David and Simon Reuben, Indian-born brothers, were named as the wealthiest people in Britain, with their assets estimated at $18.9 billion (13.1 billion pounds). The Reubens’ fortune increased by 3.4 billion pounds over the past year, said the compilers of the Sunday Times rich list, 2016.
Publicity-shy Reuben brothers, who also own London Oxford Airport and London Heliport, were born in India to a wealthy Iraqi-Jewish family before moving to Britain in the 1950’s and built their wealth in metals and property.
Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja – also brothers – finished a close 2nd with 13 billion pounds, followed by Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik at 11.59 billion pounds.
The 1,000 richest people and families listed are worth a total of 576 billion pounds, up from 547 billion pounds in 2015. There are also a record 125 women on this year’s top 1,000 list.
The top 20 wealthiest people and families in Britain and Ireland, 2016:
|1||David and Simon Reuben||13.1 billion pounds|
|2||Sri and Gopi Hinduja||13 billion pounds|
|3||Len Blavatnik||11.6 billion pounds|
|4||Galen and George Weston and family||11 billion pounds|
|5||Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli||9.78 billion pounds|
|6||The Duke of Westminste||9.35 billion pounds|
|7||Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho||9.15 billion pounds|
|8||Kirsten and Jorn Rausing||8.7 billion pounds|
|9||Hans Rausing and family||8.6 billion pounds|
|10||Alisher Usmanov||7.58 billion pounds|
|11||Lakshmi Mittal and family||7.12 billion pounds|
|12||Sir David and Sir Frederick Barclay||7 billion pounds|
|13||Roman Abramovich||6.4 billion pounds|
|14||John Fredriksen and family||6.3 billion pounds|
|15||Mohamed Bin Issa Al Jaber and family||5.84 billion pounds|
|16||Earl Cadogan and family||5.7 billion pounds|
|17||Sir James Dyson and family||5 billion pounds|
|18||Nicky Oppenheimer and family||4.83 billion pounds|
|19||Sir Richard Branson and family||4.52 billion pounds|
|20||John Grayken||4.42 billion pounds|