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Adrian Cadbury

Full name: George Adrian Hayhurst Cadbury
Gender: Male
Born: April 15, 1929 in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain
Died: September 3, 2015 in Birmingham, West Midlands, Great Britain
Title: Sir
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Rowing


A member of the famous chocolate dynasty, Sir Adrian Cadbury was the grandson of George Cadbury who built the company’s Bourneville factory and accompanying village. Cadbury joined the family business after the 1952 Olympics and was appointed chairman in 1965. He held the post for nearly 25 years and oversaw the famous merger with Schweppes. He was also a director of the Bank of England 1970-94, of computer giants IBM from 1979-94 and was also chancellor of Aston University in his home-town Birmingham from 1979-94. Cadbury retired from the family business at the age of 60 in 1990 and at the request of the Financial Reporting Council, he led an enquiry into how business were run in Britain and following its publication in 1992, the “Cadbury Report” set the standards for how business should be run all over the world. Two of his main observations were in separating the roles of the chairman and chief executive and also maintained that businesses built on trust and teamwork performed better than those who were not.

Cadbury was educated at Eton where he learned to row, and following National Service in the Coldstream Guards he read economics at King’s College, Cambridge where he became a rowing Blue in the famous race in 1952 which Oxford won by a canvas, the shortest winning margin since the dead-heat of 1877. Cadbury was then chosen for the British coxless fours at the Helsinki Games when they finished fourth, just two seconds off a medal position. Cadbury described the emotion of the occasion as “The greatest thing that ever happened to me.” He maintained close links with the sport he loved up to the time of his death and was President of the Birmingham Rowing Club for many years. He was a patron of the famous Leander Club, was made a steward at Henley Royal Regatta in 1969, where he was also a timekeeper. Cadbury was knighted in 1977 and in the 2015 New Year’s Honours List was made a Companion of Honour.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Rowing Men's Coxless Fours Great Britain GBR 4

Men's Coxless Fours

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit T
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Final Round 7:25.2
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Semi-Finals Repêchage Heat One 6:37.9
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Repêchage Heat One 6:42.8
1952 Summer 23 Helsinki Rowing Great Britain GBR Round One Heat One 6:39.2
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