Anthony William Pidgley
6 August 1947
Surrey, United Kingdom
Anthony Pidgley was born in 1947 in Surrey to a single mother, and then adopted from Barnardos. He spent his early life living in a disused railway carriage. He worked with his parents cutting down trees and selling the logs.
Pidgley left home in 1962 and founded a haulage business which he expanded until it had 40 lorries and then sold it to Crest Nicholson in 1968. He then worked for Crest Nicholson for seven years. In 1976, he established Berkeley Group Holdings which he expanded until it was one of the UK's largest housebuilders. Berkeley specialises in executive style homes. He has since seen off a bid for his business from his son.
In 2016 Bloomberg referenced research from the previous year that had reported Tony Pidgley to be the second highest paid CEO of the FTSE 100 behind Martin Sorrell, with a pay packet of £23.3 million.
He has been married twice, most recently to Sarah Hill, and has two children by each marriage. They reside in a sixteenth-century house set in 100 acres (0.40 km2) in Windsor. Pidgley has donated more than £2,000 to the Conservative Party.
- East End lad makes good to the tune of £123 million The Guardian, 21 September 2007
- "Top-end builders hit by volatility in housing market". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- Father and son square up for Berkeley Battle Daily Telegraph, 18 February 2003
- "U.K. CEOs Face Pay Scrutiny as May Reacts to Backlash". Bloomberg.com. 18 November 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
- New Year Honours: Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley made a CBE by the Queen Daily Mail, 29 December 2012
- "Honorary Graduates Autumn 2013". Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
- Mason, Rowena (29 December 2012). "New Year Honours List 2013: Tory donors get gongs: Property tycoons who have given more than £160,000 to the Conservative Party have been given awards in today's New Year Honours List". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 15 October 2015.
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