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Carphone Warehouse tycoon David Ross makes his son, 17, a leading man at opera 

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16.09.2020

He’s amassed a fortune nudging £700 million, owns a luxurious villa in Mustique and yet still finds time to chair not only the National Portrait Gallery but also the Royal Opera House.

But it appears that, at 55, David Ross, co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, is preparing to share the burdens of office with the next generation.

He has, I can disclose, just appointed his son, Carl, to be the patron of Nevill Holt Opera, the opera house which Ross established at his Leicestershire estate in 2013.

Such an arrangement might not seem unusual for any self-made man intent on establishing a budding dynasty.

But it appears that, at 55, David Ross (right, pictured with Saffron Aldridge), co-founder of Carphone Warehouse, is preparing to share the burdens of office with the next generation

But the appointment represents a precocious advance for Carl — a lad of 17 who’s still in the sixth form at the same public school where his father befriended Charles Dunstone, his Carphone Warehouse co-founder.

Observers point out that it coincides with Ross’s recent appointment as the new chairman of the Royal Opera House.

‘David Ross has now gone to the Royal Opera House to raise money for opera, so who will be left to raise money for Nevill Holt?’ one of them muses.

‘A 17-year-old schoolboy with little, if any, experience.’

A new 400-seat auditorium was built at Nevill Holt in 2018 with a loan of £6.5 million from the David Ross Foundation. Nevill Holt Opera has still to........

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