Following Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor’s death on Tuesday, his 25-year-old son and heir, Hugh Richard Louis Grosvenor, not only inherited his title; but the family inheritance also makes him the youngest billionaire among the world’s 400 richest people.
The 7th Duke of Westminster now heads his family’s $12.3 billion estate, which includes hundreds of acres in London’s Belgravia and Mayfair neighborhoods, country homes and Grosvenor Group, the London-based real estate firm with assets under management of 13 billion pounds ($19 billion) at the end of 2015.
“The Grosvenor Estate is subject to a 1933 Act of Parliament, the Grosvenor Estate Act, which effectively restricts inheritance to the male line,” said Marilyn McKeever, a London-based lawyer at Berwin Leighton Paisner.
The young duke is four years younger than Wal-Mart Inc. heir Lukas Walton, the next youngest billionaire on the ranking. Walton entered the ranking in November 2015 when Bloomberg revealed that he had inherited the bulk of his father’s fortune, not his mother, Christy, once thought to be the world’s richest woman. Facebook Inc. co-founders Dustin Moskovitz and Mark Zuckerberg are next at age 32. Zuckerberg’s $55 billion fortune, which has risen $9.2 billion this year, is almost one-and-a-half times larger than the combined $37 billion net worth of the other three.
While the new duke takes responsibility for the fortune through his inherited title, his extended family, including his mother and three sisters, still stand to benefit. Grosvenor Estate’s trustees hold its assets for current and future members of the Grosvenor family, according to Grosvenor Group’s website.
The 6th Duke of Westminster, Gerald Cavendish Grosvenor died on Tuesday afternoon at the Royal Preston Hospital in Lancashire after suddenly falling ill at his Abbeystead Estate in North England, according to the Press Association.