13= MICHAEL GOOCH

Essex Life - - RICHEST 50 -

Fi­nance 2018: £250m 2017: £250m (14th)

Mickey Gooch first be­came in­ter­ested in the world of for­eign ex­change trad­ing while chat­ting to some cur­rency deal­ers in a lo­cal pub. The then ac­coun­tant from Leigh on Sea soon left for New York, where he worked for a num­ber of blue chip Amer­i­can fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions. It was only when he was made re­dun­dant from the bro­ker Re­fco in 1987 that he set up the Wall Street bro­ker­age GFI, spe­cial­is­ing in gov­ern­ment bond op­tions. He floated the business on Wall Street in 2005 and re­mained chief ex­ec­u­tive un­til 2013. It was taken over by BGC Part­ners two years ago, net­ting the Gooch fam­ily around £185m. Other Gooch fam­ily as­sets add around £65m. Gooch’s son, also Mickey, is a co­me­dian.

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