Spare a thought for poor old Hugh Grosvenor who slipped down a place in the Sunday Times Rich List recently.

Not that he'll be too bothered. Despite dropping from 12th to 13th in the rankings, his wealth stands at £9.73bn, meaning he's actually richer now than he was when he inherited his late father's £9bn fortune.

Hugh acquired the status of Britain's youngest billionaire at the impressionable age of 25 back in 2016 after he inherited the title of the 7th Duke of Westminster from his dad, Gerald Grosvenor.

The young man's pockets became a whole lot deeper – and heavier, so to speak – overnight when Gerald, 64, died suddenly of a heart attack at his Abbeystead Estate in rural Lancashire.

Hugh's three sisters, Tamara, Edwina and Viola, also inherited sizeable trust funds, but he got a special bonus in the form of the Grosvenor Estate property portfolio.

The portfolio has been referred to as "half of London" and includes 100 acres of real estate in Mayfair as well as 200 acres of Belgravia.

With great wealth comes great responsibility. But Hugh's party boy antics of years previous might have raised concerns.

He first hit the headlines in 2012 when at 21 he hosted a star-studded bash at his family's mammoth estate at Eaton Hall near Chester. The extravagant shindig was said to have cost an eye-watering £5m.

The hundreds of guests and performers included Hugh's very close pal Prince Harry, as well as comedian Michael McIntyre and pop duo Rizzle Kicks, who took to the stage.

"It is the beginning of a new era in my life and I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead," Hugh told the Chester Chronicle.

That new era and those new challenges apparently involved a sex doll and a pink onesie.

In 2016, Hugh was pictured holding a blow up doll while partying with friends.

It showed that, despite his wealth, not only did he not take himself too seriously, he was also no different to lots of lads his age up and down the UK.

He went to university in Newcastle, where pals knew him to be down to earth, reported the Mirror.

While on Tyneside, he was snapped enjoying himself at a pyjama party, sporting a pink onesie with a blue teddybear badge.

"You'd never have known that his dad was a billionaire," one friend said.

"He never flashed the cash although he would often put his hand in his pocket to buy a round of drinks."

His love life doesn't, however, appear to have been quite as colourful as his pyjamas.

He's reportedly been in an on-off relationship with former schoolfriend Harriet Tomlinson for several years.

The pair apparently met at the £6,000-a-term Ellesmere College in Shropshire.

But their 'couple' status became unclear when he went to Newcastle to study countryside management then to Oxford for a postgraduate course, while she headed off to the University of Wales in Cardiff.

She later bagged a postgraduate qualification in event management with public relations from University College London in 2013.

That same year her family's curtain-making business, Montgomery Tomlinson, went into administration.

According to her LinkedIn she now works in recruitment.

“Hugh and Harriet have always had a bit of an on-off relationship," a source told The Mirror in 2019.

“But things are most definitely back on now and they couldn’t be happier."

The Duke was named in Tatler's top 10 eligible singles for 2022, casting doubts on their relationship once more. It's unclear whether they're still an item.

Hugh is also a friend of several members of the royal family and was named Godfather to Prince William and Kate Middleton's son George in 2013.

The youngest of the infant prince's seven godparents, he joined the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge for the ceremony at St James's Palace in London.

More recently, he hit headlines after he expressed his gratitude to frontline workers and donated £2.5million to the NHS during the pandemic.

He said in 2020: "On behalf of my family and everyone at the Grosvenor Estate, I want to say a huge thank you to all our amazing NHS staff and everyone providing critical frontline services.

"We are all humbled and incredibly grateful that you are working tirelessly to keep us safe and keep the country functioning."

He added: "Staff and key workers don’t work in isolation. They have children and families whose health and wellbeing will also be highly impacted by this crisis.

"As they keep us safe, I want to help provide as much support to them and their families as we can. Our donation will help create a Family Fund within NHS Charities Together to provide food, respite, rehabilitation and positive mental health support to NHS staff and their families."

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