East Anglia's richest people revealed

THE richest people in East Anglia have been revealed in the annual Sunday Times list.

Anthony Bond

WITH money that most of us could only dream of, the richest people in East Anglia have been revealed.

The annual Sunday Times Rich List has revealed that 23 people from the region are among the richest 1,000 people in the country - a drop of three from last year's total.

Topping the East Anglian rich list and 14th nationally is Kirsten Rausing, 55, whose fortune has grown by £675 million in the past year to £3,500 million.

She owns stud farms in Suffolk and with her brother Jorn, 48, sit on the board of Tetra Laval - the company co-founded by their late father Gad Rausing.

The development of the Tetra Pak (later Tetra Laval) operation revolutionised the packaging of milk, juices and other liquid food products and made billionaires of Gad and his brother Hans.

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Second highest in the list and ranked 92nd nationally is The Earl of Iveagh and the Guinness family worth a cool £830m. Iveagh lives in Elveden and inherited his title and about £62m in Guinness shares in 1992 when his father died.

David and Richard Thompson are third in the East Anglian rich-list and 157th nationally. They own Cheveley Park Stud in Newmarket - one of the world's top racehorse breeding operations.

North Suffolk resident Dr Mike Lynch, 42, had a memorable 2007. The head of the Autonomy software business has seen his wealth rise by £74m in the past year to £252m with Autonomy's profits soaring by 89% in the first quarter of 2007.

Other notable names in the East Anglian rich-list include Edward Atkin who is worth £232m. He sold his Suffolk-based Avent baby-feeding products company in 2005 for £300m.

Worth £105m, Colchester United owner Robbie Cowling and his wife Cheryl are ranked as the 19th richest people in East Anglia and 759th nationally.

In 1993 he launched recruitment consultancy Jobserve which is now based in numerous countries worldwide.

The list is based on identifiable wealth such as land, property and other assets such as art and racehorses but excludes bank accounts. This year it takes an £80m fortune to make it into the top 1,000 in the Rich List, £10m higher than last year's £70m qualifying mark and the fifth successive year that the UK entry level has risen by £10m.

East Anglian Rich List

Rank Name Wealth

1. Kirsten Rausing £3,500m

2. The Earl of Iveagh & the Guiness family £830m

3. David and Richard Thompson £503m

4. Ardeshir Naghshineh £500m

5. Dr Mortimer Sackler £300m

6. Andrew and Sharon Turner £255m

7. Dr Mike Lynch £252m

8. Edward Atkin £232m

9. Douw Steyn £200m

10. Paul Thwaites £180m

11. Paul Day £172m

12. Robert Carter £155m

13. Bernard Matthews £146m

14. Bill Gredley £145m

15. Brian DeZille £128m

16. Gregory Darling £120m

17. Hermann Hauser £117m

18. Andrew and Paul Gower £109m

19. Robbie and Cheryl Cowling £105m

20. Andre Serruys £100m

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