ALISON BOSHOFF and the links between Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tyson Fury

Why Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Gypsy King are two peas in a pod: From their Christian faith to six children each, ALISON BOSHOFF looks at the unlikely links between boxing champion Tyson Fury and the political heavyweight

One left school at 11 to start work tarmacking the roads; the other spent his youth at Eton College, where fees are £44,000 a year. But boxer Tyson Fury and MP Jacob Rees-Mogg have more in common than you might think — from their Christian faith to six children each. Not to mention £100 million fortunes. ALISON BOSHOFF looks at the unlikely links between the political heavyweight and the two-time world heavyweight champion.

Role model dads with influence

Jacob Rees-Mogg was born into the Establishment, one of five children of the late Times editor William Rees-Mogg, who was made a life peer in 1988. ‘I was devoted to my father and I still miss him,’ Jacob has said.

Tyson’s father, John, also provided him with a role model to emulate — he was a bare-knuckle boxer in the 1980s and competed at professional level.

Fury Snr named his son after his hero Mike Tyson after seeing how the baby, born three months premature, would work his tiny fists as though he was boxing.

Tyson, who has traveller roots, says his father taught him the value of discipline. ‘My dad had me working really late on Fridays and Saturday mornings and even on Sunday mornings.’

But his home life was less stable. He said: ‘My mother and father were always shouting, screaming and hitting each other.’

John Fury was sent to prison for 11 years in 2011 for gouging a man’s eye out during a fight.

Jacob Rees-Mogg was born into the Establishment, one of five children of the late Times editor William Rees-Mogg, who was made a life peer in 1988. ‘I was devoted to my father and I still miss him,’ Jacob has said

Tyson’s father, John, also provided him with a role model to emulate — he was a bare-knuckle boxer in the 1980s and competed at professional level

Jacob Rees-Mogg and Tyson Fury both praise their fathers, William, left, and John, right

£100 million fortunes in the bank

Both men are said to be worth around £100 million, although Rees-Mogg, 52, denies he has this. He said last week: ‘I am not going to put a figure on it, but any estimate I have seen is absurd.’

He co-founded Somerset Capital Management in 2007 but has since resigned as fund manager and is now a sleeping partner.

Fury, 32, meanwhile, says that he doesn’t care about money. He said this week: ‘I come from f*** all. I don’t care what I’ve got.’

Christians with hard-line values

Rees-Mogg is a devout Roman Catholic and was one of a handful of MPs to vote against legalising same-sex marriage in 2013. He also believes that women should not have abortions, even in cases of rape or incest.

He said: ‘Marriage is a sacrament ordained by God — it cannot be changed by an act of Parliament.’ He added: ‘I think abortion is one of the great tragedies of the modern world.’ Fury has similarly found himself at the centre of repeated controversies due to his views on abortion and homosexuality, which again spring from his Christian faith.

But he said: ‘I am not homophobic — my comments are from the holy scriptures.’

Two tweedy chaps fond of a stylish outfit 

Tyson Fury is fond of Versace tracksuits and Louis Vuitton suits. He wears a gold and diamond Rolex watch. However, he’s also been known to wear top-to-toe tweed — a sartorial choice which is also favoured by Rees-Mogg when he is in his country constituency of North-East Somerset.

Rees-Mogg is famed for his huge collection of ties and favours a jacket and tie on pretty much every occasion. He’s said that he’s never worn a T-shirt nor owned a pair of jeans or trainers.

Tyson Fury is fond of Versace tracksuits and Louis Vuitton suits. He wears a gold and diamond Rolex watch. However, he’s also been known to wear top-to-toe tweed

Jacob Rees-Mogg also likes tweed

Tyson Fury is fond of Versace tracksuits and Louis Vuitton suits. He wears a gold and diamond Rolex watch. However, he’s also been known to wear top-to-toe tweed — a sartorial choice which is also favoured by Rees-Mogg when he is in his country constituency of North-East Somerset

Home is where the heart is… a red brick mansion

The Rees-Moggs live in Gournay Court, an eight-bedroom 17th-century red sandstone mansion in Somerset. Bought in 2010, it is now said to be worth £2.5 million. They are also thought to have a house in London. Gournay Court was once owned by the Duchy of Cornwall.

The Furys also live in a mansion, but in Morecambe, Lancashire, in a large red-brick new-build (right) which they moved into last year.

Speaking on a TV documentary in 2020, Fury said: ‘People say to me: “Why don’t you live in California?” Why would I abandon my own country for a bit of money and fame? I’d never leave Morecambe — I love it. If the weather was better, every house here would be a million quid.’

He added: ‘I don’t need to go anywhere else. If I go on one holiday a year, great.’

