James Sherwood

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James B. Sherwood (born August 8, 1933[1] in New Castle, Pennsylvania) is an American-born, British-based businessman.

Early life[edit]

Sherwood grew up in Lexington, Kentucky and earned a degree in economics from Yale University.[2] Sherwood learned about shipping first in the U.S. Navy, spending three years as a cargo officer, and then working for U.S. Lines and CTI for six years.

Business career[edit]

In 1965, Sherwood founded Bermuda-based, New York Stock Exchange listed, London-headquartered shipping company Sea Containers Ltd with initial capital of $100,000.[3] Over forty years Sherwood expanded Sea Containers from a supplier of leased cargo containers, into various shipping companies, as well as expanding the company into luxury hotels and railway trains, including the Venice-Simplon Orient Express[4] and the Great North Eastern Railway franchise from London, England to Edinburgh, Scotland.

Although valued with a net worth of £60million in the 2004 Sunday Times Rich List,[5] as Sea Containers hit financial troubles, he resigned as Co-Chief Executive Officer from each of his companies in 2006.[6]. He continued as a Director of Orient Express Hotels Ltd until retiring on 9 June 2011. He is now designated as Founder and Chairman Emeritus.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Sherwood's wife is writer and botanist Shirley Sherwood.[8]


  1. ^ James B. Sherwood, Ivan Fallon: Orient Express: A Personal Journey (2012) ISBN 9781849541879
  2. ^ Latest Ferry News - November 2005 Archived October 10, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ Sea Containers Ltd. - Company History Funding Universe
  4. ^ Grice, Elizabeth (27 April 2012). "James Sherwood interview: the man who relaunched the Orient-Express". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  5. ^ Sunday Times Rich List 2004 - James Sherwood Times Online
  6. ^ Sherwood to hand over helm at Sea Containers Telegraph, 8 December 2002
  7. ^ https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/chairman-james-hurlock-and-founder-james-sherwood-to-retire-from-orient-express-board-of-directors-118357229.html
  8. ^ "Dr Shirley Sherwood to Guest Curate Botanical ArtExhibition". Orient Express. 18 January 2005. Retrieved 25 March 2010.

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