Jim Ratcliffe Bio, Net Worth, Wife, Partner, Age, Family, Height
Jim Ratcliffe is a British billionaire chemical engineer and businessman who is best known for being the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the "Ineos" chemicals group. He founded "Ineos" in 1998. Its turnover has been estimated to have $15 billion in 2019. In September 2020, he officially changed his tax residence from Hampshire to Monaco, a move that it is estimated will save him £4 billion in tax. Due to the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, sanctions on Roman Abramovich, long-term owner of Premier League side Chelsea F.C., forced him to put the club up for sale. He made a £4.25 billion bid to buy the club but this was rejected. Despite the rejection, he remained hopeful of a takeover. Chelsea FC was eventually sold to US businessman Todd Boehly. He is a supporter of Manchester United F.C., and expressed an interest in buying the club in August 2022.
What is Jim Ratcliffe Famous For?
- Being an English billionaire chemical engineer and businessman.
- Being the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ineos chemicals group, which he founded in 1998 and of which he still owns two-thirds.
What is Jim Ratcliffe's Nationality?
Jim Ratcliffe took birth on 18th October 1952 in Failsworth, Greater Manchester, England. His birth name is James Arthur Ratcliffe. He holds British nationality and his ethnicity is British-White. He is a son of a father who was a joiner and a mother who was an account office worker, Ratcliffe lived there in a council house until the age of 10. His dad ran a factory making laboratory furniture. At the age of 10, he moved with his family to East Yorkshire, and Ratcliffe attended Beverley Grammar School and lived in Hull up to the age of 18. He graduated from the University of Birmingham in 1974.
Jim Ratcliffe Career Timeline
- Jim firstly started his job with oil giant Esso.
- Later, he decided to broaden his skills in finance by studying management accounting, taking an MSc in finance at London Business School from 1978 to 1980 (he donated £25m to the school in 2016).
- In 1989, he joined US private equity group Advent International.
- He was a co-founder of Inspec, which leased the former BP Chemicals site in Antwerp, Belgium.
- He formed Ineos in 1998 in Hampshire to buy out Inspec and the freehold of the Antwerp site.
- In April 2010, he moved Ineos's head office from Hampshire to Rolle, Switzerland, decreasing the amount of tax the company paid by £100m a year.
- He opened the UK headquarters of the chemicals and energy group in Knightsbridge, London in 2015.
- In February 2019, it was announced that Ineos would invest £1bn in the UK oil and chemical industries, including an overhaul of the Forties pipeline system that is responsible for transporting a significant percentage of the UK's North Sea oil and gas.
- He became the owner of FC Lausanne-Sport, a Swiss Super League football club on 13th November 2017.
- In 2018, he partnered with Ben Ainslie to form Ineos Team UK to compete for the 36th America's Cup in 2021 with Ratcliffe reportedly investing over £110 million in the project.
- He purchased the Team Sky cycling franchise on 19th March 2019. Their first competitive race under the new Ineos sponsorship was the 2019 Tour de Yorkshire.
- They won the 2019 Tour de France and 2021 Giro d'Italia with the Colombian rider Egan Bernal.
- Also, he supported the October 2019 Ineos 1:59 Challenge.
- In February 2020 Ineos became principal partners of Mercedes AMG F1, signing a five-year agreement with the team.
- He rejected claims that he would buy a Premier League club, having previously been linked to Chelsea. He then reversed direction in April 2022, making a bid of £4.25 billion for the club after Roman Abramovich put it up for sale.
- Following the 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, sanctions on Roman Abramovich, long-term owner of Premier League side Chelsea F.C., forced him to put the club up for sale. He then made a £4.25 billion bid to buy the club but this was rejected. Despite the rejection, he remained hopeful of a takeover. Chelsea FC was eventually sold to US businessman Todd Boehly.
Awards and Achievements
- Was granted an honorary fellowship by the Institution of Chemical Engineers citing "his sustained leadership in building the Ineos Group" in May 2009
- Received the Petrochemical Heritage Award in 2013
- Was appointed Knight Bachelor in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to business and to investment
Who is Jim Ratcliffe's Wife?
Jim Ratcliffe was a married man. In 1985, he married Amanda Townson. They have two sons, George and Samuel. They divorced in 1995. He has one daughter, from a previous relationship, with Maria Alessia Maresca, an Italian tax lawyer. His current partner is Catherine Polli with whom he is living a happy life. They are planning to get married soon. His sexual orientaiton is straight and he is not gay.
What is Jim Ratcliffe Net Worth?
Jim Ratcliffe is the chairman and CEO of Ineos, a chemical company he founded in 1998 and still owns two-thirds of. As of 2022, the net worth of Jim is estimated to have $12.9 Billion. His annual revenue is in millions of dollars. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2018, he was named as the richest man in the UK, with a net worth of £21.05 billion. As of April 2020, Bloomberg Billionaires Index estimated his net worth at $28.2 billion, 55th richest in the world and second in the UK. At present, he lives in Monaco and Hampshire, England. In May 2017, he submitted his fifth plan, less ambitious than the first four, to build a "luxury home" at Thorns Beach, near Beaulieu, on the Hampshire coast, which would replace an existing two-bedroom bungalow. In September 2020, he officially changed his tax residence from Hampshire to Monaco, a move that it is estimated will save him £4 billion in tax. He also owns a luxurious house on the shores of Lake Geneva in Switzerland in the village of Gland, next to Michael Schumacher's. His house is located on the Napoleon Bonaparte Imperial estate, where princess Alix Napoléon also owns a property. he has owned two super yachts, Hampshire and Hampshire II. His first yacht was built as Barbara Jean by Feadship. In 2012 he took delivery of the 78 meters (256 ft) Feadship Hampshire II, built by Royal van Lent, which he still owns. Today, he is living a lavish lifestyle.
How tall is Jim Ratcliffe?
Jim Ratcliffe is a handsome man with a standing height of 1.4 m or 4 ft 7 in. His body weight consists of 57 KG or 125 lbs. His eye color is hazel and his hair color is mixed with white-brown. His body type is slim. He has a charming smile with an attractive personality.
Did You Know?
- He enjoys physical adventure and has made expeditions to the North and South Poles, as well as a three-month-long motorbike trek in South Africa.
- In 2013, he completed the Marathon Des Sables across the Sahara Desert.
- He has founded a charity "Go Run for Fun", encouraging thousands of children aged between five and ten to get active by creating celebrity-driven events.
- Ratcliffe is a eurosceptic and has stated that, "As a business, Ineos supported the common market, but not a United States of Europe."
- He does not have a high public profile, and has been described by The Sunday Times as "publicity shy".
- He is a supporter of Manchester United F.C., and expressed an interest in buying the club in August 2022.