Hinduja brothers top Britain's rich list
A family of Indian brothers emerged Sunday as topping Britain's rich list with a family fortune of 28.6 billion U.S. dollars, according to the annual wealth survey published by the Sunday Times.
Sri and Gopi Hinduja overtook chemicals businessman Jim Ratcliffe who dropped to third on the list with a fortune of 23.6 billion dollars. The London-based Hinduja family heads a business empire embracing energy, motor vehicles and banking.
Second-placed property and internet brothers David and Simon Reuben, both born in Mumbai, saw their wealth rise by 4.64 billion dollars to 24.26 billion dollars.
The rich list in Britain now has 151 billionaires, up six compared with 2018. Newcomers to this year's list include British golfer Rory McIlroy and songwriter Ed Sheeran.
To earn a place on the Top 1000 rich list needs a minimum fortune of 156 million dollars.
The list also shows women are under-represented with the names of just 140 females making an appearance, one less than in 2018.
One of the wealthiest women on the list is Harry Potter creator J.K. Rowling, who has a fortune of 975 million dollars. Britain's Queen Elizabeth is in 356th place on the list with a fortune estimated at 481 million dollars, unchanged compared with the previous year.
The Sunday Times list also revealed London is the city with most sterling billionaires, with 95 ahead of second-placed San Francisco with 73 and New York in third place with 71.
The rich list reveals that despite a turbulent year, the 1,000 richest individuals and families in Britain are sitting on a record wealth of 1,002 billion dollars, an increase of 62.12 billion dollars compared with a year earlier.
The newspaper in its commentary claimed Britain's super-riches are preparing to leave the country, taking up to 1.3 trillion dollars with them amid fears that left-wing politician, Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn is on course to become the next occupant of 10 Downing Street.
The Sunday Times said one-in-10 of rich people are making plans to protect themselves from hard-left tax increases.