The richest person in the UK is Sir Len Blavantnik – his wealth increasing from £ 7.2bn this year to £ 23bn, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.
Footballer Marcus Rashford, meanwhile, tops the newspaper’s donation list after raising or donating more than 125% of his own wealth.
Sir Len, a dual British and American citizen, was born in Ukraine and his company owns most of Warner Music as well as interests in real estate, chemicals and telecommunications. It also has its own philanthropic foundation.
He moved up from fourth place, replacing British inventor Sir James Dyson – who relinquished first place despite winning £ 100million this year (£ 16.3 billion).
Others who have made billions more in the context of the pandemic include the familiar names of Rich List, David and Simon Reuben, and Lakshmi Mittal and his family.
The Reuben brothers came from humble beginnings in London to build a real estate empire that is now worth more than £ 21 billion (up from £ 5.465 billion) and rank second on the list.
Indian steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal and his family also raised an additional £ 7.9bn, rising to fifth place with an estimated fortune of £ 14.68bn.
It was also a lucrative year for Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich.
The Russian earned an additional £ 1.945 billion to drop from 12th to eighth in the table (£ 12.1 billion).
Although this is a year in which tens of thousands of people have lost jobs due to the COVID slowdown, a record 24 new billionaires appear in the Sunday Times Rich List – 171 in total.
The combined wealth of all billionaires is £ 597.269 billion, up from £ 106.582 billion, or 21.7%.
Top 10 rich list
- 1. Sir Leonard Blavatnik – Investment, Music & Media – £ 23bn, up £ 7.219bn
- 2. David and Simon Reuben – Property and the Internet – £ 21.465 billion, up from £ 5.465 billion
- 3. Sri and Gopi Hinduja and …
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This notice was published: 2021-05-20 16:47:00