Galen and George Weston, who hold a 21% stake in Primark-owner Associated British Food (ABF), were the top-placed retailers in The Sunday Times Rich List.

The Weston family ranked ninth on the list dropping two places from last year despite adding £1.5bn to their fortune. Their £6bn wealth is largely derived from ABF but they hold other retail assets including Selfridges and Fortnum & Mason.

Arcadia tycoon Sir Philip Green and his wife Lady Green placed thirteenth on the list, down from ninth last year, adding £95m to their £4.2bn fortune. Russian oligarch Alexander Mamut, who is currently vying to buy book chain Waterstone’s, is a new entry at 34 with riches of £1.8bn.  

Other retailers on the list include Phones 4U founder John Caudwell at 40 with his £1.5bn fortune, Matalan founder John Hargreaves and his family at 46 and sportswear magnate Mike Ashley, owner of Sports Direct, who ranked at 52 on the list.

One of the biggest risers on the list is Specsavers founders Dame Mary Perkins and husband Douglas who added £340m to their £1.15bn riches and rise from 73rd to 56th on the rich list. The rise made Dame Mary one of the first self-made women billionaires.

Founder of Carphone Warehouse,Charles Dunstone, became the UK’s first digital billionaire, adding £396m to his fortune this year, jumping to 67th on the list.


RankPersonRetail assetsTotal wealthWealth added this year Last year’s position
9Galen and George Weston and family21% stake in ABF. Owner Selfridges and Fortnum and Mason£6bn£1.5bn7
13Sir Philip Green and Lady GreenArcadia owners£4.2bn£95m9
34Alexander Mamut6% shareholder in HMV - in talks to buy Waterstone’s£1.8bn-New entry
40John CaudwellFormer Phones 4U owner£1.5bn£100m35=
46=Mohamed al-Fayed and familyFormer Harrods owner£1.3bn£650m94
46=John Hargreaves and familyMatalan owner£1.3bn£280m51
52Mike AshleySports Direct founder£1.27bn£378m65
56=Bernard Lewis and familyRiver Island owner£1.15bn£230m61=
56= Dame Mary and Douglas PerkinsSpecsavers founders£1.15bn£340m73=
67=Charles DunstoneCarphone Warehouse founder£1bn£396m102
67=Lord Kirkham and familyFormer DFS owner£1bn£570m158=
75Lord Sainsbury and family14% stakeholder in Sainsburys£960m£60m63=
101= Karl-Johan and Thomas PerssonFamily has 36% stake in H&M£700m£380m214=
108=Will Adderley and familyChief executive of Dunelm £675m£5m91
114=Christina Ong and familyStakeholder in Mulberry£650m£540m596=
128=Peter Simon and familyMonsoon Accessorize owner£600m-103=
166=Tony Wilkinson and familyWilkinson owner£480m£230m260=
174=Tom Morris and familyOwner of TJ Morris which operates Home Bargains£460m£50m166=
178=David RossFounder of Carphone Warehouse£450m-New entry
185Mark Fenwick and familyChairman of Fenwick department stores£438m£18m164
196Julian DunkertonFounder SuperGroup£410m£230m354=
200= Tom Singh and familyNew Look founder£400mdown £115m130
230Simon, Bobby and Robin AroraB&M owners£343m£298m1374=
232=David and Jacqueline GoldAnn Summers owners£340mdown £20m186=
237= Harold TillmanJaeger and Aquascutum owner. 30% stake in Allders£330mdown £22m189
243=Lawrence StrollMajor shareholder in Michael Kors and Tommy Hilfiger£320m£10m226
251Johnnie Boden and familyOwner Boden£310m£221m751=
254Chris DawsonRange owner£304m£54m260=
257=Philip DayEdinburgh Woollen Mill owner£300m 229=
269=Lord Alliance and familyChairman and shareholder N Brown£290m£25m251=
275=Jonas KampradSon of Ikea founder Ingvar Kamprad£275m£25m280=
282=Sir Paul and Lady Smith60% shareholder in Paul Smith£260m£30m 281=
305Mike ClareDreams founder£237m£22m294=
315=Lord Harris and familyCarpetright founder£220m£22m328
357=Nigel Blackwell and familyMajor shareholder Blackwell book stores£195mdown £45m272=
376=James HolderSuperGroup executive director£181m£99m798=
376=Theo KarpathiosSuperGroup wholesale and international head£181m£99m798=
389=Nick RobertsonAsos founder £177m£123m1,156=
393=Anthony PrestonPets at Home founder and shareholder£175m 371=
410=Theo PaphitisLa Senza, Ryman and Boux Avenue founder£170m£10m405=
418=Malcolm WalkerIceland founder£166m£9m421
420Lance Clark and familyMajor shareholder footwear retailer Clark£165m 398=
430=Richard GouldingCo-owner£160m£20m472=
430=Simon PerreeCo-owner£160m£20m472=
430=Don McCarthyHouse of Fraser chairman. Shareholder Aurum£160m£70m714=