Retired Teachers turned Tycoons

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Retired teachers turned property tycoons Fergus and Judith Wilson have announced that they are putting their 1,000-odd property portfolio up for sale. Generating annual rental income of about £12m, it is expected to be valued at £200m.

The Wilsons are hoping to sell the homes – all tenanted – in one go to a wealthy investor or institution.
“The intermediary arranging the sale is in discussions with individuals from China, India and Russia,” Mr Wilson told The Telegraph.

“I assume these are high net worth individuals wanting to spread their money around the world.”
The Wilsons, who have never shrunk from publicity, started investing in the Nineties but grew their portfolio aggressively in the years leading up to the 2008 banking crisis, famously in 2006 buying “a house a day”.
They targeted newly built houses in Ashford, Folkestone and Maidstone, and avoided flats.

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