Meet Britain’s food and drink billionaires

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Seven up: Seven families with food and drink connections appear on the Sunday Times Super-Rich list
Seven up: Seven families with food and drink connections appear on the Sunday Times Super-Rich list
Britain’s top billionaires with food and drink industry connections are Galen, Hilary and George Weston and family, with a net wealth of £7.3bn, up by £650M, partly thanks to their interests in Associated British Foods (ABF).

The Westons were the nation’s eleventh richest billionaires, as listed in The Super-Rich List compiled by The Sunday Times magazine.

ABF owns British Sugar and the Primark in addition to posh retailer Fortnum & Mason in Picadilly London. The family also owns Selfridges store in Oxford Street, London. Much of the extended family’s wealth was derived from supermarkets and pharmaceutical retailing in Canada.

Second in the list of billionaire with food and drink connections is Mohamed bin Issa Al Jaber and family with £6.16bn, up by £1.645bn on 2013. The family owns MBI Internatiional Holding Group, which manages food, energy, property and luxury hotels businesses throughout Europe. They appear in thirteen place in the list.

Wine, oil and gas

A new entry on the list – in fourteenth place – is Carrie and Francois Perrodo and family, whose interests in wine, oil and gas have generated a net wealth of £6.14bn.

Next is the family behind the Tetra Laval packaging empire, led by Hans Rausing with £5.9bn, up by £1.18bn. Rausing helped develop the Tetra Pak, which became Tetra Laval, food packaging business started by this father.

The Grant-Gordon family appear in forty-nine place in the in the overall list of Britain’s super rich, thanks to the family’s spirits business, with wealth of £1.9bn, a rise of £500M from last year. The family’s William Grant business – led by Glenn Grant-Gordon – makes Glenfiddich whisky and Hendrick’s gin at its Banffshire distillery.

Coca-Cola shipping and bottle-plant

Alki David and the Levntis family appear in sixty-sixth place in the list with wealth of £1.4bn, down by £90M. The family are heirs to the Coca-Cola shipping and bottle-plant businesses.

Last in the list of super rich with food and drink connections was Sir Ian Wood and family – in seventy-third position  – with wealth of £132bn, a rise of £120M on last year. The family owes its wealth to oil services and the fishing industry.

Britain’s richest citizens are brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja with a combined net wealth totalling a staggering £11.bn, up by £1.3bn from last year. The brothers built their fortune from interests in oil, automotive, banking, property and the media.

More information on the The Super-Rich List is available here​.

Meanwhile, Two Sisters boss Ranjit Boparan and Sir Ken Morrison both featured in The Sunday TimesRich List 2013​. This year's list is expected to be published soon.

 

Britain’s super rich – with food and drink connections

  1. Galen, Hilary and George Weston and family, £7.3bn, up by £650M
  2. Mohamed bin Issa Al Jaber and family, £6.16bn, up by £1.645bn
  3. Carrie and Francois Perrodo and family, £6.14bn
  4. Hans Rausing and family, £5.9bn, up by £1.18bn
  5. Grant-Gordon family, £1.9bn, up by £500M
  6. Alki David and the Leventis family, £1.4bn, down by £90M
  7. Sir Ian Wood and family,  £1.32bn, up by £120M

 

Source: The Sunday Times​ Super-Rich List

Related topics: Cereals and bakery preparations, Drinks

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