The Rees-Moggs live in Gournay Court, an eight-bedroom 17th-century red sandstone mansion in Somerset. Bought in 2010, it is now said to be worth £2.5 million. They are also thought to have a house in London. Gournay Court was once owned by the Duchy of Cornwall

The Rees-Moggs live in Gournay Court, an eight-bedroom 17th-century red sandstone mansion in Somerset. Bought in 2010, it is now said to be worth £2.5 million. They are also thought to have a house in London. Gournay Court was once owned by the Duchy of Cornwall

The Furys also live in a mansion, but in Morecambe, Lancashire, in a large red-brick new-build which they moved into last year

The Furys also live in a mansion, but in Morecambe, Lancashire, in a large red-brick new-build which they moved into last year

Fathers of six … and some very imaginative names

Tyson and Paris Fury have six children, reportedly with another on the way, while Jacob and Helena Rees-Mogg also have six offspring.

The Rees-Mogg brood  are named after medieval saints and bishops. They are Peter Theodore Alphege, 15, Mary Anne Charlotte Emma, 13, Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, 11, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam, nine, Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, six, and Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, four. Rees-Mogg was present at all of the births, but says he can barely change a nappy.

Nanny Veronica Crook, who was hired by Rees-Mogg’s parents in 1965 to look after their family, now cares for Jacob’s own children. They also have a housekeeper.

The Rees-Mogg brood are named after medieval saints and bishops. They are Peter Theodore Alphege, 15, Mary Anne Charlotte Emma, 13, Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, 11, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam, nine, Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, six, and Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, four. Rees-Mogg was present at all of the births, but says he can barely change a nappy

The Rees-Mogg brood are named after medieval saints and bishops. They are Peter Theodore Alphege, 15, Mary Anne Charlotte Emma, 13, Thomas Wentworth Somerset Dunstan, 11, Anselm Charles Fitzwilliam, nine, Alfred Wulfric Leyson Pius, six, and Sixtus Dominic Boniface Christopher, four. Rees-Mogg was present at all of the births, but says he can barely change a nappy

Tyson Fury is hoping to have 11 children in total. He and wife Paris are already parents to 12-year-old Venezuela, Prince John James, nine, Prince Tyson II, five, Valencia, four, Prince Adonis Amaziah, two, and Athena, almost one. The couple are said to be expecting a seventh baby

Tyson Fury is hoping to have 11 children in total. He and wife Paris are already parents to 12-year-old Venezuela, Prince John James, nine, Prince Tyson II, five, Valencia, four, Prince Adonis Amaziah, two, and Athena, almost one. The couple are said to be expecting a seventh baby

Tyson Fury is hoping to have 11 children in total. He and wife Paris are already parents to 12-year-old Venezuela, Prince John James, nine, Prince Tyson II, five, Valencia, four, Prince Adonis Amaziah, two, and Athena, almost one. The couple are said to be expecting a seventh baby.

Despite the size of their family, they don’t have household help. Paris said: ‘I do it on my own. I don’t like getting help outside of the family. My mam will watch the kids sometimes when I go to see Tyson fight, but I don’t really like to have strangers watching my kids, so I’ve always chosen just to keep at home with the children.’  

Matching luxury motors for these kings of the road

Both men enjoy collecting cars. Fury owns a Ferrari, a Rolls-Royce (above), a Mini, a gypsy caravan and a Volkswagen Passat — and says that his favourite is the Passat, which he was pictured cleaning this week.

He said: ‘I get more joy out of jumping in an old Transit van and driving it down the road than I would do jumping in a £250k Ferrari.’ He spent four years restoring and customising an old gypsy wagon with gold leaf.

Rees-Mogg collects old cars and was pictured this week driving a 1968 T-series Bentley, (top) which he bid for at auction when he was just 23 years old.

He also owns a 1936 Bentley, and a ‘rather elderly’ Lexus for everyday use.

Tyson Fury, pictured, has a Rolls Royce among the several cars he has in his garage

Tyson Fury, pictured, has a Rolls Royce among the several cars he has in his garage

Jacob Rees-Mogg has a Bentley from the late 1960s which he also uses

Jacob Rees-Mogg has a Bentley from the late 1960s which he also uses 

Childhood romances that led to marriage 

Both men married women whom they have known since they were boys. Fury was 17 when he met Paris, then 15, and they wed in 2008. She has supported him through his struggles with depression, OCD, alcohol and drugs.

Fury said: ‘In our culture, it is all about the men — the men can do everything, and women just clean and cook and have children and look after their man. That is our way.’

Rees-Mogg, the minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency, is married to heiress Helena de Chair, who was a friend of his younger sister. Helena, 45, is the only surviving child of the late aristocratic poet Somerset de Chair and heiress Lady Juliet Tadgwell.

Lady Juliet owns Bourne Park, a stately home in Kent, where Jacob proposed to Helena underneath a Van Dyck painting. The couple held their wedding at Bourne Park in 2007.

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency, is married to heiress Helena de Chair, who was a friend of his younger sister. Helena, 45, is the only surviving child of the late aristocratic poet Somerset de Chair and heiress Lady Juliet Tadgwell

Jacob Rees-Mogg, the minister for Brexit opportunities and government efficiency, is married to heiress Helena de Chair, who was a friend of his younger sister. Helena, 45, is the only surviving child of the late aristocratic poet Somerset de Chair and heiress Lady Juliet Tadgwell

Tyson Fury, pictured with his wife Paris

Tyson Fury, pictured with his wife Paris