Sir Anthony Bamford is a British Businessman and a billionaire. According to Forbes, he is currently the 9th richest person in the United Kingdom, and the 308th richest person in the world. His net worth was estimated to be $4.2 billion on March, 2013.
Net Worth: $4.2 billion
Source: Inherited, Equipment Construction
Born: October 23, 1945
Marital Status: Married
Bamford was born on October 23, 1945, the son of Joseph Cyril Bamford. He took up his father’s position as Chairman and Managing Director of JCB when he attained age 30 in 1975. Sir Anthony is now one of the wealthiest people in the world, and has been featured on billionaire lists from time to time. In 2012, Bamford was ranked at number 578 on Forbes Billionaire list. In 2013, he climbed up the list to position 308 with an estimated wealth amounting to $4.2 billion.
J.C. Bamford Excavators
JCB is a family-owned farm equipment brand and a heavy manufacturing plant company. It was founded by Joseph Cyril Bamford in the same year that Sir Anthony was born – 1945. Joseph Bamford served as the Chairman and Managing director of this multi-national corporation until 1975, when he passed on its leadership to his son, Sir Anthony, who was 30 years old. Since he took over the company, Sir Anthony has contributed to its advancement, and is currently looking to expand its operation to India and Brazil.
As a result of a post-recession construction boom in 2012, JCB managed to post revenues of over $4.3 billion, up almost 40% year on year. The family’s fortune is reported to have increased by $2 billion between 2002 and 2013. Joseph Bamford also owns some of Britain’s Most sought-after real estate, which is a 1,700-acre Daylesford House in Gloucestershire.
Sir Anthony’s Political Involvement
Sir Anthony is one of the major donors to the Conservative Party. Before the general election in 2010, he donated £1m to the party. In the same year, David Cameron, the country’s Prime Minister, recommended him for a peerage. Nevertheless, Sir Antony withdrew his name from consideration just a few days before the announcement of the members. In 2013, He was made a Life Peer and took the title Baron Bamford of Daylesford in the County of Gloucestershire and of Wootton in the County of Staffordshire.
Sir Anthony’s involvement in politics has earned him some affection from highly celebrated figures. Tony Blair, Prince Charles and David Cameron are all Sir Anthony’s close friends. Cameron, who is the recipient of political donations from Sir Anthony, attended and even cut the ribbon during the inauguration of Anthony’s new company in 2012.
Sir Anthony Bamford and wife
Sir Anthony Bamford is married to Nee Carole Gray Whitt, whom he has been married to for over 33 years. Carole is the founder of Daylesford Organics, where she started to sell organic food from the estate’s farm. Today, the small establishment has turned into a very successful upmarket café chain.