Yorkshire fortunes revealed in rich list

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An entrepreneur who made his fortune in airport shopping has topped Yorkshire’s Sunday Times Rich List.

Robert Miller, who owns the 36,000 acre Gunnerside estate in Swaledale, has taken the top spot from billionaire brothers Eddie and Malcolm Healey.

Miller, whose daughter is Princess Marie-Chantal of Greece, co-founded retail chain ‘Duty Free Shopping’ in Hong Kong in 1960. This year, the, US-born, British citizen’s net worth reached £1.58 billion.

Elsewhere Leeds-based Jet 2 boss, Philip Meeson, saw his fortune rise by 131 per cent on last year to £386 million.

The region-high increase leaves him eighth on Yorkshire’s list.

A Sunday Times spokesman said: “The list 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.”