The Duke of Westminster, 31, is 27 times richer than the Windsors

Hugh Grosvenor, seventh Duke of Westminster. (Leeds, September 22, 2018.) Getty Images

He is one of the most coveted bachelors in England. His name: Hugh Grosvenor. Near the Windsors, the 31-year-old Briton is the head of a huge real estate empire and an estate estimated at 11.6 billion dollars.

In 2020, the Times He has been called “England’s most famous bachelor”. His name may mean nothing to you and yet Hugh Grosvenor was one of the best party men in the kingdom. From one of the largest fortunes in Europe, this 31-year-old Briton is close to the Windsors and has an estimated fortune of 11.6 billion dollars, 27 times more than the personal wealth of the royal family. .

Only son of the Duke of Westminster

Gerald Grosvenor, his wife Natalia and their son Hugh. (London, February 6, 1991.) Getty Images

Born on January 29, 1991 in London, the one nicknamed “Hughie” is the only son and third child (of four) of Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, and Natalia Phillips, known as Tally, descendant of Russian poet Pushkin. and godmother of Prince William. Historically, the Westminsters have rubbed shoulders with the Windsors for centuries. In 1874, Queen Victoria conferred the title of Duke of Westminster on Hugh Grosvenor (the ancestor of the current Duke), then a Marquess from Cheshire. When he died in 1899, the man was (already) considered the richest in Great Britain.

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But back to our modern Hugh Grosvenor. Despite their great wealth, his parents did everything to give him the most normal education possible, points out the British newspaper The Telegraph. They did not hesitate to send their son to a public primary school located near the family mansion in Eaton Hall, Cheshire. But like any good “aristo” British who respected himself, Hugh Grosvenor attended only private establishments.

In 2013, the recent University of Newcastle graduate first launched property management at Wheatsheaf Investment, a branch of the Grosvenor group. Then joined three years later Bio-Bean: a startup that recycles waste from industrial coffee production to turn it into biofuel.

A lucky all night

Hugh Grosvenor and his mother, Natalia. (Leeds, September 22, 2018.) Getty Images

In the same year of 2016, his life changed. His father died suddenly of a heart attack at the age of 64. Under an ancient feudal rule of male primogeniture, Hugh inherited the title “Duke of Westminster”, and the real estate empire managed by Grosvenor Group. And this, without having to share it with her three sisters Lady Tamara, Lady Edwina and Lady Viola. The inheritance then amounts to 9.35 billion pounds. Consisting of residential towers in Tokyo, shopping centers on several continents or even a private island in the Pacific, this legacy – bigger than that of Queen Elizabeth II – is placed in the hands of a trust. So that the young duke could not squander the inheritance. The fortune has since grown to several billion.

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A birthday of 6 million euros

In his intimate life, we do not know much. The tabloids however remember some drunken pajama parties in Newcastle, and in particular a birthday party that brought together more than 800 guests and cost nearly 6 million euros. In 2012, Hugh Grosvenor celebrated his 21st birthday, and he gathered all of London’s elite at his Eaton mansion. “A house that we know is decorated with masterpieces, including paintings by Rembrandt and Gainsborough of immeasurable value”, underlined Vanity Fair in an article from 2020.

Among the many VIPs who attended the event: the presenter Michael McIntyre, the hip-hop group Rizzle Kicks and one… Harry Mountbatten-Windsor. Because yes, the heir is also close to the two children of Charles III. And for good reason, the latter is a good friend of Gerald Grosvenor and his wife Natasha. The couple may also be more involved in William and Harry’s life after Lady Diana’s death. While doing this, in 2013 no one was surprised to learn that Hugh Grosvenor is one of the godfathers of Prince George (who has seven godfathers in all), now second in line to the throne.

John Peace, Hugh Grosvenor, General Timothy Granville-Chapman and Prince William. (Nottinghamshire, June 21, 2018.) Oli Scarff / AFP

Among London’s elite, one question remains: is Hugh Grosvenor another heart to take? In the press across the Channel, it is said that he is sometimes single, sometimes in a relationship with a certain Harriet Tomlinson, whom he met in high school.

£10 million donation

Wisely, “Hughie” can hardly give an interview, visible in his absence on social networks, and does not ignite throughout London. “You would never guess that his father is a billionaire,” said one of his university classmates, can we read in Daily Star . The heir – with the false air of another Hugh (Grant) – also knows how to be generous. During the first wave of Covid-19, he donated £10million to support healthcare workers. An amount that greatly comforts British hospitals. On paper, the best party in the kingdom has everything in the ideal son-in-law.

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