19= Al­fie Best

Essex Life - - Richest 50 -

Car­a­van Parks, £160m

Gipsy Al­fie Best left school at 12 but now owns 44 trailer parks. His Grays-based Wylde­crest Parks has added 14 parks to its port­fo­lio just in the last year. The com­pany expects to spend up to £17m on new ac­qui­si­tions by the end of 2015. Best’s prop­erty em­pire in­cludes the £12m Hert­ford­shire es­tate where he lives, but his ex­penses do not ex­tend to a cleaner for the sev­enbed­room house be­cause his wife likes to take care of the chores. We can see one com­pany, Shelf­side Hold­ings, with £34.2m net as­sets in 2013. But we value Best at the £160m val­u­a­tion he re­cently re­vealed to Anne Robin­son in her BBC doc­u­men­tary se­ries on Bri­tons’ spend­ing habits.

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