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Things to see and do in and around the archipelago
Hugh Grosvenor was just another 25-year-old living his life in blissful semi-obscurity, writing blogs, exchanging Snapchats, and partying with family friends like Prince William when, on August 9, the sixth Duke of Westminster passed away. Suddenly, the young account manager, who had been working for the Uk-based tech company bio-bean Ltd, inherited his father’s title and estate, making him the third-richest person in the UK with a personal fortune of an estimated £9.3 billion. He now owns, among many other things, 40 hectares of prime real estate in Mayfair and 80 hectares in Belgravia—both in London and two of the most expensive areas in the world—as well as plots in Oxford, Cheshire, Scotland and Spain. The new duke is rarely photographed, seen out or active on social media, but a posting on the Internet revealed candid snaps from his £5 million 21st birthday bash at the family’s Eaton Hall estate in Cheshire. His friends, including Prince Harry, were asked to bring a bottle of wine, not to drink, but as a gift for his extensive collection.