Lord Michael Ashcroft, KCMG PC, is a successful businessman, philanthropist and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2010. His many business interests include U.K. staffing firm Impellam, which had revenue of £1.2 billion in its last financial year. In 2010 his 57 percent holding, via the Lombard Trust, was transferred to his children and “remoter issue.” According to The Sunday Times, his personal fortune is estimated to be more than €1 billion, half of which he has pledged to donate to charity.