THE son of former prime minister Sir Tony Blair has been made an MBE in the Queen's birthday honours.

Euan Blair, founder and chief executive of Multiverse, said he owes his newly bestowed honour to the staff at his tech start-up.

The tech education start-up matches young people with apprenticeship routes into work.

It has worked with large, leading employers such as Google and Depop to offer young people an alternative path into employment than via university.

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Blair, 38, said: “It’s a real honour to receive this recognition, but it’s on behalf of an organisation full of people who are working tirelessly to build a truly outstanding alternative to university.

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The Queen and Blair raising their glasses as midnight strikes during the Opening Celebrations at the Millennium Dome

“Multiverse’s growth is testament to the power of apprenticeships to widen access to top jobs and give employers the skilled talent they need.

“Our community is now 8000 strong – and as we continue to scale, our ambition is to reach tens of thousands more individuals at every stage of their careers.”

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The London-based company, originally named WhiteHat, last year raised 130 million dollars from US investors.

Blair, the eldest son of former Labour prime minister Sir Tony, is believed to have a fortune of more than £160 million. The Evening Standard recently reported he is now worth more than three times his father, who is believed to have £44 million.

The Yale graduate recently bought a £22 million, five-storey townhouse in west London featuring seven bedrooms, and an “iceberg basement” with a swimming pool.