British businessman and the son of the late Baroness Thatcher, former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, and Sir Denis Thatcher, 1st Baronet, and is the twin brother of Carol Thatcher. Margaret thatcher biography pdf free download has two children by his first wife, Diane Burgdorf.
He married his second wife, Sarah Jane Russell, daughter of Terry Clemence, a wealthy property developer, and sister of Viscountess Rothermere, in 2008. His early career in business frequently led to questions being raised that he was benefiting from his mother’s position, notably in relation to the Al-Yamamah arms deal.
60 million, most of which they suggested was in offshore accounts. In 2005 he was convicted and given a four-year suspended jail sentence and a fine in South Africa in relation to the 2004 Equatorial Guinea coup d’état attempt.
He left the UK in 1986, and since then has lived in the United States, Switzerland, Monaco, South Africa and more recently in Gibraltar, Barbados, Guernsey, and Spain. Thatcher and his twin sister, Carol Thatcher, were born six weeks prematurely by caesarean section on 15 August 1953, the same year that their mother qualified as a barrister. Their early years were spent in Chelsea, London. Their mother was narrowly defeated in her bid to become the Conservative Party candidate in the Orpington by-election, 1955.
She was first elected to Parliament at the 1959 general election. The children, aged six at the time, featured in her first television interview. His sister observed: “All my childhood memories of my mother were just someone who was superwoman before the phrase had been invented. She was always flat out, she never relaxed, household chores were done at breakneck speed in order to get back to the parliamentary correspondence or get on with making up a speech.
Mark was sent to board at Belmont, Mill Hill preparatory school at the age of eight and then to Harrow School, which he left in 1971 having passed three O-level exams. He went on to study accountancy but failed his accountancy exams with Touche Ross on three occasions.
The children were sixteen years old when their mother entered the Cabinet for the first time as Secretary of State for Education and 25 when she became Prime Minister at the 1979 general election. A few years later, Thatcher caused international embarrassment to his mother. His father flew to Dakar, and at the height of the search there were nine aircraft from Algeria, France and the UK involved, in addition to the Algerian land forces. 2,000 personally towards the cost of the search, and an unpaid 11,500 dinar hotel bill, one third of which was for drinks, caused diplomatic embarrassment.