The Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, who is the third richest man in Britain, died due to heart attack at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire on Tuesday night. He is 64 and is survived by his wife, three daughters and one son.
Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, the 6th Duke, was suddenly taken ill at Abbeystead House in Lancashire, his grouse shooting estate. He was a property developer, is worth an estimated 9 billion ($11 billion) pounds.
The Duke of Westminster’s billion pounds fortune
According to Forbes, he is the world’s 68th richest person, and the UK’s third. His vast wealth comes from estates in Oxford, Cheshire, Scotland and London. Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor also owns 190 acres in Belgravia, one of London’s most expensive districts as well as Mayfair, Hello reports.
“It is with the greatest sadness that we can confirm that the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (64) died this afternoon at Royal Preston Hospital. His family are all aware and they ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time,” said a spokesperson for the family.
New heir of the estate and Duke of Westminster
Talking to Daily Mail, the spokesperson added that no further comments will be made but more information will be given later. The sudden and tragic death of The Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor is indicative of the fact that his entire estate, including the family seat in Cheshire, Eaton Hall, will be inherited by his son Huge.
Hugh Grosvenor is only 25 and is also the youngest godfather of Prince George. The Duke of Westminster and his family are friends of the British royals.
British royals have been informed
Meanwhile, a senior royal source from Buckingham Palace said that the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh, as well as Prince Charles and other senior royals have been informed of the tragic death. The insider added Queen Elizabeth and Prince Philip sent a “private message of condolence” to the family.
The Duchess Natalia is godmother to Prince William. Kate and William regularly use the 8-million pounds ($10 million) Cessna private jet of the Duke. Last month, too they used the jet to fly to France for a family holiday.