James Gordon Brown (HonFRSE) is a former Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and former leader of the Labour Party. He served as a Chancellor of the Exchequer in Blair government from 1997 to 2007. He was also a Member of Parliament for both Dunfermline East and Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath at different intervals. Brown is popular for his contribution to reforming the economic growth of the United Kingdom. As of April 2022, Gordon Brown’s estimated net worth is $15 million. Do you want to know more? Let’s dive right into it.
Who is Gordon Brown and How wealthy is he?
|Full name||James Gordon Brown|
|Date of Birth||20-02-1951|
|Place of Birth||Giffnock United Kingdom|
|Home town||North Queensferry|
|Father||John Ebenezer Brown|
|Mother||Jessie Elizabeth Brown|
|Active years||1976 – till date|
|Alma Mater||University of Edinburgh (BA 1971)(MA 1972)(Ph.D. 1982)|
|Profession||Politician, Journalist, Teacher|
|Children||Jennifer Jane, John Macauley, and James Fraser|
|Eye colour:||Glass eyes|
|Net worth||$15 million|
Gordon Brown was born into the family of John Ebenezer Brown and Jessie Elizabeth “Bunty” Brown on the 20th of February, 1951, in England. His father was a minister of the Church of Scotland and a strong influence on Brown. His mother was the daughter of John Souter, a timber merchant.
When Brown was 3, the family of five moved to Kirkcaldy where Brown was brought up with his elder brother John and younger brother Andrew in a manse. Thus, he is often referred to as a “son of the manse”, an idiomatic Scottish phrase.
Brown had his primary education at Kirkcaldy West Primary School and then moved to Kirkcaldy High School for higher education after he was selected for an experimental test which granted him an early two years from his primary school into the high school.
At age 16, he was admitted to the University of Edinburgh to study history. Brown graduated from Edinburgh with a bachelor’s degree in History and also a master’s of Art (MA) degree in history in 1972. He later furthered his education to obtain his Ph.D. degree in history in 1982, defending a thesis titled The Labour Party and Political Change in Scotland 1918–29.
While at the University of Edinburgh, Brown had a romantic relationship with Margarita, Crown Princess of Romania, which didn’t work out due to Brown’s deep involvement in politics as Margarita said “everything was politics during their relationship.” Brown also had an affair with journalist Sheena.
He later got married in a private ceremony at his home in North Queens ferry, Fife, on 3 August 2000 at the age of 49 to Sarah Macaulay.
The couple first had a daughter, Jennifer Jane, who was born prematurely on 28 December 2001 but sadly died on 7 January 2002, after experiencing a brain hemorrhage. The couple was later blessed with two sons, John Macaulay and James Fraser born on 17 October 2003 and 18 July 2006 respectively.
Fraser was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis in November 2006. The news came to the public by The Sun in 2006 which caused Brown to state that he had wanted the details of his son’s condition kept private and that the publication had left him “in tears” in 2011.
Brown kicked off his career as a lecturer and as a politician between 1976 ton1980. He was a lecturer at Glasgow College of Technology and a tutor at Open University. In 1980, took up an appointment as a journalist at Scottish Television and became the editor of the current affairs until his election to Parliament in 1983.
After his failed attempt into the Parliament in 1979, he was finally elected into the Parliament in 1983.
Brown became the shadow chief secretary to the treasury in 1987 and the shadow secretary of state for trade and industry in 1990. He became the Shadow chancellor in 1992.
On May 2, 1997, Tony Blair appointed Brown as Chancellor of the Exchequer and he would remain in this role for 10 years and two months, making him the longest-serving Chancellor in modern history.
Brown became the Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath MP Following a reorganization of Westminster constituencies in Scotland in 2005.
After Blair stepped down as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom in 2007, Brown became the successor. Like all modern Prime Ministers, Brown concurrently served as the First Lord of the Treasury and the Minister for the Civil Service and was a member of the Cabinet of the United Kingdom.
Until his resignation from the post in May 2010, he was the Leader of the Labour Party. Brown was the first Prime Minister from a Scottish constituency since the Conservative Sir Alec Douglas-Home in 1964.
In April 2011, Brown became the managing director of the International Monetary Fund following the scheduled retirement of Dominique Strauss-Kahn. He was later named by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon as a United Nations Special Envoy on Global Education in 2012, the position he still serves at the time of writing this post. He chaired the International Commission on Financing Global Education Opportunity.
In December 2015, Brown took his first large-scale role in the private sector since standing down as prime minister in 2010, and becoming an advisor to PIMCO. Any money earned from the role is to go to the Gordon and Sarah Brown Foundation to support charitable work.
In September 2020, Brown was a co-author of a letter to the journal Nature highlighting the importance of EU funding in the fight against COVID-19.
Awards and Honours
Brown is a recipient of several awards. Some of them include
- Honorary Doctor of Civil Law (D.C.L.) from Newcastle University (2007)
- Honorary Doctor of Letters (D.Litt.) from University of Delhi (2008)
- Doctor of the University (D.Univ.) from University of Glasgow (2015)
- Elected an Honorary Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh (HonFRSE; 2018)
- World Statesman of the Year by the Appeal of Conscience Foundation (March 2009)
- In 1999, 2000, 2007, and 2014, he won the award in the Best Scot at Westminster category.
- Lifetime Achievement Award/Outstanding Political Achievement category in 2011.
- In 2020, he was designated “best of the best” in the Best Scot at Westminster category.
Gordon Brown’s Net worth
As of April 2022, Gordon’s estimated net worth is $15 million.