13= ALFIE BEST AND FAMILY
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.