Net worth:£21.05 billion
Sources of wealth: chemicals
Ratcliffe’s net worth has increased a whopping £15.3 billion since last year, making him the first ever British-born industrialist to top the list. Ratcliffe the archetypal rags-to-riches story. He grew up on the outskirts of Manchester, where he “he used to count the chimneys he could see from his parents’ council house. It inspired him to forge a career in industry,” according to The Sunday Times.
He then founded and now runs one of the world’s biggest chemical companies Ineos. He also owns yachts and an impressive property portfolio, which includes a huge estate in remote northeast Iceland that he bought in December.
Speaking to The Sunday Times in an interview published today, Ratcliffe said he was staggered by the growth of his company.
“Completely,” he said. “You should see a picture of the council house where I started out.”
He added: “Look, these are extremely big numbers, but I’m 65 and I’ve been doing this for 25 years. With the exception of 2008, we’ve been successful every year. So you do kind of get used to it.”