43= FRANK VAN WEZEL
Industry 2018: £70m 2017: £80m (41st=)
Frank Van Wezel founded his Hi-Tec sports footwear business in the appropriately named Shoeburyness. That was back in 1974 and the firm soon became well known for its squash and tennis shoes, later branching out into trainers as Britain’s running boom took off in the 1980s. Hi-Tec shoes have sold well in the US and today their wares are bought in 85 countries around the world. The UK company was sold in late 2016 to the US brand Cherokee for $96m. Van Wezel is a director of League One football club Southend United, which is now looking to build a new £80m stadium capable of taking 22,000-strong crowds. In all the Dutchman should easily be worth £70m after tax and with other assets.