Worth an estimated £1 billion, Trevor Hemmings is one of the most famous names in British Horse racing. Born in 1935 in London, he grew up in Leyland, Lancashire and currently resides in the Isle of Man but also has homes in Jersey and Ireland.
He owns over 100 racehorses, the most notable being Hedgehunter, who won the 2005 Grand National at Aintree along with Ballabriggs in 2011 giving him two Grand National wins in just six years. Not one to put all his eggs in one basket, Hemmings has his horses split between the stables of Jonjo O’Neill and Donald McCain, Jr. in the UK and with Willie Mullins in Ireland.
Hemmings has owned many talented horses and aside from his Grand National winners, his best would include Trabolgan, the winner of the Royal & Sun Alliance Chase and Hennessy Gold Cup in 2005; and Alberta’s Run, who also triumphed in the Royal & Sun Alliance Chase (2008) and the Ryanair Chase in 2010 and 2011.
A true fairytale story of hard work, grit and determination, this former bricklayer now has his hands in so many pies that’s almost impossible to name them all but a few highlights include his majority shareholding in Scottish and Newcastle Brewery, who brew Kronenbourg, Foster’s and Newcastle Brown Ale and he also owns the Pub Estate Company, which runs about 700 pubs.
He previously ran Pontins holiday camp and brought the Center Parcs concept to Britain from The Netherlands. And if owning all of that wasn’t enough, Trevor also owns large parts of Blackpool, including the Tower and all three piers. Oh, and he also owns Preston North End FC!
Often described as reclusive and enigmatic, one thing is for sure, the media shy Trevor Hemmings is an incredible ambassador for the sport and long may his winning ways continue.