Charles Cadogan, 8th Earl Cadogan

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The Earl Cadogan

Earl Cadogan
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Tenure1997 – present
Other titlesViscount Chelsea (1937–1997)
BornCharles Gerald John Cadogan
(1937-03-24) 24 March 1937 (age 85)
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
HeirEdward Charles Cadogan, Viscount Chelsea
ParentsWilliam Cadogan, 7th Earl Cadogan
Primrose Lilian née Yarde-Buller

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. He is a first cousin of the Aga Khan IV, spiritual head of the Ismaili sect of Shia Muslims.


Early life[edit]

He was born the son of William Gerald Charles Cadogan, 7th Earl Cadogan and the Hon. Primrose Lilian Yarde-Buller, and was 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 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. He owned Bedfordshire based high end upholstered furniture manufacturers, Peter Guild Ltd, (now based in Long Eaton) for a period during the 1990s.

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.[1]—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.

As of July 2021, he is worth over $6 billion according to Bloomberg.[2]


Marriages and children[edit]

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 Rae (married 1989, divorced 1994).[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 also[edit]


  1. ^ Sunday Times Rich List 2009 online edition
  2. ^ "Bloomberg Billionaires Index: Charles Cadogan". Bloomberg. Retrieved 10 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Order Of Distinguished Auxiliary Service - Sawiki".
  4. ^ "No. 60173". The London Gazette (Supplement). 16 June 2012. p. 6.
  5. ^ "Working class hero". The Daily Telegraph. London. 14 April 2002.
  6. ^ O'Neill, Sean (10 April 2002). "Family echoes in Chelsea streets" – via
  7. ^ "CADOGAN", Who's Who 2009, A & C Black, 2008; online edn, Oxford University Press, Dec 2008 accessed 1 May 2009
  8. ^ "Who'll inherit London?". Evening Standard. 23 January 2004.


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Sporting positions
Preceded by Chelsea chairman
Succeeded by
Peerage of Great Britain
Preceded by Earl Cadogan