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No. 6 - Leslie Wexner (AKA “Les” Wexner)

Worth some £5 billion, Leslie Wexner has been described as “very shy” and “certainly not the showing off type of American”. A father of...

No. 7 - Nicolas Berggruen (AKA “The Homeless Billionaire”)

An eternal wanderer and worth some £985 million ($1.56 billion), art collector and founder of the Berggruen Holdings, Inc. fund of hedge funds Nicolas...

No. 8 - Sir Martin Sorrell (AKA “The Third Brother”)

Britain’s highest paid CEO in 2014 (he earned £42.98 million in a single year) Sir Martin Sorrell is the CEO of the advertising giant...

No. 9 - John Pappajohn

Billionaire Des Moines venture capitalist John Pappajohn was amusingly quoted as saying “Pappa’s in the house” when he dedicated the Pappajohn Business Building at...

No. 10 - Sir John Ritblat FRICS, FSVA

This twice married, Hampstead born property titan acquired British Land for £1 million in 1970 from the corporate raider Jim Slater. Sir John Ritblat...

No. 11 - Rich Ricci

This “ebullient” American’s name is most apt. A former Barclays bank executive who likes to wear sunglasses come rain or shine, Ricci retired to...

No. 12 - Richard Desmond (nicknamed “Mr Badger”)

This twice married, self-made billionaire publisher and philanthropist is a polarising force. Desmond’s portfolio has at various times included titles as diverse as the...

No. 13 - Howard Raymond

He’s taken action against 16 newspapers as: “If they tell lies, I sue them” and another court case resulted in Michael Winterbottom having to...

No. 14 - Richard Caring

Of Italian-Jewish descent, Caring is of the “supermarket-sweep” school of empire building. This billionaire started out in the rag trade but now controls the...

No. 15 - Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken

She owns a controlling interest in the world’s third largest brewer and is married to the child star of Lawrence of Arabia, Michel de...

No. 16 - Urs Schwarzenbach

This Swiss born son of a printer has spent over £85 million buying up properties in the Henley-on-Thames area of Oxfordshire. Schwarzenbach also owns...

No. 17 - Wafic Saïd

This billionaire was born in Damascus in 1939 and declares his loves to be music, architecture, art and horse racing. His home is the...

No. 18 - James Sherwood

This Kentuckian buccaneer founded Sea Containers in 1965. He is best known though buying the Hotel Cipriani in Venice for less than £1 million...

No. 19 - Crispin Odey

He founded Odey Asset Management in 1991 and now manages some $6.2 billion of assets. This graduate of Christ Church, Oxford was first married...

No. 20 - Vincent Tchenguiz

This Mayfair based property tycoon was born in Tehran and owns a Mangusta motor yacht named “Veni Vidi Vici” (“I came, I saw, I...

No. 21 - Leona Helmsley (1920 – 2007)

“The Queen of Mean” was a chain-smoking hotelier and real estate tycoon with a reputation for tyrannical behaviour. She took the view that “only...

No. 22 - 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...

No. 23 - 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...

No. 24 - 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...

No. 25 - 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...

No. 26 - 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...

No. 27 - 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...

No. 28 - 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,...

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