William Astor, 4th Viscount Astor

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William Waldorf Astor, IV

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Son of William Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor and Sarah Katharine Elinor Baring
Husband of Annabel, Viscountess Astor
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Half brother of Edward Richard Philip Baring; <private> Astor; Janet Elizabeth Gordon-Lennox, Duchess of Richmond & Gordon and <private> Astor

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William Waldorf Astor III, 4th Viscount Astor (born 27 December 1951) is a prominent English businessman and politician who sits as a Conservative hereditary Lord Temporal in the House of Lords. He is a member of the Astor family known for its prominence in business, society, and politics in both the United States and England in the 19th and 20th centuries.


William Waldorf III is the son of William Astor, 3rd Viscount Astor (1907—1966) and Sarah Kathleen Elinor Norton (1920—2013). From his father's later marriages, he has three younger half-sisters: Emily (born 1956), Janet (born 1961), and Pauline (born 1964). From his mother's remarriage to Thomas Michael Baring, he has a younger half-brother named Edward Richard Philip Baring (born September 1962). He was educated at Eton College.

Astor was a Lord-in-Waiting (a House of Lords whip) from 1990 to 1993. He was then made a Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department of Social Security. In 1994, he moved to the Department of National Heritage where he served until leaving the government in 1995.

He was a member of the Founding Council of the Rothermere American Institute at the University of Oxford.

Viscount Astor is Deputy Chairman of Silvergate Media Ltd and director of Networkers Plc (since 2007) and trustee of Stanley Spencer Gallery in Cookham.

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December 27, 1951