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The UK’s Richest & Most Influential People

Do you know who the richest men and women in the United Kingdom are? The first people that come to mind when you hear ‘millionaires’ and ‘billionaires’ are usually athletes and actors. The truth is that the people with the highest net worth happen to be entrepreneurs. The big earners are typically innovators and heads of companies who took a risk in the market. Although some of them were wealthy to begin with, there are also people who came from nothing. Let us take a look and find out who they are!
The Richest And Most Brilliant Entrepreneurs In The United Kingdom This 2019

The UK’s Richest & Most Influential People Of 2019

J.K. Rowling – 1B GBP

There is no way you do not know the person behind the Harry Potter series! Many of us grew up reading about the boy wizard and owe our childhood to J.K. Rowling. She started to write the first book in the series during a train ride in 1990. Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone came out in 1997. The period between those years was difficult because she had to deal with the death of her mother, a divorce, and a life in poverty with her child. Luckily, the book took off and came with six installments. She has worked on adult novels as well. Did you know she became the first author to earn a billion pounds? Whoa.
J.K. Rowling

J.K. Rowling – 1B GBP

Laurence Graff – 5.6B USD

Laurence Graff is the mind behind Graff Diamonds. The half-Romanian and half-Russian businessman was born in Stepney in 1938. After dropping out of school at the age of 15, he went on to become a jeweler’s apprentice and sold his designs across the country. He eventually launched two independent shops before founding the company in 1966. He became famous when a designer under the brand took home the De Beers Diamond Award. The company has since grown into what it is now. Aside from the UK, Graff Diamonds also operates in the Middle East and creates diamonds for rich Arab personalities.
Laurence Graff

Laurence Graff – 5.6B USD

Philip Green – 4.9B USD

Philip Green is the chairman of the Arcadia Group, a huge retail conglomerate. Among others, the company houses lines like Topman, Dorothy Perkins, Wallis, and Topshop. Although he has been wildly successful with his business, he has been under fire for different controversies. A major one would be the downfall of the BHS brand. The line was criticized after it drowned it debt but paid out half a billion to the Greens. This nearly cost him the stripping of his knighthood! At the moment, his knighthood is intact, although this could change at any given moment.
Philip Green

Philip Green – 4.9B USD

The Reubens – 14.4B USD

Simon and David Reuben are considered the sixtieth wealthiest people on the planet. Although they are English citizens, the two of them were born in India. Initially, the former actually went into the carpet industry and the latter worked in the scrap metal business. Simon did not finish formal schooling and went into business instead. After they invested in the Russian metals market, they experienced success with their aluminum business. The company even controlled seven percent of the aluminum output in the world at some point. They have since expanded into Morocco, South Africa, and Indonesia.
The Reubens

The Reubens – 14.4B USD

Jim Ratcliffe – 10B USD

Billionaire Jim Ratcliffe is the founder of the chemical-maker mega-conglomerate called Ineos. Launched in 1998, the company has since reported an incredible turnover of a whopping 80 billion pounds! The University of Birmingham alumnus continues to own most of the shares in the company. A graduate of the chemical engineering program, he made a donation of 25 million pounds to his alma mater. He worked with Esso, the oil company, before he got an MBA from the London Business School. He then launched Inspec, the predecessor of Ineos. After, he founded Ineos under the parent company.
Jim Ratcliffe

Jim Ratcliffe – 10B USD

James Dyson – 5.2B USD

Sir James Dyson is an engineer and inventor. Born in Cromer, he first matriculated at the Byam Shaw School of Art before he took up design and engineering. His first invention is called the Ballbarrow. It was essentially a wheelbarrow that came with a ball, not a wheel. He went on to invent Trolleyball and the Wheelboat later on. However, he first made a lot of money when he came up with a vacuum cleaner that used cyclonic separation. This earned him a prize during a Japanese invention competition, though big manufacturers ended up rejecting it. He then launched his own company and factory. Good move!
James Dyson

