44 GENE WILLSON
Stansted-based Titan Airways saw its profits fall sharply to £4.2m on £68.2m sales in 2014-15. The company is run and largely owned by Gene Willson, a qualified pilot. Titan charters planes to a range of clients. It also owns Satellite Travel Group. About half the company’s revenue comes from transporting mail and freight, but Titan also operates a variety of charters. Recent passengers have included Premiership and national football teams, rock groups and even royalty. With nearly £35m net assets, Titan is worth £50m. Willson owns all but one special share. Past dividends take him to £63m.