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London Boasts 120 Sterling Billionaires in 2016

by Julia Samuel on April 26, 2016 at 12:39 PM
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 London Boasts 120 Sterling Billionaires in 2016

London has more sterling billionaires than any other city in the world and is ahead of New York, San Francisco and Hong Kong.

Some of the richest tycoons in Britain have lost vast chunks of their fortunes because of a retail slump, sinking oil prices and the steel industry crisis, the paper said.

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Nevertheless, the overall fortune of the 1,000 wealthiest people in Britain was higher this year -- and the country boasts 120 sterling billionaires, a figure beaten only by the United States (378) and China (193), the paper said.

Publicity-shy brothers David and Simon Reuben topped the list this year, with a fortune of 13.1 billion ($18.9 billion, 16.8 billion euros), up 3.4 billion on last year.
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The Reubens, born in Mumbai to an Iraqi Jewish family, own London property and data centre operator Global Switch.

They are just ahead of the industrialist brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja with 13 billion, a figure unchanged from last year, and investor Len Blavatnik with 11.6 billion, down 1.6 billion.

Steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who topped the list in 2008 with a Rich List record of 27.7 billion, is down to 11th place with 7.1 billion, losing 2.1 billion last year.

"The guys at the top who are feeling the pain this year are often hit by a cocktail of plunging stock markets, low oil prices and the crisis in the steel industry -- sometimes by all three," said Robert Watts, the annual list's new compiler.

The 1,000 richest people listed are worth a total of 576 billion, up from 547 billion in 2015.

James Dyson, who invented the dual cyclone vacuum cleaner, is the first self-made Briton to reach the 5 billion barrier, ahead of Virgin tycoon Richard Branson on 4.52 billion.

- Queen 319th richest -

Queen Elizabeth II, who turned 90, is the 319th richest person in her kingdom, with a wealth of 340 million.

The list does not count the 11.5 billion Crown Estate property portfolio or the 10 billion Royal Collection of art and jewellery as her personal wealth.

Well-known names in the top 50 include Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich (13th, 6.4 billion), easyJet founder Stelios Haji-Ioannou (41st, 2.6 billion) and Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone (42nd, 2.5 billion).

Paul McCartney stays top of the list of rich musicians, with joint fortune of 760 million with his wife Nancy Shevell, who brings 150 million to the marriage.

Musicals composer Andrew Lloyd Webber is second with 715 million, ahead of Elton John (280 million) and Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger (235 million).

Adele was named Britain's richest-ever female musician, estimated to be worth 85 million, up 35 million from a year ago.

Adele is the richest musician aged 30 or under, ahead of singer Ed Sheeran (45 million) and the members of boyband One Direction (33 million).

Formula One driver Lewis Hamilton is the only current sportsperson on the list, with 106 million.

The richest former sportsman is ex-footballer David Beckham, who, with his wife Victoria, has assets worth 280 million.

England football captain Wayne Rooney leads the way for sports stars aged 30 or under with 82 million, ahead of tennis player Andy Murray (57 million), golfer Rory McIlroy (56 million) and Real Madrid footballer Gareth Bale (34 million).

"Borat" comic actor Sacha Baron Cohen and his wife Isla Fisher enter the list with 105 million.

Source: AFP
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