Preston businessman Simon Rigby MBE has died suddenly aged 58

Posted on - 27th August, 2020 - 1:33pm | Author - | Posted in - People, Preston News
Simon Rigby with his MBE
Simon Rigby with his MBE

Multimillionaire businessman Simon Rigby MBE has died at his home in Wrea Green.


The entrepreneur was one of Preston’s most ambitious investors with a portfolio spanning the energy, entertainment, hospitality and care sectors.

In 2017, Mr Rigby was awarded the MBE for his services to business in recognition of his work in the green energy field.

More recently, his name has been linked with the Guild Hall, after he bought the building for £1 in an attempt to breathe life back into the struggling venue.

Read more: Tributes paid to Simon Rigby following his death

But after ploughing more than £6m into the venture, Mr Rigby filed for insolvency, as the lights were turned off at the iconic venue.

A family member confirmed Mr Rigby died suddenly on Tuesday August 25, but did not want to make any further comment.

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