KARINA RICKARDS (AND FAMILY)
Karina and husband David sold their Pipex Networks company in 2003 for £55m. Large salary payments and other wealth take them to...
(Last year: £60m)
PAUL AND STEPHEN HARRISON AND FAMILY
Ages: 36 and 38
Paul and Stephen run the family construction business, Harron Group. 2006 saw turnover up to £70m (from £67m) but pre-tax profits were down to £10m (from £17m). Nonetheless the family is worth...
(Last year: £65m)
SANJEEV MEHAN, RAJ SEHGAL AND FAMILY
Ages: 39 and 32
Visage Holdings is a South Shields based fashion enterprise. In 2005, Sehgal and his brother-in-law Mehan led a management buyout of the company backed by Bank of Scotland Corporate. In 2006 Visage enjoyed a turnover of £146m on which they made an operating profit of £16.4m. Heavy interest charges inevitably bit into this but the group are clearly headed in the right direction so we raise our valuation to...
(Last year: £57m)
Despite seeing a halving of turnover last year at her Ambition Recruitment Service (from £59m down to £29m), Streeter paid herself £2m (a tenfold increase on the previous year). She also shared a £4,250,000 dividend payment with her mother Marion Hewson. It is not clear whether the reduction in turnover and pre-tax profits (from £6.8m to £1.3m) indicates a permanent reduction in the demand for the company's services in providing nurses for the NHS so we reduce her valuation slightly to...
(Last year: £66m)
SANJAY VADERA AND FAMILY
In 2005 Vadera sold 65pc of his Per-Scent perfume distributor for £42m. Last year Per-Scent the Fragrance Shop retail chain and they now have 102 stores in operation. Until it is seen how well the new chain performs we think it is prudent to reduce Vadera's valuation to...
(Last year: £72m)
Currencies Direct is a foreign exchange specialist which achieved a turnover of over £1bn in 2006/7. However, margins are so tiny in this business that they only recorded a profit of £2m. The company does have a healthy £16m in the bank though and paid a dividend of £12.30 per share, netting Patel just over £750,000. Patel, who was the 2002 BT Entrepreneur of the Year, must be worth...
(Last year: New Entry)
NOEL AND DARREN MCKEE
Age: 38 and 36
The McKee brothers run the UK Car Group (formerly Carcraft Group). Conditions are tough in the British car sales market and the McKees' company saw pre-tax profits slip to just £115,000 from £6.6m on increased turnover of £250m (£230m).
Under the circumstances we reduce their valuation to...
(Last year: £77m)
Herrmann's wholly-owned Ferox Financial Management hedge fund reported disappointing results in 2006 with pre-tax profits sharply down to £169,547 from £1.623m. Nonetheless Herrmann increased his salary to £719,846 from £465,237. Former world fly-fishing champion Herrmann named his fund after a ferocious species of trout and owns the Muggleswick Estate in North Yorkshire. With such disappointing results we reduce Herrmann's valuation to...
(Last year: £75m)
SANJAY KUMAR (AND FAMILY)
Another difficult year for the Kumar Family's textiles company the Rajan Group. Turnover was down to £42m from £49m and losses increased to £741,092 from £429,555. However, the company paid a dividend of £1.2m and Sanjay took home £524,069 in pay. The family has other assets but until profits return to the Group it seems sensible to reduce their valuation to...
(Last year: £82m)
Last month Mellon was even more of a constant in the gossip columns than she normally is. First, she hired "the most feared lawyer in Los Angeles" Burt Field to sue her mother Ann Yeardye for £5m, part of the proceeds from the sale of Jimmy Choo in 2004 and which Mellon claims her mother is wrongfully holding on to. A few weeks earlier, a private detective was imprisoned for 21 months in London for illegally hacking into her computer records and phones.
But Mellon is nothing if not resilient and she is now President of the J Choo Group. No precise details of the Choo sale in 2004 were ever given, but insiders reckon Tamara picked up between £25m and £30m. Some commentators estimate her wealth as being as much as £100m but we are more conservative and increase last year's valuation to....
(Last year: £57m)
Burton owned virtually all the shares in computer games company TT Games Ltd until the company was sold to Warner Home Entertainments for an undisclosed sum last November. Amongst their successes have been Toy Story and Finding Nemo and in the year to 31st March 2007 they recorded turnover of £112m (£56m) with pre-tax profits of £13m compared to just £430,318.
In addition Burton took a whopping £6.176m in salary after having received £6.75m in the year before.
These impressive figures mean an increase in Burton's valuation to...
(Last year: £52m)
GORDON GIBB AND FAMILY
Gordon is chief executive of the Gibb family-owned leisure business. They own Flamingo Land in North Yorkshire, the largest privately-owned theme park and zoo in the UK and another theme park at Cleethorpes. Once Chairman of Bradford City FC, Gordon invested some of the family's pension fund into purchasing the freehold of the football club at Valley Parade.
