Mike Ashley is the richest person in the East Midlands, according to the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List.
The list, published today online at thesundaytimes.co.uk/richlist and in the print edition of the newspaper on Sunday, May 22. The 68-page special edition of The Sunday Times Magazine reveals the wealth of the 250 richest people and families in Britain in its 34th annual edition.
There are 177 billionaires in the UK recorded this year, up 6 from 2021, a year-on-year increase that is also a record. The combined wealth of the UK billionaires is £653.122 billion, up £55.853 billion, or 9.4 per cent, on the total wealth of the billionaires in last year’s Rich List.
Mike Ashley, 57, the former owner of Newcastle United who sold the football club in October for £305 million, has seen his personal fortune rise by £277m in the past year.
Now worth £2.995 billion making him the 59th wealthiest person in the UK, Ashley owns 58.44 per cent of Frasers Group.
Derbyshire-born John Bloor, 78, added £804 million to his wealth in the past year thanks to the success of his £2 billion housebuilding and Triumph motorcycle businesses. Worth £2.079 billion, Bloor is the 85th richest person in the UK.
Nottinghamshire’s Tony Langley, 67, has added £506 million to his wealth with the success of his engineering operation Langley Holdings. He is now the fourth billionaire in the East Midlands. worth £1.34 billion
Leicester-born gypsy Alfie Best, 52, is a newcomer in the East Midlands Rich List, with a £700 million family fortune. Best founded Essex-based Wyldecrest Parks in 2001. It is now Europe’s largest park home operator.