Who is the Duke of Westminster, 31 years old and 27 times richer than the Windsors

Who is the Duke of Westminster, 31 years old and 27 times richer than the Windsors
Who is the Duke of Westminster, 31 years old and 27 times richer than the Windsors

Ophelie Artaud
11:29 a.m., September 19, 2022modified to

11:32 a.m., September 19, 2022

He is present this Monday at the funeral of Queen Elizabeth II, because of the proximity of his family to that of the Windsors. Hugh Grosvenor, 31, Duke of Westminster, is at the head of a fortune of 12 billion dollars. Who is this discreet young man, close to William and Harry and godfather of Prince George, at the head of an immense heritage?

Only 31 years old and already a personal wealth of nearly 12 billion dollars. Hugh Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster, close to the British royal family, has one of the largest fortunes in the United Kingdom. Much larger than that of the late Queen Elizabeth II, which amounts to 500 million dollars. He is one of the 2,000 guests at the sovereign’s funeral on Monday. Without being a member of the British royal family, Hugh Grosvenor and his family are very close to the Windsors, so much so that the aristocrat is one of the godfathers of Prince George, the son of and Princess Kate, third in the order of succession to the throne.

Godfather of Prince George

But before obtaining this wealth, Hugh Grosvenor was born in January 1991 and is the only son of Natalia Phillips, godmother of Prince William, and Gerald Grosvenor, Duke of Westminster. This title was given to their family by Queen Victoria in 1874. Hugh also has three sisters, two older and one younger, and grew up with the title of Earl Grosvenor. He studied in particular at the University of Newcastle, before working in property management in a branch of the family group, then he joined a start-up. On August 9, 2016, his father Gerald Grosvenor died of a heart attack at the age of 64. Hugh therefore recovers his title of Duke of Westminster… but also his real estate company, Grosvenor Group, and his fortune, due to the rule of male primogeniture.

A fortune mainly due to a very significant real estate heritage: the Westminsters own all the buildings in the districts of Belgravia and Mayfair, which are among the wealthiest in London. At just 25, Hugh Grosvenor becomes Britain’s richest aristocrat. Quite discreet, the young man is also committed: he notably made a donation of 10 million pounds to support the nursing staff during the first wave of Covid. A status and a personality that make him one of the most coveted bachelors in the country.

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