Suffolk: Region’s wealthiest named in Rich List

FIFTEEN people living, working or with links to the region were featured in the Sunday Times Rich List – and several have seen their fortunes significantly increase in the past 12 months.

According to the annual supplement, Ipswich Town Football Club owner Marcus Evans’s wealth has soared by �115million to �625m, making the reclusive businessman the 124th wealthiest person in Britain.

The rich list claims the Marcus Evans Group made a profit of �35m in 2010, and is worth �400m. Adding to this it states Evans, 47, also has property and other interests worth �225m.

Kirsten Rausing, owner of Lanwades stud farm in Newmarket, is in the top 20 in the rich list having amassed a joint fortune of �3.9billion with her brother Jorn.

The siblings also own Swiss-based packaging group Tetra Laval and their joint wealth has increased by �400m in the past year.

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Ms Rausing, 58, is a racing enthusiast, a member of the Jockey Club and former director of the National Stud.

Formula One boss Bernie Ecclestone follows closely on the list at number 23. The motor racing mogul is worth �2.5bn following his fortune increasing by �1.1bn in the past 12 months.

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Son of a Suffolk trawlerman, Mr Ecclestone was born near Beccles and began his career dealing second-hand cars before moving into motor racing.

From here the rich list is bereft of links to the region until number 79 in the rundown of 1,000 multi-millionaires.

Jon Hunt, former owner of Foxtons estate agents and current owner of Heveningham Hall, enters here boasting a fortune of �875m.

The 57-year-old, whose wealth has increased by �215m in the past year, also owns 4,000 acres of farming land.

At number 80 is the Earl of Iveagh, Arthur Guinness, who is worth �850m.

The 41-year-old owns two East Anglian businesses Elveden Farms and Burhill Estates Company. He lives with his family on the Elveden Estate.

From here, there is a continuous presence of region-related wealth throughout the list.

Musical theatre visionary Andrew Lloyd-Webber – who is married to Suffolk native Madeleine Gurdon and spends a lot of time in the county – entered at 106.

Michael Spencer, associate director of Ipswich Town Football Club, also made the list and was placed at 145, having increased his fortune by �370m to �520m in the past year.

Essex native Jamie Oliver is at number 679 with a wealth of �106m.

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