The City & Guilds Vocational Rich List 2011 features big names from a variety of industries, who have built their fortunes following an apprenticeship or other practical qualification.
Defying the downturn, the City & Guilds Vocational Rich List 2011 shows Britain’s self-made, vocational elite are worth a collective £17.6bn – a billion pound increase since 2008.
Analysis of the list shows just how wrong Lord Sugar – who recently commented that he’s yet to meet an engineer “who can turn his hand to business” – truly is. Twenty-four of the top 100 vocational self-made millionaires have made their fortune following an engineering apprenticeship. The list includes Sir Anthony Bamford, the JCB billionaire, who saw his family fortune shoot up to £2.2bn this year, putting him in pole position.
Dragons’ Den judge and leisure industry magnate Deborah Meaden (position 63) adds a boost to the number of women on the list with her self-made fortune valued at £40m. Meaden is one of a handful of well-known women, including fashionistas Linda Bennett, founder of LK Bennett (position 41), City & Guilds qualified Karen Millen (position 63) and Stella McCartney and cook and food writer, Delia Smith (both position 89).
Delia Smith joins a host of other well-known TV chefs including Jamie Oliver (position 33), Rick Stein (position 79) and Gary Rhodes (position 100) – all of whom started their careers having completed a vocational catering qualification.
But while celebrity chefs may have cooked themselves up a fortune (ho-ho), it’s the entrepreneurs from industry, including high tech sectors, that lead the way in the 2011 list, making up 30 of the 100.
City & Guilds Vocational Rich List 2011: Top 20 millionaires
- Sir Anthony Bamford (£2,150m – industry)
- Laurence Graff (£2,000m – diamonds)
- John Caudwell (£1,500m – mobile phones)
- Sir James Dyson (£1,450m – industry)
- Sir Terry Matthews (£1,043m – telecoms)
- Jim McColl (£570m – industry)
- Trevor Hemmings (£550m – property and leisure)
- Sir David McMurty (£450m – industry)
- Sir Arnold Clark (£430m – car sales)
- Steve Morgan (£400m – property and construction)
- John Bloor (£385m – industry)
- David Wilson (£360m – construction)
- Ray O’Rourke (£315m – construction)
- Jack Tordoff (£290m – car sales)
- David Hood (£250m – electronics)
- Michael Clare (£237m – retailing)
- John Deer (£210m – industry)
- Michael Oglesby (£200m – property)
- Peter Dawson (£187m – truck rentals)
- Ron Dennis (£177m – sports)
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