Sir David Barclay — the British billionaire who together with his twin brother constructed a enterprise empire that included possession of the Telegraph Media Group — has died. He was 86.
The tycoon died unexpectedly on Sunday after a brief sickness, The Telegraph reported Tuesday.
Working alongside his an identical twin Sir Frederick, the youthful by 10 minutes, David operated an empire that included transport, retail and media holdings.
The brothers, who usually dressed alike, earned a repute for avoiding publicity and press scrutiny.
“Privateness is a worthwhile commodity,” David as soon as reportedly stated. “There isn’t any incentive for us to speak about our enterprise affairs.”
In 2020, their wealth was estimated at round $9 billion in The Sunday Instances’ “Wealthy Listing,” a rating of the UK’s wealthiest people and households.
They have been knighted side-by-side in an identical purple ties in 2000, for his or her charity work, with David remarking to reporters on the time: “For us, it’s a beautiful day, in accordance with Forbes.
“It’s a fantastic instance of what will be achieved on this nation from no matter background or schooling or humble beginnings,” he stated.
Born in 1934 in London, the twins left college at 14, with David usually remarking that they have been educated within the “College of Life,” in accordance with the Telegraph.
They did stints working as painters and interior decorators and briefly owned a nook retailer till it hit monetary difficulties.
By 1961, they have been established as actual property brokers and commenced shopping for and buying and selling a number of properties — ultimately buying their first main resort in 1968.
Throughout the decade, they purchased not less than 15 extra lodges. However after an actual property crash in late 1973 and early 1974, they pivoted to different sectors, and in addition obtained into transport and retail.
The brothers didn’t enterprise into media till 1992 after they purchased the weekly newspaper The European, which had been launched by media baron Robert Maxwell two years earlier. It closed in 1998.
Following spells as homeowners of not less than two different publications, the Barclays purchased what’s now often called the Telegraph Media Group in 2004, after months of fierce bidding and lawsuits, getting their arms on titles together with The Every day Telegraph, The Sunday Telegraph and The Spectator.
David was first married to mannequin Zoe Newton in 1955, when he was 20 and she or he was 19, and the pair had three sons, Aidan, Howard and Duncan, earlier than divorcing within the Nineteen Eighties.
The magnate additionally had one other son, Alistair, from his second marriage to Reyna Oropeza in 1989.
He and his brother have been acknowledged by Queen Elizabeth in 2000 for his or her assist of medical analysis and kids’s charities, by way of their joint basis.
Extra not too long ago, the Barclays had more and more delegated administration of their fortune to David’s sons Aidan and Howard.
As soon as inseparable, the twins had additionally been within the midst of a squabble, with Frederick suing David’s sons in February for “breach of confidence, misuse of personal data and breach of knowledge safety rights,” in accordance with the Forbes report.
He accused them of secretly recording him and his daughter Amanda whereas they mentioned enterprise on the family-owned Ritz Lodge in London.
On the time of his demise, David, a grandfather of 9, had been engaged on an unpublished memoir, in accordance with the Telegraph.