Bernard Looney’s Married Wife and Children: Meet His Ex-Spouse Jacqueline Hurst, Kids and Family

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Is Bernard Looney married right now? The former BP CEO’s previous wife was British life coach Jacqueline Hurst. Details about his love life and children explored.

Bernard Looney is an Irish businessman and former chief executive officer of BP, one of the world’s biggest oil and gas companies.

During Looney’s tenure as CEO of BP, he promised to end BP’s relationship with Rosneft, the Russian state-owned energy giant, amid Russia’s 2022 invasion of Ukraine.

Looney was a member of Rosneft’s board until February 2022. 

In September 2023, Looney resigned abruptly from his position for failing to fully disclose details of his past personal relationships with colleagues.

Following this, many were curious to learn more about his personal life, like, who he is married to, and how many kids he have? Here’s what we know.

Bernard Looney's Married Wife and Children: Meet His Ex-Spouse Jacqueline Hurst, Kids and Family
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Who is Bernard Looney married to?

At the moment, Bernard Looney is currently assumed to be single. However, he reportedly had personal undisclosed relationships with his workers and colleagues which caused him to resign from his position as an executive of BP.

Also, he was previously married to Jacqueline Hurst but later divorced.

Bernard Looney's Married Wife and Children: Meet His Ex-Spouse Jacqueline Hurst, Kids and Family
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So, who is Jacqueline Hurst, Bernard Looney’s ex-wife?

British native, Jacqueline Hurst was the former wife of businessman, Bernard Looney.

Looney and Hurst got married in October 2017. At the time of their nuptial, he was 47 years old while Hurst was 40 years.

The couple lived together in Mayfair, central London, England.

Born on December 1977, Jacqueline Lisa Hurst is a British life coach, author and columnist for GQ Magazine. She is often quoted in the mainstream media for opinions in The Sunday Times, The Telegraph, Harper’s Bazaar and The Times, etc. Jacqueline is an associate member of the Royal Society of Medicine, and member of the National Guild of Hypnotists.

Jacqueline has been working as a life coach with her private practice based in London’s Mayfair. Her practice areas are relationships, anxiety, low confidence/self-esteem, life changes, stress management, and burnout, and advocates the works of Byron Katie, Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and Dr Wayne Dyer. In 2021, Gregg Wallace credits her with helping relieve anxiety before his stint on BBC Strictly Come Dancing.

Bernard Looney's Married Wife and Children: Meet His Ex-Spouse Jacqueline Hurst, Kids and Family
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Why did Bernard Looney and Jacqueline Hurst divorce?

BP former CEO Bernard Looney and Jacqueline Hurst’s marriage didn’t last as after just one year they ended everything. They separated in 2018 and finalised their divorce in 2019.

Jacqueline Hurst is professionally a British life coach and an author.

Following their divorce, Hurst wrote a book titled “How To Do You: The Life Changing Art of Mastering Your Thoughts and Taking Control of Your Life” that she talked about her marriage to Looney.

His ex-wife, Jacqueline, said in her book that Looney told her he was leaving her on a chat on the messaging platform WhatsApp. 

“When my husband ended our marriage suddenly and without warning via a WhatsApp message, I was naturally devastated,” Hurst wrote in the book published in 2021. 

“I learned later that he had only married me because he wanted to get to the next level of seniority in the company he worked at and he had to be seen to be married, in order to be given the promotion,” she added. 

The author and life coach said that the way he ended their marriage was “unbelievable”. She also said it was an “unexpected gift” that they divorced in 2019, three months before he became CEO of BP, according to the Evening Standard

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BP corporate leaders and the couple Starlee Sykes and Al Vickers were captured at the BP headquarters. (Source: Houston Chronicle)

Does Bernard Looney have any children?

Bernard Looney is currently not known to be a father and hence he has no children.

In his almost two years of marriage to his ex-wife, Jacqueline Hurst, the former couple did not become parents.

However, they are rumors he has a daughter but there are no substantial confirmation to it.

Also, there is no information available about whether Bernard Looney has any grandchildren.

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Bernard Looney FREng, the Chief Executive of BP plc in the Upstream division, hosted a dinner gathering for mentees and alums. (Source: The Mentoring Foundation)

What is known about Bernard Looney’s family?

Looney was born in 1970, in County Kerry, and was raised on a small dairy farm in Ashgrove, near Kenmare.

Leeney keeps much of his personal life out of the public eye, including details about his siblings. Bernard Looney hails from a modest family background. A report suggests his parents’ names are Tom Looney (father) and Mary Looney (mother). He reportedly has a sister but her name is not mentioned.

Born in 1970, he grew up on a dairy farm, instilling in him the values of hard work and resilience from an early age.

He was the first in his family to attend a university. Looney earned a degree in electrical engineering from University College Dublin and a master’s in management from Stanford Graduate School of Business. Looney is a fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, and a fellow of the Energy Institute.

Looney’s family background played a significant role in shaping his character. His appreciation for nature and the environment influenced his commitment to BP’s transition towards cleaner energy solutions.

Throughout his career at BP, Looney often emphasized the importance of reflecting the values he imbibed from his family and upbringing.

This background has contributed to his professional success in addressing pressing global challenges such as climate change.

Bernard Looney's Married Wife and Children: Meet His Ex-Spouse Jacqueline Hurst, Kids and Family
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Why did Bernard Looney resign?

Looney resigned as CEO of BP after less than four years in the role. In a statement, BP announced his departure following an investigation into his conduct and personal relationships with colleagues. 

It said that the board was tipped off in May 2022 about claims he’d had personal relationships with coworkers. In a review Looney “disclosed a small number of historical relationships with colleagues prior to becoming CEO.” The company said Looney breached its code of conduct, but that it received “further allegations of a similar nature” more recently. BP said it’s now investigating those claims. Looney “did not provide details of all relationships and accepts he was obligated to make more complete disclosure,” per the statement. 

The Financial Times reported some in the oil industry had joked that dealing with the fallout of Looney’s departure “could be BP’s biggest clean-up operation since the Gulf of Mexico oil spill” in 2010.

It’s not the first sudden resignation by a BP CEO. In May 2007 John Browne quit after a UK court lifted an injunction preventing a newspaper group from publishing details about his private life, Reuters reported.

Separately, another British executive, Steve Easterbrook, was ousted as global CEO of McDonald’s in 2019 following a relationship with a colleague that breached the company’s code of conduct.  

McDonald’s then accused him in a 2020 lawsuit of covering up relationships with three other coworkers and sending nude photographs on his work email account.