James Dyson – 5.2B USD

Amelia Windsor – 775K+ GBP/year

Lady Amelia Windsor is the child of the Duke and Duchess of Kent, Prince Edward and Katharine. Yes, she is a member of the British Royal Family! She might be a little far off in line for the throne, but the young royal made a name for herself despite this. Primarily, her looks have made her the talk of town. She might be young, but she is already making waves as a runway model. She has walked the runway for some of the biggest fashion houses. Aside from working with Dolce & Gabbana,Chanel, BVLGARI, and Azzedine Alaia, she has also released her own line of shoes in a collaboration with Penelope Chilvers. Even more impressive is the fact that she donated a fifth of the proceeds to the charity called War Child.
Amelia Windsor

Amelia Windsor – 775K+ GBP/year

Richard Branson – 4.9B USD

Richard Branson is yet another wealthy person in the United Kingdom. At the tender of age 16, he started his entrepreneurial life when he launched a magazine called Student. He then founded the record store chain Virgin Records, which kept growing and making more money. Virgin went on to become a record label and eventually an airline. The Virgin Group is also the parent company of Virgin Galactic, which has been doing research on space tourism since 2004. Branson has earned a knighthood courtesy of the Buckingham Palace for his extraordinary entrepreneurial skills.
Richard Branson

Richard Branson – 4.9B USD

Ann Gloag – 1.04B GBP

Did you know that before she founded the transport company called Stagecoach, Ann Gloag was a trained nurse? She spent twenty years working in a burn unit when she took a different career track. When she started Stagecoach, it only had a bus taking on the Dundee to London route. She had to ask money from her husband, father, and brother to fund the startup. Luckily, Stagecoach was a success and later bought out the National Bus Company. She is also the owner of Kent International Airport! She got it for a single pound and then shut it down. Who knows what she plans to do with it? We can’t wait.
Ann Gloag

Ann Gloag – 1.04B GBP

Alan Sugar – 1.15B GBP

Branded as the “Baron Sugar”, Alan Sugar was born in London. He started his career working at a greengrocer’s before going on to work as a statistician with the government. As an entrepreneur, his first gig was to go around radios out of his own car. He used up his last 100 pounds to start this business venture. After, he took greater risk by founding Amstrad Trading, which was listed on the LSE back in 1980. He chaired the Tottenham Spurs Football Club as well. You can watch him on The Apprentice, a television program about entrepreneurs. Interestingly, he has been on the show since the year 2005.
Alan Sugar

Alan Sugar – 1.15B GBP

The Barclay Twins – 7.2B GBP

Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay are twins, which is why they have commonly been referred to as “The Barclay Twins”. The identical billionaires have made their wealth by investing in the media, property, and retail industries. Born in London, their births were only ten minutes apart. They worked at GE first before they came painters and decorators. Together, they ran Candy Corner, a candy and tobacco shop before it shut down. That was when they launched Barclay Brothers, a decorating and building business that saw success over the years. The bulk of their wealth came from casinos, breweries, and the like.
The Barclay Twins

The Barclay Twins – 7.2B GBP

Len Blavatnik – 15.2B GBP

Sir Len Blavatnik is a Russian oligarch who was the richest man in all of Britain at some point. He went to Harvard and Columbia in the US before he pursued various investments in his home country. That was the time he acquired his fortune from insurance, oil, and other industries. He now owns Hollywood film companies as well as part of the Warner Music Group. He is rather controversial, however. Although he has donated to different causes, his ties to Vladimir Putin’s circle has earned him a rather negative reputation. Rumors say that it is these affiliations that have involved the entrepreneur in the undergoing investigation about Donald Trump’s supposed collusion with Russia to win the presidency.
Len Blavatnik

Len Blavatnik – 15.2B GBP

Andy Currie – 3.4B USD

Andy Currie earned his degree in natural studies from Cambridge University. He landed a position at BP Chemicals, where he worked a number of managerial and technical jobs for fifteen years. He later became a director at Inspec Group, which is the parent company of Ineos, his current venture. James Ratcliffe, who also earned a spot on the list, is the founder of Ineos, and Andy Currie is its director. Ineos creates agro-fuels, adhesives, and other similar chemicals. The company also explores the United Kingdom for the rock shale, which has proven to be a lucrative business.
Andy Currie

