Peter Hargreaves

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Peter Hargreaves
Peter Kendal Hargreaves

(1946-10-05) 5 October 1946 (age 72)
Clitheroe, Lancashire
ResidenceWest Country, UK
EducationClitheroe Royal Grammar School
Known forCo-founder of Hargreaves Lansdown
Chairman of Blue Whale Capital
Net worth£2.39 billion[1]

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[2] but no longer a director or employee. He is a partner in Blue Whale Capital, an investment boutique that was launched in 2017.[3][4]

Early life[edit]

Hargreaves was born in Clitheroe and educated at Clitheroe Royal Grammar School in Lancashire.[5][6][7]


Trained as an accountant,[7] Peter Hargreaves initially worked as a computer salesman.[7] He then started Hargreaves Lansdown trading from a bedroom in 1981; in 2010, he stood down as chief executive, receiving £18 million in payouts from dividends.[8] He was succeeded as CEO by Ian Gorham. He is reportedly now worth £2,315 million according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2017, making him the 51st richest person on the list.[9] Hargreaves joined the board of ITM Power in February 2004 as a non-executive director:[10] he has invested heavily in ITM Power.[11] In March 2016 he joined the Leave.EU movement to campaign for the UK's exit from the European Union.[12] He was the top donor to the Brexit campaign contributing over £3 million to the Leave campaign.[13] 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.[14][15]


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.[16]


Hargreaves financially supported the Leave.EU campaign in 2016,[17][18] and wrote to 15 million UK householders asking them to support the leave campaign in the European Union membership referendum.[19][20]

In May 2016, Hargreaves said that Brexit will lead to insecurity, which will turn out to be very effective.[21] Hargreaves said that Theresa May should reassure the three million EU nationals already in the UK that their current rights would be maintained.[22]

Personal life[edit]

In 1986 he married Rosemary; they have one son and one daughter.[23] They reside in a Georgian property in the West Country, where he grows his own vegetables.[5] He owns three racehorses.[7]


  1. ^ "The billionaire 100 club: Peter Hargreaves' inexorable rise". City Wire. Retrieved 6 November 2014.
  2. ^ "Richard Branson Reveals Virgin Has Lost A Third of Its Value Since Brexit". HuffPost. 28 June 2016. Retrieved 28 June 2016.
  3. ^ 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.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ a b Wachman, Richard (30 June 2011). "Peter Hargreaves, the modest multimillionaire". The Guardian. Retrieved 21 April 2016.
  6. ^ Andrew Lynch (22 March 2009). "Fame and Fortune: Peter Hargreaves". Sunday Times. Retrieved 24 September 2015.
  7. ^ a b c d Bristol’s deadly duo hit the City The Times, 6 May 2007
  8. ^ "Hargreaves retires with £18m windfall". Daily Mail. 2011. Retrieved 3 June 2011.
  9. ^ Name. "The Sunday Times Rich List 2017". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  10. ^ "ITM Power: People". Archived from the original on 1 September 2013. Retrieved 20 May 2013.
  11. ^ Peter Hargreaves: My First Million Financial Times
  12. ^ "Peter Hargreaves Joins the Leave.EU team". Retrieved 22 March 2016.
  13. ^ Savage, Michael (7 May 2017). "Biggest Brexit donor urges May to guarantee EU nationals' rights". the Guardian. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  14. ^ "How fund Hargreaves is putting £25m into will invest". Retrieved 7 September 2017.
  15. ^ Collinson, Patrick (27 November 2017). "Does Peter Hargreaves have a whale of an opportunity for UK investors?". The Guardian. Retrieved 14 February 2018.
  16. ^ "No. 60728". The London Gazette (Supplement). 31 December 2013. p. 8.
  17. ^ 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]
  18. ^ Howard Mustoe (18 March 2016). "EU referendum: Founder of FTSE 100 broker backs EU exit". BBC News. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  19. ^ Damian Fantato (23 March 2016). "Peter Hargreaves signs 15m letters backing Brexit". FTAdviser. Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  20. ^ Dylan Lobo (29 March 2016). "Hargreaves Lansdown distances itself from founder's leave campaign". Retrieved 1 April 2016.
  21. ^ 'Like Dunkirk': Brexit donor trumpets 'fantastic insecurity' of leaving EU, The Guardian 12 May 2016
  22. ^ Savage, Michael (7 May 2017). "Biggest Brexit donor urges May to guarantee EU nationals' rights". The Guardian.
  23. ^ Fame & Fortune: Peter Hargreaves The Times, 22 March 2009

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