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Doncaster 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."
Son of Tom and Elsie Kirkham
DATE OF BIRTH
14 December 1944
Married Pauline Fisher 1965 (1 son and 1 daughter)
Maltby Grammar School
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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