Andy Currie – 3.4B USD

Karren Brady – 85M GBP

Karren Brady was the Small Business Ambassador during the time of former Prime Minister David Cameron. She was also the Birmingham City Football Club manager once. Now, she is the vice-chairman of another football club: West Ham United. After learning that she grew up next to a football field in London, it is no wonder she is so passionate about the sport. She had to fight sexism to make a name for herself in the past. When a player said something sexist about her body, she sold him to another team!
Karren Brady

Karren Brady – 85M GBP

Navin Engineer – 1.1B GBP

Navin Engineer was born Navinchandra Jamnadas Engineer in 1951. Together with his wife Varsha, he founded Chemidex, a chemical company, in 1981. His father was once employed by the Kenyan civil service. His first place of employment was at the chemist pharmacy chain, Boots. Apparently, he quit on the same day his manager asked him to grab her a cup of tea. As a pharmacist, he was shocked by her disrespect and walked out. He opened the first pharmacy of his company in Surrey and then expanded it to thirteen more locations. It was bought out by Celesio and received the first pharma brand in 2000.
Navin Engineer

Navin Engineer – 1.1B GBP

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken – 13.8B USD

We are sure you recognize that last name thanks to the eponymous beer brand. That’s right, Charlene owns a quarter of the shares in Heineken International. She might have been born in the Netherlands, but she is actually a British citizen. She lives in London with her spouse and five kids. She now works as the director of the Heineken company. Michael de Carvalho, her husband, is a businessman as well. He is the director and financier of Citigroup. In 2002, Charlene got 3 billion pounds in inheritance. Whoa.
Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken – 13.8B USD

The Hindujas – 20.6B GBP

Sri and Gopi Hinduja are brothers and together, they run the Hinduja Group. They are ranked as the second wealthiest people in the United Kingdom! The mega-conglomerate is involved in banking, healthcare, automobiles, foundries, and more! They have many assets far and wide. The business began as a family business back in India, though their father had to move the company to Iran back in 1919. After the revolution in Iran, the brothers moved it to London in 1979, several years after the death of their father. They got their big break when Sri got the rights to a Bollywood film called Sangam. Surprisingly, the overseas sales skyrocketed and brought the company incredible profit.
The Hindujas

The Hindujas – 20.6B GBP

Simon Cowell – 325 million GBP

We all know who Simon Cowell is, right? The notorious reality television personality is among the richest people in the country. Born in the capital city of London in 1959, he went on to attend Windsor Tech and worked on the set of The Shining. He was also an A&R Consultant with the record label BMG for some time. However, the world got to know him when he became a judge for Pop Idol in 2001. After working on American Idol later on, he began the X Factor through Syco TV, which happens to be his very own production company.
Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell – 325 million GBP

Peter Jones – 435M GBP

It is true that Peter Jones is a name that might be familiar only to media people, but he actually has gone into the real estate, tech, and retail industries as well. Born in South Buckinghamshire, Peter Jones is an original investor on the popular BBC Two show called Dragon’s Den. Did you know that he happens to be a Commander of the British Empire as well? Other business ventures of his include Phones International, Peter Jones Enterprise Academy, Siemens Nixdorf, and the photo retail business called Jessops.
Peter Jones

Peter Jones – 435M GBP

Lady Ballyedmond – 1.6B GBP

The Ballyedmond Family is the richest in Ireland. Lady Ballyedmond was educated at Newry High School. She became a solicitor, and then she inherited Norbrook Laboratories. Her husband died in a plane crash in 2014, leaving Lady Ballyedmond as the sole heiress to the company. Norbrook Laboratories provides veterinary drugs. It was first founded in 1969, and Norbrook, Inc. is its subsidiary. The company is headquartered in Northern Ireland. Its CEO is Liam Nagle, while its chair is Ian Gibson.
Lady Ballyedmond