Their core business continues to make steady progress with pre-tax profits of £1.5m on turnover of £19m at Flamingo Land.
The family also own significant property interests and they are worth at least...
(Last year: £70m)
BEN AND JOCELYN WHITE
Ages: 39 and 38
Ben White was one of the founders of RBR Network which became Europe's latest Cisco distributor. The company was sold for £40m in 1998 and Ben and brother Jos went on to found MessageLabs in 1999.
The company scans e-mails for spams and viruses. The company does over a quarter of its business in the USA but is hard to value because of the heavy costs of research and product development. Thus in 2007 the Message Labs Group had turnover of £91m but reduced pre-tax losses of £1.9m. Taking a prudent view we reduce the brothers' valuation to...
(Last year: £110m)
ADAM AND SAMUEL KAYE
Age: 39 and 35
Brothers Adam (pictured) and Samuel are following in father Phillip's footsteps by developing chains of restaurants. Philip was behind Garfunkel's and the sons chimed in with ASK Central pizzerias, which includes the Zizzi chain and which they sold to Pizza Express for nearly £30m in 2004, and then Prezzos. Latest venture is DimT, a chain of dimsun restaurants and they also have extensive property interests. (Just one company, Kropifko Properties has tangible assets of £43m).
(Last year: £78m)
CHRISTIAN RUCKER AND FAMILY
Former Harpers & Queen journalist Christian Rucker formed The White Company in 1993. In 2006, turnover was up to £49m and during the year four new stand-alone White Company stores were opened. Rucker owns 99pc of the company with 1pc being owned by her husband Nick Wheeler. Wheeler himself runs the highly successful Charles Tyrwhitt shirt company, the rapidly-expanding largest UK online mail-and-order shirt business. Turnover is very similar to that of The White Company at £47m.
Taken together the couple must be worth...
(Last year: £76m)
ARIF AND MUNAF PATEL
Age: 40 and 37
The Patel brothers and family own the Faisaltex group of companies which supplies socks, underwear and other children's clothing to discount stores throughout the UK. According to the Lancashire Evening Post the Patel brothers also own "swathes of Preston" and have ambitious plans for the further redevelopment of the town.
(Last year: New Entry)
RICHARD DARLING AND FAMILY
Darling, his brother David and father were the people behind Codemasters, the successful computer game company founded back in 1986. They sold their remaining 30pc stake last year to Balderton (formerly Benchmark Capital LP). No figures have ever been given for the prices paid by Benchmark/Balderton who originally bought 40pc of the company two years ago and then successive chunks of 30pc. Industry specialists reckon the company is now worth anything between £110-£150m. Adding on previous salary and dividend payments, the Darling family must be worth...
(Last year: £80m)
CHRISTIAN AND NICHOLAS CANDY
Age: 33 and 35
The Candy brothers have taken the property world by storm in the last few years. Starting with a £6,000 loan in 1999, they have zoomed to the top of the property tree by using funds of fabulously wealthy backers - mostly Arab - to purchase and then design ultra-chic and ultra-expensive apartments for some of the richest men in the world.
To give just one example: a single flat at their 1 Hyde Park development was sold last year for £75m and although the whole development is not expected to be completed till 2010, it is already 60pc sold. And just this month, in conjunction with the Qatari Government, they paid £959m for the 12.8 acre site that used to house Chelsea Barracks.
Their backers are so wealthy that the brothers - both of whom now live in Monte Carlo - are seemingly untouched by the inevitable ups and downs of the property market which worry so many other developers.
Putting a figure on their own wealth is very difficult because their companies, Candy & Candy etc show little sign of major wealth. Candy & Candy Holdings shows a turnover for 2006 of just £6.7m with a pre-tax profit of £3.9m and Candy & Candy Ltd made a loss of £570,000 on turnover of £5m.
However, they clearly have other wealth and assets so we estimate their valuation as...
(Last year: New Entry)
Named as Young Scottish Entrepreneur of the Year in 2006, "Shaf" Rasul runs E-Net Computers, which is claimed to be the biggest buyer of DVD and CD-Media in the world. He also owns Data-Safe Media and last year opened an import-export hub in Dubai. At time of writing, new results are due for E-Net Computers but for now, we stay with last year's valuation of...
(Last year: £106m)
ANDREW AND PAUL GOWER
Age: 29 and 31
The Gower are brothers are the brains behind Jagex Ltd, a computer games outfit. Their online role playing game, Runescape seems to be carrying all before it and in 2006 the company saw turnover of £17m on which a healthy £10m pre-tax profit was recorded. In addition a dividend of £5m was declared. Figures just filed for 2007 show turnover up to £28m with pre-tax profits of £15m and a dividend payment of £8.6m. The brothers own about 80pc of the company with Andrew (pictured) owning the lion's share.
(Last year: New Entry)