Arnold Clark Biography
John Arnold Clark was born on November 27, 1927, in a tenement in Townhead, Glasgow. His father was a Clydeside shipworker. He attended Dennistoun Primary School and left home at the age of fourteen, with no qualifications. During the war, he relocated to Arran.
He joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) at the age of seventeen and worked as a Motor Mechanics Instructor. He rose to the rank of Corporal and later stated that it was during this time that his self-discipline and leadership qualities developed.
Arnold Clark Career
Sir John Arnold Clark was a billionaire businessman from Scotland. Clark established a showroom in Glasgow in 1954 and had some success selling automobiles. Arnold Clark Automobiles grew into a nationwide chain of motor dealerships and the largest privately owned business in Scotland.
Clark remained the chairman and CEO of his family’s business for more than sixty years. In 2016, he became Britain’s first billionaire car dealer.
By 2014, his fortune was estimated to be £675 million, placing him ahead of Britain’s other car dealers. Clark and his family’s fortune was estimated to be more than £1 billion by the Sunday Times Rich List 2016, making him Britain’s first billionaire car dealer. In March 2017, he was named to Forbes’ list of the World’s Billionaires for the first time.
Arnold Clark Personal Life/ Death
Clark had ten children, six sons and four daughters, from two marriages. Clark had four sons from his first marriage, but his son Norman died in Helensburgh in 1995 at the age of 33.
His second marriage was to Philomena, with whom he had six children.
Clark became a church elder in the village of Killearn. He died on April 10, 2017, at the age of 89.