A former coal miner, Heselden became wealthy by manufacturing the Hesco bastion barrier system. In , he bought Segway Inc. In , Heselden founded Hesco Bastion Ltd to manufacture containers of the same name;  filled with sand or earth, they quickly found favour with the armies of several countries, as they allowed effective blast walls, barriers and revetments to be quickly constructed. Made in Hesco's factory in Leeds, these were shipped flat-packed in great numbers to conflict zones, including Kosovo , Iraq and Afghanistan ,  as well as later being used for flood defences at New Orleans. Heselden has said, "There are people out there who are making money and when times are good I honestly believe people have a moral obligation to use their wealth to help others.
Segway company owner rides scooter off cliff, dies
Jimi Heselden - Wikipedia
The Segway was hailed before its launch as a green transport solution of the future. One such believer in the emission-free scooter-cum-skateboard was a former Yorkshire miner turned multimillionaire philanthropist called Jimi Heselden, who last year bought the American firm which invented the self-righting two-wheeler. But in what appears to have been a freak accident, Mr Heselden has been found dead after apparently plunging 30ft over the side of a cliff while riding one of the machines he hoped would revolutionise the way we travel. The year-old's body was discovered in the River Wharfe by a walker on Sunday on the edge of his country estate at Boston Spa near Wetherby, West Yorkshire.
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The multi-millionaire owner of the company that makes Segway motorised scooters has died in a freak accident while riding one of his vehicles. Jimi Heselden, 62, was found dead in a river after plunging 80 feet over a limestone cliff near his home. Jimi Heselden, the multi-millionaire owner of the Segway company, died in a freak accident when he rode one of the high-tech two-wheel machines off a cliff. Police are investigating, but it is believed he lost control of the machine as he travelled along a bridleway close to his estate near Boston Spa, West Yorkshire. The narrow pathway used by walkers is littered with tree roots and is rutted and uneven for most of its length.
The flamboyant former miner at the head of the Segway scooter company has died in a freak accident by sliding on one of the miniature two-wheelers off a cliff. Jimi Heselden, who latched on to an international craze for the upright, motorised "green commuter machines", was testing a cross-country version when he skidded into the river Wharfe which runs beside his Yorkshire estate. Police confirmed this morning that the year-old's body had been found in the river at Boston Spa, five miles from the Leeds factory where he made his first fortune from Afghanistan defence contracts. Using redundancy money from his pit job, he invented a wire basket crammed with earth and water which proved far more effective than sandbags against mortar and missile attacks.