The Sunday Times has published its Rich List for 2021, which means people can once again take a look at the staggering wealth held by the richest in our country.
The wealthiest people with Kent ties have also been revealed, along with how much their wealth has increased – or decreased – over the past 12 turbulent months.
One family has lost £ 100million, but as you will find out, they won’t be too concerned about this development.
After a year like we just had it, you might expect most of the mega-rich to have lost money since 2020.
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However, only one of Kent’s wealthiest has actually lost any money, as a family saw their wealth increase by £ 600million in just one year.
Below is our list of people with connections to the county that made the 2021 Rich List, where they were in the top 250, and how they came to make all their wealth.
All of them have higher net worth than Queen Elizabeth, who raised £ 365million last year.
Sir Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell – 196th
Wealth 2021: £ 820 million
Change from 2020: Up to £ 20million
Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney owns a house on the outskirts of Kent, in the small village of Peasmarsh.
The singer, 78, is one of the richest musicians in the country.
He and his third wife, Nancy Shevell, are in the top 200 on the rich list for another consecutive year.
Sir Roger and Peter de Haan – 180th
Wealth 2021: £ 900 million
Change from 2020: Up to £ 24million
A well-known couple in their hometown of Folkestone, the de Haan brothers found their fortune in the Saga society of over 50 years.
They sold the company for over £ 1 billion in 2004 and have regularly invested in Folkestone, both in sports projects and in the creative industries.
Peter Jones and his family – 150th
Wealth 2021: £ 1.157 billion
Change from 2020: Up to £ 65million
Best known for his role on the BBC The dragon pit, Peter Jones is also very interested in the economy of Kent.
Peter opened an Enterprise Academy at Folkestone College in 2019 to inspire young people to become entrepreneurs.
Adam Fleming & family – 106th
Wealth 2021: £ 1.525 billion
Change from 2020: No change
The Fleming family derives their fortune from Stonehage Fleming, a multinational wealth management company.
Adam Fleming (nephew of James Bond author Ian Fleming) is vice president of the company, born from the merger between Fleming Family & Partners and Stonehage.
The Fleming family’s connection to Kent comes from Matthew Fleming, a former cricketer who played for Kent County.
Peter Harris and family – 105th
Wealth 2021: £ 1.534 billion
Change from 2020: Up to £ 602million
Caravan Park billionaire Peter Harris has seen his wealth increase by over £ 600million in just one year.
Peter, 87, owns a large stake in Bourne Leisure: the group that owns Butlin’s and Warner Leisure hotels.
The billionaire took his first steps in the vacation industry with a trailer park in Whitstable.
Hans, Marit, Lisbet and Sigrit Rausing – 13th
Wealth 2021: £ 9.49 billion
Change from 2020: 100 million pounds down
At the top of our list is a group of people who sit at the highest levels of society: the Rausing family.
They sit 13th on this list with a combined wealth of just under £ 10 billion – more than any other entry on this list combined.
However, they were the only ones to see their wealth drop over the past year. They got £ 100million poorer in 2021 (likely because they haven’t checked the back of the couch yet).
Tetra Lavel’s giant, Hans Rausing, lived near the Kent border on the 900-acre estate of Wadhurst Park. He passed away in 2019, leaving the business in the hands of his children.
The family made their fortune with the Tetra Pak carton, which was used to package drinks. They also fund Buster’s Book Club, a Kent-based children’s literacy program.