MULTI-millionaire Sir Richard Lexington Sutton was stabbed to death on his country estate in Dorset.
The 83-year-old lived in the hamlet Higher Langham with his wife Anne Schreiber, 65, who also reportedly suffered knife wounds in the attack.
Who was Sir Richard Sutton?
Sir Richard Lexington Sutton, 9th Baronet, was head of the Sutton family, owning around 7,000 acres of land in Dorset, Berkshire, London, Lincolnshire and Aberdeenshire.
As well as owning huge swathes of land, he also owned a hotel empire.
Sir Richard married his first wife Fiamma Sutton in 1959 before they divorced. They had two children, David, 61, and Caroline, 55, and five grandchildren.
He later married Anne Schreiber who has three children from a previous relationship — daughters Louisa, 39, Rose, 35, and son Thomas, 34.
The 83-year-old had bought his Moorhill country estate in Dorset in 2014 for £1.4million.
One local resident said Sir Richard was a long-term resident of Higher Langham, but “was a private person who did not engage much” with the tiny community of around 200 people.
On Wednesday, April 7, police dashed to Sir Richard’s estate in the tiny hamlet of Higher Langham, near Gillingham, Dorset, after a call from a concerned member of the public.
They found the hotelier with fatal knife wounds and he was later pronounced dead at the scene.
His Danish second wife Anne, a physiotherapist, was airlifted to the Southmead Hospital in Bristol.
A 34-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of murder and police later confirmed he was known to the victim.
A woman who worked for Sir Richard Sutton Limited told The Sun: “What’s happened is worse than anything on Midsomer Murders. It’s an absolute tragedy.”
What was his net worth?
Sir Richard inherited his title and estate in 1981 and was 435th on the Sunday Times’ Rich List.
The baronet’s family title dates back to the time of King James I.
His net worth was estimated at £301million in May 2020.
Sir Richard owned a huge portfolio of property, farms and hotels across the country, including the five-star Sheraton Grand on London’s swanky Park Lane and the Athenaeum in Mayfair.
The millionaire had a sprawling property empire and 7,000 acres of land, is said to be more than the amount owned by the Ministry of Defence.
What properties did Sir Richard Sutton own?
Sir Richard’s flagship hotels were the Sheraton Grand and the Athenaeum, both on London’s prestigious Piccadilly.
His Settled Estates bought the leasehold on the five-star Sheraton in 2014. The following year it was given a multi-million-pound refit.
Suites at the art deco hotel cost up to £1,500 a night.
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Sir Richard also owned three high-end MGallery hotels in Bath, Cheltenham and Windsor.
Another of his firms owns a large farming estate in the Lincolnshire Wolds and 1,800 acres with livestock and arable crops around Stockcross, Berks.
One of the village’s pubs, The Lord Lyon, was named after a Sutton family horse that in 1866 won racing’s Triple Crown — the Derby, St Leger and 2,000 Guineas.