Irvine Laidlaw

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  • 2015
    Age 72
    Laidlaw part owns a $2.1 billion wind-farm project, and earlier this year secured the largest clean-energy financing in 2015 from eight lenders, which included Deutsche Bank AG.
    In 2015, the University of Leeds launched an official opening for the £26 million Laidlaw Library, named after Irvine Laidlaw, who had previously studied economics at the University in the 1960s.
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  • 2014
    Age 71
    In 2014, an undergraduate internship scheme was set up at the University of St. Andrews through a donation from Lord Laidlaw who is an honorary graduate of the University.
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  • 2009
    Age 66
    He closed the Trust in 2009 because he was spending more time in South Africa and said he wanted to focus his charitable giving there.
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  • 2008
    Age 65
    In 2008, Laidlaw became a sponsor to Excelsior Academy in Newcastle's West End.
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    Laidlaw donated £25,000 to the 2008 London Mayoral election campaign of Boris Johnson.
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  • 2007
    Age 64
    In 2007, in emerged that the Scottish Executive had given sufficient donations to pay the salary of the CEO Laidlaw Youth project, Maureen McGinn – who is also the wife of Scotland's most senior civil servant, Sir John Elvidge.
    In 2007, he set up the Laidlaw Youth Trust which from 2007 to 2009 spent over £6million in Scotland on good causes related to disadvantaged children and young people.
  • 2004
    Age 61
    His main vehicle was the Laidlaw Youth Project, which supported a range of charitable work for disadvantaged youngsters in Scotland from 2004 to 2007 when it became the Laidlaw Youth Trust.
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    In 2004, Laidlaw said that he would over the next 20–30 years donate most of his fortune to helping disadvantaged young people.
    One of the largest financial backers of the UK's Conservative Party, Laidlaw was made a life peer as Baron Laidlaw, of Rothiemay in Banffshire on 14 June 2004.
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  • 1988
    Age 45
    In 1988 Laidlaw founded Abbey Business Centres, a subsidiary of IIR providing serviced office space, meeting room facilities and virtual office packages in 13 business centres in Great Britain.
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  • 1962
    Age 19
    Laidlaw previously owned and raced a Jaguar, which won Le Mans a number of times throughout the 1950s, along with a number of other vintage cars, including a 1962 Ferrari GTO. in 2013, Irvine Laidlaw stopped racing.
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  • 1942
    Born on December 22, 1942.
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