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Hill-Wood was born in Kensington, London. His father, three uncles and grandfather all played first-class cricket for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. He attended Eton College where he was a classmate of former Arsenal director Sir Roger Gibbs. He then served in the Coldstream Guards. After leaving the Guards, Hill-Wood entered the banking industry, eventually rising to become a vice-chairman of Hambros Bank, having previously been in charge of its investment division.
Hill-Wood has since retired from his post at Hambros, and is currently a director of Cavenham Ltd and Hellenic and General Trust.
He is the third generation of his family to serve as chairman of Arsenal, following his father, Denis Hill-Wood (in office 1962–1982), and his grandfather, Samuel Hill-Wood (1929–1936 and 1946–1949) from Glossop, Derbyshire. Peter Hill-Wood succeeded his father after the latter's death in 1982. He was not in charge of any day-to-day business at the club, which is generally run by CEO Ivan Gazidis and first team coach Unai Emery.
Hill-Wood was a colleague of Chips Keswick – a former Bank of England director – at Hambros and subsequently saw him recruited to the Arsenal board to provide strong City contacts at a time when the club were financing their new stadium.
On 14 June 2013 Hill-Wood stepped down and was replaced as chairman by Keswick.
- He played first-class cricket for the Free Foresters in 1960.
- He and Chips Keswick are both members of Business for Sterling.
He married in 1971 and has three children Julian, Charles and Sarah, who is married to Timothy Dana, an American.
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- "First-Class Matches played by Peter Hill-Wood". Cricket Archive. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- "Who We Are". Business For Sterling. Archived from the original on 7 July 2004. Retrieved 5 February 2014.
- WEDDINGS; Sarah Hill-Wood, Timothy Dana - New York Times
- "Peter Hill-Wood taken ill". Arsenal.com. 2 December 2012. Archived from the original on 2 December 2012.
- "Peter Hill-Wood: Arsenal chairman suffers heart attack". BBC Sport. 2 December 2012.
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Sir Chips Keswick