19 VIPUL THAKRAR & FAMILY
Food Production 2018: £209m 2017: £201m (16th)
The upmarket Dishoom restaurant chain is the latest business venture from the Thakrar family, now led by Vipul Thakrar. Originally from India, but later expelled by Idi Amin from Uganda, the Thakrars became known as the rice kings of Britain, with half the market. The family, with a mill in Rainham, perfected Basmati rice and soon every supermarket stocked the wares produced by their company, Tilda Rice. Tilda was sold in 2014 for a reported £220m. Since then younger members of the family, Shamil and Kavi Thakrar, have launched Dishoom, which now has seven restaurants. Its bacon naan rolls and chai tea lattes have achieved cult status, helping Dishoom to double its profits to £1.75m on £27.8m sales in 2016. Net assets rose by £8m to £22.7m too and we raise the family accordingly this year to £209m after tax and re-investment.