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#107 Hugh Grosvenor $12.2B

Random fact: Previous title was Earl Grosvenor.

Overview

Grosvenor, the seventh Duke of Westminster, controls Grosvenor Group, a London-based real estate firm with assets under management of 13 billion pounds ($16 billion) in 2016. The billionaire inherited land his family has owned since 1677, including 300 acres of central London's Belgravia and Mayfair neighborhoods.

As of July 24, 2017:
Last change No change
YTD change +$120M (+1.0%)
Industry Real Estate
Biggest asset Grosvenor Group
Citizenship United Kingdom
Age 25
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The majority of the Duke of Westminster's wealth is derived from his family's U.K. real estate holdings. The properties, which are held through various trusts, include about 200 acres of land in London's Belgravia neighborhood. The value of this asset is based on 2016 real estate values in London's West End, according to data from real estate brokers Colliers International and Savills. He's credited with the entire estate as the Grosvenor Estate is subject to a 1933 Act of Parliament, the Grosvenor Estate Act, which effectively restricts inheritance to the male line, according to Marilyn McKeever, a lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner.

The family owns five rural estates in England, Wales, Scotland and Spain, covering more than 150,000 acres. The value of these properties is based on average prevailing land values for high-quality rural property and farmland in those specific regions, using U.K. land value data from Savills for 2016.

The valuation of Grosvenor Group, the family's property development, investment and fund management unit, is based on the company's published net asset value. The figure is stated in the company's 2016 annual report, and was calculated as of Dec. 31, 2016. Through Wheatsheaf Investments, the family also owns Realty Insurances, a dairy farm, the Chester Grosvenor Hotel and the U.K.'s largest bull stud operation. The valuation for these assets is based on the net asset value reported in the holding company's financial statements for the year ended December 2015.

The value of the family's cash investments is based on an analysis of dividends, insider transactions, taxes and market performance. The Grosvenor family has been buying art for centuries. The exact content of the collection is difficult to verify and its value isn't included because of the lack of available information about it.

Biography

Birthdate: 1991
Family: Single, No children
Education: University of Newcastle Upon Tyne, Bachelor's Degree

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, known as the Duke of Westminster, was born in 1991 to Natalia Ayesha Phillips, a descendant of the Russian author Alexander Pushkin, and Gerald Grosvenor, the late 6th Duke of Westmister. He studied countryside management at Newcastle University before working in his family's real estate business. He's now an accounts manager at bio-bean, a London-based recycling firm, according to the company's website.

He became the seventh Duke of Westminster when his father died at his Abbeystead Estate in north England in August 2016.

As Duke, he's chairman of the trustees of the Grosvenor Estate, the portfolio of properties and businesses that's been in his family for centuries, originating with the 500 acres of London land Sir Thomas Grosvenor came into when he married heiress Mary Davies in 1677. Through multiple generations, the family's assets have grown to include prime London commercial property, five rural estates in England, Scotland, Wales and Spain, an insurance company, a hotel and an international property development, investment and fund management business, Grosvenor Group.

Grosvenor has three sisters, Tamara, Edwina and Viola.

Milestones
  • 1978 Parents Gerald Grosvenor and Natalia Phillips marry.
  • 1979 Father inherits dukedom.
  • 1991 Hugh Grosvenor is born, the third child of Gerald Grosvenor.
  • 2004 Grosvenor Group opens office in Shanghai, its first in mainland China.
  • 2005 Real estate fund management arm started by Grosvenor Group.
  • 2012 Celebrates 21st birthday with Prince Harry and 800 guests at Easton Hall.
  • 2013 Named godfather to Prince George, son of Prince William and wife Kate.
  • 2016 Becomes Duke of Westminster after father dies.