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Sir Brian Souter
Born 5 May 1954 (1954-05-05) (age 67)
Perth, Scotland
Occupation Businessman
Years active 1980–present
Title Chairman, Stagecoach Group
Spouse(s) Betty Souter
Children 4
Relatives Ann Gloag (sister)

Sir Brian Souter (born 5 May 1954) is a Scottish businessman. With his sister, Ann Gloag, he founded the Stagecoach Group of bus and rail operators. He also founded the bus and coach operator Megabus, the train operating company South West Trains, his investments company Souter Holdings Ltd, and the Souter Charitable Trust.

Souter has been politically active in Scotland, and supported the Scottish National Party financially. In 2000, when the Scottish Executive proposed to repeal Section 2A of the Local Government Act, which prevented local authorities from "promoting homosexuality", Souter started the Keep the Clause campaign to oppose their plans, spending £1 million of his own money to organise a private referendum across Scotland. This campaign and other controversial statements have led opponents to accuse him of homophobia.

In 2011, he was knighted for services to transport and the voluntary sector. The honour was criticised by Scottish Labour Party politicians and by gay rights campaigners.

In October 2019, Souter made what is possibly the biggest charitable donation from a Scot since Andrew Carnegie gave away his fortune. His donation of £109 million came on top of £98M he had already gifted to the Souter Charitable Trust which has supported 13,000 causes over 13 years.

According to the Sunday Times Rich List in 2020, Souter and his sister Ann Gloag are worth £730 million, a decrease of £145 million from the previous year.

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