11 MICKEY GOOCH
Leigh on Sea-born Mickey Gooch trained as an accountant after leaving school. At 20 he went to work for a brokerage in the City and after rising through the ranks was sent to New York to expand its operations there. He later worked for a number of blue chip American financial institutions before founding the Wall Street brokerage GFI in 1987. He floated the business on Wall Street in 2005. It was recently taken over netting the Gooch family around £185m. Other Gooch family assets add around £65m.