Jonathan Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere

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The Viscount Rothermere
Born (1967-12-03) 3 December 1967 (age 48)
Nationality British
Education Gordonstoun School
Alma mater Duke University
Occupation Publisher
Net worth $1.37 billion (November 2015)[1]
Title Viscount Rothermere
Baron Rothermere
Baronet of Horsey
Spouse(s) Claudia Caroline Clemence
Children Vere Richard Jonathan Harold Harmsworth (b. 1994)
Eleanor Patricia Margaret Harmsworth (b. 1996)
Theodora Harmsworth (b. 2001)
Iris Harmsworth (b. 2003)
Alfred Harmsworth (b. 2010)
Parent(s) Vere, Viscount Rothermere and Patricia Evelyn Beverley Matthews

Jonathan Harold Esmond Vere Harmsworth, 4th Viscount Rothermere (born 3 December 1967) is a British viscount and inheritor of a newspaper and media empire founded by his great-grandfather Harold Sidney Harmsworth.

Early life[edit]

Rothermere was educated at Gordonstoun School and Duke University.[2]


Harmsworth held various positions in Associated Newspapers and was managing director of the Evening Standard, when the sudden death of his father in 1998 resulted in his becoming the controlling shareholder[3] and chairman of Associated and of its parent Daily Mail and General Trust just before his 31st birthday. One notable change he has instituted since becoming chairman is requiring directors to retire at age 75.

He ranked fourth in the Publishing, Advertising, and PR section of the Sunday Times Rich List 2013 with an estimated wealth of £720 million.[4] In April 2015, the Sunday Times estimated his net worth at £1 billion[5] He has non-domicile tax status and owns his media businesses through a complex structure of offshore holdings and trusts.[6]

In 2013, Private Eye reported that Viscount Rothermere falsely claims non-dom status, in order to avoid paying tax on his stately home, Ferne House. This move saves him several millions of pounds in tax annually.[7]

He was a supporter of the former Conservative Party leader David Cameron.[8]

He gave evidence to the Leveson Inquiry into the Culture, Practices and Ethics of the Press on 10 May 2012.

Personal life[edit]

Rothermere married Claudia Caroline Clemence, daughter of Terence J. Clemence, on 15 July 1993.[2] They have five children:[9]

  • The Honourable Vere Richard Jonathan Harold Harmsworth (b. 1994)
  • The Honourable Eleanor Patricia Margaret Harmsworth (b. 1996)
  • The Honourable Theodora Mairi Ferne Harmsworth (b. 2001)
  • The Honourable Iris Geraldine Lilian Harmsworth (b. 2004)
  • The Honourable Alfred Northcliffe St. John Harmsworth (b. 2010)

In 2002, The Guardian reported that Rothermere had fathered another son from a relationship prior to his marriage.[10] Testimony from the Leveson Inquiry seems to confirm this.[11]




  1. ^ "Jonathan Harmsworth". Forbes. Retrieved 7 November 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "Person Page 7348". 7 May 2011. Archived from the original on 3 November 2011. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ "Rothermere: 'DMGT remains committed to journalism'". Press Gazette. 21 January 2009. 
  4. ^ Mark Sweney (19 April 2013). "Barclay brothers named richest media figures in UK with £2.3bn fortune". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 5 November 2013. Retrieved 7 October 2013. 
  5. ^ "Sunday Times Rich List". The Sunday Times (page 34). 26 April 2014. 
  6. ^ Private Eye. "Rothermere's patriot games". Archived from the original on 21 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Private Eye Street Of Shame: Rothermere's patriot games". 2013-10-21. Retrieved 2016-10-10. 
  8. ^ Vervier, Catherine (20 July 2008). "The end of the affair: Dacre moves towards Cameron". The Independent. Archived from the original on 6 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
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  10. ^ Roy Greenslade (22 July 2002). "Seconds out, round two". The Guardian. Archived from the original on 3 October 2013. Retrieved 6 October 2013. 
  11. ^ "Statement by Lord Justice Leveson". Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

External links[edit]

Peerage of the United Kingdom
Preceded by
Vere Harold Esmond Harmsworth
Viscount Rothermere
1998 – present