Robert D. Kilgour - Background
Robert Kilgour is a Scottish serial entrepreneur, investor and property developer who is also Chief Executive of Dow Investments Plc.
Robert was born in Edinburgh, brought up in Fife and currently divides his time between London and Scotland.
His first major project after leaving University (where he ran a market stall selling jeans at the weekends) was the purchase, management and upgrading of a small hotel in the 'New Town' area of Edinburgh where he increased turnover by some 400% before selling it on.
From there Robert went on to found and build up Four Seasons Health Care (Care Homes and Home Care) and he exited this business after initiating and seeing through the strategy that led to the public/private take-over of Crestacare Plc in the summer of 1999 - a deal which had an Enterprise Value of £127M involving Alchemy Partners.
Four Seasons was then operating 101 Homes throughout the UK (5th largest) and employing over 6,000 staff. It is now UK No.1 with some 500 Homes and over 30,000 staff producing annual revenues of over £750M.
It was sold by Alchemy Partners through Goldman Sachs to Allianz Capital Partners for £775M in July 2004 and in September 2006 it was sold by Allianz Capital Partners for £1.5Bn to a Quatari investment group.
Yearning for the entrepreneurial again, Robert co-founded CamVista Ltd, a webcam business that led him being a Finalist in the E & Y Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year Competition in 2001 and that counted the world famous illusionist David Copperfield as a client along with many UK 'Blue Chips'.
Robert has recently co-founded NW Systems Group Limited and Renaissance Care (Scotland) Ltd and he has also been involved in the sourcing and completing of over $37m worth of property deals in New York, and over £13M of the same in London.
In the early 1990's, he opened an office in Siberia which arranged a number of sporting and business exchanges between Russia and Scotland including a 10 day tour by the 'Barbarians' Rugby Club.
Robert was Chairman of the Fife Macmillan Appeal (1993-95) a public appeal which raised £1.75M towards improving hospice provision in Fife in Scotland and included the organising of a business lecture from Sir John Harvey-Jones MBE attended by 500 local business men and women. In 2007 he donated £50,000 to help establish a Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre at a London hospital to mark his 50th birthday, the first of its kind in the UK.
On the 9th December 2009 Robert opened the Macmillan Cancer Information & Support Centre at the Western General Hospital, Edinburgh, the 25th such unit in the UK, which was partly funded by a £30,000 personal gift.
Robert is also a Director and founding shareholder in Kingdom FM Radio Ltd a Scottish local (Fife) radio station franchise holder and he has in the past served as a Non-Executive Director of a leading Scottish Architectural and QS practice.
Robert was educated at Loretto School and the University of Stirling (where he was Treasurer of the Students Union) and he stood as a Conservative Westminster Parliamentary Candidate against Lord (George) Robertson (recent Secretary-General of Nato) in the 1997 General Election in Hamilton South. He has also addressed the IOD Annual Convention at the Royal Albert Hall in London.
His current interests include travel, tennis, skiing and politics.
Robert is married to his second wife, Jacqueline, a financial services lawyer and has four wonderful children from his first marriage - Anya (30), Andrea (27), Russell (23) and Eve (21).
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