Tony Pidgley

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Tony Pidgley
Born Anthony William Pidgley
(1947-08-06) 6 August 1947 (age 69)
Surrey, United Kingdom
Occupation Businessman

Anthony William "Tony" Pidgley CBE (born 6 August 1947) is an English businessman. He is the founder and chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings, one of the UK's largest housebuilding businesses.

Early life[edit]

Anthony Pidgley was born in 1947 in Surrey to a single mother, and then adopted from Barnardos. He spent his early life living in a disused railway carriage.[1] He worked with his parents cutting down trees and selling the logs.[1]


Pidgley left home in 1962 and founded a haulage business which he expanded until it had 40 lorries and then sold it to Crest Nicholson in 1968.[1] He then worked for Crest Nicholson for seven years.[1] In 1976, he established Berkeley Group Holdings which he expanded until it was one of the UK's largest housebuilders.[1] Berkeley specialises in executive style homes.[2] He has since seen off a bid for his business from his son.[3] In 2016 Bloomberg referenced research from the previous year that had reported Tony Pidgeley to be the second highest paid CEO of FTSE 100 behind Martin Sorrell, with a pay pocket of £23.3 million.[4]

Pidgley received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2013.[5]


Pidgley donated GBP£2,000 to the Conservative Party.[6]

He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He has been married twice, most recently to Sarah Hill, and has two children by each marriage.[1] They reside in a sixteenth-century house set in 100 acres (0.40 km2) in Windsor.[1]