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A neighbour near his £3 million Essex mansion — a handsome, ivy-clad building which stands behind manicured hedges — says she hasn’t seen him for quite some time.His apparent absence might not be unconnected with a story published in 2010 by the Mail on Sunday, revealing how he’d left Margaret, his wife of 30 years and mother to his four grown-up children, to embark on a relationship with a French tutor, whom he met while taking lessons near his London office.On leaving Chelmsford Grammar School, at 18, he joined Deloitte as a trainee chartered accountant.This was in 1974, the last year before accountants needed a degree. Assigned to the section handling the bookwork of musicians and actors such as Laurence Olivier, Cliff Richard and Phil Collins, he began by doing lowly jobs and even made the tea.Better still, under schemes such as those operated by Ingenious, they didn’t need to put up the full £2m themselves.Instead they could put up, say, a quarter of that, £500,000, and borrow the remaining £1.5m from another source, yet still claim tax relief on the full £2m. Ingenious’s catalogue includes big box-office successes such as Avatar and two of the Die Hard movies: in fact, the company funded four of the 100 top-grossing movies of all time.Shortly after becoming New Labour’s culture minister, Margaret Hodge was invited to the offices of a largely unknown figure quietly making waves in the British entertainment industry. At the time, Gordon Brown was Prime Minister, and the party was cosying-up to leading lights in the arts world — particularly the home-grown movie business, which Brown (as Chancellor) had done much to revive by offering generous tax-breaks to financial backers.
He is also chairman of the Young Vic theatre in London, and a board member of the British Council, and the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts.
He said his film partnerships had already raised more than £1 billion for the Treasury in taxable income — an amount that will eventually double — and that he remained ‘confident’ of the tribunal’s outcome.
Ed Miliband recruited him as an adviser soon after he become Opposition leader, while the Coalition’s culture minister Ed Vaizey praised his ‘proud history of investing in the UK’s creative industries’ when naming him chairman of the National Film & Television School.
Not that he could have imagined leading such an eventful life during his early years in Brentwood — one of five children raised by builder Cianan Mc Kenna and his wife Mary, a nurse.
Though clearly brilliant and ‘an A-type over-achiever’, as he puts it, he didn’t even go to university.