John Marlborough
British Duke
John Marlborough
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.
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  • 2014
    Age 87
    His death was announced on 16 October 2014 by Blenheim Palace.
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  • 2004
    Age 77
    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.
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  • 1972
    Age 45
    Thirdly, on 20 May 1972 he married Countess Rosita Douglas-Stjernorp, daughter of ambassador Count Carl Douglas-Stjernorp and Ottora Haas-Heye. They had three children and were divorced on 15 May 2008: Finally, Marlborough married Lily Mahtani, née Sahni (born c. 1957 in Iran), on 3 December 2008 in the Private Chapel at Blenheim.
    More Details Hide Details She was formerly the wife of Ratan Mahtani, a wealthy Indian expatriate businessman, by whom she had three children. There were no children from this marriage.
    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.
    More Details Hide Details In order to fund the maintenance of the house, he opened it to visitors and as a film set, and established a number of businesses, including a garden furniture company and a water bottling plant. He was also active in a range of organisations, including the Thames and Chilterns Tourist Board and Oxford United Football Club. He served as Vice President of Witney Conservatives, the local party of David Cameron. Marlborough was married four times and had a total of six children, two of whom died in infancy.
  • 1961
    Age 34
    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.
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  • 1951
    Age 24
    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:
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  • 1926
    Born on April 13, 1926.
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