Number of wealthy women in UK is on the rise

Dame Mary Perkins

Dame Mary Perkins

For the first time in the history of the The Sunday Times Rich List, women have accounted for more than 10% of the top one thousand richest people in Britain.

On Sunday, the Times reported that now more than 100 of the 1,000 richest people in Britain are women. Slavica Ecclestone, Ann Gloag, JK Rowling, Jacqueline Gold and Elisabeth Murdoch all rank very high in the list.

Former Miss UK, Kirsty Bertarelli, managed to top the list with an estimated wealth of £6.9 billion, in a joint entry with her husband, Ernesto. The couple’s wealth has increased by £920 million over the past year.

Second on the list is 56 year old Charlene de Carvalho, who is Freddy Heineken’s daughter. Her father was the former boss of Heineken and de Carvalho inherited all his wealth when he died in 2002. Her estimated annual fortune is around £5.4 billion, an increase of £1 billion since last year.

Lady Green, 61, the wife of Sir Philip Green, the retail tycoon, is third on the list, with a shared fortune of around £4.2 billion.

Another milestone on the Sunday Times Rich List was the addition of Britain’s first self-made billionaire, at an estimated wealth of around £1.2 billion, is Dame Mary Perkins.

Dame Mary and her husband started up and continue to expand Specsavers opticians, building their estimated worth at around £1.2 billian.

Overall, the top 100 rich women are worth a total of £45.2 billion.

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