Trevor James Hemmings billionaire businessman.(11 June 1935 – 11 October 2021) was a British
Trevor James Hemmings
11 June 1935
Woolwich, London, England
|Died||11 October 2021(aged 86)|
Hemmings was born in Woolwich, London, the son of a Royal Ordnance factory worker father. During the Second World War, part pf the Royal Ordnance was relocated to Euxton, Lancashire, and the family moved there when he was aged five. Hemmings started working with diesel trains while attending Business Studies night courses. He then became an apprentice bricklayer, going on to learn all aspects of the building trade. His first fortune was amassed through a housebuilding business. He sold his house-building firm in the early '70s for £1.5 million, just before the collapse of the property market and started another building company, which he sold to Barratt Developments for £5.7million.
Hemmings owned Preston North End F.C., Northern Trust Co. Ltd, Classic Lodges Ltd. and Trust Inns Ltd. He also owned over 100 racehorses, three of which won the Grand National: Hedgehunter (2005), Ballabriggs (2011), and Many Clouds (2015).
In 2009 it was reported by the Sunday Times Rich List that Hemmings had lost £700m because of a collapse in the price of Royal Bank of Scotland shares, making him only the ninth richest man in the North West and the 178th in the country. The Rich List editor, Ian Coxon, said the drop in Hemmings' fortunes had been caused by the decrease in value of his North West property portfolio as well as his share investment.
According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2020, Hemmings was worth £1.025 billion, the same as the previous year.
Hemmings also purchased the site of the former Pontins holiday camp at Plemont Bay in Jersey in 2005. He submitted several plans to redevelop the site for housing, but there followed a long campaign against the development led by the National Trust for Jersey. Ultimately in 2014 the NTJ purchased the site from Hemmings for £7.15m, with £3.6m provided by the States of Jersey.
Hemmings married Eve Rumney in 1955, they had three sons and one daughter.
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