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2018: £180m 2017: £170m (22nd)

Gilt-bronze side ta­bles and a teak lounge chair were some of the items up for grabs at a planned house clear out from Sir Rod Ste­wart’s old Ep­ping home, Wood House, which was in­ter­mit­tently oc­cu­pied by Win­ston Churchill in 1940 and 1941. Ear­lier this year Ste­wart slashed the price of Wood House from £7.5m to £5.95m to help sell the prop­erty, which has been on the mar­ket since 2016. The vet­eran rocker’s new home is the Grade II listed Dur­ring­ton House, near Har­low. He bought the £4.65m prop­erty in 2013 and spent three years ren­o­vat­ing the 10-bed­room prop­erty, which is set in 46 acres of pas­tures and an­cient wood­land. Such ex­ten­sive grounds should give Ste­wart and his wife Penny Lan­caster plenty of space to in­dulge their pas­sion for grow­ing flow­ers. The cou­ple are reg­u­lars at the Chelsea Flower Show and the rocker re­vealed that when suf­fer­ing from throat can­cer he con­sid­ered quit­ting mu­sic to set up a flower business. He is also plan­ning a £5m 50ft pool at the house for his son, who wants to be an Olympic swim­ming cham­pion. Ste­wart last year re­newed his mar­riage vows to Penny, sell­ing pic­tures of the event to Hello! mag­a­zine and do­nat­ing the fee to vic­tims of the Gren­fell Tower blaze. De­spite fail­ing to even make the charts with his re­vamped ver­sion of his 1978 clas­sic Do Ya Think I’m Sexy with Joe Jonas’s DNCE, Ste­wart toured ex­ten­sively last year. His 44 shows took £18.8m at the box of­fice and teamed up with Cyndi Lau­per for 17 gigs across North Amer­ica dur­ing the sum­mer. The lu­cra­tive tour­ing sched­ule prompts us to raise Ste­wart to £180m this year.

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