BUSINESS

Elizabeth II, Queen of the Commonwealth realms

Her Majesty has governed as constitutional monarch of 16 sovereign states and heads the 54-member Commonwealth of Nations. Supported by her gaffe prone husband,...

Gina Rinehart

Whatever she does, “The House of Hancock comes first.” This little known Australian daughter of a bush pilot and prospector is now the world’s...

Leslie "Les" Allen-Vercoe (also known as Les Vercoe)

This property developer tried to sell Britain’s ugliest crib, Updown Court at Windlesham in Surrey, for £70 million in 2008. It languished on the...

Raffaele Mincione

He was once engaged to Heather Mills but had a very lucky escape when she chose to marry Sir Paul McCartney instead. This Italian...

Captain Simon Mann

This former army officer boldly led a coup d’état in Equatorial Guinea in 2004. He was imprisoned for 34 years but received a presidential...

The Hon. Imogen Lloyd Webber

The daughter of the composer Andrew Lloyd Webber lives in New York and is a contributor to MSNBC. Her Single Girl’s Guide was published...

Alan Miller

The nephew of That’s Life!’s Esther Rantzen is a financial titan and philanthropist. Miller is a founding partner and CIO of SCM Private, a...

Dmitry Rybolovlev

This billionaire businessman started out in medicine but soon moved into commerce realising that enterprise would better provide for his family. He was imprisoned...

Joanne Moore

Here is an amazing lady who is responsible for more gins than you could possibly imagine. Britain’s only female master distiller combines herbs and...

Charles Morgan

He’s a member of the family who created and still own the legendary Morgan Motor Company. He’s also worked in television news as a...

Owen Oyston

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in...

Andrey Melnichenko

This billionaire co-founded one of Russia’s largest private banks, MDM Bank, in 1993, and has interests in companies producing mineral fertilisers and extracting coal....

Prince Lorenzo Borghese

Writer, reality star and entrepreneur who is a member of one of Italy’s best known families. He’s a graduate of Fordham University and though...

Vicomte Arthur de Soultrait

A televised encounter with Pippa Middleton and an incident with a gun brought this French aristocrat to prominence but behind the wild façade, Arthur...

Jack O'Shea

A gentleman butcher. He’s deservedly been named Butcher of the Year by The Independent and his shops in Brussels and Knightsbridge are a mecca...

James Murdoch

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He...

Donald Trump Sr.

The Donald is an example of the case of if you owed the bank £5,000, they’d close you down but if you owed the...

Lord & Lady Black (Conrad Black & Barbara Amiel)

She’s a British-Canadian journalist most famous for having an “extravagance that knows no bounds.” He was a media baron who denounced his Canadian citizenship...

Andrew Davis

He was labeled “Baron Von Essen” but evidence of his pedigree failed to surface. Starting in 1990, this buccaneer built up a collection of...

Sam Higginson

Like his entrepreneurial father before him, Sam Higginson is making waves in the world of online marketing. A proud Lancastrian, Higginson’s latest venture digitalbox...

Henrik Fisker

Danish creator of the Aston Martin V8 Vantage, Aston Martin DB9, Shelby GR1 concept and BMW Z8 Roadster. His latest visionary output is the...

Arkady Novikov

Mr Novikov controls over 50 restaurants in Moscow but doesn’t have an office. He started out with a loan of $50,000 from a Soviet...

Sidney Frank (1919 – 2006)

A self-made billionaire, Frank was the Hugh Heffner of the booze industry. He had major successes with both Jägermeister and Grey Goose vodka. A...

Robert Maxwell (1923 – 1991)

“The Bouncing Czech” was variously an MP, a spy and a media mogul. Before his empire collapsed he stated: “You are as safe with...

Nicko Williamson

Bristol educated Nicko Williamson is an entrepreneur who launched Climatecars at the age of 23. His grandfather won the Isle of Man TT in...

Nick & Christian Candy

Started a property empire with a loan of £6,000 from their grandmother in 1995. Now said to be worth anything upto £13 billion, this...

Alexander Mavros

The eldest of four brothers, Alex is a scion of the oldest family in Zimbabwe. His family’s business creates masterpieces in silver, gold and...

Edward Rigg

This former filmmaker came up with his own cloudy apple juice. Cheltenham College educated, Edward Rigg has since expanded into a whole range of juices...

Rupert Murdoch

This father of six is a media mogul who doesn’t back down. Faced with being labeled the prime culprit in the phone hacking debacle,...

W.L. “Lyons” Brown III

One of the Brown-Forman family of booze barons who is now making it on his own. This Laguna Beach resident sold his tequila brand...