46= Patrick Ridgwell & Family
Patrick Ridgwell joined the Napier Brown foods business in 1964 and six years later his family took over the business. In 2004, London-based Napier Brown floated on the stock market, netting the Ridgwell family around £20m in cash. 18 months later Ridgwell sold the business outright to rival Real Good Food and the Ridgwell family should have picked up around £34m in shares. Months previously Ridgwell netted £26.7m by selling sandwich, sushi and salad-maker Solway to Northern Foods. Today Brentwood-based Ridgwell is the largest shareholder in Real Good Food with a £12m stake. In 2004, various Ridgwell family interests and its stake in Real Good Foods were amalgamated in a new Napier Brown Holdings. It showed £30.2m net assets in 2013-14. In all the Ridgwell family should still be worth £50m.