Russian Billionaire Usmanov Tops Sunday Times Rich List

LONDON, April 21 (RIA Novosti) – Alisher Usmanov, the owner of Metalloinvest metals giant and a major shareholder in London’s Arsenal Football Club, has moved to the top of the Sunday Times Rich List in 2013 with an estimated fortune of 13.3 billion British pounds ($20.3 billion).

Usmanov, 59, ousted Indian-born steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal, who spent previous eight years at the top of the list. Mittal dropped down to fourth place this year with a fortune of 10 billion pounds ($15.2 bln).

Russian-born media mogul Len Blavatnik occupies second place on the list published on Sunday by British national newspaper The Sunday Times. His wealth tripled from 3.4 bln pounds ($5.1 bln) last year to 11 billion pounds ($16.8 billion) this year.

Pakistan-born brothers Sri and Gopi Hinduja, of the London-based international conglomerate Hinduja Group, moved to third place this year. They have seen their wealth increase by 2 bln pounds (over $3 bln) over the year to 10.6 bln pounds ($16.1 bln).

Another Russian tycoon, Chelsea football club owner Roman Abramovich, has moved down from third to fifth place this year with his fortune shrinking to 9.3 bln pounds ($14.2 bln).

The highest British-born person on the list is the Duke of Westminster, Gerald Grosvenor, who is in eighth place with 7.8 bln pounds ($11.9 bln) from properties across the world.

The combined wealth of the 1,000 richest people in the United Kingdom totals almost 450 billion pounds ($685 bln), according to the list.

The number of billionaires in the UK has increased almost tenfold since the first publication of the Rich List in 1989, from nine to 88 in 2013. The list featured 77 billionaires last year.

The Sunday Times Rich List is a list of the 1,000 wealthiest people or families in the United Kingdom, updated annually in April and published as a magazine supplement by British national newspaper The Sunday Times.

The Rich List is not limited to British citizens and it includes individuals and families born overseas but who predominantly reside in Britain.


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