Who is the new Duke of Westminster? – BBC News

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The sudden death of billionaire landowner and philanthropist the Duke of Westminster means his 25 -year-old son Hugh has now inherited an estate worth 9bn.

Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, previously known by the honorary title Earl Grosvenor, has so far maintained out of the glare of publicity that once contributed to his father becoming affected by depression.

But he attracted headlines after throwing a lavish 21 st birthday party for 800 guests – dress code “black tie and neon” – which has been estimated at costing 5m.

The seventh Duke of Westminster analyzed countryside management at Newcastle University.

He works as an account director for Bio-bean – a green technology company which recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels and biochemicals.

He was the youngest and wealthiest person to be asked by the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge to be godparent to Prince George, in 2013.

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The duke attended a nation primary before going to a private day school close to his home in Cheshire, and then Ellesmere College, a boarding school in Shropshire.

He becomes the new Duke of Westminster as the eldest male descendant of the late duke.

He has two elder sisters – Lady Tamara Grosvenor and Lady Edwina Grosvenor, who is married to historian and television presenter Dan Snow. His younger sister is Lady Viola Grosvenor.

His mother Natalia, Duchess of Westminster, is one of the Duke of Cambridge’s godparents.

World’s youngest billionaires

Nine billionaires are under 30 Norwegian Alexandra Andresen, 20, is the youngest with $1.18 bn( 0.9 bn ). She and her sister Katharina, 21 – the next oldest – were both devoted 42% of family-owned investment company Ferd Next oldest is another Norwegian, Gustav Magnar Witzoe, 23, worth $1.73 bn( 1.32 bn) after inheriting 47% of his father’s salmon producing company American Evan Spiegel, 26, made Snapchat and is estimated as being worth $2.1 bn( 1.6 bn) No other Britons under 30 are billionaires

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