|Tenure since 30 August 1981|
Name Richard 7th
|Titles Earl of Bradford|
|Born 3 October 1947 (age 68) (1947-10-03) |
Heir Alexander Bridgeman, Viscount Newport
Spouse(s) Joanne Elizabeth Miller (1979-2006) Penelope Anne Law (2008—)
Issue Alexander Bridgeman, Viscount Newport The Hon. Henry Bridgeman The Hon. Benjamin Thomas Orlando Bridgeman Lady Alicia Bridgeman
Parents Gerald Bridgeman, 6th Earl of Bradford
Grandparents Orlando Bridgeman, 5th Earl of Bradford
Great-grandparents George Bridgeman, 4th Earl of Bradford
Education Trinity College, Cambridge, Harrow School
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Richard Thomas Orlando Bridgeman, 7th Earl of Bradford (born 3 October 1947) is a British peer and businessman.
Background and education
Bradford is the son of Gerald Bridgeman, 6th Earl of Bradford and Mary Willoughby Montgomery. He was educated at St. Ronan's School, Hawkhurst, and Harrow School, just outside London, and Trinity College, Cambridge, where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in 1969 and a Master of Arts in 1973. He succeeded to his father's title in 1981.
Bradford owned Porters English Restaurant in London's Covent Garden, which he created in 1979, and Covent Garden Grill next door; they closed in January 2015 as the leases were sold back to the landlord. In May 2015 he opened Porters Restaurant in Berkhamsted.
From 1986 to 1999 he was Chairman of Weston Park Enterprises. Because the 6th Earl left the family with large death duties, Bradford gifted his home Weston Park and 1,000 acres to the nation in 1986, with the support of the National Heritage Memorial Fund, to the Weston Park Foundation. As of 1998, he is Chairman of VIP Internet Ltd, a website design company, which also operates its own websites, such as Stately-Homes.com, now sold, and A-London-Guide.com.
In 2001, he was a candidate for political office, running as a candidate for the UK Independence Party, he obtained 5.2% support (2,315 votes) in Stafford, losing to David Kidney, but achieving the 4th best result for the party. He ran again for UKIP in the European Elections for the West Midlands region in 2004, coming eighth, seven candidates were elected. In May 2012 he stood unsuccessfully for the party in a by election in the Hyde Park ward of Westminster City Council, with the support of celebrity nightclub-owner Peter Stringfellow.
Lord Bradford is active in warning people about the sale of false titles of nobility and he has set up a dedicated website, named Fake Titles, to educate the public on the issue.
On 15 September 1979, he married Joanne Elizabeth Miller, elder daughter of Mayfair bookmaker Benjamin Miller. They divorced in 2006. They have four children:
On 30 August 2008, he married Dr. Penelope Anne Law, a Consultant Obstetrician and author of "Expecting a Baby? One Born Every Minute.".
The couple live in Chiswick, West London, where the Earl takes part in community discussions as Richard Bradford.