THE 11 locals on the list of Britain’s richest people have seen their fortunes grow by £164million since last year.
The names behind such brands as Churchill Retirement, Amigo Loans, Lush, New Look and Haskins once again figure on the Sunday Times Rich List.
Clinton, Spencer and John McCarthy were again the highest-placed local names on the list, up three places to number 207. The Sunday Times estimated their wealth at £605milion, up £55m from last year.
John McCarthy co-founded the retirement housebuilding giant McCarthy & Stone in 1978 and saw it taken over for £1.1billion in 2006. His sons Spencer, 53, and Clinton, 52, own Ringwood-based Churchill Retirement Living, whose profits grew to a record £57.3m in 2015-16, with assets growing more than 50 per cent to £97.9m.
New Look founder Tom Singh, 67, and family, at number 313 on the list (down from 301) have seen their fortune grow by £15m since last year. Mr Singh opened the first New Look in 1969 and saw it sold for £1.96bn in 2015, although he remains a non-executive director and his family have a 10 per cent stake. He has since put money into internet bouquet service Floom and hairdresser booing app Rock Pamper Scissors.
James Benamor, who started Amigo Loans from his kitchen table, is at number 315, up from 345 and with his fortune up £73m to £380m. He stood down its boss in 2015 but remains chief executive of Bournemouth-based Richmond Group, which oversees Amigo and invests in other businesses.
Mark and Mo Constantine, at number 534 on the list (down from 486), co-founded Lush in Poole in 1995. Mark, 64, and Mo, 63, Constantine have seen their estimated wealth remain constant at £212m. The Constantines are also number 35 on the list of wealthiest couples. Lush recently became a Living Wage employer and announced a raft of new employee benefits.
Dorset-born, US-based technology expert Jonathan Reeves, joint 567th (down from 515), has seen his worth remain at £200m. He set up an operation last October developing commercial uses for augmented and mixed reality. The 57-year-old sold his first telecommunications business, Sahara Networks, for 212m US dollars in 1997 and Sirocco Systems for 2.9bn US dollars in 2000.
Rupert Martin, 67, who runs Gillingham-based industrial lighting company Dextra, is joint number 793 (down from 766), but with his wealth up £10m to £140m.
Bournemouth landowner Sir George Meyrick, 76, is at joint number 868 (down from joint 799), with his estimated wealth up £1m to £126m. The racehorse owner is involved with several companies including Meyrick Estate Management and Bodorgan Properties.
Warren Haskins, chairman of Haskins Gardens Centres, is joint 875th (down from joint 862) with a fortune up £10m to £125m. His great-grandfather founded a garden nursery in 1882 and Haskins profits grew to £4.6m in 2015-16. Its Hobbycraft business was sold for £100m.