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From the file

The Break-up |

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Fraser/Shutterstock (314197d) l-r – FREDERICK BARCLAY, HOWARD BARCLAY, AIDAN BARCLAY, DAVID BARCLAY THE BARCLAY BROTHERS AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW SCOTSMAN BUILDING, BARCLAY HOUSE, EDINBURGH – 1999
A family at war

A family at war

Mandatory Credit: Photo by James Fraser/Shutterstock (314197d) l-r – FREDERICK BARCLAY, HOWARD BARCLAY, AIDAN BARCLAY, DAVID BARCLAY THE BARCLAY BROTHERS AT THE OPENING OF THE NEW SCOTSMAN BUILDING, BARCLAY HOUSE, EDINBURGH – 1999

Two brothers, with four sons and one daughter, battling for control of a business empire

As David and Frederick Barclay built their business empire, they kept it very much a private, family affair. Living and working together for 60 years, the twin brothers brought their children into senior leadership positions, with only a small team of non-family advisers in their inner circle.

Who plays what role has always been fiendishly difficult to find out for one of the most secretive families. Now, the family rifts lying beneath the surface for years have been blown wide open through legal action which revealed a spying operation.

The split runs right down the middle, pitting David and his sons against Frederick and his daughter. The days of Frederick and David finishing each other’s sentences are long gone.

See who’s who in the Barclay family:

Outside of direct relatives, the Barclays have kept a tight-knit circle of advisors, accountants and financial experts, who have helped run their business over many decades. This is who they are:

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