An entrepreneur who made his fortune in airport shopping is Yorkshire’s new wealthiest resident according to this weekend’s Sunday Times Rich List.
Robert Miller, who owns the 36,000 acre Gunnerside estate in Swaledale, has deposed billionaire brothers Eddie and Malcolm Healey from the top of Yorkshire’s rich list.
Miller, whose daughter is Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, co-founded retail chain ‘Duty Free Shopping’ in Hong Kong in 1960. The, US-born, British citizen now co-owns the company with French conglomerate LVMH. A 20 per cent increase, last year, in LVMH’s share price boosted Miller’s fortune to £1.58bn.
Between them the Healey brothers previously owned such assets as Sheffield Meadowhall and Hygena Kitchens. Last year they suffered a £70m loss, taking their net worth to £1.43bn.
Jet 2 boss, Philip Meeson, benefitted from yet another profitable year, seeing his fortune rise by 131 per cent to £38m. This constitutes the most dramatic growth in the region and puts him eighth on the regional list.
His low-cost airline has seen profits double in the last six months leading him to order a new fleet of 27 Boeing airliners to cover the expansion. Mr Meeson, who is also executive officer of Leeds Bradford Airport, only made his debut on the List in 2014.
The oldest person on the Sunday Times’ Rich List is 96 year old Yorkshire businessman Jacques Gaston ‘Tony’ Murray. The ex-RAF navigator maintained his position as Chairman of Leeds based fire safety company, London Security. He and his family are worth a total of £1.05bn.
A spokesman for The Sunday Times said: “The list charts the wealth of the 1,000 richest people in the UK and the 250 richest in Ireland. It is based on identifiable wealth, including land, property, other assets such as art and racehorses, or significant shares in publicly quoted companies.
“It excludes bank accounts, to which the paper has no access.”
Adele has been named as Britain’s richest ever female musician, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.
A list of the top 50 music millionaires in the UK and Ireland puts the singer’s £85m fortune in 30th place - an increase of £35m compared to last year.
The only female singer with a bigger fortune on the list - which also covers Ireland - is Irishwoman Enya on £91m.
For the fifth year running Adele is also ranked top of the Young Music Rich List, covering those aged 30 and under.
The 27-year-old’s fortune was boosted by the November release of 25 - her first album in four years.
The singer made her debut on the under-30s list in 2011 in ninth place, but by 2012 she had secured the top spot, a position she has held onto ever since.
Adele is now ranked at number 30 in the overall UK and Ireland music millionaires list, above Sir Cliff Richard, Gary Barlow and Kylie Minogue, and up from 43rd place last year.
She’s one of just three solo women to make it onto the 2016 list.
Former Beatle Sir Paul McCartney topped the overall Sunday Times Rich List of musicians with an estimated £760m fortune.
Sir Paul is worth £30m more than last year, according to the ranking, boosted by his American heiress wife’s £150m stake in her family’s US trucking business.
It puts him well ahead of his nearest rival on the list, Andrew Lloyd Webber, who is estimated to be worth £715m.
Top 10 music fortunes
1. Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell £760m
2. Lord Lloyd-Webber £715m
3. U2 £500m
4. Sir Elton John £280m
5. Sir Mick Jagger £235m
=6. Olivia and Dhani Harrison (wife and son of the late George Harrison) £220m
=6. Keith Richards £220m
8. Ringo Starr £200m
9. Michael Flatley £198m
10. Sting £185m