Cheshire Life Glitz List 2010

PUBLISHED: 20:20 11 August 2010 | UPDATED: 17:41 20 February 2013

David Briggs

David Briggs

The Cheshire Life Glitz List is the ultimate guide to where power lies in Cheshire.

David Briggs

David Briggs was appointed Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire earlier this year, when Sir William Bromley-Davenport retired after 20 years in the post.

The 63-year-old, who runs the Warrington-based Dawsons Music business, has been a Deputy Lieutenant since 2003 and was Cheshires High Sheriff in 2006.

He is a director of Warrington Youth Club, having spent 25 years as its chairman, and is on the regional leadership team of the Princes Trust and in recognition of these activities he was awarded an MBE and also an honorary MA by University of Chester in 2009.

Born into a Yorkshire mill-owning family, he was educated at Charterhouse School and University of St Andrews and was a successful commercial solicitor in London before he returned to the textile industry. He bought Dawsons Music in the 1970s and has grown the business every year since, but admits he is still no musician.

He now hopes to use his position to bring business leaders together with people from the voluntary sector and community groups.

Duke of Westminster

Gerald Grosvenor, the sixth Duke of Westminster, is the regions richest man with a property portfolio which includes large tracts of Cheshire countryside, as well as land in Lancashire, Scotland and some of the most exclusive residential areas of London.

Much of the recent redevelopment of Liverpool, including the new Liverpool One shopping mall, was the work of his property company, the Grosvenor Group.

Born in Northern Ireland, he lived with his family on an island in the middle of Loch Erne before he went to Harrow School. He left there with just one O-level and despite initially failing the entrance exam for the Royal Military Academy at Sandhurst, he went on to be the first reservist since the 1930s to be assistant Chief of the Defence Staff for Reserves and Cadets. His wife, Natalia Phillips, is a direct descendent of the writer Pushkin.

Sir Alex Ferguson

It seems hard to credit now, but Sir Alex Ferguson, or Fergie, was one match away from the sack in the early days of reign at Manchester United. Fortunately for United fans and unluckily for everyone else, they won the game. Since then he has amassed more trophies than any other manager in the history of the English game, becoming one of the giants of world football. The team have changed and superstars have come and gone from the Old Trafford changing room, but Cheshire has been a constant for the boss. He has master-minded all those league titles and cup wins from his Wilmslow home, named Fairfields after the Glasgow shipyard where his parents worked.

Frank Cohen

Dubbed the Saatchi of the North, Frank Cohen is an entrepreneur turned avid art collector with unmistakable northern charm. The Lancashire-born millionaire left school at 15 to work at the market stalls of Manchester, before founding DIY chain, Glynn Webb Home Improvement Stores, which he sold in 1997 for 25million.

Frank now resides in Prestbury, where art has become his full time occupation. He has been collecting for more than 40 years, amassing around 1,800 pieces, worth millions of pounds. His collection now includes pieces from artists across the world, including an $8million Jeff Koons Balloon Dog; a far cry from when he used to buy Lowry prints at 15 each, four decades ago.

The Bromley-Davenports

The Bromley-Davenports have been a part of the Cheshire firmament for almost 1,000 years. Sir William Bromley-Davenport - a former High Sheriff of Cheshire and, until March, the countys Lord Lieutenant - is the eighth generation of his family to live at Capesthorne Hall near Macclesfield. And while the present hall was built in the 18th century, the family has lived on the land since shortly after the Norman conquest.

The hall and its 100 acre grounds host a full calendar of events - from car shows to opera and weddings to pop concerts - and are open to the public from April to October. Sir William succeeded to Capesthorne Hall in the 1960s and his American wife Elizabeth, an artist, was heavily involved in revamping the interior dcor.

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver is a businessman through and through. This Hale born and bred millionaire has led an eventful life based on hard work, innovation and enterprise.

Having left school at 15, without any qualifications but a love of engineering, he emigrated to America in the 1960s to design a new gear-rolling machine for the Ford Motor Company. On moving back to England, Michael founded Oliver Valves, in Hale, where he built the worlds biggest valve for a BP oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico - no, not that one. Olivers valves are also in demand from British Gas, Shell, Exxon and Chevron. Now based in Knutsford, Michaels three companies and six factories in Cheshire, employ 250 people and export to 50 different countries.

