Arsenal Co-Owner Is Now UK’s Richest Man
Britain has a new richest man – Russian co-owner of Arsenal Football Club Alisher Usmanov has taken the top spot from the previous Rich List number one Lakshmi Mittal.
Mr Usmanov, who has a near-30% stake in Arsenal, is worth £13.3bn, putting him into the top spot of the 25th annual Sunday Times Rich List.
Researchers found the 1,000 richest people in Britain have wealth totalling almost £450bn.
There are now a record 88 billionaires among the country’s wealthiest 1,000 individuals and families, up from 77 billionaires in 2012 and just nine in 1989.
The combined wealth of the top 200 people in the 2013 Sunday Times Rich List is £318.2bn, a more than eightfold rise on the £38bn for the combined wealth of the 200 people featured in the first Rich List in 1989.
In 1989, the Queen was Britain’s richest person.
Russian businessman Mr Usmanov started off making plastic bags, but went on to found a business empire with numerous interests.
As well as Metalloinvest, the country’s biggest iron ore producer, he owns a stake in mail.ru, the largest internet company, and has a big holding in MegaFon, a mobile phone operator that listed on the London and Moscow stock markets last year.
Uzbekistan-born Mr Usmanov, 59, also owns Sutton Place, the former Surrey home of the late oil baron J Paul Getty, as well as a £48m mansion in north London.
He shares a passion for sport with his wife, Irina Viner, 64, head coach of Russia’s rhythmic gymnastics team, whom he met when he was a young fencer.
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