13= AL­FIE BEST AND FAM­ILY

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Res­i­den­tial Parks 2018: £250m 2017: £160m (23rd=)

Ro­many gypsy Al­fie Best left school at 12 but to­day he owns more than 60 hol­i­day and car­a­van parks in the UK, houses in Hamp­stead as well as a 360-acre es­tate in Pot­ters Bar. Wylde­crest Parks, his West Thur­rock-based parks business, is now grow­ing an es­tate of hol­i­day parks in the US. He has also snapped up three golf clubs and has plans to build ac­com­mo­da­tion around these to de­velop a golf mini-breaks business. Best’s main com­pany, Best Hold­ings, showed £42.7m net as­sets in 2016, down £6.4m. We see another £32.1m in another car­a­van com­pany. He has not been afraid to spend since mak­ing his for­tune. He once shelled out £180,000 on a vast kitchen and £12,000 on a cop­per bath­tub. His car col­lec­tion in­cludes a £290,000 Bent­ley and a £185,000 Fer­rari. His son, also called Al­fie, be­came a night­club owner at the age of 16 when he bought Chelsea’s in Hert­ford­shire – de­spite hav­ing to wait for a le­gal tip­ple. Al­fie ju­nior is also a star in a new ITV re­al­ity show, Ab­so­lutely As­cot, hav­ing pre­vi­ously starred along­side his fa­ther in My Big Fat Gypsy For­tune and Rich Kids Go Shop­ping. “I pas­sion­ately be­lieve if an id­iot like me can make a suc­cess of business, any­one can,” Best se­nior has said. His rapidly-grow­ing em­pire should now be worth £225m. We add a fur­ther £25m for other as­sets.

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