Peter Hargreaves

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Peter Hargreaves
Peter Kendal Hargreaves

(1946-10-05) 5 October 1946 (age 76)
Clitheroe, Lancashire
EducationClitheroe Royal Grammar School
Known forCo-founder of Hargreaves Lansdown
Chairman of Blue Whale Capital

Peter Kendal Hargreaves CBE (born 5 October 1946) is an English co-founder with Stephen Lansdown of Hargreaves Lansdown, one of the United Kingdom's largest financial services businesses. He is a shareholder of Hargreaves Lansdown[1] but no longer a director or employee. He is a partner in Blue Whale Capital, an investment boutique that was launched in 2017.[2]

Early life[edit]

Hargreaves was born in Clitheroe and educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School in Lancashire.[3][4][5]


Trained as an accountant,[5] Peter Hargreaves initially worked as a computer salesman.[5] He then started Hargreaves Lansdown trading from a bedroom in 1981; in 2010, he stood down as chief executive and, in the same year, received £18 million in payouts from dividends. He was succeeded as CEO by Ian Gorham. His wealth was reported at £2,315 million according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2017, making him the 51st richest person in the UK.[6] Hargreaves joined the board of ITM Power in February 2004 as a non-executive director:[7] he has invested heavily in ITM Power.[8] In March 2016 he joined the Leave.EU movement to campaign for the UK's exit from the European Union.[9] He was the top donor to the Brexit campaign contributing over £3 million to the Leave campaign.[10] In September 2017, Hargreaves announced a £25 million backing in Blue Whale Capital – a new asset management company set up by previous colleague, Stephen Yiu.[11][12]

It was announced in August 2020 that Hargreaves would receive £63.4 million in dividends after Hargreaves Lansdown's profits increased by 24% to £378.3 million in the 12 months leading up to 30 June 2020.[13][14]

According to The Sunday Times Rich List in 2020 his net worth was estimated at £2.4 billion.[15] In 2021, he came ninth in a list of the top ten biggest taxpayers in the UK, having paid a tax bill of £91.4 million that year.[16]


Hargreaves was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 2014 New Year Honours for services to business innovation, financial services, and the City of Bristol.[17]


Hargreaves financially supported the Leave.EU campaign in 2016,[18][19] donating £3.2m to the Leave.EU campaign founded by Arron Banks and wrote to 15 million UK householders asking them to support the leave campaign in the European Union membership referendum.[20][21]

In May 2016, Hargreaves said that Brexit will lead to insecurity, which will turn out to be very effective.[22] Hargreaves said that Theresa May should reassure the three million EU nationals already in the UK that their current rights would be maintained.[23]

Hargreaves donated £1m to the Conservatives’ election fund in 2019.[24]

Personal life[edit]

In 1986 he married Rosemary; they have one son and one daughter.[25] They live in a Georgian property in the West Country, where he grows his own vegetables.[3] He owns three racehorses.[5]


  1. ^ "Richard Branson Reveals Virgin Has Lost A Third of Its Value Since Brexit". HuffPost. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  2. ^ Lynch, Andrew (3 September 2017). "Tycoon Peter Hargreaves back in the swim with Blue Whale Capital". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0956-1382. Retrieved 19 April 2018.
  3. ^ a b Wachman, Richard (30 June 2011). "Peter Hargreaves, the modest multimillionaire". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  4. ^ Andrew Lynch (22 March 2009). "Fame and Fortune: Peter Hargreaves". Sunday Times. Archived from the original on 29 May 2015. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  5. ^ a b c d Bristol’s deadly duo hit the City The Times, 6 May 2007
  6. ^ "The Sunday Times Rich List 2017". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2 July 2017.[dead link]
  7. ^ "ITM Power: People". Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  8. ^ Peter Hargreaves: My First Million Financial Times
  9. ^ "Peter Hargreaves Joins the Leave.EU team". Archived from the original on 2 April 2016. Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  10. ^ Savage, Michael (7 May 2017). "Biggest Brexit donor urges May to guarantee EU nationals' rights". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  11. ^ "How fund Hargreaves is putting £25m into will invest". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  12. ^ Collinson, Patrick (27 November 2017). "Does Peter Hargreaves have a whale of an opportunity for UK investors?". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  13. ^ O'Dwyer, Michael (7 August 2020). "Hargreaves Lansdown founders to share £82m payout". The Telegraph. ISSN 0307-1235. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  14. ^ "Hargreaves Lansdown sees business soar during coronavirus crisis". Evening Standard. 7 August 2020. Retrieved 14 August 2020.
  15. ^ "Rich List 2020: profiles 51-100, featuring Bernie Ecclestone". The Sunday Times. ISSN 0140-0460. Retrieved 15 July 2020.
  16. ^ "Peter Hargreaves and Leonie Schroder were two of the UK's biggest taxpayers - reports". 29 January 2021. Retrieved 10 March 2021.
  17. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 8.
  18. ^ Michael Yong (31 March 2016). "Bankrolling Brexit: How two Bristol businessmen put in millions of pounds". Bristol Post. Retrieved 1 April 2016.[permanent dead link]
  19. ^ Howard Mustoe (18 March 2016). "EU referendum: Founder of FTSE 100 broker backs EU exit". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  20. ^ Damian Fantato (23 March 2016). "Peter Hargreaves signs 15m letters backing Brexit". FTAdviser. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  21. ^ Dylan Lobo (29 March 2016). "Hargreaves Lansdown distances itself from founder's leave campaign". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  22. ^ 'Like Dunkirk': Brexit donor trumpets 'fantastic insecurity' of leaving EU, The Guardian 12 May 2016
  23. ^ Savage, Michael (7 May 2017). "Biggest Brexit donor urges May to guarantee EU nationals' rights". The Guardian.
  24. ^ "Tories receive £1m funding boost from billionaire Brexiter". The Guardian. 5 December 2019. Retrieved 24 January 2020.
  25. ^ Fame & Fortune: Peter Hargreaves The Times, 22 March 2009

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