Lady Ballyedmond – 1.6B GBP

Lynn de Rothschild – 637M USD

Lady Lynn Forester de Rothschild serves as the CEO of E.L. Rothschild, a holding company with numerous investments in different industries. The business invests in the parent group of the Economist Magazine, The Economist Group. She also boasts of real estate properties in different parts of the globe, particularly in Israel. They even have a street bearing the family’s name in the Jewish state! Born in the state of New Jersey in the US, she later relocated to England and got naturalized. Her latest venture was with “Inclusive Capitalism”, which aims to make capitalist investing more diverse and ethical. The Rothschilds originally owned an investment banking firm, though it collapsed after 1987.
Lynn de Rothschild

Lynn de Rothschild – 637M USD

Ruth Parasol – 720M GBP

Although Ruth Parasol was born in California, she currently lives in Gibraltar. She is a lawyer who got her degree from Western State. She decided to make the career shift to a different track by founding a gaming company back in 1997. Starluck Casino Online operated in the Caribbean islands. She later expanded it to include a partner and renamed the company to PartyGaming Plc. It was listed on the FTSE 100 for a brief period of time. It suffered when the anti-gambling legislation passed in the US, which led to a 60% drop in business.
Ruth Parasol

Ruth Parasol – 720M GBP

Lakshmi Mittal – 14.7B GBP

Lakshmi Mittal earned millions thanks to the steel industry and his ArcelorMittal, his company. They operate in different corners of the world, which is why he was dubbed the “King of Steel”. He is on the board of directors at Goldman Sachs and a major stakeholder at Queens Park Rangers FC. Born in India, he was the first person of this heritage to ever make it to the Forbes list of top 10 richest billionaires. It goes without saying that he also made it to the “Time 100” list released by Time Magazine.
Lakshmi Mittal

Lakshmi Mittal – 14.7B GBP

Philip Day – 1.05B GBP

Philip Day now resides in Dubai, but we cannot deny that he is British from head to toe. After working for different clothing companies, he joined Edinburgh Woollen Mill and the rest, as they say, is history. He made the right move to buy the whole company with a loan courtesy of the Bank of Scotland. After that, he expanded by launching lucrative retail businesses. The company is the parent group of retailers such as Jaeger, Peacocks, Jane Norman, and more . His companies certainly made an impact on the United Kingdom!
Philip Day

Philip Day – 1.05B GBP

John Reece – 7B GBP

John Reece was born in England and is now one of the richest people on Earth. He used to be a partner at PricewaterhouseCoopers. With his education in economics, Reece soon became a leading expert on plastics and chemicals at the company. In 2000, he decided to leave to serve as the CFO at the Ineos chemical group. His wealth can be traced to back to his stake in the new company. Ineos manufacturers around 60 million tons of chemicals, making it one of the biggest chemical companies in the world.
John Reece

John Reece – 7B GBP

Kirsty Bertarelli – 9.7B GBP

If the name is familiar to you, it is likely because she won the 1988 Miss UK beauty pageant and ended up second runner-up in Miss World. However, you might not know that she is one of the wealthiest women in the UK. She earned more popularity when she wrote the hit “Black Coffee” for All Saints. It dominated the pop charts across the country and even overseas! Bertarelli continues to write songs and even performed tracks of her own at some point. She got married to the Swiss businessman Ernesto Bertarelli in the same year “Black Coffee” came out. They now live in Switzerland with their three kids.
Kirsty Bertarelli

Kirsty Bertarelli – 9.7B GBP

Alisher Usmanov – 10.5B GBP

Fine, this one is something of a copout. The Russian-born multibillionaire Alisher Usmanov is not really a UK citizen. However, he has appeared multiple times on the list of richest individuals in the UK released by The Guardian. This is likely because he has a lot of real estate properties in the capital. He also owns nearly one-third of Arsenal FC. He had his start making plastic bags after the Soviet Union collapsed. He then took the money he made and made good investments early in the game. We can only wish we invested in Spotify and Facebook as well! That aside, he likes both fencing and the Paralympic Games.
Alisher Usmanov

