Tuesday, May 02, 2017

The wealth list

The 10 richest couples in the UK have seen their fortune increase by £3.4bn in the last 12 months, and are worth a combined £39.9bn, according to the latest figures.

Ernesto Bertarelli and former Miss UK Kirsty Bertarelli topped the list of the richest husbands and wives, with their wealth put at £11.5bn. The couple’s fortune is said to be largely derived from the sale of the family biotech business Serono and the soaring share value in Santher, a pharma business.

They were followed by Charlene Carvalho-Heineken, the daughter of late Heineken boss and her husband Michel de Carvalho, with a fortune estimated at £9.3bn.

A separate analysis by The Equality Trust, published in March, found that bosses of the UK’s biggest 100 companies now take home an average of £5.3m each year, a staggering 386 times higher than what a worker earning the national living wage pockets.

According to the Bloomberg Billionaire Index, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates, with a net worth of $87bn (£67bn), is still the richest man in the world, and is currently in pole position in the race to become the first trillionaire.
The top 10 richest husbands and wives according to the Sunday Times Rich List 2017:
1. Ernesto and Kirsty Bertarelli, £11.5bn, up £1.72bn
2. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho, £9.3bn, up £150m
3. Alejandro Santo Domingo and Lady Charlotte Wellesley, £3.86bn (new entry)
4. Francois-Henri Pinault and Salma Hayek, £3.44bn, up £1.09bn
5. Sir Philip and Lady Green, £2.79bn, down £433m
6. Sir Michael Moritz and Harriet Heyman, £2.63bn, up £679m
7. Chris and Sarah Dawson, £1.9bn, up £150m
8. Douglas and Dame Mary Perkins, £1.6bn, up £50m
9. Poju and Anita Zabludowicz, £1.5bn, no change
10. Georg and Emily von Opel, £1.42bn, up £16m

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