David and Frederick Barclay
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David and Frederick Barclay

United Kingdom
Net Worth $ 3.7 Billion
David and Frederick Barclay
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Born on: 27th Oct 34 Born in: United Kingdom Marital status: Single Occupation: Press Holdings
Born Sir David Rowat Barclay and Sir Frederick Hugh Barclay has an estimated net worth of $3.7 billion according to Forbes as of 2014. The twins commonly referred as  "Barclay Brothers", are British businessmen. They built their net worth from their business ventures in  in media, retail and property beginning in 1983. The brothers began a shipping line, Ellerman Lines which they purchased for  £45m  in 1983  which they  later sold its brewing division for £240m in late 1985. In 2002, the twin ventured in retail by buying  Littlewoods from its founders the Moores family for £750m.  They later merged the company with their earlier purchase Shop Direct to form Littlewoods Shop Direct Home Shopping Limited, which operates a majority share of the United Kingdom's home shopping market.  Their other retail businesses include Yodel, a delivery  company, handbag.com which they sold for £22 million in 2006, and the Woolworths and Ladybird brand names which they purchaed in 2009. The twin newspaper businesses included The European  in 1992 , The Scotsman in 1995,  Sunday Business in 1998 and The Telegraph Media Group in 2004.
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Brecqhou Island

Brecqhou Island

Identical twins, Barclay brothers bought one of the Channel islands, Brecqhou island in 1993 for £2.3M and since then have fortified the island with a gothic castle. However, the ownership of the island has been a bone of contention and a topic of much unwanted controversy for both the brothers and the government.

Location

 Brecqhou (or Brechou) is one of the Channel Islands and part of the Bailiwick of Guernsey. It is located just west of Sark and has a surface area of approximately 200 acres (0.81 km2).

Castle

 The brothers have built a beautiful and huge Gothic-style castle on the Island with 100-foot-high granite walls around it. The banqueting room is 80 meters long and has a gold-leaf ceiling. The walls of the castle are hand painted inspired by the Sistine Chapel. 90,000 tons of materials were carried to Brecqhou by boat to complete the castle in 1996.  The total expense of the castle was around £30-60 million. Quinlan Terry designed their luxurious 0.91m granite made walls castle on the island including two swimming pools and a chopper pad. 

  Sark claims Brecqhou as its own part which is strongly refuted by its current owners, who, by the virtue of Under the Reform (Sark) Law 1951, considers Brecqhou as their private property. The Barclay brothers have also expressed their desire to make Brecqhou a politically independent entity. They drive cars and land helicopters on the island, both of which are prohibited under the Sark law.  

How to get there

The only way you can get to the island is through a boat or a small helicopter. A hand-glider will also do the job. 

Castle on Brecqhou island

Castle on Brecqhou island
Sir David Rowat Barclay's luxurious castle on his Brecqhou Island

Gothic castle

Gothic castle
Sir David Rowat Barclay's mock gothic castle is cleaned and maintained regularly by Philipino women

No trespassing

No trespassing
The island owners have put a board stating No Trespassing.

Brecqhou Island

Brecqhou Island
A distant view of the spectacular island

Part of Channel Islands

Part of Channel Islands
Brecqhou is one of the most famous Channel Islands located in the west of Sark
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