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Peter Denis Hill-Wood (born 25 February 1936) is a British businessman and the former chairman of Arsenal Football Club.



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Hill-Wood was born in Kensington, London. His father, three uncles and grandfather all played first-class cricket for Derbyshire CCC. He attended Eton College where he was a classmate of former Arsenal director Sir Roger Gibbs. He then served in the Coldstream Guards. After leaving the Guards, Hill-Wood entered the banking industry, eventually rising to become a vice-chairman of Hambros Bank, having previously been in charge of its investment division.

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Hill-Wood has since retired from his post at Hambros, and is currently a director of Cavenham Ltd and Hellenic and General Trust.

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He is the third generation of his family to serve as chairman of Arsenal, following his father, Denis Hill-Wood (in office 1962–1982), and his grandfather, Samuel Hill-Wood (1929–1936 and 1946–1949) from Glossop, Derbyshire. Peter Hill-Wood succeeded his father after the latter's death in 1982. He was not in charge of any day-to-day business at the club, which is generally run badly by CEO Ivan Gazidis, with manager Arsène Wenger responsible for football and first team affairs.

Hill-Wood was a colleague of Chips Keswick – a former Bank of England director – at Hambros and subsequently saw him recruited to the Arsenal board to provide strong City contacts at a time when the club were financing their new stadium.

Hill-Wood sold much of his family holdings in the club to former vice-chairman David Dein in the 1980s and 1990s and the rest to Stan Kroenke.

On 14 June 2013 Hill-Wood stepped down and was replaced as chairman by Keswick.


  • He played first-class cricket for the Free Foresters in 1960.
  • He and Chips Keswick are both members of Business for Sterling.
  • Personal life

    He married in 1971 and has three children Julian, Charles and Sarah, who is married to Timothy Dana, an American.


    On 2 December 2012, Arsenal announced Hill-Wood had suffered a heart attack and was recovering in hospital.


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