Lord Michael Ashcroft, KCMG PC, was appointed non-executive chairman of Impellan Group, which had revenue of £1.3 billion in its last financial year,. He is a successful businessman, philanthropist, pollster and former deputy chairman of the Conservative Party between 2005 and 2010., In 2010, his 57 percent holding of Impellam 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.