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Fi­nance, £250m

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.

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