to undertake his national service.[2] On 26 September 1957, he was transferred to the Army Emergency Reserve of Officers, thereby ending his period of full-time service.[3] He was promoted to lieutenant on 23 December 1957.[4] On 2 March 1961, he was transferred to the Regular Army Reserve of Officers, thereby ending his military service.[5]


Cadogan chaired Chelsea Football Club from 1981 until 1982 and was also a Governor of Culford School in Suffolk. He owned Bedfordshire-based high-end upholstered furniture manufacturer, Peter Guild Ltd, (now based in Long Eaton) for a period during the 1990s.

He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Greater London in 1996.

In the Sunday Times Rich List 2023 ranking of the wealthiest people in the United Kingdom, his family was placed 36th with an estimated fortune of £5.57 billion.[6] He was the third richest UK-based peer behind Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster and Lord Bamford. The Cadogan family's wealth is based on Cadogan Estates, which administers extensive landholdings in Chelsea, a wealthy part of London, including much of Sloane Street and Cadogan Hall.

In July 2021, he was worth over $6 billion according to Bloomberg.[7]


Marriages and children[edit]

On 6 June 1963 Cadogan married Lady Philippa Wallop (1937–1984),[10] daughter of Gerard Wallop, 9th Earl of Portsmouth. They had two sons and one daughter:

Cadogan married secondly the etiquette expert Jennifer Rae (married 1989, divorced 1994).[11]

His third marriage was to Dorothy Ann Shipsey (married 1994), formerly the matron at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers.[citation needed]


Cadogan died on 11 June 2023 at the age of 86.[12] His titles passed to his elder son, Edward, who was educated at St David's College, Llandudno and served with the RAF in the first Gulf war.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Barber, Richard (2004). The Story of Ludgrove. Oxford: Guidon Publishing. p. 176. ISBN 0-9543617-2-5.
  2. ^ "No. 40805". The London Gazette (Supplement). 12 June 1956. p. 3493.
  3. ^ "No. 41232". The London Gazette (Supplement). 19 November 1957. p. 6775.
  4. ^ "No. 41263". The London Gazette (Supplement). 24 December 1957. p. 7564.
  5. ^ "No. 42291". The London Gazette (Supplement). 28 February 1961. p. 1611.
  6. ^ Watts, Robert, ed. (19 May 2023). "The Sunday Times Rich List 2023". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 19 May 2023.
  7. ^ "Bloomberg Billionaires Index: Charles Cadogan". Bloomberg. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  8. ^ "Order Of Distinguished Auxiliary Service - Sawiki".
  9. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 6.
  10. ^ "Working class hero". The Daily Telegraph. London. 14 April 2002.
  11. ^ O'Neill, Sean (10 April 2002). "Family echoes in Chelsea streets" – via
  12. ^ "Cadogan Estates".
  13. ^ "Who'll inherit London?". Evening Standard. 23 January 2004.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by Chelsea chairman
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Earl Cadogan
Succeeded by
Edward Charles Cadogan