Robert Tchenguiz

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Robert Tchenguiz
Born Robert Khadouri
(1960-09-09) 9 September 1960 (age 56)
Tehran, Iran
Residence Kensington, London
Citizenship United Kingdom
Occupation Co-chairman of Rotch Property Group
Property Developer
Net worth Increase£850 million with brother[1]
Spouse(s) Heather Bird
Children two
Parent(s) Violet Khadouri
Victor Khadouri
Family Vincent Tchenguiz (brother)
Lisa Tchenguiz (sister)

Robert Tchenguiz is a British entrepreneur, securities dealer and the brother of Vincent Tchenguiz.


Tchenguiz was born Tehran to an Iraqi-Jewish family,[2] the son of Victor and Violet Khadouri.[3] His family left Iraq in 1948 and settled in Iran, where his father, a jeweler, worked for the Shah and ran the country's mint.[3] He also changed the family surname from Khadouri to Tchenguiz.

In 1979 the family moved in England after the Iranian revolution.[3] He has one brother and one sister: Vincent Tchenguiz and Lisa Tchenguiz (formerly married to BBC Radio 1 disc jockey, Gary Davies,[4] and South African-born Del Monte CEO, Vivian Imerman).[5]

In 2008 in the wake of the collapse of the Kaupthing Bank, Robert Tchenguiz was suspected of fraudulent dealings and was arrested in a dawn raid in 2011; however, the investigation ended in 2012 with the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) citing "insufficient evidence", and no indictment was ever brought.[6] In fact, Tchenguiz lost millions of pounds in Kaupthing's collapse.[6] Robert Tchenguiz sued the Serious Fraud Office (SFO) for false imprisonment and damages to his businesses.[7] Due to mishandling of the inquiry, the court had already ordered the SFO to pay 80% of Robert Tchenguiz's legal expenses in the matter.[8]

Personal life[edit]

In 2005, he married his longtime girlfriend, American Heather Bird; they have two children.[9]