THE owner of Bournemouth Airport and the founders of a major pension promoter are among local names on an annual list of the UK’s richest people.
The Sunday Times Rich List revealed that despite the pandemic, Britain had a record 171 billionaires – 24 more than in 2020.
Ineos Managing Director Sir Jim Ratcliffe
Head of Petrochemicals Sir Jim Ratcliffe – whose Ineos group is headquartered in Lyndhurst – saw its fortune plunge from Â£ 5.8bn to Â£ 6.33bn. He dropped 20 spots to number 25 on the list.
The authors of the list say his fortune has fallen by more than two-thirds in three years.
Sir Jim, who previously lived in Beaulieu, left the UK for Monaco in 2019 after receiving his knighthood.
Richest people in Dorset and New Forest on Sunday Times 2020 list
Last year he announced his intention to build a new Land Rover-style vehicle, the Grenadier, in France. It owns the Swiss football team Lausanne and the French Ligue 1 football team Nice and finances the British cycling train formerly known as Team Sky.
Ineos administrators Andy currie and John reece are at numbers 74 and 75 respectively on the list, down from 30th last year. Everyone’s wealth is estimated at Â£ 2.2bn, down Â£ 1.88bn in Mr Currie’s case and Â£ 1.9bn for Mr Reece.
Ian and Richard Livingstone, of which London and Regional Properties owns the five-star Chewton Glen Hotel in New Milton, fell from 36th to 27th on the rich list, with a fortune of Â£ 2.2bn to Â£ 6.1bn pound sterling.
Chairman of the Rigby Group Sir Peter Rigby
Sir Peter Rigby, whose company the Rigby Group owns Bournemouth Airport, is at number 209 on the list with his sons James and Steve Rigby. They slipped from number 183, but their fortunes rose from Â£ 5 million to Â£ 775million.
Sir Peter chairs the Rigby Group, with his sons James and Steve as co-managing directors. The group, owner of the Hurn site through its subsidiary Regional and City Airports, operates in IT, aviation and hotels.
Bournemouth Airport sold for undisclosed sum to regional and municipal airports
The family that founded two of Britain’s leading pension promoters is at number 230.
Brother Spencer McCarthy (center) and Clinton McCarthy (right) take third place in Sunday Times Top 100 Best Companies to Work for 2020
Brothers Clinton and Spencer McCarthy started Churchill Retirement Living, based in Ringwood, while their father John previously co-founded McCarthy Stone, based in Bournemouth.
The McCarthys were at number 209 on last year’s roster, but their estimated fortune is unchanged at Â£ 681million.
This year, the Sunday Times’ rich list has only 250 names, down from 1,000 in previous years.
The slaughter means there is no mention of many of the local names that have made the list longer in previous years.
Among those absent from the abbreviated list are: James benamor, the founder of Amigo Loans of Bournemouth, who was at one time the richest person in Dorset; Charlotte townshend, the owner of the Ilchester Estate, including Abbotsbury Swannery; the Marquis of Salisbury, who owns Cranborne Manor; Mark and Mo Constantine, co-founders of Lush; Tom singh, founder of New Look, based in Weymouth; tech entrepreneur Jonathan reeves; former banker Michael sherwood; former racing car driver turned lighting company manager Rupert martin; the Woodhouse family, behind the Hall & Woodhouse brewery; President of Haskins Garden Centers Warren Haskins; and landowner George meyrick.