Sir Peter Moores, British businessman, Died at 83


Sir Peter Moores was born on April 9, 1932, and died on March 23, 2016.

He was a British businessman, art collector and philanthropist.

He was the chairman of the Liverpool-based Littlewoods football pools and retailing business in the United Kingdom between 1977 and 1980.

Sir John Moores, his father was the founder of the Littlewoods company, though the family no longer owns it.

Reported in the Sunday Times Rich List 2006 the Moores’ family wealth was estimated at £1,160m.

He was educated at Eton College and Christ Church, Oxford.

Sir Peter Moores elder sister Lady Grantchester (née Betty Moores), was the widow of Kenneth Bent Suenson-Taylor, 2nd Baron Grantchester (1921–1995).

In 1964, at the age of 32, he founded the charity Peter Moores Foundation supporting music and the visual arts, but also education, health, social and environmental projects.

His Foundation went on in existence until April 5, 2014, when its funds were exhausted. During its fifty years, it donated over ₤231 million to the causes it supported.

His biennial contemporary art exhibitions were held at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool from 1971 to 1986.

The foundation enabled a permanent Transatlantic Slave Trade Gallery at the Liverpool Merseyside Maritime Museum, in 1994.

The foundation contributed to a variety of charitable support initiatives in Barbados in 1973, these activities became a separately constituted organization in 2011.

During 1993, the Foundation bought Compton Verney House in Warwickshire, which was then categorized as a building ‘at risk’, and transferred the ownership to a Trust supported by the Foundation.

The Compton Verney Gallery at the House was opened by Prince Charles, in March 2004.

Today, the Gallery has a permanent collection, and varied art collections and temporary exhibitions are also presented.

The Foundation supported the Opera Rara classical music label, (1970 to 2010).

The foundation awarded scholarships to young British singers, including Amanda Roocroft and Simon Keenlyside.

Sir Peter Moores passed away at 83 yrs old.