Anthony William Pidgley CBE (born 6 August 1947) is an English businessman. He is the founder and chairman of Berkeley Group Holdings, one of the UK's largest housebuilding businesses.

Tony Pidgley
Anthony William Pidgley

(1947-08-06) 6 August 1947 (age 72)
Surrey, United Kingdom

Early lifeEdit

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.[1] He worked with his parents cutting down trees and selling the logs.[1]


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.[1] He then worked for Crest Nicholson for seven years.[1] In 1976, he established Berkeley Group Holdings which he expanded until it was one of the UK's largest housebuilders.[1] Berkeley specialises in executive style homes.[2] He has since seen off a bid for his business from his son.[3]

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.[4]


He was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire in the 2013 New Year Honours.[5] Pidgley received an honorary doctorate from Heriot-Watt University in 2013.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

He has been married twice, most recently to Sarah Hill, and has two children by each marriage.[1] They reside in a sixteenth-century house set in 100 acres (0.40 km2) in Windsor.[1] Pidgley has donated more than £2,000 to the Conservative Party.[7]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g East End lad makes good to the tune of £123 million The Guardian, 21 September 2007
  2. ^ "Top-end builders hit by volatility in housing market". Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  3. ^ Father and son square up for Berkeley Battle Daily Telegraph, 18 February 2003
  4. ^ "U.K. CEOs Face Pay Scrutiny as May Reacts to Backlash". 18 November 2016. Retrieved 27 January 2017.
  5. ^ New Year Honours: Berkeley Group chairman Tony Pidgley made a CBE by the Queen Daily Mail, 29 December 2012
  6. ^ "Honorary Graduates Autumn 2013". Heriot-Watt University. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  7. ^ 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.