Alisher Usmanov – 10.5B GBP

Hugh Grosvenor – 9.7B GBP

Hugh Grosvenor, the 7th Duke of Westminster, was the richest billionaire below 30 years old in the United Kingdom at one point. He is notorious for keeping his private life on the down-low. However, we do know that the inheritance he received after his father’s passing in 2016 made him one of the richest men in the UK. Unlike his predecessors, he went to a public primary school. He also played football at Ellesmere College before he went to Newcastle University. He once worked as an Account Manager at Bio-bean, a small environmental company as well. Unfortunately, the eligible Duke is reportedly off the market now. Reports say he is currently seeing Harriet Tomlinson!
Hugh Grosvenor

Hugh Grosvenor – 9.7B GBP

Denise Coates – 3.5B GBP

Denise Coates is a billionaire with a penchant for betting big. This is clearly true because she would not have co-founded Bet365, the online gambling empire and became one of the richest women in the UK otherwise. She created the website while she worked in the family bookkeeping business. She uses her impressive wealth to support disaster victims and cancer sufferers from different parts of the world. The Denise Coates Foundation also helps St. Joseph’s College in Sierra Leone. She owns Stoke City FC as well.
Denise Coates

Denise Coates – 3.5B GBP

Adele – 142M GBP

Do you know Adele Laurie Blue Adkins? We’re sure you know her by her first name! Adele is the wealthiest Brit below 30 years old. She has an Oscar, a Grammy, and a Golden Globe to her name! She has sold more than 100 million copies of her records, which has made her one of the best-selling musicians on the planet. It is interesting because her wealth allegedly comes only from her music. No, this does not include any endorsements or paid spots whatsoever. She rejected offers from Las Vegas, L’Oreal, and even the Super Bowl because she believes it cheapens her work. We have to say we are incredibly impressed by her principles and everything she has achieved!
Adele

Adele – 142M GBP

Ed Sheeran – 84M GBP

Ed Sheeran is a talented and humble singer-songwriter who impressed all of us when he launched his first album. His music is some of the best-selling records in the history of the UK. His singles have also spread far and wide, earning him modern pop king status. Considering that his albums have gone Platinum, it is no wonder he has made so much money. He works as a music producer as well and even made a cameo appearance in Game of Thrones and Home and Away!
Ed Sheeran

Ed Sheeran – 84M GBP

Emma Watson – 61M GBP

Now, it almost seems like Emma Watson can do just about anything! This lovely lady made a name for herself by starring in the Harry Potter series, Beauty and the Best, and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. She is also famous for her gender equality advocacy and serves as a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations. We are sure she thanks her Burberry and Lancome ads for her incredible wealth. Not only did she appear in advertising material, but she has also worked as a creative advisor with fashion houses.
Emma Watson

Emma Watson – 61M GBP

Lily Cole – 11M GBP

There is a good chance you recognize Lily Cole because of her modeling work with Tiffany & Co., Chanel, and Lacroix. However, odds are better that you remember her from her films like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, London Fields, and St. Trinians. Good luck avoiding her face since she is everywhere! We are sure you did not know she is an entrepreneur. She co-owns a Soho bookshop in London and launched the innovation group Impossible.com. Did we mention she is an environmentalist as well?
Lily Cole

Lily Cole – 11M GBP

The 1975 – 11.5M GBP

No, we are not talking about the year. We are talking about the Manchester pop rock band that was first formed in 2002. There is no way you could have avoided hearing their breakthrough hit “Chocolate” since it dominated the pop charts across the country. Matthew Healy, the frontman, has become an icon of sorts in the contemporary pop scene. Their most recent album is called A Brief Inquiry Into Online Relationships and saw plenty of success. Their next album is slated for release this May 2019.
The 1975

