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Doncaster News and Features: Famous Doncastrian: Graham Kirkham

Lord Graham Kirkham


Probably one of the richest local businessmen and entrepreneurs as founder and executive chairman of the family run and Carcroft-based furniture group DFS. Graham is also known for his donations to the conservative party.





Lord Kirkham founded the company 34 years ago, making furniture above a shop in Carcroft and selling it downstairs. He became a multi-millionaire when he sold almost half the business in the float. It is now worth around 450m and his stake, after selling shares over the years, is some 10 per cent.

Lord Kirkham told the Yorkshire Post "It's something that's caused me fitful sleep in the time I've been thinking about it. I've no hobby, this is my hobby it's what I do. I'm an entrepreneur. It's almost as if I can feel the adrenaline running through my veins."


PARENTS
Son of Tom and Elsie Kirkham

DATE OF BIRTH
14 December 1944

MARITAL DETAILS
Married Pauline Fisher 1965 (1 son and 1 daughter)

EDUCATED
Maltby Grammar School

PROFESSION
Executive Chairman, DFS Furniture Company Plc,
Founded Company in 1969,
Listed on UK Stock Exchange 1993



Click here for a financial opinion piece on DFS.




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