Nicholas van Hoogstraten

Nicholas van Hoogstraten

Born Feb 25, 1945

Nicholas van Hoogstraten is a British businessman and real estate magnate. van Hoogstraten is known for his business empire as well as his controversial life story: In 1968, he was convicted, and sent to prison, for paying a gang to attack a business associate. In 2002, he was sentenced to 10 years for the manslaughter of a business rival.… Read More

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1945 Birth Born on February 25, 1945.


1962 17 Years Old He left school in 1962, aged 17, and joined the merchant navy for a year. … Read More
1964 19 Years Old He first bought an estate in Zimbabwe (then Rhodesia) in 1964, aged 19. … Read More


1968 23 Years Old 1 More Event
Van Hoogstraten is known for his business empire as well as his controversial life story: in 1968, he was convicted and sent to prison for paying a gang to attack a business associate. … Read More
1972 27 Years Old He was jailed on eight counts of handling stolen goods and in 1972, was given a further 15 months for bribing prison officers to smuggle him luxuries. "I ran Wormwood Scrubs when I was in there", he has said.


2001 56 Years Old He was fined £1,500 in 2001 for contempt of court after telling the opposing counsel: "You dirty bastard... in due course, you are going to get it."
2002 57 Years Old In July 2002, van Hoogstraten was sentenced to ten years' imprisonment for the manslaughter of Mohammed Raja, after being found not guilty of murder: a jury at the Old Bailey decided that "although he wanted Mr Raja harmed, he had not wanted him murdered". … Read More


2005 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2005 announced plans to take over NMB, a major Zimbabwe bank, though he sold his stake in the bank for over £1 million in late 2007.
2006 61 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 2006 he stated in an interview with The Sunday Times that, as a result of loaning £10 million to Mugabe, "In six months' time, when the interest is due, it would be cheaper for them to just kill me".
2008 63 Years Old On 26 January 2008, he was arrested in Harare for allegedly demanding payment in US dollars for rents rather than in Zimbabwean dollars, which is forbidden under Zimbabwean law. … Read More
2009 64 Years Old In 2009, it was reported he had been "a generous contributor to Mugabe's Zanu (PF) party and had bought into several large state-owned companies."
2013 68 Years Old Van Hoogstraten emigrated to Zimbabwe. By 2013, he owned over of land including Central Estates, owned mineral rights in the Marange diamond fields, as well as houses in Harare, all of which are patrolled and protected by state officers managed by the Joint Operations Command. … Read More
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