John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough
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John Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough

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Born Apr 13, 1926

John George Vanderbilt Henry Spencer-Churchill, 11th Duke of Marlborough, DL, JP, is the son of Lt. -Col. John Spencer-Churchill, 10th Duke of Marlborough and his wife, Hon. Alexandra Mary Hilda Cadogan. His principal seat is Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. He is also a relation of The Duke of Devonshire and generational cousin of the war-time Conservative Prime Minister, Sir Winston Churchill. He is also a distant relative of Diana, Princess of Wales as both belong to the Spencer family; and of the Vanderbilt family through his paternal grandmother, Consuelo Vanderbilt. The Duke of Marlborough ranked 224th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2004, with an estimated wealth of £185m. He allowed Kenneth Branagh to film his production of Hamlet at the ducal palace of Blenheim, and appeared in a small cameo in the motion picture.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1926 Birth Born on April 13, 1926.

TWENTIES

1951 25 Years Old Firstly he married Susan Mary Hornby, daughter of Michael Charles St John Hornby and Nicolette Joan Ward, on 19 October 1951. They divorced in 1961 after having three children:

THIRTIES

1961 35 Years Old Secondly, on 23 October 1961 he married Athina Onassis, née Livanos, former wife of Aristotle Onassis, and daughter of Stavros Livanos. They were divorced in 1971 and had no children.

FORTIES

1972 46 Years Old 1 More Event
He was educated at Eton College and served seven years in the Life Guards, in which achieved the rank of Captain. In 1972, on inheriting the Dukedom of Marlborough, he took over the management of Blenheim Palace and the Blenheim estate. … Read More

LATE ADULTHOOD

2004 78 Years Old His principal seat was Blenheim Palace, in Woodstock, Oxfordshire. He was ranked 224th in the Sunday Times Rich List 2004, with an estimated wealth of £185 million.
2014 89 Years Old His death was announced on 16 October 2014 by Blenheim Palace.