Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster

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The Duke of Westminster
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Grosvenor in 2018
Born
Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor

(1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 30)
NationalityBritish
Alma materNewcastle University (BSc)
OccupationBusinessman
Owner of Grosvenor Group
Known forBritish aristocrat
Property development
Landowning
Parent(s)Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
Natalia Phillips

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster (born 29 January 1991), styled as Earl Grosvenor until August 2016, is a British aristocrat, billionaire, businessman, and owner of Grosvenor Group. He became Duke of Westminster on 9 August 2016, on the death of his father Gerald, 6th Duke of Westminster.[1]

As of 2021, the Duke and his family are 12th on Sunday Times Rich List with an estimated net worth of £10.045 billion.[2] He was the world's richest person aged under 30.[3]

Early life[edit]

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor is the third child and only son of Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster, and his wife Natalia (née Phillips). He was baptised into the Church of England on 23 June 1991.

Through his mother, he is descended from the Romanov imperial family of Russia, the Russian writer Alexander Pushkin and his wife Natalia Nikolayevna Goncharova,[4] as well as from Pushkin's great-grandfather—African freed slave turned Russian nobleman Abram Petrovich Hannibal. Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor is also a descendant of the Hetman of Zaporizhian Host Petro Doroshenko through Natalia Nikolayevna Goncharova. She is the great-great-granddaughter of the famous Ukrainian Hetman.[5]

His elder sisters are Lady Tamara Katherine Grosvenor (married Edward van Cutsem, son of Hugh van Cutsem)[6] and Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor (married TV historian Dan Snow[7]). The latter is a prison reformer and philanthropist, who co-founded The Clink Restaurants.[8] The youngest sister is Lady Viola Georgina Grosvenor.

The letters patent that created the dukedom provide that the title go to the eldest male heir. As a duke, he ranks highly in the order of precedence in England and Wales.

Education[edit]

All the siblings were educated at a local state primary school, followed by a small private day school, Mostyn House School, near the family home of Eaton Hall, Cheshire. He then attended Ellesmere College, Shropshire, from 2000 to 2009. At Ellesmere, Grosvenor served as a School Prefect, Captain of Meynell House and Captain of the First XI Football Team in his final year. He was awarded Full Colours in Football, and, as a member of the School's Combined Cadet Force, he obtained a BTEC First Diploma in Public Services with Distinction.[9][10][11]

From 2010 to 2013, he studied countryside management at Newcastle University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree with upper second-class honours.[11][12][13]

Career[edit]

After university, the then Earl Grosvenor, as he was at the time, worked in estate management at Wheatsheaf Investment from 2013 to 2014, and the Grosvenor Group from 2014 to 2015, before becoming Accounts Manager at Bio-bean, a green energy company, in January 2016.[12][13]

Upon his father's death, in August 2016, as well as the peerages, he inherited a wealth then estimated at £9 billion, with considerable trust funds for his sisters.[14] This wealth is held in a trust, of which the 7th Duke of Westminster, as he became, is a beneficial owner but not the legal owner—an arrangement that received considerable press attention, owing to the inheritance tax exemption it confers.[15][16][17][18]

Personal life[edit]

Little is publicly known about the duke's personal life.[19] However, in October 2013, he was named a godfather to Prince George of Cambridge.[20][21]

In April 2020, the duke donated several million pounds in support of the British government response to the COVID-19 pandemic and the National Health Service (NHS).[21]

Arms[edit]

