Jamie Oliver is now worth £240 million.
Britain's wealthiest people are richer than they have
ever been, with a combined fortune of £518.9 billion -
equivalent to a third of the nation's gross domestic product,
according to an annual study.
The Sunday Times Rich List for 2014 shows that the 1,000
richest men and women have surged to new heights, with their
combined wealth rising by 15.4 percent on last year's total
of £449.6 billion.
They include TV chef Jamie Oliver, former Tesco supermarket
boss Terry Leahy and, in the under-30s list, "Harry Potter"
star Emma Watson.
"I've never seen such a phenomenal rise in personal wealth as
the growth in the fortunes of Britain's 1,000 richest people
over the past year," said Philip Beresford, who has compiled
the list since 1989.
"The richest people in Britain have never had it so good," he
told Reuters. "The challenge now for the government and the
rich themselves is to see this wealth percolate downwards and
outwards, out of London and towards the north and west of the
The enormous wealth of those on the list contrasts sharply
with the stretched finances of ordinary Britons, many of whom
are struggling to cope with the effects of five years of
Last week, the first part of the Rich List found the number
of billionaires living in Britain had risen to more than 100
for the first time, with Indian-born brothers Sri and Gopi
Hinduja the country's wealthiest people with a combined £11.9
They replaced Russian business magnate Alisher Usmanov at the
top after the Arsenal football club shareholder dropped a
place as his fortune fell to £10.65 billion.
Only three of the top 20 are British, with David and
Frederick Barclay, the publishers and property developers,
the only self-made billionaires in this group.
The richest Briton, the Duke of Westminster, is ranked 10th
with a property-based fortune of £8.5 billion.
The super-rich want to live in Britain because of "culture,
financial services, nice tax regime, good education for their
kids and a nice lifestyle where they meet their friends",
The second part of the List, extracts of which were released
ahead of its publication in this weekend's Sunday
Times, showed Jamie and Jools Oliver had seen their
fortune go up by £90 million to £240 million, ranking them
equal 396, on the strength of their restaurant chain and
Queen Elizabeth has added £10 million to her personal wealth
and is now ranked equal 285th with £330 million.
John Roberts, creator of household appliance Internet
retailer AO.com, makes his first appearance on the list with
£410 million. He is one of five investors to benefit from the
AO.com float in February, who are all new entries.
Four members of the management of King Digital Entertainment,
the company behind the addictive Candy Crush Saga computer
game, join the list for the first time.
Another new entrant is former Tesco supermarket boss Leahy,
worth £100 million pounds and ranked 863.
In the list of the 50 Young Rich, aged 30 and under,
24-year-old "Harry Potter" star Watson is now worth £30
million, up £3 million.
Husband and wife Marcus Mumford 27, and Carey Mulligan, 28,
enter the young list with a joint fortune of £13 million from
music and films.