Bil­lion­aires are 10 a penny in Scot­land

An­nual list re­veals record num­ber of su­per-rich

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS - By So­phie Law MAIL@SUNDAYPOST.COM

Scot­land has more bil­lion­aires than ever be­fore, ac­cord­ing to the lat­est rich list.

The Sun­day Times Rich List, which re­veals the 1,000 rich­est peo­ple across Bri­tain, in­clude a record num­ber of 11 bil­lion­aires with con­nec­tions to Scot­land.

A whisky fam­ily topped the list in Scot­land with the own­ers of Wil­liam Grant & Sons Dis­tillery worth nearly £3bn.

Chair­man Glenn Gor­don, the great-great-grand­son of its founder, runs the dis­tillery in Mo­ray. The fam­ily’s wealth has grown £ 202 mil­lion in the past year mak­ing them worth £2.57 bil­lion.

Ki­ran Mazum­dar-Shaw, the In­dian phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal en­tre­pre­neur, and her Glaswe­gian hus­band John Shaw came sec­ond. They are worth £ 1.76 bil­lion and grew their com­pany by £606 mil­lion this year.

The Aberdeen oil ty­coon and phi­lan­thropist Sir Ian Wood is third and is worth £1.71 bil­lion. He trans­formed his fa­ther’s fish­ing busi­ness into a multi­na­tional com­pany.

Emi­rati busi­ness­man Mahdi al- Ta­jir, who owns wa­ter com­pany High­land Spring, is fifth. He is worth £ 1.67 bil­lion and spends his time be­tween Lon­don and his 18,000 acre Perthshire es­tate.

The Thom­son fam­ily, own­ers of Scot­tish pub­lish­ing house DC Thom­son, are sixth and worth £ 1.35 bil­lion. They helped build Dundee’s rep­u­ta­tion for “jute, jam and jour­nal­ism” and cre­ated The Sun­day Post, The Dandy and The Beano.

Robert Watts, who com­piled the list, said: “This is now largely a group made of self-made in­di­vid­u­als, with peo­ple like Sir Ian Wood grow­ing bil­lion- pound busi­nesses through their vi­sion.”

Eighth is the fam­ily of car dealer Sir Arnold Clark. Sir Arnold Clark started his busi­ness now worth £1.18 bil­lion in 1965 by buy­ing a Mor­ris Ten Four for £70 which he re­stored and sold on for a profit.

Glen­fid­dich is part of the Grant fam­ily

Sec­ond: Ki­ran Mazum­darShaw

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