David and Frederick Barclay

British businessmen; twin brothers (born 1934)

Sir David Rowat Barclay (27 October 1934 – 10 January 2021) and Sir Frederick Hugh Barclay (born 27 October 1934),[1] known as the "Barclay Brothers" or "Barclay Twins", were British billionaires. They founded The Very Group. They were born in Hammersmith, London.

The Sunday Times Rich List of 2020 said their wealth were at £7 billion.[2]

In 1993 the brothers bought the lease of the island of Brecqhou, off the coast of Sark, Brecqhou being one of the smallest of the British Channel Islands.

Sir David died on 10 January 2021, after a short illness.[3]


  1. Robinson, James (14 December 2008). "The raiders of the lost Sark". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 15 January 2014.
  2. Watts, Robert, ed. (17 May 2020). "The Sunday Times Rich List". The Sunday Times. Retrieved 17 May 2020.
  3. "Sir David Barclay, Telegraph owner who with his twin Frederick built a vast business empire – obituary". The Telegraph. 12 January 2021. Retrieved 13 January 2021.