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The company is 79.2% owned by the Garfield Weston Foundation, one of the UK's largest grant-making trusts, which was set up by Canadian-born businessman W. Garfield Weston (1898-1978), and 20.8% owned by members of the Weston family, one of Canada's wealthiest families. At 5 April 2008, the trustees of the Garfield Weston Foundation valued their 79.2% stake in Wittington Investments at £3.62 billion.
Wittington Investments owns 54.5% of Associated British Foods, one of the largest food companies in the world and the parent company of Primark, the largest discount clothing chain in the UK and Ireland. Further assets include ownership of the British department stores Fortnum & Mason and Selfridges, as well as Heal's, a chain of homeware and furnishing stores in the UK.
Wittington Investments also owns Brown Thomas in Ireland and De Bijenkorf in the Netherlands, which are upscale department stores. Associated British Foods also own British Sugar, processor of the entire UK beet crop and producer of half the UK consumption of sugar.
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- "Wittington Investments, Limited". Bloomberg. 11 May 2017.
- report of the Garfield Weston Foundation - see page 15 for details of the ownership and assets of Wittington Investments Limited