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Whether this grandstanding Brexiteer minds being accused of ‘staggering hypocrisy’, as one MP put it, is anyone’s guess.
For, at 71, having built a self-made family fortune estimated at £9.5 billion, he can certainly afford to insulate himself from the slings and arrows of public opprobrium.
Portfolio - Homes - London - Town - House
With a global portfolio of homes including a £20 million London town house, a £3 m chateau in Provence with its own vineyard, a £50million penthouse apartment in New York, and a 51-bedroom stately home in Gloucestershire boasting orangeries, lakes and a 300-acre park designed by Capability Brown, Sir James is well able to ride out any economic turmoil that Britain’s current political paralysis may spawn.
Critics will doubtless carp about the trappings of his wealth, arguing that they have divorced this headline-prone Knight of the Realm from the realities faced daily by our nation’s hard-pressed workers.
Man - Helipad - Garden - M - Gulfstream
Certainly, a man who has a helipad in his landscaped garden, a £40 m Gulfstream jet in his personal hangar, and a vast yacht called the Nahlin makes an easy target for those seeking to smear leading Brexiteers as self-interested elitists.
(The yacht, incidentally, was built in 1930, had once scandalously transported Edward VIII and his married lover Wallis Simpson around the Adriatic, and was restored by Sir James at a cost of £25 m).
Course - Dyson - Manoeuvres
But that is, of course, what makes Dyson’s recent manoeuvres so very maddening.
On paper, this successful captain of industry should be a walking advertisement for independent Britain’s ability to prosper on the global stage.
Buccaneering - Entrepreneur - Sir - James - Handful
A buccaneering entrepreneur, Sir James has leveraged a handful of ingenious ideas and plenty of single-minded determination to create a multi-national corporation that employs more than 9,000 people, turns over £3.5 billion a year and makes products used in households across the world.
He’s also tirelessly beaten the drum for British manufacturing and engineering, putting his...
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