43= GENE WILLSON
Transport 2018: £70m 2017: £70m (48th)
Stansted-based Titan Airways saw its profits fly nicely to £6m on record sales of £89.4m sales in 2016-17. The company is run and largely owned by Gene Willson, a qualified pilot. Titan charters planes to a range of clients. It also owns Satellite Travel Group. About half the company’s revenue comes from transporting mail and freight, but Titan also operates a variety of charters. Recent passengers have included Premiership and national football teams, rock groups and even royalty. With £38.5m net assets, Titan is worth £65m. Willson owns all but one special share. Dividends take him to £70m.