13= MICHAEL GOOCH
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.