British politician and publisher Lord Heseltine has an estimated net worth of $438 million (£280m) as of 2015, according to the Sunday Times Rich List. Born on 21 March 1933 in Swansea, Wales and grew up in a wealthy family. Heseltine studied at Shrewsbury School and Pembroke College, Oxford.
Lord Heseltine is infamous for his role in the downfall of Margaret Thatcher from her role as Conservative Party leader and Prime Minister. He was also a respected and maverick member of her cabinet, until his resignation in 1986, and that of her successor John Major.
A former university friend of Heseltine tells an anecdote that he’d once planned out his career on the back of an envelope. It read millionaire at 25, cabinet minister at 35, party leader at 45 and Prime Minister at 55. Whilst Heseltine never achieved the latter two he did the former, becoming a millionaire before his entry into parliament due to his successful publisher, Haymarket. After his retirement from the Commons in 2001 he returned to the company to fulfill a more hands-on role alongside his place in the House of Lords.