Wealthiest Jews on the Sunday Times Rich List


Jewish figures from the worlds of business, property, sport and media are among the wealthiest people in the country, it was revealed today.

Music and media investor Len Blavatnik, Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich and London-based Israeli shipping magnate Idan Ofer feature prominently in the Sunday Times Rich List, which details the 1,000 most affluent people in the UK.

Mr Blavatnik is fourth wealthiest in the list with a fortune of £10bn - he was also named the richest man in the music industry.

Alan Howard was named the wealthiest hedge fund manager, with a £1.6bn fortune – ranking in 53rd place.

TV personality Lord Sugar, 67, whose £900m property empire rose by £40m on last year, came in 110th place on the list. Music mogul Simon Cowell, whose father is Jewish and who has had a son with Jewish-American socialite Lauren Silverman, ranked in 307th place with a £300m fortune.

The world of football featured prominently. Chelsea's Roman Abramovich is ninth in the list with £8.52bn from his Russian oil business, while East-End born Tottenham Hotspur owner Joe Lewis is listed in 26th place with £3.35bn.

Iranian textile tycoon Lord Alliance, a Liberal Democrat peer, was ranked in 155th place with a £650m fortune.
Overall, the list showed that the wealthiest Jews in the UK were born abroad.

After Mr Blavatnik, who was born in the USSSR, came Baghdad-born property developers David and Simon Reuben in seventh place with £9bn; South African diamond magnate Nicky Oppenheimer and family came eighteenth with £4.57bn; and Mr Ofer was in 25th place, with £3.43bn.

Philanthropist Mark Pears, with his family; Charedi Benzion Freshwater with his family; and media owner Richard Desmond all feature with respective fortunes of £2.3bn, £1.25bn and £1.2bn.

The Russian Muslim magnate Alisher Usmanov, who is married to Jewish gymnastics coach Irina Viner, was placed second in the list with £10.65bn.

The rich list was topped by Indian brothers Srichand and Gopichand Hinduja, who share a £11.9bn fortune.

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