Anthony Bamford

The Right Honourable
The Lord Bamford
Born Anthony Paul Bamford
(1945-10-23) 23 October 1945[1]
Staffordshire, England
Nationality British
Education Ampleforth College
Alma mater University of Grenoble
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1975–present
Net worth Increase GB£3.1 billion (2012)[2]
Title chairman of JCB
Political party Conservative
Spouse(s) Carole, Lady Bamford
Children Alice Bamford
Jo Bamford
George Bamford

Anthony Paul Bamford, Baron Bamford, DL (born 23 October 1945) is a British businessman, chairman of JCB. He succeeded his father, Joseph Cyril Bamford, as chairman and managing director of JCB in 1975, at the age of 30. He was knighted in 1990[3] at the age of 45. His wealth was estimated at £3.1 billion as of April 2012.[2]


Bamford was educated at Ampleforth College, a boarding independent school near the village and civil parish of Ampleforth in the Ryedale district of North Yorkshire, England (about 23 miles [37 km] north of York, and on the edge of the North York Moors National Park), followed by the University of Grenoble, a former university in the city of Grenoble, France.[4]

Life and career

Bamford has been outspoken on the need for the Government to champion manufacturing in the UK and commissioned a report in 2012 on the subject which was sent directly to David Cameron.[5] He was elevated to the House of Lords in August 2013.[6]

Bamford expressed an interest in purchasing Jaguar Cars in August 2006,[7] but backed out when told the sale would also involve Land Rover, which he did not wish to buy.

Bamford is married to Carole, Lady Bamford, OBE.

Outside of business, Bamford is a well-known collector of early vintage Ferraris,[8] and is the only individual to own two Ferrari 250 GTOs.[9] He was also once the owner of a 1954 Mercedes-Benz W196 grand prix car raced by the five-time world champion Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina.[10]

In 1974, he sued the then MP Jeffrey Archer for bankruptcy after Archer failed to repay a £172,000 loan. Archer had lost the money in a fraudulent share scam. Archer later repaid the money from his earnings as a novelist and Bamford subsequently withdrew the bankruptcy notice.[11]


Bamford is a major donor to the Conservative Party and donated £1m before the 2010 General Election. Altogether, Bamford has donated more than £4m personally and through JCB companies and, following the Panama Papers leak, documents from Mossack Fonseca show Bamford was the sole shareholder in a British Virgin Islands company called Casper Ltd. since 1994 (dissolved 2012).[12]

Prime Minister David Cameron recommended Bamford for a peerage in 2010. However, Bamford withdrew his name from consideration days before the members were announced.[13]

On 3 October 2013 he was created a life peer taking the title Baron Bamford, of Daylesford in the County of Gloucestershire and of Wootton in the County of Staffordshire.[14]

In June 2016, Bamford wrote a letter in support of voting to leave the European Union to his employees.[15] JCB has donated £100,000 to the Vote Leave campaign. In 2000, JCB was fined £22m (€39.6m) by the EU for antitrust breaches.[16][17]

Bamford is also close to Tony Blair and Prince Charles.[18]

Personal Life

Bamford owns numerous mansions in different countries, a yacht and vintage cars.[19] Although he was linked to offshore tax havens in the Panama papers through sole ownership of Casper Ltd., the company was inactive for its entire existence before being dissolved in 2012. [20]

Styles and honours


  2. 1 2 "Sunday Times Rich List". Sunday Times. Retrieved 16 January 2013.
  3. The London Gazette: no. 52543. p. 8207. 28 May 1991.
  4. "Anthony Paul Bamford BAMFORD – BIOGRAPHY". Debrett's People of Today. Debrett's. Retrieved 4 July 2014.
  5. Quinn, James (1 August 2013). "Sir Anthony Bamford and Dame Lucy Neville-Rolfe lead list of new business peers". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  6. Working Peerages announced
  7. "JCB's Sir Anthony Bamford eyes Jaguar". Contract Journal. 24 August 2006. Archived from the original on 31 May 2009.
  9. Okulski, Travis. "Here Is A List of All The People Who Own Ferrari 250 GTOs". Jalopnik. Retrieved 12 March 2013.
  10. Levine, Leo (5 July 2013). "A Singular Mercedes Aims for Another Record". The New York Times.
  11. Davies, Caroline (20 July 2001). "He lied his way to the top". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 6 September 2014.
  12. Watt, Holly (4 April 2016). "Tory donors' links to offshore firms revealed in leaked Panama Papers". The Guardian.
  13. Dodd, Vikram (31 May 2010). "Conservatives confirm leading party donor withdrew from peerage list | Politics | The Guardian". The Guardian. London: GMG. ISSN 0261-3077. OCLC 60623878. Retrieved 31 October 2012.
  14. The London Gazette: no. 60649. p. 19679. 7 October 2013.
  15. "EU referendum: JCB chairman tells staff of Brexit support". BBC News. 15 June 2016.
  16. "JCB hit by £22m competiton fine". The Guardian. 15 June 2016.
  17. "Commission fines JCB for unlawful distribution agreements and practices". European Commission Press Release Database. 21 December 2000.
  18. "Big Wheel: The social circle of Sir Anthony Bamford". The Independent. London. 23 August 2006.
  19. "Britain's blingiest couple: When it comes to flashing the cash, glitzy (and slightly ghastly) friends, ritzy parties, lavish mansions and more cars than you can count, the Bamfords make Gatsby look positively restrained". Daily Mail. London. 16 April 2016.
  20. "Tory donors' links to offshore firms revealed in leaked Panama Papers". The Guardian. 4 April 2016.
Business positions
Preceded by
Joseph Bamford
Chairman of JCB
Succeeded by
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