The 1975 – 11.5M GBP

Ian Wood – 2B GBP

Ian Wood went into the family business after he graduated from university. Back then, the Wood Group was a pretty small energy company operating in the North Sea. However, things changed as Wood went up the ladder. He was able to transform it into a global powerhouse, and the company soon threatened both small and big rivals until they run operations in 50 countries! In 2002, the company entered the London Stock Exchange. The business continues to make waves in the energy industry.
Ian Wood

Ian Wood – 2B GBP

Alex Beard – 1.36B GBP

Alex Beard had a minority stake in Glencore, an energy company, and this has turned him into one of the richest men in England. He joined Glencore in 1995 and then took over the mining operations of the company. It was under him that Glencore joined forces with one of the largest mining companies out there. He made millions from this deal and is now considered a pillar in the oil and gas business. He is presently a non-executive director on Chemoil and on the board of trustees of Shakespeare’s Globe.
Alex Beard

Alex Beard – 1.36B GBP

Hilton Schlosberg – 1.45B GBP

Do you like or hate Monster Energy drinks? Whatever your answer is, it is Hilton Schlosberg responsible for that. He has been the president and COO of the company since 1990. His leadership has truly turned it into a monster in a good way! Schlosberg started Monster with a friend and slowly bought out rival soda makers before whipping up the Monster Energy killer formula. The drink became very popular after it entered a partnership with Coca-Cola in 2014. This is just like water to most university students!
Hilton Schlosberg

Hilton Schlosberg – 1.45B GBP

Bernard Lewis – 2B GBP

Bernard Lewis had his beginnings with his modest fruit and veggie stand before becoming an important figure in the world of fashion. After selling lettuce and tomatoes, he went into wool and expanded his store across London. The brand was later renamed Chelsea Girl and became a worldwide hit. Now operating in different parts of the globe, he has made a great fortune. Although it is now his nephew Ben in charge of running the company, Bernard is still one of the wealthiest individuals in the UK.
Bernard Lewis

Bernard Lewis – 2B GBP

Jasminder Singh – 984M GBP

Have you ever stayed in any Edwardian Hotel? If so, then you must know of Jasminder Singh already. Originally from Tanzania, he went to the UK in 1973 and operated a post office with his father. Eventually, he purchased the hotel company formerly owned by his uncle. It was thanks to clever investing that he was able to turn it into one of the biggest luxury hotel chains in the country! These days, Edwardian Hotels are considered to be some of the most elite properties across the United Kingdom. The company also runs a couple of hotels in a partnership with Radisson Hotels.
Jasminder Singh

Jasminder Singh – 984M GBP

Tom Morris – 3.49B GBP

Isn’t it impressive that Tom Morris was just 21 years old when he launched the company that would skyrocket him to the rank of a billionaire in the UK? Home Bargains started out as a small retail store when he started it in 1976. However, he ended up expanding it into an empire with more than 400 stores all over the country. His initial plan was truly brilliant. He filled his stores with items his rivals were selling at a lower price for wholesale since they were trying to empty their inventory. When he resold the products, he was able to make a killing!
Tom Morris

Tom Morris – 3.49B GBP

Daniel Radcliffe – 83M GBP

After Emma Watson, we have another star from the wildly popular Harry Potter series. We are talking about the person who brought the boy wizard to life himself! Daniel Radcliffe did not go away from the limelight after the series ended. He went into theater, cinema, finance, and activism. Apparently, Radcliffe does not consider himself to be an expert on finance. However, he has clarified that he feels fortunate to be surrounded by the smartest advisers the field has to over during a Forbes interview. They must have been excellent because his current net worth is jaw-droppingly amazing. Good job!
Daniel Radcliffe

Daniel Radcliffe – 83M GBP

The xx – 15M GBP

You must have been living under a rock if you do not know of the xx! Come on, we are sure you have at least heart of their hit songs “VCR”, “Shelter”, and “Crystalised” at least once in your life before. After their debut came out, it only took several months before they dominated the international scene as well. Although they have to thank their tour and album sales for their initial success, it was the film, TV, and commercial licensing that made their net worth skyrocket. Can you believe that Rihanna sampled their song for “Talk That Talk”? Their newer albums are also popular.
The xx

