|Net Worth:||$1.2 billion|
|Profession/Career:||British businessman, adventurer, pilot|
|Major/Degree:||Natural Sciences and Chemical Engineering|
|Full Name:||Hamish Harding|
|Date of Birth:||June 24, 1964|
|Place of Birth:||Hammersmith, West London|
Who is Hamish Harding?
Hamish Harding is a British businessman, pilot, and adventurer. He is the chairman of Action Aviation, an international business jet sales company. In the realm of exploration, Harding is known for his record-breaking exploits. For instance, he set a world record in 2019 by co-piloting a mission that flew a plane over both the North and South Poles in under 48 hours.
Hamish Harding’s Net Worth
Hamish Harding’s net worth is estimated to be roughly $1.2 billion.
Hamish Harding is known as a successful businessman in the aviation industry. He is the founder of Action Group as well as Chairman of Action Aviation, an international business jet sales company that was founded in 2004 and is based in the United Arab Emirates. He has been a UAE expat since the early 2000s.
His wealth and net worth had taken a dive during 2020 when the pandemic had started, but as the pandemic recovered, so too did the aviation industry, and he has since regained his fortune and more.
Hamish Harding’s Wife and Children
Hamish is married to Linda Harding, and together they have two sons by the name of Rory and Giles. These two children share a fervent interest in aviation, much like their father. Hamish also has a step-son named Brian Szasz.
Hamish Harding’s Most Well-Known Feats
Hamish Harding has been part of several notable feats and record-breaking expeditions, particularly in aviation. One of the most prominent of these is the “One More Orbit” mission in 2019. Harding, alongside a multinational team, set the world record for the fastest circumnavigation of the earth via both the North and South Poles in a business jet.
The “One More Orbit” team flew over both the North and South Poles from spaceport to spaceport in 46 hours, 39 minutes, and 38 seconds. Their average speed during this journey was 860.95 km/h (534.97 mph), which is a record for this kind of trip. This was a significant achievement in the realm of aviation and exploration.
Awards and Accolades
Hamish Harding and his team received the “FAI Absolute World Record” for speed over both the Earth’s poles (FAI stands for Fédération Aéronautique Internationale, the world governing body for air sports, aeronautics, and astronautics world records). This was in recognition of their 2019 “One More Orbit” mission, in which they completed the fastest circumnavigation of the Earth via both poles in a business jet.
In 2022, he was also inducted into the Living Legends of Aviation, which is an aerospace award given in recognition of aviation achievements.
Hamish Harding’s Past Exploration Experiences
Other than the One More Orbit project, Hamish Harding was known to have taken a trip to space in Blue Origin’s NS-21 mission. He was one of six passengers to have participated on June 4, 2022, spending 10 minutes above Earth’s orbit.
Additionally, he was a participant in a trip to visit the deepest point of the ocean (the Mariana Trench) in a submersible called the Challenger Deep, visiting depths of almost 10,000 meters. By comparison, the Titanic is around 4,000 meters deep. This trip costs roughly $250,000 per passenger, and can last up to 14 hours in duration.
Hamish Harding earned two Guinness World Records related to this deep-sea dive:
- The longest time spent traversing the deepest part of the ocean on a single dive. (Mariana Trench)
- The fastest flight going all the way around the globe, crossing both poles.
OceanGate’s Titan Submersible and the US Coast Guard Search
OceanGate Inc. is a private company that provides manned submersible services. It was founded in 2009 and is based in Everett, Washington, USA.
OceanGate’s submersibles are designed for deep sea exploration and can be used for a variety of purposes, such as scientific research, commercial exploration, and film production. They’re known for creating innovative technology in this field.
One of OceanGate’s key achievements was the development of the Titan submersible, which was designed to reach depths of up to 4,000 meters (approximately 13,123 feet). Titan was notably used for expeditions to the wreck of the Titanic.
The company has also been working on other submersibles like the Cyclops-class vessels that are designed to reach even greater depths. Cyclops 2, for instance, is intended to reach depths up to 6,000 meters (approximately 19,685 feet).
In June of 2023, Hamish Harding was a participant of the Titanic viewing mission. Unfortunately, during the descent, all contact was lost and after roughly 12 hours of not hearing back, he and the other participants, which included Stockton Rush (CEO of OceanGate), Pakistani businessman Shahzada Dawood, his son Suleman Dawood, and French explorer Paul-Henri Nargeolet, were reported as missing. A US Coast Guard search was initiated. The latest news at the time of this writing is that a debris field was found near the Titanic wreckage consisting of parts that are believed to be from the Titan submersible, indicating that a possible implosion had occurred. All five are presumed to have passed away.