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Rich List 'wealthier than ever'

Britain's richest people are wealthier than ever before, with a combined fortune of almost £520bn, according to the Sunday Times Rich List.

19 May 2014
Money
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The total wealth of the richest 1,000 individuals, couples or families jumped 15% in a year, the survey said.

Wealth expert Philip Beresford, who compiled the list, said he had never before seen such a "phenomenal" rise in personal fortune.

Tycoons the Hinduja brothers were top with a joint fortune of £11.9bn.

Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja replace Arsenal FC shareholder Alisher Usmanov at the top of the annual list.

Mr Beresford said: "The richest people in Britain have had an astonishing year. While some may criticise them, many of these people are at the heart of the economy and their success brings more jobs and more wealth for the country."

The total figure for the Rich List is equivalent to a third of the UK's gross domestic product

Property and gaming

New entries include the makers of computer games.

Sam and Dan Houser, who created Grand Theft Auto, are at 947 on the list with a joint wealth of £90m.

Four of the creators of Candy Crush Saga have jumped onto the list, all with fortunes worth hundreds of millions of pounds.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-27459621

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