Paul Burrell

As a Royal butler Paul Burrell spent years living and working in Buckingham and Kensington Palace. Paul began his career in 1976 as a footman for the Queen and is most famous for being Princess Dianas butler from 1987 to her death in August 1997. Pauls autobiography, A Royal Duty, became an international bestseller and he went on to write a further two books.

Paul grew up in Grassmoor, Derbyshire, but is now based in Cheshire. He lives in Farndon where he runs a florist shop and paints watercolours of his travels across Europe and America.

Michael Oglesby

Lincolnshire-born Michael Oglesby established the north west-based property investment company, The Bruntwood Group in 1978. Today, Michael lives in Bowdon and the Bruntwood Group has become one of the leading commercial property owners in the north of England.

The company now owns in excess of 65 buildings in Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds and Birmingham, worth more than 1billion. Michael is chairman of the Oglesby Charitable Trust which he launched in 1992. A Vice Lord Lieutenant of Greater Manchester and former High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, he holds a number of honorary doctorates and was voted Businessman of the Year in the North West by the Confederation of British Industry. Although he has delegated the roles of CEO and chairman to his son Chris in 2000, Michael is still involved through his role as executive chairman.

The Rooneys

Despite the England teams poor showing at the World Cup, Wayne Rooney remains an international superstar and the epitome of modern Cheshire glitz. And with Coleen by his side they make one of the most famous couples in the country. Their Prestbury mansion has a new occupant since their appearance in last years list - their son Kai Wayne Rooney, who was born in November.

While Waynes world still revolves around Manchester United, hardworking Coleen has secured a deal with Littlewoods, rumoured to be worth 2million, where she will launch her own fashion range to accompany her list of pursuits. Wayne and Coleens support for charities across the region proves their interests run deeper than superficial glamour.

Lord and Lady Ashbrook

This charming couple not only run one of the most successful homes in the county, Arley Hall, but they are also lucky enough to call it home. The popular tourist destination is home to a number of events that attract crowds of thousands along with the people who come to get a glimpse of the superb Elizabethan building.

The Ashbrooks open up their home for a number of popular society and community events, including the Arley Garden Festival and Arley Horse Trials and Country Fair. It has been the filming location for many programmes, including Coronation Street. Lord and Lady Ashbrook are also dedicated supporters of many Cheshire charities and Lord Ashbrook was recently nominated to act as a vice Lord Lieutenant to Cheshires new Lord Lieutenant, David Briggs.

Clive and Victoria Christian

The Clive Christian brand created by this Nantwich designer of the same name is all about luxury. He founded the company more than 30 years ago and was labelled eccentric for installing chandeliers in kitchens - now a company trademark. Today, Clive Christian is held as an elite interiors company to create your ultimate luxury lifestyle.

Clive is assisted in the business by his daughter, Victoria. She started working for Clive Christian on the perfume counter of Bergdof Goldman in New York. Now, she is the company ambassador whose role is to globally market the company. This includes the collection of scents developed by her father after he revived the perfumery that Queen Victoria gave her crown to in 1872. One of these is listed in the Guinness Book of Records as the world's most expensive perfume.

Pravin and Tara Jadeja

To say this couple are determined is an understatement. Pravin and Tara Jadeja have spent almost a decade and millions of pounds restoring the grandeur of Glynlliffon Mansion, at Llandwrog, near Gwynedd.

This regency mansion, once the home of Lord Newborough and his family, has more than 100 rooms. It is gradually being transformed and the couple have renovated many areas of the house. This includes the grand hall, private dining room and the spectacular organ room decorated with 24 carat gold coving, which is where Prince Charles chose to celebrate his investiture.

The mansion is the location of many society events and prestigious awards as well as weddings and conferences. This month they will host their first outdoor concert with a performance by a Fleetwood Mac tribute band. The couple, who used to run fashion boutique Jade Couture in Chester, are also the owners of Carriages Caf Bar at Chester Railway Station.

The Cheshire Life Glitz List is the ultimate guide to where power lies in Cheshire. The county has a reputation for WAGs and riches but you dont have to be a part of the Cheshire Set to be what sets Cheshire apart. Some of the people who feature on these pages are successful in business, others are old money aristocrats but all are linked by affluence and influence.

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