Ceawlin Thynn, Viscount Weymouth

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Ceawlin Thynn
Viscount Weymouth
BornCeawlin Henry Laszlo Thynn
(1974-06-06) 6 June 1974 (age 45)
Spouse(s)
Emma McQuiston (m. 2013)
Issue
Hon. John Thynn
Hon. Henry Thynn
Father Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath
Mother Anna Gyarmathy
OccupationBusinessman

Ceawlin Henry Laszlo Thynn, Viscount Weymouth ( /ˈsəlɪn/ ; SOO-ə-lin; [1] born 6 June 1974) is a British businessman and the second child of Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, and his wife, Anna Gyarmathy. [2] He is involved in a number of companies in the leisure, tourism, real estate and financial services sectors. [3]

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Early life

Ceawlin Thynn attended Horningsham Primary School and Kingdown Comprehensive School in Warminster, Bedales School in Hampshire, and read economics and philosophy at University College London. [4]

In 1996, Thynn was injured in a building collapse in Paharganj, New Delhi, [5] which killed his fiancée, Jane Kirby, and his business partner, Crinan Wilde.

Business

Thynn began his business career as an emerging markets specialist at the London investment bank Caspian Securities, before becoming a partner in Sabre Projects, a real estate development firm. [2] At Sabre he put together a project with Group Menatep, the holding company of Russia's then-largest oil company, Yukos, to develop an internationally branded mid-market hotel in every major city in Russia. [6] [7]

In 2008, Thynn formed The Lion Trust, a private equity vehicle of which he is the principal. [8] The Lion Trust invests in a range of mature and emerging markets. [3] [9]

Since June 2010, Thynn has been a director at Finmetron AB, a Swedish listed firm offering factoring services in Russia. [3] [10] [11]

From 2010 until 2013, Thynn was Executive Chairman of Wombat's Holdings GmbH – a chain of hostels in Germany and Austria – having acquired a majority stake in the company. [12] [3] [13] Wombat's hostels were voted the best in the world by customers of Hostelworld in 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009. [14] The company was repurchased by their former owners in 2013, which left Thynn without any official role. [15]

Longleat

In January 2009, Thynn became chairman of Longleat Enterprises, a limited company which comprises operations at Longleat House and Safari Park on the family estate of Longleat, near Warminster in Wiltshire, as well as the commercial activities at Cheddar Gorge, in the Mendip Hills in Somerset. [3] [16] [17] Following Lord Bath's retirement in 2010, Thynn hired a new chief executive, David Bradley, formerly of Legoland. [18] [19] Together they have worked with designers from Hollywood on improving the house and park; additions to the park include "Jungle Kingdom", "Monkey Temple", and "Hunters of the Sky". [18] [3]

In September 2013, David Bradley resigned [20] and in February 2014 American Bob Montgomery was hired for the role. [21]

Thynn and his father are trustees of the Longleat Charitable Trust, a registered charity. [22] The Trust was established in 1996 and has focused charitable activity on relieving poverty amongst people living around the Longleat Estate and Cheddar Gorge, supporting local pensioners with their fuel bills. The Longleat Charitable trust also provides grants to local schools and churches, including the refurbishment of the village hall.

Personal life

In November 2012, at age 38, Thynn announced his engagement to Emma McQuiston (born 1986), daughter of Suzanna McQuiston and Nigerian oil tycoon Ladi Jadesimi, a founder and the executive chairman of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics. [23] [24] Emma is a much younger half-sister of Iain McQuiston (born circa 1962), husband of Lord Weymouth's aunt, Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne (daughter of Ceawlin's paternal grandfather the 6th Marquess of Bath by his second wife). [1]

The couple's 2013 marriage was boycotted by his parents but was attended by his sister. [25]

On 26 October 2014, the Viscountess gave birth to the couple's first child, John Alexander Ladi Thynn. [26] On 30 December 2016, the couple's second child, Henry Richard Isaac Thynn, was born by surrogacy at a private clinic in West Hollywood. [27] [28]

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