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The top 10 wealthiest people in the South East revealed

By Stephen Emerson
20 May 2022

The Sunday Times rich list has revealed the wealth of richest people in the South East.

The owners of Waltham Place, pictured, in Berkshire, Nicky Oppenheimer, saw the wealth and that of his family rise increase by £659m in a year thanks to his interest in the diamond trade.

The list was published online today and will be published in print in the Sunday Times this weekend.

The data released for encompasses a wide definition for the South East encompassing London, East Anglia, Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire, Thames Valley and large swathes of the South Coast.

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The richest people overall in the UK this year are Sri and Gopi Hinduja who made their money in industry and finance and whose total wealth is £28.47bn.

The Sunday Times Rich List is a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people or families resident in the UK ranked by net wealth. The list is updated annually and has been published by the newspaper since 1989.

There are 177 billionaires in the UK recorded this year, up six from 2021 which is a new record.

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Rank  Name  Source of Wealth 2022 Wealth Rise/Fall  
Kirsten and Jorn Rausing  Inheritance and investment £12bn  Down £1bn 
2  Marit, Lisbet, Sigrid and Hans Rausing Inheritance: Tetra Laval £9.49bn  No change  
3  Nicky Oppenheimer and family  Diamonds and mining £6.456bn  Up £659m  
4  John Grayken  Property and investment £5.366bn  Down £504m 
5   Sir Richard Branson and family   Transport, finance and fitness clubs: Virgin £4.2bn   Up £410m   
6  Mike Ashley  Sports equipment and fashion £2.995bn  Up £277m  
Inna Gudavadze Inheritance £2.65bn No change 
Wafic Said  Finance and property £1.985bn  No change  
Peter Harris and family  Hotels and caravan parks £1.596bn  Up £62m  
10 Denis Sverdlov  Electric vehicles: Arrival £1.397bn  Down £4.776bn 

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