Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster

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His Grace
The Duke of Westminster
Duke of Westminster
Personal details
Born Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor
(1991-01-29) 29 January 1991 (age 26)
London, England
Nationality British
Parents Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster
Natalia Phillips
Residence Eaton Hall, Cheshire, England
Occupation Businessman and landowner
Known for British aristocrat
Property development
Landowning

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 landowner. He is the third child and only son of Gerald Grosvenor, 6th Duke of Westminster and his wife Natalia Phillips. He inherited the title of Duke of Westminster on 9 August 2016, on the death of his father. The duke is estimated to be worth US$13 billion, making him the world's richest person aged under 30.[1]

Early life[edit]

He was baptised into the Church of England on 23 June 1991.

Unusually for the children of hereditary peers, Hugh Grosvenor and his sisters 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, a public school, 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.[3][4][5]

From 2011 to 2013 he studied countryside management at Newcastle University, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree with upper second-class honours.[5][6][7]

Career[edit]

After university, the then Earl Grosvenor 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.[6][7]

Upon his father's death, in August 2016, as well as the peerages he inherited a wealth currently estimated at £9 billion, with considerable trust funds for his sisters.[8] This wealth is held in a trust, of which the Duke is a beneficial owner but not the legal owner- an arrangement which received considerable press attention due to the inheritance tax exemption this confers.[9][10][11][12]

Siblings[edit]

He has three sisters, and a number of nieces and nephews.

  • Lady Tamara Katherine Grosvenor (born 20 December 1979); married Edward van Cutsem, son of Hugh van Cutsem, close friend to the royal family.[13]
  • Lady Edwina Louise Grosvenor (born 4 November 1981); married TV historian Dan Snow.[14] She is a prison reformer and philanthropist, co-founding The Clink Restaurants.
  • Lady Viola Georgina Grosvenor (born 12 October 1992)

Personal life[edit]

Little is publicly known about the Duke of Westminster's personal life, as a result of his family's efforts to maintain his privacy.[15] However, in October 2013, he received some attention when he was named a godfather to Prince George of Cambridge.[16]

Titles, styles and arms[edit]

Titles and styles[edit]

  • 29 January 1991 – 9 August 2016: Earl Grosvenor
  • 9 August 2016 – present: His Grace The Duke of Westminster

Honours[edit]

Orders[edit]

  • England 9 August 2016 Baronet, 16th baronet, of Eaton (cr. 1621)

Arms[edit]

Ancestry[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Meet the young billionaires as Hugh Grosvenor inherits £9bn". BBC. Retrieved 10 December 2016. 
  2. ^ Cody Carmichael. "Top 10 Richest People in the United Kingdom – 2017 Update". The Gazette Review. Retrieved 31 March 2017. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Bradberry, Grace (23 January 2004). "Who'll inherit London?". London Evening Standard. Retrieved 4 February 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "The Ellesmerian 2009" (PDF). The Ellesmerian. 2009. Retrieved 9 August 2016. 
  6. ^ a b "Team – bio-bean". Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  7. ^ a b "Hugh Grosvenor | LinkedIn". uk.linkedin.com. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  8. ^ Howes, Scarlet (10 August 2016). "New Duke becomes a billionaire at 25". The Times. Retrieved 10 August 2016.  (subscription required)
  9. ^ Garside, Juliette (11 August 2016). "Inheritance tax: why the new Duke of Westminster will not pay billions". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  10. ^ "How the Duke of Westminster dodged IHT – MoneyWeek". MoneyWeek. 21 August 2016. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Inheritance tax, and how the Dukes of Westminster avoid it on their £9bn fortune". The Telegraph. Retrieved 14 May 2017. 
  12. ^ "Duke's £9bn inheritance prompts call for tax overhaul". The Guardian. 11 August 2016. Retrieved 11 August 2016.  (subscription required)
  13. ^ "UK | Royals attend top society wedding". BBC News. 6 November 2004. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  14. ^ "Flintshire". Flintshirechronicle.co.uk. 1 January 2012. Archived from the original on 30 December 2010. Retrieved 3 April 2016. 
  15. ^ Duboff, Josh (23 October 2013). "Hugh Grosvenor: Meet the 22-year-old, baby-faced, absurdly rich godparent to Prince George". Vanity Fair. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
  16. ^ Rayner, Gordon (23 October 2013). "Prince George christening: profiles of the godparents". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 10 August 2016. 
Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Gerald Grosvenor
Duke of Westminster
2016–present
Incumbent
Lines of succession
Preceded by
The Duchess of Westminster
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
The Duke of Abercorn
Gentlemen
His Grace The Duke of Westminster
Succeeded by
The Duke of Fife