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Grosvenor confirms death of Duke of Westminster

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The head of Grosvenor Estates, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor, has died, aged 64

According to the AJ’s sister publication Construction News, the sixth Duke of Westminster and former Grosvenor chairman was taken ill and died on Tuesday afternoon (9 August) at Preston Royal Infirmary.

The man behind the 2009 Stirling Prize-shortlisted Liverpool One shopping development, the duke was one of Britain’s wealthiest landowners, with Forbes estimating his net worth at $10.8 billion (£8.3 billion), making him the 68th wealthiest person in the world. 

Land owned by the Grosvenor chairman and former army general includes more than 70ha in Belgravia and dozens of hectares of land across the UK, Japan and in Spain, Forbes said.

Grosvenor remains among the most successful developers in the country in terms of winning RIBA Awards for its buildings. By 2015, only three other clients had won more RIBA national accolades.  

A statement posted on Grosvenor’s website read: ‘It is with the greatest sadness that we can confirm that the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor (64), died this afternoon at Preston Royal Infirmary. He was taken there from the Abbeystead Estate in Lancashire, where he had suddenly been taken ill.

‘His family are all aware and they ask for privacy and understanding at this very difficult time.’

Grosvenor said further information would follow in due course.

A Buckingham Palace spokeswoman was reported as saying: ‘I can confirm that Her Majesty the Queen is aware of the news about the Duke of Westminster. A message of condolence is being sent by the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.’

The duke is survived by his wife, Natalia, and four children.

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