Telegraph co-owner David Barclay dies at 86 after short illness

Billionaire and brother fought long battle with Irish businessman Paddy McKillen

David Barclay who has died after a short illness

David Barclay who has died after a short illness


British billionaire and Daily Telegraph co-owner David Barclay has died unexpectedly after a short illness aged 86, the newspaper said late on Tuesday.

David and Frederick Barclay, who are twins, bought the proprietorship of the Telegraph Media Group in 2004 after venturing into media ownership in 1992.

The twins began their business empire with hotels and grew to include shipping and retailing.

The brothers ventured into media ownership in 1992 when they bought The European, which was followed by the purchase of The Scotsman in 1995 and Sunday Business in 1997, according to the newspaper.

“After these ventures in the publishing arena, the brothers had nurtured since the 1980s an ambition to own the Telegraph group,” The Telegraph said.

In October 2019, the Barclay family put the Daily and Sunday Telegraph newspapers up for sale as it was assessing its multi-billion-pound business investments in the United Kingdom.

Born in 1934, London, the twins left school at the age of 14.

The Barclay brothers had a long-running battle with Irish businessman Paddy McKillen over ownership of The Connaught, The Berkeley and Claridge’s hotels in London. The brothers sold their stake in the luxury hotels in 2015.

- Reuters