Charles Cadogan, 8th Earl Cadogan

Charles Gerald John Cadogan, 8th Earl Cadogan, KBE, DL (born 24 March 1937), styled as Viscount Chelsea until 1997, is a British billionaire peer and landowner.

The Earl Cadogan
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BornCharles Gerald John Cadogan
(1937-03-24) 24 March 1937 (age 82)
TitleEarl Cadogan
Tenure1997 – present
Other titlesViscount Chelsea (1937–1997)
Net worth$7.3 billion (November 2017)[1]
HeirEdward Charles Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea
Lady Philippa Wallop
(m. 1963; died 1984)

Jennifer Jane Greig Rae
(m. 1989; div. 1994)

Dorothy Ann Shipsey
(m. 1994)
IssueLady Anna-Karina Cadogan
Edward Charles Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea
The Hon. William John Cadogan
ParentsWilliam Cadogan, 7th Earl Cadogan
Primrose Lilian née Yarde-Buller


Early lifeEdit

He was born the son of William Gerald Charles Cadogan, 7th Earl Cadogan and known as Viscount Chelsea before inheriting the title of Earl Cadogan on the death of his father on 4 July 1997. He was educated at Eton College. He is a first cousin of the Aga Khan IV.


He was a Second Lieutenant in the Coldstream Guards. He was appointed a Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Greater London in 1996. He chaired Chelsea Football Club from 1981 until 1982 and is also a Governor of Culford School in Suffolk.

In the Sunday Times Rich List 2009 ranking of the wealthiest people in the United Kingdom, his family was placed 14th with an estimated fortune of £2 billion.[2]—he is the second richest UK-based peer behind the Duke of Westminster. The Cadogan family's wealth is based on Cadogan Estates, which administers extensive landholdings in Chelsea, a wealthy part of London, including much of Sloane Street and Cadogan Hall.


Marriages and childrenEdit

On 6 June 1963, he married Lady Philippa Wallop (1937-1984),[5] daughter of Gerard Wallop, 9th Earl of Portsmouth, and had two sons and one daughter:

  • Lady Anna-Karina Cadogan (b. 4 Feb 1964)
  • Edward Charles Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea (b. 10 May 1966)
  • The Hon. William John Cadogan (b. 9 Nov 1973)

He married secondly the etiquette expert Jennifer Jane Greig Rae (married 1989, divorced 1994). She married, secondly, a businessman Alan Taylor: the couple have homes in Portugal and Virginia.[6]

His third marriage is to Dorothy Ann Shipsey (married 1994), formerly the matron at King Edward VII Hospital for Officers.[7]

Lord Cadogan's heir, Viscount Chelsea, lives at the family's Snaigow estate in Scotland. Lord Chelsea was educated at St David's College, Llandudno, and then served with the RAF in the first Gulf war.[8]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Charles Cadogan". Forbes. Retrieved 25 November 2017.
  2. ^ Sunday Times Rich List 2009 online edition
  3. ^ Order Of Distinguished Auxiliary Service[unreliable source?]
  4. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Working class hero". The Daily Telegraph. London. 14 April 2002.
  6. ^ Kay, Richard (3 June 2013). "RICHARD KAY: Snub for the man who put Queen on TV". Daily Mail. London.
  7. ^ "CADOGAN", Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2008 accessed 1 May 2009
  8. ^


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Brian Mears
Chelsea chairman
Succeeded by
Ken Bates
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by
William Cadogan
Earl Cadogan
Succeeded by