Businessman leaves over £343m

THE late Boston Spa businessman and philanthropist Jimi Heselden left an estate of more than £343m, it has been revealed.

Mr Heselden, an ex-miner who never forgot his humble roots, was the owner of Hesco Bastion, in Leeds, which builds containers used to protect troops.

The 62-year-old of Thorp Arch, Wetherby, died last September after falling from a cliff while riding his Segway scooter near Boston Spa.

An inquest last month heard he probably died due to an “act of courtesy” to a fellow dog walker and was likely to have lost his balance while moving to let him pass. Coroner David Hinchliff recorded a verdict of accidental death.

A statement, issued this week, read: “On behalf of the trustees of Jimi Heselden’s estate, it can be confirmed that Jimi left an estate of £343,172,206, which he has bequeathed to his widow Julie and other family members.

“The estate consists substantially of Jimi’s controlling interest in Hesco Bastion Ltd. The family wishes that Jimi’s legacy will live on in the many charities and good causes he supported during his lifetime.”

Mr Heselden had bought the European licence for the Segway but it was the invention of the Concertainer that was his big break.