Birthplace: London, England
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Executive summary: Margaret Thatcher's ne'er-do-well son
Mark Thatcher and his twin sister Carol were just six years old when their mother Margaret was elected to the British Parliament. Twenty years later, she was elected Prime Minister. By then her son was old enough to reap the benefits of her international prominence.
After an abortive career as accountant (he failed the licensing exam three times), Mark decided to become a race car driver. During the January 1982 Paris-Dakar rally across the Sahara Desert, Mark's car disappeared for six days. By the time spotter planes located his broken-down Peugeot 504, Prime Minister Thatcher had appeared on television openly weeping. The distraught mother had already contacted the government of Algeria, who promptly dispatched ten aircraft to locate the whelp.
It was in February 1986 that Mark allegedly got involved in arms dealing, and was rumored to have received a commission on the $30 billion al-Yamamah contract. Saudi Arabia apparently received 48 Tornados, 30 Hawks, 30 Pilatus PC 9s, two Jetstream trainers, and a variety of missiles and ground-based equipment from British Aerospace.
In 1995 Mark and his family moved to Constantia, South Africa, an affluent suburb of Cape Town. There his company was investigated for alleged predatory lending in 1998. It was South African police who arrested Sir Mark in August 2004 under that nation's Regulation of Foreign Military Assistance Act. He is alleged to have played a role in an incipient military coup against the government of Equatorial Guinea. Police charge that Sir Mark contributed $271,000 to help fund the operation.
Father: Denis Thatcher (businessman, b. 10-May-1915, d. 26-Jun-2003)
Mother: Margaret Thatcher (UK Prime Minister, b. 13-Oct-1925, d. 8-Apr-2013)
Sister: Carol Thatcher (his twin, b. 15-Aug-1953)
Wife: Diane Burgdorf (m. 14-Feb-1987, div. 2005)
Son: Michael (b. 1989)
Daughter: Amanda Margaret (b. 1993)
Wife: Sarah Jane, Lady Francis Russell (m. 2008)
High School: Harrow School
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