Tycoons are rich beyond OUR dreams
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.
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