Life of Britain’s youngest billionaire – parties, sex doll and royal honour

Hugh Grosvenor was named Britain’s youngest billionaire after inheriting his title of the 7th Duke of Westminster at the mere age of 25.

At such a young age, the bachelor had a lot to grasp after suddenly being set to inherit a whopping £9 billion wealth following his father's death in August 2016.

As part of the hefty sum, the now 30-year-old was announced to inherit the Grosvenor Estate property portfolio, which has been referred to as "half of London" and includes 100 acres of real estate in Mayfair and 200 acres of Belgravia.

But Hugh struggled to leave his party life behind after he became the third richest man in Britain in his mid-20s.

His party boy antics hit headlines in 2012 when he held a star-studded bash at the family's mammoth estate in Eaton Hall near Chester.

Hundreds of guests were in attendance including his close pal Prince Harry, comedian Michael McIntyre and pop duo Rizzle Kicks for entertainment at the estimated £5 million event.

"It is the beginning of a new era in my life and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead," he told the Chester Chronicle at the time.

A few years later in 2016, Hugh was pictured holding a sex doll as he partied with friends, showing that he was like any other normal lad his age, despite the wealth boom.

He was also pictured at a pyjama party, enjoying his time with friends at a Newcastle club and was known to be down to earth by his pals at university, the Mirror previously reported.

"You'd never have known that his dad was a billionaire," one friend said.

"He never flashed the cash although he would often put his hand in his pocket to buy a round of drinks."

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When he wasn't partying he was also known for his on-off relationship with his partner Harriet Tomlison.

“Hugh and Harriet have always had a bit of an on-off relationship," a source told The Mirror in 2019.

“But things are most definitely back on now and they couldn’t be happier."

Most recently, the duke was named in this year's top ten most eligible singles alongside children of A-Lister's and famous actors, in publication Tatler, where they referenced the pairs on-off relationship.

Away from his friends and love life, the duke is also known for his friendship with the royals and was named Godfather to Prince William's son George in 2013.

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Hugh was named the youngest of the royal baby’s seven godparents and joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the ceremony at St James's Palace in London.

He also has three sisters and they were all educated at a local state primary school and were also set to inherit trust funds following their dad's death.

The duke recently hit headlines after he expressed his gratitude to frontline workers and donated £2.5million to the NHS when the pandemic broke out.

He said at the time: "On behalf of my family and everyone at the Grosvenor Estate, I want to say a huge thank you to all our amazing NHS staff and everyone providing critical frontline services.

"We are all humbled and incredibly grateful that you are working tirelessly to keep us safe and keep the country functioning."

He added: "Staff and key workers don’t work in isolation. They have children and families whose health and wellbeing will also be highly impacted by this crisis.

"As they keep us safe, I want to help provide as much support to them and their families as we can. Our donation will help create a Family Fund within NHS Charities Together to provide food, respite, rehabilitation and positive mental health support to NHS staff and their families."

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