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The Scottish Billionaires

11 billionaires linked to Scotland have increased their wealth in the past year, are worth an estimated combined £17.245bn, an increase of £1.038bn in the past year.
Glenn Gordon, the Jersey-based tycoon behind distillers William Grant & Sons, and his family were named as Scotland's richest for the sixth year in a row. His family has more than doubled its wealth in six years to £2.882bn. Rising profits for William Grant & Sons group, which produces whisky including Grant's, Glenfiddich and The Balvenie as well as Hendrick's gin, has seen huge returns for the founder's great-great-grandson Glenn Gordon. Gordon has overseen a £310m increase in the family's wealth in the past year, with profits up by 14.4% at their Banffshire-based distillery.
Scotland's richest
  1. Glenn Gordon and family - spirits - £2.882bn.
  2. Sir Ian Wood and family - oil services and fishing - £1.763bn.
  3. Mohamed Al Fayed and family - retailing - £1.7bn.
  4. John Shaw and Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw - pharmaceuticals - £1.689bn
  5. Mahdi al-Tajir - metals, oil and Highland Spring water - £1.66bn
  6. Trond Mohn and Marit Mohn Westlake and family - industry - £1.602bn
  7. Thomson family - media - £1.401bn.
  8. Philip Day - fashion - £1.2bn.
  9. The Clark family - of the Arnold Clark car dealership - £1.178bn.
  10. Jim Mellon - property and finance - £1.1bn.
  11. Jim McColl, of Clyde Blowers - £1.1bn.


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