Ty­coons are rich be­yond OUR dreams

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Clare Mul­grew

New rank­ings on the 2007 Rich List for the Wil­sons and the De Haans

MOVERS and shakers on this year’s Sun­day Times Rich List in­clude two sets of East Kent­based en­trepreneurs.

Prop­erty ty­coons Ju­dith and Fer­gus Wil­son, who came un­der fire from the BBC’s Watch­dog pro­gramme last week, have jumped up 30 places on the ta­ble to 397th.

Their wealth is now es­ti­mated at £180m, a rise of £50m from last year when they were ranked 427th. The cou­ple own some 600 prop­er­ties in Ash­ford, Hawkinge and Maid­stone.

Dragons’ Den

Mr Wil­son, 58, is in talks about fronting a Dragons’ Den-style television pro­gramme to show view­ers how to be­come a mil­lion­aire prop­erty mogul.

Folkestone-based brothers Roger and Peter De Haan are now worth an es­ti­mated £850m, thanks to suc­cess in travel and prop­erty.

They are down 16 places in the ta­ble, now rank­ing 78th.

Roger De Haan, 58, is the for­mer boss of the Saga hol­i­day busi­ness who is us­ing his for­tune to trans­form his home town in­clud­ing a 14-acre site he bought for £11m on which he is build­ing a Barcelonastyle har­bour which will in­clude a ma­rina for 200 yachts.

The phi­lan­thropist is also de­vel­op­ing a creative quar­ter, spend­ing nearly £8m on the project in the past year, ac­cord­ing to the Sun­day Times.

De Haan’s late fa­ther de­vel­oped Saga and Roger took it over be­fore sell­ing up in 2004 to a private eq­uity busi­ness for £1.35 bil­lion.

His brother, Peter, 55, who had been fi­nance di­rec­tor of Saga, now runs a wine and mar­ket­ing busi­ness worth £120m.

Roger De Haan

Prop­erty own­ers Ju­dith and Fer­gus Wil­son

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