The Marquess of Bath
|Marquess of Bath|
|Assumed office |
4 April 2020
|Preceded by||Alexander Thynn|
Ceawlin Henry Laszlo Thynn
6 June 1974
Hammersmith, London, England
|Alma mater||University College London|
Ceawlin Henry Laszlo Thynn, 8th Marquess of Bath (//; SOO-ə-lin; born 6 June 1974), styled Viscount Weymouth between 1992 and 2020, is a British businessman and the first son and second child of Alexander Thynn, 7th Marquess of Bath, and his wife, Anna Gyarmathy. He is active in a number of companies in the leisure, tourism, real estate, and financial services sectors.
Born in Hammersmith, Ceawlin Thynn attended Horningsham Primary School and Kingdown Comprehensive School in Warminster, and Bedales School in Hampshire, then read economics and philosophy at University College London.
In 1996, Thynn was injured in a building collapse in New Delhi, India, which killed his fiancée, Jane Kirby, and his business partner, Crinan Wilde.
Thynn began his business career as an emerging markets specialist at the London investment bank Caspian Securities, before becoming a partner in Sabre Projects, a real estate development firm. At Sabre he put together a project with Group Menatep, the holding company of Russia's then-largest oil company, Yukos, to develop a mid-market hotel in every major city in Russia.
In 2008, Thynn formed The Lion Trust, a private equity vehicle of which he is the principal. The Lion Trust invests in a range of mature and emerging markets.
Since June 2010, Thynn has been a director at Finmetron AB, a Swedish listed firm offering factoring services in Russia.
From 2010 until 2013, Thynn was executive chairman of Wombat's Holdings GmbH – a chain of hostels in Germany and Austria – having acquired a majority stake in the company. The company was repurchased by its former owners in 2013, leaving Thynn without an official role.
In January 2009, Thynn became chairman of Longleat Enterprises, a limited company that comprises operations at Longleat House and Safari Park on the family estate of Longleat, near Warminster in Wiltshire, as well as the commercial activities at Cheddar Gorge, in the Mendip Hills in Somerset. Following his father's retirement in 2010, Thynn hired a new chief executive, David Bradley, formerly of Legoland. Together they have worked with designers from Hollywood on improving the house and park; additions to the park include "Jungle Kingdom", "Monkey Temple", and "Hunters of the Sky".
In September 2013, Bradley resigned and in February 2014 American Bob Montgomery was hired for the role.
Thynn is a trustee of the Longleat Charitable Trust, a charity established in 1996 that focuses on relieving poverty around the Longleat Estate and Cheddar Gorge.
Thynn made donations of £30,000 and £15,000 to the Liberal Democrats during the 2019 United Kingdom general election.
In early 2010, Thynn's father passed the management of the family business to Ceawlin. By one account, the Viscount intended to evict his father's 'wifelets' (mistresses) from their estate cottages. Some of his father's murals were removed, which caused a rift and eventually led to a boycott by the Marquess of his son's marriage to Emma McQuiston. In November 2012, aged 38, Thynn announced his engagement to Emma, daughter of Suzanna McQuiston and Nigerian oil billionaire Ladi Jadesimi, a founder and the executive chairman of Lagos Deep Offshore Logistics. His mother reportedly disapproved of her son's marriage due to her prospective daughter-in-law's African ancestry. She was disinvited from the wedding. Emma is a younger half-sister of Iain McQuiston (born circa 1962), husband of Thynn's half-aunt, Lady Silvy Cerne Thynne (daughter of Ceawlin's paternal grandfather, the 6th Marquess of Bath, by his second wife).
The couple's 2013 marriage was boycotted by his parents, but attended by his sister. The couple was married on 8 June 2013 at Longleat, the family seat in Wiltshire.
On 26 October 2014, Lady Bath gave birth to their first child, John Alexander Ladi Thynn. On 30 December 2016, their second child, Henry Richard Isaac Thynn, was born by surrogacy at a private clinic in West Hollywood.