​Sir Leonard Blavatnik Named UK's Richest Person Worth £23bn

Sir Leonard Blavatnik has been named the UK's richest person after his wealth increased by £7.2 billion to £23bn this year, according to The Sunday Times Rich List.

The 63-year-old businessman and investor, who was born in Ukraine, is the founder of multinational industrial group Access Industries, which has stakes in companies including Warner Music Group, DAZN, Deezer and Zalando.

Blavatnik, a dual UK-US citizen moves up the list this year from fourth place, in turn replacing British inventor Sir James Dyson, who is worth £16.3bn.

The Sunday Times writes: "His £23 billion fortune, up more than £7 billion in a year, puts Blavatnik, 63, at the head of The Sunday Times Rich List for the second time. Blavatnik last topped the Rich List in 2015, when he was worth £13.17 billion."

Blavatnik's DAZN signed a broadcast deal last month with Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing, the agency representing Anthony Joshua and a number of other top British fighters.

"Having gilded his fortune in the music industry over the past year, the Ukrainian-born Midas is hoping for a knockout blow in the sports world," The Sunday Times adds.

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This year's Rich List identifies a record 171 UK billionaires, 24 more than in 2020 to mark the biggest jump in the 33 years of the list.

According to The Sunday Times, the combined fortunes of the billionaires in this Rich List grew by nearly 22 per cent to £597.269 billion.

Rich List Top 10

1. Sir Leonard Blavatnik (investment, music and media) - £23bn, up £7.219bn
2. David and Simon Reuben (property and internet) - £21.465bn, up £5.465bn
3. Sri and Gopi Hinduja and family (industry and finance) - £17bn, up £1bn
4. Sir James Dyson and family (household goods and technology) - £16.3bn, up £100m
5. Lakshmi Mittal and family (steel) - £14.68bn, up £7.899bn
6. Alisher Usmanov (mining and investment) - £13.406bn, up £1.726bn
7. Kirsten and Jorn Rausing (inheritance and investment) - £13bn, up £900m
8. Roman Abramovich (oil and industry) - £12.101bn, up £1.945bn
9. Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken and Michel de Carvalho (inheritance, brewing and banking) - £12.013bn, up £1.713bn
10. Guy, George, Alannah and Galen Weston and family (retailing) - £11bn, up £470m

Meanwhile, footballer Marcus Rashford has topped the outlet's Giving List after having raised or donated more than 125 percent of his own fortune.

Fellow footballer Jordan Henderson is also sixth on the list after his #PlayersTogether initiative raised £4m for the NHS - a figure that amounts to 16 percent of his wealth.

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