The xx – 15M GBP

Daisy Ridley And John Boyega – 4.5M GBP each

The Star Wars stars have made a name for themselves as two of the richest young people in the United Kingdom. They were not newbies in the industry before The Force Awakens came out in 2015, but the series took them to fame and fortune most of us will never get to experience. Boyega and Ridley have since broadened their stake in show business. Not only do they keep on acting, but they also produce films these days! The final Star Wars film is slated for release this year, and we bet you are also excited.
Daisy Ridley And John Boyega

Daisy Ridley And John Boyega – 4.5M GBP each

Mohammed Ibrahim – 909M GBP

Mohammed Ibrahim is not like the other people on the list. Why? Well, this billionaire made an empire to fight inequality. He founded the telecom company Celtel in 1998. Back then, it was one of the few companies that offered telecom services in Africa. Its success allowed millions of people access to phone service when they needed it. Of course, you can only imagine how money he has earned from this. The so-called “most powerful black man in Britain” continues to fight injustice in Africa. Born in Sudan, he has since lived in different parts of the globe. His foundation sends millions to the continent each year.
Mohammed Ibrahim

Mohammed Ibrahim – 909M GBP

Anthony Langley – 1.32B GBP

Anthony Langley is the founder of the industrial manufacturing mega-conglomerate called Langley Holdings. The company has gone into just about every single sector imaginable. They have built spaceships, steel mills, and printing presses! The company continues to be owned by the family even now and profits continue to surge. Langley supposedly launched the company when their previous family business collapsed. After buying competing companies, sales increased! The rest is history.
Anthony Langley

Anthony Langley – 1.32B GBP

John Caudwell – 1.84B GBP

John Caudwell was an A-levels dropout when he started working for Michelin Tires. However, things changed when he went into the then-new world of mobile phones. It was 1986, so not many major telecom companies were present in the U.K. Together with his brother, he founded Midland Mobile Phones and started selling mobiles wholesale. They later entered retail with Phones 4u, their breakout company. The company later began to operate under the parent company called Caudwell Group and earned record-breaking digits. When they eventually sold the company, they were set for life.
John Caudwell

John Caudwell – 1.84B GBP

Ayman Asfari – 756M GBP

Ayman Asfari has a life story that sounds like something out of a Dickens novel. Originally from Syria, he eventually moved to Oman and worked as a soil tester. He went to the United States for college and joined the oilfield company Petrofac. Back then, Petrofac only operated in Texas. After a couple of years, he bought ownership of the company and then placed it on the London Stock Exchange. After a decade, Petrofac was able to make waves as one of the biggest providers of oilfield services in the world. Whoa.
Ayman Asfari

Ayman Asfari – 756M GBP

Mike Ashley – 2.8B GBP

Mike Ashley is best known as the founder of the single largest sports retail chain in England. If you have ever gotten a cricket bat, football, or swimming goggles, there is chance you got them from his store. We are talking about Sports Direct, which now has more than 670 locations all over the world! Ashley once played squash until he got injured and then sidelined. After this, he went into coaching before selling sporting goods. It started out as a small store but continued to grow and grow. He capitalized on the great business with good investments and bought major stakes in various companies. Ashley bought Newcastle United as well, though not all fans of the club supported his decisions.
Mike Ashley

Mike Ashley – 2.8B GBP

Stephen Rubin – 1.23B GBP

What was that? You do not buy your sporting equipment from Sports Direct? Well, perhaps you chose to buy it from stores under the Pentland Group instead. At any rate, you must have heard of some of their brands before. Does Prostar, Endura, KangaROOS, or Speedo ring any bells? Stephen Rubin is the owner of the umbrella company, which started after he rebranded his father’s shoe store. It was under his leadership that the company skyrocketed into the biggest brand management firm in the United Kingdom. The company is still a private one, which also makes Rubin the highest-paying taxpayer in all of Britain.

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