Coat of arms of Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster
Coat of Arms of the Duke of Westminster without Order of Garter.svg
Notes
The dukedom of Westminster was created by Queen Victoria in 1874.
Crest
A Talbot statant Or
Escutcheon
Quarterly: 1st and 4th, Azure a Portcullis with chains pendant Or on a Chief of the last between two united Roses of York and Lancaster a Pale charged with the Arms of King Edward the Confessor (City of Westminster); 2 and 3rd, Azure a Garb Or (Grosvenor)
Supporters
On either side a Talbot reguardant Or collared Azure
Motto
Virtus Non Stemma (Virtue not ancestry)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Duke of Westminster – obituary". The Telegraph. 10 August 2016. ISSN 0307-1235. Archived from the original on 8 February 2021. Retrieved 4 February 2021.
  2. ^ "The Sunday Times Rich List 2021". www.thetimes.co.uk. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020. Retrieved 15 June 2021.
  3. ^ Dovkants, Keith. "Hugh Grosvenor: How the richest man in the world under 30 stays normal". Tatler. Archived from the original on 31 May 2020. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Descendant Of Pushkin And The Romanovs Becomes World's Youngest Billionaire". rbth.com. 12 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 April 2019. Retrieved 23 April 2020.
  5. ^ Alexander Petrovich Doroshenko (son of Petro Doroshenko) was the father of Ekaterina Alexandrovna (1720–?; Married to Zagryazhskaya) and the grandfather of Ivan Alexandrovich Zagryazhsky (1749–1807), from whom Natalya Ivanovna Zagryazhskaya was born (married to Goncharova). Source: Cherkashina, L. Natalia Goncharova: a happy marriage. - 5th ed. - Rostov-on-Don: Phoenix, 2010 .-- 320 p. - (Pushkin's muses). - ISBN 978-5-9265-0759-8.
  6. ^ "UK | Royals attend top society wedding". BBC News. 6 November 2004. Archived from the original on 6 November 2021. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  7. ^ "Flintshire". Flintshirechronicle.co.uk. 1 January 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2016.
  8. ^ "Lady Edwina Grosvenor's fight for prisoners". The Tatler. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 9 July 2020. Retrieved 9 July 2020.
  9. ^ Levin, Angela (1 October 2013). "Lady Edwina Grosvenor: 'I see my wealth as a gift that I should put to good use'". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 4 April 2018.
  10. ^ Bradberry, Grace (23 January 2004). "Who'll inherit London?". London Evening Standard. Archived from the original on 4 February 2016. Retrieved 4 February 2016.
  11. ^ a b "The Ellesmerian 2009" (PDF). The Ellesmerian. 2009. Archived (PDF) from the original on 6 November 2021. Retrieved 9 August 2016.
  12. ^ a b "Team – bio-bean". Archived from the original on 20 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  13. ^ a b "Hugh Grosvenor | LinkedIn". uk.linkedin.com. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  14. ^ Howes, Scarlet (10 August 2016). "New Duke becomes a billionaire at 25". The Times. Archived from the original on 6 November 2021. Retrieved 10 August 2016.(subscription required)
  15. ^ Garside, Juliette (11 August 2016). "Inheritance tax: why the new Duke of Westminster will not pay billions". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Archived from the original on 12 May 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  16. ^ "How the Duke of Westminster dodged IHT – MoneyWeek". MoneyWeek. 21 August 2016. Archived from the original on 19 June 2017. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  17. ^ "Inheritance tax, and how the Dukes of Westminster avoid it on their £9bn fortune". The Telegraph. Archived from the original on 6 November 2021. Retrieved 14 May 2017.
  18. ^ "Duke's £9bn inheritance prompts call for tax overhaul". The Guardian. 11 August 2016. Archived from the original on 12 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.
  19. ^ Duboff, Josh (23 October 2013). "Hugh Grosvenor: Meet the 22-year-old, baby-faced, absurdly rich godparent to Prince George". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on 13 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  20. ^ Rayner, Gordon (23 October 2013). "Prince George christening: profiles of the godparents". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 11 August 2016. Retrieved 10 August 2016.
  21. ^ a b Williams, David (15 April 2020). "Prince George's godfather, billionaire Duke of Westminster, gave $15.6M to UK coronavirus relief charities". CNN. Archived from the original on 28 October 2020. Retrieved 24 October 2020.
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by Duke of Westminster
2016–present
Incumbent
Lines of succession
Preceded by Line of succession to the British throne
descended from Louise, daughter of George II
Succeeded by
Lady Tamara van Cutsem
Orders of precedence in the United Kingdom
Preceded by Gentlemen
The Duke of Westminster
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