These light-hearted photographs show the past party lifestyle enjoyed by the Duke of Westminster, who is Prince George’s godfather, as he is crowned the UK’s wealthiest person under 35. Smiling next to an inflatable sex doll and arm-in-arm with women, a series of social media snaps from his younger days show, now 32, enjoying life.
Hugh, an ex-Newcastle University student, could be mistaken for just any other student in the hilarious photos. But Prince George’s godfather, the seventh Duke of Westminster, and his family have an estimated total wealth of £9.8billion.
In 2012 it was claimed Hugh’s 21st birthday bash cost a reported £5million. The event, which was held at the family’s Eaton estate amid tight security, was attended by the likes of Prince Harry and comedian Michael McIntyre.
Hugh inherited his title and control of the Grosvenor Estate from his father Gerald who sadly died aged just 64 in 2016.
Last month, the man previously dubbed ‘Britain’s most eligible bachelor” announced his engagement to his girlfriend of two years, Olivia Henson. It’s understood the Duke proposed at his family home at Eaton Hall in Cheshire.
Hugh places first on the under-35s Sunday Times Rich List and number 11 overall on the main list, which has been topped by the Hinduja family with an estimated wealth of £35billion.
Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who is currently in a battle to take control of Manchester United, is this year’s highest climber and comes in second place with an estimated fortune of £29.7billion.
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However, the overall number of billionaires in Britain, which is 171, has fallen this year, perhaps connected to the war in Ukraine and other global events.
The Mirror reports Robert Watts, compiler of the Sunday Times Rich List, said: “This year’s Sunday Times Rich List shows a golden period for the super rich is over. For the first time in 14 years we’ve seen the number of UK billionaires fall.
“Two years ago we raised concerns about an unsettling boom in the fortunes of the very wealthy that continued unchecked during the political instability around Brexit and the pandemic.
“This is not a crash -but there are household names who have lost vast sums over the past year.”
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